International & National

Aurora, ON (July 1, 2019) – Intercity Insurance Services Inc., a national leader in equine insurance and risk management based in Aurora, Ontario, announced its name change to CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd., effective July 1, 2019.

Canadian Horse Journal and its talented writers received multiple honours for editorial excellence during the American Horse Publications 2019 Equine Media Awards held during the AHP High Desert Media Roundup annual conference held in Albequerque, New Mexico, from May 30 to June 1, 2019. Held annually since 1974, this year’s AHP Awards competition for material published in 2018 attracted 711 entries from 119 members representing the top equine media from across North America.

Langley, BC, May 30, 2019 – Horse Council BC and the BC Ministry of Agriculture are conducting a province-wide Equine Economic Impact Survey. Whether you are a weekend trail rider, a breeder, or a top-ranked barrel racer, your input is invaluable to the creation of an accurate study. The past ten years have seen significant population growth, economic challenges, and a changing perspective on agriculture and livestock among the general public.

Just when you’ve put in the work to get your horses accustomed to dogs, bikes, strollers, umbrellas, quads, and whatever else you might meet on the trail, out of the sky drops what looks like a buzzing cross between a drink-tray and a dragonfly – it’s a drone! Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAV, have exploded in popularity in Canada, and it’s a safe bet that trail riders will come into contact with one at some point. Consumer spending on drone purchases in Canada are predicted to go from $5.24 billion this year to almost $11.2 billion by 2020. Recreation areas have scrambled to come up with regulations to govern drone use, and some have banned amateur use altogether.

Edmonton, AB – May 29, 2019 – The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) urges pet owners to be vigilant about checking pets for ticks and being aware of the risks of Lyme disease, which is now present in Alberta. As Albertans head outdoors with their pets to enjoy the warmer weather, the ABVMA is reminding the public that it’s tick season (April to October) and that there’s potential for serious health risks if a bite goes unnoticed or untreated. Tick bites themselves cause little harm. The danger lies in a tick’s ability to transmit disease, the most common of which is Lyme disease.

Ottawa, ON, June 12, 2019 - Health Canada has completed a safety review of human health products and veterinary drugs containing gentian violet and has found that exposure to these products may increase the risk of cancer. Given the seriousness of this risk, Health Canada is advising Canadians to stop using all human and veterinary drug products containing gentian violet.

In being asked if I could compile a short history of Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association (CADORA) in this 50th anniversary of its inception, my initial thought was that our long-time President Don Barnes had said it all in our Spring e-blast, part of which is included later. On reflection though, his view was from Ontario, which is quite a different perspective than those of us here in the West. It is true that the overall structure of the national organization was created in 1969; it is also true that it was visionary to plan for an umbrella national organization spreading to provincial groups to represent and develop membership within local area groups across the country.