International & National

Can foundation training in three-week-old Thoroughbred foals make a difference to their welfare and performance as a racehorse? Thoroughbred racehorses have something of a reputation. The perception is that they are generally trained for one job – to run fast.

When special guests come to stay at anyone’s house, there is usually much fluffing of beds and frenzy in the kitchen, along with extra vacuuming and dusting. Manitoba’s special guests this year are being treated no differently. “Cavalia is coming back!” Word went out earlier this year, and Manitoba Horse Council received a flurry of emails and phone calls looking for tickets. But we didn’t know anything yet! We left calls with the company to find out more.

A revolutionary school in Langley, BC has transformed to meet the unique needs of its students, providing a tailored academic experience to complement and encourage success in the ring, as well as in the classroom. Now in its second year of operation, the Langley Equestrian Academy’s unique format caters to equestrians in grades 7 to 12.

Austin Seelhof of Cochrane, AB is a well-known and respected figure in the Alberta reining community. With seeming ease, he balances a full family life with success as a trainer, competitor, and volunteer. But now, the father of three is poised to make his presence known on a larger scale and qualify for his first major games appearance this September at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Mill Spring, NC.

On March 25, 2017, Peter Barry of Dunham, QC suffered a stroke on the grounds of the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, NC. Approximately one year later, the Canadian Eventing Olympian is making great strides in his rehabilitation, motivated by his desire to get back into the saddle.

Canadian Olympian Rob Stevenson of Lakeside, NB has been announced as a member of the 2018 New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame induction class. A key figure in the Canadian eventing world, Stevenson’s career was nurtured in his native province at the family farm, Foshay Farms, located in Lower Jemseg, NB.

Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, founded in 1903, is celebrating 115 years of service in the City of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, BC. The company’s big draught horses pulling burgundy and white carriages have become what Chamber of Commerce CEO Catherine Holt calls an “iconic tourism business in the city’s downtown core.”

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