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The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA) based in Duncan, BC, on Vancouver Island, provides equine-based therapeutic interventions, para-equestrian sport, and adapted recreational opportunities for persons with special needs in the Cowichan Valley. Over its 30 year history, CTRA has delivered life-enriching services to countless individuals and families in the region – providing community members with a vital space of inclusion, belonging, and personal growth. CTRA’s work is made possible thanks to unflagging community support that ranges from donated horses to thousands of volunteer hours contributed each year.

The ongoing wildfires in British Columbia this summer have destroyed the largest area in recorded history, burning through nearly 900,000 hectares, much of that in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. There are estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 wild or free-roaming horses in the Chilcotin.

Two horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ontario this week. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of two positive cases on August 21, 2017. One of the horses, a 10-year-old gelding in Simcoe County, had to be euthanized, but the other, a 25-year-old mare in Bruce County, is recovering under a veterinarian's care.

The Animal Disaster Relief Fund (ADRF) is helping to look after displaced horses and animals during and long after the wildfires in the interior of British Columbia.

The 14th annual Canadian National Andalusian and Lusitano Show and Fiesta will be held August 11 to 13, 2017, at the Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB. The three-day show will offer classes in all disciplines, including halter and flat for purebred and part-bred Andalusians and Lusitanos, as well as a variety of all-breed classes.

The Horse Protection Society of BC is calling on friends and valued supporters for help. The barns at their current location are no longer safe for the horses. Horses are all outside now for the summer but they need a new facility before winter sets in.

Congratulations to John Swales of Millarville, Alberta, who guided Heza Diamond Spark to the World’s Greatest Horseman Championship at the Celebration of Champions event held in Fort Worth Texas in February. Thirty-six horse-and-rider combinations competed for a shot at the title and the $35,000 winner’s share of the $138,000 total payout on February 18. Swales is the first non-American rider to win the title…

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