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The Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) is announcing a new commitment to and focus on the equestrian experience for 2016 and beyond. As part of this evolution we will be moving to enhance the riding experience of all Ontarians regardless of age or skill level. We will deliver relevant and meaningful programs through opportunities that we are planning strategically from the grassroots though to high performance. The OEF will deliver excellence through alignment with the Ontario Government and its GameON Sport Plan, as well as the Canadian Sport for Life Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD), which outlines a rider's development pathway.

A complete dispersal sale of the private antique horse-drawn vehicle collection of Mrs. Aline Demanche Jutras and the late Florian Jutras will be held at their family farm in L’Avenir, Quebec, on Saturday, May 7th, 2016.

Perlich Bros. Auction Market Ltd. in Lethbridge, Alberta, is pleased to announce two horse sales coming in early May.

The Ontario Equestrian Federation invites riders, coaches, and prospective judges to take part in a Hunter/Jumper judging clinic with renowned clinician, judge, and coach Barbara Mitchell on May 2 to 3, 2016 in Richmond Hill, ON.

An early morning barn fire on February 27, 2016 at Darkin Riding Stables in Otterville, ON has claimed the lives of nine horses. “I [could] hear something popping, popping, popping,” says Whitbourne Henderson, who awoke around 4 am to sound of the fire, and quickly rushed to the scene. In an effort to free the livestock, Henderson attempted to enter the barn, but could not penetrate the thick wall of smoke. “I heard them stomping their feet in there … and I couldn’t help them.”

2016 marks the 30th year of service for the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA), a local charity providing therapeutic riding and equine-based therapeutic services for persons with disabilities. Programs include therapeutic riding, therapeutic horsemanship, para-equestrian sport, stable management vocational development, and spring and summer horse camps - with a vaulting program commencing this year. This work is made possible through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers from the community, contributing thousands of hours each year. 2016 will be CTRA’s busiest year to date – with the organization preparing to welcome a record-breaking number of participants.

Fire broke out Wednesday night, January 27, 2016 at Loranda Stables & Kitty Cottage in Ladner, BC. Luckily, no people or animals were harmed, thanks to some quick thinking from the property owner, Micaela Robinson, and her helpful neighbours.

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