Just a few dollars from each Horse Council BC member each year can make a huge difference in building and improving BC’s equestrian trails. If you like to explore new trails, or plan to in the future, help make BC the best place on earth to ride by making a donation to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund. Grants will be made available to HCBC member clubs to assist them in building and improving trails and horse-camping sites.

Back in 2017, Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) reported on their Road Safety project aimed at educating motorists and others on how to share rural roads safely with horse riders and carriage drivers.

The BC SPCA is seeking the public’s help to provide ongoing care and loving new homes for a large number of horses seized in a cruelty investigation last month. On December 15, 2018, 27 neglected horses were rescued from a Langley, BC property. The horses were suffering from lack of nutrition, lice infestation, overgrown hooves, rain scald from inadequate shelter, and lack of access to water.

Core funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support sport growth and development. An approved event or project will be open to all qualified participants in your area, not just your club members. The event or project must support the goals of HCBC for developing sport within the province. Clubs are expected to charge participants reasonable registration fees. Money will be released only after a financial report, receipts, and an event summary are received by HCBC.

Canadian Horse Journal is proud to celebrate 25 years as a Horse Council BC Media Partner. Long-time HCBC members will remember Pacific Horse Journal, which grew into Pacific & Prairie Horse Journal and kept growing to become Canadian Horse Journal, the industry-leading national magazine of today.

Focus on Professionalism and Standards - On October 27, the University of Guelph held its third annual Equine Industry Symposium in which horse enthusiasts from all backgrounds in the industry set their sights on issues in our highly diverse $19 billion industry. The symposium was organized by Equine Management students in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management degree at the University of Guelph, and they chose professionalism and standards as the focus of a community-wide discussion for the day-long event.

November 2 – 4, 2018, Saskatoon, SK - Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists - The 34th Annual Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists' Conference will take place November 2 to 4, 2018, at the Saskatoon Inn and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. We are excited to host Registered Veterinary Technologists (RVTs) and those dedicated to animals and veterinary medicine from throughout Canada and the United States, and focus on animal wellness and welfare. Our conference is one of the only conferences specifically geared towards RVTs and the crucial work that they do. This weekend is vital to the continued development of RVTs.