A 2021 study conducted by the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) found the diverse mix of equine ownership and activities in our province had a significant financial impact on Alberta’s economy. In terms of gross domestic product, Alberta’s equine community contributed nearly $1.4 billion.

Horse Trials - For the first time in several years, Norma and Kevin Will of Carrol, Manitoba hosted a Horse Trials competition, which ran August 6 to 8, 2022. Organized by Dianna Fraser, the back-to-back competition had beginners to training riders competing in dressage, stadium, and cross-country both days. The cross-country courses were set up by Sydney Fraser, Emma Tarves judged the dressage, and Eric and Danae Martin took care of stadium jumping. As well as great competition both days, everyone enjoyed a fall supper on Saturday night at the awards presentation. It was fun to be part of the weekend, and thanks from all the participants to the hosts and the crew. Eventing is alive and well in Manitoba, with a subsequent event held August 20 to 21 at the MHC Equestrian Facility in Birds Hill Park.

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) Breeders Committee is made up of a group of diverse breeders representing every discipline within the Quarter Horse industry. The primary objective of the committee is to promote the quality Quarter Horses which are produced in Canada by the many talented and knowledgeable breeders.

There are hundreds of horses and ponies working in CanTRA therapeutic riding programs across Canada. Some of these horses and ponies give many years of steady service to riders with special needs, constantly showing qualities of patience, steadiness, warmth, and affection. Without these wonderful and valued equine friends, therapeutic riding would not be able to happen in any way or form.

That’s a wrap on the July 21-24, 2022 British Columbia (BC) Summer Games in Prince George! It was four jam-packed days of competition with athletes from all over the province competing in Dressage, Para-Dressage, Jumping, Vaulting, and for the first time Eventing. Forty-eight athletes representing eight Zones throughout the province made the trip to the Games, working as zone teams with accumulative points from all days of competition.

Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the family and friends of Michael Gallagher of Codys, New Brunswick, who passed away at the age of 68 on September 1, 2022, following a lengthy illness.

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The thinking on how we use antibiotics is changing in the world of medicine, especially as we learn more about their impact on the inhabitants of the gut. Ontario Veterinary College researcher Dr. Diego Gomez took part in a collaborative study with researchers across North America to study the effects of intravenous antimicrobials on the equine gut.