Princeton Ground Search and Rescue (PGSAR) has added four-legged comrades to the team! The PGSAR Mounted Team, currently the only one in British Columbia, is ready and capable. After over two years of preparation and training, spearheaded by PGSAR President/Manager Paul Fyfe, a team of certified equines and riders are ready to expand their search abilities into various terrains. Princeton’s SAR team adds this new tool to their repertoire, which already includes ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles, snowshoes, backcountry skis, swift water/ice rescue rafts, as well as medical gear.

It’s risky business, the horse business, at any time. As competition season starts to open again it’s time to take stock of where we were last year, and how far we’ve come since.

By Christine Ross, CanTRA Vice President

CanTRA Equine Facilitated Wellness

The last two years have been difficult and everyone has been impacted in some way by the pandemic. Every aspect of our health and well-being has been challenged. The consequence is that the demand for equine facilitated wellness programming has been high. The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is “stepping up to the plate” and has developed a new CanTRA Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) program. 

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The Environment and Climate Change Canada website lists the top ten weather stories of 2021. Topping the list is the extreme heat (Record Heat Under the Dome) that hit the province of British Columbia in June and is described as the deadliest weather event in Canadian history. Second on the list is BC’s Flood of Floods in November. These two climate events were also ranked among the world’s most devastating this year.

Canada’s farmland values climbed in spite of impacts from pandemic supply chain disruptions and adverse weather that affected parts of the country, as Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Farmland Values Report showed an 8.3 percent national average increase in 2021.

Experts from the University of Nottingham have found that the sex of a jockey doesn’t influence any aspect of racehorse physiology and performance. The findings of the study, published at Research Square, offer a new perspective on the possible balance of elite male and female jockeys on the start line of races.