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Thanks to a team of University of Guelph researchers, we are one step closer to having a welfare assessment tool tailored for horses in Canada. The research team, headed by Cordelie DuBois and Katrina Merkies, recently designed and tested an on-farm welfare assessment tool.

The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada has issued a position statement on the classification of equine as livestock. The statement maintains that consistent regulations and definitions regarding equine across Canada would improve the viability, impact, and understanding of the Canadian equine industry.

On June 10, 2018, Berit Turner riding Swallowfield Eno Hilaire rode a First Level Test 3 at the Victoria-Saanich CADORA Horse Council competition, held at the Saanich Fairgrounds to become the third member of this CADORA club to be honoured as a member of the Century Club.

On June 11, 2018, at a special meeting of the board of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the Board of Directors voted to remove Jimmy Williams as an inductee.

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T).

The BC SPCA has asked the City of Victoria to ban all horse-drawn carriages and trolleys on streets of the city. The letter written by BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell and addressed to City of Victoria mayor Lisa Helps was sent to city council after a video surfaced of an incident on May 4, 2018, showing two trolley horses that fell after a bus pulled up behind the trolley, which was operated by Victoria Carriage Tours.

Sunnybrook Stables, the site of one of Canada’s first indoor riding arenas, was the scene of a massive barn fire in the early morning hours of May 21, 2018. Up to 50 Toronto firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze that broke out around 3 a.m. EST, engulfing one barn and spreading to another. Sixteen horses died, and 13 more horses were moved to safety from the second burning barn, and later moved again to the Canadian National Exhibition grounds with the assistance of the Toronto Police Mounted Unit.

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