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Get your boots polished and your coattails pressed because Toronto is about to saddle up for the 95th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 3 to 12. The Royal began in 1922 and is the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian event. Whether you are into world-class competition, learning about locally-sourced food, or getting up-close to show animals on their own turf, The Royal has something for everyone, making it a perennial favourite for close to a century.

The 23rd annual Fall Classic Breeders Sale held October 7 and 8, 2017, at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, offered 35 horses of which 28 found new homes. This year’s event featured a very nice selection of horses, including an embryo from top bloodlines, some well-bred foals and yearlings, several exciting two-year-olds, a large selection of well-started young prospects with good pedigrees, and performance horses with show records.

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Olds College has announced that is introducing a new one-of-a-kind certificate program dedicated to equine reproduction. Launching in fall 2018, applications will be accepted October 1, 2017 for the new Equine Reproduction Technician (ERT) certificate program.

Jim Garner and his wife had just 20 minutes to grab what they could and get out of the ranch that has been their home for over 30 years as a wall of fire from the massive Kenow wildfire bore down on them from Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, on Monday night, September 11, 2017. Understandably, the successful horse breeder and owner of Rocking Heart Ranch just outside the national park boundary fretted about the stallions left in the barn and some 100 horses on his property.

The ongoing wildfires in British Columbia this summer have destroyed the largest area in recorded history, burning through nearly 900,000 hectares, much of that in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. There are estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 wild or free-roaming horses in the Chilcotin.

Two horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ontario this week. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of two positive cases on August 21, 2017. One of the horses, a 10-year-old gelding in Simcoe County, had to be euthanized, but the other, a 25-year-old mare in Bruce County, is recovering under a veterinarian's care.

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