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Congratulations to John Swales of Millarville, Alberta, who guided Heza Diamond Spark to the World’s Greatest Horseman Championship at the Celebration of Champions event held in Fort Worth Texas in February. Thirty-six horse-and-rider combinations competed for a shot at the title and the $35,000 winner’s share of the $138,000 total payout on February 18. Swales is the first non-American rider to win the title…

Equestrian Canada honoured the achievements of some of Canada’s equestrians, organizations and horses during the 2017 EC Awards Reception, presented by Boehringer Ingelheim, held April 8, 2017, in Vancouver, BC.

We have taken note of the recent article published by Horse Sport on February 17, 2017 titled “7 Times Equestrian Canada’s Board Broke Their Own Rules” and quoting an anonymous former Director of EC. The article alleges breaches of By-laws by the Equestrian Canada (“EC”) Board of Directors (“Board”).

March 31 – April 2, 2017. Throughout its 15-year history, the Can-Am Equine Expo has demonstrated a vigorous tendency to reinvent itself. This year’s show, taking place at the Markham Fairgrounds on March 31 to April 2, is no exception. Visitors familiar with the latest trends and products in the horse industry will find lots of carryovers from previous years – but also lots of new features, attractions, and clinicians, to make a return trip a welcome start to the spring season.

Principal Investigator Dr. Megan Kiely Mueller recently shared the news that the findings of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) funded project “Effects of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Youth” were recently published in the peer-review Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Principal Investigator Katrina Merkies of the University of Guelph shared the following findings from her team’s HHRF-supported project which asked: “Can horses distinguish between neurotypical and mentally traumatized humans?”

On Feb. 10, 2017, Frédéric Pierrestiger announced his resignation as a member of the Equestrian Canada (EC) Board of Directors. Frédéric joined the EC Board in April 2016, making valuable contributions to the Federation as a Board member and as Chair of the Audit Committee.

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