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Langley, BC, May 30, 2019 – Horse Council BC and the BC Ministry of Agriculture are conducting a province-wide Equine Economic Impact Survey. Whether you are a weekend trail rider, a breeder, or a top-ranked barrel racer, your input is invaluable to the creation of an accurate study. The past ten years have seen significant population growth, economic challenges, and a changing perspective on agriculture and livestock among the general public.

In being asked if I could compile a short history of Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association (CADORA) in this 50th anniversary of its inception, my initial thought was that our long-time President Don Barnes had said it all in our Spring e-blast, part of which is included later. On reflection though, his view was from Ontario, which is quite a different perspective than those of us here in the West. It is true that the overall structure of the national organization was created in 1969; it is also true that it was visionary to plan for an umbrella national organization spreading to provincial groups to represent and develop membership within local area groups across the country.

Results are in from the Equine Guelph-funded research that marks the first study to investigate steamed, soaked, and dry hay in Ontario. Tiana Owens, a University of Guelph graduate student involved in the study, presented these results during her thesis defence last month. The research team, which also includes Madeline Barnes, Vanessa Gargano, Wilfredo D. Mansilla, Katrina Merkies and Anna K.

The Canadian Farm Builders Association presented the Builder Awards for 2018 projects at their Annual Conference held in Stratford, Ontario, February 28th, 2019. The Awards program recognizes and honours CFBA members with the best 2018 project in each of nine categories, with two of the categories being projects for horses based on the building cost for the completed project.

Horse Day will be your one-stop horse shop on Saturday June 8 in Erin, Ontario. This event is a collaboration of businesses and organizations in the Erin community and will be a celebration of “all things horse.” Horse Day will take place at the Erin Fairgrounds, and will also be a fundraiser for the Erin Agricultural Society’s building accessibility project.

Guelph, ON April, 4, 2019 - Spring is the season of change. Unfortunately, horses aren’t great with change. Changes to a horse’s routine and diet can increase the risk of colic and are often overlooked as a potential cause. However, 80 percent of colic cases can be prevented with proper management strategies. Do your part to prevent colic this spring by learning more.

The City of Montreal announced in 2018 that horse-drawn carriages in the city would be phased out by 2020 after incidents involving the horses raised concerns about the animals’ welfare. Currently, there are about 50 horses and 47 drivers in the city, working in the industry that caters mainly to tourists.

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