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Ron D. Southern, founder and Co-Chairman of Calgary’s world-renowned Spruce Meadows equestrian facility, and iconic Alberta entrepreneur and businessman, passed away January 21, 2016. He was 85. In 1971, Ron Southern and his wife Margaret purchased a feedlot south of Calgary from Copithorne Ranch, with the vision of establishing a world-class equestrian facility. In the spring of 1975 they brought their vision to life with the opening of Spruce Meadows. The show jumping facility quickly became not only Canada’s premier riding venue, but was also recognized internationally.

Second Wellington CPEDI 3* - The Canadian Para-Equestrian Dressage Team continued its run of impressive results at the second CPEDI 3* of the season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, held January 21 to 24, 2016 in Wellington, FL.

Bieman de Haas recently acquired Canadian equestrian distributor, Comfort Equestrian Ltd., based in Orangeville, ON. This acquisition ensures continuing availability of all BR® and Premiere products to Canadian shops and riders for future years.

CADORA (Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association) congratulates all recipients of the 2015 National Awards program. Over $2,500 were distributed amongst the top three recipients in each level.

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Decision from Minister on 2016 Cull Imminent - A year-and-a-half long investigation and a review of the Alberta government’s assertions that wild horses are overpopulating the landscape and causing ecological damage has found no scientific evidence supporting those claims.

In the second such tragedy in Ontario in as many weeks, at least a dozen horses have perished in a barn fire on Highway 89 west of Mount Forest.

Alltech has acquired 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Masterfeeds, Inc., in a share purchase agreement with Ag Processing Inc (AGP). Masterfeeds, a leading commercial animal nutrition company in Canada, is now part of the Alltech family of companies, which includes 12 other companies that Alltech has acquired globally since 2011. These combined companies will have annual revenues in excess of $2.1 billion. 

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