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December 2016 News
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Brand new: A New Rider's Guidebook

Tips for first-time horseback riders and parents. 

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Featured Upcoming Event

2017 Annual Alberta Horse Conference

January 13 - 15, 2017
Carry the card that shows you support AEF! 

1 Air Mile reward for every $15 spent!

Get 500 Air Miles bonus miles when you sign up!

Available for a limited time.

Advertise your Business or Club in the upcoming Spring issue of Alberta Bits!

Ad booking deadline is January 22, 2017
Featured Business Members

Caeco Ranch is a family fun equine facility in the beautiful foothills just southwest of Calgary.

We offer horses for sale, stallion services, board, training, lessons, and shuttle service to mountain trails. Whether you are new or returning to the sport of horses, we can help. Our specialty is to provide horses and training for the pleasure or trail enthusiast. Our instruction is private and aimed at your needs for an enjoyable result.

Days Inn in sunny Medicine Hat, AB is welcoming AEF members!

We have extended parking available for trailers, and we are very close to the new Dunmore Equestrian Centre. We offer free breakfast with every room, and have a hot tub, pool, and waterslide! We will offer a discount to all AEF members with proof of membership. In the event the Days Inn is full, we will also offer all members a discount at our Home Inn Express property! Both properties are located on Strachan Court SE in Medicine Hat.

Find more AEF Business Members and their great deals on our business directory.

Enquiries regarding coverage under your AEF membership can be directed to Capri Insurance (Equine Department) the official insurance provider of the AEF 
Alberta Equestrian Federation gratefully acknowledges financial support of the Government of Alberta through Alberta Sport Connection.

Seasons Greetings
The AEF is built on the strong foundation of our members and volunteers. We are extremely proud of our equine community and would like to take this opportunity to say thank-you. 

We wish you and your loved ones a safe and Merry Christmas!  We look forward to serving your needs in 2017.
Please note that the AEF office will be closed December 26, 2016 -January 2, 2017; the office will reopen on January 3, 2017. 
Help us  Determine  What Types of Events we Should Host in 2017!
As a valued member, your opinion matters to us. We encourage you to take a few minutes to help us determine what type of events and clinics the AEF could focus on in 2017. 

Coaching & Education
Coaching Events

EC/NCCP Equestrian Theory Workshop
Date: January 28 - 29, 2017
Location: Whitemud Equine Learning Centre, Edmonton, AB
Registration deadline: January 9, 2017

Please click here or contact our Coaching Coordinator at for more information and registration. 

Funding, Scholarships & Bursaries
Approaching AEF Funding Opportunity Deadlines
  • Individual Funding
  • Pump up your Levels
  • Club Funding
  • Pump up your levels

Industry Survey on Equine Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Thank you to those who completed the equine industry survey on emergency and disaster preparedness. We received 221 responses to the survey that closed on November 23. The outcomes of this survey show a need for education and training in practical emergency and disaster preparedness. The data collected will be used by industry to develop a plan for the equine industry and guidelines for Alberta horse owners and custodians. A report on survey results is being prepared. For more information on the project click here.

Congratulations on the two Greenhawk gift card winners, Trisha Adams and Nicole Dievert! 

AFAC Awards of Distinction

The Alberta Farm Animal Care Awards of Distinction were initiated in 2001 to recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare. These individuals or organizations work hard to advance the mandate of AFAC and the welfare of livestock in Alberta. They apply new, innovative ideas and management practices to improve and ensure high standards of animal wellbeing. They understand the public's need for assurance that farm animals are raised humanely. They can be held up as examples of those who are making a difference.  Nomination deadline is March 1, 2017.

Please submit nominations via email to Kristen Mortensen at
Comments or questions? Contact the AFAC office at 403.652.5111.
National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Priority Welfare Topic Areas for the Transportation Scientific Committee

The NFACC aims to initiate an update to the 2001 transportation Code of Practice in 2018. However, first steps toward this objective are being undertaken now, including the establishment of the Scientific Committee. This committee develops a report synthesizing the results of research relating to key animal welfare issues for the Code being developed. 

We are also seeking your input as to the priority animal welfare issues during the transport process that should be covered by the Scientific Committee report.

Learn more and participate in the survey by clicking here.
It's Time to Renew! 

Renew online today to avoid a lapse in the insurance coverage provided with your membership. Prefer to renew by email or mail and have misplaced your personalized form included with your Fall issue of Alberta Bits? Download the 2017 membership application form.

Don't forget that you can also purchase  your Jump AlbertaAlberta Equestrian Vaulting Association (AEVA) and/or Alberta Horse Trials Association membership through the   AEF portal when renewing online.
2016 Live Outside The Box Winners

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Live Outside the Box (LOTB) participants! We are excited to announce that our LOTB Alberta Buckaroos logged a total of 12, 994 hours of horse time, 12,108 hours of outdoor activity time and consumed 18, 202 healthy servings of fruits and vegetables between April 1 - September 31, 2016!

Click here to view the 2016 LOTB winners! 
Monthly Features
Feature Store Item: i am Cadillac - Great Christmas Gift! 

THE HORSE NAMED CADDIE knows he can't be the leader of the herd. Stocky, powerful and stubborn, he watches leaders come and go on the Triple R Ranch, but he will never be in their shoes.

He gets the opportunity of his life when a new colt arrives and he is trusted with the task of teaching the young horse the ways of the herd. Will this spirited colt live up to the high expectations placed on him? And can Caddie prepare him to be the new leader the ranch so desperately needs when violent weather, ferocious predators and human errors threaten to destroy them all?

This book has been signed and sealed by the author, Ross MacInnes, especially for fellow AEF members!

Click here to purchase your book today for that special person on your Christmas list! 

Business Member Spotlight: Vitality Equine

AEF members receive 25% off their first massage with Vitality Equine! 
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