Monthly Archives: August 2015

Teams selected for Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships

| In OEF News

The Ontario Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce the riders and coaches who will be representing the province at the upcoming Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC), which take place from Sept. 25-27 in Ottawa. Teams will be comprised of two junior and two senior riders in the disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Reining. Riders must apply to be considered and are selected based on past competition results, as well as other eligibility requirements. The following individuals have been short listed: Jumping Juniors: Faith Bell of…
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New Course Design Clinic for Coaches and Riders

| In News, OEF News

The Ontario Equestrian Federation is introducing a new course design clinic on Oct. 10 & 11 geared not only towards course design candidates, but also coaches and athletes. The new course design clinic will incorporate the basic principles of course design, but will also address the needs of coaches and athletes. The updated program will include hands-on training and demonstrations to build skills in: Walking courses Analyzing courses Analyzing a rider on course – identifying strengths and weaknesses Building courses and tests to train for…
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Apply now for the Aspen vanWalraven Memorial Scholarship 2015

| In News

McKee-Pownall Equine Services would like to announce the Aspen VanWalraven Memorial Scholarship for 2015. Aspen, who was part of the McKee-Pownall team and a friend to everyone, participated in equestrian sport for the love of the horse. Aspen had the gift of seeing the positive in every situation and gave her unfailing support to others. This scholarship is valued at $1,500 and will be awarded to an equestrian athlete who exemplifies Aspen’s qualities and ideals. This person is a compassionate individual who displays excellent sportsmanship…
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McKee-Pownall Equine Services Launches Horse Health & Welfare Award

| In News

McKee-Pownall Equine Services is pleased to announce the first annual “Horse Health & Welfare Award.” This accolade is valued at $1000 and will be awarded to the trainer that best demonstrates attention to the health and welfare of the horse. One recipient will be selected, from trainers in good standing with the OHJA, who directly and effectively enhances the health of the horses in their care. The award is based upon: Incorporating veterinary care as part of the overall training routine of horses in their…
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Dressage Athletes David Marcus and Nicholas Fyffe Relocate to Wellington, Florida

| In News

Canadian Olympian David Marcus and fellow grand prix dressage competitor, Nicholas Fyffe of Australia, are merging their training businesses and relocating to Wellington, FL, full-time. Having spent several years dividing their time between their Canadian training base and wintering in Florida, the pair has made the difficult decision to sell the 15-acre farm in Campbellville, ON, that Marcus purchased in 2008. “To be successful in our sport, it is imperative to compete in Wellington during the winter months,” explained Marcus.  “For the past five years,…
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Canadians Capture Three Medals at 2015 North American Endurance Team Challenge

| In News

Canadian endurance athletes captured a total of three medals at the 2015 North American Endurance Team Challenge (NAETC), held August 21, 2015 at Cayuse Creek Ranch in Millbrook, ON. Canada fielded five teams for the 2015 NAETC, which is an FEI sanctioned endurance competition held bi-annually, and attracting competitors from Canada, Mexico and the United States. In the senior division, the North East Mid Atlantic Menace Team from the U.S. took gold, while the Canada East A Team finished silver, followed by the U.S. Central…
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Why do I need tack insurance? Isn’t it covered under my homeowner’s policy?

| In Ask BFL Blog

The answer to this question depends on where you keep your tack. If your tack is stored regularly within your residence buildings, then yes, your homeowner’s policy will respond to theft, loss or damage to your tack, subject to the policy deductible and all terms and conditions of the policy. Also, if you specifically schedule your tack on your homeowner’s policy, it is insured under that policy, regardless of where you store it (again, subject to the terms and conditions of your policy). Most people,…
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New USEF rules for equine influenza vaccine

| In News

In an effort to protect horses against these 2 prevalent respiratory diseases, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will implement a rule effective 1 Dec 2015, mandating that all horses be current (within 6 months) on their EIV and equine herpesvirus vaccines prior to entering a USEF show. Kent Allen, DVM, volunteer chair for the USEF veterinary committee and drug and medications committee, believes the rule change will benefit both horses and show competitors. “This rule change and uniformity of rules is going to help us not only better protect our horses against infectious…
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Responsible, Purposeful Breeding

| In News

The words responsible and breeding should be an inseparable pairing in the horse industry. The successful future of a foal depends heavily on the investment of the breeder to: 1) financially project costs from conception to sale or lifespan of the horse if it is to be kept. 2) research, research, research!   The homework list is a long one including choosing a mare and stallion with great conformation and temperament, investigating their performance records, checking fertility rates, health records, offspring records and more… 3) educate…
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Mosquito-borne Diseases: West Nile Virus Infection and Eastern Equine Encephalitis

| In News

On August 11, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of a positive test result for West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse from the Sudbury area. The unvaccinated mare developed neurological signs which progressively became worse over 48 hours and necessitated humane euthanasia. During this time of year, veterinarians in Ontario should consider WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) as differential diagnoses in horses with neurological signs, and can identify positive cases through appropriate testing. WNV and EEE are…
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