The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part One: Carbohydrates

| In Nutrition For The Equestrian Athlete

The term nutrition is the overall process of ingestion, digestion, absorption and metabolism of the food we consume. All of these processes allow the nutrients from food to be assimilated and utilized by the tissues of our bodies. The needs of the equestrian athlete is very different from sedentary individuals since physical activity boosts caloric needs and, with an increase in caloric intake, you will find the increase of macro and micro nutrients as well. Therefore, it is important to understand the basic, underlying principles…
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Dressage Canada Announces 2016 Bursary Recipients

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Dressage Canada (DC) is pleased to announce the athletes who have been named recipients of the DC Bursary for 2016. Supported by the DC Levy Fund, the Bursary Program recognizes the difficulty athletes face as they strive to continue their dressage education. The program was developed to encourage athletes to accomplish their goals in the sport of dressage. The following athletes have been awarded DC Bursaries in the amount of $2,500 each. Georgia Wade of Fonthill, ON, is one of two recipients of this year’s…
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Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships to be relaunched in 2017

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Equine Canada (EC) and the Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) have made the joint decision to use 2016 to collaborate on the redevelopment of the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) in order to relaunch the competition in the future and ensure its place in the national competition structure. EC and the PTSOs will meet Feb. 8-9, 2016 to explore several options to revamp the CIEC for 2017 to ensure its success in the future.  EC and the PTSOs will endeavour to align on the…
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2016 OHTA Membership Information

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To compete at a sanctioned Horse Trial in Ontario, you will need FOUR(4) MEMBERSHIPS: Equine Canada Sport Licence (Bronze, Silver, Gold) – (Purchased via Equine Canada) Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) – (Purchased via the OEF) Ontario Horse Trials Association (OHTA) Membership (Also known as a PHTA) – (Purchased via the OEF, or on a Day Membership Basis) Canadian Eventing (CE) – (Purchased via Equine Canada. Please note – this membership includes your omnibus. This membership can also be purchased on as a Day Membership. Level…
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Six tips to help fight fatigue

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Does your lesson end 15 minutes before it is scheduled to? Does tacking up your horse tire you out to the extent that by the time you get into the arena you’re exhausted? Running out of steam? Perhaps you’re fatigued! By optimizing what and how you eat you can increase the amount of energy you have so you can take your ride to the next level. Fatigue is your body’s way of making you aware that you have reached your limit. The following healthy lifestyle…
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Fuelling properly for cold weather riding

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Welcome to Nutrition For The Equestrian Athlete. Tired of dragging your feet? Do you find that your horse has more giddy-up-go than you do? Perhaps what you’re eating is affecting your performance. Just so you know, there will be no horsing around, I won’t make you jump over fences or go around in 20-metre circles and you certainly won’t have to go large to find all the information you need. This blog will offer you – the equestrian athlete – all the information needed to…
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Stay sane this winter with a little creativity

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Before I get to the next blog, I have to pass on some very exciting news! The Transfer Update Clinic that all existing Coach 1, 2 and 3’s have to complete to transition to the new NCCP coaching system has been organized by Equine Canada. The clinic is being delivered online as a webinar. There are tons of dates and times available for you to register and complete the clinic ASAP. Click HERE to have a look and register so you can check this requirement…
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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Call for 2016 Nominations  

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2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Since the inaugural class of people and horses were inducted in 1976, there are now over 500 honoured members in the CHRHF. The public is invited to participate in the nomination of horses and people who have made a significant contribution to Canadian horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2016. Nominations for the following will be considered: MALE HORSE: Stallions or geldings whose contribution to…
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Make fire safety a priority at your stable

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The Ontario Equestrian Federation is deeply saddened by the two recent stable fires in this province. We offer our sincerest condolences to those whose lives have been touched by these tragedies. These recent events have left Ontario’s equine community reeling and wondering if more can be done to protect the animals in our care. In light of these recent events, we encourage all stable operators, including “back yard” horse owners, to have an emergency action plan in place for emergencies that may occur in your…
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Legendary Millar Brooke Farm gets boost from MAAAX™ LONGfibe™

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MAAAX™ LONGfibe™ forage cubes can now be found in the feed room at Millar Brooke Farm, the legendary Show Jumping barn in Perth, ON. operated by 10-time Olympian Ian Millar, his daughter Amy Millar, and son Jonathon Millar. “Like all horse owners, I too have struggled with getting good quality hay for my horses, or enough of it,” says Ian Millar. “Although we have our own fields in Perth, some years are just not ideal. MAAAX™ LONGfibe™ has given Millar Brooke Farm the opportunity to…
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