Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Quest for Gold Recipients

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2016-2017 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program Final List of Ontario Card Nominations Announced! The Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) is pleased to announce the final list of athletes who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2016-2017 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by the OEF, approved by its Board of Directors and applied by (the) Selection Committee. Para-Dressage: 1. Madison Lawson 2. Jason Surnoski 3. Sarah…
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Congratulations to the 2017 OEF Youth Bursary Recipients

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The Ontario Equestrian Federation is pleased to help five junior members reach their equestrian goals by presenting them with $1,000 each through the OEF Youth Bursary program. Each year the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) distributes a minimum of five $1,000 bursaries to youth based on their involvement with horses, their future goals, as well as letters of recommendations from their coaches. Family resources and academic achievements are also considered. The bursaries can be used towards riding lessons, clinics, competition fees, continuing education and other activities…
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Ontario Equestrian Federation receives Ontario Sport Recognition!

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The Sport Recognition Policy assists the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) in identifying and recognizing provincial sport governing organizations that meet specific requirements in the areas of governance, finance, administration and programming. These recognized organizations partner with the government to develop a high functioning and effective sport system. The Ontario Equestrian Federation recently received recognition status for the equestrian community of Ontario. This is a significant milestone for the OEF as we join an elite 25% of the more than 85 sports who…
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The OEF Welcomes New Executive Director, Tracey McCague-McElrea

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“I am very pleased to announce Tracey’s appointment as Executive Director of the OEF. Tracey is no stranger to the OEF. She was the consultant hired to assist with the recent reorganization and new strategic direction.  Her enthusiasm, work ethic, knowledge and creativity will enable the OEF to pursue our strategic plan that will serve the equestrian community in a positive new way. I am very excited at the prospect of continuing to work with Tracey,” stated OEF President Mark Nelson. Tracey has a long…
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Coach Training

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The snow has finally landed around here. While I wish I could write poetic, lovely verses about the love I possess for the white stuff, it would be complete fiction.  OK, it is great to take a horse out and hack through it on an unseasonably warm day occasionally through the long dark months, but I’d rather have grass under my feet to be honest! As coaches, this time of year makes us take a deep breath and start considering what the next few months…
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Is Your Sports Drink Really Quenching Your Thirst and Replenishing Electrolytes?!

| In Nutrition For The Equestrian Athlete

Is Your Sports Drink Really Quenching Your Thirst and Replenishing Electrolytes?! Sports drinks touted as the beverage of athletes are nothing more than a quagmire of unhealthy ingredients most of which are considered carcinogenic. These so called refreshing beverages contain nothing more than a pinch of salt, a drop of potassium, additives and One Hundred Percent Processed Sugar. Although these products are supposed to replenish electrolytes after exercising, in reality, they can actually cause an imbalance. Due to its inherent high sugar content, sports drinks…
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Hydrate Your Body with High Water Content Fruits and Vegetables

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Water makes up about 60% of the body’s weight. For the body to function properly, we need to consume about two quarts of water (or liquid) per day. Every system in your body depends on water. Water regulates body temperatures, eliminates toxins, carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and provides a moist environment for body tissues and joints.  Water needs vary but depend on the food a person eats, environmental temperature and humidity, a person’s activity level and other factors. Fruits and vegetables contain large quantities of…
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New OEF By-laws Passed Unanimously During June 3 Meeting of the Members

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OEF Members Pass New Bylaws – June 3rd, 2016 During a special Meeting for Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) members, held at the Caledon Equestrian Park, the new proposed bylaws were presented and voted on. For members unable to attend, a proxy vote was made available to all eligible voting members. A total of 32 proxy votes were received and put forward by proxy holders who attended the meeting. Upon completion of the bylaw presentation, and responding to questions from the floor, the following motion was made: Motion: Be it resolved that the members of the Ontario…
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Special Meeting of the Members on June 3, 2016

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Special Meeting of the Members on June 3, 2016 to Vote on the Proposed New Bylaws Proxy Voting is now closed, as of 4pm on June 1, 2016 OEF Special General Meeting Information: Date: Friday, June 3, 2016 Location: Caledon Equestrian Park 200 Pine Avenue, Caledon, ON L7E 0M1 “Palgrave Room” Attached to new indoor arena. Time: 6:30 pm *Food and beverages will be provided AGENDA 6:30pm – Welcome 6:40pm – Presentation 7:20pm – Vote on the proposed new OEF By-Laws #LEADCHANGE Highlights of Proposed…
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Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) – What is it?!

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One of the hot terms being tossed around by coaches these days is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). If you are coaching and you’re not talking or thinking about it just yet, don’t panic – I’ll fill you in so you can talk like you personally came up with the idea! So what is LTAD? And why do we care?  I mean, my students come for lessons every week because of my super amazingness.  They’ll keep taking lessons with me for as long as I…
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