The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Four: An Athlete’s Need For Fluids

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Did you know that losing as little as two percent of body weight through sweat can impair a rider’s ability to perform due to a low blood volume and less than optimal utilization of nutrients and oxygen? Water (fluids) comprises about 60 per cent of the body and is the most important nutrient. It is crucial for various chemical reactions in the body, which is why hydration is imperative for optimal performance for the equestrian athlete. Riders who stay hydrated have better recovery time and higher…
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Amy Millar Leads Canadian Charge in Furusiyya Nations’ Cup

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The Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Mac Cone of King City, ON, Amy and Jonathon Millar of Perth, ON, and Chris Sorensen of Caledon East, ON, placed sixth in the $112,900 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, presented by Edge Brewing, held at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, FL, on Friday, February 19. The United States claimed victory with a final score of 13 faults following two rounds of competition, anchored by two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Beezie Madden riding Breitling LS.  Mexico placed…
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New Course Design Clinic for Coaches and Riders

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  The Ontario Equestrian Federation is introducing a new training opportunity for athletes and coaches on April 11-12 that will teach course design principles in the classroom, with demonstrations under saddle to improve performance on course. Led by a team of certified professionals, this clinic offers a unique perspective behind the principles of course design in relation to the athlete and coach. The clinicians include: Sally Sainsbury – EC Competition Coach Specialist and Certified EC Course Designer Chris Brandt – Certified EC/FEI Course Designer Evie Frisque…
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Canadian Success Continues During Week Five of Adequan Global Dressage Festival

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Canada’s dressage riders wrapped up another successful showing during week five of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), which took place Feb. 10-14, 2016 in Wellington, FL and featured international calibre competition up to the CDI 5* level. The top Canadian at the CDI 5* Grand Prix level was Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON and her veteran partner, Anton (Antaeus x Shirley), a 16-year-old Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding owned by her mother, Robyn Eames, and husband, Mark Trussell. They began week five with a seventh…
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Congratulations to the 2016 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…
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The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Three: The Athlete’s Need For Fat 

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Dietary fat has been blamed for many health problems. However, fat is actually an essential nutrient for optimal health. Adipose tissue (stored fat) provides cushion and insulation to internal organs, covers the nerves, is necessary in the digestion and assimilation of vitamins A, D, E, and K and is the largest reserve of stored energy available for activity. Fat is stored when we consume more calories than we use. There is an optimal level of body fat for health and for athletic activity. When that optimal…
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The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Two: Protein

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Lean protein – Helps build and repair Proteins are often called the building blocks of the body. Protein consists of combinations of structures called amino acids that combine in various ways to help build and repair muscles, bone, tendons, skin, hair, and other tissues. They serve other functions as well, including nutrient transportation and enzyme production. Adequate, regular protein intake is essential because it isn’t easily stored by the body. Various foods supply protein in varying amounts with complete proteins (those containing eight essential amino…
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Registration now open for 2016 EC Annual Convention: Building the Future of Equestrian in Canada 

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Registration is officially open for the 2016 Equine Canada Annual Convention, taking place April 20-24, 2016 in Montreal, QC. Set to be EC’s landmark event of the year, the 2016 EC Annual Convention will revolve around the theme, “Building the Future of Equestrian in Canada. From start to finish, you won’t want to miss a minute! Highlights include: Elite speakers & presenters: Ingmar De Vos, President of the FEI, Sönka Lauterbach, CEO of the German Equestrian Federation Lisa Lazarus, Consultant & Former Commercial Director of…
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Ballot Nominations Confirmed for 2016 Equine Canada Board of Directors

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Equine Canada’s (EC) Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of eight (8) candidates that have been selected for presentation to EC’s voting members. EC’s Nominating Committee members are:  Jorge Bernhard  Chair (non-voting)  Mark Samuel  Category A Representative  Karen Sparks  Category A Representative  Susan Thompson  Category B Representative  Diane Goyette  Category B Representative  Michael Boyd  Category C Representative  Richard Mackenzie  Category C Representative In accordance with the Call for Nominations that was issued Jan. 6, 2016 and the timelines provided at that time, thirteen…
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Equine Guelph Focuses on Reducing Risk Through Education

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A number of tragic barn fires in Ontario recently have initiated discussion surrounding fire prevention and safety on farms. Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, has been interviewed by a number of media outlets for tips and advice surrounding safety around barns and how to deal with frightened animals in these types of situations. The centre for the horse owner at the University of Guelph, in partnership with the Ontario Veterinary College, is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses. She encourages two…
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