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The 2020 AQHA Racing Canadian Champion Contenders

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association would like to acknowledge the below horses that are in contention for 2020 AQHA’s Racing Canadian Champion.

2020 was a challenge year for all aspects of the Equine Industry and we are grateful that racing foraged forward.

The 2020 AQHA Racing Championship Ceremony is at 6pm Central on January 14 at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. The Ceremony will be aired via live webcast at www.aqha.com/racing

COUNTRYS COMMIN BAC is a 2013 gelding by Country Chicks Man out of the dam Bac To Center (Splash Bac) foaled in Ontario. Owned by Ralph Pearson, bred by Marko Naterer and trained by Don Reid this gelding had a record of 9 starts: 2(1)-0-1 with earnings $27, 964 USD. He won the Ontario Bred Maturity.

DOUBLE CRUISE is a 2017 gelding by Bd Cruiser out of the dam Eye Cruise (Eye Take Time) foaled in Alberta. He raced for owner/breeder/trainer Tom Kenway with a record of 6 starts: 2(2)-2(1)-0 and earnings of $28,418 USD. He won the Alberta Bred Derby and the Canada QH Cup Derby

EAZY STREET a 2017 gelding by Mighty B Valiant out of Easily Holland (Holland Ease) bred in Ontario. He raced for owners Carol & Jamie Robertson, breeder Buylaine Paquin and trainer Bryn Robertson. From 7 starts he had a record of 2- 2(1)-1(1) and earnings of $25,934 USD. He was second in the Picov Derby and third in the Ontario Bred Derby.

EYESA TIMBER a 2018 gelding by First Timber out of Eyesa Perry (Mr Jess Perry) foaled in Alberta. A record from 7 starts of 4(2)-2-0 and earnings of $56,491 USD. He raced for owner/breeder/trainer Wesley Oulton, winning the Alberta Bred (RG3) Futurity and Canada QH Cup (RG3) Futurity.

FIESTY ICON a 2012 gelding by Sugarman Perry out of Fiesty Spirit (Special Effort) foaled in Ontario. Raced by owner/trainer Richard Kennedy and bred by Picov Cattle Company. He earned $45,197 USD from 9 starts 3(2)-3(1)-2. He was 1st in the Ontario Sire Stakes Maturity, 1st Alex Picov Memorial Championship and 2nd Ontario Bred Maturity.

HAD TO BE RELENTLESS a 2018 Ontario foaled gelding by Hes Relentless out of Had To Be Fandango (Hadtobenuts). He raced for owner/breeder Carol & Jamie Robertson and trainer Bryn Robertson. A record of 1-4(1)-1(1) from 6 started earning $35,190 USD. He was 2nd in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity and 3rd in the Ontario Bred Futurity.

HANOVER HILL CHALSEE a 2017 Ontario foaled filly by Make Out Artist out of Secret Sugarwoman (Sugarman Perry). She raced for owner/breeder Picov Cattle Co and trainer Richard Kennedy. She won the Ontario Bred Derby and had a record of 4(1)-1-2 from 9 starts earning $38,236 USD.

JESS CAROLINAS AWARD a 2017 filly by Winners Award out of Jess Carolina (Feature Mr Jess). She raced for owner/breeder Rick Crispi and trainer Tom Dunlap. In 8 starts she earned $35, 474 USD

ONE KOOL DYNASTY a 2017 filly by Fdd Dynasty out of One Kool Bud (Strawflyin Buds). Bred in Ontario by William “Bill” Taggart, owned by Belinda Taggart and trained by Carol McIntyre she earned a record of 4(1)-3(1)-1(1) from 10 starts and earnings of $47,454 USD. She was 1st in the Princess Derby, 2nd Ontario Bred Derby and 3rd Picov Derby.

TWIXT OF FATE a 2018 Ontario bred gelding by Streakin Six Cartel out of Eyesa Quick (Eyesa Special). Racing for breeder Gary McNichol, owner Richard Wincikaby and trainer Michelle Woodley. He earned $28,489 USD from 4 starts with a record of 2(1)-1-0. He won the Ontario Bred Futurity.

Ontario images provided by New Media Images (Clive Cohen) and Alberta images by Coady Photography (Ryan Haynes).

Stat source: Equibase

About the AQHA Racing Champions

Each year, AQHA awards the top American Quarter Horses in the racing industry at the AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony. The Champions ballots for each equine category are determined by a collection of criteria. Some automatically make the ballot based on earnings. Others are nominated and voted onto the ballot by the AQHA Racing Committee. Members of the Champions Selection Subcommittee then meet to review the finalists and cast their ballots to determine each champion. Ballots for Breeder, Owner, Trainer and Jockey of the Year consist of the individuals with the best overall placing according to money earned, races won and performance in graded stakes. Winners are likewise chosen by the Champions Selection Subcommittee. More details on the AQHA Selection Process can be found here.

 

Individual voting results will be made public at the AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony on January 14 at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City.

 

The AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony is sponsored by Bank of America, John Deere, Nutrena, Wrangler, Adequan® and Heritage Place.

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Shannon Burwash Memorial Scholarship 2020 Recipiants

August 8, 2020 — Calgary, AB — The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2020 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June.

$2,000 Leadership Award to Kimberly Stewart 

Kimberly Stewart is a current fourth year Student at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She has wanted to become a veterinarian since grade six after reading the Big Ben biography, which told the tale of Ian Millar’s famous show horse Big Ben. His many colic episodes and frightening trailer accident inspired her to pursue a career in which she may be able to help animals like Ben, just like the veterinarians did in the book. 

Kimberly has a Bachelors degree in Zoology from the University of Calgary where she spent four years earning her degree with a year off in between her third and fourth year to take part in the elected role of one of the Calgary Stampede Princesses. Kimberly and two other women made up the trio and they took part in numerous events and rodeos around the Calgary and surrounding area as well as acting as ambassadors for the Stampede on an international scale. After her year off, she went back to school to finish her last year, joined the CS Chuckwagon Committee, and has taken on the role of Production Manager and Operational Manager for the production subcommittee.

Once Kimberly got into veterinary school she started to become more involved in the extra curricular activities  the school had to offer and became the President of the Calgary Association of Veterinary Students as well as a member of numerous clubs. She was also able to host the first Theriogenology day where they had guest speakers including Dr. Wayne Burwash himself, as well as an afternoon filled with clinical skills labs focused around theriogenology. Kimberly says, “I have developed a passion for equine reproduction over the past four years and I am hoping to bring that passion to a practice once I graduate.” 

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Sadie Popoff

Sadie Popoff was born in Calgary, Alberta and has been heavily involved in the equine community since moving to Cochrane in 2011. She was involved in 4H equine programs for four years and has competed in both Western and English events with her horse, Roper. In high school, she obtained her Equine Technician Green Certificate. Her experiences with horses have played a significant role in her life and has taught her many valuable lessons. It has been this involvement that has led her to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Last year, Sadie started her first year at the University of Calgary to study biological sciences. After completing her undergraduate work, she plans on applying to veterinary school. She is interested in all aspects of equine medicine, especially the research side that explores the development of new therapeutic procedures and medicines.  

Alongside equine medicine, Sadie hopes on working as a part-time or volunteer veterinarian for wildlife rehabilitation centres. She currently volunteers at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation to gain more experience in a clinic setting and hopes to continue working to protect wildlife. She is very excited to pursue this career as it will allow her to remain involved in the equine community and continue doing what she loves. 

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Claire Horsch

Claire Horsch has had a passion for horses her whole life. Growing up on her family’s working cattle ranch has allowed her to pursue her riding dreams, and given her the opportunity to raise and train young horses. Claire has been in 4-H for eight years, and has participated in many equestrian shows and competitions with her horse projects.  

This year Claire was accepted into the AQHA Young Horse Development Program and received a donated weanling filly as her project horse. She is proud to be the only Canadian participant in the 2020 program. In keeping with her passion for horses, Claire also volunteers as a horse leader and side walker with her local Therapeutic Riding Association.  

This fall Claire will be starting the Bachelor of Science program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, where she plans on completing an undergraduate degree in Animal Biology before applying to veterinary school. Claire knows that working with animals is her calling and is determined to make her dream of becoming a veterinarian come true.

Since 2016, there have been two different categories of scholarship awards:  

  • The Leadership Award is for students advancing past their second year of studies ($2,000 award).
  • The Encouragement Award is for first or second year students (2 X $1,000 awards).

Click here for the link to these two awards.

“Again this year, we were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants,” said Dr. Wayne Burwash. “This is the sixth year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon’s passing in 2013, and we have now awarded $23,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to all the recipients and best wishes for rewarding careers involving the horse.” 

For more information, click here to visit the CQHA Youth Programs and Opportunities webpage. 

Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. The scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post-secondary education, and being involved in the horse industry in their future. 

Help CQHA expand scholarship support with a donation to the  Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund for Equine and Agricultural Studies  

 

Our overall goal was to raise $125,000 so the fund can keep generating annual awards to deserving students into the future. Dr. Burwash is most appreciative of all the generous donors who have enabled us to reach this important milestone.  As of 2019, the fund reached its target goal of $125,000, but welcomes further donations so that it may increase the number of scholarships awarded annually.                                       

To Donate:   

Online:  Visit  calgaryfoundation.org choose “Donate” at the top, right hand side of webpage, then click on the link for “Donate to an Existing Fund”, and then search the drop-down menu for “Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund for Equine for Equine and Agricultural Studies” (listed alphabetically). VISA and MasterCard are accepted. 

By Phone:  To pay by credit card over the phone, call 403-802-7700 during office hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please do NOT leave your credit card number on voicemail. 

In Person:  The Calgary Foundation, Kananoff Centre, #1180,105 12th Ave.,  SE, Calgary during office hours. 

By Mail: Make cheques payable to The Calgary Foundation, indicating “Shannon Burwash Memorial Award” in the memo section.  Mail to The Calgary Foundation, 1180 – 105 12 Avenue SE., Calgary, AB T2G 1A1

Tax Receipts for Donations: A Canadian tax receipt will be issued for donations over $25

For more information, contact Ms. Darlene Chrapko, Director, Awards & Scholarships, at The Calgary Foundation at T: 403-802-7711 or Email: dchrapko@calgaryfoundation.org

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September Q Horse Hero Honourees

Congratulations to Our September Q Horse Heroes, Christine St-Jean, Todd Bailey, Cheryl Norris, and Laura Siebenthal-Baxter
Christine St-Jean

Christine’s devotion to riding quarter horses began as a 15 year old girl when her mother
purchased a quarter horse for her. Christine showed local shows for a few years, until she got
the bug to attend the Ontario Quarter Horse Circuit.

Christine’s remote northern Ontario location does not stop her from trailering her show horse
12 hours one way to exhibit in western pleasure, showmanship and trail. Christine is proud of
her horses, and the foals that she has raised, breeding to top Quarter Horse Stallions in North
America. Christine is a Director with Ontario Quarter Horse Amateur Association (OAQHA)
maintaining the Facebook page, and engaging in various fund raising efforts.

Christine travels 50 minutes one way to Timmins and District Hospital, where for the past 30
years she is employed as a Laboratory Technician. Her job is covers emergency department,
microbiology department, and the main laboratory. Timmins and District Hospital is a full
service hospital for Northern Ontario residences, partnering with Lakehead University,
Laurentian Medicine.Over and above Christine’s position as a Laboratory Technician and position with OAQHA,

Christine was the founder of “Horses for Hoof”. This initiative raised 10,000.00 dollars through
clinics, and various other horse activities for the emergency department at Timmins and District
Hospital and Northern College.

CQHA honours Christine St-Jean as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

Cheryl Norris

Cheryl Norris is one of those dedicated equestrian volunteers. She is no stranger to the Quarter
Horse show circuit operation and exhibition. Her specialty on the Quarter Horse Circuit was
Hunter Under Saddle and Pleasure Driving.Cheryl has assumed the position of President of Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association (EOQHA) currently for eleven years.

Decisions to cancel all events for 2020 due to Covid-19 did not stop Cheryl from engaging EOQHA members in a virtual clinic with renowned trainer and futurity prospect, Brian Isabell. Cheryl is well respected as the anchor of EOQHA, at the Summer Sizzler 2019 the board of director’s presented Cheryl with an recognition award. In Cheryl’s words: “It was very kind to be recognized” The recognition award read, “we should acknowledge that Cheryl has been president for 10 yrs now and without her dedication EOQHA would not be where it is today. “

Cheryl’s love for the horses spills over into the miniature show circuit, where she exhibits in halter, roadster, single pleasure driving , tandem hitch as well as multi hitch classes , cones, and . . Another
fun class is barrels (yes while driving your fastest mini)

Cheryl’s story does not end here. For the past 25 years Cheryl has been employed at Kemptville District Hospital in the Dietary Department. Kemptville District Hospital is a fully accredited healthcare facility
committed to building healthier communities.

During her career, Cheryl was on the award winning team to receive: Regional Unit of the Year by Morrison, the healthcare division of Compass Group Canada, the hospital’s food service provider. The KDH unit was chosen from healthcare organizations all over the region, which encompasses Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.(excerpt from Kemptville District Hospital)


CQHA honours Cheryl Norris as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

Todd Bailey

Todd Bailey certainly is no stranger to the equestrian world. Todd juggles his time between
family, saddle maker, trainer and horse show judge.

Todd and his wife Peggy have carried on the long family tradition of saddle making for 38 years,
learning the trade from his father Don Bailey, founder of Bailey Saddles. Todd’s talents go
beyond saddle making. For the past 34 years, Todd is one of the most sought after judges,
holding multiple judging cards; and during this pandemic, Todd has judged virtual shows and real
time shows across Canada.

Todd has been an active director and president on various boards including Alberta Paint Horse
Association, Area 2 Quarter Horse Association, Ontario Paint Association, All Equine Show in
London, Ontario and London Fair Board.

Todd extends his kindly manner to everyone he meets, and he’s been gracious to assist virtual show managers and competitors alike this year, by donating his judging fees and giving exhibitors constructive feedback on their video entries.

CQHA honors Todd Bailey as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

Laura Siebenthal-Baxter

Laura is currently in her twelfth year as letter carrier, employed by Canada Post in the Province
of Ontario.

After completing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Work, Laura took a position
with a Police Service and also worked as a Emergency Medical Technician on a rural ambulance.

Juggling a career and family, Laura enjoys equestrian activities with her daughter and
grandchildren. Volunteering with Canadian Pony Club, Equine Assisted Learning and rescuing
horses which keeps the family busy.

Laura enjoys riding her Quarter Horse / Appaloosa cross mare “Dixie”, volunteering with
Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit which is a proud alliance partner of the Canadian Quarter
Horse Association.

For being an essential part of her community, CQHA honours Laura Siebenthal-Baxter as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

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William Holliday

In Memoriam

With great sadness, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) advises
that friend and board mentor, William (Bill) Holliday age 64, of Goodwater Saskatchewan, passed away
on September 29, 2020. Bill is survived by his wife Jayne Hunter, his daughter Lauren, son Marshall, and
his animal companions: Cooper, P.J. and Buster. Bill was a good and honorable man. He was loving and
devoted to his family. He remained a steadfast friend. He was an accomplished lawyer and fine rancher.


Bill served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of CQHA. Bill’s contributions to our
organization have been invaluable. He drafted the CQHA’s Constitution and subsequent By-Law
amendments; applied for CQHA’s trademarks; submitted annual not-for-profit returns to Industry
Canada; maintained the official CQHA Minutes Book and Corporate Seal at his office in Weyburn. Bill
was a generous corporate sponsor of the 2008 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup held in
London, Ontario. Preserving the history of Quarter Horses in Canada and promoting the working ranch
horse sector of the industry were two of Bill’s highest priorities as a director.

A private gathering was held at Bill’s ranch house to honor and remember him. Should family and
friends wish, charitable donations may be made in his memory to the Weyburn and District Hospital
Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK
1-888-848-0333). Expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to the website at
www.rdfuneralchapel.com “Honouring Life and Celebrating Memories”

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Lord Strathcona’s Horse – Mounted Troop

Trooper, Strathcona’s Horse in South Africa. This image strikingly shows why Strathcona’s Horse, perhaps more than any other unit in South Africa, became identified with the popular image of the Canadian cowboy.
HISTORY & ORIGINS : Canada & The South African War, 1899-1902

On 10 January 1900, Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, offered to raise a regiment at his own expense for service in the British Army in South Africa. The Imperial authorities accepted his offer and thus was born one of the more unusual regiments of the South African War. While officially a British unit, the distinction was lost on the Canadian public, politicians, and the men serving in its ranks. It could hardly have been otherwise, as the unit was recruited entirely in the Canadian West. It was equipped by the Canadian government, quartered in Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, and paraded on Parliament Hill. The men cut impressive figures, resplendent in wide-brimmed Stetsons, and mounted on cow ponies with western saddles and lassos.

The unit was known as Strathcona’s Horse. It was made up of three quadrons recruited in Manitoba, the territories that would later become the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, and British Columbia.

A cadre of mounted police joined Strathcona’s Horse, among them the commanding officer, the legendary Superintendent Sam Steele.

Strathcona’s Horse arrived in Cape Town on 10 April 1900, and was delayed there by an outbreak of disease among its horses. Finally, in June, the regiment joined General Buller’s Natal Field Force and took part in the clearing of the Boer forces from that colony, and also in operations intended to link up with the main army in the Transvaal. On 5 July, at Wolve Spruit, a member of the unit, Sergeant Arthur Richardson, was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded and unhorsed comrade.

The regiment experienced a considerable amount of hard fighting during the remainder of its tour of operations. In January 1901, the Canada-bound unit stopped in London where the new monarch, King Edward VII, personally presented its members with their South African campaign medals, while Lord Strathcona proudly looked on.

Map Indicating the Movement of the Strathcona’s Horse, 20 June – 1 September 1900

The Troop Today

The Strathcona Mounted Troop is an authorized volunteer display unit. The Troop is reminiscent of Lord Strathcona’s Horse in the nineteen twenties and thirties. The twenty-horse, twenty-five member Troop performs the Musical Ride. The ride is drawn from the Regiment’s traditions of the nineteen twenties and thirties.
When was the Troop Formed?

The current Strathcona Mounted Troop was formed in 1977. The original Ceremonial Mounted Troop was formed in 1923 as a means of honouring and maintaining the Cavalry traditions of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). The original Troop was disband in 1939 when the Regiment moved to armoured vehicles as Canada joined the world in preparations for the Second World War.

Who are the people in the Troop?

The twenty-five members of the Strathcona Mounted Troop are soldiers of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). The members of the Troop volunteer for one or two years to serve in much the same manner as Strathcona’s did in the nineteen twenties. Their daily schedule concentrates on the care of their mounts and equipment, and in cavalry drills and training. In addition, they are responsible to remain ready for active military duty, and must therefore participate in trade specific training. The Troop Leader is Captain Corey McLean and the Troop’s Ride Master is Warrant Officer James Clarke.

What is Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)?

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) is a regular force armoured unit of the Canadian Forces. The Strathcona’s primary fighting vehicle is the Leopard tank. Its reconnaissance squadron utilizes the Coyote, of the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) family. The Strathcona’s are the only regular force armoured unit in Western Canada.

Who owns the horses?

The mounts of the Strathcona Mounted Troop are provided through the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation, and remain Foundation property. The mounts are neither purchased by nor maintained by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense.

Does the Army issue the uniforms and equipment?

The uniforms, accoutrements (badges and buttons) saddles and tack are not the property of the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense. These items are provided through the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation, and remain Foundation property.

How does the Strathcona Mounted Troop Travel?

Public support is provided in transporting the Strathcona Mounted Troop with regards to personnel and support vehicles. Transportation of our 20 horse trailer is provided by one of our proud sponsors, Bison Transport. The twenty-horse trailer purchased in 1998, however, was provided by the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation with the assistance of the Wild Rose Foundation.

What is the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation?

The Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation is a non-profit company registered in the Province of Alberta. This registered charitable organization has the sole object of providing for and maintaining the Strathcona Mounted Troop for the enjoyment of the general public, and to provide public education on Canadian Cavalry heritage, history and tradition. From its inception in 1984, the Foundation has grown from the generosity of Alberta corporations and friends of the Strathcona’s. The primary source of funds remains private donation, and honourariums.

Can the Strathcona Mounted Troop be booked by any organization?

Any organization or individual can book the Strathcona Mounted Troop throughout the active display season May through October. Availability is dependent on the distance from Edmonton, Alberta, and on conflict with annual commitments. The Troop, for instance, is booked for all major events at Spruce Meadows. An information and requirements package will be forwarded to interested parties. Please contact smt@strathconas.ca.

Click here to link to the full Lord Strathcona’s Horse website

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Proposed Changes to the Bylaws of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association

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Canadian Horse Journal Partners with CQHA

Working Together to Represent Canada’s Quarter Horse Community

Updated: October 30, 2020

If you are a Canadian who owns or breeds Quarter Horses, there is no better time to join the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), now offering free memberships to all Quarter Horse owners and breeders in Canada.

Now, among the many exciting initiatives planned for 2021, and thanks to an exciting new partnership with Canadian Horse Journal (CHJ), CQHA members are eligible for select benefits including reduced subscription rates to Canadian Horse Journal (CHJ), Canada’s award-winning national horse magazine published by Horse Community Journals Inc (HCJ).

Within the Canadian horse community, the CHJ-CQHA partnership represents a growing trend of like-minded horse people working together to strengthen and promote our industry. Every month, more than 100,000 Canadians rely on HCJ’s multimedia platforms to deliver the industry news they need and the content that connects them to their equine interests and passions. This powerful communication vehicle will now include the latest CQHA news, promotions, resources for breeders and owners, programs such as “Q Horse Heroes” — recognizing Canada’s unsung heroes within the community — contests and special offers.

Quarter Horses are one of the world’s most versatile horses, and you will find them at virtually every horse barn and horse event in Canada, no matter the discipline. As of 2019, the tally of Quarter Horses in Canada was 242,516, representing more than one-quarter of the total Canadian herd. With over 13,000 members in Canada, and now by partnering with Canadian Horse Journal, CQHA is making exceptional strides to represent, educate, promote, and grow their association.

Become a CQHA member today, at www.cqha.ca.

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New Learning Opportunity for Equine Caregivers and Professionals

Free online training is the latest initiative out of the gate to raise awareness about Canada’s standard of care for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules
(10 SEPT 2020 Cochrane, AB, Canada) – The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) has launched an online training program in an effort to increase awareness around nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of equines.
“This new video series provides a timely refresher about management and welfare practices for the animals in our care,” says project coordinator Mikki Shatosky. “Be it housing, health management, transportation or other animal husbandry practices, there are requirements and recommendations that must be part of our everyday routines.”
Structured around the 10 sections of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines, the video series includes the latest science based information on equine care.
“The online program is designed for participants to work through sections at their own pace,” adds Shatosky. “The modules vary in length from five to 40 minutes each for more in-depth topics such as health management and husbandry practices.”
Recognizing differing learning goals and priorities, HWAC offers two convenient training options. Participants can choose to explore individual components and move through training units on the HWAC website at no cost. Those looking for a more structured approach and certification may opt to access the training via the HWAC learning portal for a fee of $25. The latter path includes testing upon course completion as well as a certificate.
In addition to the informative videos, HWAC has developed a number of tailored assessment checklists to assist owners, custodians, industry specialists and professionals. The content will inform and educate authorities involved in welfare inspections, cruelty investigations and aid in determining outcomes for accepted standards of care.
“The intent of our support tools is to provide access to the latest information while encouraging the highest quality care,” she adds. “Not only do our checklists prompt owners to ask key questions before a care arrangement is established, they also facilitate continuous improvement within the industry itself.”
Established in 2008, HWAC has a proven track record of working within the equine sector to educate and promote humane care, handling and welfare of equines throughout their lifetime. The Alliance includes provincial equine organizations, farm animal care groups and other segments of the animal agriculture industry.
“Anyone who has experienced the joys of equine knows it is a great privilege and enduring responsibility,” she adds. “These are special connections that often last for many years, so it’s important to confirm your practices are keeping pace with evolving care and handling techniques.”
Visit www.horsewelfare.ca/equine-code-training for more information and to begin training.
The Equine Code of Practice Awareness and Education initiative is managed through the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada and funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriAssurance Program – a federal, provincial, territorial initiative.
Contact: Mikki Shatosky 403-870-8784 design@declercq.ca