Horse Day 2018 is taking place June 2, 2018

Each year, the first Saturday of June is marked as Canada's National Horse Day. Together, Equestrian Canada (EC) and the provincial equestrian associations invite all Canadians to take this unique opportunity honour, discover, and explore the equestrian world.

For many Canadians, Horse Day is the chance to get up close and personal with a horse for the first time. Horse Day is also the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the important contributions made by horses in our nation's heritage and how people of all ages and experience levels can continue to enjoy horses in sport and leisure.

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Join us for a Multi-Discipline High Performance Symposium

The Saskatchewan Horse Federation is holding a multi-discipline High Performance Symposium at Ebon Stables in Saskatoon, June 21st to 24th.  The weekend will feature a Hunter/Jumper clinic with Chris Surbey, and a dressage clinic with Tom Dvorak. In addition to 3 days of riding, the clinic will include unmounted sessions on athlete mental prepadness, athlete wellness, and equine health. 

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Doug Howe Inducted into Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame

SHF Board Member and Past President Doug Howe was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame for 2018.

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CFIA Releases Proposed National Equine Infectious Anemia Disease Control Program

In response to a recent release from CFIA, the SHF encourages you to register your points of concern or support for the recently released proposal for a National EIA Disease Control Program.

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Hamilton selected as FEI official for Games

Dr. Don Hamilton, professor emeritus of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is one of four Canadians who have been selected as officials for the 2018 Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games this fall.

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Changes to Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials

Health Canada, as of December 1, 2018, is making changes to the dispensing of all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs). From that date onward, products containing antibiotics will require a prescription from a veterinarian, and can only be dispensed by a veterinarian, or licensed pharmacist. Health Canada is making these changes to aid in protecting human health by reducing the factors to the nationwide incidents of drug resistant organisms.

How does this affect horse owners and animal welfare?  Horse owners may have been in the habit of obtaining products containing antibiotics at feed stores or tack shops, rather than through their veterinarian.  They may also have imported products containing antibiotics for their own use from the US, or from online pharmacies in the past.  These options will no longer be available.  Those without a veterinarian, with whom they have a valid client-patient-relationship, will not be able to access products that contain antibiotics without a prescription.  Horse owners in remote areas may have greater difficulty obtaining products containing antibiotics.

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2017 SHF Volunteer Recognition Award presented to Dr. Keith Anstead and Pat Jacobson

The 2017 SHF Volunteer Recognition Award is presented to Dr. Keith Anstead and Pat Jacobson, celebrating their volunteer service to the horse world in Saskatchewan.

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2017 Equine Welfare Award for Young Steward of the Future presented to Norah Ridley

The Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare is presented by Saskatchewan Horse Federation and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan to recognize excellence in the recipients and serve as a reminder of the importance of providing exceptional care to animals  The 2017 Award for Young Steward of the Future is presented to Norah Ridley of Osler, Saskatchewan.

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Karen Nordin awarded The Canada 150 Community Volunteer Award

Karen Nordin, Coach and Director of the Parkland Therapeutic Riding Association in Yorkton, SK was one of the recipients of the Canada 150 Community Volunteer Award in 2017.

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Dr. Betty Althouse Awarded the Saskatchewan Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service

Dr. Betty Althouse, Chief Veterinary Officer with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, was recently one of the recipients of the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service.

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$150,000.00 Will Be Distributed To Under 25 Athletes Across Canada!

Saskatchewan Horse Federation is pleased at this time to announce two new programs being introduced Nationwide, with the mandate to support Equestrian Athletes across the country under the age of 25. The programs are being designed to help identify those who have the potential in becoming Canada’s next High- Performance Athletes.

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