What The CFIA Heard Report - Consultation on the Proposed Equine Infectious Anemia Disease Control Program

Earlier this year, the CFIA drafted a proposed national disease control program for equine infectious anemia. Stakeholders (horse owners and riders, land and stable owners, equine event organizers, veterinarians, equine transporters, etc) were asked to comment on the proposed program.  Here's what they heard:

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Two EC Judges Clinics to be Held April 2019

The Saskatchewan Horse Federation will be holding EC General Performance/Western and Hunter/Hack/Equitation judge clinics in Saskatoon, April 5-7, 2019.

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Call for Nominations for 2019 Board of Directors

The SHF Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for a three- year term to the SHF Board of Directors. If you are an adult member (18 years or older) in good standing and would like to nominate someone (who is also an adult member in good standing) to be considered, you must submit nominations to the office of the Saskatchewan Horse Federation before January 3, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

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Call for Motions for 2019 Annual General Meeting

The SHF Motion Review Committee is now accepting motions for the 2019 Annual General Meeting. If you are an adult (18 years or older) member in good standing and would like to make a motion at the 2019 Annual General Meeting, you must submit them to the offices of the Saskatchewan Horse Federation before January 3, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

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Dr. Byrnne Rothwell Memorial Scholarship awarded to Norah Ridley for 2018

Norah Ridley is from Osler, SK, and is a second-year student in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Arts and Science. She plans to pursue a degree in actuarial science at the University of Regina and eventually hopes to work in the equine insurance industry as an actuary.

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Congratulations to New SHF Approved Provincial Primary Judges

Please join us in congratulating the following new Provincial Primary Judges.

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Coaches Notice Regarding Respect in Sport

Equestrian Canada (EC) is proud to have officially taken the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge as the next step in an ongoing commitment to protect the safety and welfare of all participants in equestrian sport.

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Polocrosse in the Province

If you are tired of making endless circles in an arena or frustrated at the expense and hassle of cattle, try polocrosse! Polocrosse is a team sport that anyone, on any horse, can play. The game promotes good sportsmanship but most of all, its a lot of fun. Come join us and you’ll see just what we mean when we say that polocrosse is the most fun that you can have on a horse.

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EC Equine Medication Control Update: Biophosphonates & Hemp Oil

Equestrian Canada (EC) wishes to inform stakeholders of important updates and reminders regarding the EC Equine Medication Control Program.

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Montreal Will Host Longines Global Champions Tour in 2019

In September 2019, Canada will host a leg in the LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR, the world’s premier equestrian sports series. The city of Montreal is thus becoming one of the twenty legs in this international series held in the world's largest cities.

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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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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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