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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September 22-30, 2018 is National Coaches Week

National Coaches Week celebrates the positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach.

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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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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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