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18/ FEBRUARY 2012 THE RIDER


Ganaraska Forest Horse Club BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2011


President: Caroline Thornton Vice-President: Jim Higgs Secretary: Jess Brill Treasurer: Michele Bignell


www.gfhc.ca By Cynthia Armour


Welcome to a new year with the Ganaraska Forest Horse Club! Our mission is “To develop a fellowship with other equine enthusiasts that allow one to safely enjoy trail riding in the Ganaras- ka Forest”. The executive has planned an array of activities to entertain you and your steed.


ANNUAL DANCE: The biggest social event in the County will take place on Saturday, March 17th at the Legion Hall in Mill- brook...Green is the Theme! Our annual fundraising dance will include a roast beef dinner, silent auction, door prizes, a 50/50 draw and a fabu- lous DJ so bring your danc-


ing shoes. Tickets are $30 each with only 100 avail- able so reserve your space today and wear green. Con- tact a Director or visit our web site www.gfhc.a for your advance purchase. No tickets will be available at the door due to catering requirements.


• Ganaraska Forest Horse Club fundraising dance...green is the theme Saturday, March 17, 2012 9 King Street East Millbrook, Ontario


Membership: Gail Reid PR Director: Bob Coleman Email Director: Shirley Stapleton Web Master: Jacqueline Visconti


below) prior to this meet- ing so you can vote. The three speakers will include the Ganaraska Region Con- servation Authority (GRCA), Ontario Equine Federation (re: insurance for horse owners and rid- ers) and a vet. Further details will be available on our web site. Memberships for the GRCA will be available for purchase dur- ing the AGM.


$30 per person – email gfhc-1@live.ca


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The AGM will be held at the Ganaras- ka Forest Centre on Sun- day, April 15th (1:00- 4.:0pm). Be sure your membership is paid (see


• GFHC Annual General Meeting


Sunday, April 15, 2012 Ganaraska Forest Centre 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road,


905-797-2721 for direc- tions


welcome. There is no charge to attend the AGM, but only members in good standing prior to the AGM can vote.


MEMBERSHIP APPLI- CATIONS: Memberships run on the calendar year so 2012 fees are due now. The application form is avail- able at www.gfhc.ca and we encourage you to join


February 10th (Friday) Education/shopping Horse and Hound, Lindsay March 17th (Saturday) Annual Dance April 15th (Sunday) AGM May 6th (Sunday) May 12th (Saturday) June 2nd (Saturday) July 1st (Sunday) July 21st/22n


Proposed Calendar of events for GFHC in 2012 Millbrook Legion Hall


Education Clinic Early Bird Ride Poker Ride


August 18thor 19th


September 8th (Saturday) Skills Ride October 7th (Sunday) October28th (Sunday) November/December


Canada Day Parade TBD Camping event Education Day


Cool Colours Ride Halloween Ride


Central Forest TBD


Santa Claus Parade(s) TBD Clip & Save!!


us and invite your friends, neighbours and family too. As you can see from the above-mentioned activities we have something for everyone and stay tuned for more details. Single Mem- bership is $25/year and


Family (including 2 adults and 2 children under 18) is $50/year.


For further informa- tion about the Ganaraska Forest Horse Club visit our website www.gfhc.ca or contact our Club President:


Central Forest East Forest East Forest


TBD


Ganaraska Forest Centre Trickle Creek Farm East Forest


Caroline Thornton - phone: 905-797-3025, email: cthornton@oakknollsta- bles.com.


We’ll look forward to seeing you on the dance floor, at the Forest Centre or on the trails very soon!


Biosecurity Workshop and e-Session Dates Announced by Equine Guelph


Campbellcroft, Ontario L0A 1B0


Non-members are


Find out what steps you can take to protect your barn from spo- radic disease, outbreaks and infec- tious diseases.


“The recent devastating out- break of EHV-1 in North America has highlighted the importance of infection control and biosecurity, as well as the deficiencies in knowledge and application that are present across the industry,” says Scott Weese, associate professor and Canada Research Chair at the Uni- versity of Guelph. Proof-positive that the time for prevention has now arrived is the January 2012 biosecu- rity update from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirming cases of Equine Herpes in Southern Ontario.


Only pure virgin shavings will do for your horses Suppliers of quality soft wood. Bulk and baled shavings Delivered on walking floor truck. Year round supply Baled shavings in paper bags $475 per bale


(416) 435-8166 • (905) 584-0151


Equine Guelph’s “Beat the Bugs with Biosecurity,” program promotes biosecurity throughout all sectors of the horse industry. The program is funded through the Agri- cultural Biosecurity Program (ABP), part of the Best Practices Suite of programs under Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initia-


Learn how to minimize risk of disease transmission through biosecurity Photo Credit: Barbara Sheridan


tive. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of sev- eral Growing Forward programs in Ontario.


“Increasing knowledge of best biosecurity practices stands to benefit the horse industry by reducing the risk of disease transmission and, in turn, could create a huge positive economic impact and prevent a potential catastrophic outbreak,” says Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker.


For those who are looking to take their biosecurity knowledge to the next level, a two-week Equine Biosecurity e-Session is available April 16 - 29 for $75 (plus HST) per person. Contact Susan Raymond at Equine Guelph, slraymon@uoguelph.ca, to register and for more information.


“Beat the Bugs” has been developed by Equine Guelph with the assistance of its 11 industry part- ners: American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation,


The “Beat the Bugs” pro- gram includes four work- shops, conducted by biosecu- rity specialists, offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis. The workshops are scheduled as follows: Mohawk Racetrack, Campbel- lville, March 7, 1 - 3pm; Western Fair, London (during Can-Am), March 16, 10am - noon; Kemptville College, Kemptville, March 24, 2 - 4pm; and Georgian Downs, Barrie, March 27, 1:30 - 3:30pm. Contact Susan Ray- mond at Equine Guelph, slray- mon@uoguelph.ca, to register and for more information.


Central Ontario Standardbred Asso- ciation, Colorado State University, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protec- tive Association, Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Har- ness Horse Association, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, Ontario Veterinary College, Stan- dardbred Canada, Vétoquinol Canada Inc. and Woodbine Entertainment Group.


For more information on the “Beat the Bugs with Biosecurity” ini- tiative, and to view the Biosecurity Risk Calculator, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.p hp.


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