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check, along with under- standing the risks of colic. A big thank you goes

to Dwayne Job at System Equine for lending a stock trailer for an activity involv- ing a trailer rescue scenario. “Proper use of special-

ized equipment and posi- tioning of webbing around the body of the animal is so important to the positive outcome of lifting or drag- ging a large animal to safety,” says lead instructor Victor MacPherson. “The crew today are to be com- mended for their diligence in practicing and honing their skills.” Over 450 people have

attended training events in- cluding fire fighters, first re- sponders, pre-service, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet- erinary technicians, emer- gency animal


teams, horse owners, live- stock producers and associ- ations. “Several success sto-

ries highlight the need for this important training,” says Equine Guelph direc- tor, Gayle Ecker. The most recent one was this past summer in Fort Erie when a horse fell into a sink hole and was rescued with the as- sistance of racetrack person- nel and first responders who had taken the Equine Guelph large animal rescue training. Twelve days after the successful rescue that horse won his race! All large animal inci-

dents regardless of cause or scope, present a risk of in- jury to responders. The way to improve the odds of a fa- vorable and safe outcome for both animals and respon- ders is through proper train- ing of best practices and how to use rescue equip- ment. Equine Guelph’s pro- gram was implemented in 2014 and has continued to grow to expand its offerings to a varied group. If you are interested in helping to build this program or would like to discuss offering this pro- gram in your area or to your members, please contact Equine Guelph. It can be of- fered on a cost-recovery basis, or through sponsor- ship, to communities/indi- viduals who would like to expand the reach of this training program.

Equine Guelph thanks

the supporters, facilitators and participants of these im- portant large animal emer- gency rescue workshops. For more information

or to bring a Large Animal Emergency Rescue course to your location visit The- and contact Dr. Susan Raymond at .

Interested in emergency pre- paredness? online course: Fire and Emergency Preparedness starts Mon- day! Jan 20 - 27 Joining in will be two expert guest speak- ers: Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted, volunteer


fighter and Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue expert,

and Julie Fiedler, Executive Officer, Horse SA who has been involved in working within the horse community through the recovery phase of the Cudlee Creek Fire (Adelaide Hills, South Aus- tralia).

About Equine Guelph: Equine Guelph is the

horse owners’ and care givers’ Centre at the Univer- sity of Guelph in Canada. It is a unique partnership ded- icated to the health and well-being of horses, sup- ported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epi- centre for academia, indus- try and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further in- formation,


Ontario Equestrian Coach Support

It’s Time… After many years of

voluntary Equestrian Coach Certification with a low rate of uptake, Equestrian Canada, with the support of all of the Provincial Eques- trian Sport Organizations, is requiring that all coaches be certified by 2025. Within this system,

however, many coaches who were certified over these past years have not maintained their “active” status, by keeping up with new and legislated training requirements. This was one of the

drivers for the creation of a Coach Licensing system. Ontario Equestrian has

been holding twice monthly Coach Licensing Informa- tion Sessions with Mike King of CapriCMW Insur- ance to provide coaches with some background and an overview of the system – • What is the difference be-

tween Coach Licensing and Coach Certification? • What if I’m already certi- fied elsewhere? CHA, Pony Club, etc. • What are the benefits? • Why should I get a li- cence? • How much does it cost? The sessions have

been very well attended. We have delivered them to audiences in the GTA, Ot- tawa and are currently scheduling sessions in Lon- don, while we also work with Equestrian Canada on the technology needed to offer sessions to our more remote coaches via webi- nar.

Most of the coaches

attending the sessions have left with much more clarity on the system and with a roadmap to guide their first steps to becoming licensed and eventually certified. This is not just a ses-

sion for Ontario Equestrian

Member Coaches! This legislation applies to all coaches who teach amateur athletes, including the ma- jority of our members who are enthusiastic recreational riders.

The Ontario and Fed-

eral Governments have re- cently passed legislation setting out responsibilities for coaches in the manage- ment of concussions – Rowan’s Law; and to create a safe environment for ath- letes, free from harassment and abuse – Safe Sport. It is every coach’s re-

sponsibility to comply with this legislation. Compli- ance can be achieved by ob- taining your coach licence, where you can complete the free online training which will be integrated into the coach license application. For more information,

please send your enquiries to coachlicensing@ontari-

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