FEBRUARY 2020 THE RIDER/ 7 Equi-Bow Canada Announces New Graduates

ing horses for many years. As a dressage and 3-day event judge she strives to educate and encour- age the ultimate goals of har- mony, joy and mutual respect between horses and their human partners. Her passion to under- stand the principles of animal be- haviour and mind-body balance drew her to seek certification in non-invasive methods of holistic health management and non-re- sistant training methods.

Caren Dougall Like many riders her pas-

sion for horses started at a very young age and led her down many equestrian paths including: riding and competing in a few English and Western disciplines, as well as a background in repro- duction and starting young equine athletes. Her passion for optimal

equine health and fitness is al- ways growing. She strives to con- tinue to learn more each year to help horses be at their best, through all life stages. Now offering bodywork

sessions both in Ontario and out of province that include a multi- modal approach to provide com- fort, confidence and capability for both horse and owner. Whether you have a challenging rehabilitation case, a perform- ance horse with a full athletic schedule or a favorite companion who deserves optimal wellness, she can help you develop the best plan.

Qualifications include Reg-

istered Veterinary Technician, Certified Equi-Bow and Certified Equi-Tape Practitioner.

North of 9 Equine (705) 229-6677

JoAnne Govenlock JoAnne Govenlock is a

Certified Equi-Bow Practitioner and Sure Foot Level One Practi- tioner. Her natural passion for horses started at a young age, and over the years she has helped re- train several horses in Hunter and

Catherine Slaney Catherine Slaney, PhD

(Certified Equi-Bow Practitioner, Equi-Tape Practitioner, Equine Massage and Equine Reiki Mas- ter) appreciates the privilege of having been able to teach and promote sound animal practices in breeding, showing, and train-

Dressage disciplines. As with many, life took her

away from horses for awhile. In 2016 JoAnne incurred a life-al- tering back injury which, through the healing process, led her back to horses. Determined to improve the lives of herself and the horses she connected with, she decided to pursue the gentle healing process of Equi-Bow. With her Certification

JoAnne is realizing her dream to provide the most appropriate so- lutions for the specific needs of each individual horse. Her pas- sion shows in her focus on con- tinuing education and dedication to the horses she serves in Nor- folk and Haldimand Counties. .

Hands of Change 519-718-1857

OFA Commentary: January 10, 2020

By Brent Royce, Director, On- tario Federation of Agriculture Clean, safe drinking water

is one of the most essential re- sources on a farm and in a home. Here in Ontario, we’re fortunate to have an ample supply of fresh, safe and sustainable groundwa- ter. Ontario’s groundwater is monitored through the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Net- work, that shares the responsibil- ity with conservation authorities, municipalities and cities to regu- larly test and monitor the quality and safety of our provincial drinking water. Regular water quality testing of private wells is the responsibility of the property or well owner.

Water quality and environ-

mental stewardship continue to be a priority for the Ontario Fed-

N-SYNC Equine Body Balance Serving Southern Ontario in- 647-963-1797

Equi-Bow Canada is very pleased to award Angela

Saieva her certification as an Equi-Bow instructor. An Equi-Bow Practitioner, Equi-Tape Practitioner and Equine Massage Therapist, her dedication to furthering the Equi- Bow program and detailed approach to teaching makes her an invaluable asset to EB. Angela takes a whole horse approach to teaching and

practicing equine bodywork and training, whether it is for performance or rehabilitation. Living on a farm in Niag- ara with her husband and her herd she welcomes clients who are in need of an integrative rehabilitation program. When she finds time to compete you will see her eventing on the OEA circuit, running the cross country course with a huge smile from ear to ear.

Make well water testing a priority this year

eration of Agriculture (OFA). This year, we are working on a new resource to remind farmers and rural residents to prioritize well water testing. Bacteria and nitrate are the

most common health related con- taminants in well water in On- tario. Well owners should test for bacterial contamination using free water tests available through local public health offices. It is recommended property owners test their well water in spring, summer and fall. Bacterial con- tamination should be tested three times per year, targeting time after a heavy rainfall or snowmelt. Bacterial contamination

isn’t the only impurity that could impact the safety and quality of well water. The Ontario Ground Water Association (OGWA) of- fers additional water testing packages for well owners. Test- ing for metals, minerals and salts is available to assess nitrates and other common impurities in well water. Be sure to test for these types of impurities if you have a well that taps into bedrock or is a spring source, to check for natu- rally occurring elements that could cause concern. Additional tests available through the OGWA include testing for fuels, solvents, fluoride and pesticides. If you’re unsure about water test- ing, or looking for advice on the best water test package for your needs, contact the OGWA. Addi-

tional well water testing options are available through private lab- oratories. For a list of govern- ment accredited water testing labs

visit: censed-laboratories . Diligent well water testing

is vital for the safety of family, employees and animals on every Ontario farm. Property owners should also consider baseline testing to monitor the quality and quantity of water over time. Start this process by obtaining your Well Record, available online

from the Ontario Ministry of En- vironment, Conservation and Parks.

OFA encourages all farm

and rural property owners that source their drinking water from a well to regularly test their water – testing for bacterial contamina- tion at least three times a year and investing in additional test- ing packages when necessary. We all share a responsibility for the health and safety of our farms and families.

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