“Alberta Equine Partners for the Herd” aims to raise $250,000 for Alberta Horses to help get through the winter

• The COVID-19 pandemic is causing distress- ing financial effects on the equine industry in Alberta • The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and other equine industry partners have teamed up to create Alberta Equine Partners for the Herd to raise money to assist with basic equine care over the 2020-2021 winter months • The goal is to raise $250,000 to ensure the health, safety, welfare and care of equines in Al- berta • This relief will ensure the long term effects of the pandemic do not cause strain on care for the Alberta’s herd

[Calgary, Alberta, Aug. 11, 2020] – It is esti- mated that Alberta is home to more than 320,000 horses, approximately 33% of the total horse population in Canada. There is not an in- dustry more diverse than the equine industry, which includes, but is not limited to, racing, sport, ranching, breeding, boarding, pleasure, recreation, and companion animals. Many in the equestrian community are

dealing with financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and could struggle with basic care for their equines over the 2020-2021 winter months. In a recent province-wide survey of the

Alberta equine community, 1 in 5 respondents said that that they need help for their horses, donkeys or mules. • 72% will require hay and veterinary assistance • 52% are down to 3 months or less of reserves • 43% will require pelleted feed and straw • 33% will require shavings, salt and minerals The AEF, along with other industry part-

ners, launched “Alberta Equine Partners for the Herd”, a fundraising initiative to support the equine community during these difficult and uncertain times to come. “We care wholeheartedly about Alberta’s

horses and we are concerned about the risk to their well-being due to the financial difficulties brought on by the pandemic,” says Les Oakes, AEF Past President and chair of the fundraising initiative. “Without support, many in the community may be faced with difficult decisions. We want

to do what we can to ensure the health, safety, welfare and care of equines in Alberta,” says Oakes. “I know we want to stand together be-

cause Alberta horses matter,” says Sandy Bell, AEF President Elect. “No matter if or how we are involved in the equine community, we share a mutual love for our horses, donkeys and mules. Together, we’ll get through this.” The goal is to raise $250,000 in the month

of August. One hundred per cent of donations will go towards helping those in the community by providing basis needs, such as salt, minerals, shavings, pelleted feed, etc. “A generous financial contribution from John Anderson of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping has helped to kick start this initiative, and now we’re asking for Albertans’ help too,” says Oaks. “Along with support and expertise from industry partners and fundraising committee members, Horse Racing Alberta, CapriCMW Insurance, RCMP Livestock Investigators and Veterinarians, we hope to reach our goal.” There are many ways Albertans can con-

tribute to Alberta Partners for the Herd. Finan- cial donations are invited, and hay and straw donations are also welcome. Albertan’s can also shop online for selected AEF products - pro- ceeds will go towards the fundraising initiative. A donation of $5 buys a salt block; $20

buys a bag of pelleted feed. If 50,000 Albertans donated $5, the fundraising goal would be reached. Donations of $50 or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt through the Govern- ment of Alberta, Sport, Physical Recreation and Activity Branch. ABOUT AEF The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF)

is a non-profit organization recognized by the Government of Alberta as the official provincial governing body for equestrian. The Federation is dedicated to the well-being of equines and works for the equestrian community, including caring and supporting the health, welfare and safety of all equines in Alberta, whether mem- bers or not. See the fundraiser website for more infor-

mation: equine-partners-for-the-herd/

Dressage Awards Program Suspended For 2020

Ottawa, ON, Aug. 6, 2020 – Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to announce the suspension of the 2020 Dressage Awards Program. Due to the impacts of the coronavirus

(COVID-19) pandemic, provinces/territories have varied in their state of readiness to return to training and competition. This has affected athletes and com- petition organizers alike and means that a level play- ing field for all participants will not be achievable nationwide. EC thoroughly considered this problem and

Awards Program for the 2020 competition season. The Dressage Committee is taking this oppor-

tunity to complete a review of the current awards with the goal of offering an improved program for 2021. This review process includes collecting feed- back from the community on what you would like to see from the awards program. If you would like to participate in the feedback survey, please click here. For additional questions and/or concerns,

please contact Christine Peters, Senior Manager, Dressage Olympic/Paralympic Program,

made the difficult decision to suspend the Dressage

Hallie Grimes Named Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for July

Lexington, KY - August 10, 2020 - Hallie Grimes of Houston, Texas has been se- lected as Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for July. With still limited but

increasing horse show activ- ity after the spring shutdown due to COVID-19, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series had July classes at Traverse City, Kentucky and Blenheim in California. Grimes, who competes in the East Con- ference, Junior Division, earned 600 points with her horse, Ace, by winning two Series classes at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Tra- verse City. The Show Jumping Hall of

Fame conducts the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. The Series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur/amateur- owner riders in two Conferences and follows Grand Prix rules and speci- fications. Each month the Series honors the one rider who earns the most points on one horse in Series competition that month. The Series provides an opportunity for amateur, amateur-owner and junior riders to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many who aspire to ride in international com-

USET Foundation Exceeds Giving Games Goal Continued from Page 45

rector Bonnie Jenkins. “Any effort that shines a light on how hard our athletes work and supports their goals is im- portant, and we were happy to be a part of this initiative. We look forward to continuing our campaign after the Giving Games to ensure that equestrian athletes are pre- pared for and successful at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We know our United States Equestrian Teams will make us proud next year.” USET Foundation and US Equestrian would like to

thank the many generous donors who took part in the Giv- ing Games and its “Medal of Giving” program to support equestrian athletes. As the Giving Games concludes, the USET Founda-

tion continues their mission to raise money for athletes in the “Raising the Bar” campaign, now extended into 2021 for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. You can make a donation at any time!

Learn more at The Hampton Classic is the

petition. The Show Jumping Hall of

Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexing- ton, Kentucky. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s his- tory are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame col- lection at the United States Hunter

Jumper Association

(USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park. The Show Jumping Hall of

Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by SmartPak, The Hampton Classic Horse Show, Kentucky Horse Park, The Na- tional Horse Show Association of America and United States Hunter

Jumper Association

(USHJA). Founded in 1999, SmartPak

Equine is the country’s largest on- line and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and en- gaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed cor- rectly. Learn more at www.Smart-

prestigious culminating event of the Hamptons’ famed sum- mer season. Top jumper and hunter riders from around the world compete for some of the richest prize money in the nation. The Classic hosts more than 100 classes of com- petition in six rings for horses and riders of all ages and abil- ities. The Classic also features a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, a wide selec- tion of dining options and a Farmer’s Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds. More details are available at The Kentucky Horse Park is

the leading tourist attraction for all things “horse” and one of the world’s best equine competition facilities and only park open to the public. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts a handful of events each year such as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Ken- tucky Summer Horse Show and BreyerFest. For more informa- tion, visit The National Horse Show is

a championship event featuring “AA”-rated

hunters, open

jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. It is held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Further information is available at The United States Hunter

Jumper Association, as the offi- cial hunter/jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federa- tion, is a competition-based sport organization that serves our mem- bers through educational pro- grams, awards and recognition, communication and rules. They provide a wide array of programs for all hunter/jumper levels, and are mindful of the well-being of our equine partners. Additional information is available at For more information about

the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, including the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website at www.ShowJumpingHal lof -

at Equestrian Canada

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