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Beverley Mulford - In Loving Memory

We wanted to have a way to celebrate the life of Beverley Mulford, her passion for her family and her love of horses.  We thank Allen, Katrina & Sarah for sharing this story and photos of Bev.  She will be missed by so many....readmore2

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Equestrian Canada Board Structure Feedback

My name is David Brent - Chair Category C membership with Equestrian Canada (EC).

As you may or may not be aware, EC passed new By-laws in 2015 under the Canadian Not-For- Profit Corporation Act. One of the major changes to EC's governance structure was the establishment of a new voting membership structure comprised of three membership categories:

  • Category A - Equestrian Sports,
  • Category B - Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations, and
  • Category C - National Equine Affiliate Organizations.

Each Category has nine voting members designated to represent the Category's interests to EC. The nine voting members in Category C are: myself (David Brent), Barbara Blackwell, Gary Gushuliak, Jill Barton, Muriel Burnley, Sue Ockendon, Terry Johnson, Tina Collins and Wayne Burwash (President of CQHA).

The mandate of the Category C voting members is:

  • attend the EC Annual General Meeting,
  • vote at extraordinary meetings of the EC Members,
  • vote on issues presented at the Annual General Meeting of EC,
  • vote for EC Directors,
  • vote on changes to the Articles or By-Laws of EC,
  • designate representatives to serve on EC Nominating Committee,
  • represent NEOs to the EC Board and management, providing input with respect to recommendations on EC's strategic direction and priorities,
    • establish a Nominations Committee for the sole purpose of electing the nine CategoryC (NEO) members as outlined in these terms of reference,and
    • other rights and responsibilities of EC Members as set out in the EC By-Laws.

As your Category C representatives at EC we would like to take this opportunity to reach out to all of you and invite you to connect with us to share ideas, suggestions and/or challenges so we may work effectively with EC for the best of the entire horse industry.


Feel free to contact me (David Brent) though Julie Cull at the EC office at jcull@equestrian.ca or contact Wayne Burwash at president@cqha.ca


Scientists Study Segmented Navicular Bones


A healthy navicular bone is a small canoe-shaped structure that acts as a fulcrum for the important deep digital flexor tendon to pass around. As such, this tiny structure plays a big role in keeping the lower limb structures moving smoothly. But results from a new study have revealed that, in rare cases, some of these crucial bones are segmented into two or even three parts. This segmentation isn’t the result of injury or wear, though; the horses are born this way. And the effects are detrimental to the horse’s health, performance, and welfare.


B.C. Equine Disease Surveillance & Report

To help protect BC’s horses the Animal Health Centre at the BC Ministry of Agriculture has launched a webpage devoted to equine disease reporting: B.C. Equine Disease Surveillance & Report.  The timely reporting of accurate information about disease outbreaks allows owners to make informed decisions, improves horse welfare and helps to mitigate the potential for serious financial loss to the industry.

The goal is to increase and facilitate communication with current and reliable reporting for veterinarians, horse owners and other stakeholders to help inform and educate.

This “Surveillance and Report” program is a cooperative information sharing partnership between the B.C. government’s Animal Health Centre and veterinarians practicing in B.C. Verified diagnostic information regarding the occurrence of reportable, notifiable and non-reportable/notifiable diseases will be posted in the B.C. Equine Disease Surveillance & Report. At this time there isn’t an email alert system in place so check the website for information.

The United States has a national reporting system in place for equine disease: the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.


Working in cooperation with state animal health officials and the United State Department of Agriculture, the EDCC seeks information about current disease outbreaks from official state reports and veterinary practitioners. Once information is confirmed, it is immediately posted on the website and messages sent to all states and horse organizations by email. Daily updates are posted until each outbreak is contained or deemed no longer a threat. http://www.equinediseasecc.org/


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