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Manitoba horse riders have had a busy summer, with many very successful shows put on by their more than 20 member clubs. Manitoba Horse Council’s (MHC) Equestrian Facility in Bird’s Hill Park has been home to many of these shows, and MHC Facility staff have been busy working on upgrades and ring changes, along with some new equipment. The Facility was used for the 1999 Pan American Games, and as a 20-year remembrance on Horse Day on June 1st this year, MHC held a trail ride and wagon ride around the cross-country courses. A scrapbook of photos was put together by MHC member Helen Martin, and Geri Sweet, one of our longest-serving volunteers (and Board member in many positions) gave a colour commentary during the rides.

Join the Fun! BC Summer Games are coming to Maple Ridge in 2020!

By Jocelyn Adams

Are You A BC Rider or Vaulter Between the Ages of 12 and 18?

Be part of the Equestrian Team at the BC Summer Games in Maple Ridge. Qualify for the BC Summer Games to be held July 23 to 26, 2020, at local qualifier shows around the province from now until June 2020.

The Horse Council BC Community Talks Travelling Road Show Equine Education Summit is making its way to the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers, BC on Saturday, September 14 for a fun day of learning from expert speakers. This is the second stop on the travelling tour; the first stop this year was in Nelson BC on May 5, 2019, and the third stop will be at the Billy Barker Casino Hotel in Quesnel, BC, on Sunday, September 29.

The Nomination Committee of Horse Council BC (HCBC), in accordance with the organization’s bylaws, is seeking candidates for positions of Officer specializing in Coaching, Officer specializing in Competition, and Officer in General for two-year terms, and Secretary/Treasurer for a one-year term, to join the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, with terms commencing November 2, 2019.

The Alberta SPCA encourages livestock owners to make arrangements now for winter feed for their animals. This has been a tumultuous year for investigations of underfed livestock in Alberta, particularly for horses. With another year of challenging hay production before us, the Alberta SPCA urges animal owners to seek out and lock in feed immediately to ensure they have an adequate supply.

The Ranch Country Horse Sale returns this September with more than 50 quality-bred horses on offer. Perrin Quarter Horses, Parsonage Horses, and Bertram Quarter Horses will hold the 15th annual horse event and sale at the Agricultural Grounds in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

At our Annual General Meeting on April 18, we recognized six individuals and two horses who have elevated equine sport and recreation in Manitoba. Past president Geri Sweet says, “I have been involved in the Awards process for many years and I am blown away by the caliber and number of this year’s nominees.”

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