COVID-19

Spread the SCIENCE! Not the Virus! Since 2010 the Vets with Horsepower team have been raising funds for charities in their own inimitable style - travelling the world on motorbikes and delivering high quality education to vets and owners. Last year’s trip fell victim to COVID-19. Not to be thwarted this year, they have planned a record-breaking marathon of COVID Protected Development (CPD) lectures on equine veterinary topics to be delivered over 25 hours non-stop on April 29, 2021.

Horse racing in Canada, like all sectors of equine sport, was forced to make some serious concessions last year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quarter Horse racing, although a small market in Canada compared to Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing, does have a thriving industry which can boast some of the richest races in all of Quarter Horse racing and a significant historical legacy in Canada.

The Spruce Meadows Organizing Committee, with the unanimous support of the Spruce Meadows Board of Directors, has determined that current circumstances, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and its related impacts and restrictions, will prevent the Spruce Meadows Summer Series from being organized and run on its historic June/July dates.

Last year was really something else. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the way we work, play, and celebrate. Like so many other events, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of Horse Council BC's (HCBC) popular BC Equine Education Summit and the Community Talks Travelling Road Show. Our horse community is strong and we are resilient. We will not let COVID-19 bully us.

Equestrian Canada (EC) extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Eva “Evi” Maria Pracht of Stouffville, ON, who passed away on Feb. 15, 2021, at the age of 83.

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How guest ranches and riding resorts have survived and thrived during the pandemic - It’s been almost a year now since we began dealing with the repercussions of the global pandemic, and we’re not yet anywhere near “business as usual.” No aspect of the horse industry remains untouched. Although some businesses were agile enough to adapt fairly quickly, the livelihood of a guest ranch owner or an outfitter depends on vacationers coming to their location to experience a day or a week in the saddle. Horses cannot simply be parked; they need to be cared for, and wages need to be paid.

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Resilience: Rethinking, Restructuring, Reevaluating due to COVID-19 - Every year since 2016, University of Guelph equine faculty and students have organized the Equine Industry Symposium to bring together experts and horse enthusiasts from Canada’s equine community and discuss horse industry issues. In 2020, there was only one topic on everyone’s mind: how Canada’s equine industry would make it through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and what the industry would look like in its aftermath.

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