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Heartfelt condolences are extended to the family and friends of Donald J. Good of New Hamburg, ON, who passed away on August 4, 2020, at the age of 68. Good was a champion of the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) for many years, having owned more than 35 horses and supported numerous Canadian riders in realizing their dreams and reaching the podium. Many of his horses were named to the EC National Team Program Eventing High Performance Squads and received Canadian Eventing Awards of Excellence, illustrating Good’s eye for talent and desire to make Canadian eventers a powerhouse on the world stage.

In New York State on August 5, 2020, two lawsuits were filed by sex abuse survivors against George Morris and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), seeking damages for negligence, sexual assault of a minor, and emotional distress.

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 distressing 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 Alberta. This relief will ensure the long-term effects of the pandemic do not cause strain on care for Alberta’s herd.

Canada’s dressage team Christilot Boylen retirement from international team dressage christilot boylen the Howdy Doody Show

Six-time Olympian and longtime member of Canada’s dressage team, Christilot Boylen of Schomberg, Ontario, announced her retirement from international team dressage competition on July 8, 2020. Christilot Boylen was born in 1947 in Djakarta, Indonesia, and, with her family, moved to Toronto in 1951. According to the Eurodressage website, she bought her first horse at age 10 with savings she earned acting on the children’s TV series The Howdy Doody Show. She trained her first Olympic mount, Bonheur, and at just 17 years of age she received special permission to compete for Canada in the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

CQHA launches a virtual Book Club featuring Canadian authors of equine and equine related fiction, and nonfiction.

Are We There Yet? For everyone it’s been a long winter and spring, and it’s developing into a longer summer as we try to make the best of the situation. But horse people are used to weathering adversity, right? At Manitoba Horse Council (MHC), just like the other provincial associations representing horse people, since March we’ve been in a “hurry up and wait” position. Like everyone else, we’ve been learning new technologies, new protocols, and doing our best to help our members come to terms with what COVID-19 has meant to the lives we took for granted with our horses.

2020 CANTRA AWARDS - The beauty of a community, working together, is an extraordinary thing. The CanTRA Awards tap into our most valuable as-sets and showcase the key people without whom our programs would fail to exist!

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