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Newly-crowned Olympic Show Jumping Champion Nick Skelton of Great Britain and two-time Olympic Eventing Champion Michael Jung of Germany will be among the top athletes competing at this year’s Royal Horse Show, held as part of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in downtown Toronto, ON, from November 4 to 13, 2016.

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Meet your Canadian Equestrian Team athletes heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, September 7 to 18. The all-female team includes two Paralympic veterans and two athletes making their debut in Rio. At 33 years of age, Robyn Andrews is making her debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She hails from St. John’s NF, and will be competing on Fancianna.

On September 22 - 25, 2016, draft horses and mules from all across North America will meet at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, Idaho for the 40th Annual North Idaho Draft Horse and Mule show. Competition will run from the afternoon of Thursday, September 22 right through Sunday, September 25 with a range of classes showcasing the talents of these wonderful equines and their people.

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Few bulls show signs of stress or anxiety just before bucking performance - A new study by a renowned animal welfare and behaviour expert at the University of Calgary looks at the stress levels of bucking bulls at the Calgary Stampede. The study — the first to examine the handling of bucking bulls before a rodeo performance — found that few bulls show signs of stress or anxiety. “The major conclusion of our study was that at this specific rodeo, the majority of bulls did not show behavioural indicators of fear prior to the performance,” says Dr. Ed Pajor, professor in animal behaviour and welfare at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare. “The evidence does not support concerns that bulls were agitated prior to performance.”

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the global governing body for equestrian sport, announced on June 6, 2016, that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Olympic Channel. The FEI is one of 27 International Federations to have signed an agreement with the IOC to work together to bring sport to a massively increased television audience worldwide.

On June 21, 2016, the FEI published the long lists (FEI nominated entries) of athletes and horses for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Celebrating the Annual Canadian National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Show - The Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show is returning to Brandon, Manitoba for the sixth year. Join the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) as they celebrate the beauty and versatility of Arabian & Half-Arabian horses, in Canadian style and flair.

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