ISSN 1923 8177
October 19, 2014
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I know I
Now is the time when we transition from year end
finals to year end banquets. The Ontario Barrel Racing Association
Finals are happening right now as well as the Ram Rodeo Championships.
Many other end of season competitions and fairs are happening as
Dressage Niagara will be holding their AGM and
Awards Banquet on October 26th.
The Harper Government had declared 2015 The Year Of
Sport. With the Pan-Am Games coming to Ontario next summer we will have
a lot to celebrate.
The West Niagara Agricultural Society still needs
your vote in order to achieve a semi-finalist position in the Aviva
Community Fund campaign. Their goal is building a new facility in
Grassie on the corner of Mud and Mountain Roads. Read our story at
Anne Gage's column this issue is Evading the Bit:
Why a Stronger Bit Isn't The Answer.
The Ontario Equestrian Federation will be at The
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Read the story below.
The Upper Canada Equestrian Federation has put out
a call for new members. Read more below!
If you have any stories you would
like in the next issue of ENN or know someone deserving of a feature
story please let us know. Send us your 2014 and 2015 event dates as
Our next deadline is October 31st.
Please send us any articles or story ideas you have and any information
you have for the calendar of events.
The ENN email address is
Barry Finn, Editor
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The Year of Sport
Ottawa, Ont., October 17, 2014 -- On October
16, the Harper Government proclaimed 2015 as the Year of Sport in
Canada. This is an historic and wonderful announcement that
underscores and celebrates the key role that sport plays in
"Equine Canada joins the
Canadian sport community in applauding yesterday's announcement
proclaiming 2015 the Year of Sport in Canada, " stated Eva
Havaris, CEO Equine Canada. "2015 is a pivotal year for our
elite equestrian athletes as they prepare to represent Canada at the
Pan American Games on home soil in Toronto, which also serves as a
qualifier for the 2016 Olympics. This event provides Canadians with a
unique opportunity to celebrate sport and to support their equestrian
athletes as they reach for the podium."
The Year of Sport is a
proactive pan-Canadian initiative implemented to celebrate sport in
Canada and the role it plays in enhancing the lives of Canadians from
coast to coast to coast. During the year, sport events and other
celebratory activities will highlight how sport benefits Canadians.
Please pass the word along and use this occasion to profile and
Release - 2015 YEAR OF SPORT:
THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE APPLAUDS HARPER GOVERNMENT'S
West Niagara Agriculture Society needs your help to VOTE!
As you know the West Niagara
Agricultural Society (WNAS) is building a new facility in Grassie
on the corner of Mud and Mountain Roads. One of the main features of
the facility will be two horse show rings, complete with proper
fencing and penning for the horse shows offered during the West
Niagara Fair in September each year, but also for the use of other
equestrian and livestock shows requiring a safe and secure place to
Agricultural Society had pretty tough competition for their AVIVA
Community Fund project. Although they didn't make it to round two,
they encourage you to continue voting as of tomorrow. There are still
120 semi-finalist positions to be granted if there are enough votes.
So as of tomorrow, please vote again every day from October 20th -
November 3rd. Help West Niagara get those horse rings funded!
Here is the link: https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19431
Register to vote - it will take less than 3 minutes.
Step 2. Verify
Step 3. Login and
Step 4. Share on
Step 5. Go back
and vote again the next day.
The funding that the West Niagara Agricultural Society could
receive from this competition will help build exceptional show rings
at the new grounds.
Visit their website for
details on the new facility.
Upper Canada Equestrian Association News
October 19th - Colour ride in Shorthills
November 9th - French Fry ride - we will play
it by ear based on weather
UCEA Meeting - November 12th
NEW LOCATION - Niagara Region Headquarters -
St. Davids Road, Thorold 7:30 pm
Upper Canada Equestrian Association - Call for New Members
The Upper Canada Equestrian
Association (UCEA) is a not-for-profit equestrian association is
looking for new members and potential nominees for their board of
directors for the next two years.
foremost, the UCEA is seeking new members. There is a need to make
the voice of the horse owner heard in Niagara as well as to help
implement the quality of the horse trails in the region. The mandate
of the organization is:
1) To establish safe horseback-riding trails
throughout the Niagara Peninsula.
2) To develop, expand, improve and preserve
existing public trails.
3) To promote the proper and responsible use of
4) To give trail riders a safe place to ride in
harmony with other users.
5) To call the attention of local, regional and
provincial governments to the need for the preservation, improvement
and expansion of public trails.
6) To do all such acts that are
incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects with
the philosophy that public recreational trails should be
multi-purpose with equestrian privileges. With the pressure of
population expansion, there is an increasing need for inexpensive
recreational outlets in the peninsula, therefore, it is important to
preserve public lands which can provide trails for future generations
while the land is still publicly owned.
If you are a
horse owner, this organization is for you regardless of discipline.
The organization currently has approximately 50 members, once over
200 strong, they would like to get back to the strength they once
There are a
number of projects that need people to spearhead:
1. The Nicky Aitken
Annual Trail Ride for Breast Cancer - scheduled to take place this
month after being rained out in June.
2. The Short Hills
Provincial Park needs bridges rebuilt and trails maintained after the
severe rains of this year.
3. The Upper Canada
Heritage Trail (which the UCEA maintains) is in need of serious
repairs to sections of the trail washed away in rains last year.
4. Help in educating the
public on horse safety, bringing all disciplines together for one
cause and promoting equestrian shows, rides, and ownership of a
5. Organization of parades
throughout the year
is just $20.00/year. A valid OEF membership (or as of January 1st, a
valid Ontario Trail Riders Association membership) is required for
riding members to ensure proper liability insurance coverage.
holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month with the
exception of August. The next meeting is October 8th at 7:30
pm. The meeting takes place at the Niagara Regional Exhibition
Fairgrounds in Building B.
If you would like to attend,
please contact Mark Dobrindt 905-892-9769 for details.
Please consider joining this organization.
Together, a strong equestrian voice can be heard in Niagara. www.uppercanadaequestrian.com
The annual general
meeting will be held in December. UCEA is now taking nominations for
the Board of Directors to be elected in December.
The Upper Canada Equestrian Association is
always seeking new members to help keep our equestrian community
strong and their voice heard. Visit www.uppercanadaequestrian.com for membership details. All are welcome.
You can also post on the UCEA Facebook wall.
Take advantage of
OEF member benefits at the Royal
Ontario Equestrian Federation will be back at the Royal Agricultural
Winter Fair again this year, with even more products, services and
exclusive offers for members.
Save the date for the OEF Member Appreciation Party,
which takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the Royal
Ballroom. The OEF is having a pizza party that evening as a way of
saying thank you to loyal members. The OEF Awards will also be
presented at the party. Please note that attire is casual. Members
will be sent an e-mail to RSVP for this event.
Back by popular demand to the even bigger and better OEF
booth will be the Fan Zone where horse lovers can meet their
favourite riders. Watch the OEF website, Facebook page and Twitter
account for an autograph signing schedule closer to the date.
If you like free goodies, make sure to stop by the booth
to participate in member draws. There will also be incentives for new
members and existing members who renew at the show. With the holidays
just around the corner, the OEF will also be selling the premium
leather OEF branded belts made by Freedman Harness of Toronto. A
stylish, and quality, accessory, these belts make the perfect gift
for any horse lover.
You can also browse through the JustRewards catalogue,
which offers sports, vacation and experiential packages exclusively
to OEF members. Simply pick the "what," "where"
and "when" for each certificate and they'll send you your
certificate. Because they are fully transferable, they make great
gifts for trainers, coaches, veterinarians, farriers and anyone else
who has gone the extra mile for you this year!
The OEF booth will also be the place to learn more about
the MAAAX Equine Feed long-fiber forage cubes, a new product
available exclusively to OEF members. For each bag sold, $1 is
donated to OEF programming. Stop by to find out more about this
Ontario-grown and processed forage cube and take home a free sample.
The OEF is also pleased to announce that it will once
again be working with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the
Spirit of the Horse exhibit as part of the President's Choice Animal
President's Choice Animal Theatre is located in Hall D of the Direct
Energy Centre at the opposite end of where the Spirit of the Horse
exhibit used to be, prior to 2013. It boasts ample stadium seating
for up to 2,500 spectators and has a large, fenced ring for
demonstrations. Stalls will be situated in the corner, just outside
of the theatre.
For further details, visit www.horse.on.ca and follow the OEF
on Facebook (facebook.com/OEF.Horse) and Twitter
(twitter.com/OEF_Horse). At the show, you will find the OEF in Hall A
next to System Fencing. Stop by and say hi!
Dressage Niagara AGM
and Awards Banquet
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
The Dressage Niagara AGM and
Awards Banquer begins at 4 pm on Sunday, October 26. They will be
reviewing the year and celebrating their winners! The location
is The Urban Steakhouse, 200 Highway 20 East in Fonthill. Election of
Directors will be held if required.
If you would like to become
involved with the Club or volunteer for the 2015 Board, please
contact Vice President Darlene Mergl-Moore: email@example.com . For more information about
Dressage Niagara please visit the website .
Evading the Bit - Why A Stronger Bit Isn't the Answer
By Anne Gage
Seen on Facebook: "Anybody know of a good bit
to use on a horse that runs through commands and fights the bit? I
need to try a new bit because the horse I'm riding has a hard
horse runs through or fights the bit, it's called evasion. Common bit
* Chomping, opening or crossing
* Running away
* Leaning on the bit
* Shaking, throwing or
tossing his head
* Going behind the bit
(nose to his chest.)
* Going above the bit (nose
* Tongue hanging out
Unfortunately, moving up to a stronger bit or adding a gadget (eg.
draw reins) is a common solution. While it may work in the short
term, it doesn't address the real source of the problem.
If you want
to eliminate the problem and build a better, more trusting and
willing partnership with your horse read on.
are 3 causes of bit evasions and how to correct them.
Cause #1 - Dental Problems &
Poor Bit Fit
from pain. Sharp teeth, ulcers inside his mouth or an injury to his
tongue will be aggravated by the bit - even in gentle hands.
The Correction - Have your vet or equine
dentist check for sharp or broken teeth, ulcers and even damage to
his tongue. Just like you, your horse should have his teeth checked
by a professional at least annually and in some cases every 6
Cause #2 - Poor Bit Fit
If the bit
is too wide or sits too low in the mouth, it will move around too
much. If it's too narrow or sits too high, it will pinch and damage
the skin and bars in the mouth. Bits also cause pain if they are too
fat, too thin or don't leave enough room for the tongue or push up
into the palate.
The Correction - Check the size of the bit and
how it fits the shape of your horse's mouth. It should not stick out
on either side of the mouth or pinch the corners of his lips. It
should be about ¼" wider than the measurement from lip to lip
(corner to corner). Find the style of bit that works with the shape
and size of your horse's mouth having enough room for the tongue, not
pressing on the palate and fitting easily between the bars.
When fitted correctly,
the bit sits quietly across the bars without pulling up the lips or
moving up and down. Remember "a wrinkle not a smile". For
most horses, this means at least one but no more than two wrinkles in
the corners of the lips However, for some horses there may be no
wrinkle at all. Adjust as necessary to ensure the bit fits
comfortably without sliding up and down loosely.
Cause #3 - Busy or Unsteady
are busy, unsteady, tense, see-saw, pull or constantly bump the
horse's mouth cause pain and discomfort. They are also the sign of a
tense and unbalanced rider.
The Correction - Develop an independent seat.
You should never use the reins for support, balance or the primary
means for controlling your horse. Your hands must work independently
from your seat so that you can influence your horse without creating
tension or resistance. You will be balanced, able to follow and work
with your horses movement - applying your aids at the right time,
with the least amount of pressure and without tension.
horse to be able to perform at his best and be a confident, trusting
and willing partner, he needs to be pain free, balanced and relaxed.
You can help him develop this way of going by being a quiet, balanced
and relaxed rider.
Written by Anne Gage, Confident
Anne Gage ~ Confident Horsemanship - Putting you and your horse in
Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club News
November 2, 2014 1:00pm
will be our election meeting for the 2015 board of directors and our
members chance to bring your concerns to the board This meeting will
be held at the the community hall in Sherkston - 4893 Sherkston Rd,
Sherkston, ON L0S 1R0
Join The Bertie
Willoughby Saddle Club and
Saddle Club as we award our year end awards at the annual
It will be held on Saturday,
November 15 at 5:00pm
Arpad Hall, 10215 Montrose
Road Niagara Falls
Doors open at 5pm. Dinner
at 6pm. Adults are $25.00 and Children 12 years and under
May 17, June
21, July 19, August 16, August 30. Raindate
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For more information contact
Amber Gilbert, 905-892-0006 or email email@example.com
Banquet will be held on November
15th, 2014. Visit the website for
Second Start Thoroughbreds
Horse Of The Week!
HOLLYWOOD CORNER-2009 MARE
Hollywood Corner stands 15.3
with a solid build. She is sane and vice free. Holly
currently has a sore knee. It has been vetted and there is no
fracture or chips. Some downtime should be all she needs.
She is a well behaved girl. Holly has a nice personality
and likes to work. She should make a lovely pleasure mount
after some time off.
Free to an approved home
we can be contacted by phone at
519-688-0722. View more horses
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Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club -
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2015 Show Dates
May 17, June 21, July 19, August
16, August 30
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