The Saskatchewan Horse Federation works towards achieving the following objectives:
To provide leadership among recognized equine and equestrian organizations in Saskatchewan that each may be helped to achieve the highest level of success for its members.
To co-ordinate the activities of the recognized equine and equestrian organizations in Saskatchewan so that duplication of effort and conflict of purpose may be avoided.
To provide liaison with similar provincial equine councils, and with the Coaching Association of Canada, with the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada, with Equine Canada, and with any other related national body as may exist for the conduct of sport, recreation and horse industry initiatives in Canada.
To serve as an educational medium for its members by distributing information relative to the horse industry and equestrian activities by bringing speakers of authority to meetings of the Federation, and by organizing seminars and clinics.
To develop and deliver programs and projects as appropriate to advance the needs and interests of the membership.
To serve as a medium through which the provincial government and other agencies may make funds available to support equine and equestrian organizations and activities in Saskatchewan.
To raise the standards of care and handling of all horses in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Horse Federations 2015 Board of Directors Announced & 2014 Awards Received
February 15, 2014
Saskatchewan Horse Federation announced its 2015 Board of Directors and recognized 2014 achievements at the Federation's Annual General Meeting and awards ceremonies during the Saskatchewan Equine Expo held February 13 - 15, 2015, Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The 2015 Board slate is comprised of:
| Pauline Long-Wright
| Norm Kohle
| Michelle Hough
| Merlin Ford
|Director at Large
EIA - What You Need To Know
Recent cases of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA, or "swamp fever") serve as a reminder to Saskatchewan horse owners to continue to be alert and take measures to protect their horses from this disease. The majority of the cases over the last few years have been found in the northern regions of the province along the forest fringe.
This year, as of the end of July, EIA has been confirmed in 12 horses residing in seven different RMs, primarily in the northern part of the province. In some cases, infected horses were present at stables, clinics or events which resulted in potential exposure and subsequent quarantine of many other in-contact animals.
EIA is a viral disease affecting the world's horse, donkey and mule population. Although EIA poses no risk to human health, the virus is closely related to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Like HIV; this virus affects the immune system. There is no vaccine approved for EIA in North America. There is no cure and, once infected, horses remain carriers for life.
Click here to read the full release.
PA Now released an article about the threat as well. You can view it here.
Mandatory New Coaching Module Offered for Free Online by CAC!
Ottawa, Ont. May 26, 2015 – Recognizing the importance of understanding concussions, Equine Canada’s National Coaching Committee has amended the list of basic coaching pre-requisites to include the free National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Making Head Way in Sport concussion module, effective June 1, 2015. All existing certified instructors and coaches will have to complete this free module by December 31st, 2017. Click here to read more.
For a direct link to "Making Head Way in Sport" click here.
Travelling with your horses? Don't have a manifest book with you?
Manifest books are available at the SHF office. Stop by during office hours
and we can provide you with one.
In Memoriam; Dr. Byrnne Rothwell
The Saskatchewan Horse Federation wouldlike to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Byrnne Rothwell. Dr. Rothwell passed away on January 28, 2014 at the age of 77. The equine and veterinary community along with the whole livestock sector has lost an invaluable advocate in Dr. Rothwell. An active stockman and horseman all his life, he loved riding and driving, light and heavy horses.
Dr. Byrnne held a distinguished career which saw him named Canadian Veterinarian of the Year amongst over 20 major honours from the dozens of organizations with which he held positions. Byrnne loved people more than prestige and was always a reluctant recipient of praise, but was also pleased that he could “make a difference.” A thoughtful and intelligent man, “Doc” also published numerous scientific and informative articles and was highly sought after for advice from governments and non-profit organizations alike.
In 2000, Dr. Rothwell was named Saskatchewan Veterinarian of the Year. In 2011, he was awarded the Equine Welfare Leadership Award of Distinction from The Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Horse Federation for integrating animal welfare into his core business strategy and setting the bar higher for expectations regarding animal welfare.
Dr. Rothwell’s role with the Saskatchewan Horse Federation was instrumental. He was a leader in preparing the disease alerts and health recommendations, always striving for the highest standards in the Equine Health and Welfare sector. A true gentleman, friend and mentor; he will truly be missed and always remembered.
As per Dr. Rothwell's request there will be no service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of tributes, donations may be made in memory of Dr. Rothwell to either the Provincial 4-H Foundation or to the Shellbrook and District Health Services Project.
To offer condolences to the Rothwell family, or to share memories and photos, please visit Beau 'Lac' Funeral Home.