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|For Immediate Release May 24, 2006|
Contact: Jessie Christie e-mail: email@example.com
Communications Coordinator, Equine Canada
Tel: (613) 248-3433 ext. 133
Activities Abound for Horse Week 2006
Heading into the final stretch of Horse Week preparations, Equine Canada’s Recreation division is pleased to acknowledge that Horse Week 2006 has been met with wide spread enthusiasm by Canadians young and old alike who share a common bond between them: a passion for horses. This annual celebration of ‘all things equine’ will be recognized across the country, and is made possible by the generous support of returning sponsors Wyeth Animal Health and Oster Professional Products. Horse Week 2006 runs from May 29 – June 4 inclusive. New this year are several ‘Early Bird Events’ scheduled for the weekend of May 27.
To find events in your area, please go to http://www.equinecanada.ca/Recreation/ABOUT/horseweek.html and click on ‘Search for Events.’
“Horse Week is unique in that it gives hundreds of people from all walks of life the chance to participate in a variety of events that will be held throughout the week,” commented Jack de Wit, Horse Week Chair. “Horses offer tremendous potential for leisure and recreational activity. Our goal for this initiative is to have opportunities available to all who are interested in taking part: whether they are seasoned horsemen or newcomers to the horse-world.”
The provincial equestrian federations have worked in partnership with Equine Canada to make this fourth annual celebration a success. Ride & Drive Day Events happening in each province attest to the scope of the activities offered. From family trail rides, games on horseback and pony rides to high-end competitive trail and endurance rides, there will be no shortage of action. Spectators can choose from any number of 4-H Club and Canadian Pony Club events to attend; each featuring youth membership involved in friendly competition as they showcase their talents. National dressage competitions, western horse shows, and hunter and jumper shows round out the offering. Several breed associations have added to the celebration in promoting their favourite breeds including Canada’s own national horse - the Canadian Horse, the ever popular Quarter Horse, the versatile Morgan, the majestic Arabian, and the adorable Miniature Horse.
Children from a number of elementary schools will enjoy a change of pace as their teachers introduce them to the world of horses through live western horsemanship demonstrations, riding lessons, horse care, and tack demonstrations. The students will also work on their entries for the Horse Week ‘Kids Contest’ for a chance to win prizes donated by Miss Filly and Blaze Kids Magazine. For full contest details please visit http://www.equinecanada.ca/Recreation/ABOUT/horseweek.html and click on the ‘Kids Contest’ tab.
In conjunction with Horse Week 2006 and International Trails Day, the Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation has created the First Annual NSEF Trail Ride on June 3. A high turnout is expected in support of this effort to demonstrate that horses and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can share the trails through the use of respect, safety and proper etiquette. Mounted riders from the RCMP and Halifax Regional Police Service will be joined by horses and riders, ATVers, volunteers, media, and the general public as they navigate the 35 km. trail.
The development, use and maintenance of multi-use trails will also be center stage during the Annual General Meeting of the Frontier Trails Association Inc. in Val Therese, ON, as volunteers gather to promote this cause. Elsewhere in the province, the Ontario Trail Riders Association has partnered with the Ontario Equestrian Federation and the Uxbridge Horseman’s Association as they host a ‘Camp and Ride Weekend,’ featuring a 30 mile ride each day through the beautiful Durham Forest.
Alberta’s Horse Showcase 2006 is sure to be popular as horse enthusiasts of Strathcona County gather for riding demonstrations, breed parades, educational sessions, an equine marketplace and a ‘Kids Korral’ area.
Several Therapeutic Riding Associations have jumped on board and organized events as fund raisers for their riding programs. The Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association will exhibit at the “Doors Open Toronto” event at the Toronto CNE. Two equine simulators will be part of their presentation as they provide information on therapeutic riding and the 41 member centres benefiting 4,000 riders throughout the province. Meanwhile on the west coast, the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association expects to have more than 120 riders take part in its 15th annual Ride-a-thon in Duncan, BC.
Equine Canada, together with the provincial equestrian federations and proud sponsors Wyeth Animal Health, and Oster Professional Products, invite one and all to partake in the festivities. Please help make Horse Week 2006 an overwhelming success!
About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is a member-based association that represents, promotes and services Canada's equine community and industry. Its core areas of activity involve sport, equine health and welfare, education and safety, governance and marketing, representation and communication. Equine Canada is recognized by Sport Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Coaching Association of Canada as the national organization representing equestrian sport and equine interests in Canada. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.