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For Immediate Release     Feb 17, 2006
Contact: Dave Thind    e-mail:
Media Relations and Communications, Equine Canada
Tel: (613) 248-3433 ext. 136

2006 Equine Canada National Convention a Huge Success

Ottawa, Ontario - As the result of a collaborative effort between Equine Canada (EC) and the equestrian federations of all four Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick Equestrian Association, PEI Horse Council, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, Newfoundland Equestrian Association.), the 2006 Equine Canada National Convention, held from Feb. 6-13 in beautiful Saint John, NB was a tremendous success.

"I would personally like to thank the Atlantic equestrian federations for their support in making this year’s convention a great success. I was pleased to see that our Committees and Councils were focused on moving forward into the future, rather than focusing on the problems of the past. I am aggressively looking forward to this coming fiscal year," commented Equine Canada President, Al Patterson.

With the theme of the eight-day convention being “From Grassroots to the Winner’s Circle”, participants took part in a selection of clinics, educational sessions, seminars and forums - all tailored to the unique issues affecting each of EC’s four divisions: Sport, Recreation, Breeds & Industry as well as the Provinces.

On Sat. Feb. 11 at the Equine Canada Awards Banquet, EC recognized local contributions to the industry and honoured Equine Canada’s National Award Winners. Among the several awards presented were Junior Equestrian of the Year, Volunteer of the Year as well as a very special award, the Gold Medal Award.

Thanks to over 50 generous donors, this year’s silent auction brought an exciting end to a memorable evening as bidders scrambled to find out if they won. Attaining the high selling price was a new Barclay saddle generously donated by Tracy Dixon of Sandridge Saddlery – St. Lazare, QC.

At the Annual General Meeting on Sun. Feb. 12, it was announced that Randy White of Cambridge, ON was the successful candidate in the Director-At-Large election.

Throughout the convention, members of the equine community from across the country were pampered with Atlantic Canada’s renowned hospitality. Part of this wonderful hospitality was displayed in the form of assistance provided by the volunteers from each of the eastern provinces; this event would not have been possible without their assistance.

The convention was sponsored by BF Lorenzetti Insurance, BMO Bank of Montreal, Boehringer-Ingelheim (Canada), Evergreen Riding Center, New Brunswick Trails Council and Carlson Wagonlit Travel – their contributions helped make this event a hit.

Equine Canada would like to extend a special thank you to Sandridge Saddlery for graciously donating a total of three saddles to EC’s various auctions over the short span of only one year. Equine Canada is grateful to everyone that donated items to this auction, but would like to express a special thank you to Cavalier Equestrian Inc. for having donated several high-ticket items to this year’s auction.

Equine Canada would like to thank the following companies and individuals that generously donated items for our silent auction, delegate bags and those who supplied the welcome reception:

Animal Art by Susan N. Sweet
Anne Fitzsimmons
Apple Saddlery
Ariat International
Atlantic Horse and Pony
Bahr Saddlery
Barb Mabe
Beth Underhill
Big D Canada
BioMedica Laboritories
Cavalier Equestrian Inc.
Cloverdale Tack and Supply
Comfort Equestrian LTD.
Dorothy Shaw
Equine Essentials by Harmony
Euro Equestrian
Evergreen Riding Centre
Four Feet on the Ground Giftware
G&N Stables
Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies
Horse Community Journals Inc.
Horse Lover's Crafts
Horse Publications Group
Horse Sport Magazine
Horse World
Jill Barker
Jost Vineyards
Linda Shantz Equine Art
Macleod Equine
Moosehead Breweries
New Brunswick Equestrian Association
New Brunswick Trails Council
Newfoundland Pony Society
NorthStream Farm Tack Shop
Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals
One Rider
Picov's Horsemen Centre
PEI Horse Council
Riverview Beauty Salon
Sandridge Saddlery
Schleese Saddlery
Spruce Meadows
Victoria Saddlery

Our Corporate Patrons
BF Lorenzetti Insurance
BMO Bank of Montreal
Equine Essentials
Oster Professional Products

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

Attached Photo: “From February 6-13 Saint John, NB was Host to the 2006 Equine Canada National Convention”
Photo Credit: Rod Stears

Source : Dave Thind
Directeur, relations médias et communications
Canada Hippique
Tél. (613) 248-3433 poste 136