Brand It

Welcome to our second (the first being MY STABLE LIFE’s Shane Doan autographed jersey) online contest! We’re going to kick this off in high fashion. Cowboy fashion, that is. After all, what says Western more than a pair of western jeans? Heck, even Robert Redford got grief for not wearing an authentic cowboy brand in The Horse Whisperer. Just because we’re pleased as punch that you’ve tuned into our new website, we’re going to give away three iconic Cruel Girl brand western style jeans, in your style, in your size. All you have to do is let us know – in the Comment section below – what your favorite western brand or logo is – it could be tack, clothing, ranch brands, whatever has a connection to the western lifestyle.

We’ll randomly choose three winners and the lucky recipients will be wearing a pair of these jeans lickety-split.

I guarantee you will look this good wearing them. (trailer, horse and long hair not included)

Contest closes Apr. 26

Hi everyone, comments for this post is now closed. Thanks for entering, check here for winners! And click on the Contests Topic to enter ongoing contests.

No health records? Ship before July 31st

It isn’t an April Fool’s joke. In fact, rumors of it have been the talk of the industry all winter and in late January the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed new regulations regarding the implementation of a Meat Hygiene Directive. As of July 31st, slaughter facilities will be allowed to process only those equines with complete health records dating back six months. In other words, the maintenance of health records must have begun by February 1st, for equines that are intended to be sent (or sold) for processing on or after July 31st.

The Information Bulletin from the CFIA that outlines the new requirements is available from the CFIA’s web site at:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/newcom/newsrele.shtml where it states “ owners who wish to keep their sale options open should record all vaccines, medications given (administered or fed) to their animals and record any occurrence of illness in their animals.”

The CFIA requires that health records for equines intended for human consumption include the following:

• Identification information for the horse, including markings and photos

• Record of diagnosed illnesses

• Records of drugs or vaccines administered (or fed) that are not intended for use in food animals

• Records of drugs or vaccines administered (or fed) with known withdrawal periods

• Records of all other drugs or vaccines administered (or fed)

A list of the substances that are not intended for use in food animals can be found at in the Meat Hygiene Directive No. 2009-49 which is available from CFIA’s website at

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/meavia/man/direct/2009/direct49e.shtml.

Important to note: the use of Phenylbutazone (commonly known as bute), is now considered a banned substance for any equine intended for human consumption.

Equine meds which require a six-month withdrawal period include such drugs as Acepromazine, commonly known as Ace.

Perhaps even more troubling than the health records requirement is the news that this program is all intended to lead into an overall Canadian equine identification program, which is intended to encompass not only unique identification, but movement tracking and health and drug administration. Read on for the official word from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency:

“To assist horse owners in the maintenance of health records, the CFIA has created the Equine Identification Document (EID). The EID is a paper document that can be downloaded and printed from the CFIA website.

“The CFIA announcement describes this as “the first step in the development of a comprehensive food safety and traceability program for the Canadian equine industry—for both domestic and international markets.” This is in-line with previous Agriculture and Agri-food Canada announcements committing to the development of livestock traceability programs for Canada by 2013.

“It is expected that the EID paper document will serve as a foundation stone upon which a comprehensive electronic system will be built to incorporate unique equine identification, movement tracking, and health and drug administration information necessary to satisfy food safety and bio-security requirements.

“It is expected that further information and details regarding the development and implementation of the national identification and traceability system will be announced shortly.”

If all of this smacks you in the gut the teensiest bit, if you find your thoughts drifting off to 1984, and big-brotherism, you just might not be alone . . . and plenty of you may even recall we’ve been through this before, back in 2003-04 when Equine Canada gave it’s best shot at fast-tracking an equine identification program. Alarms were raised, cries of “not another gun registry!” were made and eventually, it all went away, back into the dark hole from whence it came. Or, so we thought.

Just as intriguing . . . on the heels of this Canadian announcement came the news from the United States Department of Agriculture of its complete scrapping of it’s $142 million NAIS (National Animal Identification System) and starting it’s disease traceabililty program from scratch according to the Washington-based American Horse Council. Apparently, the decision came after a USDA national listening tour.

We’ll be keeping track of this as it progresses, but in the meantime, thoughts anyone?

Best Babies Batch #1

ENTRIES FROM WHR’S BEST BABIES PHOTO CONTEST

Because it’s a beautiful spring day. Because we await our own new arrival here at the log house. Because it’s difficult to think of any subject which can loosen the words “grab the camera” from any horseperson’s lips more readily. Because I can’t wait to show you the first set of submissions to our Best Babies Photos Contest. Because I fell in love with photographing foals when we had our first two years ago, pictured above with my daughter. Because I want to encourage you to capture those short-lived days of foalhood.

Here then, without further ado, is a selection of the first set of entries we’ve received for our Best Babies Photo Contest.

It’s a predicament. Guns Poco Sun out of Suns Affair by Ima Sun Ofa Gun. Photo by John Regier, Pitchfork Ranching Quarter Horses, Lethbridge, AB

Invitation to play? Two foals by El Peppys Hurt. Photo by Karla Reimer, Beaverlodge, AB

A field of green grass, dandelions and new babies signal spring. Tito, a Cattin colt on the right, and Splash, a Pepto Taz colt on the left. Photo by Kevin Genz, KG Performance Horses, Duffield, AB

Sharing a kiss. Stud colt, Custom Made Surprize by Hangten Surprize. Photo by Stacey Huska, Drayton Valley, AB

Baby with a barn background. Star is a Standardbred foal. Photo by Lindsay Macneil, Cape Breton, NS

The Drop Zone doesn’t miss a beat, by Peptozone out of Sea Breeze Please. Photo by Lori Turk, Wyoming, ON

And finally, we love the warmth of this mood shot of a Quarter Horse foal taken in northern B.C. Photo by Nicky Hemingson, Grande Prairie, AB

Now it’s your turn, you still have plenty of time to submit your foal photos and enter our Best Babies Photo Contest. You might win our fantastic foaling package, sponsored by Greenhawk (value: $130). Please send your photo, a brief description of foal’s pedigree if applicable, photographer’s name and hometown to dknews@telus.net.

Contest ends June 30.

Welcome to our new blog section!

By now you will have noticed Western Horse Review has gathered a sagacious and versatile group of bloggers for your daily reading and viewing pleasure, and I have to say, I’m happy to be a part of it.

For those of you who read the magazine, you’ve probably already seen the call for foal photos in the April issue. Photos and contests definitely encompass two of my favorite components of the new www.westernhorsereview.com and I’ll be running many of them straight through this blog, so check in often. In fact, watch for my inaugural “Brand It” contest early next week, when we’ll be giving away three fabulous pairs of Cruel Girl jeans. As well, I’ll be posting highlights of the ongoing Best Babies Photo Contest tomorrow.

A few more things you can expect on this growing site: in addition to an ever-expanding list of current events (please feel free to contribute), there are a couple of coming-soon’s: such as a live feed and video section (we’ll be kicking this off with a live feed from the Canadian Cutting Horse Association Finals in Olds, Alberta. Watch for it beginning April 9), a list of sites we find useful and book and video reviews of the latest in all western riding genres.

I’ll post as often as I can. My life as a mother of two daughters who ride and compete, Western Horse Review editor, amateur competitor, acreage dweller and keeper of a menagerie of horses is sure to keep the posts popping. I’m also looking forward to having a number of guest bloggers who will post opinions, stories, news and even how-to pieces. Please feel free to work this blog with me. If you have anything western lifestyle related, photos of your latest horse show or event, announcements, blog discussion topics to suggest – seriously, almost anything goes – even, yes, recipes! Even, poetry! (keeping it clean and courteous, of course)

Don’t hesitate to e-mail me at ingrids@efirehose.net and I’ll get it on the blog.

As you may have already read in the magazine, we’re aiming high with this new site and we hope you’ll join us for the ride.