Friday, 15 February 2013 11:38

SHF and FACS recognize excellence from Swift Current

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Five individuals and an association involved with Saskatchewan’s equine industry will be acknowledged with applause and awards, Saturday at the Equine Expo in Saskatoon.

All were chosen from nominations for the ‘Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare’ presented by the Saskatchewan Horse Federation (SHF) and Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan (FACS).

“In partnership with FACS, we recognize people and organizations for demonstrating and promoting dedication to excellence in equine care within the provincial industry,” says SHF Honorary Director Dr. Betty Althouse.

“The Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare also serve as reminder of the significance of exceptional care, a focus of both SHF and FACS,” adds Adele Buettner, FACS Executive Director.

Award recipients will be recognized during Saturday’s noon banquet at Prairieland Park:
Equine Welfare Communication – Award of Distinction
FACS and SHF also recognize two recipients for communication: Mitzy Tait-Zeller of Swift Current and Dr. Sue Ashburner of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

Mitzy Tait-Zeller publicly declares her love of horses. She has written a book describing her devotion to their care, shown the strength of character to report instances of abuse and neglect, and ‘gone public’ to remind horse owners how to prevent abuse. Her commitment to animal care extends to rescuing and rehabilitating horses at times others may have given up.

Dr. Sue Ashburner is renowned in the Saskatoon horse community for incorporating equine welfare in her teaching and veterinary practice. Through her practical, common-sense approach to care, future veterinarians will understand the importance of equine welfare and the need to provide horse owners with honest information regarding their animal’s health.
Equine Welfare Innovation – Award of Distinction
Norm Kohle, who has been shoeing horses for 25 years, constantly strives to improve horse health by developing new, improved farrier methods. He works with veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to provide special trimming and shoeing for patients suffering from injury or illness affecting the hoof and legs. Norm continues to learn new techniques, and share his knowledge.

Equine Welfare Young Steward of the Future – Award of Distinction
Taylor Frain of Saskatoon always thinks of her horse first, and follows through with whatever is necessary to provide conscientious care. After 4½ years as a horse owner, Taylor serves as a role model to younger riders by consistently using excellent care practices with her own horse. She has become a good ambassador for showing respect and care for her mount

Equine Welfare Leadership – Award of Distinction
Two recipients receive awards for leadership: the Eastern Professional Chariot and Chuckwagon Association (EPCCA), and Dr. Steve Manning of the Large Animal Clinic, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

EPCCA was nominated for its work with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during the Equine Infectious Anemia outbreak in the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012. The EPCCA executive first met with CFIA officials to learn more about the deadly disease and how to prevent its spread. Then they ensured all horses tested negative before being permitted to compete in 2012.

Dr. Manning incorporates a strategy of equine health and welfare into his work, and integrates animal welfare into his teaching and veterinary care. He communicates relevant welfare topics to horse owners and demonstrates exemplary leadership with affiliate organizations. His dedication continues with his service on the Equine Health Research Fund and Saskatchewan Equine Expo.

By presenting the ‘Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare,’ FACS and SHF further their goals related to advancing animal health and welfare.

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