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Love of horses embedded in riding, teaching

December 10th, 2013

Wendy Christoff of Delta, B.C., loves horses. She’s been riding since she was eight years old, but the self-proclaimed “horse nut” found her true calling in 1979 when she watched a dressage demonstration by an acclaimed Canadian rider and Olympic competitor. “I’d always enjoyed trail riding and pleasure riding, but once I saw Inez Propfe-Credo’s demonstration at the Pacific National …

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Wendy Christoff and Pfalstaff competing in Aachen, Germany, in 2010. Photo: Bob Langrish.
EFC members organize annual fundraising events across Canada such as the Sandy McNabb Equine Foundation Trail Ride near Turner Valley, Alta. Photo courtesy of EFC.

Group backs equine health at grassroots level

The Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC) may be small, but in the past four decades, this grassroots group has managed to accomplish great things in support of horse health care in Canada. The volunteer organization has raised nearly $890,000 in donations that have supported a variety of organizations, people and projects in the past 30 years. The list of recipients …

October 30th, 2013 Full story »

Equine health gifts set donors apart

Bob Brickley is an equine rancher who lives near the rural community of Kennedy in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan. Bob and his wife Lois both grew up in the same area, and for decades, their lives have revolved around raising cattle, horses and kids on their place — the Moose Mountain Ranch. With the goal of “breeding quality horses …

February 20th, 2013 Full story »

Shoppette

Easing the grief through memorial tributes

When Jim Dobie lost his golden retriever Angus to cancer in 1996, he was surprised and touched to learn that his veterinarian, Dr. Lloyd Abbey (WCVM ’77) of Edmonton, Alta., had made a memorial donation to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) on his behalf. “I certainly never expected that and didn’t even know such …

May 15th, 2012 Full story »

Dr. Chris Bell during surgery.

Excellent externships

After the last celebratory toast had been made and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2006 had paid off their grad party expenses, they were faced with a decision: what should they do with the leftover money? It was a problem that previous graduating classes had solved through donations to the WCVM or to the College’s Veterinary Medical …

November 29th, 2011 Full story »