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Morgan Ashdown with Jack and her horse’s WCVM surgeons, Drs. James Carmalt and Andres Sanchez. Photo: Christina Weese.

Owner helps Jack get back on track

It was early June 2013 and high school student Morgan Ashdown was looking forward to summer vacation. She planned to spend it out at the barn with her quarter horse, Under the Lethalimit, known as Jack. Her parents, Leanne and Keith of Pilot Butte, Sask., had bought the 2004 gelding a year earlier, and Jack and Morgan were starting to …

August 03rd, 2015 Full story »

Tuffy, an 18-year-old Appaloosa gelding, was found with a two-foot stick lodged his chest. Photo: Christina Weese.

Horse survives after stick impales chest

On a dark October night, Les and Darlene Leer pulled into the parking lot at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre in Saskatoon with their horse trailer in tow. It was late, and they were worried. They had made the three-hour drive from St. Walburg, Sask., to bring in their injured 18-year-old Appaloosa gelding, Tuffy, for emergency …

January 10th, 2015 Full story »

Stanton's equine experience includes competing in amateur, professional and college rodeos during her high school and university years.

Bailee Stanton receives AAEP-Markel award

University of Saskatchewan student Bailee Stanton of Kananaskis, Alta., is a 2014 recipient of an American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation-Markel award. Eight students from across North America received the annual awards on December 7 during the annual AAEP convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. The $2,500 scholarships support veterinary students whose future career plans focus on equine medicine. Stanton, who …

December 16th, 2014 Full story »

Fourth-year veterinary student Becky Gilday. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

WCVM grad wins equine scholarship

Dr. Becky Gilday, a 2014 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is one of nine equine-focused veterinarians in North America to receive $4,000 scholarships from Zoetis and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation. The scholarships were announced during the AAEP’s Focus on Sport Horses and Focus on Students summer meetings in Louisville, Ky., July 19-22. …

July 21st, 2014 Full story »

Wendy Christoff and Pfalstaff competing in Aachen, Germany, in 2010. Photo: Bob Langrish.

Love of horses embedded in riding, teaching

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 …

December 10th, 2013 Full story »

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 »

Rick Fraser and Devereux

Devereux, a horse with heart

Rick Fraser, along with his daughter Kaylee, made the long road trip from Wetaskiwin, Alta., to Kentucky in the fall of 2012 to purchase new recruits for the family’s award-winning chuckwagon string. They had filled their six-horse trailer and were on their second day of travelling home when they stopped in Saskatoon to rest and check on the horses. That’s …

August 30th, 2013 Full story »

A life with horses

It takes a special kind of person to love large animal field service duty — a job that’s notorious for difficult patients, all-night hours, and physical exhaustion. But for Dr. Kate Robinson, it’s all in a day’s work. She recently completed a three-year residency in equine field service at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre. During that …

July 23rd, 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 »

Veterinary student Nick Hawkins

Résumé includes salmon, bison and horses

Nicholas Hawkins was born and raised in Humboldt, Sask., just one hour from Saskatoon. But his journey into the veterinary medicine program at the University of Saskatchewan was a much longer trip than 100 kilometres down the highway. Shortly after high school, following a tip from his scuba-diving older brother, Hawkins landed an aquaculture job at a Chinook salmon farm …

November 10th, 2012 Full story »