SHF awards vet for equine welfare

Acting SHF president Lorraine Gilchrist (left) and Dr. Nathalie Reisbig (right).

During the Saskatchewan Horse Federation’s (SHF) annual conference in March 2023, the organization honoured veterinarian Dr. Nathalie Reisbig for her outstanding dedication to equine welfare.

Reisbig joined the Equine Field Service team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre in May 2022. Originally from Norway, Reisbig was a racehorse trainer and a FEI (International Federation for Equestrian Sports)-accredited show steward. She went on to pursue veterinary studies in Germany before moving to North America and completing specialized training at The Ohio State University.

Tammy Rettger of Aberdeen, Sask., nominated Reisbig for the award. In her nomination letter, Rettger said Reisbig’s commitment to responsible horse care “shows through her work as a veterinarian, where she consistently demonstrates that her number one priority is always the welfare of the horse.”

“Having your [horse owners’] trust and the ability to be allowed to say my opinion — whether it’s really good to hear or not to hear — means a great deal to me,” said Reisbig during her thank you speech at the SHF event. “It is what I wake up in the morning for and what I go to bed for.”


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