2022 Canadian Quarter Horse Industry Summit

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2022 Canadian Quarter Horse Industry Summit

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The Canadian Quarter Horse Association in partnership with the American Quarter Horse Association is set to host their bi-annual Summit at the Keystone Centre, in Brandon, Manitoba, March 24th to 26th.

Ottawa, ON March 17, 2022 — The Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), the Canadian affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and representative of the largest breed population within the Canadian herd, is set to host their bi-annual Canadian Quarter Horse Industry Summit in Brandon, Manitoba at the Keystone Centre, March 25th to 27th. The event welcomes Canadian Quarter Horse owners, breeders, and fans from all over Canada to discuss the current and future state of the breed and its activities in Canada, along with important equine health and welfare issues that impact the Canadian heard specifically.

For many of Canada’s Quarter Horse enthusiasts this will be the first opportunity they have had since the global pandemic to meet in person and share their passion for the Quarter Horse breed. Although some equestrian events and activities were facilitated during the unprecedented time of lockdowns, mandates, and attendance restrictions, the industry suffered many periods of inactivity just like all other sport and livestock activities in Canada. The summit provides an opportunity for those involved in the Canadian Quarter Horse industry to initiate important and timely conversations and also strategize how they will return to regular activities and adopt new ones in response to the post pandemic state.

“It is important for our Canadian Quarter Horse community to come together now that mandates and restrictions are easing” stated CQHA President Gilles Seguin the AQHA director for the province of Quebec, “I think many of us who own, breed, and show Quarter Horses have been waiting with great anticipation to get back to the normalcy of being with our friends from the Quarter Horse community. The Summit in Brandon, which will also allow for virtual participation in all CQHA’s programing, will give an opportunity for Canadians to actively take part in planning our future and addressing important concerns. It is also a time celebrate the remarkable horses and equestrians that Canada produces.”

The CQHA will host a strategic planning session and a special members meeting on Friday, March 25th, included in the day’s activities will also be a presentation by Kristy Laroche, Equestrian Canada’s Director of Active Equine Industry and Development to give an update on the status of the national equine identification program. The AQHA will facilitate a series of discussions and presentations on Saturday, as the breed’s pedigree register and international sanctioning body and CQHA will host its annual awards banquet that evening to honour the 2022 award winners, and also acknowledge those honoured with awards virtually in 2021. Sunday will wrap up with an in-depth focus on health and welfare issues, particularly addressing promenade infectious diseases that impact the Canadian herd, the keynote speaker for these topics will be Dr. Gillian Dobson a graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

For more information and to make a late registration for the event as a member of the AQHA/CQHA please visit www.cqha.ca

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association exists to address issues of concern to Canadian owners of American Quarter Horses; to be a communications vehicle for and with Canadian AQHA members; and to promote and market Canadian-bred and/or Canadian-owned American Quarter Horses, both globally and domestically. To learn more please visit www.cqha.ca or contact our media director Laurie Haughton, by email at info@cqha.ca or call 613-978-6977.

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