horse is a horse, of course. But, a traditional division among the
various breeds of horses and the people who work with them has developed
over the years, keeping networking between all horse people to a
Can-Am Equine is attempting to break down these barriers by offering
an All Breeds Equine Emporium March 13 through 16, 2003 at London's
Western Fair Grounds. Seize this rare opportunity to hear guest
speakers from across North America addressing major topics concerning
the equine industry.
"I think there'll be something for everyone there." Says
Dr. Ken Armstrong, executive director of the Equine Research Centre
(ERC) at the University of Guelph. Proceeds from the event will
aid equine research.
"We're looking at a number of issues here," Armstrong
explains. "Thirty years ago most people had an agricultural
background. Now, the largest percentage (interested in horses) has
no agricultural background. Nowadays, you have a higher number of
people with an education and money to spend. They have a need for
information, a need for quality products. That's where something
like this comes in."
ERC's goal is to offer a comprehensive horse/health program that
includes education, training, communications, research and service.
"Our mandate is to be the industry's link or portal to the
university," says Armstrong. "Conversely, our association
with the university is to take everything they have to offer to
the industry. It's a collaborative thing."
There is a general feeling that all breeds of horse people working
together is a positive approach, offering strength and advancement
to the industry as a whole. " I think people are becoming more
of a mind to work together," Armstrong says.
So, whether you ride, race or show, all you need to know about horses
will be at Can-Am's All Breed Equine Emporium next March.