Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Paint the Horse Blue!

In this episode of hoofbeats we are in conversation with Horseman and gifted artist Mark Grice. He is such a multi-talented force, that we discuss his new book!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

May Day show

Hear about the line-up of thought-provoking speakers coming to Guelph this August!  And, journey with them through history and into the present, supporting and challenging the way we interact with horses through scientific research... This conference focuses on horse-human relationships:  Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going?
--- with the theme of Bringing Science to the Stable.

Put the dates of August 19-21, 2019 into your calendar for the 15th Annual Equitation Science Conference being held at The University of Guelph – Canada’s largest and most renowned agricultural university and one of only five veterinary colleges in Canada. Come and be fascinated by what science has uncovered about the unique horse-human connection.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Some Notes about Farm Work

Today we release a small podcast about the working environment on farms -- we thought you might want to check out this little segment before it airs on radio!

It was recorded by some of the equestrians in this picture, at Myrddin Equestrian Centre's recent "Demo Day"...

As you may already know, hoofbeats is working on an episode for Thursday April 25, that will reveal the findings and recommendations of the "Learning From Employers" Action Group - as part of the outcomes of the 2018 Equine Industry Symposium.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Animal Welfare News in Ontario

In this episode of hoofbeats we want to encourage you to demand that the government immediately bring in interim animal protection measures.

In our conversation with Dr. Kendra Coulter, she provides information on her studies on different approaches to animal cruelty investigations work through field research, interviews and policy and statistical analysis.  Please read her full report, A More Humane and Safer Ontario.

"Animal Cruelty exists on a spectrum," Coulter explains "It is directly connected to violence against women and children, and often occurs alongside other serious crimes."  The report offers possible solutions!

We talk about the importance of regulations and regular inspections.  We hope you'll listen and take some action too.  We also urge you to insist that a provincial trustee is appointed to manage what's left of the OSPCA, so future donations actually go to protecting animals, not to its current senior management team. A new animal welfare system needs to be built on the existing infrastructure, with service delivery by the public sector, immediately.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ask The Pro's (at Budson's in Erin)

In this edition of hoofbeats, we sneak you into the audience during the second half of the Ask The Pro's session that was presented by Budson's Farm and Feed (provisions for country living).  The Spring Horse Course focused on Wellness, Training and Best Care in a series of three workshops with guest speakers, refreshments, resources and door prizes!  Can you believe these types of sessions have been going on at least 12 years?  What a wonderful resource to the equine community!
hoofbeats was honoured to attend!

What a great turn out!
We loved the tips that pastures need nutrition too, and the importance of consistency in the source of your hay.  It is so important to know why we are feeding what we are feeding, and how valuable testing hay can be...  not to mention the benefits of record keeping!

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Throwback Thursday Edition

This episode is brought to you by volunteers, including U of G BBRM students!  Featuring some BBRM Alumni Night presentations, and snippets gathered at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  There are also some words from Drew Marshall in the hallways at the Folk Music Ontario Conference, and a new event announcement from our newest pony club member hoofbeats contributor -- make sure to mark Equestrian Canada's horse day on your calendar.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Spring Equine Event Announcements!

In today's episode, we share some tunes from local musician Preetam Sengupta. As well as some blanketing tips to consider for the last few cold days of the season, drawn from Equine Guelph's website.

There is also news of Horse Day coming Jun 1st in Erin, as well as a Spring Course running Wednesday evenings at Budson's on Main Street.  As well, we air the last of the segments created during the Equine Career night, where we were recruiting new volunteers.

Didn't our co-host do a great job auditioning? We hope to hear more from that enthusiastic voice in future!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Equine Career Night etc.

Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre

In this episode we hear from some equine professionals and some hoofbeats volunteers, as recorded at U of G on the 4th annual Equine Career Night!  Had you already heard of this cool new product FoalPoint? There is also a Riding with the Stars segment with Hilary of Gathering Time.  Enjoy!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Meet the Ontario Veterinary College's Equine Club!

You've already marked Sat Mar 16 on your calendar for College Royal right?  You will want to be at the largest student run Open House in North America! Its worth the trip to Guelph.

In this episode we welcome Lisa and Sara from the Ontario Veterinary College, co-presidents of the Equine Club, which has about 100 members. Yes! They are going to have a presence with a live horse, exam demos and an interactive exhibit. Did you know the OVC has a herd of 8 horses?

We are also in discussion with Natalie who is the Animal Events Director -- reviewing Animal Utilization Protocols, that are approved by the Animal Care Service. It was great she told us two minis are coming in from a local farm to old Mac's new farm, where we can also meet chicks, piglets, and an alpaca!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Gateway To Horses

In this episode we hear about the town hall meetings in a village in Illinois, all about a controversial hitching post and the horses that ride in to town. As well as the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning, and even a "date night" program at Gateway Farms Equine Assisted Learning -- where you will discover that horses are profound, wise teachers.  In small groups or teams (or dare we say herds?) you will have at your side a caring, noble horse looking to you to be the leader, to guide your group through obstacles. Equine Assisted Learning is a surprisingly effective means of opening new pathways of communication between you and your team, as well as instilling foundational knowledge about your own untapped potential.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

News for the New Year with Lorraine Stubbs

In this issue of our audio magazine, you'll hear the voice of Lorraine Stubbs, who is sharing some important news for the New Year!  She was a Pan Am Games, Gold Medalist in 1971.  And, twenty years later, in 1991, was Double Gold.  She was a Member of the Canadian Olympic Dressage Team twice, and was the 2nd Canadian in history, to finish in the Top Ten at the Games.  She’s been named Horsewoman of the year, and Canadian Champion 15 times.  Hoofbeats has long known of her as an International Dressage Judge, and High Performance Certified Coach in Canada, but was surprised to learn of her role as Equine Consultant to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride!  Isn’t it cool she has an M.A. in English Literature - University of Western Ontario and York University?

You'll hear about an Equine Employment Standards Action Group, and an upcoming International Conference on Equitation Science - both on campus.  We also discuss how the test, makes for the type of training, and what she sees in High Performance Sport.  And, what it was like coming up through Pony Club in the 60's. 

There's also a tune or two from Danny Michel, who is playing in Waterloo Mondays in January.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

A Horse Named Jazzy, and More!

In this episode, we hear from Will's Jams, for our Riding With The Stars segment.  A Juno-nominated, CBC Kids TV Star, and educator who brings authentic family friendly music to his youtube channel and TV.  As well as the red headed flute girl Alissa Skorik -- both musicians were recorded at the FMO Conference this fall.  There's also some original fiction, a segment about the colours of the horses of Iceland and their colours, as well a shout out to the information shared on a free forum at The Horse Portal (let me know if you need help accessing it).  We were also excited to build in some sounders recorded by a first-time volunteer at the Royal on her cell phone!  Our feature interview is with Kat who attended the hoofbeats Open House in September.  Didn't she show up with intriguing equipment?  Give a listen!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Proudly RVT

Cally Merritt is an RVT and certified equine massage therapist, with horses at home!  She is also the Vice President of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, and recently presented at the Equine Symposium on Campus, about how the vet techs moved from being unregulated to a certified system.

Tune in to today at 4:30 to CFRU.ca or 93.3fm to hear an informal, friendly discussion about the points she wanted to raise, and other thoughts about the event!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fit as a Feminist Issue

In this RAISE YOUR VOICE (CFRU fundraiser show) radio listeners can call in just before 5pm on Thursday Nov 22, to win an autographed copy of "Fit At Mid Life" by Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs.  Isn't she inspiring? We were so honoured that the Dean, College of Arts, University of Guelph would ride up to campus on a Sunday, to spend some time with us!  Empowering and relatable, we enjoyed the visit as much as the blog and the book...  which you can find at the Bookshelf.  We all need to find what we love to do to keep us fit and strong and healthy --  is it horse riding or cycling for you? Or something else entirely?

You will also hear a Riding With The Stars segment with Brenna MacCrimmon, recorded in the hallways at the Folk Music Ontario Conference.  She is a member of a Toronto-based vocal quartet, Turkwaz, that offers music of the Middle East and Balkans in new and unexpected ways.  Enjoy!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

2018 RYV, Royal Review & Remembrance Day Episode

Welcome to hoofbeats' 2018 RYV, Royal Review & Remembrance Day Episode. On CFRU 93.3fm.

First off, I want to say, I was really grateful for the display from the OVC about the horses of war at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  Was it new?  So appropriate for this time of year, and I'd thought always lacking at the Royal.  Also, I apologize that we did not rebroadcast hoofbeats "War Horse" episode this year, as you might find re-listening to that lecture (recorded on campus) moving and meaningful as I do.

I also want to mention that CFRU has a new donations page: Cfru.ca/donations/donate, and
you can pledge for hoofbeats specifically!  Our goal is to ensure the Mobile Community Studio can continue to provide space for marginalized groups around Guelph to tell their stories!  These are things about Community radio are important to me.

By the way, on the topic of Horse Human Relationships - the surveys continue...
1) Did you know that hoofbeats (radio and podcast), provides creative equine events, that help put your discipline, breed or facility on the map for more fans, and revenue and recognition in the community. And, we don't just reach and educate active horse people, we interest the general public in equestrian activity... We have created this survey to do with horse facilities at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 2018. But, if you're just finding it here and want to take 3 minutes to help us out, please do!
Did you see the facebook post recently from Dr. Katrina Merkies about a survey on horse-human relationships? They are so important; If you are a non-horse owning horseback rider and 16-99 years of age, please be a part of this exciting project undertaken by a PhD student at the University of Guelph. The survey should only take 15-20 minute of your time. Results will be available
at this link by April 2019.
In this show we take you through a Royal experience, with our portable recorder and collection of newly recruited reporters, and guests! We wore our Equimania ribbon from years gone past just for fun. We like the Rookie Rider activity and earning our ribbon, picking up the Guide for New Equestrians and meeting some horses in the stalls provided by System Fence! Ontario Equestrian is definitely demonstrating the pathway to the podium, and interesting new participants...  you'll want to hear a few of the breed and discipline features we collected too!

What's a Knabstrupper?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Working Student Life, BBRM Alumni presentation and Samantha Martin

In this edition of hoofbeats radio, to air Nov 8, 2018 4:30pm CFRU.ca and 93.3fm, we hear A Riding with The Stars segment with Samantha Martin, and her tune Six White horses.

The Working Student Life interview is brought to us by Carly Wulf, who has been volunteering with hoofbeats since #EIS2017.  This time, in casual conversation with her roommate and fellow working student for Tom Dvorak.  Known as one of Canada's top international dressage riders, he has developed a number of horses through to the Grand Prix level, and has represented Canada at Pan American Games, World Cups and World Championships.  With over two decades of experience at the top level of equine sport.  The working student interviewed was a part of the Young Riders program, and has competed Prix St Georges, which is the beginning of the international levels of dressage. This level is governed by the FEI and continues pirouette, 8m voltes and flying change work. Furthermore, rider’s are expected to show distinct differences within the gaits from collection to extension.  

 We also hear another BBRM Alumni presentation, recorded at a U of G Equine Event - Sasha, transfer student, science background who did the Kemptville program for 2 yrs. She had background as a dressage rider at the 3rd and 4th level, and was schooling Prix St. Georges, before an injury.  Her advice is to get actual experience. Hers has run from stallion handling during collections for breeding, to working at sales barns.  She also raves about Guelph with all its agriculture resources and opportunities and various livestock production agriculture. She is no longer just a "Crazy horse girl," with just a "horse show background" with no understanding of actual farming. She has taken up Sheep herding, with dogs, as a hobby and sideline endeavour to completing her masters with an Animal Bio Sciences project. She is enjoying her evolution as she continues to diversify into other areas of agriculture.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Equine Office, #EIS2018 and Georgian Bay!

In this edition In this podcast episode, which will air on 93.3fm and livestream on Cfru.ca on Thursday Nov 1 at 4:30pm (a new timeslot!), you will hear the latest news from Equine Office, a great scheduling and invoicing service for horse farms.

Also on the theme of professionalism, you will hear a few of my initial thoughts about the recent Equine Industry Symposium, and a dedication to Dr. Kendra Coulter, because of the points she made while sharing industry stats. You can find out more about her work at humane jobs.org

There is also a tiny Riding With The Stars segment, with the fantastic duo "Georgian Bay." I hope you will give a listen to their music.

Give a listen:

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Riding With The Stars -- Erik Bleich, Lyndsey Hunt (and, More!)

Today on hoofbeats is a pre-release recording from a musical friend I met as we were both volunteering at the 2018 Folk Music Ontario conference info desk. He recorded a long dark beautiful tune that mentions horses:
They came and went and they took your steed
The joke’s on them they could have had it for free
That horse was dying anyway
So go what come and come what may
and then he also tells a little horse story. Enjoy the tune from Erik Bleich!

We also hear from Jory Nash and we welcome an Advance Certified FEEL practitioner and animal communicator, Lyndsey Hunt, to the studio to hear about her current involvement and background with horses.  There are also some words from Grace who is the captain of U of G's Dressage Team (IDA).

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Daine Creech Clinic, and BBRM Alumni Event Coverage, Fall 2018

In this episode of hoofbeats, you'll hear the first recording from the BBRM Equine Management Alumni event, Constance from TD's presentation (as recorded by our emergency recruit Olivia).  She got a gig as an Ag Services Associate, 2 days after her last exam, and then got posted as an analyst 5 months later — working under an account manager, with 135 clients. She explains how the Acct Mgr is the face customers see, and focus on selling products, while she is a behind the scenes person doing risk analysis… As I was growing up, my dad would sometimes explain to me the debt-per-cow ratios he had to consider in his role as a commercial agricultural lender at Head Office, for Ontario North and East decision. And, that lead to a very meaningful career for me in banking for more than 15 years!  Constance has advice for current BBRM students:  Working for a bank was the last thing on her mind. Her dad was an accountant, and she thought that was boring. But she’s been there almost 3 years now, and thinks it was a great experience — so suggests you be super open minded!!! You could find something very cool.  I felt like the Q&A discussion that airs near the end is useful for promoting bus electives, economics, accounting, social responsibility, etc. I loved that she has KNOWLEDGE OF THE DATA SYSTEM ON A DAIRY FARM, and still doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.

Then we air Olivia's appearance as a guest on hoofbeats.  She never mentioned the name of the place where she is riding, but I think I know it.  I wish I had asked her to elaborate on the hour of ground work she does with one regular mount before riding, because I've always thought lunging is hard on horses and is usually limited to 20 minutes, so I'd like to know more...

You will also hear, as well as a casual chat at the recent clinic hosted by Summer Baillie Dressage... I wanted to hear some of the take aways one of the participants at the Diane Creech clinic, and met. a rider who has an equine business (pictured below).  There are also some lovely tracks from Georgian Bay! Enjoy.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Funky, Jazzy Horse Talk, featuring Summer Baillie Dressage (and music from Jason Raso)

In this edition of hoofbeats, you will hear how Summer Baillie is back in the saddle, after hip surgeries, and how the Summer-Baillie-Dressage-Business is growing and is in need of a working student!  A wonderful opportunity for the right applicant, to gain experience working with dressage horses from the very start to Grand Prix/FEI -- maybe you could manage performance horses (assisting vets, farriers, massage therapists, chiropractors and of course Summer), at a busy but friendly facility with big goals and a supportive and active learning environment?  Porter Oakes Farm and Summer Baillie Dressage are bringing top clinicians into the farm, so be sure to tune in for details about the event next weekend and on Nov 17/18. Of course it is not a paid position, but training would be provided on a daily basis! And, other opportunities may also be available...  Even if you only have time for a few days of the week, please don't hesitate to make contact.

In this show we also celebrate the music of Jason Raso, who is playing at the River Run Centre on Oct 26. We have used his music in our show intro for the last 3 seasons, and he has come a long way since then. With TWO new books just released, and a great "Live at the Jazz Room" album that you will hear many tracks from. Enjoy!

shout out of thanks to Emily who volunteered this week!  You'll hear what she recorded in next week's show...

we are also hoping to arrange a special hoofbeats outing to explore sidesaddle!