Friday, September 26, 2014

Alberta Stables Association formed

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

The Alberta Stables Association (ASA) has officially converted from a partner directed initiative, to a registered non-profit association for stables. The new association of stables reinforced their mandate with subsequent release of the, much anticipated, Standards of Operations manual for stables. This valuable manual was developed for all stable owners and operators alike.

The newly formed ASA aims to involve as many members of Alberta’s stable community as possible, in order to create a solid voice for their unique industry. The draft of the manual was available to be viewed and content recommendations made until March 5th, 2014. Every facet of the stable industry in Alberta including: stable owners, operators and managers as well as stable staff and clients were asked to provide input.

ASA project coordinator, Heather Matheson-Bird asserts “Public participation was critical in our effort to ensure that this manual reflects a collective understanding of an equine facility's intrinsic expectations and recommended practices in Alberta. Everyone was encouraged to provide comments and suggestions about the manual and we truly appreciate those who took the time to give us their important feedback.” In addition, two public forums were held in fall of 2013 to discuss the content for this manual in Edmonton at Farmfair International as well as at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. These public consultation periods helped guide the direction of this manual and helped to generate the content needed for inclusion.

The mission of the newly formed ASA remains true: To strengthen Alberta’s stables by promoting safety, animal welfare and sound business practices as well as providing support, education and marketing opportunities for the stable industry. The ASA will also address the many economic and demographic challenges that stable operators face in Alberta. It is anticipated that the Standards of Operations manual will further assist stables in these areas.

The ASA is offering the Standards of Operations manual complimentary, for a limited time, on their website.

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