Stables in Alberta face many challenges in today’s economic and demographic climates. Our increasingly urban population creates land use issues for horse facilities, and legislation can impact the stable’s ability to operate. Competition for the public’s leisure dollar is great with many activities competing for the time and finances of the population. Public expectations of animal welfare are on the increase and understanding of our industry is key to ensuring that stables are viewed favourably.
- Increasing and improving the public profile of the stable industry in Alberta.
- Increasing level of education for stable owners and staff.
- Creating a network of stables for the sharing of information.
- Increasing accessibility of stables for those wanting to get involved in the horse industry.
- Creating stable owner/staff awareness of recommended Codes of Practice for horses as well as recommended standards for stable operation.
- Building a “voice” for stable owners to address issues of concern to their industry.
- Education for stables on issues of key concern – safety, welfare, biosecurity, coaching, marketing, traceability
- Division of the province into 20 regions allowing wide spread support through regional meetings offering networking, information sharing, educational opportunities, stable tours, socializing.
- Visits to stables to discuss the initiative, gather information on the facility and services and answer any questions.
- Development of an independent web space (findalbertastables.ca) to provide detailed information on participating stables for online public access – location, services, facilities, coaching, activities, etc. – reciprocal links from AEF, HIAA and AARD web sites
- A network for stables to share information, swap ideas, buy and sell, ask questions.
- Promotion of stables association through AEF and HIAA presence at industry events.
- Complete the self evaluation questionnaire. This will provide the Initiative Coordinator with important information on the stable industry, and highlight areas of needed education and/or support.
- Become a regional representative. Reps are needed to act as area contacts for meetings, education and information. They will also assist the program coordinator, program partners and stable owners with communications about the Alberta Stables Initiative.
- Sign up and reap the rewards! The program registration fee is only $95.00 and includes a web directory for the entire 2014 year as well as promotion at equine events and trade shows throughout the province.