FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alberta Stables Initiative Announces Draft of Stable Standards of Operation Manual now available for public comment
Airdrie, AB February 3rd, 2014
The Alberta Stables Initiative (ASI) is proud to announce the launch of the public comment period on the draft Standards of Operation Manual for stables. The draft can be viewed and submissions made until March 4th, 2014 at http://bit.ly/1bkKKBd. All stable owners, operators and managers as well as stable staff and clients are encouraged to provide input. This is to ensure that the manual reflects a collective understanding of an equine facility's expectations and recommended practices in Alberta. The survey is approximately 10-20 minutes long and divided into five sections for ease of completion. Anyone can provide comments and suggestions about the manual; all submissions are confidential and must be made through the online system. We appreciate any feedback so please take the time to let the committee know your thoughts.
The ASI Standards of Operation Committee includes contributors from throughout the province representing the diversity of the Alberta stable industry. Committee members include past and present stable owners, managers, horse owners, breeders, trainers, equine industry professionals and government representatives.
This valuable manual is being developed for all stable owners and operators alike. 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 generate the content considered for inclusion. Anticipated date of completion is May of 2014.
The Alberta Stables Initiative (ASI) was officially launched in 2009 with the goal of developing a professional association in 2014 which would address the many economic and demographic challenges that stable operators face in Alberta. It is a collaborative project among the Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA), the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and the Horse Industry Section of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD).
The ASI printed maps are available through the HIAA or AEF offices! Contact either office today for one, or many, to be sent to you free of charge. They are a great resource for anyone stable shopping in Alberta.