It’s time to cast your vote for your favourite Hero of the Horse. You may vote once a day, from now until September 15th. Please spread the word and help recognize the efforts of these exceptional horse people.
The winner’s story will be featured in the November/December issue of Horse Canada and they will receive a trophy, along with $2,000 to continue their work. PLUS, Canadian Saddlery will donate 12 blankets of any size (234 Goliath Regular Neck Turnout or 235 Mid Neck Turnouts) – a $2,100 value!
Bob Watson, of Duchess, Alberta, is the current president of the Equine Foundation of Canada, a registered charity that is run by volunteers. Donations are tax deductible, and are completely used to sustain the charity and the programs it supports.
Since becoming Canada’s first registered charity dedicated to horses, the EFC has received more than $1 million in donations. Money that is donated to the EFC is given to several horse health and education projects, like funding research and purchasing equipment. Private donations are taken in order to fulfill the charity’s goal to “raise funds to support equine health through science, and direct action, as well as to inspire others to do the same.”
The EFC also continues to support and provide funds to the following veterinary colleges: Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Université de Montréal.
So far this year, the EFC has donated $50,000 to Guelph to purchase a horse simulator model, used to teach students about anatomy and how to perform certain procedures. They have also presented two scholarships to veterinary students in Calgary and Saskatoon. Two more will be given in Calgary later this fall. The EFC encourages supporters to hold fundraisers, whether it is a trail ride, barbecue or auction, to get as many people involved as possible in making brighter, healthier futures for our horses.