May 2014

Horse breeders and stable owners should be mindful of the insurance policy and liability insurance that they have. A recent decision on the case Terry Burch et al., vs. Intact Insurance et al., highlights the need to inform brokers of all equine activities that they engage in when they purchase a policy. Additionally, if horse breeders or stable owners change their equine activities, the brokers should be informed to ensure that the activities are covered under their current policy.

Christopher Miller was a full-time farmer and horse breeder near Tomahawk, Alberta. In July 2000, he received an insurance policy from Intact Insurance. The court heard that when Miller met his broker to discuss purchasing insurance for his farm, he did not notify her of any non-farming business activities. He stated he was a full-time farmer, as a horse breeder and did not engage in any non-farming business.


The second reading of Bill C-571, An Act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act (slaughter of equines for human consumption), was debated again on May 13 and voted on May 14. It was defeated, receiving 102 votes in favor to 155 against.  

This bill was anti-slaughter and would have had detrimental effects on horses and the horse industry. 

By Lindsay Ward

It is interesting to have a look at some Alberta Bred highlights and horses to watch as a new season of live racing opened on May 2, 2014 at Northlands Park. For Cash Alberta Breeders Fall Classic sm

The four year old gelding For Cash had a win in the Beaufort Stakes at Northlands followed by a victory in the Zia Park Derby last November. He has been running down south at Sunland Park and Turf Paradise over the rest of the winter. The multiple stakes winning runner by Stephen Got Even comes in to this season with over $200,000 in earnings. For Cash was bred and owned by Lyle & Phylis Farkash and trained by Dale Greenwood. 

Highfield Stock Farm has an exciting season to watch unfold with the return of the three stakes winners bred by their farm - Bet on Soup, Tell Me Lies and Kingoftherockies. Bet on Soup earned over $50,000 as a two year old with a win in the Sturgeon River Stakes. This Alphabet Soup filly is owned by Jim and Susan Hill and trained by Tim Rycroft. Tell Me Lies was sired by the Highfield stallion Captain Bodgit and comes into this season with over $200,000 in earnings and victories that include the Alberta Oaks, the Sonoman Handicap and Chariot Chaser Handicap. This now four year old filly is owned by Curtis and Darrell Landry. Kingoftherockies will be running as a five year old this season with over $114,000 in career earnings to date. The Cape Canaveral gelding won the Three and Four Year Old Sales Stakes last season for owners Rod Cundy, Robert & B MacDonald, K Miller and R & M Stable.  He is trained by Robert MacDonald. Canaveral Leader is a multiple stakes winner who comes into the new season off a win in her last start in the Duchess of York Handicap. The four year old filly by Highfield Stock Farm stallion Cape Canaveral has over $175,000 in career earnings to date. Her other victories include the Northlands Oaks and the Three and Four Year Old Fillies Sales Stakes. Canaveral Leader was bred by Jim and Norma McDonald and is owned by Central City Stable and Bar None Ranches Ltd.



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