ONTARIO EQUESTRIAN FEDEATION (OEF)

 

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As Ontario’s provincial sport organization for equestrian the OEF is committed to equine welfare and providing leadership and support to individuals, associations and industries in Ontario’s horse communities. Committed to the highest standards of horse welfare, advocacy, pursuits and accessibility, the OEF represents more than 22,000 members from all sectors of the horse industry including professionals, amateurs, competitors and recreational enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines.  The OEF provides leadership and support to the individuals, associations and industries in Ontario’s equine community.

OEF provides educational material for new riders, coaches and competitors on a variety of topics:

  • safety  (helmet, prevention of concussion and brain injuries, road safety, stable safety)
  • horse health (finding a veterinarian, health and care)

OEF offers a variety of educational programs including:

  • learn to ride programs – national rider level testing program to teach English and western riders safe horsemanship and practices
  • Ride ON reward program for riders
  • Clinics for coaches, instructor examination,  national certification programs in both English and Western disciplines as well as long term athlete development
  • Officials Programs to become a provincially or nationally certified judge, steward or course designer
  • Trail Guide certification

The OEF quarterly member publication – WHOA – includes industry updates, member achievements and information about events. Schleese is a proud business member, Gold Sponsor and educational partner of the OEF.

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Jochen saved my horse - even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together. Thank you to Jochen Schleese.  Jochen saved my horse’s career, and in doing so, shaped mine.  Even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses.   The saddle fitting material in my book “Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About It” is largely due to your years of experience and passion for teaching. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together.” My post-graduation experience of seeing numerous records filled with refills for steroids and antibiotics or frequent, needless joint injections soon left me desperately searching for a better way to practice. The ensuing experience (meeting with Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese) changed my life, and subsequently changed the lives of the horses I’ve been able to work with. When I met Jochen Schleese, the founder of Saddlefit 4 Life® and listened to his in-depth explanation of how saddle fit affects the horse, I had a revelation. Here was someone who could put all the pieces together for me with compassionate understanding for the horse. I will admit, when I understood how much pain I had caused my horse, and how he had continued to try to do his job for me in the face of that pain, I cried uncontrollably. Now I was armed with something different in making the decision – the knowledge of my horse’s anatomy, how it dictated proper saddle fit...and an option to correct his problems and continue to enjoy riding my horse knowing he is free of pain.”   Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About it - Video Icon for Website How to Use Thermography

— Joanna Robson DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA and Owner of Inspiritus Equine

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