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AGM Recap
The NBEA Annual General meeting was held on Sunday, November 1st in Fredericton. A good turn-out in person plus some attendees via Zoom ensured more than enough for a quorum.
The president’s report from Deanna Phelan stressed the positive aspects of our province’s response to Covid-19, the continued popularity of NBEA programs despite the pandemic, and the benefits of an equestrian lifestyle in these trying times. This segued into a look at the effects of the coronavirus shutdown on the province’s largest equestrian operation, as related to us by owner Jennifer Hanson, and on the freelance coaching business of Donna McInnis. Both women candidly shared the initial effects of a closed economy and their coping mechanisms before and after the re-establishment of protocols to get riders back in the saddle.
All other reports that were submitted, including finances, membership, coaching, communications, and more, may be viewed on the NBEA website.
For the first time in several years, there were enough candidates for directors-at-large to warrant an election. After the candidates spoke, the ballots were cast. Each of the six dedicated incumbent directors were returned for 2021, with the addition of a new face. We are delighted to welcome Karla Adams, an avid western from Campbell Settlement, near Nackawic, in Zone 2.
Following the AGM, the new Board met and chose the executive. All the 2020 spots will be filled by the same dedicated women for 2021.
President – Deanna Phelan
VP Sport & Coaching – Kem Shears
VP Recreation & Breeds – Heather Findlay
Secretary – Donna McInnes
Directors-at-large: Karla Adams, Heather Touchie-Blakely, Laura Burtt
Nicole Beaulieu and Cyndy Toner are returned to serve as coordinators of English and western coaching respectively.
Two spots remain to be filled from the disciplines. As their umbrella groups hold their AGMs in the coming weeks, names will be offered as representatives and if more than two names are put forward, an election will be called. Further appointments to the Board may occur as spots remain open for specific seats.
Finally, the motion to amend the Constitution to allow for virtual meetings, including AGMs, should the need arise, was passed. An updated Constitution may be read in its entirety on the NBEA web page.

The NBEA is delighted to welcome Karla Adams as our new Director-at-Large. Karla lives in Campbell Settlement, near Nackawic, in Zone 2.
NBEA members recently received a special email bulletin describing the new, free series of lectures and demonstrations called The In Gate. This series, designed to help riders understand what to expect in the sanctioned show ring, offers seminars, demos, and interactive experiences to demystify the competition scene for English riders. Guest speakers and demonstration riders guide participants through the turn-out, rules, expectations, traditions, and preparation that can seem intimidating to anyone who hasn’t shown before, or for a while.

The first session, held on November 15th, highlighted the clothing, tack, equipment, and turn-out expected for dressage, hunter, jumpers, and cross country competition. Coaches Deanna Phelan, Samantha Atkinson, and show organizer Taylor Smith addressed the rules and expectations. 
The next session will be happening this coming Sunday, and will focus on entering competitions and the expectations in the show ring or on course. What classes do I pick? What are the different kinds of eventing competitions? What is the judge looking for? How do I ride my best dressage test? Certified coaches Deanna Phelan, Samantha Atkinson, and Nancy McAlinden (retired) will present each discipline. 
Everyone is welcome – riders of all ages and levels, parents, coaches, friends. The series runs on Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Geary Hill Stables in Geary, NB from until at least November 29th. Email for more information.
Come join us at The In Gate.
Capital Region Equestrian Association - Zone 3 AGM
The Capital Zone 3 committee will be holding their Annual General Meeting on December 2nd at 6 pm. The location is yet to be announced, but people should RSVP so the current committee can plan. Virtual attendance can be arranged. Members who would like to get involved with the Zone 3 committee should watch the Facebook page for more details or email us at
It’s No Stirrups November!

Take the challenge and win!
Many riders are devoting the month to dropping, crossing, or removing their stirrups and improving their seat and position. Post a photo in the comments section of our Facebook post, or tag us on your Instagram post that features you riding without stirrups. Safety first - helmets on, please.
At the end of November, we'll put the names of everyone who has participated into a draw for a certificate for free registration to an Equine Guelph online short course of your choice!
We’ll be watching our Facebook and Instagram accounts for your tags. Good luck!
Alas, the January Thaw Equine Expo has been cancelled for 2021. Organizers Brenda, Kelly, and Karen have made the difficult but wise decision to forego this winter's event and set their sights on 2022. We'll miss seeing everyone, but this is certainly the safer route. 
See you in 2022!
Carol Mulholland Seminar – Videos
A number of dedicated riders, parents, and coaches were treated to a session with master coach trainer and international athlete Carol Mulholland. Carol spoke on the three themes that were prominent over the summer’s LTED program – Conviction, Feel – Don’t Think, and Fear of Failure.
Videos of her discussion have been posted to YouTube. Enjoy the session, broken down into small chunks. View them in order:
  1. What you do in practice is going to transfer to competition
  2. Define excellence
  3. Learning with regularity
  4. Discipline defined
  5. Feel, don't think
  6. How did that feel?
  7. Fear of Failure
  8. Fear of Winning
  9. Failures
  10. To get better
  11. Go further
NBEA Membership Renewals
Beginning December 1st, current NBEA members will be able to renew their memberships for 2021. Membership fees will remain the same, and the new system for online renewals at is simple and straightforward. Those who prefer to purchase or renew by mail can still do so; 2021 membership forms will be available on the NBEA website starting December 1st as well.
Note: one of the options you can choose this year is to have your membership auto-renew. By clicking this option, your credit card will automatically be charged each December for the next year’s membership. You will receive an email each year that this will be happening, and you can always opt out if you change your mind. But for those of us who renew faithfully every year, auto-renewing means we never forget, or have a lapse in our insurance coverage because we forgot or procrastinated.  
A special reminder email will be sent to the membership closer to the December date when the 2021 renewal system will be up and running.
Dressage New Brunswick recently held its AGM via Zoom. The report on the year gone by was short, due to the cancellation of all shows due to the Covid-19 situation. The ride times at the PLP were well attended, however, and the outlook for next year is optimistic. 

Congratulations to the acclaimed Board of Directors for 2021:

• President: Jennifer Murray
• Vice-President: Natalie Russell
• Secretary: Jennifer van der Sluys
• Treasurer: Alexis Kinley
• Membership: Kelly Madore
• Communications: Jasmine Poirier
• NBEA Rep: Taylor Smith
• Directors-at-Large: Taylor Smith, Julie Leger

• Competitions Committee Chair: Jennifer Murray
• Sponsorship Committee Chairs: Taylor Smith, Julie Leger
• Special Events Committee Chair: Julie Leger

DNB would like to thank outgoing directors Melissa McKnight and Brittany Balser-Whitehouse for their years of dedication. 

We’re sharing the Code...


Equine Care and Handling


Some codes don’t need to be a secret. In fact, the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines should be widely shared for everyone’s benefit.

Not only is this Code Canada’s standard of care, it’s an informative guide that can help equine owners and caregivers in their daily dealings with horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. 

The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada is committed to unlocking information. Working together with industry specialists, we’ve developed an online training program that covers all 10 sections of the equine Code along with valuable tips and tools for everyday animal care.
Visit to learn more about the Code and your animals.

Laura Burtt - Bit and Bridle Fitter
Laura Burtt, of Green Meadows Stables in Zone 2, recently completed and achieved a Certificate in Equine Bits and Bitting Science through Neue Schule.
“I started the year off enrolling in becoming Certified as a Neue Schule Equine Bit and Bridle Fitter. The first component is completed but my trip to England for the residential component to finish the course has been delayed due to Covid. 
My next course is Diploma in Lorinary Science, starting in November.  
I am looking forward to expanding my Coaching career into providing Bit and Bridle Fitting consultations and clinics as well.

Congratulations, Laura!
Free Course for Youth at
The Horse Portal

Our partners at Equine Guelph – The Horse Portal – are still offering a FREE online short course to youth ages 13 – 17. The Horse Behaviour and Safety course was posted on the Horse Portal in early November, but is available for registrants to work through at their own pace until February 2021. It’s not too late to sign up and try it out.
Register here at the Horse Portal.
Ride & Drive
Many recipients of this year’s Ride & Drive prizes collected them at the AGM in Fredericton recently. Others are awaiting their arrival in the mail. Packaging has been completed and recipients can expect their prize, gift card, and/or certificate to reach them as soon as possible.
Congratulations again to the many award winners, particularly 4000-hour achiever Donna Munn.
Pictured: Amelia Ritchey's horse Teddy sporting his new RIde & Drive 500 Hours halter!
Safe Sport Training
In the interest of creating and maintaining a safe sport environment and a positive experience for all, the Coaching Association of Canada offers free online national Safe Sport training. This training is tailored specifically to the roles of coaches, officials, and other adults involved in our sport.  It is quick, informative, and user friendly. Safe Sport offers insight into awareness, and provides tools to address maltreatment when necessary.
Safe Sport training is free and available from the CAC through the Locker. Anyone can create a free Locker account and access the Safe Sport training, as well as other short courses such as Concussion Protocol.
Anyone involved in equestrian sport, whether in an official capacity, or as a volunteer, should take this training. It will become compulsory for many roles soon.
Prep for Winter
The amazingly warm weather recently may have fooled us all into believing winter was far away, but the calendar doesn’t lie, and it's decidedly nippy outside now.  The cold, sleet, ice, and snow will be with us soon enough.
If you keep your horse turned out 24/7, check out this infographic from Equine Guelph: It’s a wonderful resource for preparing for winter management for horses that live out.
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