EC Convention to Host Equine Behaviour Expert Dr. Andrew McLean

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* The Equestrian Canada Annual Convention, set for April 7-9, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, is pleased to host world-renowned horse behaviour and training expert, Dr. Andrew McLean, PhD, BSc, DipEd, for theoretical education sessions, as well as an exciting live demo.The Live Demo, taking place April 8 at Southlands Riding Club, will provide the opportunity to see Dr. McLean’s techniques first-hand and gain insight into his evidence-based and ethical approach to training our equine partners.The Co-Director of Equitation Science International, Dr. McLean is in great demand as a trainer, coach and speaker, and has authored five books, including an international best-seller. An accredited coach for more than 30 years, his own riding achievements include winning the advanced section of the famous Gawler Three-Day Event. He has also been short-listed for the World Championships, and competed at Australian State and National competitions in eventing and dressage up to the FEI level and jumping up to grand prix.Dr. McLean conducts demonstrations at universities and conferences around the world, and was instrumental in hosting the first annual International Equitation Science Symposium at the 2005 Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, and was named an Honourary Fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) for his ongoing contributions to the field of equitation science.EC recently had the chance to pick Dr. McLean’s brain about his background and the methods he will share during the EC Annual Convention. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. McLean and enjoy a sneak preview of some of the topics to be covered during the EC Annual Convention.What first inspired you to train horses?I was inspired by the excitement of learning the Jeffrey Method (a method of horse breaking that utilizes tactile contact), which I found hugely successful for me, and beneficial for the horses.Does a horse’s individual personality affect how you train them?Yes. Affective and arousal states and attachment are personality factors that affect training. For example, a sensitive horse dictates the way you would use operant conditioning, and the proportions of negative and positive reinforcement.What do you believe are the most important starting strategies when training a horse?A good foundation of in-hand responses sets in place the strong levels of security in the horse in the form of predictability and controllability, so that under-saddle work is far easier and safer.What is the most common horse behavioural issue you encounter?Behavioural problems that are associated with too much mouth pressure, such as tension, neophobia, shying and random, out-of-the-blue behaviours.What is the best experience that you have had so far while training a horse?One experience that stands out is re-training the dressage stallion, Tintagel Magic, who came to me as a ‘rearer.’ I trained him to FEI-level dressage and performed a Prix St. Georges test at Australia’s Equitana event using just a piece of string and no saddle or bridle. But, in my time, I have broken in and re-trained many horses, and every one gave me a huge amount of pleasure.What is your advice for up-and-coming trainers to avoid negative behavioural issues?Train the horse very clearly in-hand first. Establish a clear protocol of positive and negative reinforcement, and establish rein and leg responses under saddle to give perfect gait, tempo, stride length and lateral responses before training head carriage/frame – because the first enables the second, but the second does not enable the first.How do you think science-based training methods have benefited the equestrian community?Over the last 20 years, throughout the world, there has been an increasing ground-swell of good trainers and leisure riders beginning to listen to the science of training, and getting good results from it. Thousands of people have made a better connection with their horses.Want to learn more about Dr. McLean’s methods? Register for the EC Annual Convention for your chance to learn first-hand from Dr. McLean and many other renowned speakers and presenters. For a list of 2017 EC Annual Convention highlights, and the full agenda, visit Tags: Equestrian Canada, Equestrian Canada Convention, Dr. Andrew McLean, SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Release Two Live Albums For Australian Wildfire Benefit [Listen]

first_imgKing Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have released a pair of live albums to benefit relief efforts in response to devastating wildfires in their native Australia.Related: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Unleash Rock Fury At Central Park SummerStage [Photos]The Melbourne-bred psych outfit released two live albums on Bandcamp, one of which was recorded in Adelaide, Australia last year. Proceeds from Live In Adelaide ’19 go to Wildlife Victoria, an Australian wildlife emergency response program that operates shelters throughout Victoria. The second live album comes from a 2019 concert in Paris, and the earnings from that release go to benefit Animals Australia, an organization that fights against animal cruelty.The albums are available for a minimum of $10 Australian (AUD), roughly $6.88 USD, or more, as there is a name your price option which allows users to donate additional funds.Stream the live albums from King Gizzard, Live In Adelaide ’19 and Live In Paris ’19, below.King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — Live In Adelaide ’19 (Full album)<a href=”″>Live In Adelaide &#8217;19 by King Gizzard &amp; The Lizard Wizard</a>King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — Live In Paris ’19 (Full album)<a href=”″>Live In Paris &#8217;19 by King Gizzard &amp; The Lizard Wizard</a>These humanitarian efforts follow a 12-month period of what would be considered extreme productivity for any band other than King Gizzard. The group released two full-length albums, Fishing For Fishies and Infest the Rat’s Nest. The Lizard Wizards show no signs of slowing down in 2020 as they have announced literal “marathon shows” at the Greek Theatre in Berkley, CA and Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, CO. As if that wasn’t enough, the band also announced a spring tour of the United States and Canada between the “marathon shows.”Tickets for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s upcoming concerts are available through their website.last_img read more

LSGM establishes Cypen fellows

first_img July 15, 2012 Regular News LSGM establishes Cypen fellows LSGM establishes Cypen fellows Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., has created the Harry and Irving Cypen Fellows Program.The program was established by Stephen H. Cypen in memory of his father Judge Irving Cypen, and his uncle Harry L. Cypen, whose daughter Marcia K. Cypen has been LSGMI’s executive director for almost 30 years. The Cypen brothers were law partners for almost 40 years.The Cypen Fellows Program will fund paid law student internships at LSGMI, giving fellows the opportunity to become immersed in public interest law while assisting low-income individuals and families in Miami-Dade County. Fellows will develop practical legal skills and substantive knowledge in practice areas unique to the low-income community, and help LSGMI meet the growing demand from the community.last_img read more

Hong Kong Airport forced to close for a second day

first_imgHong Kong Airport has been forced to close for a second-day reports NBC.NBC said that “all check-in services at Hong Kong airport’s main terminal shut down for a second day on Tuesday after protesters blocked the entrance of the building.”Arriving flights are not impacted.“Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today,” the airport announced in a statement sent to reporters it says.All check-in service for departure flights were suspended at 4:30 p.m. the airport authority added. Other departure and arrival flights for the rest of the day would continue, it said.It told members of the public not to come to the airport.The shut down will cause massive knock-on disruptions for days particularly for Cathay Pacific Airways which will have many aircraft and crews out of position.The disruptions will also have a significant impact on forward bookings with intending or booked passengers changing plans to avoid Hong Kong.Hubs such as Singapore and Seoul and their airlines will be major beneficiaries.last_img read more

Checkpoint Systems’ New EAS System Designed for Convenience Stores

first_imgCheckpoint Systems, Inc, a global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, recently announced its CLASSIC N10 electronic article surveillance (EAS) solution, which is designed primarily for convenience stores.The N10 features a smaller, flexible antenna that places a premium on floor space, while reducing shrink, improving on-shelf availability and enabling the open display of merchandise.Coupled with Checkpoint’s breadth of tagging solutions, it protects a wide range of merchandise, and serves as an introduction for retailers with smaller store entrances and exits as well as other areas within the store where theft occurrence can be high, such as restroom areas and employee break rooms.- Sponsor – According to Uwe Sydon, senior vice president of innovation, Checkpoint Systems, “We’ve researched and worked with convenience stores that have many of the same requirements for loss prevention solutions as larger outlets, but often have neither the floor space nor the budget for standard traditional floor mounted, free-standing EAS antennas. With the introduction of the N10 – featuring one of the smallest EAS antennas on the market — those limitations are gone.”The N10 uses Checkpoint’s latest generation of detection platforms, which includes jammer detection for organized retail crime attempts to defeat the system, and the latest noise filtering and reduction software to ensure the N10 always performs at an optimum level.Its bright LED lit acrylic design acts as a visual deterrent for potential theft. The N10 can be wall or door-frame mounted or sited on an optional free-standing floor mount. In addition, retailers can swivel the antenna in any direction, as well as spin and tuck it out of the way when needed.Retailers using the N10 can choose from a range of product tagging solutions from Checkpoint, including Alpha High Theft Solutions, as well as hard tags and soft labels.Consumers benefit from improved on-shelf product availability and open merchandising via the theft reduction effects of EAS, and the active deterrent N10 provides in reducing theft attempts in the protected stores. In addition, because of its smaller size, shoppers’ movements aren’t restricted. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Big 12, Bowlsby Have Solid Beef But No One Else to Blame

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Following the announcement of the four teams included in this year’s college football playoff, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby made his feelings known.“Obviously I acknowledge the difficulty of the task, but I’m not sure what I advise my members right now, because we’ve been telling them that nonconference schedules matter, and one of the four has an exceedingly weak nonconference schedule,”Washington, which has the 127th-strongest non-conference schedule, is in after one loss to No. 9 USC and a Pac-12 title game in which it blew out a top-10 Colorado team.From day one, one of the strongest sermons coming from the committee and ESPN headquarters in Bristol was that teams needed to schedule better in the non conference. The Baylors of this world would not be able to run through cupcakes as they geared up for conference play and expect to get credit for it.But this year we saw Oklahoma fall victim to their strong scheduling which kept them out. If Houston was the team they thought they were scheduling,  and OU wins, the Sooners are probably No. 4.Should Oklahoma be in? No. They have two losses. As does Penn State. I don’t have a problem with either being left out. You have to win to get in. But Bowlsby’s point is taken. The Big 12 commissioner alluded to No. 3 Ohio State making it in despite not winning their division or even playing the Big 10 championship game.“And we’ve been telling them the 13th data point matters, and we added a conference championship game because of that. We’ve always heard that conference championships matter and division championships matter, and now it’s confusing.”Oh, the infamous 13th data point. Bowlsby may have something here.The lack of a conference title game to give teams that elusive baker’s dozen was the reported culprit two years ago when TCU miraculously fell No. 3 to No. 6 following a win to make room for eventual national champion, Ohio State.After the Big 12, again in reactive-mode, decided to put a title-game hat on a one-division conference, they find themselves left in a lurch and two steps behind and now with ill-fitting headwear.Now the yearly schedule will be a guessing-game to try and decide which 2-3 teams will be the best and keep them away from each other in November, so as to not to further cannibalize the league and its chances to get a team in.The blame doesn’t fall on the college football committee, or ESPN, or Kirk Herbstreit. The blame falls on the Big 12 who has been one giant knee-jerk reaction for the majority of its existence. The blame falls on us for trying to hold an entity that governs itself to rules that it makes up as it goes.These questions should be asked, but the Big 12 and Bob Bowlsby shouldn’t expect an answer that does anything more than pacify their grief. The Big 12 is on the outside. Outside of the playoff and outside of the pack in terms of national perception. There’s not a quick fix for that either. The Big 12 has tried too many of those anyway.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Monaco chief Campos can see Mbappe joining Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Monaco chief Campos can see Mbappe joining Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AS Monaco sports chief Luis Campos admits he can see PSG striker Kylian Mbappe moving to Real Madrid.Campos worked with Mbappe at ASM.”Kylian represents champagne football, which we like to see and as a high level footballer I see him wearing the Real Madrid jersey because it is a club made to his measure, where the great players want to go,” Campos, who is currently working as a sporting director at Lille, told Telefoot.”In the future, I imagine myself attending a match at the Santiago Bernabeu and enjoying the show that Mbappé can offer. Nowadays, he is more decisive than Neymar and considering his age, he’ll be much better than Cristiano Ronaldo. I see him winning more Ballon d’Ors.” last_img read more

Video: USC Players Go Nuts When Pat Haden Introduces Clay Helton As Full-Time Head Coach

first_imgUSC players celebrate Clay Helton's promotion to head coach.YouTube/USCAthleticsClay Helton may not be the guy that USC fans and former players want, but it is clear that he is extremely popular with players on the team. This morning, Helton had his interim tag removed by athletic director Pat Haden. USC released video of Haden introducing Helton as full-time head coach to the team, and the Trojans went absolutely nuts. That’s a pretty awesome sight. Now, Helton and the Trojans have to shift their focus to Stanford, who they face in this weekend’s Pac-12 title. Stanford defeated USC 41-31 earlier in the year, when Steve Sarkisian was still coaching the team.last_img read more

Reform Measures Delivering Jobs – PM

first_img The Bill, which was passed, provides for the closure of the Fund and assimilation of its functions into the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.  The move is expected to result in savings to the Government of approximately $35 million. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the economic and structural reforms being undertaken by the Government are delivering real jobs for Jamaicans. “We (are) looking clinically on where we can expand shared services to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and get us on our way to meeting our debt to gross domestic product (GDP) target,” Mr. Holness said. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the economic and structural reforms being undertaken by the Government are delivering real jobs for Jamaicans.He said the increase in employment over the last two quarters has been “fantastic” and “in the closing quarter we will be seeing (even) more jobs”.The Prime Minister was contributing to a debate on the Bill to repeal the Road Maintenance Fund Act in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (November 14).The Bill, which was passed, provides for the closure of the Fund and assimilation of its functions into the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. The move is expected to result in savings to the Government of approximately $35 million.The closure of the Fund is part of Government’s public sector reform agenda aimed at reducing bureaucracy and improving efficiency in order to stimulateprivate-sector investment and job creation.“We (are) looking clinically on where we can expand shared services to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and get us on our way to meeting our debt to gross domestic product (GDP) target,” Mr. Holness said.He noted that the Government is committing to providing the private sector with the strategic support, “so that it can absorb whatever jobs may be released from the public sector”.He assured workers employed under the Fund that opportunities for jobs will be created elsewhere in government or in the private sector.last_img read more