The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) strives to provide funding where available to members to help further their equine education and pursuits. Below are funding opportunities available for current individual members.

Individual Funding 

Available to individuals who are attending provincial events and pursing professional or educational development.

Application: Individual Funding


  • Applications are accepted between January 1 – April 30 of each year
    • Successful applicants will be notified by May 31
  • Applications are accepted between June 1 – September 30 of each year
    • Successful applicants will be notified by October 31

Win Your Entry 

This program will refund (to a maximum of $100.00) the show entry fees of one competitor per Wild Rose show. All eligible entries received prior to the competition entry closing date will be entered in a draw to win their show fees!

Bonus entry:

  1. Follow @alberta_equestrian on Instagram
  2. Post a photo of you and/or your horse at a Wild Rose Show on Instagram
  3. Tag the Alberta Equestrian Federation in your Instagram photo
  4. Use #AEFWinYourEntry on your Instagram post

Pump Up Your Levels 

Available to current Equestrian Canada (EC) certified instructors/coaches to encourage more rider level testing in the province of Alberta.

Application: Pump Up Your Levels Application

Deadline: March 29, 2018

Canter Away Current 

Available to current EC certified instructors/coaches who strive to maintain a current status for a minimum of the 3 months leading up to the draw date.

Funds available: A $200 Greenhawk gift card

Draws take place:

  • April
  • July
  • October
  • January

Educational Scholarships 

Available to current members who are pursuing an equine-related post-secondary education and who exemplify the objectives, vision and mission of the AEF.

Application: AEF Educational Scholarship

Deadline: May 31 each year

Bill desBarres Industry Scholarship

Bill desBarres

Named after Honorary Life Member, Bill desBarres.

Bill gave selflessly of his time as a volunteer on the AEF board and within the horse industry for the past 35 plus years. This $500 annual Scholarship is intended to honor his lifelong commitment and dedication to the horse community.

Available to current members who are entering or enrolled in Animal Health Technology at a Canadian accredited post-secondary educational institution.

Funds available: $500.00 with $500.00 matching funds from Bill des Barres for a total of $1,000.00

Application: Bill desBarres Industry Scholarship

Deadline: May 31 each year

Charlene Baker Western Rider Bursary 


Charlene Baker was a western level 2 course conductor and western level 2 certified coach for the province of Alberta. Charlene was heavily involved in 4H as well as provided many clinics and teachings for Lakeland College in Vermillion, AB all based on the EC guidelines. Charlene was a very competitive rider, in addition to her successful coaching career, and was instrumental in organizing many competitions in the NE region of Alberta. Charlene believed that it was important that people see coaches out there progressing and using the EC program.

The AEF is pleased to present this bursary in Charlene Baker’s memory, for her dedication, passion and love towards horses and the sport of equestrian.

Available to the rider who has achieved the highest score on the Western Learn to Ride Level 4 test.

Funds available: $500.00

Application: Charlene Baker Western Rider Bursary Application

Deadline: March 29, 2018

Sonja Burton English Rider Bursary 


Sonja Burton, age 17, was an accomplished equestrian with two horses that both complemented her personality: one a cowgirl, the other a princess. Sonja started riding at the age of 8 years old and was immediately hooked. Sonja spent at least 4 times a week in the saddle training at Amberlea Meadows, in Edmonton, AB. She was a very technical rider and took to the sport like a fish to water. She collected a slew of trophies and ribbons over the years. Sonja graduated in June 2015 with distinction from Harry Ainlay High School and planned to pursue her Bachelor of Arts Degree and eventually study Law.

The AEF is pleased to present this bursary in Sonja Burton’s memory, for her dedication, passion and love towards horses and the sport of equestrian.

Available to the rider who has achieved the highest score on the English Learn to Ride Level 8 test.

Funds available: $500.00

Application: Watch for the 2019 application

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Request for Donated Items

Available to individuals who are organizing an equine event and would like to request non-monetary items from the AEF.  A minimum of two (2) weeks notice is required.

Application: Request for donations

Member Referral Program 

Current AEF Members: Refer brand new members to the AEF and receive a credit of $5.00 per referral. Credits go toward the cost of the next calendar year’s membership.

To receive referral credits, the new member must submit your name (as it appears on your membership card) along with your AEF membership number when signing up. 

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Become part of the Alberta Equestrian Federation Community by applying for membership today. It's easy to do and as a member, you receive numerous benefits, discounts and offers exclusive to the AEF Membership Community.

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