Monthly Archives: October 2014

The 92nd Royal Horse Show Returns to Toronto

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  The excitement and action of thrilling equestrian sport returns to the Ricoh Coliseum November 7-16, with the return of the Royal Horse Show, part of the 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Over 800 horses of all shapes and sizes will amaze and inspire with their grace, beauty and athleticism as they compete for over $800,000 in prize money and prestigious titles over the ten days. This Toronto tradition features top national and international riders from across Canada, the United States, Europe and South America….
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OEF Award Recipients To Be Honoured At Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

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Four outstanding equestrians have been chosen to receive a prestigious OEF Award and will be honoured by the Ontario Equestrian Federation during a special presentation at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. This year’s recipients include: OEF Sponsor of the Year Award – Barb King of Kendal, ON. OEF Media of the Year Award – Liz Brown of Toronto, ON. MH Lessard Coach of the Year Award – Margie Gayford of Sharon, ON. Yvonne Collard Award – Rose Cook of Port Colborne, ON. The OEF Awards…
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Tickets Selling Quickly for Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala

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  Tickets are going fast for this year’s Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala, presented by BMO Financial Group, to be held on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, ON. The Jump Canada Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to recognize outstanding contributions to hunter/jumper sport.  This year’s celebrated inductees are: Hunter Horse – Killer Tom, owned by Sam Son Farms Official – Sandra Sillcox (posthumously) Sponsor – The Bassin family including Don and Frankie Bassin and their children, Marni,…
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2015 Year of Sport

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On October 16, the Harper Government proclaimed 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada. This is an historic and wonderful announcement that underscores and celebrates the key role that sport plays in Canada. “Equine Canada joins the Canadian sport community in applauding yesterday’s announcement proclaiming 2015 the Year of Sport in Canada, ” stated Eva Havaris, CEO Equine Canada. “2015 is a pivotal year for our elite equestrian athletes as they prepare to represent Canada at the Pan American Games on home soil in…
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Horse Nutrition in Winter

| In The Scoop On Nutrition Blog

Winter is upon us once again, complete with bad weather and freezing temperatures. Although, in general, horses are better able to tolerate the extreme cold than the extreme heat, when the temperature drops they need our help to cope with the vagaries of winter, especially if they spend the season outside. From a nutritional standpoint, there are certain things you should do to help your horse through the winter months. How to help your horse maintain its body heat First, it is important to note…
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Bird-friendly hay shows promising results after first year

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The results are in – grassland birds benefit from Bird-Friendly Certified Hay. Credit Valley Conservation’s (CVC) hay certification program has been shown to significantly improve living conditions for at-risk grassland birds. This comes at the end of the first growing season for Bird-Friendly Certified Hay. The program, now with 14 registered participants, focuses on making productive hay fields more livable for grassland birds that have taken up residence in them. The program has eight registered hay producers who grew 143 acres of Bird-Friendly Certified Hay…
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Stay Safe And Make Friends On The Trail

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Autumn is the perfect time to hit the trail for a relaxing ride, but keep in mind that cyclists, hikers and dog walkers are also out enjoying the fall colours and may not be familiar with horses. “I mentor a lot of beginners and there is a lot of stuff I tell them when we’re out there, but the biggest thing I tell them is to talk to everybody you see on the trail,” says Deanna Ramsay, a long-time competitive trail and endurance rider. “Be…
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Plan A Head

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No matter what the riding discipline, wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to plan ahead to minimize the chance of a brain injury. Safety starts before a foot even goes into the stirrup as 20% of accidents which result in head injury happen while the person is on the ground. It is not uncommon for an incident to occur while mounting and no discipline is without risk when it comes to falling off. The excuse -“I ride western” or “I ride dressage”…
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In Memoriam: Viva’s Salieri W (2001-2014)

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The Ontario Equestrian Federation extends its heartfelt condolences to Tom and Ellen Dvorak, Augustin and Christine Walch, everyone at Friday Hill Dressage and W. Charlot Farms on the death of their Hanoverian stallion, Viva’s Salieri W. Tom and Elllen Dvorak took on Viva’s Salieri W as a four-year-old. Under Tom’s expert guidance, Viva’s Salieri W was brought along so skillfully and carefully that the young stallion developed into a Canadian Equestrian Team mount for Tom at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, MEX. The pair…
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Dressage Canada Finalizes New Officials Committee Chair Position

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Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that Karen Thompson-Harry has been ratified as the new Chair for the Officials Committee. Thompson-Harry will serve a three year term taking office January 1st, 2015. No candidates were nominated for the Officials Committee Chair position during the recent Dressage Canada Committee Election process; therefore, as per the Dressage Canada Governance the Board appointed Thompson-Harry to fill this position for the 2015-2018 term. Thompson-Harry brings vast experience to this position as a past Chair of Dressage Canada and a…
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