ISSN 1923 8177
May 19th, 2013
Dressage world lost professional dressage
rider Jon Costin on May 7th. An extremely
well attended funeral was held on May 14th.
changes at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation (OLG) including the firing of
CEO Paul Godfrey are discussed in a news release
from the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association
newly formed Niagara Trails Committee gives
us an update.
all about genetics in our story on Equine
Genetics from Equine Guelph.
Costa is back with his take on the Kentucky
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Equine Canada Mourns the Sudden Loss of Canadian Grand
Prix Rider Jon Costin
Ottawa, ON, May 9, 2013 --- It is with great sadness
that we mourn the sudden
and unexpected passing of
Jon Costin on Tuesday May
7th, 2013, at Joseph Brant
Hospital in Burlington,
ON, at age 44.
Costin, who trained with Neil and Cindy Ishoy for
many years, was a several
time Canadian World Cup
League finalist, a USDF
gold medalist, and, for
three years, ranked top
60 in the World FEI/BCM
Jon was a well-respected professional dressage rider,
training and coaching out
of Jon Costin Dressage Inc.
outside Toronto. His career
highlights include competing
at the 2001 World Young
Horse Championships in Verden,
GER with Rebel Rockstar
and being short-listed for
the 2006 World Equestrian
Games in Aachen with partner
Wholio his 17.1hh Hanoverian
gelding sired by Warkant.
On behalf of Equine Canada we extend our sincerest
condolences to his family,
friends, and colleagues.
A funeral mass was held
at Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Church in Freelton, ON,
on Tuesday, May 14th.
Jon Costin and Wholio
Photo by --- Cealy Tetley
Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association Responds to Changes
Sue Leslie, President of the Ontario Horse Racing
Industry Association (OHRIA),
issued the following statement
regarding the departure
Paul Godfrey and the OLG
Board of Directors:
"Ontario's horse racing and breeding industry
has been reeling since March
2012 when the Government
of Ontario announced the
cancellation of the Slots
at Racetracks Program. Our
industry's concerns were
compounded by what we perceived
to be process failures on
the part of the OLG Board
to ensure our industry had
a role to play in their
Under Premier Wynne, our industry has seen the start
of a number of positive
steps, including the government's
announcement that horse
racing will become an integrated
partner in the government's
future gaming strategy.
We have welcomed these changes, and with the departure
of the OLG board that designed
the province's modernization
strategy, we believe there
is a real opportunity for
Premier Wynne to develop
a new strategy that engages
Ontario's horse racing and
breeding sector, brings
communities into the decision
making process, and creates
an approach to gaming modernization
that is more palatable to
The horse racing industry believes that Premier
Wynne has an opportunity
to formally pause the OLG's
current modernization process,
including the RFPQs underway
in Sudbury, Peterborough
and Ottawa, to ensure the
OLG does not make any decisions
regarding gaming zones where
racetracks currently exist.
horse racing and breeding
industry is ready to work
with the Premier to develop
a program that substantially
increases government revenues
and ensures the sustainability
of horse racing and breeding
Sue Leslie had the opportunity to meet personally
with Premier Wynne at the
end of April to discuss
Ontario's horse racing and
breeding sector, "Premier
Wynne's actions indicate
that she will continue to
make good on the commitments
she made during that meeting
to the horse racing and
breeding industry in Ontario."
Niagara Trails Committee Update
Here is an update of what The Niagara Trails Committee
has done and is about to do.
May 25th is East Side Trail Clean Up Day where we
educate people who are on the trail.
On May 28th at 3:45 there will be a meeting with
Mayor to discuss letter.
We have a new email account for Niagara Trails Committee.
The email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a call in to the Regional Police to discuss
their issues on the east side trail.
I also have had a reply from the tourism department
in this area and they want to have a meeting
of Quad Niagara ATV Club
Upper Canada Equestrian Association News
The next UCEA meeting is 7:30 Wednesday, June 12th
at the Bertie & Clinton Insurance office
The Upper Canada Equestrian Association holds a
ride each month starting in April with the Heritage
Trail ride (today), finishing up on the Friendship
Trail for their annual French Fry Ride in November.
Moonlight Ride: June 23rd, NEW - Club participation in
the Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys festival in
West Lorne: July, Shorthills
Ride: August 17th, Dundas Valley:
Sept. 22nd, Colour Ride: October
20th and the French Fry Ride:
Upper Canada Equestrian Association is always
seeking new members to help keep our equestrian
community strong and their voice heard. Visit
for membership details. All are welcome.
can also post on the UCEA Facebook wall.
It All Comes Down to Genetics
Guelph, Ontario - May 9, 2013 - Have you ever wondered
why some horses can naturally excel at a certain
discipline while others cannot? Or why some
breeds of horses are more susceptible to illness
than others? Equine Guelph will be offering
students the opportunity to understand the importance
of genetics and how it can influence a horse's
ability to perform or render it susceptible
to certain diseases, unsoundness or even a genetic
disorder with its 12-week course, Equine Genetics.
Since the mapping of the equine genome was completed
in 2007, genetic research has now provided the
horse industry with the proper tools to better
understand how to care for our horses, how to
utilize their genetic potential, and how to
breed a better horse.
"A horse can be no more than its genetics allow,"
says Equine Genetics course instructor Dr. Diane
Winkleman-Sim, an Equine Science Lecturer at
the University of Saskatchewan. "This means
that the upper limit of a horse's ability is
determined by its genetic makeup, and understanding
this provides us with an invaluable tool for
selecting horses for their potential. By the
same token, understanding the horse's genetic
potential and limitations allows us to develop
training and management programmes based on
the horse's own biology."
Within this course, Winkleman-Sim says students
will look at the biological basis of genetics,
including what it is and how it is passed from
parents to offspring; Mendelian genetics
and how traits controlled by only one or two
genes are inherited; as well as single gene
genetic disorders that have been identified
in horses, including widespread disorders such
as HYPP (Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis) and
HERDA (Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia)
in Quarter Horses and SCID (Severe Combined
Immunodeficiency) in Arabians. Multigenic determination
of coat colour and examination of gene action
pertaining to performance traits and nature
(genetic) vs. nurture (environment) aspects
of performance traits, as well as how to select
animals when breeding for performance, will
also be covered.
"As owners, trainers, caregivers and service
providers in the equine industry, it behooves
us to address the biology of the horse in developing
programmes to maximize the quality of the horse's
life and to match horses with the careers for
which they are best suited, thereby enabling
us to make the most of our equine companions,"
Equine Genetics is part of the Equine Science Certificate
continuing education program and will be included
in Equine Guelph's Fall 2013 online lineup.
Other course offerings include Management of
the Equine Environment, Equine Nutrition, Equine
Functional Anatomy, Equine Growth and Development,
Stewardship of the Equine Environment, Equine
Business Management, and Equine Journalism.
Registration is now open, with courses running
from September 9 to December 1, 2013.
For more information, please contact Open Learning
and Educational Support at info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca, call
519-767-5000 or visit www.equinestudiesdiploma.com.
Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers'
Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a
unique partnership dedicated to the health and
well-being of horses, supported and overseen
by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is
the epicenter for academia, industry and government
- for the good of the equine industry as a whole.
For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca.
About Open Learning and Education Support
Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise
and leadership to the University of Guelph community
and our partners in the following: the scholarship
and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced
education, open learning and professional development.
We provide support for teaching and learning
that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental
and based on best practices.
Off to the Races with Nick Costa
everyone, I've returned from Louisville and
the 139th Kentucky Derby. It was my 2nd Derby
experience and it was every bit as exciting
as my Derby debut (2008).
As a matter of fact,
I actually was able to really take in everything
this time around to fully enjoy and appreciate
every aspect of the experience as opposed
to being in complete awe of my surroundings
like I was the first time around. Don't get
me wrong, being there is still utmost awe
inspiring, but back in 2008, I couldn't control
myself with my camera, I was way too busy
snapping pictures of practically all that
was unfolding around me, and was very inattentive to
the festivities happening right in front of
Back then I spent
way to much time gawking all-around and looking
through my camera lens, and it cost me the
chance to really enjoy the tremendous undercard
of racing and a golden opportunity to view
and learn more about this historic icon of
a racetrack called Churchill Downs. However,
this time around things were much different.
I was much more selective of what I photographed
which helped me fully appreciate all the other
aspects and going-ons that developed on both
Oaks day and Derby day as I made my way through
the masses of people that assembled from all
over the country for these great American
classic races. I was much more aware of my
surroundings, and that allowed me the wonderful
opportunity to walk around and learn more
about this place and this yearly tradition
since 1875 known as the Kentucky Derby.
Growing up and watching
the race on television, Churchill Downs seemed
to be a magical place, and you know what?
In person, it doesn't disappoint. In my 3-days
on location, I also met some fine folks, both
local and out-of-towners. Some dressed to
the nines, and some others, barely dressed
at all. Unlike my first time through, I made
sure I watched all the races leading up to
the Oaks on Friday and the Derby on Saturday.
Yes, I even braved the heavy rains to go outside
in my seat and watch the Saturday races. Heck,
this is Churchill Downs, this is Derby day,
if I going to travel some 500 miles to get
here, I'm not going to stay inside and watch
the races on some T.V. monitor, even if it
meant staying dry. I don't even do that at
my home track (Fort Erie). Everything was
truly lovelier the second time around. Plans
are in the works for a return visit in 2014.
my arrival on Thursday, I visited the Kentucky
Derby museum which is dedicated to preserving
the history of the Run For The Roses. The
museum has two floors of exhibit space, including
a spectacular 360-degree theater on the first
floor that shows the HD video "The Greatest
Race." Through the film and the many
exhibits, visitors can learn what goes into
the breeding and training of a young foal
and the path it takes to the Kentucky Derby's
winner circle. If you ever find yourself inside
the "Mecca" of horse racing,",
make visiting the museum a must see.
at Churchill Downs for both the Oaks and Derby
is an experience I CANNOT describe to another
individual. For a person must attend those
two racing days for themselves to eyewitness
it and fully comprehend it all. Believe me,
it's an experience you will NEVER forget,
won't stop talking about and want to do it
again. If you have a bucket list, the Kentucky
Derby should be on it. Speaking of lists,
I hope to one day make treks to Pimlico and
Belmont Park for the middle and final legs.
If the good Lord keeps me healthy and fortunate
enough financially, I would love to witness
in person all three races in one year. A personal
Triple Crown indeed.
with that aside, let's go "Off To The
Races' and recap the 1 1/8 mile Oaks and the
1 1/4-mile Derby.
FOR A DAY
betting public thought Todd Pletcher would
saddle the winner in Friday's Kentucky Oaks.
After all, he was starting four of 10 participants,
including the 3-2 favorite in Dreaming of
Julia, but that one was off to a troubled
start, and in the end, it was another of the
Pletcher quartet. 38-1 longshot Princess of
Sylmar made steady of progress from the back
of the pack and ran down an ultra-game Beholder
for the victory. Unlimited Budget loomed boldly
with every chance at the quarter pole, but
settled for third ahead of Dreaming of Julia
Beholder, who unseated rider Garrett Gomez
a few minutes before the start, broke out,
but led for a stride or two, but was soon
overtaken by Midnight Lucky, and the two set
off at a fast pace, with Silsita saving ground
and Unlimited Budget fairly close from fourth.
Dreaming of Julia, bothered badly at the start
by Rose to Gold to her outside, found herself
in the latter third of the field, with Princess
of Sylmar tracking her through the early going.
Hall of Famer jockey Mike Smith, made a key
decision turning up the backside, going inside
Close Hatches instead of around her, and the
eventual winner was able to make steady mid-race
progress in the two path. As the pacemakers
were doing their thing on the front end, Princess
of Sylmar was gliding into contention and
had worked her way into a threatening fourth
approaching the lane. Inexperience caught
up with Midnight Lucky, as she called it a
day in the stretch, and Beholder, who many
perceived unable to stay the distance, headed
for home. The Dick Mandella trained filly
was working doggedly to stay on, and while
Unlimited Budget never could get to the champ,
Princess of Sylmar reeled her in close to
the line for the upset. Dreaming of Julia
made a middle move on the backstretch, but
appeared to be struggling with the surface
at times and did miraculously well to be fourth.
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for Orb which is courtesy of Churchill Downs.
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Second Start Thoroughbreds
Horse Of The Week!
stands 16.2 hands with
a solid build.
He is sound, sane and
vice free. Curgone
is up to date on everything.
He is well behaved and
Curgone is lightly raced.
He is a very sweet horse
who is ready to retrain
for a new career.
This smart boy could
easily be showing by
summer. He would
make a lovely hunter.
$1500 negotiable to
an approved home.
we can be contacted by phone at 519-688-0722. View
more horses at www.secondstartthoroughbreds.org
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Canadian Paso Classic
2, 2013 - 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fairgrounds, Ancaster, ON. Hosted by the
Central Canada Paso Fino Horse Association.
The non-profit Central Canada Paso
Fino Horse Association is pleased to
present the annual Canadian Paso Classic
Horse Show on Sunday, June 2, 2013.
The show will take place at the Ancaster Fairgrounds
in Jerseyville, Ontario. Double pointed
classes for registered Paso Fino horses
and fun classes for ALL gaited breeds. The only
horse show in the area with latin music
during the classes! Come
horses with the smoothest ride in the world.
Shop with our vendors too!
more information on how to register to show,
volunteer, be a vendor or a sponsor
go to: www.centralcanadapfha.com/index.html
Click on Event, then scroll down to
the Canadian Paso Classic Horse Show Itinerary.
Class List posted on website Costparticipant.
See Information on website Contact Jeannette
at firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (905) 304-4819. www.centralcanadapfha.com/paso_fino_
Nature's Barefoot Hoofcare Courses
your own horse and Barefoot Hoof Care Specialists
3-7, Aug 12 - 16
Romanenko, 386 Hartley Rd., Kawartha
Lakes, ON (705) 374-5456, Cell
(705) 341-2758, email@example.com, www.natureshoofcare.com
Dressage Niagara Events
Niagara Bronze/Silver Competition #1 - May
Niagara Bronze/Silver Competition #2 - June
Ridge Stable, 522 Sixteen Road, Ridgeville,
Niagara Bronze/Silver Competition #3 - July
Rivendell Farm, 2199 Babion Road, Port
Niagara Bronze/Silver Competition #4 - Aug.
25 - Elite Equine Centre, 120 Foss
Road, Fenwick, ON. Contact: Rita Susgin-Cardy, Email:
20th - 4th Annual Trail Ride for Breast
held in the Dufferin forest, just north
of Mansfield. Contact Debra Moore, (519)
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