ISSN 1923 8177
February 23rd, 2014
I found this photo of me
at age 3!
all our medal winners at the 2014 Sochi Olympics
courtesy of the
generously donating 20% of their sales to equestrian Elyse Leduc who
suffered horrendous injuries in a car crash on January 27th. See the
story at right.
OHRIA has given us
an update on the racing industry.
Brenda Thompson of
Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue was honoured with the Boehringer
Ingleheim Horse Health and Welfare Award at the recent Equine Canada
We have a lot of
other great stories this issue. Have a read and enjoy!
Oh, and it's 25
days until Spring!
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Selling Saddle Pads to Support Elyse Leduc
Horrific Car Accident
EquineLUX News Release -
Waterdown, Ontario, Canada In response to the tragedy EquineLUX is
offering its innovative English saddle pads and sheepskin half-pads
with pockets to support Elyse Leduc by donating 20% of its
spread rapidly in the Flamborough horse community about Elyse Leduc
who was seriously injured in a horrific, head-on car accident. The
crash occurred just before 7 a.m., January 27, on the snow-covered
northbound lanes of the Highway 6 in Waterdown, Ontario. Elyse
Leduc's compact Ford Focus came into hard contact with a powerful
It took over
30 minutes of the thorough work, for the emergency crews to get the
22-year-old out of the car. She was then transported to the Hamilton
General Hospital, where a team of doctors, nurses and specialists
attended to her life-threatening injuries. With both of her arms and
legs fractured, a number of broken ribs, ruptured kidney and
collapsed lung, Elyse is expected to survive, but it can take over 12
months for her to fully recover.
EquineLUX are eager to help Elyse as much as we can at the
time," said Max McArrow, owner of the EquineLUX. "20% of
the EquineLUX sales will go directly to Elyse for covering her
personal and equestrian expenses while she is at the hospital. For
instance, for every sale of a $145 saddle pad, a total of $29 will be
transferred to Elyse. Participating customers must enter the special
code "SUPPORT ELYSE" when purchasing any full-priced
contribute a ComfortLUX non-slip Half-Pad with sheepskin lining,
front and rear trim, and pockets for shock-reducing shims for the
auction. This half-pad has been signed by Brianne Goutal, one of the
Top 10 Rolex/USEF Show Jumpers. It can become a very special gift for
either an amateur or a professional rider."
friend Tiffany Stein and Alyssa Patcheson created a Facebook group
called "Speedy Recovery for Elyse Leduc" and have already
begun to collect donations by means of an Auction For Elyse Leduc.
Equine artwork and photographs, equestrian memorabilia and
collectibles, new and used horse tack and accessories, clothing, etc.
are greatly appreciated to help pay for the Elysa's horses
hospital, all Elyse has been asking about is her horses, "said
Alyssa Patcheson. "Prada and Peanut mean everything to her.
These horses are her passion and life. But now Elyse is unable to
take care of them. That's when she needs a little help from her
The "Auction For Elyse
Leduc" will be held on from March 1 to March 7, 2014. For more
information and bidder forms, please, contact Tiffany Stein at
289-440-3555 or Alyssa at 289-208-3203, or send them a message
"Elyse Leduc Support Sales" will begin Monday, February 10
and run through March 7, 2014 on the official EquineLUX website - www.EquineLUX.com .
OHRIA Industry Update
OHRIA is pleased to report that
there have been many positive advancements towards stabilizing the
horse racing and breeding industry during the first weeks of 2014.
continues to work closely with Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) led by John
Snobelen and the Ontario Government to ensure that horse racing and
breeding are integrated into the Province's gaming strategy.
Integration continues to be OHRIA's top priority, as ultimately new
revenue streams are required to allow horse racing and breeding to grow
again. Some has been accomplished as we continue to raise awareness
of the importance of our industry. Presentations and solutions are
being presented to the OLG as alternatives that will include Ontario
horseracing and protect the future for Ontario horse people.
Thanks to the
efforts of HBPA, OHR and many others, the Fort Erie racetrack will be
hosting live thoroughbred racing in 2014 thus ensuring two venues for
thoroughbred horse people to race their horses in the Province.
Details regarding the start date, number of race dates and purses
offered are currently being discussed and will be released once
A deal to
run 27 days of quarter horse racing has been reached in principle,
congratulations to QROOI and the Picov family for their hard work to
make this a reality for the Quarter Horse Industry.
the Horse Improvement Plan and the Ontario Sire Stakes Program has
been approved by the Ontario Racing Commission after extensive
consultation with the industry.
live thoroughbred meet is ready to start April 12th with a purse
structure similar to 2013. The 2014 stake schedule has almost been
finalized and will be released shortly. Horses are shipping in as of
Feb 18th, a much earlier opening to last year.
between Standardbred racetracks operating in southwestern Ontario is
almost finalized. This cooperative effort will enhance the
Standardbred racing and breeding product by minimizing costs and help
ensure long term stability for the industry.
beginning this upcoming week with the other regional tracks and talks
with Rideau in Ottawa are underway.
OHR, led by
John Snobelen is meeting with individuals both inside and outside our
industry to discuss marketing and promotion for the upcoming
to encouragement from OHRIA, to keep the industry better informed,
update letters to the Minister are now being posted on the ORC
OHRIA will also be providing more frequent
updates to the industry with information as it becomes available. For
More Information Contact: Sue Leslie - President and Chair, Ontario
Horse Racing Industry Association (4160 679-0741 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boehringer-Ingelheim and Equine Canada Recognize
Individuals Dedicated to Horse Health and Welfare
Ottawa, ON, February 21, 2014
--- The 2013 Health and Welfare Awards were presented to individuals
during a prestigious gala held Feb. 7 in Winnipeg, MB. The Equine
Canada Awards Gala was part of the 2014 Equine Canada National
Convention, which took place at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg from Feb.
and Welfare Awards recognize an extended history of dedication to the
improvement of horse health and welfare. The Health and Welfare
Awards presented during the gala included:
Canada Horse Health and Welfare Award - Brenda Thompson
Jan Stephens, past member of the
Equine Canada Board and past chair of the Stewards Committee
presented the first Health and Welfare Award. The Boehringer
Ingelheim - Equine Canada Horse Health and Welfare Award recognizes
an individual or organization that has for an extended period of
time, contributed directly to the improvement of horse health and
recipient of the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim - Equine Canada Horse
Health and Welfare Award is Brenda Thompson. Thompson is the life
force behind Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue in Hagersville, ON, which
she started (along with her husband, Dave Thompson) in 2007.
holding down full-time jobs, they have rescued over 150 horses, are
currently caring for 67 horses, and manage 30 volunteers who are
integral to the day-to-day operation of the rescue.
Thompson, Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue and Jan Stephens, past
member of the Equine Canada Board, and past chair of the Stewards
Committee. Photo Credit --- Shereen Jerrett
comes to rescuing and rehabilitating horses, Thompson is a force to
be reckoned with and has set a high standard for horse rescues in
this country. She has delivered presentations at a neighbouring
county council, at the provincial level and to other organizations
and groups about the need for improved animal welfare and care
guidelines and education. Thompson has earned the respect and support
of Equine Guelph, equine veterinarians, equine professionals, animal
welfare agencies, horse lovers and people outside of the horse
industry because of her dedication, professionalism and never ending
enthusiasm despite the difficult and heart breaking situations she
sees on a regular basis. Thompson has set the standard for what a
horse rescue should be. Her mission is to educate people and
facilitate changes so that there will be no need for horse rescues in
Equine Canada Announces
2014 Board of Directors
Equine Canada announced its 2014
Board of Directors at the federation's Annual General Meeting during
its national convention held February 5 - 9, in Winnipeg
The 2014 Board
slate is comprised of:
Al Patterson - President (AQHA
Breeder & CQHA Member)
Kerri McGregor - Secretary of
the Board, Director-at-Large
Cheryl Denault - Treasurer
Peggy Hambly - Sport
Isabel Reinertson - Sport
TBD - Industry
Dean Leifso - Industry
Jack de Wit - Recreation
Les Oakes - Recreation
Paul Cote - Provinces
Shirley Brodsky - Provinces
Tony Eames -
Karen Sparks -
Michael Gallagher - Past
Michael Arbour - Interim CEO and
Equine Canada CFO
humbled and proud to have been elected to the position and look
forward to working in collaboration with the Board this year,"
said Al Patterson. "They're a great group of people from diverse
backgrounds and I think it will be a strong team. As a Board, if we
are able to realize the goals each set out in our discussions it will
be an amazing year of accomplishments for the Board and the
would like to thank retiring Directors Tony La Gorgia, Rosaire Houde,
Tara Gamble and Jan Stephens for their dedication to Equine Canada
and for their years of service to the Board," added Patterson.
"I would also like to thank Michael Gallagher for his many years
of tireless dedication and service in his many roles with Equine
Canada. I'm sure he'll be happy to finally have time to get his boat
in the water and to spend time with his grandchildren. We wish him
all the best as he moves onto his "retirement". I have
thoroughly enjoyed working with the retiring members; I will
personally miss them all."
Board took office at the Annual General Meeting and will govern
Equine Canada until the next AGM to be held February 2015.
Read more - Equine Canada Awards
Gala Gives Recognition to Outstanding Equestrians and Supporters
Equine Canada Honours
Maggie Murdoch Posthumously with The Gold Medal Award
What are You Doing this Winter to Prevent
Below freezing temperatures can
make hibernation look tempting but inactivity in horses can lead to
many issues including lameness. Even though the weather outside may
be frightful, your horse's need for mobility has not changed. As a
grazing animal, horses naturally move and eat for the better part of
a day but this can prove challenging when a winter storm hits.
will stay put by the hay feeder and you will see no evidence of
tracks elsewhere in your snowy fields. Feeding hay in several
different locations throughout the paddock can encourage travel which
not only encourages healthy limbs but also aids in digestion. Be sure
the paddock is free of dangerous footing and clean up any decaying
forage before spring.
What is your
winter plan? When the yard freezes, your horse may not be able to go
outside if the risk of slipping makes conditions dangerous. Those
with indoor riding rings have an area to help maintain movement. If
you do not have this luxury, hand walking horses where it is safe may
be one of your limited options.
presents more problems than just storms. Hard ground in the winter
can be the perfect storm for bruised feet. It is good practice to keep
your horse on a regular schedule with the farrier. If bruising is a
recurring problem, seek their advice on options for your horse's
feet. Bruising leading to abscess formation is another common winter
can have negative effects including joint stiffness and losing range
of motion in horses suffering from arthritis. To learn more about
lameness detection, check out Equine Guelph's online healthcare tool
'Lameness Lab' sponsored by Zoetis.
Lab will allow horse owners to discover the causes and factors
contributing to increased risk. You will learn about the body tissues
involved and how to tell if your horse is lame. Plus, see videos of
lame horses; test your knowledge and find out how a veterinarian
Equine Veterinary Services at Zoetis, Cathy Rae says, "We hope
that by visiting the Lameness Lab, horse owners can develop or
sharpen their skills in early lameness detection, and work with their
veterinarians to ensure that their horses are "road ready"
when winter is FINALLY over."
something new about lameness. Go to Equine Guelph's 'Toolbox' at www.EquineGuelph.ca and click on Lameness Lab. Zoetis also sponsors 'Journey through the
Joints,' another tool to help horse owners understand inflammation
and how it affects the health of their horses joints.
This information provides
guidelines only and should never replace information from your
Upper Canada Equestrian Association News
Rides for the new year!
- The Upper Canada Heritage Trail clean-up ride.
Clean-up will occur during the week prior to the ride. Ride will
start at 11am and riders can start from either end or the
- Trail clinic at the fairgrounds from 11am to
3pm tentatively with the judged ride in Shorthills the week following
on Sunday May 25th 11am. The Bertie Willoughby show is on May
- Cancer Ride tentatively in Shorthills 11am-
more discussion to follow. Looking for fundraising ideas.
- The Cactus, Cattle and Cowboy weekend. July -
27th Dundas, swim ride, Chippewa conservation area overnight or swim
ride. More information to follow. Time?
- Club Ride - tentatively at Drew's old place
with overnight. Time?
- Canal ride tentative 11am.
- Colour ride in Shorthills 11am.
- French Fry ride - we will play it by ear based
Emergency Horse Search Team The UCEA has started
an Equine Search Team for those times when your best friend goes
The Upper Canada Equestrian Association is always
seeking new members to help keep our equestrian community strong and
their voice heard. Visit www.uppercanadaequestrian.com for membership details. All are welcome.
You can also post on the UCEA Facebook wall.
Introducing the 2014 WHAO
Pres. Lindsey Farrell-Johnson
Vice Pres.Becky Riley
Secretary Brenda McTearnen
Treasurer Melissa Kerwin
Directors: Candace Fisher, Greg Falsetti
Chairman of the Judges Committee, and Kit Bartle, Secretary to the
The 2014 Show Committee headed up by Becky
Riley who is busy confirming not only past Point Award Shows but
trying to secure new shows for the 2014 Show season.
"We're looking forward to seeing all our
past exhibitors and welcoming new members at our Extravaganza to be
held at the Ancaster Fair Grounds on June 21st 2014" said Kit
The Western Horse Association of Ontario (WHAO)
has set up a new "Group" Facebook page. This will allow
them to better communicate events and information with everyone. If
you haven't joined already, please go to www.facebook.com/groups/whao1952/
Niagara Trails Committee News
For the next Niagara Trails Committee Meeting
email email@example.com . Meetings
are held at Birdie and Clinton Insurance 1789 Merritville Highway at
For more information contact:
President of Quad Niagara ATV Club
Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club Swap Meet!!
May 3, 2014 - 9:30am-2:30pm
Niagara Regional Exhibition
Grounds, Building B
1100 Niagara Street, Welland,
Join the Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club Inc as we
hold our Annual spring Swap meet to help banish those
winter blues and get ready for the 2014 show season.
Everything imaginable for the horse loving
enthusiast!! New and used items available.Time to spring clean your
barn and closets.Come to sell, buy, browse or just visit.
Sellers pay a $25 fee for each table (phone for
Enjoy Chili, Hot Dogs, baked goods, hot and cold
drinks all supplied by the youth team
Don't forget to fill out a ballot for the door
For more information contact Amber Gilbert
905-892-0006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Show Dates are all to be held at the Welland
Fairgrounds, 1100 Niagara Street Welland (Please Use South gate, off
Quaker Rd). Shows to start at 9:30am
May 18 * June 15 * June 29 * July
20 * August 17
Raindate Only August 31
Banquet will be held in November 2014
Visit the website for
Second Start Thoroughbreds
Horse Of The Week!
STORMY DEEDS-2005 MARE
Deeds stands 15.2 hands with a solid build. She is sound,
sane and vice free. Stormy has a nice personality and is very
willing. She is easy to handle both on the ground and under
saddle. Stormy has an excellent work ethic and is a war
horse. She should transition easily to a new career. She is a
cute mover. Stormy could excel in any discipline, from barrels or
polo to hunters.
$500 to an approved home
West Virginia, USA Can be shipped to Canada easily enough.
we can be contacted by phone at
519-688-0722. View more horses at www.secondstartthoroughbreds.org
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Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club - Swap Meet May 3 at a NEW Location 1100 Niagara Street Welland
-BUILDING B -Contact Amber Gilbert @ 905-892-0006 or email@example.com
Tables are $25.00 each
Show Dates all to be held at the Welland
Fairgrounds 1100 Niagara Street Welland Please Use South gate, off
Quaker Rd). Shows to start at 9:30am
May 18 * June 15 * June 29 * July 20
* August 17
Raindate Only August 31
Banquet will be held in November 2014
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