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August 24, 2014
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The new owners of the Fort Erie Race Track have big
plans. Have a read of the stories at right by the Buffalo News and The
Fort Erie Post.
The World Equestrian Games have officially begun.
Read our story at right.
Circle the Course for Cancer and COPE will take
place on August 31st. Read more at right.
EquiLottery is new to Ontario and looks to change
things in the Ontario Race Horse Industry. The Fort Erie Race Track is
supporting this new initiative.
Anne Gage's column this issue is the 7 Tips to
Improve Your Riding by Improving Your Mindset.
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Fort Erie Race Track's new owners plan for redevelopment
Erie's owners to work with locals to revitalize the 338-acre property
The Buffalo News
By Jonathan D.
Epstein | News Business Reporter
The Fort Erie Race Track will
still be subsidized by the Ontario government for now, but the
horse-racing facility's new Buffalo owners hope their plans to
redevelop the vast acreage around it will give the track a better
chance to succeed in the long run, developer Carl P. Paladino said
Family trusts for Paladino and
two business partners - Joseph Mosey and Joel Castle - teamed up with
Fort Erie developer David Kompson to buy the historic but struggling
racetrack property late last week from the Israeli company that had
long owned it and once threatened to close it.
The investment group, which did
not disclose how much it paid to Tshuva Group of Companies, already
has plans for the property around the track, but Paladino said they
are not ready to divulge details yet. The 338-acre property sits
along the Queen Elizabeth Way, just two miles from Buffalo, making it
prime for redevelopment.
The purchase includes the
130-acre racetrack but not the track operation, which will continue
to be leased to and managed by the nonprofit Fort Erie Live Racing
Commission. Paladino said the racetrack must be able to stand alone,
without depending on financing from the new owners.
"We're not rescuing the
track. We just changed places with the owner who didn't get along
with the locals too well," he said. "We're a lot more
congenial and will be working with them on certain aspects of our
Read more here - The Buffalo News
Buffalo developers announce plans for newly purchased
Fort Erie Race Track
plan from new owners includes commercial development of surrounding
Fort Erie Post
Emotions got the best of Mayor
Doug Martin as he talked about the sale of the Fort Erie Race Track
"Today, this new ownership
group will give some life back to this grand old lady," said
Martin, tears welling up in his eyes. "This is truly a great day
for the town of Fort Erie."
When Martin first took public
office in 1982, the town was facing a crisis. The owners of the Fort
Erie Race Track back then were considering shutting down the business
and moving everything to Woodbine.
"Some 30 odd years later
and we're still dealing with the same thing. It's been a
struggle," he said.
This week, that struggle came to
an end. The 117-year-old border oval and its sprawling 338 acres of
attached land is now owned entirely by CMP Properties, a holding
company operated by a group of Buffalo-based developers led by Carl
"Our group has been
chugging away at this for quite some time," said Paladino, who
noted the sale has been in the works for nearly three years. The sale
from overseas conglomerate Nordic Gaming was finalized on Monday, but
details around the price are being kept private. Although Paladino
and his partners have taken control of facility, he was careful to
stress he won't be tampering with the racing side of the business.
"We're developers, not
investors. We make things," said Paladino.
Read more on Niagara This Week
Team Canada Gears Up for Games:
Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 are Officially
The Opening Ceremonies featured
an exciting and innovative show by Skertzó featuring 3D projections
integrated with live performances by 300 artists and 100 horses.
Photo by Cealy Tetley.
Normandy, FRA, August 23, 2014 -
Canadian flags waved proudly on August 23 during the Opening
Ceremonies of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in
Normandy, FRA-where François Hollande,President of France, officially
pronounced the Games open for 15 days of thrilling competition.
More than 70 Canadians took to the d'Ornano Stadium during the parade
of nations, which showcased riders from all 74 countries who will be
competing at the Games in the eight FEI disciplines of Dressage,
Driving, Eventing, Endurance, Jumping, Reining, Para-Equestrian, and
"The parade of nations is one of those rare opportunities where
all the disciplines come together as Team Canada. It's always so much
fun to see all of our disciplines mingling and getting to know each
other," said Kerri McGregor, Chef de Mission of the CET for the
Team Canada proudly marches in
the parade of nations on August 23 during the Opening Ceremonies of
the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, FRA. Photo
by Cealy Tetley.
More than 20,000 spectators were in attendance at the d'Ornano
Stadium to welcome the athletes during the parade of nations.
Canadian Reining Team member Josiane Gauthier of Lucama, BC, and
Endurance Team member Leanna Marchant from Calgary, AB, proudly led
the Canadian contingent around the d'Ornano Stadium. At the
completion of country introductions, Canadian Olympian and Dressage
Team member, Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, was honoured with
the role of flag bearer for Canada.
Also among the Canadian athletes in the parade of nations was Megan
Lane of Loretto, ON, a fellow member of the Canadian Dressage Team
who is attending her inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games. "It's
surreal. It kind of reminds me of the North American Junior and Young
Rider Championships - it has that same type of spirit of 'team.' It's
great and it's everything I imagined it to be."
Following the parade of nations, spectators were treated to a
stunning show designed and produced by the French agency, Skertzó.
The show blended cutting edge 3D projections with live performances
by 300 artists and 100 horses to take spectators along on an amazing
journey showcasing that "all horse paths lead to Normandy."
This year's Games are the seventh edition of the FEI World Equestrian
Games, and are officially the best attended, seeing record-breaking
numbers with 74 nations, 969 athletes, and 1080 horses competing. An
estimated 500,000 spectators and 500 million television viewers are
expected to tune in to the Games.
A total of 32 Canadian riders will be competing throughout the Games.
Competition gets underway on August 25 with three of the eight
disciplines taking to the ring. The Canadian Dressage Team will
kick things off in the Team Grand Prix at 8:15 a.m. Central European
Time. Reining gets underway shortly after with the Team Competition
and Individual Qualifier at 8:45 a.m. Para-Equestrian starts with the
1st Team Competition at 9:00 a.m.
"The excitement is really building; people are looking forward
to achieving a personal best on the world stage. We're looking
forward to a fantastic competition hosted by France. If the Opening
Ceremonies are any indication, we are in for a real treat at these
Games," stated McGregor.
For a complete schedule of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
2014, as well as full information and results, visit www.normandy2014.com.
For a full list of Canadians competing at the Games, rider bios, and
more, visit www.equinecanada.ca/cet.
Live broadcasts of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 will
be available for viewing at through FEI TV.
The FEI World Equestrian Games are held every four years, in the
middle of the Olympic cycle. The inaugural Games were hosted in
Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then, the Games have been staged in
The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002,
Aachen (GER) in 2006, and Kentucky (USA) in 2010.
Fort Erie Race Track announces support for EquiLottery
Toronto, ON - On the heels of a
successful Prince of Wales Stakes Day which drew record Twilight
Tuesday attendance and handle, Fort Erie Race Track is expressing
official support for EquiLottery as an answer to the question of
integration in Ontario. Senior management at the race track have been
presented the game concept and plan of action for the province by
EquiLottery Corp. President & CEO Brad Cummings.
"We have met with Brad
Cummings and walked away very impressed with the possibilities
EquiLottery presents to racing at Fort Erie and around the
province," said Fort Erie Chief Operating Officer Rick Cowan.
"Ontario racing needs to innovate in order to thrive and this
product certainly does that by opening our sport to millions more who
don't currently go to the race track. Our Premier asked for
integration between the OLG and racing and this certainly satisfies
EquiLottery works within the
existing lottery system to bring fresh excitement to the lottery
experience while drawing the attention of international horseplayers.
This relationship between lottery players and horseplayers produces
large wagering pools with dynamic payouts on everyday races and
generates increased wagering handle. Recently released numbers show
that EquiLottery is projected to be a $100 million lottery game in
Ontario with a $101.5 million impact on Ontario pari-mutuel pools.
"I want to thank Rick Cowan
and his team at Fort Erie for their support of our efforts in
Ontario," said Cummings. "We have received significant
interest from around the globe since our launch and Ontario continues
to be on our short list of priority regions. We are very pleased with
the way things are progressing in the province and this support is
just another step in the right direction."
At the time of this release,
racing and lottery interests from 26 states and provinces have
expressed interest in EquiLottery as well as representatives from 5
continents since its public unveiling on July 9th. In late July, the
Ontario Harness Horse Association expressed similar support for the
game. For more information on EquiLottery, visit www.EquiLottery.ca.
Circle The Course For
Cancer and COPE
Get ready everyone for the 3rd
annual CIRCLE THE COURSE FOR CANCER AND COPE - Sunday, August 31st -
The day is going to be jam packed with special events for the whole
family including; bouncy castle, pony rides, face painter, farmers
market, breakfast club, jockeys foot race, Sandy Hawley and THE PUSS
N BOOTS! Walk the course with us after the last race by making a
$10.00 donation to Cancer Research or make a non perishable food
donation to COPE (our local food bank). Celebrate afterwards at the
Tiki Bar with a FREE concert by New Kid in Town!! Read more of Fort
Erie Race Tracks Facebook Page
Circle The Course for Cancer & C.O.P.E.
Get a leg up with the OEF Youth Bursary program
The Ontario Equestrian
Federation is now accepting applications for its OEF Youth Bursary
program, which helps deserving youth reach their equestrian goals.
Each year the OEF proudly offers
a minimum of five $1,000 bursaries to junior members and is currently
accepting applications. The OEF Youth Bursary program is aimed at
supporting young riders/drivers and horse persons of all disciplines
who are OEF members and full-time high school students where
financial resources and/or personal hardship is a significant
impediment to reaching their equestrian goals.
"This is a fantastic
opportunity for up-and-coming equestrians who need a bit of
help," says Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario
Equestrian Federation. "Let the OEF help you develop your skills
to be the best horseperson you can be. It could be a youth bursary
recipient standing on the Olympic podium some day!
The program is open to all junior
members of the OEF between the ages of 14 and 17 as of Jan. 1 of the
bursary year. Riders, drivers and equestrians of all abilities and
disciplines are eligible to apply. This program is intended to reach
those who experience significant personal or financial hardships that
have prevented them from reaching their equestrian goals.
Applications have also been received in the past from members who
wish to use their bursary funds to help them cover the cost of
post-secondary education in equine studies.
The number of bursaries awarded
each year is based on the total amount of fundraising monies received
through the preceding year, with a top up from the OEF general
budget. Last year, six OEF Youth Bursaries of $1,000 each were
awarded. The number of 2015 bursaries that will be awarded will be
determined at the close of the year, and announced shortly
The OEF board of directors
approved the establishment of a youth bursary program in 2000 and it
has been supporting a number of young riders every year since. To
date, 130 OEF Youth Bursaries have been awarded.
For more information about the
OEF Youth Bursary program, or to download the application form, visit www.horse.on.ca.
Applications are due Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.
Tips - 7 Tips to Improve Your Riding by Improving Your Mindset
By Anne Gage
There is one important factor
that distinguishes good riders from not-so-good riders and fearless
riders from fearful riders. It is their mindset. You may have seen a
less talented rider beat a more talented rider in a competition,
perform better in a lesson or have more fun riding on the
Regardless of your level of
skill and physical ability in horse riding, it is your mindset that
either pushes you forward or holds you back.
Following these 7 tips can help
you develop a more positive mindset when you are riding your
Tip #1 - Be focused in the present
moment. By focusing on the cues from your horse and your body, you
are aware of what is happening now in this moment and you become
pro-active rather than reactive. You can prevent things from falling
apart - even if it's only falling apart in your mind.
Tip #2 - Stop worrying about the
outcome. Whether you are riding for pleasure or competition, focus on
building a solid foundation and taking each step that is needed for
you and your horse to be able to perform well.
Tip #3 - Let go of what others might
think about your performance. People who care about you will support
you. The opinion of anyone who doesn't care about and support you is
not important. Let it go.
Tip #4 - Leave distractions and
stresses from your life at the barn door. They don't need to go along
for the ride. If you really want to, you can pick them up on your way
out of the door. Or you can also just decide to leave them there
Tip #5 - Let go of striving for
perfection. In riding (as in many things in life) there is always
room for improvement. Recognize where improvement is needed without
beating up yourself (or your horse). Refer to #2.
Tip #6 - Avoid over thinking or
analyzing what you're doing. Being too much in your head takes you
out of your body. Riding well requires not only awareness of your own
body and your horse's body, but also being able to make a connection
Tip #7 - Make it a goal to have fun.
When you take things too seriously or only focus on results, riding
stops being fun - for you and your horse. You aren't having fun if
you are judging how well you did on every transition, turn, movement
or jump. When was the last time you just enjoyed being with your
Bonus Tip: Pick just one of these tips to
focus on. Making one change will help you be present and in the
A final note - There are 3 very important
skills you need to develop confidence with horses.
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Upper Canada Equestrian Association News
August 23rd 24th - Club Ride - tentatively at
Drew's old place with overnight. Time?
August 3rd - 9th - Otter Creek
September 28th - Canal ride tentative 11am.
September 12, 13, 14 - Welland Fair.
October 19th - Colour ride in Shorthills
November 9th - French Fry ride - we will play
it by ear based on weather
Horse Search Team for those times when your best friend goes missing:
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.
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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
Raindate Only August 31
Banquet will be held in November
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Horse Of The Week!
RED EARTH-2011 GELDING
Red Earth stands 16 hands with a
nice build. He is sound, sane and vice free. Red was
gelded a week ago. Red is lightly raced. He does have a knee
chip, but he is sound. Red should get some paddock time. He
is well behaved and quite sweet. Red would make a lovely flat
prospect, with hunter a possibility (would recommend xrays after down
time to confirm suitability). Lovely young horse looking for a
Free to an approved home
we can be contacted by phone at
519-688-0722. View more horses
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Port Colborne Saddle Club
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Start time is 9:30 am for shows.
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Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club -
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
Raindate Only August 31
Banquet will be held in November 2014
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