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The Niagara Horse
Community lost two long time and valued
members in the last few days. Ron McMann
of Dunnville and Fred Walter of Niagara
Falls. Our thoughts and condolences go
out to the families and friends of these
The Fort Erie Live
Racing Consortium, along with Racing Future,
has announced plans for a festival held
in August next year called Fort Erie Celebrates
The Year Of The Horse. All it needs is
the go ahead from the province. See the
story at right.
The Last Chance Horse
Rescue visited the Fort Erie Santa CLaus
Amazing giant equine
sculptures have been raised in Glasgow,
Scotland. See our story below
Check out our story
"From Kill Pen To Podium: An Underdog's
Story" by Gemma Young.
We also have news
from the Upper Canada Equestrian Association
on the Willowdell Road Bridge removal.
Nick Costa is taking
a seasonal break from his column and will
return in 2014.
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Fort Erie Celebrates the Year of the Horse
The Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, along with
Racing Future, has announced plans for
a festival held in August next year called
Fort Erie Celebrates The Year Of The Horse.
All it needs is the go ahead from the
2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse and it is
a perfect time to host the festival.
The plan calls for a three weekend event that celebrates
Asian culture and has 400 races over the
The 'Regal Horse' (pictured at left) is the largest
man-made horse built by traditional bamboo
scaffolding technique, used primarily
in Hong Kong and it will be the centrepiece
of the event.
Equine Niagara News will keep you informed on this
exciting new development in Fort Erie.
For more details on the story visit the Bullet News
Equestrian Community Saddened by Passing of Local Equestrian
By Debi Katsmar
(former Editor, ENN)
Today I learned of the passing of an equestrian
known to many in Niagara and far beyond
-- Fred Walter. A beloved
husband and father, and friend to many
throughout Niagara and the equine community.
He will be missed with fond memories for
many a year to come. My heart, thoughts
and prayers go out to his family.
Fred and Vera Walter,
At the 2012 WHAO Extravaganza. Photo
by The Rider.
It seems like a lifetime ago when I first met Fred
Walter. I believe my first encounter with
him was during a heated argument with
another at a PCSC board meeting. Over
the years, I got to know Fred and Vera
a little, but not as well as many others.
Fred was always on-hand at the various
horse shows helping with the set-up, keeping
all functioning, conditioning the rings
and so much more.
I think I learned the most about Fred the year I
took my 'do dads' to the barrel championships
at Fletchers so long ago. Fred was one
of the few people I knew at the event.
He was first to ensure I was introduced
to others and filled me in on all that
was going on throughout the weekend.
And, it was his voice I heard as I stumbled
and fell during the people version of
the barrel races at the Saturday night
festivities. I don't remember what he
said, but the audience was in tears laughing
- I'm hoping it was at what he said, not
at me doing a summersault and then continuing
Fred's participation and generosity seemed to be
everywhere - equine events, farming and
the local fairs. He took many a young
rider under his wing and touched the lives
of all that encountered him. Only last
week I was chatting with a friend from
30 years ago - we recently bumped in to
each other after all these years. As we
were chatting, we discovered although
our lives had gone in different we had
mutual friends, or in my case more of
acquaintances in Fred, Vera and Suzy.
We were just commenting on how small the
world really is.
I'm sure there are plenty of others that could have
written this much better and have more
to offer about Fred Walter than my limited
knowledge, but given all that he did for
the equestrian community, and the constant
encouragement he gave me for A) not learning
to ride myself until the age of 33, but
more importantly B) the encouragement
and praise he consistently offered me
for starting Equine Niagara News -- I
felt it fitting that he is remembered
through the articles here in Equine Niagara
Rest in peace. Fred Walter.
McMANN, Ronald George Walter -
With great sadness we announce the passing of Ronald
McMann at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital
on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the age
Beloved husband of Joan (nee Yager) for
53 years. Treasured and loved father of
Kelly Smith and her husband Bill, both
of whom held a special place in Ron's
Dear brother of Allen (Jackie) McMann
and brother-in-law Gerald (Anna) Yager.
Ron graduated with a BA Degree from the
University of Waterloo and was a longtime
teacher with the Hamilton Board of Education,
retiring in 1990. Ron was actively involved
in Ontario Quarter Horse Association,
and he was proud to be inducted into the
Ontario QH Hall of Fame in 2007.
Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Scallan for
his care and compassion to Ron and our
family, and to the wonderful nurses and
staff on the 2nd floor of the Dunnville
A Funeral Service will be held in Dunnville
on Wednesday, December 4th. Cremation
If desired, donations to Dunnville Hospital
and Healthcare Foundation or Alzheimer
Society would be sincerely appreciated.
Last Chance Horse and Pony Rescue returns to the Fort
Erie Santa Claus Parade!
Sadie and Sara Edwards were reindeer. Kylee and
Sailor were the Elves. We Three Kings
and One Queen. Dani and Angel were Ice
Queens. Nika and Molly were also
Last Chance will also be having their annual Christmas
Open House on December 7th. from 12-5pm.
They will have a bake sale, penny sale,
horse rides from 3-4 with a photographer,
and of course Santa will visit at 2pm!
Visit their Facebook Page!
Scottish Sculptor Creates Spectacular Equine Statues
By Glenda Fordham.
Over the past several months, I've become intrigued
by artists discovered
online while browsing
newspapers and magazines,
especially those with
a horse theme (natch!).
I was on a British news
site recently and a
photo in a side-bar
caught my eyes immediately.
It was a picture of
a massive two-headed
steel horse sculpture
by Andy Scott, soon
to be unveiled at the
entrance to a new eco-park
near Edinburgh, Scotland,
guarding the entrance
to a canal link connecting
the Firth of Forth with
the River Clyde in Glasgow.
The artist's rendering was spectacular and I can
only imagine how awe-inspiring
the actual pieces will
be in real life. Known
as The Kelpies (pictured),
after the mythical water
horses in Scottish lochs
and rivers, each horse
head will be the height
of a 10-storey building
and will dominate the
740-acre Helix Project
park of forests, walks
and cycle paths which
is being built on scrubland
near the Grangemouth
A graduate of the famed Glasgow School of Art, Andy
Scott has completed
over 70 projects across
a wide range of disciplines
in the UK and internationally.
His distinctive hand-crafted
dexterity with contemporary
and range in scale from
3 to 30 metres in height.
Scott works with teams
of structural engineers,
& crane operators,
lighting designers and
a host of other specialist
professionals to create
striking landmark artworks.
I found other stunning
examples of his sculptures
located around the world
including the 12 ft
high prancing "Arabesque"
horse located in Queensland,
another due for unveiling
soon in Dubai, and the
15ft high Clydesdale
known as "Heavy
beside a major motorway
between Glasgow and
I knew I had to share photos of this brilliant sculptor's
work and interview him
for The Rider, so after
reaching out to his
office across the pond,
I was thrilled to have
an online chat with
Your sculptures appear
both mythic in subject
and size - please share
your creative process
when starting a commission
such as The Kelpies
i.e. do your clients
give you their ideas
in a brief and expect
them translated into
steel or do you offer
your own vision for
each piece then work
to your own design &
imagination once approved?
The latter. Although
my portfolio now speaks
for itself and I imagine
folks would have an
idea of what to expect
when commissioning me,
they usually leave the
brief open for interpretation.
If they have a strict
idea of what they're
after, they could appoint
a fabrication company
to follow direction.
By appointing me they
are commissioning artistic
having said that there
is nothing worse than
a complete blank canvas.
It is always better
to have some idea of
the clients' aspirations,
background and budget.
I usually present a
number of design options
and then hone it down
to the final sculpture.
Slow Feed Netting Pricing Changes
It has been a very successful year for sales throughout
North America for the Fonthill manufacturer
of slow feed nets. Just take a look
at the map below (all the horses represent
where nets have been shipped).
The slow feed movement has caught on. Slowfeednetting.com
is a Canadian manufacturer of the nets
and sells worldwide. The quality of
the netting, the price the nets are
sold for and the availability of custom-sized/design
nets have set Slow Feed Netting apart
from other manufacturers.
The equestrian community is a close knit group,
sharing information quite readily when
there is a great product and information
to share amongst each other. Tim contributes
his success to the quality of his product,
but more so to the equine community
talking to each other. Just take a look
at his website or facebook page for
the testimonials and videos of happy
horses to see for yourself.
Now, unfortunately faced with increased pricing
from his webbing supplier, he is forced
to increase the prices of his slow feed
netting products. Prices will
go up effective December 6th. If you
were thinking of ordering, now is the
time to do so to take advantage of the
Prices will be going up from $ 119.00 per bag to
$ 139.00 per bag for the Large and from
$ 110.00 to $ 130.00 for the medium
round bale bags.
Tim and his team would like to thank everyone for
helping spread the word about the slow
feed movement and for your continued
Upper Canada Equestrian Association News
Willowdell Road Bridge Removal
Dear Mr. Dobrindt, Ms. Maidens-Downie and Ms. Dougherty,
I am the City of Niagara Falls Project Manager for
a number of bridge projects, including
the Willodell Road Bridge. I understand
that the Upper Canada Equestrian Association
has taken an interest in the Willodell
Road Bridge in the past and that Ms. Dougherty
has previously contacted the City regarding
For this reason I like to personally invite you
(and your membership) to attend an upcoming
Public Information Centre (PIC), scheduled
for Tuesday, December 6th, 2013, for information
regarding a proposal to remove the existing
structure. I have attached a copy
of the Public Notice that will be running
in both Thursday and Saturday's newspaper
for your reference.
If you have questions and are unable to attend the
PIC, please don't hesitate to contact
hope to see you at the meeting:
December 3rd, 2013
pm to 7:00 pm
Millar, P. Eng.
Manager, Municipal Works
of Niagara Falls
905-356-7521 Ext. 4217
more on the bridge removal click here
The Upper Canada Equestrian Association holds a
ride each month starting in April with
the Heritage Trail ride and finishing
up on the Friendship Trail for their annual
French Fry Ride in November.
The next UCEA Meeting is December 11th at 7:30 PM
at HorseWorld Emporium, St. Catharines.
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.
can also post on the UCEA Facebook wall.
From Kill Pen to Podium,
An Underdog's Story
By Gemma Young
Several years ago, my friend Adrianna's horse was
waiting in a 'kill pen' in the US for
her fate when she was rescued by a guy
who takes horses from the lower end auctions
and retrains them.
Reckless Abandon (her new name not her race name) had raced until
she was 7 years old, winning more than
she lost but somehow had not made it into
one of those programs that retrains retired
racehorses. Her rescuer usually
only took horses that approached him which
she was far too frightened to do, but
she was in luck anyways. A TV show wanted
an ex-racehorse and she was the only one
there. After 45 minutes he managed
to halter her and he took her to his barn.
My friend saw her online, went down to see her and
brought her back to Canada. The
mare was sensitive but not harmful - she
was flighty, and yet predictable in her
fear once you got to know her. New
people, new situations were mildly alarming
but a roll of paper would send her down
the other end of the arena even when a
clock falling to the floor and smashing
didn't even turn her head.
Debbie Dobson from
They had been through several barns, with barn owners and fellow
boarders offering both advice and ridicule
for owning a 'crazy' horse. They
finally moved to Equestrian Dreams where
owner Debbie Dobson took a different approach
and their partnership grew stronger under
Debbie's experienced eye. Reckless Abandon
tended to be tense but she was starting
to relax, Adrianna could ride her on a
lighter contact, her old stifle injury
was becoming less stiff and she was getting
stronger, more balanced and more flexible
- starting to leg yield and half pass
- it didn't happen overnight but the changes
were there. Debbie's philosophy was, stop...listen.....
and her behaviour was actually predictable
her response always flight, never fight.
Debbie is an experienced Dressage Coach and after
training at the new barn for several months
with her - the first Dressage competition,
a local schooling show was upon them.
They even had practiced some Dressage
tests off the property to ensure that
new surroundings wouldn't be an issue.
They were 'on deck' to ride their first Dressage
test and then the bell rang, a forgotten
memory - it was race time! She heard
the bell and was at the track again, she
started to gallop immediately and they
ended up leaving the ring.
The show was lost...and they still had another test
to go, this time they were led up to the
ring so the bell wouldn't be an issue
but as soon as they heard the sound she
went into race mode again, she was no
longer a Dressage horse. Adrianna knew
as soon as she was release they would
be galloping again. Then an unexpected
helping hand, the Judge asked if someone
could lead her throughout the test and
friend offered to do just that, they knew
they would be disqualified but it would
help her horse understand her job.
They entered the ring and the friend ran the test
with them (thankfully only a walk-trot
test as her friend on the ground wasn't
yet established in her canter leads but
she did salute at the end with her). They
exited the ring to raucous applause from
their barn friends (no jibes about a crazy
horse, just support for a brave ride on
a horse new at her job) but Adrianna was
still disappointed, she didn't expect
to win on her first time out but did hope
to complete the test without assistance.
She knew her horse could do better.
Where to go from here? Even with all the practice,
her horse had lost focus when it came
to the test. Her coach was undeterred
- it should have been embarrassing for
the coach but she still offered her full
support - 'These things happen with horses,
we practice again, with a bell...' she
said. In the same barn were expensive
imported Warmbloods and Adrianna was overwhelmed
that this coach would spend so much time
on her $500 off-the-track Thoroughbred.
Adrianna pushed her disappointment
aside and the pair continued to practise
and work hard.
Another show arrived - They even stepped up the
tests - two Training Level tests and two
First Level tests (they had been schooling
Second level at home). Reckless
Abandon kept her mind, despite bells,
whistles and small children running riot
and they completed the course. Their partnership
had never been stronger. Adrianna
hugged Debbie as they awaited the test
scores - and they were good, they had
items to work on but overall they were
in the high 60's - then the results -
my friend's smile grew wider with each
placing - the result - four 1st places
- one in each of the tests they had entered.
And so it happened, the moment you
always hope for when the underdog wins.
Next year - they go Gold level - wish them luck!
Niagara Trails Committee News
The next Niagara Trails Committee Meeting is December
2nd at Birdie and Clinton Insurance 1789
Merritville Highway at 7pm.
For more information contact:
President of Quad Niagara ATV Club
Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club News
The Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club will be holding
a Swap Meet on May 3rd at a NEW Location,
1100 Niagara Street, Welland - BUILDING
B. Contact Amber Gilbert @ 905-892-0006
. Tables are $25.00 each
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
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