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ISSN 1923 8177                                                         April 6, 2014

In This Issue

·         From the Editor

·         Our Advertisers

·         Research Radio

·         Racing News

·         Equine Anatomy

·         Pet Talk

·         WHAO News

·         UCEA News

·         NTC Meetings

·         Bertie Willoughby SC

·         Second Start TBs

·         Coming Events


From the Editor

Spring is here!


Stablecations has been serving the Niagara area for more than a year. They are now working to bring TLAER (Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue) training to peninsula as well.


The Upper Canada Equine Association will be holding a clinic on May 17th. For more information please read below.


We have more racing news this issue including a new three year deal for the Fort Erie Race Track.


Equine Guelph has launched Research Radio and is also offering a Hands On Exploration of Equine Anatomy course. Read more below.


Does your horse have allergies? Spring is the dawn of allergy season. Read our story below in the Pet Talk column.


If you have any stories you would like in the next issue of ENN or know someone deserving of a feature story please let us know. Send us your 2014 event dates as well!


Our next deadline is April 18th. Please send us any articles or story ideas you have and any information you have for the calendar of events. 

The ENN email address is


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Stablecations looks after your farm while you're away! 

Are you going on vacation? Need someone to look after your farm and your horses?

Stablecations is an equine sitting service serving the Niagara area operated by Tracy Barber.?She has been a veterinary technician for 25 years, 16 of which she worked exclusively with equine veterinarians.

Tracy owned, ridden and worked with horses for over 30 years. She graduated with honours from St. Clair College in Windsor in 1989 as an Animal Health Technician (currently referred to as Veterinary Technician). "I began working in small animal clinics with a brief season at Windsor Raceway working in the test barn collecting blood samples," says Tracy. She returned to the Niagara area which lead to a job with a local equine veterinarian who split his practise between Fort Erie Racetrack and farm calls. Always having a passion for the horses, she was very fortunate to work with him until his retirement. "I continued working with thoroughbreds both at the track and on a broodmare farm with the other race track vet at that time for a couple years." This experience has molded Tracy into the kind, confident, and patient horse person she is today.

"Understanding the stress of leaving your horses under someone else's care is important," she says. "My background reassures clients that their horses will have the best care available."

Stablecations was started in 2012. "Our client base is growing as well as continued complimentary training," says Tracy.

TLAER (Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue) Training



Equine Guelph Launches Research Radio 

Equine Guelph has announced the launch of a new audio podcast on their popular web site. Equine Guelph has teamed up with Trot Radio's Norm Borg and SSG Gloves to produce Research Radio, an online podcast updating you on the latest equine research by scientists at the Ontario Veterinary College and University of Guelph. It will highlight the cutting edge discoveries being made, and explain what they mean for the health and welfare of your horse. Equine Guelph director Gayle Ecker says, "Our partners at Ontario Veterinary College are producing ground breaking research designed to improve the health, welfare and safety of the equine athlete. The more widely we can publicize their findings the more likely their work will be put to use to find concrete solutions as a means to that end." The first episode is already available featuring an interview with Dr. Jeff Thomason and his study of race track surfaces and their impact on the performance horse. The results of the study could lead the way to newer, improved methods of therapy and preventative farrier techniques. 


Equine Guelph Logo To listen to the first podcast, simply log on to EquineGuelph.ca. Click on the Research tab at the top of the page, then click Research Radio or use this link - http://equineguelph.ca/research/radio.php. For more information contact; Gayle Ecker, Director Equine Guelph gecker@uoguelph.ca 519-824-4120 ext. 56678



ORC approves Ontario Race Dates for 

2014 and beyond 

Notice of Director's decision regarding 2014 Race Dates


Ontario Racing Commission News Release

     The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) today announced the decision regarding the schedule of live race dates for 2014 for certain racetracks. Following the successful conclusion of agreements, the following racetracks were in a position to commit to their race date schedule for the remainder of 2014:



Western Fair

Flamboro Downs

Georgian Downs

Grand River

Rideau Carleton



     The live race date schedules for other racetracks will be announced as their agreements are finalized.

     Agreements were possible due to government's commitment to provide funds to horse racing to support the industry`s efforts to grow its business. This 5-year commitment has allowed for the negotiation of long term agreements which secure this schedule of race dates for each of the next 5 years.

     The Director confirms and approves the schedule of race dates for the 2014 as follows:

Applicant 1st Quarter Remainder Total

(Previously 2014 2014 approved)

Woodbine Racetrack

Standardbred (Premier) 37 71 108

Thoroughbred (Premier) 0 133 133

Mohawk Racetrack

Standardbred (Premier) 0 102 102

Western Fair

Standardbred (Signature) 38 87 125

Flamboro Downs

Standardbred (Signature) 52 94 146

Georgian Downs

Standardbred (Signature) 0 40 40

Grand River Raceway

Standardbred (Signature) 0 48 48

Rideau Carleton Raceway

Standardbred (Signature) 14 78 92

Clinton Raceway

Standardbred (Grassroots) 0 15 15

Hanover Raceway

Standardbred (Grassroots) 0 16 16

In accordance with Policy Directive 3-2007, all other race date calendars are approved, but are subject to change where a racetrack operator or other interested party makes an application to vary the approved dates, which will be considered based on the strengths of the business plans submitted and the industry funding available.

     The Director has been moving forward to implement the components of the 5-year Horse Racing Partnership Plan (HRPP), as approved by the Ontario government. Announcements have been made awarding Woodbine Entertainment Group as the single teletheatre operator under a procurement process that is now complete. Revenue earned from the teletheatre network will be used for the benefit of the Centralized Racetracks, which include Woodbine, Mohawk, Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, Western Fair, Grand River, Clinton, Hanover and Ajax Downs. Additionally announcements have been made designating WEG as the single telephone account betting operator, where revenue earned will be used for the benefit of the Centralized Racetracks. Operation of regional racetracks and the related purses will be funded through a mix of on-track wagering and Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program funds.

     Please be advised that you or any other aggrieved party have the right to appeal the Director's decision to the Commission.

Steve Lehman

Executive Director


Fort Erie Track moves forward 
with three-year deal

Niagara Falls Review

     It's a three-year deal that could have been better, but it's an opportunity to move forward with live horse racing in Fort Erie.

Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin would have liked a more, but he says the town and the other partners are committed to see it work.

     "The province gave what they were asked for, which was $7.9 million, but they also put a clause in there that took back some of the existing revenue, which put us back in the hole again," said Martin. "They are giving with one hand and taking away with the other. I know their comment that they have done this to help Fort Erie sounds great, and it's a wonderful spin on this, but that's not exactly the facts."

     Martin said he was "flabbergasted" the province is even considering doing this to the town. The Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, he added, is a not-for-profit organization so they could not accept that type of risk and that's why they had to hold meetings on Monday to discuss the issue.

      The town will be coming up with the additional $500,000 the track will need to meet the target of having a significant number of race dates so the track will be able to attract enough horse owners.



Hands on Exploration of 
Equine Anatomy 

Early Bird Registration extended to April 7th

     A Guided Tour of Equine Anatomy is a dissection workshop offered to horse enthusiasts and professionals alike to help them understand equine anatomy first hand. Led by Ontario Veterinary College researcher and anatomy instructor, Dr. Jeff Thomason, this unique educational workshop is offered at the Ontario Veterinary College.  Early bird sign up has been extended to April 7th for workshops offered on April 26 and 27, 2014.

     Well known for his ability to bring anatomy to life, Thomason guides participants through plenty of hands-on exploration of the anatomy of a horse in a way most do not get to experience. An overview of the large muscle groups of the neck, trunk and legs is followed by an exploration of the abdomen and chest. The latter part of the laboratory is designed to allow individual students to explore their areas of interest in further detail.

     This one day workshop can be followed by a second day of advanced exploration which would allow the participants to get even more specific in learning how different systems function.  Some of the second day topics have included looking at the mechanics of the leg or the complexities of the respiratory system.

     Students leave with a much broader understanding of how form and function intertwine.  Dr. Thomason, is not only an internationally recognized researcher but he also teaches anatomy to veterinary students at the OVC and is excellent at explaining basic to advanced anatomy topics.

Registration is online at:  http://tinyurl.com/anatomyworkshop.

For more information about this workshop click here! or contact Equine Guelph.

519-824-4120 ext 54205   email:  horses@uoguelph.ca





The Dawn of Spring Allergies 

     As the trees start to pollinate, the spring season starts to dawn and so do those pesky allergies. A time to put the winter cold past us and a look to the brighter days are not so bright for those with allergies. Many pets are affected by spring allergies, and it is important to be aware if your pet shows signs so you can lighten its discomfort and help provide brighter days. 

     According to Dr. Adam Patterson, clinical assistant professor and a board certified dermatologist at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), an allergy is an exaggerated response in which the body's immune system overreacts to normally harmless environmental substances known as allergens. 

      Patterson explains that animals can show signs of allergic reactions during a particular season or year-round dependent on what they are allergic to. 

      "Any cat and horse breed can be affected by allergies," notes Patterson. "Any dog breed can also be affected, but there are certain breeds that are more susceptible to allergies, including: terriers, retrievers, Dalmatians, Shar Peis, and bulldogs." 

     When people encounter allergic reactions, they tend to sneeze and wheeze. Whereas, animals tend to itch and scratch their way to a hopeful recovery, but this can actually promote more severe skin problems. 

      "An itch may be manifested as licking, chewing, biting, rubbing, scratching, head shaking, and/or scooting," explains Patterson. 

     "Common itchy body areas include the face, ears, paws, armpits, groin, rump, and anal region. Horses may present with an itchy skin disease and/or hives. Every pet has its own itch tolerance which means the intensity and reason(s) for your pet's itch may not be the same as another animal. Regardless of the animal, allergic patients are prone to secondary infections that can cause skin discoloration, hair loss, pimples, or scabs." 

     If your pet does show any of these allergic signs, it is in everyone's best interest to contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can develop a customized treatment plan for your pet so the itch can be alleviated. However, Patterson comments that allergies can be managed, not necessarily cured. 

     "Treatments are tailored to the individual based on the extent, severity, and seasonality of signs," says Patterson. "The 'absolutes' of therapy include: routine bathing to remove pollen accumulation, infection control (topical and/or systemic), and flea prevention. Other treatments can be prescribed based on what the patient is sensitive to, and the response to the 'absolutes.' It is important to recognize that allergies can be managed, but often are not cured." 

     Sometimes steroids are used to alleviate an itch. However, Patterson warns that long-term use of steroids can cause detrimental health problems. "For this reason, it is recommended that the underlying trigger of allergic signs be sought and managed with other less harmful treatments for those animals with chronic problems," explains Patterson. 

     The most common allergens that affect pets are fleas, food, pollen, molds, mites, insects, and dander. As there are a lot of factors to consider when diagnosing what your pets are allergic to, your veterinarian can perform tests and personal evaluations based on many factors to help determine the culprits. 

     "Elimination diet trials are used to exclude food allergies," notes Patterson. "Skin or blood 'allergy' testing is used to select candidate pollens for immunotherapy (oral allergy drops or allergy injections) in animals with an environmental allergy. It is important to recognize that these tests DO NOT DIAGNOSE an environmental allergy as 'normal' animals can have 'positive' test results. The diagnosis is based on the history, clinical signs, and the process of exclusion." 

     Allergies are more common in pets than most people believe. Ten percent of the canine population is affected by allergies. It is important to be aware of the allergic signs and notify a veterinarian when the symptoms persist. If you have any questions pertaining to allergies or skin ailments you can call the dermatology department at the CVM Small Animal Clinical Sciences at 979-845-2351 or visit their webpage at http://vetmed.tamu.edu/services/dermatology to review frequently asked questions and answers. 


     Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Stories can be viewed on the Web at http://tamunews.tamu.edu. Suggestions for future topics may be directed to



WHAO News!


By Lindsey Farrell-Johnson 


Welcome to spring!!! Well I guess we can't really say that yet. Even though spring is supposed to be here soon Mother Nature doesn't seem to be agreeing with the popular vote this year. Everywhere you go, every person you talk to is tired of winter. The snow and ice certainly seem to be taking their toll on people everywhere. On the bright side we are nearing the end and guess what comes next? SHOW SEASON!!!!!!!! 


Our first show of the season is Extravaganza. We have made a few changes this year with the hope that we don't interfere with other shows. It will be held on Saturday June 21st starting at 9 am. We will have a full day of double judged and therefore double pointed classes. Please check back regularly on our new Facebook page for more details.






Upper Canada Equestrian Association News

  UCEA Trail Riding Clinic & Judged Trail Ride

- May 17th 11 am at the NRE fair grounds in Welland. Register to reserve your spot for this trail riding clinic. The clinic covers trail riding elements such as riding over a bridge, through water, under and around objects that might be frightening to your horse. If there is enough interest the clinic can also cover loading and unloading from a trailer. The course is for all levels of riders - all are welcome to attend. $20 for UCEA members, $40 for non-members (includes membership to the Upper Canada Equestrian Association - note you must be a member of the Ontario Equestrian Association {OEF} for insurance purposes) The following week on the 25th of May, there will be a judged trail ride for those who participated in the trail clinic on the 17th. Space is limited.  

Register today. 

  Rides for the new year! 


April 27th - 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 middle. 

May 17th - 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 18th. 

June 22nd - Cancer Ride tentatively in Shorthills 11am- more discussion to follow. Looking for fundraising ideas. 

July12th and 13th - The Cactus, Cattle and Cowboy weekend. July - 27th Dundas, swim ride, Chippewa conservation area overnight or swim ride. More information to follow. Time? 

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 11am. 

November 9th - French Fry ride - we will play it by ear based on weather 


Emergency Horse Search Team for those times when your best friend goes missing:


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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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Niagara Trails Committee News


For the next Niagara Trails Committee Meeting email quad-niagara@hotmail.com . Meetings are held at Birdie and Clinton Insurance 1789 Merritville Highway at 7pm. 

Niagara Trails Committee  

For more information contact:

President of Quad Niagara ATV Club

Tracy-lynn Bell





Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club Swap Meet!!




May 3, 2014 - 9:30am-2:30pm

Niagara Regional Exhibition Grounds, Building B

1100 Niagara Street, Welland, ON 


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 space availability)


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 prizes


For more information contact Amber Gilbert

905-892-0006 or email ambergilbert80@gmail.com


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 more information.



Second Start Thoroughbreds


Horse Of The Week!



Smolderinbearheart stands 15.3 hands with a nice build.  She is sound, sane and vice free.  Heart is very well behaved.  She is race trained but unraced.  Heart gets along great in a herd and is happy on turnout. Heart is easy to handle and work with.  She is ready to retrain for a pleasure or hunter career.
$500 to an approved home.


info@secondstartthoroughbreds.org or we can be contacted by phone at 

519-688-0722. View more horses at  www.secondstartthoroughbreds.org 



Coming Events

Send us all your coming events for 2014 


BILYEA CONSIGNMENT TACK AUCTION Hunters & Anglers Club 237 McLaughlin Rd, R.R. 8, Dunnville, On. N1A 2W7 To be held on Good Friday. Friday, April 18, 2014 11:00 a.m. Terms of Payment: Cash or Cheque All kinds of Western & English Tack from saddles, saddles racks, blankets, bridles, halters, grooming supplies, whatever you need for your horse. for information: Nelson & Kathy Bilyea 519-225-2130 


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 ambergilbert89@gmail.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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