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ISSN 1923 8177                                                         August 24, 2014

In This Issue

·         From the Editor

·         Our Advertisers

·         Fort Erie Race Track

·         WEG 2014

·         EquiLottery

·         Circle The Course

·         OEF Youth Bursary

·         Anne Gage Column

·         UCEA News

·         NTC Meetings

·         Bertie Willoughby SC

·         Second Start TBs

·         Coming Events


From the Editor

Back to School Already?


The end of summer is upon us. School starts in no time. It's hard to believe!

Do you have an event coming up this fall? Please send us your events. Send us additional information and we can promote your show. Want even more exposure? We have very reasonable advertising rates. Ask us how we can promote your event!


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.


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 September 5th. 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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Fort Erie Race Track's new owners plan for redevelopment


Fort 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 Monday.

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 development projects." 


Read more here -  The Buffalo News



Buffalo developers announce plans for newly purchased Fort Erie Race Track

Six-year plan from new owners includes commercial development of surrounding land


Fort Erie Post

By  James Culic


Emotions got the best of Mayor Doug Martin as he talked about the sale of the Fort Erie Race Track on Tuesday.

"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 Paladino.

"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 Open

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 Vaulting.

"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 Games.

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 that criteria."


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.

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 thereafter. 


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.


OEF Logo 1 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.




Horse Riding 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 trails. 

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 horse. 

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 permanently. 

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 between you. 

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 horse? 

Bonus Tip: Pick just one of these tips to focus on. Making one change will help you be present and in the moment. 

A final note - There are 3 very important skills you need to develop confidence with horses. 

You can get started right away when you visit http://www.annegage.com and claim your Free Instant Access to my free report - The 3 Most Important Skills You Need to Develop Confidence with Horses". 

Brought to you by Anne Gage of Confident Horsemanship - putting you and your horse in good hands. 

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Upper Canada Equestrian Association News


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2014 Rides

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:

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



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 News


If anyone has any pictures they would like to share please email then to ambergilbert80@gmail.com as we would like to put more pictures up on the website.


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

Raindate Only August 31

Banquet will be held in November 2014 

Visit the website for more information.



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Second Start Thoroughbreds


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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 chance.
Free to an approved home


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



Coming Events

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Port Colborne Saddle Club

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Start time is 9:30 am for shows. 

Visit the website at http://www.pcscinc.bravesites.com and the club can also be found on Facebook.


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

Visit the website for more information


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