Guelph, Ontario - Give your horse the best Valentine's Day gift by being the greatest champion for equine welfare that you can be. A full herd of online learners signed up in less than 20 minutes after Equine Guelph announced the official launch of TheHorsePortal.ca. The feedback has been extremely positive for the new online learning community resulting from an innovative industry partnership including ten provincial equestrian federations across Canada. The inaugural courses offered are: 'Equine Welfare - Canada's Code' and 'Equine Biosecurity - Canada's standard'. Students so far say TheHorsePortal.ca is easy to navigate and rave about the wonderful content and interactivity. Horse enthusiasts are coming together from all backgrounds: from just starting out in the industry to facility owners and operators of large and small stables, new horse owners, boarders and professionals committed to life-long learning and staying up to date on the latest advances. Content in the first two short courses has already been reported as very helpful to those considering facility renovations and management practices to optimize their horse's well-being. Learning the basics on Canada's two new national standards imparts important knowledge to make the best informed decisions for the health and welfare of horses. Many of the students who had not heard of the new Equine Code of Practice are quickly realizing its value in evaluating whether changes need to be made or not pertaining to their horse's management. Students of the biosecurity course are finding many simple changes they can make to help protect their horses from infectious disease on and off their property. The course guest speaker, Dr. Alison Moore, Lead Veterinarian, Animal Health & Welfare at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs was also a contributor to the new National Farm-Level Biosecurity standard for the Equine Sector. Moore is well versed in articulating the reality of biosecurity being more about diligence than difficulty. Moore stresses the importance of having a biosecurity plan and being able to communicate it clearly with every member of the barn community. The herd dynamics are fantastic at TheHorsePortal.ca as "aha" moments are shared, connecting evidenced-based course content to student experience and resulting in practical applications. The discussion forums are full of statements such as, "I didn't know what I didn't know" or "I learned that lesson the hard way" and "I've always done that but I didn't really know why." "This is an online community where science, practical application and discussion come together to facilitate learning," says, Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker. "Students from Equine Guelph have been making a difference âˆ’ the knowledgeable horse owner or caregiver is well equipped to have meaningful proactive discussions with their horse healthcare providers. Equine Guelph looks forward to partnering with the equine industry around the world to bring horse people together to learn about equine welfare and care as a community." Join the herd for the next offerings: 'Equine Welfare - Canada's Code' March 6 - 24 'Equine Biosecurity - Canada's standard' April 10 -28 For more information, go to TheHorsePortal.ca Story by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions
The partners of OSS Gold and Grand Circuit winner Physicallyinclined are excited to announce they have reached a deal to stand the outstanding harness racing pacer for stud duty in Ontario for 2017. Sired by the great Mach Three, out of the Artsplace mare Artisticallyinclined, Physicallyinclined offers a strong pedigree. His dam, Artisticallyinclined, is a full sister to the O’Brien and multiple stakes winning millionaire Armbro Amoretto. The fastest son of Mach Three standing in Canada, Physicallyinclined trails only Somebeachsomewhere as the second fastest Mach Three stallion in North America. Physicallyinclined set his lifetime mark, in wire to wire fashion from Pp8, winning the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup Consolation by multiple lengths in a sharp mile of 1:49. Physicallyinclined built a strong résumé winning from 20 lifetime starts. He amassed a 40% (8/20) win, an 80% (16/20) top 3 and 95% (18/20) top 5 performance record. He showed world class speed including open and closing quarters of 25.3. He paced in 1:52.4 at Georgian Downs as a 2 year old and 1:53.1 as a 3 year old at the 1/2 mile track in London, showing his versatility on all sized tracks. Physicallyinclined will stand stud at Milverton Equine Reproduction Facility - MERF - and be managed by veteran breeding manager, Doug Nash. Doug has been in the business for 30 years and managed many great stallions during his career at the Glengate and Cantario Farms. When asked about the horse Nash said, "I looked him up and watched some videos. What I saw was a big strong animal with a great gait and speed and power to match. When he arrived at the farm, he looked terrific, in great shape with impeccable conformation. It explained what I saw and read. I've been around great stallions in my time and he has all of the same attributes. I'm excited to see what the future holds." Nash went on to say, "I watched his NA Cup Elimination and honestly he didn't get a good trip and the pace was slow but he still came his own last half in :51.4. There's not many that are capable of that, front or back, forget about adding the slow pace. Then, the next week, he won by multiple lengths over a field full of some very good Grand Circuit horses in the NA Cup Consolation. I only wish he would have been pushed a little more because from what I saw, I think he had much more in the tank." He said everybody involved is eager to get this animal some quality mares and that multiple mare discounts are available. The introductory stud fee for Physicallyinclined has been set at $3,000 CDN. For additional information please contact Doug directly by phone at (519) 573-5804 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LONDON, Ontario, February 11, 2017 -- Longtime local horseman Ross Battin and pacing mare Nadia Can Go were the headliners at tonight's awards banquet at The Raceway at Western Fair District which celebrated the best on and off the track over the past harness racing season. Ross Battin has had many honours over the years at the London, Ontario racetrack. He topped the drivers' standings on four occasions, was named horseman of the year in 1992 and was inducted to the track's Wall of Fame in 2010. Ross has won the Lampman Cup, which recognizes the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program a record seven times. Tonight he added another honour as he was presented with the Walltyme award which is given annually by Dave Wall's stable and recognizes outstanding service to the industry. Nadia Can Go was crowned the 2016 Horse of the Year. The now five-year-old daughter of Major In Art put together an impressive winning streak at The Raceway from February 17 to April 20 during which time she was undefeated through eight races. Heather Toll trains Nadia Can Go for owner Brydown Farms of Clinton, Ontario. The other award winners who were revealed this evening were caretaker of the year, which was won by Laurie Hicks, and the Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the Year which went to Sue McNeight. The complete list of award winners is as follows: Older Pacing Horse - Irvine James Older Pacing Mare - Nadia Can Go Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt - Overthinkenit Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly - Uptown Woman Older Trotting Horse - Raising Richard Older Trotting Mare - Daylon Mermaid Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt - On The Ridge Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly - Shes All Muscle Claiming Pacer - Mighty Mouse Claiming Trotter - Jimoris Tigeress Driver - Alfie Carroll Trainer - Vic Puddy Owner - Keith Cassell Caretaker - Laurie Hicks Walltyme 'Outstanding Service' - Ross Battin Ruth Herbert 'Horsewoman' - Sue McNeight Horse of the Year - Nadia Can Go Greg Blanchard
James W. “Doc” Johnson M.D., 82, of Knightstown passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Middletown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born January 16, 1934 in West Williams, Canada, the son of the late John and Catherine Johnson. James was a physician for 38 years and was a Standardbred owner and breeder who loved to attend horse races. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, American and Ontario Medical Associations, United States Trotting Association and St Rose Catholic Church of Knightstown. James was also a longtime director for the Indiana Standardbred Association. “Doc” owned horses for 56 years. He bought his first horse shortly after graduating from medical school. A 56 year career in horse ownership needs to be described in eras. Ontario (1960’s & 1970’s) Doc’s first horse was trained by neighbor and family friend, Murray Mackey. Doc often commented on Murray’s work ethic as a dairy farmer. He thought very highly of Murray’s horsemanship, and thought Murray would have been a heck of a horseman if he had chosen it as his primary vocation. Most of Doc’s horses in the era were handled by another local horseman and friend, Bill Woodburn. Similar to Murray, Bill (and his father Lyle) were very good horsemen and devoted full-time farmers. If the horses needed to leave the local racetracks of London, Clinton, Goderich, or Dresden, they were handled by Fred and Shelley Goudreau on the Windsor/Hazel Park/Detroit Race Course circuit. Michigan and Ohio (1970’s) Doc and his good friend Don McIlmurray were inseparable in this era. They really had a lot of laughs together. They had some good luck together as well. Star Blend ($301,825) and Merrimac Hanover ($308,621) were products of this era. Doc was always impressed with Don’s ability, and creativity, in hanging up a trotter. Ontario (1980’s) Gerald Aiken, Mike Kostor, and Ray Ramsey handled Doc’s horses during this time period. Gerald Aiken developed J R Bright ($219,357), and Ray Ramsey developed Ellies Rebel ($104,679) and Classic Crystal ($83,526). While Gerald did a lot of driving prior to his health issues, Mike and Ray helped introduce Doc to the era of the catch driver. Special thanks to favorite drivers Terry Kerr and Bill Gale. Michigan (1990’s) Ted Taylor handled the raceway horses, and Kelly Goodwin handled the colts during this time period. Kelly developed Harbortown North ($156,548), which was one of Doc’s all-time favorites. Indiana Some people retire to warmer climates, but Doc retired to Indiana to be with the horses. Outside of family and friends, the horse business was Doc’s passion and he wanted to spend his free time enjoying his passion. Doc had a special way with the horses. They enjoyed him as much as he enjoyed them. Thankfully, Joe Putnam was there to help Doc enjoy his remaining years in the horse business. Joe was both friend and partner to Doc. They had a lot of fun and success together. Some of the better known horses campaigned by them on the Indiana circuit included BL Kidswillbekids ($169,082), Jim’s Lucky ($101,611) and California Joe ($117,875). Doc often commented on how Joe has many of the best qualities of the aforementioned trainers and drivers all rolled into one. Good horsemanship, patience, common sense, business sense, and competitive spirit were qualities Doc admired in Joe. Joe was like a son to Doc. Doc was able to develop some great friendships in the business, but his time in Indiana was special. He was able to immerse himself in his passion. Special thanks to Dwayne and Imy Rhule, Dianne Branham, Karl Miller, Devon Beachey, Jim Smith, Jacob Smith, Trent Stohler, and the late Dave Stohler, and all the other folks that have been at the farm over the years that called Doc friend. While Doc had some very nice horses over his 56 years in the business, he never had the pleasure of owning a truly dominant horse. The closest he came was watching Phil Peavyhouse and Don McIlmurray with the great Duchess Faye and Larry Miller and Joe Putnam with the great ABC Mercedes. Doc said that the horse business was designed for optimists, and was always happy to see his friends succeed in the business. He said that you should get out of the business if you can’t find joy in others’ success, because it’s frequently hard to find your own. Survivors include daughter, Anne Long of Morris, Ill.; sons, James A. Johnson of Knightstown and John Michael Johnson of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; granddaughters, Paige McKinley, Nora Johnson; grandson, Henry Johnson, three brothers and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 55 years Janet Johnson in 2013 and brother Ron Johnson. A memorial service was held at St. Rose Catholic Church in Knightstown with Rev John Hall officiating. Burial was held at Sacred Heart Church, Parkhill, Ontario, Canada. Memorial donations may be made to St. Rose Catholic Church P.O. Box 209 Knightstown, IN, 46148. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Condo and Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson.
February 8th, 2017 - LONDON, Ontario: Growing up West Lorne, Ontario, Greg Gangle considered The Raceway at Western Fair District, his harness racing home track so it will be a homecoming of sorts on March 6 he starts his new job as Assistant Racing Manager at the London oval. A marketing graduate of St. Clair College, Greg also attended the University of Arizona's Racetrack Management Program which he left in 2007 to join The Harness Edge and Horse Care magazines where he served as Advertising and New Media Manager. In 2010 Greg joined Woodbine Entertainment Group's Standardbred Media Department. In 2014, he moved to the Broadcast Department as a full time on-air simulcast host. At WEG he worked closely with Greg Blanchard who is now the Director of Racing at The Raceway. The pair will once again work together at Western Fair District. "I'm looking forward to being reunited with Greg Blanchard and to further diversify my resume in this management role," noted Gangle. "I grew up in the London area and Western Fair District was a home track for many years. It feels like homecoming in a sense and I'm very grateful for the opportunity. I can't wait to begin my new role and be part of a wonderful team." "We are happy to have someone with Greg's knowledge and passion for the game join our team. Those qualities, along with a diverse skill set, will make him a strong asset to the organization," noted Blanchard. "Greg has had a chance to flourish during his time with WEG and it has prepared him well for this next step into a management role. I know he is one of those people that wants to make an impact and I am confident he will do well." "It was a very difficult decision leaving Woodbine as I consider it a privilege to work there. I'm very thankful to the organization and they have fully supported my decision," Gangle added. "I'm very lucky to also have such a terrific personal support system, including my long-time girlfriend, Anna, and our daughter, Taylor." Skye Nicholson-Smith
TORONTO, February 6 - The deadline to nominate your harness racing horse to the Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) lucrative stakes program in 2017 is quickly approaching. New in 2017, the closing date for nominations to all WEG and Alliance Stakes is February 15. In past years, nomination deadlines varied from event to event, but in an effort to make the process more convenient, WEG has implemented an across the board due date for all stakes. Under the new format, the following stakes now require nominations by February 15. Canadian Pacing Derby (Pace: 3-year-olds and up) Maple Leaf Trot (Trot: 3-year-olds and up) Metro Pace (Pace: 2-year-olds) Shes A Great Lady (Pace: 2-year-old fillies) William Wellwood Memorial (Trot: 2-year-olds) Peaceful Way (Trot: 2-year-old fillies) Nassagaweya (Pace: 2-year-olds) Eternal Camnation (Pace: 2-year-old fillies) Roses Are Red (Pace: Mares) Milton Stakes (Pace: Mares) Armbro Flight (Trot: Mares) Nominations are also due on February 15 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers. North America's richest race for pacers will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. Other events to require nominations by February 15 include the $650,000 Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-olds), $400,000 Elegantimage (3-year-old trotting fillies), $400,000 Fan Hanover (3-year-old pacing fillies), $265,000 Goodtimes (3-year-old trotters), $160,000 Casual Breeze (3-year-old trotting fillies) and the $130,000 Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old pacers). Similar to recent years, WEG continues to handle all administration duties for Alliance racetrack stakes. Nominations are due on February 15 for Grand Rivers Raceway's Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles (Ontario sired 2-year-old pacers), Flamboro Downs' Confederation Cup (4-year-old pacers), Clinton Raceway's Kin Pace (Ontario sired 3-year-old pacing fillies) and Hanover Raceway's Dream of Glory (Ontario sired 3-year-old trotters) and Balanced Image (Ontario sired 2-year-old trotters). The nomination form for the events closing on February 15 can be viewed by clicking here. Nomination fees for all events can be paid online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. All inquires regarding the February 15 closing date can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805. Mark McKelvie
TORONTO, February 3 - A pair of Winter Series finals for three and four-year-old pacers headlined Friday evening's 10-race harness racing card at chilly Woodbine Racetrack. The $39,400 Snowshoe Series final featured a field of seven, while a group of ten fillies and mares competed in the $37,600 Blizzard Series final. Awesomeness lived up to his name by completing a dominant sweep of the Snowshoe Series Friday. The Ryan Maxwell trainee was fired off the wings of the gate by driver Doug McNair, but had to take a step back and sit second rounding the first turn, as Lyons Sands, who was also going for a sweep of the series, sprinted to the lead. Lyons Sands posted an opening-quarter of :27.2, but was quickly knocked back to second when McNair circled around to the lead with Awesomeness entering the backstretch. Awesomeness, who went off at odds of 1/9, posted middle-half fractions of :56.3 and 1:25. A stretch duel between the two red-hot pacers seemed likely, but Awesomeness quickly put those dreams to bed by pulling away from Lyons Sands at the top of the lane. Awesomeness powered home in :28 to win by five-lengths in 1:53. Lyons Sands held on for second, while Big Yellow was third and Clouseau Hanover was fourth. A four-year-old gelding, Awesomeness has quickly gained notoriety this winter by turning in stunning efforts regularly. The son of Mach Three made the first start of his career on October 4th at Mohawk, for then-trainer Dave Keyes, and finished seventh. Since his debut, Awesomeness has won eight of 13 starts and has never finished worse than second. Purchased privately in November by Martin Scharf, Awesomeness has banked $41,700 this season to bring his career earnings total to $104,300. A $2 win ticket on Awesomeness Friday returned $2.30. Awesomeness The Blizzard Series final was the opposite of the Snowshoe, as the pace-setter couldn't hold on late and a longshot stole the spotlight. Xelene Bayama held her own in preliminary round action, but picked the perfect time to step up and strike in Friday's $37,600 Blizzard final. Driven by Rick Zeron, Xelene Bayama got away seventh, as Jimbelina paced out to the lead and posted hot opening fractions of :26.4 and :55.2. An outer-flow was established early by the favourite I Deal In Kisses heading down the backstretch and this allowed Zeron to jump into a third-over spot heading towards the far turn. Jimbelina, who was 2-1, kept motoring around the far turn and reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3. The outer-flow stopped advancing on the final bend and Zeron was forced to go three-wide to stay within striking range of the leader. In the stretch, Jimbelina attempted to muscle out the victory, but Xelene Bayama was full of pace and charged by the leader in the final-sixteenth to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:54.3. Jimbelina just held on for second over Senseless Beauty, while Collective Wisdom was fourth. A four-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, Xelene Bayama entered Friday's series finale off a fourth and third-place effort in the preliminary legs. The Stephane Larocque trainee had just a single victory in eight career starts before Friday. Owned by Bayama Farms Inc. and Zoom And Fish Stable Inc., Xelene Bayama earned $18,880 for her Blizzard Series victory, which brings her career earnings total to $31,235. Xelene Bayama paid $47.50 to win. Xelene Bayama Three and four-year-old pacers, who were non-winners of two-races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2016, were eligible for nomination to the Snowshoe and Blizzard Series. Also on Friday, Sandbetweenurtoes stretched her current win streak to three with a front-end score in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The Richard Moreau trainee was sent to the front by driver Doug McNair and the duo never looked back en route to a 1:52.3 score. Sandbetweenurtoes has now won the last three editions of the top-level event for pacing mares. Owned by Brad Grant, Sandbetweenurtoes has three wins in four starts this season for earnings of $52,500. Her career totals now sit at 24 victories and $832,722 earned after Friday's triumph. Sandbetweenurtoes Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with a 10-race card on deck. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame reminds the horse racing community the deadline to nominate horses or people for the Class of 2017 is less than four weeks away. Nominations of those who have made a significant contribution to Canadian horse racing, are being accepted for the following categories: MALE HORSE: Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years. FEMALE HORSE: Fillies and mares whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years. VETERAN HORSE: Horses whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years. PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys BUILDERS: Includes, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Officials, and others. COMMUNICATORS: Includes, but not limited to Writers, Broadcasters, Photographers, Announcers, Bloggers. VETERAN PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years. All nomination submissions to be made by completing the online form available on the CHRHF website. A copy of the form may also be obtained by contacting email@example.com. Complete eligibility criteria may be found here. For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact: Standardbred Nominations: Darryl Kaplan, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P: (905) 858-3060 ext. 241 F: (905) 858-3089 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Thoroughbred Nominations: Tom Cosgrove, Thoroughbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P: (416) 213-2113 E: email@example.com Nominations forms may also be submitted to: Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P: (416) 417-9404 E: Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org All submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the appropriate breed and if approved, presented to the Election Committee for voting by secret ballot. NOMINATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017 5:00 pm EST. The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 20, 2017. The Inductees for the 2017 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame or by contacting email@example.com or 416-417-9404 Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org 416-417-9404
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Management at the Hippodrome 3R has released its new race dates, stakes schedule and special events for the 2017 race season. There will be forty live race days and nights at 3R this season and opening day comes early to Trois-Rivieres on Sunday, April 23 and the season goes through to Sunday, November 5. The highlight of the season will be the annual $200,000 Prix D'ete for four-year-old Standardbred pacers on Sunday, August 20. This is the fourth renewal of the most prestigious stakes race in the history of Canada. Last year, Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, was upset by Rockin Ron over a sloppy track in one of the most dramatic races in 3R history. First nomination payment must be made by March 15, 2017. New for the 2017 Prix D'Ete is that horses that finish 6th through 8th place will be getting a check for $1,000. Post time on Sunday's program has changed to 12:50 pm and post time for Tuesday nights live program remains at 7:00 pm. The first Tuesday program takes place on May 30th. There will be two major driver's tournaments this season. The second annual All-Star Tournament takes place on Sunday, June 4 and will again feature world class drivers participating. Then on a lone special Wednesday night program set for August 16, the Hippodrome 3R will play host to a division of the World Driving Championship. This special competition takes place once every two years and brings together the top drivers from around the world. Featured will be the reigning champion, Dexter Dunn from New Zealand, along with Canada's representative, Brandon Campbell. For the first time at 3R, there will also be a special live racing program on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9. Post time has been set for 12:50 pm. The Quebec Sire Stakes program for 2, 3,4 & 5-year-old pacers and trotters gets underway starting May 14 with the Quebec Series four and five-year-old pacers and May 30 for the trotters. There will be three weeks of preliminary rounds with all the finals to be held on Sunday, June 25. Both the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's are featured throughout July. The finals of all eight divisions, which is annually the richest race program of the season at 3R, is set for Sunday, September 3. The Lucien Bombardier Stakes for two-year-old fillies will take place on Sunday, September 10th. This year 3R will also feature an $8,000 Open Trot and Pace each week provided the races can be filled. Further details about the race meet will be forthcoming. For more information and the 2017 stakes calendar, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Guelph, ON - Equine Guelph has partnered with internationally renowned blanket manufacturer, Bucas of Ireland and is pleased to announce the launch of the ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool. The new interactive online tool explores thermoregulation in all seasons to help horse owners avoid over-heating and dehydration along with a variety of sicknesses caused as a result of chilling and other preventable health concerns. Nature has provided horses with a coat for all seasons, as every horse owner can attest during the hairy days of shedding season. Long hairs rise up creating an insulating layer in the cold months. Sleek shorter hairs part in the hot season to help the horse stay cool, but there is much more to thermoregulation than the length of hair coat. “There are health factors to consider when deciding whether to blanket or not, including a horse’s age, health and body condition score,” says Equine Guelph director Gayle Ecker. Exercise will also be a consideration if the equine is asked to perform higher level athletics in a cold climate. Once a horse is clipped, you are committed to making blanketing choices. The ThermoRegulator Tool will lead horse owners through an interactive body condition score module. A horse classified as thin will have a hard time staying warm in winter. Turnout environment will also play a role in deciding if you should blanket. Take into consideration how windy or cold the forecast is and if there is access to shelter or windbreaks. Frequently asked questions are addressed such as: how to measure for a blanket, choosing the right type of blanket, routine maintenance, preventing rub marks and fitting the challenging horse with prominent withers or large shoulders. Bucas managing director, Ulf Casselbrant complimented Equine Guelph saying, ”Bucas is pleased to partner with Equine Guelph in the development of the ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool, as it is an excellent resource for the horse owner in understanding the principles of thermoregulation in horses and helpful in the proper use of blanket protection for their horse.” To learn more about thermoregulation and to decide if your horse is a candidate to be covered by a blanket ? go to the ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool. Jackie Bellamy-Zions Weblink: http://www.equineguelph.ca/news/index.php?content=496 Tool Link: http://equineguelph.ca/Tools/thermoregulator.php Equine Guelph, 50 McGilvray St, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada
TORONTO, January 31 - Fresh off winning his fourth O'Brien Award as Canada's harness racing 'Driver of the Year', Sylvain Filion will be a celebrity guest at the upcoming Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner on Tuesday, February 7. The 15th annual Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner is coordinated by the Milton Chamber of Commerece and will be held at Rattlesnake Golf Club. The dinner and auction is hosted by Ken Reid of Rogers Sportsnet. Filion joins an impressive list of celebrity athletes that will be attending this year's event, including Hockey Hall of Fame members Paul Henderson and Paul Coffey, former Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, curling champion Rachel Homan, former NHL player Shayne Corson and Olympian Melissa Bishop. The Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction has become one of Milton's most talked about events, raising the profile of the Milton Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Scholarship Fund. The Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction brings together sports heroes and sports enthusiasts alike. Organized by a volunteer committee of Chamber members, the evening's program includes an autograph signing session, a cocktail reception, a gourmet meal, and a silent and live auction. Bidding on the live auction items, which in past years has featured golf packages, spa packages, autographed jerseys and sports memorabilia, is one of the highlights of the evening. The festivities conclude with the celebrity athletes gathering on stage for a question and answer session led by Reid. Proceeds from the event go towards the Chamber Scholarship Fund, which helps fund post-secondary education for local high school students. The Woodbine Entertainment Group is a proud sponsor of the Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner. Tickets are $175 and can be purchased by emailing Cheryl@miltonchamber.ca or by clicking here. Mark McKelvie