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KITCHENER, ON - Harness racing driver Anthony Haughan triumphed as the tournament champion during the fourth and final edition of Barncat Trivia on May 29. Since its launch on May 8, more than 650 players have competed against fellow harness racing enthusiasts in free, live virtual contests where 60 all-original multiple-choice questions are presented over three games (rounds). Haughan won the first three legs of Barncat Trivia and entered the final week with 13,239 points. He finished second to Jason McGinnis in the final week, but maintained enough points to take the tournament crown. The Cambridge, ON trainer/driver and partner Meg Crone operate an 11-horse barn at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, ON. Haughan joined the Barncat Trivia halftime show to chat about his boundless appetite for racing and how Irish winters in the '80s stocked his memory bank with harness racing history and factoids. Overall Tournament Top 3: 1st place - Anthony Haughan (17,782 points) 2nd place - Justin Fisher (16,474 points) 3rd place - Jim Gillespie (16,426 points) Week 4 Top 3: 1st place - Jason McGinnis (4571) points) 2nd place - Anthony Haughan (4543 points) 3rd place - Dan Fisher (4367 points) Top standings for all four weeks are available at www.barncattrivia.com. This week's top scorer Jason McGinnis wins $25.99 in game play for the mobile apps Catch Driver or Off And Pacing. As the top overall scorer of the tournament, Haughan won a $100 gift card. Barncat Trivia was made possible with the generous support of these sponsors: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.  

KITCHENER, ON - This Friday (May 29) marks the fourth and final edition of Barncat Trivia, and Anthony Haughan is hunting for a clean sweep of the harness racing tournament. Since its launch on May 8, more than 500 players have competed against fellow harness racing enthusiasts in these live virtual contests where 60 all-original multiple-choice questions are presented over three games (rounds). The contest is free to play. An online show corresponds with each trivia event featuring a game host and special guests. Haughan joins this week's half-time show after trivia game one (approx. 7:20 p.m. EST). The Cambridge, ON trainer/driver has won all three legs of Barncat Trivia and comes into the finale with 13,239 points. (Runners-up Justin Fisher and Nick Salvi have 12,275 points and 12,247 points respectively.) Haughan and partner Meg Crone operate an 11-horse barn at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, ON. He joins the show after trivia game #1 to chat about his boundless appetite for racing and how Irish winters in the '80s stocked his memory bank with harness racing history and factoids. Friday's game and live show begin at 7:00 p.m. EST and can be accessed at www.barncattrivia.com. This week's trivia categories are: Epic Rivalries, Winning Colours, Breeders Crown, Big Time Owners, Yowzas Yearlings, and Odds & Ends. Although the current tournament concludes on Friday, new players can still join this week's game. This week's top scorer wins $25.99 in game play for the mobile apps Catch Driver or Off And Pacing. The top overall scorer of the tournament wins a $100 gift card for the vendor of their choice. The tournament is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including:   • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc. kelly@truenaturecommunications.com  Cell: 519-465-7908 www.truenaturecommunications.com >>> Explorers tell the best stories and the best stories win hearts.

KITCHENER, ON - This Friday (May 22) marks the third of four Barncat Trivia events where players compete against fellow horse racing enthusiasts in a live virtual contest. Sixty fun, all-original multiple-choice questions are presented over three games (rounds) starting at 7:00 p.m. EST. The contest is free to play. An online show corresponds with each trivia event featuring a game host and special guests. Trainer Francis Dumouchel joins this week's Half-Time show after trivia game one (approx. 7:20 p.m. EST). Dumouchel is an assistant trainer for the Blake MacIntosh Stable and also conditions four of his own horses at Meadowbranch Training Centre, near Flamboro Downs. A month ago, Dumouchel thought he was just posting a cute video to Facebook of his 2-year-old pacing filly and her barncat buddy Bruno. Much to Dumouchel's surprise, Bruno and Twin B Sunkissed have become an internet sensation and Dumouchel has been fielding requests and licensing offers from online media outlets from around the world. With nearly 2 million views, and more than 86,000 shares, Francis was stunned to see his phone blowing up hour after hour as his cute duo rose to social media stardom. But with 15,000 comments and reach far beyond his own online network of harness racing friends, Dumouchel soon saw how a seemingly delightful video was inciting less than delightful comments. During the five-minute Half-Time Show, Barncat Trivia will chat with Dumouchel about his post's popularity and how the Sunkissed & Bruno viral video has changed his understanding of how people outside of the horse industry sometimes perceive Standardbreds and harness racing. Friday's game and live show can be accessed at www.barncattrivia.com. The website also provides an email notification service to remind players of game times. Last week's top scorer of the 140 players was returning champ, driver/trainer Anthony Haughan with 4336 points. Jim Gillespie was second with 4272 points and Ben Holliday rounded out the top three with 4023 points. Heading into week three, the tournament leaders are: 1st place - Anthony Haughan (8505 points) 2nd place - Justin Fisher (7990 points) 3rd place - Nick Salvi (7670 points) Barncat Trivia wraps up May 29, but players can join in for the first time at any point in the tournament. The top overall scorer of the tournament wins a $100 gift card for the vendor of their choice. Prizes of $25.99 in game play will be awarded for the mobile apps Catch Driver and Off And Pacing. These prizes will be awarded on social media and during game nights. The tournament is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com   Kelly Spencer / Scott McNair explore@truenaturecommunications.com  

KITCHENER, ON - The opportunity to experience real-time victory and defeat has eluded North America's harness racing fans for the past several weeks. But tonight (May 8) it's game-on as Barncat Trivia launches the first of four live virtual events where players compete against fellow horse racing enthusiasts. Barncat Trivia is a scrappy game connecting harness racing fans with fun, all-original questions. Events are held at 7:00 p.m. EST on May 8, 15, 22 and 29. This interactive, online game is free to play and designed to challenge players' harness racing knowledge. Each live virtual event is 60 minutes and features 60 multiple-choice questions in three rounds. Players can log into the sleek game portal each week to compete against participants from across the globe. Dynamic scoring awards the highest points to players who answer correctly in the shortest amount of time. Scores are tallied and stats are revealed in real time and they carry over seamlessly to the next week's game. An online show corresponds with each trivia event featuring a game host and expert commentators. This week's guest commentator is award-winning broadcaster Heather Vitale. The host of two weekly shows about harness racing - Post Time (which she has also produced since 1998) and PA Harness Weekly - Vitale will join the live Barncat Trivia show following the first round of questions. Viewers can pose questions for Vitale in the livestream chat. Links for tonight's game and live show can be accessed at www.barncattrivia.com. The website also provides an email notification service to remind players of upcoming game times. The top overall scorer of the four-week tournament wins a $100 gift card for the vendor of their choice. Prizes of $25.99 in game play will be awarded for the mobile apps Catch Driver and Off And Pacing. These prizes will be awarded on social media and during game nights. The tournament is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com   Kelly Spencer/Scott McNair explore@truenaturecommunications.com  

KITCHENER, ON — Question: What are harness racing fans hungry for right now? Answer: The opportunity to play, win and compete against fellow horse racing enthusiasts. Barncat Trivia is a scrappy game connecting harness racing fans with fun, all-original questions delivered in four exciting live virtual events. This interactive, online game is free to play and designed to challenge players’ harness racing knowledge. Each live virtual event is 60 minutes and features 60 multiple-choice questions in three rounds. Up to 1,000 players can log into the sleek game portal each week to compete against participants from across the globe. Dynamic scoring awards the highest points to players who answer correctly in the shortest amount of time. Scores are tallied and stats are revealed in real time and they carry over seamlessly to the next week’s game. An online show corresponds with each trivia event featuring a game host and expert commentators. Barncat Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. EST on May 8, 15, 22 and 29. Each game and live show can be accessed at www.barncattrivia.com. The website also provides an email notification service to remind players of game times one day in advance and one hour in advance. The top overall scorer of the four-week tournament wins a $100 gift card for the vendor of their choice. Prizes of $25.99 in game play will be awarded for the mobile apps Catch Driver and Off And Pacing. These prizes will be awarded on social media and during game nights. The tournament is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine Barncat Trivia is produced by True Nature Communications Inc., a boutique marketing agency servicing several clients within the harness racing community. The agency is co-owned by Scott McNair and Kelly Spencer. Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON — The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is pleased to announce that Katie Giddy is joining their leadership team as Director of Hospitality, Sales and Marketing. Effective April, Katie will be leading the charge in the recently announced $6 million events and banquet space. The expansion is in addition to the improvements made to the raceway building, which is home to Elements Casino Grand River. “This is an amazing opportunity to provide these very much needed facilities in Centre Wellington, the community I also call home” says Giddy, former Chief Growth Officer at RLB Chartered Professional Accountants. As owners of the Grand River Raceway, GRAS is a not-for-profit entity whose vision is to be recognized as a leading destination for unique agricultural, environmental, and entertainment experiences. “Katie’s connection to the agriculture industry and local community, coupled with her background in finance and leading organizations through growth, make her an incredible asset to the GRAS team,” said Paul Walker, President. In addition to overseeing the launch of the new space, Katie will be working closely with the Board to execute their revised strategic plan, increasing access to grants and seed funding for innovative ideas in the agriculture and food space, and building stronger, more collaborative community relations. Katie grew up on a dairy farm in the United Kingdom and moved to Centre Wellington 17 years ago. A graduate of the University of Guelph Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture Business program Katie was one of the first recipients of a Grand River Agricultural Society Scholarship. This is certainly a bittersweet move for Giddy as she leaves behind her colleagues at RLB. As auditors of GRAS for many years, both organizations have taken a collaborative approach to her transition.  “Katie’s passion and enthusiasm for our people, our business and our community have resulted in incredible success over the past five years,” said Bill Koornstra, Managing Partner at RLB. “Although we are very sad to see her go, we look forward to maintaining a strong working relationship as the vision for GRAS grows.”  The new events space will be open to the community in June 2020, offering event and banquet space accommodating up to 300 people for weddings and community and corporate functions. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON -- Grand River Raceway is proud to announce that the harness racing organization has been named on the 2020 list of Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality. Grand River Raceway received this honour after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work Institute Canada. The list is based on direct feedback from employees of the hundreds of organizations that were surveyed by Great Place to Work. Grand River Raceway was eligible for this list as our organization was recently certified as a Great Place to Work® in 2019. The Elora, ON track offers seasonal horse racing and year-round gaming, dining, entertainment and Meetings & Events Services. Its award-winning Retail & Hospitality service offers versatile facilities, unique amenities and a gorgeous location for any event. The Meetings & Events staff have coordinated and hosted thousands of bookings and gatherings of all shapes and sizes for hundreds of different occasions and industries. "This recognition comes on the heels of the ground-breaking of our $4 million renovation to expand our award-winning hospitality services," said Jamie Martin, Director of Operations. "We're very much looking forward to offering our guests grand meeting and event spaces and a larger raceway restaurant when renovations are completed this summer." Grand River Raceway is owned and operated by the Grand River Agricultural Society. The organization has received several awards since its inception in 2003, including the 2016 Business Excellence Award in the Hospitality/Tourism Award category, presented by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Of Commerce (GKWCC). About Great Place to Work: Great Place to Work (www.greatplacetowork.ca) is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world in a series of national lists including those published by Fortune magazine (USA) and The Globe & Mail (Canada). Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) recently awarded three donations totaling $13,000. All presentations took place at Grand River Raceway, which is operated by GRAS. The recipients and projects are summarized below: Everdale Farm - David Alexander: $1,500 for the purchase of seeds and small equipment for the Good Food Project. Everdale is a farm-based organization located in Hillsburgh, ON that provides hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities. Equine Guelph - Gayle Ecker: $10,000 for the redevelopment of Equine Guelph's JobTrack service. JobTrack is a service used to link employers with people dedicated to working in the equine industry. Ontario Farmland Trust - Krista Long: $1,500 in support of the Farmland Forum. The annual Farmland Forum brings together planners, politicians, farmers, farmland owners, researchers and conservationists to discuss the most current issues related to farmland protection in Ontario. The GRAS is a not-for-profit society, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is part of the GRAS mandate to encourage an awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. As a proud community partner, GRAS provides funding and gift-in-kind support for initiatives which align with its mandate. Since the inception of Grand River Raceway in 2004, GRAS has provided funding and Gift-In-Kind support for initiatives totaling more than $1.75 million. For more information about volunteering with GRAS, becoming a member or applying for funding for an initiative which is in alignment with their mandate visit www.grandriveragsociety.com/giving or call (519) 846-8879. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

GUELPH, ON -- A record crowd of more than 300 people from eight states and provinces attended the Christmas Open House on December 15 hosted by TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Sixty-three yearlings driven by some of the country's best reinsmen were showcased in ten sets during a four-hour livestream broadcast of the third annual event staged at Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. Broadcast commentators Anthony MacDonald (President of TheStable.ca), Fred MacDonald and Bill O'Donnell were joined by special guest Roger Huston. This was the 146th venue at which Huston has called races. Over his 50-year career, The Voice has announced in excess of 188,000 races in 20 states and eight countries. Huston also met fans and signed copies of his recently released book. Erin Massender of Guelph, ON won the Open House contest which promised a one percent share of the winner's favourite yearling in TheStable.ca with all expenses paid for one year. Massender selected Captains Maid, a Pennsylvania-bred pacing filly by Captaintreacherous. During each Christmas Open House, TheStable.ca raises money for a local charity. This year the company collected 250 lbs and $250 in cash donations for the Guelph Food Bank. Santa stopped by for free photos with kids, arriving in his jog cart with freshman pacer Giddy Up Max. TheStable.ca extends its gratitude to all attendees of the event, online broadcast viewers, drivers who participated in the sets, commentators and crew, and staff of TheStable.ca. The Spring Open House is the next major gathering on TheStable.ca's event schedule. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable  

GUELPH, ON -- Horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable is hosting its annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 15. TheStable.ca welcomes clients and newcomers of all ages to Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP online will be eligible to enter a draw to win a 1% share of their favourite horse with free bills for one year (conditions apply). During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with founders Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. During each Christmas Open House, TheStable.ca raises money for a local charity; this year the company is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Guelph Food Bank. Supporters can also donate funds online directly to the food bank. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Visitors can also explore the barns on their own or register for a guided tour (spots are limited). The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST when the yearlings will train in sets on the racetrack. TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live commentary, interviews and video features and will be live streamed at TheStable.ca. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on December 13, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be sold and lunch is also available to purchase. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable.ca

Please be advised that the final day of training for 2019 will be October 10. The track is currently open for training every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway closed the book on its 2019 harness racing season on September 27, celebrating a 10 per cent bump in handle. All source wagering on Grand River Raceway's live racing for the 2019 meet was $10,382,493 for a daily average of $216,302, an increase of 10.8 per cent over last season. In 2018, 47 race dates were conducted and $9,366,979 was wagered. A total of 490 races were conducted this year, eight more than last year. The track's 29th annual Industry Day event on August 5 posted a record handle of $488,696 - the highest single day handle ever recorded since the track's first race meet in 2004. Total purses paid for all races at Grand River Raceway were $4,895,857 - an increase of 4.5 per cent over the 2018 season. Top Performer presentations were made on September 25 and 27 (respectively) to Jodie Cullen and Robert Shepherd. Robert Shepherd recorded 38 driving wins from 250 starts at Grand River Raceway in 2019. The Flamborough, ON resident recently surpassed 3,600 career wins and $25 million in purse earnings. He's on target to record his sixth straight $1 million season and his 13th consecutive season with at least 100 wins. He's currently third in the national driving standings with 231 wins. He's also the current leading dash-winner at Flamboro Downs. Trainer Jodie Cullen recorded 24 wins and trained horses to purse earnings of $127,759 at Grand River Raceway in 2019. Nearly half of her 95 starters at the Elora, ON oval finished in the top three, and more than one in four found the winners circle. The Dundas, ON resident is in the top ten for wins and UTR in the season's national trainer standings and is currently tied for the top spot in Flamboro Downs' 2019 trainer standings. Dates for Grand River Raceway's 2020 race season will be released in the new year. The facility is open year-round with gaming, dining and entertainment offerings. For complete details: www.grandriverraceway.com Renovations are slated to begin in October on a $4 million project which includes an expanded Lighthouse Restaurant and Ship In barn that will house a new simulcast lounge, expanded kitchen and event space, administration offices, and a maintenance shop. Renovations are expected to be completed by June 2020. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

Philanthropic support awarded by Grand River Agricultural Society ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) recently awarded seven donations and one fundraising cheque totaling $65,500. All presentations took place at Grand River Raceway, which is operated by GRAS. DONATIONS On September 24, GRAS presented seven organizations with cheques totaling $60,500. Fergus Agricultural Society - $2,000 sponsorship of the Ag Awareness Tent at the Fergus Fall Fair. Equine Industry Symposium - $1,000 sponsorship for the November 17 event at the University of Guelph. CW Skatepark Association - $10,000 for enhancement of greenspace at the newly built skatepark in Elora. Ontario Agri-Food Technologies - $20,000 to support the first Agri-Food Commercial Deal Accelerator, designed to bring together industry experts, corporate partners, and AgTech startups to collaborate on innovative food value solutions. Rural Ontario Institute - $7,500 to support The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) an 18-month experiential leadership program for executives in the agriculture and food industries. AgScape - $5,000 for food literacy programs and resources for Ontario's educators, students and Agricultural Societies. 4-H Ontario - $15,000 to provide resources for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship project. FUNDRAISING On September 19, GRAS presented the Kidney Foundation of Canada with a cheque for $5,000. The funds were derived from raffle tickets sold by the Grand River Pull & Truck Show Committee. The prize was a 1973 John Deere 112 Garden Tractor which was awarded to Henry and Abe Dyck from Millbank, ON. The GRAS is a not-for-profit society, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is part of the GRAS mandate to encourage an awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. As a proud community partner, GRAS provides funding and gift-in-kind support for initiatives which align with its mandate. Since the inception of Grand River Raceway in 2004, GRAS has provided funding and Gift-In-Kind support for initiatives totaling more than $1.75 million. For more information about the GRAS: https://grandriveragsociety.com/giving/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway is proud to announce its certification as a Great Place to Work after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work Institute Canada. This certification is based on direct feedback from harness racing employees, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about the workplace experience. The Elora track offers seasonal horse racing and year-round gaming, dining, entertainment and Meetings & Events Services. Its human resources program is designed to create a culture of belonging, purpose, achievement, joy and passion for its 80 employees. "Grand River Raceway is committed to investing in a positive, guest-focused workplace which encourages a high level of staff engagement," said Jamie Martin, Director of Operations. "We are fortunate to have such a dedicated, passionate team at Grand River Raceway." About Great Place to Work: Great Place to Work (www.greatplacetowork.ca) is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world in a series of national lists including those published by Fortune magazine (USA) and The Globe & Mail (Canada). Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has awarded 16 scholarships and bursaries to local students totaling $40,000. The presentations were made on August 26 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON, where recipients and their families were treated to dinner and an evening of horse racing alongside GRAS board members. The scholarship/bursary program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in college or university agriculture-related programs. This year's awards were $2,500 per recipient. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $176,500 to 102 students. The 2019 recipients are: Anuja Shrestha of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Michelle Thompson of Kitchener, attending University of Guelph Jade Muileboom of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Mercedes Ready-Campbell of Guelph, attending University of Guelph Bethany Harwood of Cambridge, attending University of Guelph Meghan Martin of Elmira, attending University of Guelph Brianna Lirette of Guelph, attending University of Guelph (Ontario Agricultural College) Emily Smart of Moorefield, attending Lakehead University Cristin McCarty-Van Straaten, attending University of Guelph (Ontario Agricultural College) Kate Martin of Wallenstein, attending University of Guelph Katie McCurdy of St. Mary's, attending University of Guelph Derrick Knill of Bornholm, attending University of Guelph Emma Starratt of Fergus, attending University of Guelph Quinn Wilson of Harriston, attending University of Guelph Hayleigh Royce of Listowel, attending Lakehead College Madison Armstrong of Clifford, attending University of Guelph (Ridgetown) "This is my first time being selected to be rewarded with the GRAS scholarship," said Madison Armstrong a first-year student at the University Of Guelph's Ridgetown campus. "I am truly grateful for this opportunity. The awarded money will go towards furthering my education through theory and practices on campus such as Spring Expo, 4-H clubs, and international trips to view all types of agriculture and horticulture." "I'm heading into my first year at the University of Guelph for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, planning to major in Animal Science," said recipient Kate Martin. "This is my first year winning the GRAS scholarship, and I am so honoured. Receiving this scholarship gives me the chance to keep volunteering in the agriculture community while I am going to school. It allows me to stay involved and learn more about the industry." Michelle Thompson is a three-time recipient of a GRAS scholarship and working towards a PhD in Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. "The GRAS Scholarships are incredibly valuable for encouraging students in agricultural and environmental fields. The scholarship makes a huge difference in reducing financial stresses while in school, and really helps me to focus fully on my research. I am immensely thankful for the support." Brie Lirette is enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College (Class of 2023). "I have dedicated much of my life to getting into vet school. Once I got in, I thought that all stress would be lifted - was I ever wrong," said Lirette. "Now I am experiencing many new stressors, one of which is money! The financial contributions of the scholarship will lighten my debts and will allow me to excel in school and focus on my passion for animal health and welfare." The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is the operator of Grand River Raceway in Elora. The GRAS is a not-for-profit society, incorporated under the Agricultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is part of the GRAS mandate to encourage an awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. For more information about the GRAS Scholarship/Bursary program: https://grandriveragsociety.com/giving/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

GUELPH, ON -- CityTV's Breakfast Television (BT) Toronto reported live-on-location from Tomiko Training Centre on Wednesday morning to explore fractional racehorse ownership with TheStable.ca and Ontario Racing. BT Live Eye host Nicole Servinis presented four segments from the Puslinch, ON training centre (base operations for TheStable.ca) during the national broadcast. The spots included conversations with Ontario Racing's John Siscos about the importance of horse racing in the province's rural economy; Lunch n Learn facilitator Elissa Blowe spoke about the program's mandate to educate groups about racehorse ownership; TheStable.ca President Anthony MacDonald discussed the evolution of his business to become the largest harness racing stable in Canada; TheStable.ca client James Traynor explained the benefits of owning small fractions of Standardbred racehorses. Servinis made her on-track debut in a double-seated jog cart accompanied by MacDonald as the pair drove two-year-old trotter Rooney Blue Chip. TheStable.ca is hosting an Open Barn on Saturday, August 24 at Tomiko Training Centre. The event provides guided tours of the barns, introductions to some of the 60 horses onsite, and an introduction to fractional Standardbred racehorse ownership. Admission is free but an RSVP is required: www.thestable.ca/openbarn Ontario Racing offers free Lunch n Learn sessions about racehorse ownership, hosted by Elissa Blowe, suitable for groups of all types and sizes : http://bit.ly/2TSG5Vf BT Segments: Introduction: http://bit.ly/2KVYYmc Interview with Ontario Racing: http://bit.ly/2Mv7uvM  Nicole jogs a horse: http://bit.ly/2Z8icPh TheStable.ca client James Traynor: http://bit.ly/30qgeGO by Kelly Spencer, for The Stable  

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