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Healthy horses are the key to a sustainable equine industry. Biosecurity plays a vital role in both individual horse and herd health. To help assess current biosecurity practices and training needs at breeding farms, breeding farm owners are invited to participate in a research study being coordinated by Dr. Ulrika Gronlund Andersson and Dr. Scott Weese from the University of Guelph.

Two Fridays ago Bobbie-Jo Weinholdt-Harris created Canadian harness racing history when she became one of the youngest females in that country to train a winner.

A New York Times article reports that scientists at Sweden's Uppsala University recently discovered that a single gene largely explained why some harness racing horses could trot or pace and why some could not.

Three college students with high marks, high hopes and high ideals have been named winners of Harness Tracks of America's 2012 college scholarships. Each recipient has harness racing family connections and each receives a $5,000 check toward their college education. Each of the winners has worked with harness horses and in harness racing. The winners are:

Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) awarded nine scholarships and bursaries totaling more than $20,000 this evening to local students pursuing agricultural studies.

You have seen the marvels of 3-D cinema whether it was Thor's hammer hurling toward you or maybe it was Superman Returns at the IMAX. Ultra sound technology has also developed 3 - D capabilities and it is evolving faster than a speeding bullet, with more accuracy than a CAT scan.

Many horse enthusiasts often want to explore their interests through writing, but just as often don't know how or where to begin. According to most editors, if you have a passion for horses and an interest in writing, you're already halfway there.

OVC researcher, Dr. Scott Weese is going boldly forward- looking into what has been referred to as the "secondgenome" by looking at the microbial residents of a horse's gut. When you consider that a horse is thought to have 100 times more bacterial cells in its intestinal tract than 'horse' cells in its entire body, the scope of this secondgenome becomes apparent.

Colic is the number one killer of horses (other than old age!) and Equine Guelph is launching a comprehensive colic survey across Canada to better understand colic management practices in the industry and how people are dealing with colic. "Understanding the horse owners' experiences with colic will assist in developing targeted educational programs," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.

Imagine a 3 decade journey - a quest for an insidious bacterium possessing elusive qualities equivalent to that of the Holy Grail. Dr. John Prescott, University of Guelph Professor and Chair of the OVC Department of Pathobiology, has been unwavering in staying the course on his quest to find a vaccine able to combat the deadly Rhodococcus bacterium.

Dr. Koenig began studying shock wave treatment when a particular horse with a broken leg came in for treatment. Koenig was interested in all the work that had been done in humans using shock wave therapy and preceded with her studies using a wound healing model.

Springtime! A time for renewal, growth - and it's the harness racing breeding season.

The hugely popular 'Danger Detective' workbook has come to life online at www.EquiMania.ca. Interactive flash activities and videos make learning about safety on the horse farm fun! Kids can click their way to a printable certificate after completing online games in five categories: rider safety, safety around the horse, safety around equipment, safety in the barn and safety outside.

Biosecurity in the horse industry can be a difficult concept to comprehend, and put into practice, especially when the average horse frequently travels off property or encounters horses that have been off the farm.

Ottawa, Ontario - The Ontario horse racing industry is contributing $4.5 billion or 77 per cent of the total annual economic contributions from racing in Canada, according to a new study released today by Equine Canada and Strategic Equine.

Recognizing the ongoing need for equine welfare awareness, War Horse Toronto has extended the duration of its partnership with Equine Guelph until the end of June.

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