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Wynne's Press Conference

While the horse racing industry impatiently awaits details, last week’s press conference at Grand River Raceway with Kathleen Wynne, the new Premier of Ontario and Minister of Agriculture, wanted to provide assurance that there was a sustainable future for the…
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The Horse Human Bond

The Horse & Human Relationship   Clever Hans was an Orlov Trotter who could do arithmetic, tell time, read, spell and understand German. In public appearances in the early 1900’s, Hans the horse would answer questions asked by his…
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O.C.E.A.N.S.

 Living with O.C.E.A.N. Syndrome By Scooter Grubb Just recently, after years of research, I have finally been able to give a name to what my wife and I have been living with for years. It's an affliction, for sure…
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Horse Racing News Summary

Four press releases on January 23 announced changes to the horse racing industry in Ontario.   The OLG announced that it has reached agreements in principle with eight tracks, referred to as “gaming sites”, including Woodbine, Mohawk, Rideau Carleton, Hanover…
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Thanks, Coach

This story's actually a Fourth Line Frolics from about four years ago. We've come a long way since then, with addictive 'light bulb moments' happening every week.

A TRIBUTE TO MY COACH

“Your goal is to get her onto…
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ORC Race Dates

The Ontario horse racing industry has been holding its breath waiting for the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) to announce race dates for the first quarter of 2013.    The Ontario Racing Commission has approved a total of 208 race…
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Horse Racing Panel Final Report

  Sustainable Horse Racing Model Proposed    The final report from the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel was released to the public on October 30, 2012. While the proposed Sustainable Racing Model forms a framework for the future…
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Horse Racing Report expected soon

 Horse Industry Transition Panel Final Report Issued

As of Monday, October 15th, the final report from the Horse Racing Industry panel is in the hands of the Minister of Agriculture, Ted McMeekin but many are left wondering if…

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Alf Budweth from Budson's Feed on Hay

It’s been ten years since ‘Hay West’ shoved round hay bales into square rail cars to send to farmers in drought-stricken Saskatchewan and Alberta to feed their livestock. While there’s been no talk yet of ‘Hay East’ this year, one…

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OHRIA Plan for Horse Racing

(Published July 31, 2012 in the Ontario Farmer)   The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) released a Plan For The Future of the Ontario Horse Racing and Breeding Industry on July 24, 2012.    It paints a…
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What is good hay?

Good hay is when I can look at my mow and breathe a sigh of relief. I know what we grow so I know its composition, but getting it in well is a crapshoot. It's haying time once again. It's…
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Comments to the Horse Racing Industry Panel

Gentlemen Thank you for allowing the opportunity to share some of my thoughts.  I have a degree in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and worked full time on the broodmare farms for eight years as a midwife in…