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Destination Equitation receives support from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism & Culture

The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association was recently recognized for their work in showcasing the region as an equestrian tourism destination by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism & Culture.

On March 3rd, 2011, the Minister of Tourism & Culture, Michael Chan, notified the Hills of Headwaters of their successful Celebrate Ontario application for the 2011 edition of Destination Equitation, a celebration of equestrian excellence in the region.

Celebrate Ontario “recognizes the importance of festivals and events to Ontario’s prosperity, culture and quality of life...festivals and events invigorate local economies - they create jobs, enhance tourism and increase visitor spending in communities across Ontario”. Destination Equitation was selected as one of the 220 festivals and events across the province that were funded this year as part of a $20 million provincial program that reflects the Ontario government’s commit- ment to strengthening our economy and creating oppor- tunities for jobs and growth.

According to Ron Munro, Chair of the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, “the Celebrate Ontario funding will allow us to continue to grow and develop both the equine and tourism sectors within our rural communities; it is a testament to the power of col- laboration, and supports the work being done in the County of Dufferin (through Marketing Dufferin), in the Town of Erin as part of their economic development activity, and will support the activities of the Town of Caledon as they prepare for hosting the equestrian por- tion of the Pan Am Games in 2015”.

Destination Equitation has become one of the sig- nature events for the Hills of Headwaters, helping show- case our region as a premier equine and tourism destina- tion, while providing substantial economic benefit for our communities. With the support of the Province of Ontario, Destination Equitation will be enhanced and continue to be sustainable for years to come, and will

Standardbred Show Series 2011


4 shows that will count for year end awards

We are pleased to announce this year’s Series for Standardbreds will contain 4 shows. You must show 3 shows in order to accumulate points for year end awards. All of the four shows will be under the Standard- bred Showcase umbrella but will be operating as indi- vidual shows with the points counting for year end awards.

The first show in the series will be Standardrama. It will be held again this year at Orono Fairgrounds on June 19, 2011. For more information please check out Show organizers – Sarah Her- tle and Tammi Hughes.

Oxer Stables will be hosting their show at the Ancaster Fairgrounds on July 17-2011. For more infor- mation contact Show organizer is Janet Zizian

Standardbred Showcase will be held at the Grand River Raceway on Sunday July 31, 2011. For more information please visit Show organizer is the team of Standardbred Showcase members. South Western Ontario Standardbred Horse Show (SWOSH) is hosting their show at Railside Equestrian Centre in Dutton on Sunday September 11, 2011. Show organizer is Jennifer Graham. For more information contact One more show may become involved for year end awards and an announcement will be made if this becomes possible.

help us align our region even more strongly within the provincial tourism framework. The success of this funding application is a testament to the power of collaboration and a shared vision for rural economic development

and the growth and sustainability of our equine and tourism sectors in the Hills of Headwaters. Destination Equitation takes places from September 24th to October 3rd, 2011, so be sure to mark your calendars and take part in

the multitude of events that will be taking place throughout the region.

For further information, please contact the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association.

All the above shows will be run under the same rules which will be available on each web site. Helmets will be required in all Games classes and obstacle driv- ing. Any person 18 and under will be required to wear a helmet and proper footwear while mounted any where on the grounds.

We look forward to another successful year in the promotion of Standardbreds as a viable riding/pleasure driving mount. Standardbred Showcase is a registered non profit organization operated solely by volunteers.

Please remember to get your liability insurance as you will need this to show. We recommend the Ontario Equestrian Federation for the best rates.

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