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2/ FEBRUARY 2012 THE RIDER Another Victory for San Pail — Inaugural Equine Canada Canadian-bred Horse of the Year

Ottawa, ON— Equine Canada has named San Pail as the win- ner of the inaugural Equine Canada Canadian Bred Horse of the Year award.

It is pretty hard to believe that a horse that has won over $2,900,000 in lifetime earnings, posted a winning time of 1:50.4 and won 49 of his 107 starts, started out as a youngster that nobody really wanted.

Foaled in 2004, San Pail was bred by veteran Standard- bred owner and breeder Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry, Ontario. With some behavioural issues and a blem- ish that was the result of a kick he received as a youngster, San

Pail was not such a hot com- modity as a two-year-old. Ron Hughes of Dunsford, Ontario, heard that the gelding needed a home and a trainer and Van Camp offered him three-quarters ownership if Hughes paid all of San Pails expenses. The rest, as they say, is history.

After a year of growing, Hughes put the young gelding to work and thought that he would be a would be a good horse, but never could Hughes or Van Camp imagine that the gelding would turn out to be the best trotter in the world in 2011.

In 2011, San Pail domi-

nated Canadian harness racing by winning every stakes event he was entered in. At Wood- bine, his victories include the Glorys Comet Stake and a third consecutive win in the Maple Leaf Trot Championship. A trip to the United States saw San Pail claim top spot in the Nat Ray Invitational, the Credit Winner Stake and the Allerage Farm Trot. He returned home to win the Breeders’ Crown Open Trot at Woodbine, which included two of Europe’s best trotters brought to Canada to challenge his reign.

Throughout his busy 2011 season of breaking track records and winning the hearts

of racing fans across Canada, San Pail’s hope that 2012 will be the gelding’s best yet.

“We would like to thank Equine Canada for this award honouring San Pail,” said breed- er Glenn Van Camp. “He has won so many important awards, and they are all very special to us.”

“We just love San Pail and Canadian harness racing,” added Donna Van Camp.

Less than a week ago, San Pail also took home O’Brien Award as Canada’s Horse of the Year and Older Trotting Horse of the Year.

The Canadian Bred Horse of the Year Award is to be awarded to a Canadian bred horse, which by virtue of an out- standing national or internation- al performance or competition record has enhanced the reputa- tion and visibility of Canadian bred horses. Recipients must be foaled in Canada and be regis- tered with any of the breed asso-

Photo ID— (left to right) Equine Canada president, Michael Gal- lagher; Donna and Glenn Van Camp. Photo by Robert Young

ciations that are a member of Equine Canada, including those whose registry is not maintained in Canada.

At the 2012 Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala, on Friday, February 3 in St. John’s, New- foundland, the breeders of San

Pail, Glenn and Donna Van Camp, were honoured with the 2011 Equine Canada Canadian Bred Horse of the Year award. About Equine Canada

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Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. Named as Recipient of the 2011 Equine Canada Sponsor of the Year

Ottawa, Ontario—Equine Canada proudly announces that the 2011 recipient of the Equine Canada Sponsor of the Year is Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.


A Canadian owned company established in 1992, Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. has been a longtime supporter of Canada’s equestrian athletes through individual sponsorships and a partnership with the Canadian Eventing Team. Early in 2011, Omega Alpha Pharmaceuti- cals Inc. expanded partnership with Equine Cana- da and extended its financial and supply sponsor- ship support to include the disciplines of dressage and show jumping. Each month, horses from these three disciplines are considered for the ‘Omega Alpha Horse of the Month’ award, which recognizes a performance of exceptional merit, and provides the selected horse/rider combination with Omega Alpha product of their choice, up to a value of $1,000.


Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. contin- ued to be the “Official Supplement Supplier to the Canadian Eventing Team,” but also became the official supplement supplier of Equine Canada and to the Canadian Equestrian Team. Equine Canada is very pleased to have Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals’ generous support of the horse recognition program and thrilled to have an expanded partnership with Omega Alpha. “Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals is proud to be recognized as the sponsor of the Year by Equine Canada,” said Omega Alpha Pharmaceuti- cals Inc. president, Dr. Gordon Chang. “We are proud to have played a part in the successes both at home and internationally of the Canadian Equestrian Athletes, both the riders and their

Photo ID— (left to right) Equine Canada President Michael Gallagher and Tina Bodfield Photo Credit— Robert Young

equine partners. We look forward in the coming years to be a part of all future successes.” At the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala, on Friday, February 3, 2012, in St. John’s, New- foundland, Tina Bodfield, national sales director for Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc., accepted the Equine Canada Sponsor of the Year Award.

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