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Top Athlete Jessica Phoenix to be Guest Speaker in Equine Guelph’s Upcoming Online Exercise Physiology Course


September 10 - December 2 Story by: Jackie Bellamy


Guelph, Ontario - Online courses at Equine Guelph at the University of Guelph, are not your typical classroom! In fact, they are not even your typical online program. Enriched learning, full of interaction with a forum of fellow horse enthusiasts signing in from around the globe discussing cutting edge research is just one reason Equine Guelph’s line up of 19 courses continue to expand. Enrollment continues to increase in these evidenced-based courses delivered by an accredited university with top instructors and industry experts. Exercise Physiology instructors Dr. Amanda Waller, of Michigan, and Gayle Ecker, Director of Equine Guelph welcome Gold medal even- ter, Jessica Phoenix who will be one of the guest speakers in their class this September when she returns from representing Canada at the London Olympics.


Horse Racing’s Future


Written by the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association


The new Plan has been approved unanimously by the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) Board of Directors and is in the hands of the OMAFRA Panel for review.


OHRIA asked government to work with the industry to find a sustainable solu- tion for Ontario horse racing moving for- ward in 2013 with the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program. The govern- ment responded with the creation of the OMAFRA panel. This panel has met with and received submissions from hundreds of individuals in the industry and is aware that, although there are many voices, we are all singing the same tune. We are all in agreement that:


· Horse racing supports full-time employ- ment for thousands of Ontarians · Ontario horse breeders produce a product that has a local and international market · The horse racing industry has grown and flourished in this province and it is worth preserving.


Waller, who has obtained her Ph.D. in Equine Exercise Physiology comments, “as a horse owner and competitor myself, I believe if we ask our horses to do physically demanding tasks then it is our responsibility to make sure we knowledgeably train and prepare them for this task. By continually working to increase our knowledge of training, conditioning and monitoring our horses, we will be better equipped to enhance the horse’s athletic performance and to prevent health problems and injuries from developing.” Waller goes on to explain one of the clear benefits of taking the Equine Exercise Physiology course with Equine Guelph, is that it provides students with the opportuni- ty to learn the most up-to-date information from


instructors and guest speakers that are experts in their field. The most valuable outcome is that students can apply the knowledge they have gained to enhance the welfare of our equine partners.


For more information on Equine Guelph’s September line up of courses including: Growth and Development, Equine Nutrition, Health and Disease, Equine Exercise Physiology, Stewardship of the Equine Environment, Equine Business Management, Equine Journalism, and Management of the Equine Environment please visit www.EquineGuelph.ca.


Web Link: http//www.equineguleph.ca/news/


OHRIA has taken the lead to speak with one voice on behalf of the industry, not only because this is an expectation of the government, but also because OHRIA is representative of all facets of the indus- try. Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quar- ter Horse breeders, owners, trainers, indus- try employees and racetracks all have rep- resentation on OHRIA’s Board of Direc- tors.


The OHRIA Task Force has given in- depth consideration to the needs of all stakeholders, but the Plan is not the final picture for Ontario. The Plan is the road map to how, in partnership with govern- ment, the industry will chart its own course into the future — building a strong racing product supported by a breeding industry that produces horses with world-wide appeal.


The Plan had to be based on some assumptions as the task force did not know where the OLG will land with future gam- ing. The Plan should be viewed as a frame work that does NOT try to decide who will participate and who will not.


The strength of OHRIA’s ability to work with government and the success of the Plan will hinge on a cohesive review process and the industry’s willingness to speak with one voice. OHRIA is the voice for the industry and welcomes your feed- back on the Plan via email at ohria@ohria.com. OHRIA will continue to work on your behalf to ensure a sustainable future for horse racing in the province of Ontario.


To view the Plan visit http://bit.ly/QWB22K


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