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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2012 Vol. 43, Issue No. 4 ISSN: 1209-3955 Price $3.95


90th Royal Horse Show Welcomes Top Equestrians


History and ceremony preserved as this world-class event


evolves to provide top sport and family entertainment for all.


TORONTO, ON – The exciting Royal Horse Show returns to the Ricoh Coliseum as part of the 90th Royal Agri- cultural Winter Fair, November 2-11, 2012. Over a thousand horses of all shapes and sizes are guaranteed to thrill and astound the entire family with their grace, power, beauty and ath- leticism. The Royal Horse Show combines the best in sporting action and family enter- tainment.


This 90th year wel-


comes an outstanding lineup of international riders, set to compete in matinee and evening competi- tions including the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix, the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open and closing night’s $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.


As always, the biggest threat in the competi- tion ring may come from south of the border. Even a portion of the roster of American riders reads like a “who’s who” of successes in the sport. Two-time Olympic team gold medalists McLain Ward (Brewster, NY) and Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY). Olympian Kent Farrington (Chicago, IL), Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut (Wellington, FL) and Olympian Reed Kessler (Armonk, NY). Kessler, at 18, competed in London this summer as the youngest rider ever in the history of Olympic show jumping. Jessica Springsteen, daughter of Patti and Bruce (The Boss) Springsteen, makes her debut in the Interna- tional division at The Royal this year. Hotly anticipated international riders include 2002 World Show Jumping Champion Dermott Lennon of Ireland and Belgian twin brothers Nico-


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Left: Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands will defend his 2011 win in the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge (pic- tured here, with mount Regina Z) this November during the 90th Royal Horse Show. The Royal runs November 2-11, 2012 at Exhibition Place. Photo © Ben Radvanyi.


Is McGuinty’s resignation good for horse racing?


By Dave Briggs


When Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty quit just as we were going to press, I skipped past the first four stages of grief and went straight to acceptance… accompanied by a fist pump and high-fives all around. But is McGuinty’s resignation good for the horse racing industry he and his chief thug Double D (Dwight Duncan) have actively tried to eutha- nize? Let me put on my swami hat and consult the increasingly foggy crystal ball.


That said, I’m not expecting any breaking news soon. As anyone who breeds horses in Ontario knows from waiting eight months for con- crete information as their bank accounts run dry, the Liberals move at the speed of slug. Extracting infor- mation from them is harder than get- ting state secrets out of Beijing. Which is why I present this


only as my best guess for our future now that there’s been a potential political game-changer. Please, no wagering (except on horses, of course).


Let’s start with the good news.


Why it’s good for horse racing Beyond getting rid of an enemy of horse racing and rural Ontario, there’s no question McGuinty’s res- ignation means an election will hap- pen sooner, rather than later. Think that was going to happen in the spring anyway given the Lib- erals had a tenuous grip on power in a minority government? Maybe, but it was no lock.


Sure, the Liberals have to pick a new leader first and will likely drag that process out longer than neces- sary, but whomever they choose will not have a mandate from the public to govern long. Now I’m looking at you, Kim Campbell.


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Sorry folks, but horse racing, no matter how much we love it and are immersed in it, isn’t even in the top 20 issues for this scandal-ridden gov- ernment. But, given said scandals, if Tim Hudak can keep from bumbling the PC file too much, an election likely means a new party in power — God help us all if we elect the Liber- als again.


Both the PCs and the NDP appear to be more friendly to horse racing than the Liberals. At least it appears they at least understand the economics of the industry better than the current government.


Whether the election comes before the current Slots at Racetracks program expires at the end of March really isn’t the point. That deal is dead. But, a new government looking for revenue would, likely, be more favourable to working with the horse racing industry to either construct a


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The Mongol Derby See Pages 22-23


Gypsy Vanner Section See Pages 56-61


Canadian Show Jumping Tournament -See Pg 50


Markham Fair Photos - Page 62 RCMP Musical Ride - Page 25


Equine Canada By-Laws - Pg 50 INSIDE


The Rider buys ENN................4 Remembering ...........................4 Susan Dahl Column..................6 Equine Canada By-Laws..........7 Morgan Horse Heritage Centre 8 Calgary Stampede Queen.........9 WHAO News .........................10 OBRA News...........................11 ORHA News ..........................12 Jake Walker Memorial ...........13 OPHC News...........................14 hoofbeats! (radio +)................14 Fitness.....................................15 OTRA News...........................16 Canadian Cowgirls .................17 Christmas Gift Barn ...............18 OVC Opens New Centre........20 Windreach News ....................20 Ontario’s Mane Event ............21 Mongol Derby ........................22 RCMP Musical Ride ..............25 Can-Am Equine Emporium....26 ORCHA .................................27 Professional Farrier Supply....27 Horse Depot............................28 NBHAC News........................29 Banged Up A Little ................30 What’s In A Name..................30 Rider Photos ...........................31


GFHC News...........................32 Biosecurity .............................32 AQHA Director’s Report .......33 OQHA News ..........................34 Lindsay Grice .........................35 CW High Point Stables ..........36 AREA 3 News........................36 EOQHA News........................37 Circle The Course...................37 QROOI News.........................38 All About Equine ...................39 Dressage at Devon..................41 CIEC.......................................43 Paramount Saddlery ...............45 OnTRA News.........................46 Horse Listening ......................47 Commitment to Educate.........47 Driving ...................................48 Meredith Manor......................49 Lynn Palm ..............................50 CSJT.......................................50 Gypsy Vanners..................56-61 Angelstone Grand Prix...........62 Classifieds, Directory Ads 66-71 Dressage Canada News..........73 Merle Bud Hanson .................73 Slaughter Confusion...............73 Niagara Dressage Association73 EC Director at Large ..............73


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