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Youth and the Future of the Horse Industry at Can-Am Equine Emporium

Canada’s premier event for horse enthusi- asts, the Can-Am Equine Emporium 2013, includes an impressive range of features and attractions for the whole family. Running for four jam-packed days, March 28 to March 31, at the new Orangeville Event Centre, the Can- Am fair celebrates its tenth anniversary in a big

way. Among the highlights: Jonathan Field, Stacy Westfall, and Guy McLean lead a strong contingent of presentation speakers, while a diverse assortment of equine experts address specialized clinic topics integral to the indus- try; and the first-annual Walk of Fame induc- tion ceremonies, hosted by radio personality

Carol Mott, honour famed judge Peter Cameron, the 1956 Canadian Olympic medal- ists John Rumble, James Elder and Brian Herbinson, and The Rider founder Aidan Finn. All very exciting! But another dimension of the fair should not be overlooked: the Can-Am Equine Emporium is also a celebration of the

horse industry’s commitment to youth.

Youth Day. With a $5.00 admission price for qualify- ing youths, attendees can engage in and enjoy a full slate of events geared specifically for junior horse enthusiasts. Pony rides, an Easter Parade, an Easter Egg Hunt, a Easter Bunny Nickel & Dime Sale, and summer-camp sign-ups are all part of the fun. More profoundly, the Can-Am fair, adopting the philosophy that the future of the industry depends on education, offers ample opportunity for kids to learn about the many different aspects of owning and caring for hors- es. EquiMania focuses on a variety of topics including nutrition, anatomy, horse behaviour, rider safety, horse welfare, and careers in the equine industry. The ever- popular Canadian Cowgirls appear all four days with seminars and fabulous demonstrations. A farrier com- petition promises to be one of the weekend’s most interesting events, something that young horse fanatics should not miss seeing.

The bonds that bring youth and horses together receive emphatic affirmation with the appearance of Amber Marshall on Sunday, March 31, to sign auto- graphs. Marshall, although a veteran of film and tele- vision production and now the star of CBC’s Heart- land, comes across in person as an engaging young woman whose own youth, spirited energy, and com- mitment to hard work, exemplify all that’s good about dedication to animal welfare and demonstrate how there is, after all, hope for the horse industry in Cana- da. Her profile among Canadians is impeccable. She’s a perfect model of loveliness and talent, heart- warming grace before the cameras, and cordiality to her fans. Amber is a genuine inspiration for young people whose career ambitions include acting or work- ing with horses or both.

The Can-Am Equine Emporium brings together so many of the principal elements of today’s horse world, from media celebrities and well-known speak- ers, to a wide range of shopping opportunities and the RAM Trucks Breeder’s Showcase, to a multitude of activities designed to inspire young people, that it’s worth the trip to Orangeville on Easter Weekend. For more information, visit the show’s website at

The fair’s second day – Friday, March 29 – is

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