Canadian Horse Racing Celebrates 250th Anniversary from Coast to Coast

years of confederation on July 1st, Canada’s horse racing in- dustry is recognizing an even greater milestone, the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada with 23 racetracks in 8 provinces taking part in a national celebration over the July 1st weekend. From British Columbia to

As Canada celebrates 150

Prince Edward Island, tracks holding races between June 30th and July 2nd will raise flags, hold commemorative miles and honour the people, horses and history from their local communities to mark the 250th Anniversary. The July 1st weekend initiative is part of a year-long celebration led by the Canadian Horse Rac- ing Hall of Fame in conjunc- tion with Standardbred Canada and Canadian Thor- oughbred Horse Society. “This anniversary pro-

month, on the Hill of Abra- ham. It was easily won by

when a race took place on The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Gazette de Quebec re- counted the race as follows: “The horse race for a purse of forty dollars was held on Wednesday,

first of the

exactly 100 years before our country’s

vides the opportunity for the entire horse racing industry across the country to speak with one voice about our in- credible history,” said Linda Rainey, Managing Director of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. “There aren’t many things in our country that are 250 years old and horse racing has reached that milestone. It is a story anyone who has ever been involved with horse racing can be proud of.” It all began, July 1, 1767,


tional initiative was launched to complete “250 Miles for 250 Years”, with a goal of ac- cumulating 250 commemora- tive miles honouring the communities, horses and peo- ple who have participated in

horse racing has been part of the fabric of the country. From coast to coast, genera- tion after generation, people from all walks of life have participated in and enjoyed the sport, whether on grass- root tracks, agricultural fairs, on frozen rivers dotting the countryside, or in today’s modern facilities. Earlier this year a na-

Captain Prescott’s mare Mod- esty, much to the discomfiture of those who, purporting to know about such things, had wagered against her and were thereby parted from their money.” From that day forward

celebrations is encouraged to share their experience via so- cial media using the #cdnhorseracing250

Participating tracks include: British Columbia Hastings Racecourse – Van- couver (July 1) Alberta Century Downs (July 1) Millerville (July 1) Northlands Park – Edmonton (July 1)

Manitoba Assiniboia Downs – Win- nipeg (July 1) Ontario Clinton Raceway (July 2) Dresden (July 1)

the sport over the past 250 years. Many of those com- memorative miles will be held over this official anniversary weekend. Everyone attending the

Fort Erie (July 2) Georgian Downs (July 1) Grand River (June 30) Hanover (July 1) Hiawatha - Sarnia (July 1) Kawartha Downs (July 1) Mohawk (July 1) Rideau Carleton (July 2) Woodbine (July 1) Quebec Hippodrome 3R – Trois Riv- iere (July 2) Nova Scotia Inverness (July 2) Northside Downs – North Sydney (July 1) Truro (June 30) New Brunswick Exhibition Park Raceway – Saint John (July 1) PEI Red Shores – Charlottetown (July 2) Summerside – (July 1) Funding for the 250th


Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada initiatives has been

tion about the 250th Anniver- sary of Horse Racing in Canada and the celebrations planned go to www.canadian- or via social media on Facebook, Twitter,


provided by: Standardbred Canada, Canadian Thorough- bred Horse Society, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, HBPA Ontario, Central On- tario Standardbred Associa- tion, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Alberta Stan- dardbred Horse Association, Harness Racing BC, The Jockey Club as well as indi- vidual donations. To support the 250th Anniversary Fund visit: Sponsorships and Do- nations. For additional informa-

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