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JULY 2019 THE RIDER /37


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Thank You Horse Day Hosts: Canadians Celebrate Horse Day 2019 Nationwide Equestrian Canada


(EC) would like to thank the event organizers and participants who made Horse Day a huge success on June 1, 2019. A total of 79 official Horse Day 2019 events were held from coast-to-coast, which at- tracted more than 14,000 people to take part in a wide range of activities, includ- ing horse shows, demon- strations, clinics, wagon and pony rides, social events, and open houses. Held annually to raise


public awareness of eques- trian sport, industry and recreation, and promote the beloved horse, Horse Day is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June. Just a few examples of


unique events held to hon- our the horse included an introduction to équiYoga in Saint-Henri de Lévis, QC.


In Winnipeg, MB, partici- pants rode in the footsteps of the 1999 Pan American Games endurance athletes through the picturesque forests of Birds Hill Park. The Newfoundland Eques- trian Association reached thousands of children and their families through their booth at the NL Kids and Family Expo in St. John’s, NL. And 2018 Breyer Ara- bian Horse model, Empres ++++//, strutted his stuff at a meet-and-greet at the 2019 Saskatchewan Ara- bian Horse Association Ice- breaker Horse Show in Moose Jaw, SK. “Our first Horse Day


thanks


celebration was a wonder- ful day,” said Kristy McFee, Executive Director of the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association Inc. (MRDA) in Winnipeg, which hosted an open house and program demon- strations. “We were so very happy to welcome potential new riders and volunteers to see what we do at MRDA. It was a fantastic day to greet old friends while making new ones. Of course, our riders and four- legged friends were happy to show off their skills, as well. We were thrilled with the feedback and look for- ward to making this an an- nual event!” EC also gives special to


the


Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) for helping to make Horse Day 2019 such a success, and to the Canadian equestrian community for their contin- ued involvement and com- mitment


to spreading


awareness about the won- ders of the equestrian world.


Horse Day Photo Contest Winners Canadians from coast-to- coast uploaded their photos of equine fun to the Horse


Evergreen Public School’s Grade 1-2 class, accompanied by teacher Sharla Scott,


met the horses at the Kenora Bed ‘n Bale Tailgater Sale and Open Farm in Kenora, ON. They learned about the Canadian horse history, horse behaviour, care, and safety tips. Photo Credit: Evergreen Public School


Above: Haleigh Clements of Regina, SK, celebrated Horse Day by taking an equine first aid course. She said, “I’m always seeking ways to better equip myself to care for my guy!” Photo Credit: Courtesy of Haleigh Clements


Day 2019 Photo Contest using the hashtag #HorseDay2019. View the five winning submissions below:


Congratulations to our five win-


ners, who will each receive an eques- trian gift pack valued at $150!


For more information on Horse Day, visit www.equestrian.ca/events-re- sults/horseday.


Bottom Leftt:


Francine-Lussier—- Candiac-QC.jpg Kids + horses = smiles during the open house at Centre Équestre Rosa Bella in Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu, QC. Photo


Credit: Francine Lussier


Top Right: The Miniature Horseman- ship Open House in Cochrane, AB, pro- vided perfect, pint- sized


photo-ops.


Photo Credit: Brit- tney Russell


Bottom Right: Hugs for Horse Day in Acton, ON! Photo Credit: Christine Kelly


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