Record crowd for Christmas Open House

GUELPH, ON — A record crowd of more than 300 people from eight states and provinces at- tended the Christmas Open House on December 15 hosted by, horse racing’s fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Sixty-three yearlings driven by some of the

country’s best reinsmen were showcased in ten sets during a four-hour livestream broadcast of the third annual event staged at Tomiko Training Cen- tre in Puslinch, ON. Broadcast commentators Anthony MacDon-

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tude to all attendees of the event, online broadcast viewers, drivers who participated in the sets, com- mentators and crew, and staff of The Spring Open House is the gathering

on’s event schedule.

About is horse racing’s

fastest growing fractional owner- ship operation and the largest har- ness


stable in Canada. During the

Open House broadcast commentators (l to r) Bill O’Donnell, Roger Huston, Fred MacDonald (Photo: John Watkins)

ald (President of, Fred MacDonald and Bill O’Donnell were joined by special guest Roger Huston. This was the 146th venue at which Huston has called races. Over his 50-year career, The Voice has announced in excess of 188,000 races in 20 states and eight countries. Huston also met fans and signed copies of

his recently released book. Erin Massender of Guelph, ON won the

Open House contest which promised a one per- cent share of the winner’s favourite yearling in with all expenses paid for one year. Massender selected Captains Maid, a Pennsylva- nia-bred pacing filly by Captaintreacherous. During each Christmas Open House,

Contest winner Erin Massender with pacing year- ling Captains Maid, of which she won a one per- cent share (Photo: True Nature Communications)

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across the province last year, the series challenges both horse and rider to ma- neuver through a number of trail and

Standardbred Adoption Society pre- sented Tracy Coomber with the award for top point earner with a Standard- bred Horse in the Extreme Cowboy events for 2019. Held at a number of locations

On January 21st, The Ontario

were the 2019 OXC High Point Standard- bred team. OSAS sponsors the prize, a lovely belt buckle as well as a jacket, for this category. Tracy and the 18 year-old gelding also took part in several of OSAS’s trail rides last year which exposed retired Standardbreds under saddle to many avid riders.

dardbreds to join us on events throughout the year to showcase the versatility of the breed. Upcoming events can be found on the OSAS website - - and on their Facebook page.

OSAS encourages owners of Stan-

farm based obstacles while demonstrating both horsemanship and speed. Tracy and her talented horse Hugo

Whispering Hearts

is a non-profit organization that relies on public support and donations.

Our mandate is to provide care and

rehabilitation to abused and neglected horses. We assist community members that can no longer care for their horses in an

attempt to prevent innocent animals being subjected to auctions and slaughter.

Visit our website to see how you can help!

Hagersville, ON (905) 768-9951

Where the Whispers of Many Horses in need are Heard! raises money for a local charity. This year the company collected 250 lbs and $250 in cash donations for the Guelph Food Bank. Santa stopped by for free photos with kids, arriving in his jog cart with freshman pacer

racing season,

there are approxi- mately 150 Stan- dardbred horses

racing in eight jurisdictions throughout North America. The horses are owned by 700+ peo- ple from 12 countries world- wide.

The innovative and engag-

ing model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one per- cent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership accessible and afford-

able. This award-winning fractional racehorse

ownership operation was crafted in 2015 by An- thony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON to re- move the traditional barriers to racehorse ownership: cost, access and risk. Communication and customer service are the cornerstones of The operation embraces technologi- cal solutions to engage audiences, deliver consis- tent updates about the horses and create an ongoing entertainment experience.

For more information, contact Kelly at or (519) 465-7908.

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