LAMAZE Continued from Page 1.

“Together, we were proud to represent

Canada on the world stage,” continued Lamaze. “My sincerest thanks to all who supported this nomination and made it possible. I gratefully ac- cept this honour on behalf of all of our support- ers, our fans, and our great nation.” In addition to being inducted into Canada’s

Sports Hall of Fame, Lamaze will receive the Order of Sport, Canada’s highest sporting hon- our.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic,

the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame induction cer- emony, traditionally held each October in Toronto, ON, will not take place in 2020. Rather, it will be deferred for one year, making Lamaze and Hickstead part of the class of 2020/21. Lamaze and Hickstead will be the second

horse-rider combination ever inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, following Ian Millar and Big Ben’s induction in 1996. Hickstead (Hamlet – Jomara x Ekstein)

was bred in The Netherlands by Jan van Schijn- del and born on March 2, 1996. Lamaze pur- chased the Dutch Warmblood stallion in 2004 through Stephex Stables in Belgium and owned him in partnership with John Fleischhacker’s Ashland Stables of the United States. Prior to his tragic death during competition in Italy in 2011, Hickstead earned more than $3 million in prize money during his career with Lamaze and was widely considered to be the best show jumping horse of his era. Having competed at the 2008 Beijing,

2012 London, and 2016 Rio Olympics, Lamaze is now focused on representing Canada at the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. He owns and operates Torrey Pines Stable, a large show jumping training and sales business with bases in Wellington, Florida, and Brussels, Bel- gium, where he trains many students from vari- ous nationalities at the elite level. For more information, visit For more information on Canada’s Sports

Hall of Fame and the class of 2020/21, visit

New Normal Continued from Page 1.

in the past but this challenge was unprecedented. Despite the seriousness of the pan- demic though, it came as no surprise that while early events were cancelled it was- n’t long before we were hear- ing about a RAM Rodeo on-line. Yes, it’s true. Competi-

tors can now come back to the pen, video camera in hand, to qualify for the RAM Rodeo Championships in Newmarket, ON and the Royal Winter Fair Invita- tional Rodeo in Toronto, ON, while we wait for to see how the 2020 season plays out. In- structional videos on the RAM Rodeo website show how to set up the course for pole bending, barrel racing and the rescue race, as well as bareback, bull riding and sad- dle bronc rides. This ‘Practice Pen

Qualifier’ series runs until August 15. If live events don’t resume by then, pay- outs will be based on results as of that date.

Racing Returns Horse racing is set to re-

sume in Ontario on the first weekend of June, the first major sport to return to live competition in Canada. The Standardbreds return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 5; the Thoroughbreds re- turn to Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on June 6, after

being shut down since March 19.

While there won’t be

spectators in the stands, Woodbine Entertainment has partnered with TSN to bring live Standardbred and Thor- oughbred horse racing into homes for a two-hour broad- cast every Thursday night throughout the summer, lead- ing up to major events in the fall such as the Queen’s Plate, re-scheduled for September 12.

Woodbine Entertain-

ment is also relying heavily on technology, launching a new innovative app called Dark Horse, developed with the sports better in mind. For Anthony MacDon-

ald, the driving force behind The, keeping a Standardbred stable of 127 horses going to satisfy over 955 fractional owners has re- quired some ingenuity. Sup- port from his clients has not faltered, with his customer base actually growing during the pandemic, adding 21 new owners since the first of March. Owners have been able to watch their horses continue to train through drone broadcasts during the shutdown; barn visits were restricted but have now opened up with strict COVID-19 protocols in place.

“Racing resumes for us

here in Ontario this coming week and things are really starting to get intense for all of us,” Anthony reported. “Over 40 horses will

be entered to race this week- end at various tracks here in Ontario. One week later, an- other 45 babies will qualify for the first time behind the gate at Mohawk. Factor in so- cial distancing, face masks, and new racing protocols and you have a very stressful time for” Always an optimist,

Anthony never broke stride. His ability to inspire his team and keep moving ahead has not faltered. “As always we are up for the challenge and excited to be back to work racing. It’s a new world, and a new normal, but it’s a start.”

Retail Remains Solid

Bahr’s Saddlery has

been a fixture in the Ontario horse industry for 49 years. In March, COVID-19 physically closed the doors for the first time ever but behind the scenes, the business kept going.

It has taken a lot of

brainstorming amongst the Bahr family and their em- ployees to work through every decision along the way to make sure everyone was comfortable with the changes that needed to be made. On the day The Rider spoke with Jeff Bahr he was intending to travel to their warehouse in Niagara Falls, NY, to pick up stock but after careful consid- eration they decided to hire a private carrier to reduce the risk of exposure back at the store. Jeff didn’t anticipate any issues with the commer- cial load crossing the border. Up to ten people are

typically involved in daily operations, everything from sales associates on the floor to repair shop people, website and e-mail administrators as well as Jeff and his family, Carla and Bernie Bahr. Every decision now takes extra time, taking in the informa- tion as it unfolds and finding solutions. At first, a small crew

would pick orders for curb side pickup or delivery with business spurred on in the early stages by a free ship- ping promotion. Jeff ex- plained that their on-line capacity was already in place but, “everything takes so much longer, requiring a new process and patience.” A lot of local deliveries have been done by their own people for same day service but tracking packages sent by courier has been challenging at times as those services are themselves overwhelmed. As an agricultural/pet

supply business, the store was allowed to open once typical protocols were in place. Curb side pickup and on-line com- merce will remain an option. “Our customers and

staff have all provided a calming influence for my par- ents and myself,” said Jeff, who can’t thank them enough for being “understanding, pa- tient and loyal.”


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