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Obituary: Peter John Emick June 19, 1938 - January 25, 2021

Obituary for Peter John Emick Peter passed away peacefully

on January 25, 2021, in Brantford General Hospital after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Peter was born on June 19,

1938 on the family farm in rural An- caster. Peter’s working life included time as a dairy farmer, decades rais- ing and showing Quarter Horses, in- cluding the first Canadian quarter horse to win a World Championship event, and 15 years at Dofasco as a heavy equipment and crane operator. Then began his retirement years – busy with farm, family, as a senior judge with the Western Horse Asso- ciation, and of course the Ancaster Fair. Peter’s involvement with the fair spanned nearly 70 years as a par- ticipant, as staff and as a volunteer and was honoured to be saluted by the RCMP Musical Ride for his con- tributions to the fair’s success. He was proud beyond words to

see his children succeed in life and their careers, and to watch his grand- children grow and enjoy the farm community and to continue in his footsteps through volunteering at the fair. Peter thoroughly enjoyed spend- ing time over the last few years with

From Our Founder

Remembering January 1987

Here were are into another

year. I sure hope that this COVID-19 will leave us alone. It has been on the rampage for over a year. I for one am going stir crazy. Back in 2987 Quarterama,

now a full 7 day show, moved the Exclusive Quarter Horse Sale to Thursday. The show was well un- derway and entries were at an all time high according to Show Secretary Marie Robertson. Ralph Pearson, Chairman was equally satisfied that the show was going to break all previous records for entries and atten- dance.

their son Craig and daughter-in-law Joan, and his grand-daughters Sara and Jackie. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy and many nieces, nephews and all their extended fam- ilies.

Cremation has taken place. A

memorial gathering will happen when circumstances allow. For those wishing to honour

Peter, donations to the Ancaster Agricultural Society or

Alzheimer Society of Brant in his memory would be welcome. Peter’s family would like to

his dear friend Ross, neighbours Gary and Dave and especially Danny and Kayla Payne and their boys. Peter also looked forward to the an- nual Christmas Eve family gathering for the traditional Ukrainian pero- gies, fried fish and honey wheat. An avid hunter and fisherman, he could never get enough outdoors time. Peter is survived by Iris, his wife of 58 years, their daughter Lori,

Jean Sessions DVM re-

leased a news update that the Po- tomac Fever was now in Canada.

The OQHA held their an-

nual Conference and Awards Banquet on January 30 to Febru- ary 1 at the Lakeshore Inn in Downtown Toronto.

The Ontario Veterinary Col-

lege announced plans on cele- brating it’s 125th Anniversary the celebration. It was to be held throughout the year. The college, now at 159 years old, has been turning out some of the worlds best veterinarians and animal technicians in the world. OK OVC, what do you have planned for your 160th Anniversary?

Headline “Tuberculin Ex-

change Worker Ruins Family Farm in Elginburg Ontario” - the farm faced a financial crisis be- cause a foreign worker sent to them from a third world country

The OQHA Breeders Futu-

rity announced that the prize money for the 1986 show was in excess of $45,000.

The QROOI held their an-

nual general meeting at Humber College on January 11. Ralph Pearson, President presided over the meeting.

The American Paint Horse

held their 3rd Annual World show and sale in Oklahoma City.

The Rider, in it’s infinite wisdom, decided that there were

thank the many medical profession- als, support workers, and staff at the Brantford General Hospital for all their kindness, caring and compas- sion during his final weeks with a special thank you to Dr. Carol Gideon and everyone at the Lynden Family Practice for helping all of us throughout the last seven years. You are all truly exceptional people. Donations to: 2021/peter-john-emick-june-19- 1938-january-25-2021

on a youth exchange program had the contagious disease.

The Alberta Reigned Cow

Horse Association announced that Lil Red Tucker Chex owned by Les Olsen of Airdrie, Alberta took first place in the World Championship Quarter Horse Show.


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Top Canadian Jockey Releases New Tell-All Book on Overcoming Personal Demons and Addiction to Survive the High Stakes World of Horse Racing

Riding for Freedom by Eu- rico Rosa da Silva is now available on Amazon Toronto, ON (January 19, 2020) - Top Canadian Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva released his first book today. Riding for Freedom is a raw personal memoir on his struggles to overcome an abusive father and debilitating addictions to survive the high stakes world of horse racing. In his 16 triumphant sea-

sons racing at Woodbine Racetrack, Eurico Rosa da Silva won seven Sovereign Awards as the outstanding jockey in Canada. He rode horses to victory in two con- secutive Queen’s Plate races and won the World All-Star Jockeys Challenge against top jockeys from France, Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Japan.] Born on a dairy farm in

an impoverished community in rural Brazil, Eurico deter- mined at an early age that he would become a champion

not enough women in the WHAO winners box as too many of the male riders were dominat- ing the year end awards. Well, we established a Ladies Year End award to encourage more women to compete. The 1986 award went to Michele Ayton as the ladies high point. Guess what? The ladies are winning it all these days. I wonder who the last recip- ient of our trophy was and where it is. Let us know. Lorna Aylett was our first winner.

After HRH Princess Anne

turned the first sod for the new Equine Research Centre in Guelph pledges rolled in at such a rate that the Centre reached it’s financial goal in a few months.

Massey - Ferguson an-

nounced plans to sponsor the AQHA.

As stallion breeding offers

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are now online please don’t for- get that The Rider was the only place you could ad- vertise back in 1987. So lets get some ads rolling. So is Old What’s his name still standing at your place? Not everyone knows what horses are standing out there. The web is not the be all and end all .

My Turn As I sit at my kitchen

table and ponder what to complain about, my mind just keeps wandering back over the past 50 plus years

jockey. With implacable focus, he pursued his goal, first in Brazil, then through Macao to Canada, where he earned a reputation as an in- tensely focused and good-hu- moured competitor. But the real challenge in

his life had little to do with horse racing. Since his child- hood in Brazil, Eurico has been engaged in a much more lethal contest against a deep- seated anger that sometimes threatened to derail not just his career, but his life as well. The negativity and self- doubt consumed him and sent

him down a path of self-de- struction that led him to de- spair even in his great moments of victory. With the support of a qualified thera- pist, Eurico began his greatest race - to free himself from his sex and gambling addictions along with the tyranny of his past.

More than an account of

Eurico’s rise to international renown in the high stakes

before I started The Western Rider. I and my family had some great experiences with our horses. There was Missy, an American Saddle Bred. She was a very kind horse. She would do just about anything I asked of her. When we were on a competitive trail ride she trusted me to the ut- most degree. We had to cross an open pond. I lost the competition because she trusted my judge- ment so much that she just walked right through without stopping to check. I also won but lost a trail riding class that was judged by our beloved Peter Cameron. Yes we won the class hands down, but I forgot to put a slicker on the saddle. Peter al- ways like to brag how he gave me the gate. Peter was a good friend. He was honest in his judg- ing.

Missy was a wild one. Her

registered name was Nuggets Miss Conduct. She was a pure bred American Saddle Bred. She got that name after a hot shot breeder entered her mother’s stall after she was foaled. This hot shot proceeded to grab her by the tail to have a look at here private parts. She kicked him square be- tween the eyes. Yes, she was a good horse. She was bred by American Fury’s Ace. She was a delight. I always liked American Saddle Bred’s as they were the main rides of the generals in the US Civil War. The officers looked so regal on their mounts. In fact General Robert E. Lee had a saddle bred the horse was called Traveler. There was a time when Bill

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horse-racing world, this is also the story of his conquest

of the demons that haunted him throughout his career. From his birth and early years in Brazil, this book describes his ascent to the highest ranks of his athletic profession. It also lays bare his struggle to heal the emotional scars in- flicted by an absent and neg- ligent father, and his victory over the forces that threat- ened at times to end his life.

Smith of Ancaster Smith’s Sad- dlery started the Ancaster Trail Riders. We would meet at Jack Bridge’s house on any given Sun- day morning and ride off through the fields and through Bernie Felony’s estate into the Dundas Valley. Snow, sleet or rain we went. We would stop for some lunch in the valley and then make our way home. There was a time that we had to go down an icy slope on the Red Hill Valley in Hamilton. I dismounted. She had barium on her shoes. She just stood there laughing at me as I slipped down the ice. Yes, Missy brought us a lot of enjoyment. I sold her to a breeder and never heard of her again. She was such an easy horse. We hooked her up into a cutter with harness made by Don Bailey. It was magic. She knew exactly what to do. I could not believe how she handled it. So when my wife Katherine and I paid a visit to the Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue, an Ameri- can Saddle bred had just arrived so we sponsored her right on the spot.

As you know I do not like

cruelty of any kind. So just re- member it is your responsibility to report Elder Abuse, Child Abuse and animal abuse. If you have a spare stall I am sure you could help out one of these abused horses.

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