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mine their course of care. Joelle’s family have been breeding, raising

and showing Quarter Horses in Southern Alberta for 40 years, and she has been an active member of the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta since she could sit in the saddle. As a youth member, Joelle earned many accolads including multiple Canadian National titles. Since graduating high school, Joelle has focused her time on her educa- tion and career. Despite that she has spent count- less hours travelling Canada and the United States assisting her mother, Maureen, achieve amazing goals. Including, but not limited to; American Buckskin Registry Association World and Reserve World Championships, Multiple Canadian Na- tional titles, many AQHA Region 2 titles and most recently, a AQHA Amateur Championship. In 2021, Joelle hopes to return to the AQHA

all-around circuits with her two homegrown geld- ings, Im Late Anyhoo and My Diesel Mechanic. “Healthcare and horses have always been

my two passions, but after the last year I can’t wait to focus on my horses!”-Joelle

Q Horse Heroes

Community Support Recognition Program

May 2021 He- roes

horsepeople now have the oppor- tunity to access certain purse funds that remain available under the Long-Term Funding Agree- ment with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as a result of the suspension of live racing in the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds made available in the form of equine support payments corre- late directly to Long-Term Fund- ing Agreement purse funds that

|TORONTO, April 23, 2021 – Ontario Racing is pleased to an- nounce

that Thoroughbred Joelle Johnson

Q Horse Heroes National Recognition Honoree Joelle has been serving her small-town com-

munity of Drumheller, Alberta since 2014 as a Medical Radiation Technologist, or X-ray Tech. Throughout the entire pandemic Joelle has been on the front lines helping those in need get the best care possible. Most people don’t realize that every single COVID positive patient that seeks treat- ment, will require at least one chest x-ray to deter-

Marie Beard

Q Horse Heroes National Recognition Honoree Marie resides with her husband and two chil-

dren, just outside of Tillsonburg, Ontario on the Beard family farm where they cash crop 350 acres. Aside from being a mother of two active school age boys, she also boards 7 horses (4 being quarter horses) in her small private barn. Marie is actively involved with OMSSU as Deputy Director riding her AQHA Mare Amazingly Righteous who is sired by Righteous Invitation and out of Amazing Maisy in the Canadian Cavalry Precision Team. As the pandemic escalated in 2020, Marie had one more obstacle to overcome, her sister and

husband with 7 dogs, arrived from the sunny south in their RV needing to quarantine for 14 days. If Marie was not doing the grocery runs and errands to keep everyone safe, she was out on a tractor working land. Beard works part time for Ontario Equine

Cremation Services sharing many hats with other co-workers as a pickup and delivery driver, recep- tionist and Cremations Assistant. In Beards words, “The biggest reward to the

job, is the closure that is provided and the feeling I have helped someone in their time of need.” CQHA honors Marie Beard as a 2021 Cana- dian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.

Equine benefit payments now available to Thoroughbred horsepeople were already committed to the in-

Foundation Reining Training Centre “Better trained horses to western riders.”

Susan Dahl B.Sc. Computer, Math

Retired Certified Professional Horse Trainer Myler Bit Certified,

judge, clinics, horse sales, writer 315538 Highway 6, RR1

Williamsford, ON N0H 2V0. 519-369-4631,

Area 1 Southern Ontario Spring Classic Cancelled


Toll-Free (877) 446-4688 Fax: (613) 446-7888

Email: Website:

1265 B Caron St., ROCKLAND, ONT. K4K 1H2

Ray Laviolette (613) 446-4688

will be made in the future as more information becomes available. Courtesy of Area 1 QHA

nounced yesterday, until at least May 20, the Area 1 Board of Di- rectors has made the difficult but unavoidable decision to cancel the Area 1 Southern Ontario Spring Classic (Mid-Western) Quarter Horse Shows, June 3 & 4, 2021 and Area 1 Summer Celebration Quarter Horse Shows, June 5 & 6. in Ilderton, Ontario, . We apol- ogize for any inconvenience this may cause. A decision regarding the Area 1 Sunsational Summer Circuit

Due to the extended Stay At Home Order the province an-

MQHA Summer Sizzler Cancelled

rectors has to announce the cancellation of the Summer Sizzler, June 5 & 6. Sadly COVID19 restrictions on a number of fronts, including the ability of our Judges to attend has dictated the de- cision.

on that weekend, so please continue to watch our Facebook page for further details. We look forward to see you at this show in June 2022! Courtesy of MQHA


We are however in the process of planning a smaller event It is with the utmost regret that the MQHA Board of Di-

have been foregone as a result of the lockdown measure from the period of late April to early May. If live racing is still prohibited under provincial orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of May, a new round of fund- ing will be available to Thor- oughbred horse people (subject to approvals) with new require- ments for eligibility. Information pertaining to a potential May benefit payment will be provided in a subsequent communication. The aforementioned funds

dustry through the Funding Agreement for Live Horse Rac- ing between Ontario Racing and OLG.

to provide these Thoroughbred equine benefit payments,” said John Hayes, Chair, Ontario Rac- ing. “Horse racing, like so many other industries, continues to be greatly impacted by COVID-19. The Ontario Racing team, OLG, and industry representatives, re- main committed in assisting horsepeople and horses through- out the province. We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times for our industry.” In response to the COVID-

19 pandemic, Ontario Racing created a task force, as it did during the spring lockdown in 2020, to address the financial impacts to horse racing in On- tario.

in the amount of $1,125/horse is available for April provid-

Eligibility Requirements An equine benefit payment

“We are pleased to be able

Equibase, or official clocking re- ports produced by the Woodbine and/or Fort Erie Race Offices. Horses meeting this criterion may apply for equine benefit payments by using the applica- tion form (see below).

Benefit application for this pay-

Application form: The Thoroughbred Equine

ing the horse meets one of the following criteria requirements: 1. 3-year-old and older horses that were stabled on the Wood- bine Racetrack backstretch up to and including April 17, 2021, in preparation for the 2021 racing season. No application is re- quired for horses meeting this criterion. 2. For horses not stabled at Woodbine Racetrack and were stabled in the province of Ontario up to and including April 17, 2021, 3-year-old and older horses must have had two official timed workouts on or before April 17 either at Woodbine Racetrack and/or Fort Erie Racetrack. Workout information must be verifiable

either through

ment can be found here - . The deadline to submit your applica- tion to Ontario Racing is May 7, 2021. All mailed applications must be postmarked by May 7, 2021 in order to be eligible. Please email or mail completed applications to: Ontario Racing Management 555 Rexdale Boulevard Toronto, ON M9W 5L2

Important Notes:

•All payments received must be used for the care and mainte- nance of Thoroughbred horses.

automatically approved; cheques to be issued upon request.

• Payment to be directly de- posited into horsepersons’ ac- counts for

those who are

• Horses that have transferred ownership for the 2021 racing season MUST provide a Bill of

Attn: Sarrah Young –

Sale to Woodbine or Fort Erie Race Offices

• Once racing resumes in On- tario, horses who have received benefits under this program MUST make their first start at an Ontario Thoroughbred racetrack, unless otherwise approved by Ontario Racing.

• Ontario Racing reserves the right to request additional infor- mation to ensure all criteria has been met. Those receiving bene- fits under the program could be subject to an audit by Ontario Racing. Failure to meet the crite- ria will result in all amounts being repaid to Ontario Racing.

• All decisions are at the discre- tion of Ontario Racing and are ABSOLUTE and FINAL.

• Horses are currently under the care of an AGCO licensed trainer at the time the application is sub- mitted.

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