Source: Erin Agricultural Society
The Erin Agricultural Society is pleased to announce the inaugural Erin Fair Heritage Horse Hall of Fame, presented by the Erin Fair Equine Tent Committee. The Erin Fair Horse Hall of Fame will recognize and celebrate people and horses in Erin who have made an outstanding contribution to our community. Each year, beginning in 2018, one horse, individual, or group will be honoured at a special ceremony in the Equine Tent at the Erin Fair.
Horse Heritage Hall of Fame submissions and nominations are now being accepted. Please see criteria listed below. We want to hear from you and appreciate all nominations and stories. The goal of this project is to celebrate the people and horses who have built and maintained our Erin horse community and to share our equine heritage. Please note that nominations need not meet all of the listed criteria.
The Erin Fair is a charitable organization owned and operated by the Erin Agricultural Society. The Erin Fair focuses on agricultural education and awareness, and provides shows and entertainment for all ages. Established in 1850, the Erin Fair takes place on Thanksgiving Weekend and welcomes up to 30,000 visitors. This year’s Fair will be held on October 5-8, 2018.
The Equine Tent at the Erin Fair was established in 2010 and has become an integral and important part of the event, providing a hands-on horse experience for up to 13,000 visitors annually, and focusing on equine education. The Equine Tent provides three full days of demonstrations, talks and clinics, and showcases live horses, horse people, and equine-related activities. There are free activities for kids and interactive exhibits and displays. Our partners include Equine Guelph/University of Guelph as well as stable owners and businesses from our local horse community. The Equine Tent title sponsor is Budson’s — Provisions for Country Living.
Erin Horse Heritage Hall of Fame nomination criteria and submission information:
1.Submission deadline: September 5, 2018
2.One nomination per submission.
3.Nominees are to be people, horses, or related equine groups/businesses who have resided in, or are currently residing in or working within, the Town of Erin.
4.Nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Made an important contribution to Erin’s horse community;
- Accomplished a significant lifetime achievement;
- Attained a significant achievement within a breed group, discipline or sport (please list the discipline, breed and/or association);
- Displayed leadership and vision in the equine sector;
- Contributed to the equine sector community development in events, shows, breeds, or tourism;
- Provided mentorship: Contributed to the Erin community equine sector as a volunteer, leader, teacher, employer or stable manager;
- Contributed to youth development (breed associations, coaches, clubs, camps, service groups);
5.The selected nominee/winning submission will be notified prior to the Erin Fair and invited to attend a special recognition ceremony in the Equine Tent at the Fair on Saturday October 6, at 11am. The winner, the winner’s guest, and the person who nominated the winner will be awarded a weekend pass to the 2018 Erin Fair.
Please send in your Favourite Erin Horse story!
In addition to the Hall of Fame, the Equine Tent Committee wants to hear about your special memory. We hope to capture local horse stories and photos to contribute to our Erin Agricultural Society Equine Archives and to share with future generations.
1.Do you have a special memory or story that you’d like to share?
2.Did your grandpa or grandma tell you about driving their horse-team to Steen’s Dairy in Erin for an ice-cream?
3.Do you know of someone who is a good old-fashioned cowboy or cowgirl?
4.Did your horse live a long and wonderful life?
Stories and photos will be posted in the Equine Tent during Fair Weekend.
Photos are appreciated, please send copies or tell us if you require your photo returned.
Submission deadline: September 5, 2018
Please send your submissions by email or Canada Post to:
Erin Agricultural Society
Equine Tent Hall of Fame
190 Main Street Ontario, Erin Ontario N0B 1T0
For more information, contact Bridget Ryan, Equine Tent Chair, phone 519.855.4562 or text 519.216.4562, or email: Equineerin@gmail.com.
Photos are courtesy of the Erin Agricultural Society.