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The Ontario Equestrian Federation invites riders, coaches, and prospective judges to take part in a Hunter/Jumper judging clinic with renowned clinician, judge, and coach Barbara Mitchell on May 2 to 3, 2016 in Richmond Hill, ON.

An early morning barn fire on February 27, 2016 at Darkin Riding Stables in Otterville, ON has claimed the lives of nine horses. “I [could] hear something popping, popping, popping,” says Whitbourne Henderson, who awoke around 4 am to sound of the fire, and quickly rushed to the scene. In an effort to free the livestock, Henderson attempted to enter the barn, but could not penetrate the thick wall of smoke. “I heard them stomping their feet in there … and I couldn’t help them.”

2016 marks the 30th year of service for the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA), a local charity providing therapeutic riding and equine-based therapeutic services for persons with disabilities. Programs include therapeutic riding, therapeutic horsemanship, para-equestrian sport, stable management vocational development, and spring and summer horse camps - with a vaulting program commencing this year. This work is made possible through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers from the community, contributing thousands of hours each year. 2016 will be CTRA’s busiest year to date – with the organization preparing to welcome a record-breaking number of participants.

Fire broke out Wednesday night, January 27, 2016 at Loranda Stables & Kitty Cottage in Ladner, BC. Luckily, no people or animals were harmed, thanks to some quick thinking from the property owner, Micaela Robinson, and her helpful neighbours.

In the second such tragedy in Ontario in as many weeks, at least a dozen horses have perished in a barn fire on Highway 89 west of Mount Forest.

More than forty Standardbred horses have perished in a devastating barn fire in Ontario. The blaze started just after 11 pm on January 4, 2016, at Classy Lane Stables Training Centre in Puslinch Township, Ontario, approximately 20 km southeast of Guelph.

A beloved member of the Toronto Police Force, the 18-year-old black Percheron gelding, Viscount, passed away on Christmas Day. Police Chief Mark Saunders announced the passing of the “beloved” police horse via Twitter, calling his death a “devastating loss.”

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