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Across the country, questions of lack of accountability and poor communication kept surfacing. Board members resigned. Transparency was clouded. And when the name was changed from Equine Canada to Equestrian Canada, the backlash was significant. The name “Equine Canada” at least appeared to represent all of Canada’s 963,500 (give or take) horses, their owners, trainers, breeders, coaches, the industry, agriculture, the support companies, the sports community, and the wider network of sponsors.

Following two very successful engagements in Toronto in 2012 and 2015, Odysseo by Cavalia returns to Ontario this summer with its debut run in Mississauga. The $30 million theatrical extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic yet soulful experience, will be presented under the White Big Top next to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga starting in June.

Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to remind the horse community that nominations for the 2017 EC Board of Directors will be accepted until June 1, 2017.

Congratulations to John Swales of Millarville, Alberta, who guided Heza Diamond Spark to the World’s Greatest Horseman Championship at the Celebration of Champions event held in Fort Worth Texas in February. Thirty-six horse-and-rider combinations competed for a shot at the title and the $35,000 winner’s share of the $138,000 total payout on February 18. Swales is the first non-American rider to win the title…

Equestrian Canada honoured the achievements of some of Canada’s equestrians, organizations and horses during the 2017 EC Awards Reception, presented by Boehringer Ingelheim, held April 8, 2017, in Vancouver, BC.

We have taken note of the recent article published by Horse Sport on February 17, 2017 titled “7 Times Equestrian Canada’s Board Broke Their Own Rules” and quoting an anonymous former Director of EC. The article alleges breaches of By-laws by the Equestrian Canada (“EC”) Board of Directors (“Board”).

March 31 – April 2, 2017. Throughout its 15-year history, the Can-Am Equine Expo has demonstrated a vigorous tendency to reinvent itself. This year’s show, taking place at the Markham Fairgrounds on March 31 to April 2, is no exception. Visitors familiar with the latest trends and products in the horse industry will find lots of carryovers from previous years – but also lots of new features, attractions, and clinicians, to make a return trip a welcome start to the spring season.

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