Interviews & Profiles

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner, outstanding horsewoman, entrepreneur, and mother turned great-grandmother, Dianne Tidball takes on everything at a full gallop. Her love of horses was kindled in childhood, when, growing up in 1930’s Shanghai, she took to riding a polo pony. During the Second World War, her Polish mother and British father relocated the family to Canada.

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - Since 1953, when he first volunteered as a board member for a local Nova Scotia exhibition association, Bill desBarres has devoted himself to promoting equine welfare in Canada. He has served on committees, chaired associations, and volunteered countless hours, all in service of the horse. When once asked why he worked so tirelessly as an equine advocate, Bill responded, “My horses raised good kids, and now it is time to give back.”

2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner - Why does Hickstead deserve to be recognized as one of Canada’s 10 most remarkable horses and people? “Because,” as Henry Swierenga of Smithville, Ontario, succinctly put it, “he was Hickstead.” The legendary stallion became a Canadian icon in 2008 when, with rider Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ontario, he won the Individual Gold and Team Silver medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Meet Lauren Barwick, she's known as "The Centaur". Her sport is Equestrian and she is one of Canada's Paralympic Super Athletes.

By April Clay, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist - Ian loved to talk about his mental game. I think everyone can learn something from what Canada’s most successful rider had to say about the psychology of his ride.

Interviewed by Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - A family business that has been in operation for more than three decades, JK Reid Manufacturing & Sales Ltd. based in Moorefield Ontario, offers a wide variety of livestock equipment. As cattlemen and farmers themselves, their base has always been handling and feeding systems for horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs, and in recent years they have expanded to service deer, elk, and bison producers, as well as zookeepers.

By J.L. Orchard - How hard is it to get a horse to run to you on cue, come to you to be mounted, and do flying lead changes and pirouettes with only 90-days training? Easy. That was professional horse trainer John Lyons’ message to the 230 equestrians who, despite rain, hail, and snow, made the trek to Cambellville, Ontario for a symposium hosted by Five Star Ranch on April 15 to 17, 2011.





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