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RUS Riders's Blog


My Colours: A Tribute To A Mentor

September 10, 2015:

I was introduced to harness racing when I was nine years old by Lynne Gibbings. She is a long-time race fan and believes everyone should be a fan. One Sunday afternoon at the Clinton races, she took me to the horse barns and introduced me to one of the horses who had just raced, and the horse’s owner, Frank MacDonald. Needless to say, I was an immediate fan.

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RUS Riders's Blog


Magee: Beauty Meets Beast

September 6, 2015:

Tragically Shipp (aka Harry) was born on our farm just outside of Wingham, Ontario nine years ago. He is a Shipps Speed gelding out of a little mare (CH On Tour) that had speed but, due to her high-strung personality, failed on the track.

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Submitted Letters's Blog


August 27: Purina's comments on the CPMA Ractopamine Update

August 27, 2015:

You have received a memo regarding Ractopamine on August 21st from the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (see below), suggesting to purchase horse feed from Type A feed mills to avoid Ractopamine contamination.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog


What Racing's All About

August 26, 2015:

Most of us on a cloudy day can easily picture our lives with no harness racing. As our industry shrinks, and our investors look for exits, our faith sometimes becomes shaky.

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Submitted Letters's Blog


Sharpe: Letter regarding Ractopamine

August 25, 2015:

This memo is to comment on the CPMA press release issued on Friday, August 21st, regarding “Ractopamine In Feedstuffs Update”.

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Submitted Letters's Blog


Reid: There is No Future Without Transparency

August 7, 2015:

From a Concerned Bettor, Horse Owner and Racing Enthusiast

The day started off so promising. I might live in Richmond, VA but my attention was glued to one of my favorite days in all of horse racing - Industry Day at Grand River Raceway. It made me feel ever more homesick than usual to think that I would miss the 25th anniversary of a day of racing I cherish seeing live.

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Kathy Wade's Blog


We Are All Marketers!

July 3, 2015:

The big question for horse racing in recent years has been “what’s next?” Committees have been created, promises have been made, strategies are in the works, but we’ve overlooked an important but simple first step to help rejuvenate horse racing in Canada; something that we can all be a part of: advocacy marketing.

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Submitted Letters's Blog


June 24: Regarding recent positive tests in Ontario

June 24, 2015:

Trot Insider has received a statement from two veterinarians regarding a rash of recent positive tests that have occurred in Ontario.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog


Our industry after two years

June 20, 2015:

Sometimes it seems like our future is becoming a lopsided fight. Everytime it's seems like we might be able to climb out of this hole we were left in, we get more dirt thrown on us.

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RUS Riders's Blog


How racing under saddle has changed my role in the Standardbred racing industry

June 19, 2015:

Back in 2005, I was returning home from a summer job in Waterford, Ont., working and showing reining horses and knew nothing about the Standardbred racehorse, much less how a harness was even put on. What I never would have dreamed of, was a lifestyle working in the racing industry, and a passion for everything Standardbred racing, leading me into what is now known as Racing Under Saddle in Ontario.

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Adam Mauntah's Blog


A Storied Career Comes to a Close

May 28, 2015:

As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am a great fan of race calling those who do it for a living. As I write this, we are not far away from bidding farewell to Dan Loiselle – a master of the race calling profession and an ambassador to Canadian horse racing.

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Jack Darling's Blog


Safety First

May 9, 2015:

I was in a pretty bad training accident on Friday morning at Classy Lane Training Centre. My colt spooked from the tractor and I collided head on with another horse that was going a training mile.

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Kathy Wade's Blog


The Renaissance of Racing in Calgary

May 4, 2015:

It was a bitterly cold and blustery day and threatening clouds loomed over Canada’s newest harness racing facility but that didn’t prevent droves of racing fans and first timers from making the trek to witness Calgary’s first card of harness racing since the curtain closed on Stampede Park’s final day of harness racing in 2006.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog


Missed Opportunities

April 10, 2015:

It's not very often that we have anything to cheer about in Ontario lately.

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Jeff Porchak's Blog


In A Class By Himself

April 8, 2015:

Earlier this year, hockey great Jean Beliveau passed away. There were tributes by the dozens for the gentleman many consider to be the one of the classiest players to ever play in the NHL.

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