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Kirkpatrick Paying It Forward

November 26, 2018:

Trot Insider has been informed that the impact of the recently-concluded 2018 Youth Literary Derby continues to be felt, as some of the finalists are doing their part to have their schools benefit from the experience....read on

Reflecting On Literary Derby Success

November 21, 2018:

From the very date of its birth and announcement to the media on April 3, 2018, the Youth Literary Derby captured the imagination and strong support of the Ontario harness racing community and the provincial school system....read on

Youth Literary Derby Crowns Winners

October 9, 2018:

October 6 was ‘graduation day’ for a quartet of young Ontario students, as they stepped up to the podium at Woodbine Mohawk Park to receive accolades and prizes for their literary accomplishments in the $2,000 Youth Literary Derby, sponsored by St. Catharines, Ont. horseman and construction magnate Tom Rankin....read on

Youth Literary Derby Finalists Announced

September 21, 2018:

The results are in and the finalists announced for the 2018 Youth Literary Derby....read on

Crunch Time For Literary Derby Hopefuls

June 12, 2018:

From Blind River to Bright’s Grove and Sudbury, and from Teeswater to Dobbinton and St. Catharines, the Youth Literary Derby has reached into the classrooms of schools, standardbred farms and mainstream media across Ontario....read on

High Praise For Literary Derby

May 30, 2018:

Sectors of the United States and Ontario Standardbred industry are supporting the Youth Literary Derby, as are municipal officials and members of the arts and educational community. Strong participation by prospective young ‘Derby’ hopefuls is fuelling the impetus of the initiative....read on

On The Road To The Rankins

May 21, 2018:

This past weekend eight Ontario Standardbred nurseries swung wide their gates to welcome young hopefuls for the Youth Literary Derby, but it seemed that all roads in the Niagara Peninsula led to Tom Rankin’s beautiful new broodmare facility....read on

Youth Literary Derby Kicks Off

May 13, 2018:

The 2018 Youth Literary Derby kicked off its opening day festivities on schedule May 10 at Seelster Farm’s Standardbred nursery in Lucan, Ont., followed by a busy weekend of visits by eager young horse-loving wordsmiths to eight other Standardbred nurseries across the province, keen to greet newborn foals during the prime foaling season in May and June....read on

Breeders Buzzing For Literary Derby

May 8, 2018:

The Youth Literary Derby will officially get under way during the month of May when budding poets and writers in the provincial education system will converge on 20 Standardbred breeding farms across the province, and Ontario Standardbred breeders are buzzing at the prospect....read on

Additional Prizes For Literary Derby

May 1, 2018:

Equine Guelph has announced that it will bestowing special prizes to the winners of the upcoming equine-themed Youth Literary Derby....read on

Campbell High On Literary Derby

April 24, 2018:

"Some of these kids might not know it now but after being around and interacting with these horses their lives will be changed. It will be the beginning of a lifetime love affair as horses are addictive; they make an impression on you and are good for the soul."...read on

Standardbreds In The Classroom

April 22, 2018:

Elementary school teacher Trena Lebedz of Rodney, Ont. has had a love affair with Standardbreds since she was a young child. She’s now sharing that passion with her Grade 4 and 5 students by incorporating horses into their education curriculum....read on

MAC Backs Youth Litarary Derby

April 17, 2018:

The Mississauga Arts Council, one of a dozen high profile partners, is helping to assist and promote the fledgling Youth Literary Derby....read on

Rankin Backs Literary Derby

April 12, 2018:

Tom Rankin has achieved outstanding success in many facets of his life. As a Standardbred breeder and owner the native of Cape Breton has garnered many of harness racing’s top honours....read on

Youth Literary Contest Announced

April 3, 2018:

Young Ontarians that possess a love of the Standardbred and a flair for the written word are encouraged to participate in the equine-themed Youth Literary Derby....read on


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