250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada celebrated at Royal Horse Show
Friday, November 10, the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing was showcased as part of the 95th Annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
Under the lights and glamour of the Royal Horse Show, an exhibition celebrating the racing industry’s milestone anniversary included a combination of video, current and retired race horses, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame members and a special presentation to the president of the RAWF.
Three thoroughbreds and four Standardbreds completed an eight-lap commemorative mile while iconic race caller Dan Loiselle provided biographies about each horse’s race and post-race career, highlighting the versatility of the breeds and the importance of re-purposing once race careers conclude.
Erin Fair – October 9
The Canadian Cowgirls kicked off the celebration which featured a 15 breed parade on the old Erin Fair Racetrack completing 2 commemorative miles for the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada. It was a fabulous event and many thanks to David MacDonald, Bridget Ryan and the Erin Fair Board for coordinating this terrific showcase and hosting such a wonderful celebration.
Mohawk Raceway – August 1
The RCMP Musical Ride unit honoured the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada with a commemorative Mile before their performance at Mohawk Raceway August 1.
Mac Lilley Farms records First 250th Mile – May 14, 2017
Il Sogno Dream and Alex Lilley took to the track for a mile in recognition of Mac Lilley Farm’s 50 years of operation which was also the first of 250 miles in recognition of the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada in 2017.
Earlier this year a national initiative was launched to complete “250 Miles for 250 Years”, with a goal of accumulating 250 commemorative miles honouring the communities, horses and people who have participated in the sport over the past 250 years. Many of those commemorative miles were held over this official anniversary weekend.
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Other Participating tracks included:
Hastings Racecourse – Vancouver (July 1)
Century Downs (July 1)
112th Running of the Millarville Races – Saturday, July 1
Northlands Park – Edmonton (July 1)
Name the 250th Anniversary Foal Contest & Celebration – Saturday, July 1
Inverness (July 2)
Northside Downs – North Sydney (July 1)
Truro (June 30)
Exhibition Park Raceway – Saint John (July 1)
Fort Erie Race Track
Family Fun Day & 250th Anniversary Celebration – Sunday, July 2
Georgian Downs (July 1)
250th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, July 1
Hiawatha – Sarnia (July 1)
Red Shores – Charlottetown (July 2)
Summerside – (July 1)
Hippodrome 3R – Trois Riviere (July 2)