250th Miles

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.

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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.

Kylie, an Erin resident who is a member of the Canadian Cowgirls sprinted with the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada flag down a portion of the old Erin Fair Racetrack at Erin Fair Monday, Oct 9 as part of the 250 Commemorative Mile relay.

Kylie, an Erin resident who is a member of the Canadian Cowgirls sprinted with the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada flag down a portion of the old Erin Fair Racetrack at Erin Fair Monday, Oct 9 as part of the 250 Commemorative Mile relay.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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Bedrock Farms Fundraiser
Beaumont, Alberta – Commemorative Mile June 11
Check out the terrific coverage here

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.

Clinton Raceway (July 2)
Dresden (July 1)
Georgian Downs (July 1)
Grand River (June 30)
Kawartha Downs (July 1)
Mohawk (July 1)
Rideau Carleton (July 2)
Woodbine (July 1)
St. Hugues – Quebec

Check out the photos (more to come) – hover over photo for text

 

 

Other Participating tracks included:
British Columbia
Hastings Racecourse – Vancouver (July 1)
Alberta
Century Downs (July 1)
Millarville Racetrack
112th Running of the Millarville Races – Saturday, July 1
Northlands Park – Edmonton (July 1)
Manitoba
Assiniboia Downs
Name the 250th Anniversary Foal Contest & Celebration – Saturday, July 1
Nova Scotia
Inverness (July 2)
Northside Downs – North Sydney (July 1)
Truro (June 30)
New Brunswick
Exhibition Park Raceway – Saint John (July 1)
Ontario
Fort Erie Race Track
Family Fun Day & 250th Anniversary Celebration – Sunday, July 2
Georgian Downs (July 1)
Hanover Raceway
250th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, July 1
Hiawatha  – Sarnia (July 1)
PEI
Red Shores – Charlottetown (July 2)
Summerside – (July 1)
Quebec
Hippodrome 3R – Trois Riviere (July 2)