Author Archive for MerryWatson


MITCHELL, Sandra Violet – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra Violet Mitchell. Read obituary here 

Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario’ Findings Report

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to release the ‘Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario’ Findings Report. The report presents a summary of the issues, ideas, and thoughts that were brought forward throughout the eight-month engagement process.


To view the entire bulletin:


Information Bulletin No. 28 : Release of Findings Report – Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario



Please see the attached pdf of the 2017 Overnight Series

Click here for the 2017 Overnight Series pdf

Country Boy 123 Horse of the Year

Ruth Barbour purchased her first Quarter Horse only five years ago, looking to try her hand at preparing a racehorse at the Hillsburgh, ON farm she shares with husband Doug Jackson. As a small-scale Thoroughbred owner and breeder and practising veterinarian, Barbour had some fun with that first Quarter Horse, Sixes Hero, a three-time winning filly.
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Take the Survey

Guelph, Ontario – Equine Guelph is calling on grooms, trainers, and owners in the racing industry, to complete a first of its kind survey on racehorse health and well-being to direct future research and programs for the industry.  Your feedback can help shape the future of racing in Ontario.

The goal of the survey is to learn more about the current challenges facing the Ontario horse racing industry in all three sectors (quarter horse, standardbred, thoroughbred). More specifically, this project explores current racehorse health concerns (injuries and diseases of most concern), horsemanship and racehorse well-being including post racing opportunities, communications, and training.

As a racing professional, your input is important to help drive new research, educational programs and outreach efforts to maintain and improve racehorse health and well-being in Ontario. The survey is anonymous; no specific identifying information will be collected.  A summary of the results of this comprehensive survey will be published.

At the end of the survey, participants have the option to enter a draw to win either one of five $100 fuel cards, one of five $50 Tim Horton’s cards or one of ten $25 Tim Horton’s cards.  Chances of winning are approximately 1 in 20.

Give your input before December 15, 2016!
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If you have any questions or concerns about your participation, please feel free to contact Diane Gibbard at (519) 824-4120 ext 53457 (or or Gayle Ecker at (519) 824-4120 ext 56678 (or