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Working in partnership with Ontario’s horse racing industry, OLG has prepared and released a new study that quantifies the economic impact and employment levels of the sector in Ontario. Data in the study describes the economic contributions of Ontario’s entire horse racing industry, across key economic performance indicators.

Racetracks, horsepeople, industry associations and the government were surveyed to gather data and the results of the study were independently verified against two reputable outside sources, StatsCan and Econometric Research Limited.

Alongside many other contributors, Ontario Racing is proud to be a member of the study’s steering committee.

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Sleigh Rides to Make the Season Glow

Few traditions invoke Christmas cheer better than a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snow-covered landscape. Here are Ontario venues where you can go dashing through the snow. Wheels.ca

Canada’s Winter Wildlife Along Red Deer River

Earlier this month, Calgary photographer and videographer Mike Drew went to a wintery Red Deer River, AB., where there were plenty of wild horses. See the video at Calgaryherald.com

First Western Canadian Heli-Evac of a Horse

Facing a choice to be possibly swept away or to evacuate, two BC families made the heartbreaking decision to get themselves to safety and leave their animals behind. MerrittHerald.com.

For the Love of Snow!

The video shared by Halifax Lancers, a non-profit riding school and therapeutic centre, shows the animals horsing around in the fresh snow. Halifax Lancers via Storyful

How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Horse?

While most horses are capable of withstanding cold temperatures at rest, when you add exercise, their tolerance may not be as high as you’d expect. Horse Canada articleOR Story/Infographic

Trackside Notes


In spite of the pandemic shortened season, Woodbine Racetrack’s 2021 Thoroughbred season produced an all-sources handle of $505,348,339, the third highest total in Woodbine Thoroughbred history. Read more.


Woodbine Mohawk Park will host a wide variety of late closing events for Ontario Sired horses this winter. “They’re really promoting our own breed here in Ontario,” said Jim Inglis of Joanne’s Staking Service. Read more.

Quarter Horse

A record number of horses participated in the Post Racing Incentive Program in 2021, competing and winning in horse sport competitions across Ontario. Read more about the Quarter Horse Post Racing Incentive Program.
In Ontario, the darker, colder days of winter are putting the lighting and heating systems in our barns into overdrive. Regular inspections of farm fire safety plans could help prevent tragedy. Take a look at Ontario Racing’s ‘Farm Fire Prevention’ infographic for easy and important steps you can take around the farm to keep your property and livestock safe from fires.Equine Guelph also offers free Fire Prevention resources.



Dates of Note:
  • Tattersall’s 2022 Winter Mixed Sale: January 17, 2022. tattersallsredmile.com
  • QROOI 2021 Awards Banquet: March 5, 2022. Details.
  • OSS Stallion Registration Forms: Registration form and fees are due January 15, 2022. Stallion registration forms for the 2022 breeding season will be sent out in the coming weeks. Separate forms will be required for each stallion. Stallion registration and payment is available online. Contact: Standardbred Improvement Coordinator, ossprogram@ontarioracing.com.
  • TIP Stallion Registration: The registration form and all fees must be submitted to Ontario Racing no later than JANUARY 15, 2022 or the $500 late fee will apply
  • TIP Mare Recruitment Program and Mare Purchase Program: Application forms are available on the TIP website.


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