Horsetrotting.net has updated the ‘events’ page of the site, so here’s your 2015 list of places to go and horses to see (in Canada) this summer.
In the comments sections, let us know what you love (or don’t) about any of these horse events and/or advice you have for other horse-loving globe trotters heading to the area. Or, if you know of any other events or places worth visiting that you’d like to add, please post those in the comments section too.
THE ROYAL WINTER FAIR
Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario
International Show Jumping and more
Horseshow ticket includes admission to the Fair celebrating every aspect of rural living , along with the World of Horses exhibition.
November 6-15, 2015
check out more about the Royal Winter Fair here: http://horsetrotting.net/2013/12/11/meet-your-food-and-more-at-the-royal-winter-fair-toronto/
Upper Canada Village, 13740 Country Road 2, Morrisburg, Ontario
August 29-31, 2015
Home of the Canadian Horse, this historic village recreating the 1800’s celebrates the equine with horse jumping, rodeo and polo demonstrations, the last weekend of the summer each year.
The parade of horses happens each day at noon in front of Cook Tavern.
36TH ANNUAL POLO FOR HEART
Three-day event featuring two international polo matches each day, and silent auction fundraiser for the Heart Association. Dress for the weather and walking in grass, but there is a hat competition so wear your best and biggest. 13401 Leslie St., Richmond Hill, Ontario. 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. www.poloforheart.org.
There’s a plethura of small town fall fairs each year, but this one claims to be the word’s biggest, though no one’s been able to quantify that claim. It is expansive, fun and the fall fair to go to if you only get to one. In additional to the usual animal barns, midway, carnival food and craft show there’s horse events all weekend, each day dedicated to Western events, English show jumping or a crowd favourite: draft horse carriages of all sizes.
Thanksgiving (Canadian) weekend in October every year
CALEDON (Near Toronto)
PAN AM GAMES – Equestrian Competitions in Jumping, Eventing and Dressage:
Saturday, July 11; Sunday, July 12; Tuesday, July 14; Friday, July 17; Sunday, July 19; Tuesday, July 21; Thursday, July 23; and Saturday, July 25.
SPRUCE MEADOWS (Highlights)
18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary, Ontario
Masters – September 10-14, 2014, and September 9-13, 2015
May Classic April 30-May 3, 2015
National June 3-7, 2015
Continental June 11-14, 2015
North American July 1-5, 2015
Pam America July 4-12, 2015
Canada One July 25-28, 2015
1410 Olympic Way, S.E., Calgary Alberta
Biggest Rodeo in Canada and all things agriculture
First two weeks of July, every year.
Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, 450 Chemin de Gaspe, CP 98, Bromont, Quebec
Grand Prix Jumping, Hunter Derby, Classic Hunter
Wednesday to Saturday, last three weeks of July every year.
This will also be the site of the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018.
Canadian Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team 2015 schedule
May 15-16, 2015 Chatham, Ontario
Hosted at the Cowgirls’ training farm is the Chatham Medieval Fair
TJ Stables, 837 Gregory Drive, Chatham, Ontario
The Cowgirls are participating in a two-hour show at 6:30 pm both days.
June 19 – 21, 2015 Richmond Hill, Ontario
36th Annual Polo for Heart fundraiser. Two international polo matches each day and silent auction in support of heart research. Tickets are $15 to $20. 13401 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario. 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.
RCMP Musical Ride
The Musical Ride starts its 2015 Season with a ride at home May 14, 2015 at the Ottawa RCMP stables, then heads to Fredericton, New Brunswick, three days later to start the East coast tour.
Find the 2015 schedule here: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mr-ce/tour-eng.htm
The Musical Ride plans to be in Saskatchewan and the Atlantic Provinces in 2015, at different venues in support of various charities. The Annual Sunset Ceremonies – 25th Anniversary this year – are June 25-29 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the RCMP stables in Ottawa at 1 Sandridge Road. Rescue dogs and kids entertainment will also be there, along with equestrian demonstrations.
Finally, if you also love all pets, summer is the season of dog (and pet) festivals, so check out the events page of our sister site: www.dogtrotting.net.