Category Horse Event/Activity

Toronto: One of a Kind Horse Creations are a Calling … Happy 40th!

Thursday I’m headed to the 40th Annual One of a Kind Spring Show in Toronto, Ontario and guess what that means: I’ve been attending the One of a Kind Spring Show for 40 years. Always running near my birthday, it’s often my present to myself.   Or more accurately, anything horse-themed is on my list, […]

horse at Hollandsche Manege Riding School in Amsterdam, Holland

Travel Amsterdam: High Tea at The Hollandsche Manege – Housing Horses Downtown

Horses aren’t necessarily top of mind when you think Amsterdam. But here I am, in the Netherlands, walking through a European-style subdivision past rows of narrow Brownstone-style contemporary homes looking for a riding stable. Yes, a stable. In a subdivision. I stop and ask a woman pushing a stroller along the sidewalk: “I think I’m […]

International Accumulator Show Jumping Challenge at The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario.

Travel Toronto (Part IV): The Royal International Accumulator Show Jumping Challenge

The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair 2017 has wrapped up for another year – but not before I got to experience the most edge-of-your-seat horse jumping competition that (almost) beat Indoor Eventing for white knuckle tension.

On November 9, 2017, McLain Ward of the US won the International Accumulator Show Jumping Challenge at The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario.

Dressage Invitation Grand Prix Freestyle Cup Royal Winter Fair 2017

Travel, Toronto (Part III): Dressage at the Royal Winter Fair 2017

Megan Lane of Collingwood, Ontario left the Royal Thursday night $20,000 richer after she and her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Caravella won the Dressage Invitation Grand Prix Freestyle Cup – for the second year in a row.

Horseware Indoor Eventing at the Royal Winter Fair 2017

Royal Winter Fair (Part II): Horseware Indoor Eventing Competition Finals

Unlike the sport’s show jumping cousin, Eventing is a little more rock and roll – literally. Rocking loud music plays, the audience is encouraged to cheer while horse and rider compete and commentators talk during the ride.

Amy Millar Royal Winter Fair Horse Show 2017

Travel Toronto (Part I): Amy Millar wins Canadian Show Jumping Competition! #RWF2017

On Saturday, November 4, 2018 Amy Millar won the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario, for the first time in a two-decade career.

Fall Fair MIniature Horse Judging Competition

Miniature Horse Showing: Fall Fair Competitions Demystified Part II

What are the judges looking for while kids and adults walk their minis into the ring then stand, for what seems like days, waiting for the announcer call their numbers?

Horse jumping competition at the Norfolk County Fair, Simcoe, Ontario

Loving the Fall Trifecta: Horses, Country Fairs, and more Horses

Thursday at the Norfolk Fair, it’s all about the jumping, with some heavy hitch, wagon and junior single-horse hitch driving competitions happening nearby. After 11 am, hordes of school kids flood into the fair to see the livestock, biggest pumpkin competition and poultry barn – including a new category: rainbow chickens.

Binbrook Fall Fair Heavy Horse Hitching Class 2017

Horsetrotting’s Top Five Fall (Horse) Fairs in 2017

Giddy Up! It’s Fall Fair Season. And what’s a fall fair without horses? An afternoon at the 163rd Binbrook Fair started my Ontario Fall Fair Tour off last weekend – this year I’ve booked one a weekend and I’m determined to get to each bright and early to catch all the horse shows. (No horse show? […]

Four horses and trainer during Cavalia Odysseo show

When Cavalia comes to town: Journey with Odysseo Horses. Here’s why.

A galloping Palomino plowed into a tumbler knocking him down during the Grand Finale of Cavalia’s Odysseo August 5, 2017, in Mississauga, Ontario. It was a hard reminder that horses are powerful creatures with free will (and fear) that demands respect. Fortuitously, after the first act of Odysseo when nine ‘liberty’ (unsaddled and unbridled) horses […]

Balloon outside the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas advertising Circus 1903 - horsetrotting

War Horse goes to the circus – Circus 1903 in Las Vegas, NV

There’s something charming about classic circus acts. I’d say nostalgic, but nostalgia requires some memory of the original event and the early 20th century predates even me. Everything I know about the classic circus – thick facial hair, puffy trousers, and women in white tights – is through photos, films and now Circus 1903: The […]

Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue

A Year of Heroes #2: Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue, Hagersville, Ontario

Let the celebrations begin! For ten years, Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue has saved more than 300 horses, many from dire circumstances, nursed them back to health then either retired them to the Whispering Hearts pasture or rehomed them appropriately with the expectation they will live happily ever after. The rescue celebrated this success on July […]

Travel Louisville, KY: Don’t bet? No problem. Churchill Downs still delivers, especially for horse lovers.

I didn’t know much about thoroughbred racing before I went to Louisville, Kentucky. One day in Derby City and I do now. Churchill Downs historic walking tours run year round, expect on Kentucky Derby weekend when about 160,000 people flood this famous racetrack with a seating capacity of 60,000. Where do the other 100,000 people […]

Barns and Backside Tour Derby Week Churchill Downs Louisville, KY

Travel Louisville, KY: Barns and Backside Tour Electric During Derby Week

Always Dreaming might have won the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6, 2017 taking home approximately 1.6 million dollars in prize money, but I won too accidentally ending up in Louisville, Kentucky the first two days of Derby Week. Of course, like millions of others, I was rooting for Patch, a one-eyed horse and […]

Horse at Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo

How to Photograph your horse or What we learned at the Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo Part II

“This is good to know,” the woman standing in front of me turned around and said, “especially if you’re selling a horse.” An image is worth a thousand words apparently. Or in this case, maybe an extra thousand dollars if you get the photo right. I’m not selling a horse, but I do spend time […]

Horse at Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo

Fitting the Western Saddle or What we learned at Can-Am Equine Expo Part I

Western saddles are designed for Quarter Horses, Hud Roberts of HR Saddles & Tack said at the Western Saddle fitting clinic held at the Can-Am Equine Expo, March 31 to April 2, 2017 in Markham, Ontario, Canada. HR Saddles makes custom saddlery and tack in Frisco, Texas and sells through distributors across North America, including […]

Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo 2017 horse

What’s Happening in Markham? The Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo 2017

If three days of horses, horse people, horse stuff, horse clinics and two evening extravaganzas sounds like heaven, then I’ve got your Nirvana: The Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo at the Markham Fairgrounds in Markham, Ontario, Canada, a 30-minute drive from Toronto. Why I haven’t attended before, I don’t know. However, I spent the entire […]

International Horse Museum, Lexington, Kentucky

Travel Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park Part II: International Museum of the Horse

“The first horse to be tamed changed the world forever.” These are the words written at the entrance of the International Museum of the Horse in the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Kentucky. Truer words couldn’t be posted. Civilization owes its existence to horses. No exaggeration. Horses allowed the world to evolve, as we know […]

2017 – Year of the Horse for Canadian Equine Fans (or a disconcerting milestone…)

Happy New Year! 2017 marks an important milestone in Canada’s history: it’s the country’s 150th anniversary. And horses (at least for me) are a big part of this celebration. That’s right: the country I call home is younger than most of Europe’s historic hotels (and some stables), but the 1867 establishment of confederation marks Canada’s […]

Hagersville, ON: Christmas Open House with Rescue Horses

Pet pics with Santa and horses? How can you resist? If you’re in the Southern Ontario area west of Hamilton head out to Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue in Hagersville, Ontario (near my home) on December 11, 2016 (1 to 4pm). I’ll be heading there with my dog, Victor. In fact, I went out to one […]