Horse Day is back and bigger than ever

PrintIt’s all about horses on Saturday, June 1, 2013 as Horse Day trots into Toronto and Ottawa to celebrate all things equine while introducing the public to riding in a safe, fun environment.

“If you love horses this is the event for you,” says Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation, the host of Toronto Horse Day. “We want to reach out to aspiring riders and help them turn an interest into a life-long passion. Horse Day is an opportunity for experienced riders to celebrate what they love and for newcomers to get up close to horses and ask questions in a fun, relaxing environment.”

Festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. simultaneously at the Horse Palace at Exhibition Place in Toronto and at the site of the former Nepean National Equestrian Park in Ottawa. Featuring breed and discipline demonstrations, interactive exhibits, games, activities, special guests and much more, Horse Day promises to be fun for the whole family. And, best of all, it’s free!

“Equine Canada is delighted to partner with the Ontario Equestrian Federation to hold a special day celebrating horses in the nation’s capital,” says Maggie Harvey, director of marketing and communications with Equine Canada. “Our ultimate goal is to see a nation-wide event every June, with dedicated ‘Horse Days’ in each province across Canada. Growing more opportunities at the grassroots level for families to expose their children to the wonderful world of horses is a key strategic objective of our federation.”

Now in its fifth year, Ontario Horse Day is a province-wide initiative that was started by the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) to introduce the public to horses in a safe, fun environment. The OEF encourages clubs and stables across the province to mark the day by hosting their own activities that coincide with official events in Toronto and Ottawa.

For more information about Horse Day and how you can get involved, visit

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