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EquiMania! Gives Thanks

Published: April 26, 2018 3:13 pm ET

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EquiMania! would like to extend a sincere thank-you to the organizers, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and the attendees at the Can-Am Equine Expo in Markham, Ont.

It was the 13th consecutive year of participation for EquiMania! at yet another brilliant show. Can-Am is always a must-attend event for horse lovers from all disciplines. The April 6 – 8 event offered a multitude of learning opportunities, as well as entertainment and shopping for a well-rounded sensational outing. The staff and volunteers manning the education booth and Equimania! fun zone are always impressed by the dedicated equestrians coming out to Can-Am to further their equine knowledge.

To build on Can-Am’s atmosphere of education, attendees of the Equine Guelph and EquiMania! displays were encouraged to fill out ballots for a chance to win a free short online course from The Horse Portal.

Congratulations to Victoria Ayres, of Queensville, Ont., who won her choice of one of the following three-week courses offered to ages 16 and up: Horse Care & Welfare (September 17 – October 5, 2018), Sickness Prevention (October 15 – 26, 2018), Gut Health and Colic Prevention (November 12 – 30, 2018) or Horse Behaviour & Safety (January 21 – February 8, 2019). Congratulations also go out to Teya from Ontario, who won free enrollment into Horse Behaviour & Safety for Youth (July 23 – August 10, 2018). Check out The Horse Portal for more information on these courses and upcoming 12 week courses.

“My heartfelt thanks go out to Ross Millar and the Can-Am team, especially auction organizer Janice Blakeney, for their dedication to putting together the annual Art Auction featured at the Can-Am Saturday Evening Extravaganza,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. The auction was a resounding success with $4275.00 raised in under 15 minutes, with all the proceeds going to Equine Guelph. Many thanks to the four talented ladies who donated their beautiful pieces of art include: Nola McConnan, Ann Clifford, Kelly Plitz and Shawn Hamilton.

Equine Guelph would also like to acknowledge ‘Heartland’ star Amber Marshall for her role in the art auction. Amber provided a gift basket (signed magazines, necklace she wears on Heartland show, horse treats). When a call came out from the crowd to include a selfie, she quickly agreed to add that to the gift pack. The bidding quickly reached $800, and there were still 3 bidders at this level, so Amber suggested she would provide three gift packs and selfies if everyone would donate $800. She tripled the donation with this action! Thank you Amber!

The strength of great partnerships has made EquiMania! a popular exhibit in Ontario and beyond. Equine Guelph thanks the sponsors and volunteers who make it possible to bring EquiMania! to approximately two million visitors every year! Thank you ESSO, Greenhawk, Kubota Canada, Ontario Equestrian, Shur-Gain, SSG Gloves, Standardbred Canada, System Fencing and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.

To book EquiMania! for your next event contact Eq4kids@uoguelph.ca. Kids, visit EquiMania! online to play games online & stay tuned to upcoming events for more EquiMania! outings.

(Equine Guelph)


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