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The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group is thrilled to welcome King Township to our Headwaters equine initiative.  The addition of King Township to our working group enhances our ability to promote Headwaters as a centre of equine excellence and further positions Headwaters as Ontario's horse country.    

 

Headwaters Horse Country represents the County of Dufferin, the Town of Caledon, Town of Erin and King Township. It is referred to as 'Headwaters' because the region is the birthplace of four of Ontario's major river systems: the Credit, the Nottawasaga, the Humber and the Grand. These four watersheds play an important role in shaping the local landscape and heritage. The Hills of Headwaters is a key groundwater recharge area, providing drinking water, wetland habitat, and water supply for all four rivers 
 

Regions of Headwaters Horse Country


Ontario's Equine Centre of Excellence 

 

The Headwaters region is one of Ontario's most concentrated equestrian areas. Throughout the hills of King, Caledon, Erin, and Dufferin County you will find some of the country's premier horse breeding farms, coaching and training facilities, riding schools, boarding stables, equestrian ranches, suppliers (including farriers, veterinarians, feed, bedding and tack shops) and a wide range of equestrian events.

 

Visit the 2013 Calendar of Equestrian Events

Headwaters Horse Country has been established to brand and promote the region as Ontario's Centre of Equine Excellence. The collaboration is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and involves the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, Dufferin.biz, the Town of Caledon and King Township.

 
 
Did you know that the Headwaters region has over 120 km of equine accessible trails?
 

 

Get Engaged in the Future of Recreational Trail Access

In preparation for the development of a new twenty-year management plan for the Dufferin County Forest, the County is looking for information about recreational use of the Forest properties. If you are a user of the Dufferin County Forest, please take this survey

"If I have to clean up after my dog, why doesn't a rider have to clean up after their horse?"

Read more about Best Practices on the Trail.

Trail Riding

 

New Equine Welfare Guidelines

Keep your ears up, the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is preparing to release revisions to the Equine Code of Practice. The carefully renovated document is the work of a broad group of industry stakeholders. The Equine Code of Practice, due to be released in June, will provide clear, credible standards for equine care by which all horse owners and caregivers would be expected to abide.

 

View the NFACC Codes of Practice. 

The Countdown to the Pan American Games Begins

The Pan American Games are the world's third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. The Pan/Parapan American Games are held every four years for athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) and 26 member nations of the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC). The TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will draw more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials and feature 51 sports in municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. The equestrian events will be hosted in Caledon and Dufferin County and are expected to draw more than 8,000 people a day for each of the 11 competition days.

  

The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10 to 26 and the Parapan American Games August 7 to 14.

 

 

Viva Pan Am Celebration - July 10th

YOU are invited to join the festivities marking the two-year Countdown to the Pan Am Games on July 10th at the Caledon Equestrian Park. This is a FREE celebration and BBQ, commencing at 5:30 PM. 

 

Business and Employment

 

The 2015 Pan American Games is already having an economic impact in the Headwaters region. Employment and business opportunities are now on our doorstep.
  • Business opportunities and procurement policies associated with the 2015 Pan Am Games can be found here.
  • Employment and internship opportunities associated with the 2015 Pan Am Games can be found here.

Volunteer for the Games - Register Now

Pan Am Toronto 2015 is collecting contact information now for the launch of the volunteer registration process (2014) for Games-time volunteers. If you would like to receive a volunteer notification and updates on the volunteer program, register now at Viva Pan Am! 

OEF Horse Day

Headwaters Horse Country attended the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) Horse Day in Toronto on June 1st. The event, launched five years ago, takes place at the Horse Palace, Exhibition Place and is free to the public. It was an ideal audience to promote Headwaters Horse Country as a destination and Ontario's Equine Centre of Excellence. It is estimated that 1,500 horse fans and families visited the 25 exhibits, and watched live presentations from 12 horses representing different breeds and disciplines. Visit here to see some photos of the event before the crowds arrived

 
 

Renowned Sport Artist Commissioned for Caledon

David Arrigo, a Canadian artist (from Hockley) working with the TORONTO 2015 organization, is renowned for his sport art and rose to national acclaim when the Hockey Hall of Fame commissioned a portrait of Wayne Gretzky. Arrigo is set to unveil the painting created for CALEDON! at Caledon Day on June 15th. The painting will depict Caledon's participation in the 2015 Pan Am Games. See some of Arrigo's artwork including a piece from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.  


Get on Board!


Headwaters Horse Country
is looking for operators who provide Learn to Ride and introductory programs for youth and adults. Join me, promote your services and make sure your programs are included as part of the Headwaters Horse Country exhibit at the following event:
  • Viva Pan Am, July 10

To get involved contact Kelly@thehillsofheadwaters.com or call 519.942.0314

 

 Kelly rides the Mimosa Cup. Courtesy of Beaumiragephoto.ca