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With the world arriving at our doorstep for the equine events of the 2015 Pan American Games, it seems clear that now, more than ever, is the time to position the region as an international venue for equestrian events and a centre of equine excellence in Ontario. The legacy of the Games will provide Headwaters Horse Country a unique opportunity to become one of North America's top equine destinations.

 

The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association has just released a tourism focused 2015 Pan American Games Strategy. This strategy is intended to accomplish three goals:   

  1. To brand & position Headwaters as Horse Country.
  2. To support our communities and our business operators through legacy tourism development that will live well beyond the duration of the 2015 Pan American Games.
  3. To provide a memorable experience for visitors to the Games by leveraging and promoting our unique ancillary experiences, which will support the positioning of Headwaters as a sophisticated, rural destination, just a short drive from Canada's largest urban centre.
Read the full Hills of Headwaters - 2015 Pan American Games Tourism Strategy

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An Evening of Celebration with Headwaters Horse Country

 

If there was any doubt that the equine sector is important to our community, just speak to the more than 500 enthusiasts who attended our Evening of Celebration with Headwaters Horse Country on October 3, 2013.

 

Visitors networked with fellow equine enthusiasts while experiencing a full program of equestrian performances, forging demonstrations, local beverages and culinary delights.

 

Herb Williams, the founder and long-time leader of the Super Dogs show, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event which featured the equine talents of superb athletes from the Headwaters Region.

 

The evening included presentations of Headwaters Horse Country's recent efforts to promote this region as a centre of equine excellence.

 

We would like to thank our presenting sponsors, Dufferin.Biz and the Town of Caledon, our banner sponsors and all of the individuals and organizations that donated their time and products/services to make the evening a success. 

 
Further details, event information and a list of sponsors and contributors can be found on our website.

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Headwaters Horse Country Stable Tour

The 6th annual Headwaters Horse Country Stable Tour was held on Saturday, October 5th, 2013.

 

This event saw facilities from the Town of Caledon, Dufferin County, Town of Erin and King Township open their doors to the public. From breeding farms, coaching and training facilities to riding schools, boarding stables and ranches, visitors experienced the gamut of equine activity with a rare "behind the scenes" perspective.

 

Event photos and participant lists can be found on our website

 

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The Erin Fall Fair 

The 163rd Erin Fall Fair took place at the Erin Fairgrounds over Thanksgiving weekend, October 11-14, 2013.

 

The Equine tent immersed visitors in a full spectrum of equine experiences including a variety of shows, demonstrations and hands-on activities. There was also a special visit from Rick Mercer who talked with fair goers and even participated in a mini chuckwagon race for his show the Rick Mercer Report. His visit to the Erin Fall Fair will be broadcast on Tuesday October 29 at 8pm on CBC, and again on Friday Nov. 1 at 8:30pm on CBC. 

 
http://www.erinfair.ca/

 

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Headwaters Horse Country at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair  
 

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will take place at the Ricoh Coliseum and Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto from November 1 - 10, 2013. For information regarding this event, go to http://royalfair.org/.

  

Are you attending the Royal? WIN a weekend at the Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites!

Send us your contact details and a brief explanation of what your participation will be (visiting the fair, competing in events, exhibiting, etc..) and you could win a weekend at the Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites! Send your information to Vicki@thehillsofheadwaters.com before November 10, 2013.

 

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Township of Amaranth Annual Economic Development Breakfast   
 

The theme for his year's Township of Amaranth Economic Development Breakfast is the Equine Industry. The event will take place Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Township of Amaranth Municipal Office (374028 6th Line, Amaranth).


For more information visit the Township of Amaranth website

 

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Promoting your Events    
 

If you have an event that you would like promoted through Headwaters Horse Country, please contact Vicki Sword at Vicki@thehillsofheadwaters.com.

 


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Event Centres    
 

This month we are highlighting three equine event facilities in the Headwaters Region. Click on the logos below to view a video profile.

 

      

 

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Is your business ready for the Equine Agri-Tourism trend?

 

Agri-tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel & tourism industry and agri-destinations are offering a huge variety of experiences to meet its diverse demands. Equine tourism is a major part of agri-tourism and includes using horses for horseback riding lessons, trail-riding opportunities, boarding facilities, reproduction services and events.

 

Follow this link to see what considerations the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food outlines for developing an agri-tourism operation in Ontario  

  

The Ontario Southwest site offers an agri-tourism tool kit on their website


Are you interested in a workshop on this topic? Please send a message to Vicki@thehillsofheadwaters.com if you are interested.
 
 
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Featured Horse Country Image 

 

Submit your photos from Horse Country! Each newsletter will include a featured photograph from Headwaters Horse Country. Photo submissions should be emailed to Vicki@thehillsofheadwaters.com and include the photograph, your contact information and a brief description of the location or event.

 

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Horse Country Proud

 

Show your Horse Country pride with Headwaters Horse Country signage & apparel.

 

 

Gatepost Signage can now be ordered online. Each signage package contains a durable Headwaters Horse Country gatepost signand a ball cap. The cost is just $100 (plus shipping, if required).

 

Contact Dufferin Apparel for Headwaters Horse Country apparel at 519-942-9955 or visit their website. 

 

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New Marketing Coordinator  

  

The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association welcomes Vicki Sword to the role of Marketing Coordinator for Headwaters Horse Country. She will be the primary contact for Horse Country related inquiries. You can contact Vicki at 519-942-0314 or Vicki@thehillsofheadwaters.com.


Art-Contest

Stay tuned!
Headwaters Horse Country Art Contest
 

 

Headwaters Horse Country will be having a juried art contest to find our signature image. Winner to be announced in May 2014. Full contest details announced in November 2013.