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This month we have much to celebrate in Headwaters Horse Country including the addition of 4 new members to the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group, success at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Contest Winner announcements and more. Read on for all the details.
The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group is pleased to announce four new New-HELG-Members
members to the HELG committee.



Jennifer Coxworthy is the owner of Richvale Saddlery and has been involved with horses her entire life. Jennifer has been a champion for the equine industry as a past President of the King Chamber of Commerce and on the Economic pillar of the Sustainability Plan of King Township.


Susan Fripp
is the owner and operator of Caledon Equestrian School.
She has served on many boards from community councils to the Ontario Equestrian Federation. She also owned and produced Canadian Coach, a national coaching magazine and produced two horse related TV shows with Rogers. Susan has a passion for equine education and is driven to make it accessible to everyone.



Linda Pabst has been a Councillor in King Township 19 years. In that time, she has chaired and sat on numerous committees in King and York Region. She has been involved in the Equestrian World for over 44 years and is a proud horse show mother and grandmother.


Stephany St.Louis
was raised in Caledon and is currently the Hospital Manager for the Caledon Equine Hospital. She has extensive connections in the industry, participated on the Horse Country Stable Tour Committee for many years and received the Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award in 2010.



Please join us in welcoming Jennifer, Susan, Linda and Stephany to the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group and stay tuned for more sub-committee appointments in the December newsletter.
Local Horse Country Talent Shined at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair   
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair took 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

Four-time Canadian champion and
Caledon's own Yann Candele took the Greenhawk Canadian Cup for record fourth consecutive year.

Canadian olympian, Beth Underhill of Schomberg celebrated the return of her mount Viggo following a near two-year hiatus from indoor competition. Beth was runner-up in the Greenhawk Canadian Cup and the Ricoh Big Ben Challenge. Viggo was named the Leading Canadian Horse of the competition.

The Royal Rodeo matched eastern Canada's top Cowboys and cowgirls against the best from Western Canada. Barbara Millar of Mono won the Ladies Barrel Racing with 2 tremendous rides.

Other Awards 





Small Pony Hunter Division


So Far So Good

Coventry Lane Farm



Beaverwood's Paprika

Kirsten Brunner



Littlest Maximus

Jillian Nicholls


Medium Pony Hunter Division


Beaverwood's Foxberry

Kirsten Brunner



Beaverwood's Oriole

Kirsten Brunner 


CET Medal



Mark Hayes


Percheron Performance


Hitch-Crawford Farms

Peter & Lucas Curtis

East Garafraxa


Hitch-Glencal Percherons

Calvin Lipsett



Hitch-Greenwood Farms

Lynn Greenwood

East Garafraxa


Hitch-Ryanday Farms

Robert Black


Clydesdale Line Classes


Besley's Majestic Alice

Lana & Dave Besley


Percheron Line Classes


Ryanday Flash's Princess

Robert Black


Welsh Pony/Cob Line Classes


Beaverwood's King Fisher

Kirsten Brunner


And the winner of the 'Horse Country
at the Royal' contest is...

Sally Chamney from Silver Fox Farm!
Sally and her family enjoyed several days at the Royal as spectators. As a winner of this contest, she will receive a voucher for a weekend at the Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites!




Promoting your Events    

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


Equine Experience Tourism Destinations      

This month we are highlighting three Headwaters Horse Country equine tourism destinations. Click on a logo below to view a video profile. 



Is agri-tourism a risky business? 

Safety Risks

There are safety risks and hazards involved with any business venture. Operating an agri-tourism business is no exception. Follow the link below to see what considerations the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food outlines for managing the safety risks associated with operating an agri-tourism business.


Security Risks

While inviting the public to visit your facility is a wonderful way to engage the community and promote your business, agri-tourism operators must be pro-active to avoid security risks. See the link below for some information collected by The North Carolina Cooperative Extension for agri-tourism businesses in their state.

Are you interested in a workshop on this topic? Please send a message to if you are interested.

Featured Horse Country Image 


Check out the image of this 7 month old warmblood cross named Peanut Butter Pie! This photo was submitted by Christy Oukes and was taken at her farm, Silver Fox Equine located at 5th Line EHS in Mono.   

Submit your photos from Horse Country! Each newsletter will include a featured photograph from Headwaters Horse Country.  


Photo submissions should be emailed to and include the photograph, your contact information and a brief description of the location or event.



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.