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News from the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group


HELG Committee Structure


HELG is pleased to announce new roles for two of our steering committee members.


Linda Pabst will be moving from her current seat as HELG Municipal Sub-Committee Chair to the vacant seat for industry at large from King Township. 


Linda 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.


Linda has been involved in the equestrian world for over 44 years and is a proud horse show mother and grandmother.


Jim Boyd will be moving from his current seat as industry at large representative from Erin to the vacant seat as Policy and Government Relations Sub-Committee Chair. Jim will also Chair the Sustainability Sub-Committee for HELG.


Jim is President & CEO of the Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation and a resident of Erin.   He has extensive and varied experience in finance, politics and community involvement and a life-long passion for horses.


The following is a list of full HELG steering committee.  Click here for more detail and biographies of committee members. 

  • James Boyd - President & CEO, Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation
  • Elaine Capes - Councillor Town of Mono
  • Sandra Dolson - Economic Development Officer, Town of Caledon
  • Susan Fripp - Owner, Caledon Equestrian School
  • Michele Harris - Executive Director, Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association
  • Ross Millar (Chair) - President, Ross Millar Group
  • Linda Pabst - Councillor King Township
  • Theresa Sauren - Program Manager,
  • Jamie Smyth - Economic Development Officer, King Township
  • Stephany St.Louis - Hospital Manager, Caledon Equine Hospital 



Horse Country Event Assistant


Please join us is welcoming Nicole Chiasson to the Headwaters Horse Country team!  


Nicole is currently studying Tourism Management and Travel Industry Services at the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto.  She has a background in equestrian competition and worked for several years as a counsellor at one of the premier equestrian camps in Ontario.


In her new role, Nicole will be an ambassador for Headwaters Horse Country.  She will share information about visiting, living and working in Horse Country and about the equine industry in the Headwaters region.  


Look for the Horse Country booth and come meet Nicole at many events throughout the season!


Pan Am Countdown Pan-Am-Countdown

The games begin July 10, 2015.

That's 407 days away! 

Pan American Games Facility "Best Ever": Equestrian Ian Millar praises Caledon Equestrian Park


Ten-time Olympian and nine-time Pan American Game's medallist, Ian Millar, says Caledon Equestrian Park "is the best Pan Am facility I've ever seen and the best that's ever been."


Millar made his comments during the 2014 opening competition at the Caledon Equestrian Park. "This is going to do so much for the development of the sport in Canada," said Millar. 


Click here for a video of the full interview.

Equine Events and Happenings Equine-Events-and-Happenings

Mark your calendar with these Horse Country events for June!

June 4-8The Erin Welcome CSI**Angelstone Tournaments
June 6-8Spring Into Dressage & Pan Am Test Caledon Equestrian Park
June 6-8Caledon Agricultural FairCaledon Fairgrounds
June 10-15Classic at Palgrave Phase 2Caledon Equestrian Park
June 14Caledon DayCaledon Civic Campus
June 14EQUI-FESTOAS Event Centre
June 14-15Caledon Horse Trials T, PT, E, PECaledon Riding Club
June17-22Summer Classic Caledon Equestrian Park
June 21-22
Summer Solstice Rides & SeminarsDufferin Forest Main Tract
June 22Tottenham Equestrians Show SeriesOAS Event Centre
June 25-29Caledon Premier 1 Caledon Equestrian Park
June 27Bolton Truck & Tractor PullAlbion/Bolton Fairgrounds
June 27-July 1Quarter Horse Show - SummeramaOAS Event Centre
June 28-29Wits End Horse Trials I, P, T, PT, E, PEWits End Farm


Click here for a full list of Horse Country events.



Caring For Your Horse & Farm - Free Workshop

May 31, 2014 


Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and the Rural Clean Water Program (RCWP)  are hosting a FREE Caring For Your Horse & Farm workshop from 9am to 3:30pm at the Nobleton Community Hall (19 Old King Road).


This workshop will discuss how to manage horse manure, improve pasture quality and protect natural features on your property such as ponds, wetlands and streams.  Attendees will also discover programs that can assist technically and financially and tour two equine farms to see environmental improvement projects first hand.  Lunch is included!


Click here for more details about this workshop.  




154th Caledon Agricultural Fair

June 6-8, 2014  


The Caledon Agricultural Fair takes place at the Caledon Fairgrounds (Hwy 10 in Caledon Village).  This year's theme is Cowbells and Carousels. 


Here are just some of the exciting events each day!



Truck & Tractor pull



Hunt Club Challenge Horse Show, Gaited Horse Show, Jumper Challenge, Lawn tractor pull, bbq dinner with live entertainment



Cattle shows, Welsh Pony, Sport Pony and Open Driving shows, Heavy Horse Pull 


Click here for more information about the Caledon Fair.




Caledon Day                                                                                                             June 14, 2014

Rock out to Canadian music, shop the vendor fair, enjoy great food, quality artisans and  family fun! 

Join the Town of Caledon for an amazing free Canadian outdoor concert, fair and fireworks finale to close the event.  This year's headlining act will be BIG SUGAR! 

Click here for more information about Caledon Day.




Le TREC Clinic

June 28, 2014


Equine Canada and the Ontario Equestrian Federation are holding a Le TREC clinic at Cadogan Farm in Caledon, Ontario.


The internationally renowned TREC expert, Thierry Maurouard, will be the master clinician.  Thierry is the technical delegate for the International Federation for Equestrian Tourism and TREC consultant for the French Equestrian Federation. He is the national coach for French and Canadian TREC teams. He has participated in many international TREC competitions and is TREC world champion mounted and driving.


Click here for more information.



Promoting your Events    Promote-Your-Events

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


NEW Horse Country WebsiteNew-Horse-Country-Website 


Headwaters Horse Country will be launching a new Horse Country website in June!


Stay tuned for details and information regarding how you can list your events and business information on the new site.   

Breeds in Horse Country Breeds-in-Horse-Country 

This month we are highlighting the Icelandic horse breed!  

Icelandic horses are one of the oldest breeds of horse in the world. The breed was developed from ponies taken to Iceland by Scandinavian settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries. For 9 centuries, no other horses have been brought to Iceland.  The Icelandic horse is one of the purest in the world.


Photo Courtesy of OnIce Horse Farm

Icelandic horses are hardy. They weigh between 330 and 380 kilograms (730 and 840 lb) and stand an average of 13 and 14 hands (52 and 56 inches, 132 and 142 cm) high. The breed comes in many coat colors, including chestnut, dun, bay, black, gray, palomino, pinto and roan. These horses have well-proportioned heads, wide foreheads and a short, muscular neck that is broad at the base. The legs are strong and short, with relatively long cannon bones and short pasterns. The mane and tail are full, with coarse hair, and the tail is set low.


Photo Courtesy of OnIce Horse Farm

Icelandics may be 3,4,or 5 gaited , the majority having 4 gaits. The walk, trot and canter are common to every breed of horse. The fourth gait is a four-beat lateral ambling gait known as the tolt. The tolt is extremely smooth to ride, but very powerful. The footfall is the same as at the walk, but much faster. The breed also performs a a two beat lateral gait called a flying pace. The horse moves the front and hind foot on the same side at the same time. It is used in pacing races, and is fast and smooth, with some horses able to reach up to 48km per hour.   


Today the Icelandic horse breed is still used for traditional farm work, as well as for leisure, showing, and racing. 

~Sources:  Wikipedia &


The photos used in this section were submitted by the Horas Family at OnIce Horse Farm located at 16218 Albion Trail in Caledon Ontario (905-880-4002).

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"He moved like a dancer, which is not surprising; a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music." 
~Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale~

Featured Horse Country Image   Featured-Horse-Country-Photo  


Check out this adorable picture of Finally.  The photo was submitted by Bridget Ryan of Equine Erin located within the rolling hills of Erin, Ontario.


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