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Headwaters Horse Country has a NEW website!


The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group is excited to announce the launch of our new Headwaters Horse Country website.  Now you can find Horse Country news, events, businesses and information all in one place.


Whether you are looking to visit or relocate to Horse Country or browse through industry resources, you will find the information you need at


 Register your business or organization on the site for your free business listing in our directory and to add your events.


Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterWe are also launching Horse Country on Twitter and Facebook in July.  Follow us today and stay tuned for updates!  


Pan Am Countdown Pan-Am-Countdown

The games begin July 10, 2015.

That's 380 days away! 


Caledon Mayor's Breakfast Focused on the TO2015 Pan Am Games


The most recent Town of Caledon Mayor's Business Breakfast took place June 4, 2014 at the Royal Ambassador Event Centre. 


Mr. Saad Rafi, CEO TO2015 Pan/Parapan American Games was the keynote speaker and Michele Harris, Executive Director of the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association updated the audience about tourism programs and opportunities. Guests were also informed about the progress and excitement building at the Caledon Equestrian Park, the site for the show jumping and dressage events at the TO2015 Pan American Games.




Caledon Equestrian Park is Welcoming the World!


Watch this video of the Latin Media Delegation visit to Caledon on May 24, 2014.



One-Year Countdown to the Pan/ParaPan Am Games - Join in the Celebrations!

Join the fun Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Caledon Equestrian Park as we celebrate the TO2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games coming to Caledon in 2015!

The free festivities offer something for everyone - bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park!

Click here for more information.


Volunteer Today for the 2015 Pan Am Games

The 2015 Pan Am Games needs at least 700 enthusiastic and passionate people -- age 16 years and older -- to be Games-time volunteers.


Selected volunteers will be based in Caledon when the Town hosts the top equestrian athletes in dressage and jumping from the Americas and Caribbean in the summer of 2015 at the newly upgraded Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park.


It takes just 20 minutes to apply for a shot at the experience of a lifetime! Interviews start this month.


Read the full article.  Click here for more information on the Games and volunteering.

Equine Events and Happenings Equine-Events-and-Happenings

Mark your calendar with these Horse Country events through the end of July!


June 25-29Caledon Premier 1Caledon Equestrian Park
June 27Bolton Truck & Tractor PullAlbion/Bolton Fairgrounds
June 27-July 1Quarter Horse Show - SummeramaOAS Event Centre
June 28Le TREC ClinicCadogan Farm
June 28-29Wits End Horse Trials I, P, T, PT, E, PEWits End Farm
June 29Hunter/Jumper ShowsTeen Ranch
July 1Caledon Canada DayAlbion Hills Conservation
July 2Dressage and Short Course ShowsEquus3D Equestrian Centre
July 2-6 Caledon Premier 2 Caledon Equestrian Park
July 5-6Dressage Silver Show 2OAS Event Centre
July 9Bronze Dressage ShowEquus3D Equestrian Centre
July 9-13The Headwaters CupAngelstone Tournaments
July 10PanAm Games 1 Year CountdownCaledon Civic Campus
July 12-13RAM RodeoOAS Event Centre
July 12-13Will O'Wind Horse Trials 2 PE-P, CIC*/**Will O' Wind Farm
July 13Hunter/Jumper ShowsTeen Ranch
July 18-20Dressage Summer FestivalCaledon Equestrian Park
July 195th Annual Trail Ride for Breast CancerDufferin Forest
July 20Equus 3D Horse Trials 1 PE-PEquus3D Equestrian Centre
July 27Hunter/Jumper ShowsTeen Ranch
July 27Tottenham Equestrians Show SeriesOAS Event Centre
July 29-Aug 3Equestrian FestivalCaledon Equestrian Park


Click here for a full list of Horse Country events.


EquiFest continues to be one of a kind


The Women Horse Owners Association (WHOA) held their EquiFest event at the OAS Event Centre on June 14th.
Nine clincians coached 18 clinics over the course of the day, enthralling the riders and spectators with new ideas and techniques. 

Click here to read more about the event.


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


Dufferin County Forest Management PlanDufferin-County-Forest-Management-Plan


The County of Dufferin is developing a new twenty-year management plan for the 2,600 acre Dufferin County Forest.  The plan will guide the use and management of the Dufferin County Forest over the next twenty years (2015-2035).

Horse Country residents and the equine industry in the Headwaters are very interested in this plan.  Please review the documents listed below and submit your comments in writing to the County Forest Manager prior to July 31, 2014.


Please note that there are several items available for comments as part of the public review process:

  1. Draft forest management plan for the Dufferin County Forest;
  2. Draft recreation policy for the Dufferin County Forest and;
  3. Proposal from the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders for use of the Dufferin County Forest by off-road motorcycles.

For more information visit the Dufferin County Forest site.


Breeds in Horse Country Breeds-in-Horse-Country 

This month we are highlighting the Clydesdale horse breed!  

The Clydesdale is a breed of draught horse derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named after that region. The first recorded use of the name "Clydesdale" for the breed was in 1826, and by 1830 a system of hiring stallions had begun that resulted in the spread of Clydesdale horses throughout Scotland and into northern England.


Photo Courtesy of Patti Hossie of the Ontario Clydesdale Club

The first breed registry was formed in 1877. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thousands of Clydesdales were exported from Scotland and sent throughout the world, including to Australia and New Zealand, where they became known as "the breed that built Australia". However, during World War I population numbers began to decline due to increasing mechanization and war conscription. This decline continued, and by the 1970s, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust considered the breed vulnerable to extinction. Population numbers have increased slightly in the intervening time, but they are still thought to be vulnerable. 


Photo Courtesy of Patti Hossie of the
Ontario Clydesdale Club

Although originally one of the smaller breeds of draught horses, it is now a tall breed. The Clydesdale horse breed has an average height of 18 hands and an average weight of 2,200 pounds, which are far above the average for all horse breeds.


This breed is easily recognizable by the long hair covering their ankles. Clydesdales have been seen with a bay, black, brown, chesnut, gray, roan and white colored coat. They have a large head and small ears and they are a coldblooded horse breed.


The breed was originally used for agriculture and haulage, and is still used for draught purposes today.

~Sources:  Wikipedia &


The photo was submitted by Patti Hossie, Secretary/Treasurer for the  Ontario Clydesdale Club. The Ontario Clydesdale Club (OCC) was formed in 1947, to celebrate and assist with the promotion of the majestic Clydesdale horse across the province.  For information about the Ontario Clydesdale Club, please visit the website or email Patti.

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"A horse gallops with his lungs, Perseveres with his heart, And wins with his character.  
~Fredrico Tesio~

Featured Horse Country Image   Featured-Horse-Country-Photo  


Check out this new arrival named Sky Ridge Lochy's Lexi.  The photo was submitted by Patti Hossie, Secretary/Treasurer for the Ontario Clydesdale Club.


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