Page 19 - November 2019 Thoroughbred Highlight
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HBPA Backstretch Appreciation Day at Woodbine - November 9
HBPA of Ontario presented this year’s Assistant Trainer Awards to (2nd from left) Brad McKnight
- AT to his father Norm McKnight, Patrick Dixon (right) - AT to Ashlee Brnjas and Mark Johnston - AT to Don MacRae (absent from photo). Making the presentation was HBPA Director Nick Gonzalez with Woodbine broadcaster Jason Portuondo (left)
Groom of the Year Awards were presented by (left to right) HBPA Director Nick Gonzalez, HBPA President Sue Leslie with Woodbine broadcaster Jeff Bratt, to Luis Morales (accepted by his brother Saul Morales) - Groom for Gail Cox; Owen Thompson - Groom for Mike De Paulo and Amar Singh - Groom for Stuart Simon.
4th annual Equine Industry Symposium
November 17, the 4th annual Equine Industry Symposium was hosted by the University of Guelph. More than 200 attendees gathered to hear speakers from different areas of the horse industry talk about the theme of “change” and what the word means
for the equine community. Speakers included -
Dr. Sandra Olsen from the University of Kansas; Lisa Ashton, a clinician from the United Kingdom; and Debbie Busby, a BHS certi ed Stage 4 coach and registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist. The symposium also featured a panel discussion
with industry entrepreneurs Anthony MacDonald (, Warren Byrne (The Horse Agency), Linda Hauck (Tapestry Equine Products), and Pam Coburn (Ontario Equestrian) talking about how they have embraced change in the industry.
LongRun Day at Woodbine - Nov. 9
LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society held their annual day at the races at Woodbine on November 9. Donations to LongRun were being accepted
while Woodbine jockeys were on hand to sign the new LongRun 2020 calendar. Photo Above (l-r): Champion former jockey Larry Attard, LongRun Manager Wendy Muir; Author Michael Armstrong; LongRun’s founder and Director Vicki Pappas and LongRun Volunteer Robin Olguin. To donate to LongRun visit
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