EquiMania! at the Royal proudly sponsored by the Ontario Harness Horse Association.
Did you know a horse has frog and a chestnut? Or that a horse has two wolf teeth? Many visitors that completed the EquiMania! Workbook Quiz, were surprised by how much they had to learn! Proudly sponsored by the Ontario Harness Horse Association, this was EquiMania!'s first appearance at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. EquiMania!, created and presented by Equine Guelph, University of Guelph, with its new, interactive youth program to promote horse health and safety received great praise from horse and pony lovers of all ages and disciplines. From western riders, pony clubbers, racing fans and future vets to farmers and horse enthusiasts on their way to see the Superdogs or chickens or rabbits, everybody learned something, and said they enjoyed doing so!
On-site computers allowed visitors to explore both the EquiMania! website and Groom One interactive cd-rom. The Ontario Veterinary College raffled an equine first aid kit. Many future students studied the other scholastic options available, including the Equine Science Certificate, as well as Canada's first degree program in Equine Management from the University of Guelph.
The Royal Winter Fair, There's No Show Like it in the World - It's The Biggest, The Best, The Countriest, and held right downtown in Toronto, Ontario, at Exhibition Place, in the Direct Energy Centre. EquiMania! fit right in and was a crowd pleaser. Housed next to the Ricoh Coliseum, above the petting zoo and covering the entire Upper West Annex, the comprehensive displays were fun and educational too. Where else could people go to learn that a horse has 210 bones?
Mark your calendars! EquiMania!'s next stop is the Can-Am All Breeds Equine Emporium, London, Ontario, March 15-17, 2007.
Through its educational programs, Equine Guelph promotes horse health and well-being. Youth interested in learning more about horses and their proper care are encouraged to visit the EquiMania! website, often as new items are added on a regular basis. Other education programs in place for adults are the multi-award winning Equine Science Certificate Program and the newly launched Industry Skills Program for new grooms.
For more information on the EquiMania! Program
- Kim Logue