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Province’s Report Supports Research, Social Responsibility for Equine AthletesJune 2008



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Province’s Report Supports Research, Social Responsibility for Equine Athletes

What: It’s All About Leadership: Strategic Vision and Direction for the Ontario Horse Racing and Breeding Industry, released by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, contains recommendations that support equine research and education for the health and welfare of the horse. It also speaks to moving the horse racing and breeding industry forward in a socially responsible manner and ensuring that the equine athlete is protected. One recommendation is that $2 million annually be allocated for equine research and education at Equine Guelph.

Why: The industry has a history of supporting research focused on the equine athlete. This recommended infusion of money can be transformative on the research and education programs of Equine Guelph and will positively contribute to the care of the equine athlete in the industry.

Who: Dr. Jeff Thomason, Co-Chair, Equine Guelph Research Committee is available to speak to resporters about the report and its recommendations. Equine Guelph is funded by industry partners and invests the money into peer-reviewed research programs on industry-identified priorities at the University of Guelph. It has also developed award-winning industry education programs that help develop skills and knowledge within the horse industry to support the health of the horse.

Equine Guelph is the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph, supported and overseen by equine industry groups, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.

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For more information please contact:
Lori Bona Hunt, Associate Director, News University of Guelph
519-824-4120 ext. 53338
Dr. Jeff Thomason, Co-Chair Equine Guelph Research Committee
Office: 519-824-4120, x54934
jthomaso@uoguelph.ca