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EquiMania! Quiz Challenge a Huge Success!March 2006

Can-Am Equine Emporium, London, Ontario, March 18, 2006… The crowd filled the arena at the Agriplex to watch Amanda Murdoch win top score in her age category and also top overall score in the second annual Equimania! Quiz Challenge.

The EquiMania! Quiz Challenge was held at the Can-Am Equine Equine Emporium, the largest education and trade show event in Ontario, and is part of Equine Guelph's youth education program that also includes an interactive website, and Education Centre. Questions about horse care and health tested the knowledge of the young horse enthusiasts and awards were given out for top marks in the four age categories.


EquiMania Quiz Challenge registration: (left to right) Susan Raymond (Equine Guelph), Sue Downing (EquiMania Team), Mike Downing (EquiMania Team) and Wendy MacCoubrey (Equine Guelph).

EquiMania Quiz Challenge underway!
And the pressure is on!
Quiz participant contemplating answer with assistance from EquiMania Team member, Karen Connolly.
Jennifer Unger (OHHA & EquiMania Team) answers quiz question correctly!
Quiz participant completes quiz and receives congratulations from Ron Waples (EquiMania Team) and Sean Marak (Equine Guelph).


The winners of the Challenge:

Age 14 - 16
1st – Amanda Murdoch
2nd – Colleen McLean
3rd – Michaela Grahame

Age 12 - 13
1st – Amanda Treen
2nd – Tania Duguay

Age 10 - 11
1st – Katie Wood
2nd – Emily Lindsay
3rd – Elyse Batista

Age 8 – 9
1st – Shawna Ducharme
2nd – Hanna Gilewski
3rd – Kia Ottier

Overall Champion - Amanda Murdoch
Reserve – Colleen McLean

Honourable Mention - Nicki Grobbo


EquiMania! Quiz Challenge winners with Ron Waples.
Paul McGuire (Can-Am Equine Emporium) and Gayle Ecker (Equine Guelph) congratulate Amanda Murdoch.


New this year – the Team Challenge; The Horse Riders (Jessica Hyenhuis, Taiya Timmermans, Jocelyn McDonald and Nicole Martin) edged out the Legally Blondes (Tara Chambers, Amanda Mummery, Karly Zelaska and Meagan Zelaska) for first place.

The EquiMania! Youth Education Program endeavours to encourage and empower young people to begin their own pathway of learning. Our overall champion, Amanda, took the quiz challenge in 2005, continued to study for the year and was even more succesful in 2006. "The response that we have had from youth and their parents has been rewarding and in some cases profoundly moving. According to several parents, the EquiMania! program has touched our youth in many ways, including motivating them to study for the quiz, awakening a new confidence and focus on horses in others, along with having a great time!" explained Gayle Ecker, Senior Manager of Equine Guelph. "Some participants have told us that they are now saving up their allowance to buy a horse and others are determined to study hard for next year's quiz!"

EquiMania!'s Education Centre is hitting the road with scheduled stops this summer at the Schomberg Fair (May 27), Woodbine Racetrack, (weekends through July and August) and Grand River Raceway (August 7).

Funding and support for EquiMania! 2006 has been received from Agribrands Purina, ANIVAC Corporation, Black Opal Promotions, Blazekids, Bridle Path Tack Shop Inc., Bucas Ltd., Canadian Horse Magazine, Can-Am Equine Marketing , Cassio, Cavalier, Dodge Rodeo Tour, Equine Essentials by Harmony, Farm Safety Association, Fletcher's Horse World, GiftHorse Gallery, Grand River Raceway & Grand River Fair, GreenHawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies, Herbs for Horses, Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association of Ontario, Horse Lover's Crafts, Horse Savvy Publications, Noble Farrier Service, Office of Open Learning, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, Outset Media, Professional Farrier Supply Inc., The Rider, Roylco Ltd., Sage Art by Joy, Shaggy Horse Toys, ShowOne, Standardbred Canada, TizWhiz Feeds, Toronto Police Services (Mounted Unit) , TSC Stores, Western Fair Entertainment, Western Horse Review, Woodbine Entertainment Group and Yellowvest.

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

(all photos: Grant Martin)