History & Heritage

2013 Celebration of Horses Photo Contest Winners

Our 2013 Celebration of Horses Photo Contest welcomed hundreds of entries from all across Canada and the United States. The quality of photos we received and the unique equine moments captured made judging delightfully challenging. Thank you to everyone who shared with us the special moments and memories of their beautiful babies, hardworking heroes, and beloved equine friends, and congratulations to our winners.

Sarge and Chris Marinelli, Halifax Regional Police Mounted Unit

By Margaret Evans - What is it about police horses that continues to draw people to stroke noses and ask questions? From Vancouver to Halifax, police horses draw the public like a magnet. Their high profile presence never fails to draw admiration, whether at festivals and special occasions, in parades, or when accompanying visiting dignitaries and doing crowd control.

Canadian Wild Horse Foundation

By Margaret Evans - As the Alberta government reviews its management strategy for more than 950 wild horses that roam the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the newly formed Canadian Wild Horse Foundation (CWHF) is getting set to petition the federal government to declare wild horses a heritage species, focusing their goals initially on Alberta’s wild horses. “The Foundation’s main focus is to actively bring awareness (to the public) of the plight of our Canadian wild horses,” said Adrienne Calvert, Executive Director of CWHF. “We aim to educate the public on the numerous historical contributions these animals have made to our country. CWHF believes all Canadian wild horses are an iconic heritage animal that should be protected for future generations.”

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead

By Karen Robinson - There is no way around it: Canada’s equestrian team came home from the 2012 Olympics with a black eye. Both the dressage and eventing teams were eliminated, and the jumpers completed the team competition with only three riders after Tiffany Foster’s horse Victor was disqualified for hypersensitivity.

White House Stables

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Picture yourself driving down a country road in North Saanich on Vancouver Island, passing green field after green field when you see a wagon drawn by a perfectly matched pair of Clydesdales. Lest you think that you have driven around a bend in the road and into another, earlier century, this is Nicole (Nicki) Wylie, of local farm and feed store White House Stables, likely on her way to deliver hay and feed to a local farm.

Quarter Horse Genome

By Margaret Evans - The Quarter Horse is renowned for its agility, speed over short distances, and calm disposition. Not only are they enormously valued as working animals on ranches and farms, Quarter Horses excel in competition where their nimbleness and responsiveness are the skills that put them on top, especially in events like reining, cutting, barrel racing, and calf roping. So where do these skills come from?

I'll Have Another wins Santa Anita Derby

By Margaret Evans - While I'll Have Another may not have been named 2012 Triple Crown Champion, there's no denying that his genes have "win" all over them. But where did this "speed gene" come from? According to a press release from the University College Dublin, in Ireland, “Scientists have traced the origin of the ‘speed gene’ in Thoroughbred racehorses back to a single British mare that lived in the United Kingdom around 300 years ago, according to findings published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.”

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