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Friday, November 14, 2014

Ontario Trails News - Royal Winter Fair supports Ontario Equestrian Federation and girls riding, plus Go Snowmobiling Week announced

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Educational program helps participants learn about horses through hands-on activities
TORONTONov. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has introduced a new hands-on educational program that will help Girl Guides learn more about horses during an evening of special programming.
The Royal has partnered with the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) and Equine Guelph to create the "Ticket to Ride Girl Guide Evening" on Wednesday, November 12, which introduces them to the world of horses and allows them to work towards earning their Horsepower Badge.
"The Royal is all about great partnerships that provide the opportunity for our visitors to get in touch with agriculture," says Sandra Banks, CEO of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  "We are pleased to showcase these initiatives with Equine Guelph and the Ontario Equestrian Federation, offering the chance for our youth to gain hands-on interactions with the horse world."
Participants will learn about feeding and caring for horses, visit the stables to learn from the pros on how to tack up horses for riding or driving, learn about horse behaviour and care at the EquiMania! Exhibit and gain knowledge about breeds and grooming at the OEF booth. The evening will culminate in a special presentation by OEF in the Animal Theatre.
Featuring 10 days of diverse programming which showcases all that's new in the world of farming and fresh, local food, The Royal takes place from November 7-16, 2014 in the Direct Energy Centre and Ricoh Coliseum.
Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.
About The Royal:
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.  This year, The 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November 7-16, 2014 in the Direct Energy Centre and Ricoh Coliseum inToronto. For competition schedules, live webcasting, results and to purchase tickets, please visit
SOURCE Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

BARRIE—Following Ontario’s best snowmobiling winter in years in 2013, the not-for-profit Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) and its member clubs are officially launching the 2014-15 snowmobiling season with Get Ready To Go Snowmobiling Ontario Week, November 24 to 30. The new season celebration starts as club volunteers are hard at work clearing, preparing and signing over 30,000 kilometres of OFSC trails to welcome snowmobilers back.
Although OFSC trails are not available for snowmobiling at this time, early indicators are very positive for a great snowmobile season ahead, with long-range forecasts predicting a cold, snowy winter and many parts of the province already experiencing below zero temperatures and early snowfalls. With the cooperation of Mother Nature, some OFSC trails could be available for limited riding around Christmas so snowmobilers are advised to check the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide for the latest updates at
With 2015 permits already setting new sales records, Get Ready To Go Snowmobiling Ontario Week invites more Ontarians to discover the family fun of organized snowmobiling, plus its many social, health and recreational benefits. Get Ready Week is also the cue for OFSC snowmobilers to start making their Ontario ride plans and preparing their sleds and gear. As well, this special week marks the final days that Seasonal and Classic Snowmobile Trail Permits are available at pre-December 1 savings. Permits can be bought online at