Amber Marshall, star of CBC’s award-winning series, Heartland, will headline a weekend of family-friendly events during the Ottawa National Horse Show running July 11-16, 2017, at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON.
Marshall is making her first public appearance in the nation’s capital in a decade, having last visited Ottawa during Heartland’s debut season in 2007. On Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, Marshall will emcee festivities on Wesley Clover Parks’ expansive grass grand prix field.
Marshall will also be available for autograph signings and meet and greets with lucky fans. Tickets for the autograph signing sessions are $10 plus hst, and include admission to the Ottawa National Horse Show. All ticket sale proceeds will benefit the Wesley Clover Parks Retirement Paddock for school horses that have given countless people the opportunity to learn to ride. Tickets may be purchased from Eventbrite by clicking here.
Featured events at the Ottawa National Horse Show on Saturday, July 15, include the Royal LePage Team Realty Canine-Equine Relay at 1 p.m., which sees horse-rider combinations negotiate a show jumping course before their canine partner tackles an agility course with the fastest combined time winning, followed by the thrilling Lynn Millar Memorial Speed Derby at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 16, Marshall will be on hand to introduce the $50,000 Brookstreet Grand Prix at 2:30 p.m.
Marshall’s special guest appearance is part of the Ottawa National and Ottawa International Horse Shows’ ‘Celebration of the Horse’, being held in conjunction with Ontario 150th festivities taking place around the province. The ‘Celebration of the Horse’ activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 14, 15 and 16 and July 21, 22 and 23, offering a kids’ zone for the young and young at heart. Attendees can enjoy a fair-like experience with bouncy castles and slides, face painters, balloon and glitter artists, children’s jumps, demonstrations, and much more.
Spectators are invited to attend the Ottawa National and Ottawa International Horse Shows from July 11-16 and 19-23 with show jumping competition taking place daily. Highlights of the CSI3* Ottawa International Horse Show include the $40,000 RBC Open Welcome at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, the $100,000 Grand Prix at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 22; and the $35,000 Classic on Sunday, July 23.
Admission to the Ottawa National and Ottawa International Horse Shows is $5 a day, with weekly admission passes available for $20. Children aged three and under are admitted free. Parking at Wesley Clover Parks is free, with horse-drawn wagon rides available to take attendees from their vehicle to the competition ring.
For more information on the Ottawa National and CSI3* Ottawa International Horse Shows, visit www.wesleycloverparks.com. Be sure to keep up with all the action by following Wesley Clover Parks on Facebook here.
The Government of Ontario has generously provided funding support for the Ottawa National and CSI3* Ottawa International Horse Shows.