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.