Gustav Schickedanz: Builder, Thoroughbred Breeder and Good Friend
In April, longtime owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz will be honoured (along with Bill Graham) with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit recognizing life-long dedication and commitment to thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada. Born in Memel, Germany, the 89-year-old Schickedanz grew up to parents who bred Trakehner horses and other livestock. His family escaped the advancing Nazi regime near the end of World War II, and a 21-year-old Gustav immigrated to Canada in 1950. A bricklayer and stonemason by trade, Schickedanz and his brothers formed one of the largest homebuilding outfits in Ontario, and would later fulfill his dreams by laying the foundation for one of the most successful breeding operations in Canadian racing history. Inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2009 in the Builder category, the famous red and black striped Schickedanz silks have represented the Canadian breeding industry since the early 1970s. His legion of…
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