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The Difference Makers: Ashley Gowanlock & Andrea Taylor

Paralympian Ashley Gowanlock and team coach Andrea Taylor

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Alydeed – A Story of Success

Alydeed is not just known for his prowess on the track, but also as an influential sire on the Canadian horse racing scene.

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Nancy Benson – Life in Balance

A glance at the results of the low adult jumper division at the Winter Equestrian Festival and amateur jumper classes at major Ontario tournaments shows Canadian rider Nancy Benson peppered among the top placings. This busy Ottawa native manages a hectic career as a real estate agent buying and selling 'unique urban properties' interspersed with traveling a daunting number of miles every week to train and show her horses.

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Mother and Mentor

When Hawley Bennett-Awad stood on the podium in Kentucky last October, enjoying the glory of a World Championship silver medal with her teammates, there were two other people who shared the moment along with her.

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Best of the West

Lynn and Cheryl Chouinard's Bar None Ranch in Dewinton, Alberta offers horse-people from all over a multi-use breeding and training operation.

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Faces At The Races: Bill Bochinski

In the track kitchen at Winnipeg's Assiniboia Downs, when trying to remember the name of a particular horse, person, or detail of a past event quite often you'll hear 'let's ask Bill.' The same suggestion is often made when volunteers or workers are required for something associated with the track.

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Hickstead: Mega-Horsepower in a Compact Vehicle

Hickstead, an Olympic champion with lifetime earnings of over $3 million who is ranked the number-one show jumper in the world by the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses, had a rather pedestrian beginning.

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Like Father, Like Son: John and Bill Pearce

Behind every top competitor is a mentor, sponsor or supporter who was instrumental in helping that rider along the path to success. Our Horse Tales series The Difference Makers profiles Canada's 2010 WEG team members and the people who inspired them to reach the top of their sport.