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Susan Rasmussen’s Openwood Farm

The snow and ice crunched under the feet of Susan Rasmussen as she presented some of her horses to a visiting photographer. The weather in southern Ontario early in 2014 is merciless: strong winds and bitterly cold temperatures are the norm every day, but the Toronto-born horse owner and breeder is tough as nails. “We lost power for six days,” says Rasmussen about the ice storm that hit Caledon, ON, during the 2014 holiday season. “We were using the tractor and the “Gator” to haul water from the neighbour's house for the horses.” Indeed, it is not unusual for Rasmussen to foal a mare by the headlights of her car when the power goes out. There are some 60 equines on Rasmussen's Openwood Stable that she has owned with her husband Harvey since 1978. They include a few of her own mares, yearlings and horses of racing age, plus foxhunters…

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