Halton School of Equitation – 1970-2011

Halton School of Equitation, a popular riding school and boarding facility west of Toronto, ON, since 1970, has sadly closed its doors. Original owner Auriel Halliday started HSE 42 years ago to share her passion for horses with both young and old. She explains, “HSE started out on a farm at Derry and Winston Churchill Blvd., but we moved to Steeles Ave. and Ninth Line in 1971. There were about 30 lesson horses and boarders, and we rode in a big group along the road to the new farm. Those riders included Jane Casselman, Sue Franklin, and Sandy Ballard, all of whom have gone on to be influential people in the horse world.” Halliday was brought up with horses in England and emigrated to Canada with the idea of starting a riding school. Halton School of Equitation became an instant success; people were lining up to buy packages of four…

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