AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION AWARDS – JAN. 17
Christine Tavares on short list for Outstanding Owner
The AQHA will hold its annual Awards and Dinner on January 17 in Oklahoma, preceding the Heritage Place January Mixed Sale.
The Awards honour the racing champions from the previous year in the United States but leading AJAX DOWNS owner CHRISTINE TAVARES has landed on the short list of contenders for the Champion Owner category.
Christine and husband Joe, who trains the family’s horses, have long been leaders in Quarter Horse Racing in Ontario. As an owner, Christine won 21 races (according to Equibase) in 2017 and the site lists the total wins for Tavares (not including partnerships) at 491 since 2000.
(Quarter Horse racing has been held in Ontario since 1968 and thus statistics are not accurate)
The couple is from Enniskillen, ON.
There is also an annual CANADIAN Award for the outstanding Canadian-bred runner. From the AQHA website:
Here are the contenders for the 2017 AQHA Racing Champion titles. The winners will be announced on January 17 at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City, in a ceremony on the day immediately preceding the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale that runs January 18-20.
The Racing Champions Ceremony will start at 6 p.m. CST and will also be aired via live webcast at www.aqha.com/racing.
ALBERTT Gr g 2013 Mr Jess Tex – Squincheyes, Mr Eye opener. Owner/trainer – SCOTT REID
9-3(0)-2(1)-1(0) Earnings: $39,166
ARCTIC FAME b.g. 2011 Dash to the Arctic – Magic |Ta Fame, Black Moons Arising Owner: George Coleman. Trainer: Scott Reid
9-7(0)-0(0)-1(0) Earnings: $47,038
BRINGONTHEWAVE gr.g. 2015 Wave Carver – Special Corona, Corona Cartel Owner: Dale Zukowski. Trainer: James Doolin
6-5(2)-0(0)-0(0) Earnings: $41,745
COUNTRYS COMIN BAC Ch. g 2011. Country Chicks Man – Bac to center, by Splash bac. Owner/trainer Ralph Pearson
9-3(0)-3(0)-1(0) Earnings: $32,283
CRUISINFOURABRUISIN, Sor. g 201 First Timber – Tagulator by Royal Evening Snow. Owners Barry and Janic Sather. Trainer: Janice Sather
10-5(0)-2(0)-1(1) Earnings: $31,560
GHOST PINES, grf. 2014 Fire Finder – Quick Six Lady by Tres Seis Owner: Gary McNichol. Trainer: Michele Woodley
5-3(1)-1(0)-0(0) Earnings: $36,974
HAD TO BE IVORY, b.g. 2015 Ivory James – Hand to be Fandango by Hadtobenuts. owners: Carol and Jaime Robertson. Trainer: Bryn Robertson
5-5(2)-0(0)-0(0) Earnings: $69,931
HICKERSON – sor. g 2014 Country Chicks Man – easily Holland by Holland Ease. owners: Richard Wincikaby/DK Training centre. Trainer: Don Reid
7-1(0)-2(1)-1(0) Earnings: $36,429
HONOR THE FAST MAN b.g. 2014 Honor the Perry – Buckle high, by Heza Fast Man. Owner/trainer: Tom Kenway
6-3(3)-3(0)-0(0) Earnings: $38,652
MAKE ME BODACIOUS b.f. 2014 Bodacious Jess – Make Us a Miracle by Dean Miracle. owner: Rick Crispi. Trainer: Tom Dunlap
12-3(0)-4(0)-3(0) Earnings: $30,840
Champion Owner Contenders
BELLA VISTA FARMS LLC
141-22(0)-17(0)-23(0) Earnings: $271,076
160-21(0)-34(1)-22(0) Earnings: $231,562
150-20(3)-20(2)-20(2) Earnings: $1,441,781
DARLING FARMS / J GOMEZ / E SOLIS
9-7(3)-2(1)-0(0) Earnings: $1,430,411
EDWARD C ALLRED
414-45(3)-72(4)-65(9) Earnings: $680,480
FLY BABY FLY PARTNERSHIP
5-3(1)-0(0)-1(0) Earnings: $1,585,200
JUAN A MEDINA
16-11(2)-1(1)-0(0) Earnings: $955,394
LUIS MIGUEL ALBORES GLEASON
59-23(5)-8(3)-6(2) Earnings: $337,297
34-10(1)-4(1)-5(0) Earnings: $684,095
PARAGON FARMS LLC
92-30(4)-16(1)-7(2) Earnings: $1,013,530
PETE A SCARMARDO
140-25(6)-25(3)-19(4) Earnings: $663,588
RALPH OR CAROLYN FALES
89-24(4)-17(3)-15(2) Earnings: $196,565
RELIANCE RANCHES LLC
114-14(2)-10(2)-16(4) Earnings: $685,795
ROGELIO MARQUEZ JR
117-32(7)-16(1)-14(2) Earnings: $1,104,787
STEVE D BURNS DVM
159-26(3)-17(1)-29(3) Earnings: $314,368
TERRY & IRENE STENNETT
101-25(1)-20(0)-20(2) Earnings: $436,345
NEW STALLION IN ONTARIO
2018 Stallion Enrolments
Stallion Owners are advised of a change in the due date for enrolling a Stallion in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program.
Active (breeding) stallions may enrol up to January 15, 2018 at no fee. After January 15, there will be a $200 late fee to enrol an actively breeding stallion. This includes breeding with frozen semen from inactive/gelded/deceased stallions.
Inactive stallions (not breeding in 2018) may enrol up to 15 days after the end of racing to be eligible for program benefits such as Stallion Awards.
This change will be reflected in the 2018 Criteria Book.
An updated Application to Accredit an Ontario Stallion form is available on the Ontario Racing website, www.ontarioracing.com.
For further information, please contact:
Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program
QROOI 2017 Awards Banquet
The QROOI will host their 2017 Awards Banquet on Saturday February 17, 2018 at the beautiful facility, Ajax Convention Centre. Cocktails are at 6pm and dinner will be at 7pm. Tickets are $25 each (includes HST). The QROOI is very excited to have ‘Two For the Show’ DJ our Awards Banquet and Jennifer Morrison will be our MC. Please come join us and help us to celebrate our 2017 Champions!
Please contact Monique at the office to purchase your tickets. A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at Ajax Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and the Homewood Suites Ajax. If you would like a room for that evening please speak with Monique or contact the hotels directly. Ajax Hilton Garden Inn can be reached at (905) 686-9400 and Homewood Suites can be reached at (905) 686-5969. Please use the QROOI code when booking your room for a cheaper rate.
Equine Guelph Offers 150 FREE Short Courses for Grooms and Trainers in Horse Racing
Guelph, Ontario – Equine Guelph announces the free offering of the new ‘Gut Health & Colic Prevention’ online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The three-week online course will run this winter from January 22 – February 11, 2018 on Equine Guelph’s new online training platform, The Horse Portal.
According to the 2016 Equine Guelph Horse Racing Industry Survey, gut issues were ranked as the number three health issue behind respiratory issues and injuries. Not only is colic the number one killer of horses, but it is a major issue facing the horse racing industry. Excessive amounts of grain in the diet and forage variation are thought to contribute to an increased risk of colic and other gut issues. Changes in stabling, exercise level and stress may also cause an increased risk of colic.
“Educating the horse racing community on how to reduce the risk of colic and gut issues will be extremely valuable to grooms and trainers,” says Hugh Mitchell, Chair of Ontario Racing. He adds, “This training will also benefit the health and well-being of the elite equine athletes as well.”
The three-week online short course will be flexible and practical with content appropriate for the racing industry. The course will be delivered from respected experts from the horse racing community. For the first time, trainers and grooms from the three sectors will come together in discussion groups to share expertise and experience with each other.
“Offering the ‘Gut Health & Colic Prevention’ course at no charge will be an appealing way to engage the racing community to try out flexible, online learning on The Horse Portal,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.
To register, go to www.TheHorsePortal.ca/OntarioR acing and apply the appropriate coupon code for the free course valued at $95. Registration for the 150 free courses will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 50 trainers and grooms from each sector. Coupon code: ORacingQHghc
This program is an online training partnership between Ontario Racing and Equine Guelph, with funding provided by Grand River Agricultural Society. Project partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. and Standardbred Canada. The online course is sponsored by Intercity Insurance Services Inc. and Capri Insurance Services Ltd.
For more information, go to TheHorsePortal.ca/Ontario Racing