West Nile, EEE Positives Announced

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has announced the details of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus cases that have come to light in the last week. OMAFRA has announced that it confirmed a second case of EEE during the week of October 23. The horse in question was a 19-year […] Read more »

Results Of Deloitte’s Survey Of Ontario Race Horse Owners

In the fall of 2015 the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) engaged Deloitte to survey Ontario race horse owners, breeders and trainers to collect data on horse racing.  Deloitte worked closely with OMAFRA and Key industry stakeholders to develop the survey. The survey focused on collecting data on expenditures, employment and […] Read more »

OMAFRA Confirms Case Of Equine Herpes In Regional Municipality Of Waterloo

  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been notified of a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1), in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. Brain tissue from a horse with severe neurological signs tested positive for EHV-1 neuropathogenic strain. The horse owner voluntarily […] Read more »

SBOA In Discussions With ORC To Design Five-Year, $12 Million Enhancements For Ontario Standardbreds

A letter issued by the Ontario Racing Commission on Tuesday states that the province’s Standardbred racing industry is about to get a substantial infusion to its program The letter — penned by the ORC’s Executive Director Steve Lehman and addressed to Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal — states that discussions are […] Read more »

Positive Response For The 2015 Ontario-Sired Bonuses

  Some of Ontario’s top horsemen have offered comment on Friday’s announcement regarding the projected $700,000 in purse bonuses set to be added for next year’s two-year-olds. On Friday afternoon, the Ontario Racing Commission and OMAFRA announced that purse bonuses for two-year-old Ontario Sired horses will pay 5% on 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes races and […] Read more »

The SBOA Is Asking Deloitte To Clarify Its Mandate With Respect To New Study

On Thursday February 27, 2014, the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) issued the following letter to Deloitte Consulting, the consulting group currently engaged by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) to study the economic impacts of the Racing/Breeding industry in Ontario. ========================================================== As you know the SBOA represents the standardbred breeding industry […] Read more »