Auditor General Report Confirms Harm Caused To Standardbred Breeders By Abrupt And Unfair Cancellation Of Slots-At-Racetrack Program Revenue Sharing Partnership

Ontario, April 29, 2014 – A group of  standardbred breeders from across the province who have sued Ontario and OLG welcomed the special report of the Auditor General released yesterday afternoon. “The Auditor General’s report confirms everything we have said in our claims against Ontario and OLG,” said Walter Parkinson of Seelster Farms, a standardbred breeding operation based […] Read more »

Breeders Advised To Register For Ontario Government’s AgriStability Program To Claim Unprecedented Losses

Ontario breeders were undoubtedly the frontline victims in the tsunami unleashed by the Ontario Liberal government’s announcement last spring that it was ending the Slots at Racetracks program. Farm operations first felt the brunt of the impact with a low traffic breeding season and then from slashed yearling sale prices. In response to a suggestion […] Read more »

Longtime Small Standardbred Breeder Ponders Future

Breeder Lori Ferguson has known some heady days in the standardbred industry as co-breeder and owner of  standout trotter Billyjojimbob. She supported Ontario stallions with her small breeding operation in 2012 and plans to continue doing so, but admits that she’ll be happy now just to break even financially in the midst of unsettling times for […] Read more »

November 10 Rally At Royal Winter Fair Cancelled

Organizers behind the scheduled November 10 horsemen’s rally outside of the main entrance of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair have announced that the rally has been cancelled. The announcement appears below. November 10 Horseman’s Rally Outside Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Cancelled This notice is to advise that the Horseman’s Rally – organized to raise awareness […] Read more »

Rally For Equine Industry And Others Set For Saturday, November 10 At The Royal

Ontario’s equine industry, current casino employees, and members of agricultural and Aboriginal communities affected by the Ontario Liberal government’s decision to end the Slots-At-Racetracks program have been invited to attend a rally next Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Royal Winter Fair, organized by Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) General Manager Brian Tropea and Darin Kennedy. […] Read more »

Breeders Brace For Further Fallout From Slots Cancellation At The Yearling Sales

Ontario Standardbred breeders are set to feel further fallout from the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks program when they send their horses into the ring at the Canadian Yearling Sale this weekend at Flamboro Downs. SBOA President Anna Meyers said in an article in The Guelph Mercury, “I had really hoped when this all […] Read more »