Horse hacks: Where to play with ponies or just play the ponies

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS -

As res­i­dents of the Golden Horse­shoe, you’d think we would be more con­nected to all things equine. Sadly, apart from the oc­ca­sional mounted po­lice prance by, most Toron­to­ni­ans are pretty alien­ated from horses. Well, this is the sea­son to put the horse back be­fore the cart: Run­ning from Nov. 6 to 15, the Royal Agri­cul­tural Win­ter Fair is a high­light in any hip­pophile’s cal­en­dar. Its Horse Show boasts events all-day, ev­ery day of the fair, from breed show­cases to jump­ing cham­pi­onships. While you’re down at Ex­hi­bi­tion Place, swing through the Horse Palace, which has been Toronto’s pre­mier eques­trian fa­cil­ity since 1931. For those se­ri­ous about the eques­trian world, pro­fes­sion­ally or recre­ation­ally, a mem­ber­ship at the On­tario Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion in Rich­mond Hill is avail­able for pur­chase for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies. Or if you’re look­ing to deck your­self or your horse out in the lat­est gear, the 905 is home to Green­hawk for all your har­ness and eques­trian needs. For those whose horse ap­pre­ci­a­tion is more high stakes in na­ture, there’s a new off-track bet­ting op­tion. Shoe­less Joe’s on King Street now in­cludes a ded­i­cated horse-rac­ing lounge. To soak up the spirit of the race­track with­out plac­ing any bets, check out the Cana­dian Horse Rac­ing Hall of Fame, housed at Wood­bine Race­track.

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