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