Visit local horse farms in both communities to learn first-hand each farm’s unique contribution to the equine experience — FREE EVENT!
Check out www.scugog.ca and www.town.uxbridge.on.ca for details on their event’s calendar for the link to the complete tour brochure.
UXBRIDGE TOUR — Saturday, May 25th — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dream Feather Horsemanship Centre: See students of Parelli Natural Horsemanship playing with horses. Guided tour of property and demonstration on Natural Horsemanship and the connection between horse and their human partners.
Colebrook Farms: Thoroughbred breeding and training facility which produces 30 – 35 foals each spring. As yearlings, they will progress to their training centre where they will train to race at Woodbine. Tour the barns, foaling facility and paddocks to learn some interesting breeding/foaling facts from an expert.
Hop Hill Stables: Unique, twenty-stall hexagon shaped barn made out of reclaimed materials designed to reduce the environmental ‘hoofprint’. Come check out the “Truth Window” to see the straw behind the walls of this award-winning, one-of-a-kind stable.
Vanessa Beach/Jessica Phoenix (Uxbridge Historical Centre): Meet Vanessa Beach who is a registered equine massage therapist who provides hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the horse, including muscles, skin, tendons, ligaments, fascia and joints to gain a therapeutic response. Meet Jessica Phoenix — Top-placed Canadian at the 2012 London Olympic Games and 2011 Pan-american gold and silver medalist. She has made a name for herself on the international stage in the equestrian sport of Eventing. Meet Jessica — the girl-next-door with a big smile, a bigger heart and an even bigger passion for the sport.
Morgan Horse Heritage Centre: The Centre is the home of Morgan history in Ontario — the oldest American breed of horse that began in 1789. The Centre is located on a small private Morgan breeding farm and there will be live demonstrations as well as tours of the Centre and the farm.
Brookdale Farm: Meet Kevin Alcock, farrier for well over 25 years and has worked on horses of all types, from backyard pets to Olympic level athletes. You will enjoy learning and watching horses being shod. Each horse will get custom new shoes according to the breed and their discipline — you will be astonished at the science of horseshoes.
SCUGOG TOUR — Sunday, June 2nd — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WindReach Stables: A place where its founder, Sandy Mitchell, envisioned people with special needs enjoying all aspects of farm life. Built in 2002, WindReach Farm is designed to be fully accessible and to meet the needs of both elite equestrian competitors and pleasure riders alike. Their therapeutic horseback riding programs began in the facility in 2004 and have grown ever since.
DreamCrest Equestrian: One of Canada’s premier stables specializing in the Olympic sport of three-day eventing and offers first-class boarding facilities, excellent instruction by Equine Canada certified coaches and sales and training of competition horses. Catering to all levels of riders, from beginners to those who aspire to compete at the highest level of the sport, DreamCrest offers Riding Day Camps and hosts two Eventing Horse Trials each year.
Hoskin Stables: Family-owned, 4th and 5th-generation horsepersons, Hoskin Stables is a unique 50-stall boarding, breeding, training and lesson facility, offering private and group English riding lessons including grooming and tacking all with well-trained ponies and horses to ensure a safe, knowledgeable environment. Throughout the day you can experience several demonstrations — Welsh Pony Driving, Western Riding, Junior Riders, Breed Demos and a Musical Ride.
Cedar Valley Stables: Home of Olympians Michele Mueller and her horse, Amistad, and was home to the Durham Therapeutic Riding Association for 9 years. Michele is a certified therapeutic riding instructor who has competed in local fairs & shows since her riding career began at 7 years old, gradually competing and eventing all over Canada and the U.S. until being named to the Olympic Eventing Team in 2012. Learn first-hand about the challenges and thrills of competing in the Olympics.
J.C. Love Ranch: Historical ranch on 113 acres of land previously inhabited by a native tribe, known as the “Mississauga Indians”, where a reservation was established at the north end of the land. Unique to tourism, “Bed & Bale Ranch” provides amenities for both horse and humans — come for a visit and experience why this specialized facility is a home-away-from-home for both — and a little bit of heaven on the wild side! Equine experience will include Yoga with the horses and cart rides throughout the day.
I would like to bring our children to one of the Scugog farms for a day of riding and possibly grooming horses. Can you tell me which farm would be best suited for a 5 and 8 year old?
I’m not sure that any of these places are set up for having hands-on riding/grooming during this day’s scheduled events during the Horse Lover’s Tour. Each location has scheduled demonstration times and speakers planned that won’t leave any time/personnel to dedicate to supervising the hands-on experience that you are looking at for your children.
I’m sure you would be able to ask at any one of them if this would be possible on another date.