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Canadian Horse Journal Autumn 2022 Issue

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  • Prepare Your Fences For Winter
  • Fire Prevention Goes Hand-in-Hand with Good Farm Management
  • Counter-Canter: What’s the Point?
  • The Madden Method Symposium: No Shortcuts
  • Turning Around: Pirouettes, Cow Turns, and Reining Spins
  • What is Contact? And do riders really need it?
  • Changing Disciplines: 3 riders embrace new-to-them horse sports
  • Basics of Clicker Training
  • The Case for Lightness, and 3 exercises to help.
  • Define Your High Performance Values
  • Bareback Riding Inspires a Deeper Connection at Eagle Feather Riding
  • A Story of Good Neighbours and Their Majestic 4-Legged Hero
  • Petey’s Long Lost Friend



  • What is Salmonellosis?
  • Master Mud Fever
  • Triumph Over Thrush
  • Hay! Test Your Knowledge
  • When Hay is Scarce
  • Nutrition Myth Busters
  • West Copies: Horse Health Lines (newsletter of the WCVM)



  • Book Review: The Working Equitation Training Manual
  • Horse Council BC News
  • Manitoba Horse Council News
  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association News
  • Canadian Quarter Horse Association News

AQHA Membership Auto-Renewal

Effective October 1, the American Quarter Horse Association will begin to transition domestic and international AQHA and AQHYA memberships with payment method on file with the Association to be automatically renewed. AQHA and AQHYA memberships purchased on or after October 1 with a payment method on file will be automatically renewed.


The auto-renewal will create a more streamlined process for members who renew annually or every three years. Annual general and amateur memberships will automatically renew to an annual general or amateur membership, and three-year general and amateur memberships will automatically renew to a three-year general or amateur membership. Members will be notified if the payment method on file will expire before the renewal date for the opportunity to update the payment information.


New or renewed American Quarter Horse Youth Association memberships purchased on and after October 1 will also be automatically renewed until the member graduates AQHYA. Graduating AQHYA members must upgrade their membership to a general or amateur membership and will not be automatically renewed to a general or amateur membership.


Since 2008, AQHA has offered members the ability to opt into auto-renewal at any time. However, this modification will create a more efficient renewal process for members to focus their time on what they love – spending time with their American Quarter Horses.

By being a member of the largest equine breed registry in the world, American Quarter Horse enthusiasts receive a variety of invaluable benefits from exclusive partner discounts to programs, competitions and events. The Association strives to provide world-class resources to members no matter where you are in your American Quarter Horse journey.


Current AQHA members who do not have a payment method on file or members who prefer to opt-out of auto-renewal will continue to receive renewal notices as they have in the past.


New or renewed AQHA members have the option to opt out by contacting AQHA or by selecting the opt-out option on the membership form.


If you have questions, need assistance or would like to opt out of the auto-renewal, contact the AQHA team at or call 806-376-4811 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday.

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Fans Flock to Family Fun Day at Ajax Downs; Ivory Rolls Again

AJAX DOWNS, AUGUST 22, 2022 – Ajax Downs’ popular FAMILY FUN DAY returned to the Quarter Horse track for the first time in three years on Sunday, August 21 and it was standing-room only for an afternoon of racing and fun events, kid’s games and prizes with proceeds benefitting the Ajax Pickering Hospital.
The crowd roared for every race on the afternoon and wagered with enthusiasm and the highlight dash was the 11th running of the Ontario Bred Maturity worth $39,240. The country’s top older horse HAD TO BE IVORY rolled to his fourth consecutive win in the 400-yard Maturity, overcoming a bump at the start and then surging past his tough rival Countrys Comin Bac to win by a long neck. The 7-year-old, bred and owned by Hillsburgh’s Carol and Jaime Robertson, recorded yet another stellar clocking, speeding the distance in 19.779 for a 102 speed index.
Trained by Bryn Robertson, Had to Be Ivory was ridden by Cory Spataro, who was subbing for an absent Josh Scott. It was the 20th career win from 26 starts for the Ontario bred and he has earned over $327,000.
“He was a pro as always,” said Spataro. “When a horse beside him, Twixt of Fate, acted up, he got a bit scared so we had to reset the way he was standing. But then he broke like a rocket, I was bumped and then we had to re-rally. You can’t ever count out Countrys Comin Bac but I feel like I had it with about 100 yards left.”
Heading into the next racing day at Ajax Downs, Wednesday, August 31, there is an exciting four-way tie for leading jockey by victories. BRIAN BELL, RAMIRO CASTILLO, TONY PHILLIPS, and ISMAEL MOSQUIERA all have 12 wins. Bell leads in Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario points with 154 over Castillo’s 152. The points leader at the end of the racing season is honored with the leading rider trophy.
Keep up to date on news and entries for Ajax Downs on social media and at To find out more about how you can own a Quarter Horse or join a syndicate, contact the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario at
The Had to Be Ivory team from left to right, Mike Robertson, Jaime Robertson, Had to Be Ivory, Zac Kennedy, Carol Robertson, Paul Sauve, and Cory Spataro. Trainer Bryn Robertson was absent. (New Image Media Photo, crowd photo by Laurie Overton)
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Canadians at the 2022 Run For A Million in Las Vegas

CQHA’s 2nd Vice President, Brad Bowie was the voice of the 2022 Run For a Million, presented by Teton Ridge, the richest event in the history of Reining.

When he wasn’t keeping the crowed entertained and informed from the announcer’s booth or hanging out with the best reiners in the world along with some of the cast and crew of Taylor Sheridan’s hit show Yellowstone, he found the time to talk with a couple of the Canadians at the event who were there competing.

CQHA is pleased to present the following interviews with:

Danny Tremblay originally from Quebec is an NRHA Million Dollar Rider, past winner of the Run For a Million Shoot Out, and Run For a Million qualifier who’s clients have won the non pro at the event two years in a row now.

Jade Whitemarsh hales from Alberta and is coming home with some bragging rights after scoring a 216.50 to secure 6th place in the TRFAM Non Pro Championships with North Sail Solitaire a 2013 Canadian bred  stallion by Topsail Whiz and out of Solitary Gunner by  Colonels Smoking Gun. Jade and the family raised chestnut earned a purse of $5,208.88USD for their run.


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2022 Nith River Round Up’s Shannon Adams Memorial Roping

Submitted by Dani and Chad Beechey, Hosts and Organizers.
While it may have been dusty, one thing is clear… we had an awesome weekend at NR Round Up for our Shannon Adams Memorial Roping.
We had a total of 770 breakaway, tie down and team roping runs over the weekend, and a lively Saturday night dinner & dance with an awesome band (Paul Wainwright & The Book Ends) to round out a beautiful weekend on the ranch under the stars, followed by an outstanding cowboy breakfast on the back lawn on the Sunday morning .
We put the spotlight on brand new ropers once again this year with our Green as Grass Breakaway Class (slower stock) and our Green as Grass Team Roping Class (where you partner a brand new roper with a seasoned volunteer to rope slower stock). We also had a really competitive tie down class, awesome ladies breakaway, incredible youth breakaway, open & open 3D breakaway and a really fun 3 Round Progressive Team Roping on the Sunday to finish off the weekend!
But for us, the most meaningful number of the weekend (and the one we are most proud of) is that WE RAISED *$7000* for the Juravinski Cancer Centre inmemory of Shannon Adams. Shannon was a shining light that lives on in her beautiful kids. We hope in some small way this money helps Juravinski to continue to advance the amazing work they do in the battle with cancer. This money raised came from a variety of places; every roper donated (in lieu of arena fees/ office fees), we held an awesome 2 day silent auction, and sold ballots for draw prizes. Additionally many people straight up donated to this great cause.
This entire event could not have happened without our INCREDIBLE sponsors always in our corner and the army of volunteers who made it happen through sweat, dust and smiles. Thank you to each one of you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you to every roper who came and all who supported this weekend! Whether it was helping with timers, running the stripping chute, donating to the silent auction or problem solving wherever needed. 
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts! ♥️
Dani & Chad


Over $14,000 was paid out in the RAO Progressive on Sunday!
A huge congratulations to our RAO Progressive Team Roping BUCKLE EARNERS:
Champion Header: Jeremy McCulligh
Champion Heeler: Brad Heffernan
Top Lady Team Roper: Emma Rose
Top #2 Roper: Dan Rose
Top #3 Roper: James Davidson
Top #4 Roper: Cody McGonigle
Top #5 Roper: Arturo Gallegos Garcia & Chad Beechey (a tie)
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AQHA Creates New Promo Code for New and Renewing Canadian Members

Dear Canadian Quarter Horse Community,


AQHA is excited to announce a membership promotion that will help activate potential AQHA members in Canada.  


With promo code CQHA, specifically created for Canada, new and renewing members can save $5 USD on an AQHA membership. Simply share this code with American Quarter Horse enthusiasts in your country, including family, friends, neighbors, youth organizations, and more, and when they enter it into the promo code field of the online AQHA membership application they will save $5 USD on their membership. This is a great opportunity to help grow your affiliate membership and expand the international AQHA family! 


There are many benefits to having an AQHA membership and here are just a few: 

  • A digital subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal. We’re celebrating the western lifestyle, and the many ways our members rely on their American Quarter Horses to have fun or get work done. 
  • Access to special programs supported by AQHA grants like Quality Samples, Educational Marketplace Clinics, and the Youth Excellence Seminar.
  • Take advantage of our Special World Show Qualifying process, show advisor and lease program
  • The rush of competition and the thrill of victory. Whether it’s ranch riding, jumping, barrel racing – or anything else – AQHA competitions are a valuable experience that create lifelong memories. 

Be sure to share information about the discount via email, or post on social media, so we can spread the word about the endless benefits of joining AQHA!





Jamie Hughes 

AQHA Director of International Activities

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Silver Lyning Scoops $63,360 Ontario Bred Futurity for Michelle Woodley

The 2-year-old filly Silver Lyning scored a half-length win in the $63,360 Ontario Bred Futurity at Ajax Downs on July 6 (New Image Media Photo)
AJAX DOWNS, WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2022 – Trainer Michelle Woodley held a hot hand in the final of the $63,360 Ontario Bred Futurity at Ajax Downs on July 6 and while the Alton, Ontario horsewoman came away with the winner of the important 2-year-old stakes race, it was not with the horse that most thought.
Woodley’s own filly SILVER LYNING, ridden by Tony ‘TP’ Phillips, scored a mild upset at 2 to 1 in the 300-yard race for Ontario-bred juveniles, holding on for a half-length victory over 23 to 1 shot Eyes Dasha Wacky, owned by Marie Broadstock and trained by Don Reid. It was another neck back to 15 to 1 shot Quick Asa Hicccup, trained by Woodley for Richard Wincikaby. Heavily favoured FIRSTPRIZE CHARLOTTE, also trained by Woodley for Wincikaby, finished fifth after becoming restless in the starting gate pre-race. Maximize was a late scratch at the gate.
The time of the race was a smart 15.624 for an 88 speed index. It was the second career start for Silver Lyning, who had a good closing kick to be second in the first Trial for the Ontario Bred Futurity on June 15.
Silver Lyning is the first horse Woodley has bred, sharing the breeding plans with her friend Gary McNichol, and the grey filly is the first foal to race from the Ajax Downs, stakes-winning mare Embrace Extravagence, also co-owned and trained by Woodley.
“She’s a really sweet filly, very laid back for a 2-year-old,” said jockey Tony Phillips. “She ran a good second in her Trial but I could feel like I had more so I was confident she could give them a run for the money.”
Woodley, who, along with her partner John McInerney, is well known for her success with young horses, said the win was bittersweet.
“Firstprize Charlotte got a little fractious in the gate and because of that I think she blew her break a bit,” said Woodley. “But Silver Lyning, she did everything right so we are super happy.”
Racing continues at Ajax Downs on  Wednesday. July 13, 2022, followed by a special Sunday day of racing on July 17, ‘Craft Brewery Day’ with on-track prizes for fans in attendance.
Follow us on social media @AjaxDowns on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news and photos. The Ajax Downs races are also live-streamed on our Facebook and Youtube pages and you can watch and wager on the races at You can print out a free pocket program for the day’s races at
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Had to Be Ivory Sails to Victory in the Picov Maturity

Bryn Robertson (green shirt), with wife Carol (white cap) and daughter Kim, accepts the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Trainer of the Year Award from Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario president Bob Broadstock (New Image Media Photo)
Had to Be Ivory, owned and bred by Hillsburgh's Carol and Jaime Robertson and trained by Bryn Robertson, won the 9th Picov Maturity easily under Josh Scott - New Image Media Photo
AJAX DOWNS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2022 –  On the day that he was presented with the Canadian Quarter Horse Association’s 2022 AQHA Trainer of the Year award, trainer Bryn Robertson of Hillsburgh, ON sent out champion HAD TO BE IVORY to win the $29,880 Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs.
Had to Be Ivory, the 2019 Horse of the Year making his first start as a 7-year-old, was quick out of the gate at the start of the 300-yard dash and caught front runner Countrys Comin Bac in time to win handily by three-quarters of a length in the fast time of 15.214 for a 102 speed index Carneros, owned by Milena Kwicien of Burlington and ridden by Brian Bell, was up for second by a nose over nine-year-old Countrys Comin Bac, owned by Ralph Pearson.  
Sent off as the 4 to 5 favourite against a strong field of eight other older horses, Had to Be Ivory paid $3.90 to win. Bred in Ontario, Had to Be Ivory is owned and was bred by Robertson’s wife Carol and daughter-in-law Jaime. The9th running of the Picov Maturity was the son of Ivory James’ 17th win in 23 career races. He now has earnings of over $292,000.
Scott, who was riding Had to Be Ivory for the first time, said the gelding had trained well coming into the Maturity and was sharp and ready for the Maturity. “He was leaning a little bit in the gate but I corrected him and he stood like a statue,” said Scott. “After that, he just exploded out of there and I just let him go.”
Robertson, a longtime member of the Quarter Horse racing scene in Ontario, prepared Had to be Ivory at the family’s Hillerin Farm this winter. “My son, Mike, he gallops him at home, his wife Jaime helps out and my wife Carol feeds the horses. It’s a family affair.”
Robertson received the CQHA Award for his contributions to the Quarter Horse breed in Canada, encompassing all disciplines of sport in addition to racing.
*Two Trial races for the $50,000 Princess Derby were also held on the June 1 card at Ajax Downs and both were won by 3-year-old fillies owned by Milena Kwiecien, trained by Jason Pascoe of Pontypool, and ridden by Ismael Mosquiera.
EYE LIVE FOR CANDY won the first Trial and set the fastest time of the two splits of 17.951 for 350 yards, edging John Wilson’s Oh My Gawd by a neck. The second Trial was won by Ontario-sired SW SNOWMAGICALLYKOOL, a daughter of Kwiecien’s stallion Maryland Magic, who won by a neck in a time of 17.968, the second-fastest time of all fillies in the Trials, over Don Reid’s JTC Lil Moonbar.
The $50,000 final of the Princess Derby, with the 10-fastest qualifiers, will be held on a special Father’s Day card of racing on Sunday, June 19.
*Racing at Ajax Downs continues on Wednesday, June 8 with a first race post time of 1:30 p.m. For more information on racing dates and the special event Sundays, visit and follow us on social media @AjaxDowns.
Full live stream of June 1 races at Ajax Downs: 
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Ontario Bred Juvenile First Cold Wave Named Ajax Downs’ 2021 Horse of the Year

First Cold Wave won the $115,000 Alex Picov Futurity in 2021 and was named Horse of the Year by the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario (Clive Cohen photo)
AJAX DOWNS, APRIL 25, 2021- For only the third time in Ajax Downs history, a 2-year-old has been named the track’s Quarter Horse of the YearFIRST COLD WAVE, who is Ontario bred and sired, was voted 2021’s top horse by the board of directors of the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario on April 22. 
Owned and bred by Robert Bailey of Oakwood, Ontario, First Cold Wave is the only provincially sired and bred juvenile Horse of the Year, following American bred Leanintoit (2011) and American sired/ Ont. bred One Kool Wave (2010).
The impressive-looking First Cold Wave earned 39 QROOI points in 2021, more than any other Ajax Downs starter. The sorrel-coloured gelding also collected the trophy for High Point 2-Year-Old Male horse. He is a son of young stallion Cold Hard Dash, whose first crop of foals raced in 2021. Cold Hard Dash is owned by a syndicate and stands at Iron Horse Reproduction in Port Perry.
Trained by Jason Pascoe, First Cold Wave made his Ajax Downs debut in July following a 10th place finish in his career debut at Remington Park in Oklahoma. He won his maiden in that first start locally under jockey Brian Bell and then finished a close second in the $61,000 Ontario Bred Futurity to Night Leader. First Cold Wave turned the tables on that rival, winning a Trial for the $65,000 Ontario Sires Futurity before taking the final. After a third-place finish in a Trial for the prestigious Alex Picov Futurity, First Cold Wave won a furious battle to the wire, taking the $115,000 Futurity final by a nose.
Produced from the mare Cassies Carver by Wave Carver, First Cold Wave completed his 2021 season with four wins in seven starts and earnings of $98,764 (Cdn.).
First Cold Wave recently returned to racing on April 15, finishing fourth in an allowance race at Remington Park. He is being pointed to that track’s Heritage Place Derby Trials on May 7 and should he qualify, would contest the $250,000 (US) final on May 28.
Ajax Downs racing fans will hopefully get to see the champ for the track’s big 3-year-old races this summer.
The 2022 Ajax Downs Quarter Horse season opens Wednesday, May 11 (first race post time at 1:30 p.m.). Racing will be conducted on Wednesdays, plus one Sunday a month, and there will be a special card on Thanksgiving Monday, October 10.
You can view the entire racing schedule with on-track events here
Follow Ajax Downs on social media @AjaxDowns (Twitter and Instagram), Facebook and at For more information on how to become an owner or partner in a Quarter Horse contact the QROOI at
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