Sunday, June 24, 2018

Equine Industry Symposium -- Revisited, with Julia Alebrand

There are some links and pictures we promised, to be posted here soon...

We also mentioned the exciting news from Ontario Equestrian, about "Rookie Rider" which allows children to learn the fundamentals of riding by testing their physical literacy skills on a barrel, prior to ever mounting a horse. We hope that you expect to find it as part of KidsZone, which provide children with a place to play and learn, and it will also provide a place for parents to observe a horse show and ask any questions they may have. KidsZone will provide the public with a gateway to understanding the equine industry.

Designed to provide a space for the public to learn about Equestrian Sport, the KidsZone is free to everyone. Caledon Equestrian Park has free parking, free admission, and the opportunity to understand what it means to be an equestrian. KidsZone will be available at CEP on the following dates in 2018:
Friday June 8th - 10th Pickering Horse Centre @ Caledon (Trillium)
Saturday June 30th - July 1st Summer Classic
Saturday July 7th - 8th Caledon Premier 1
Saturday July 28th - 29th Equestrian Festival
August 4th - 5th Summer Festival
August 11th - 12th Caledon Premier 2 CSI2
August 18th - 19th Zone Classic (Trillium)
August 31st - September 2nd Trillium Championships

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Horse Day 2018 Awards Show!

Parkwoods Stables, Rockwood, ranked #1 in the 2017 hoofbeats Mystery Shop!

In this show, hoofbeats makes the important announcement about the best final score of our “mystery shop” visits/tours, of the past season.

Parkwood Stable is a private equestrian facility, an hour West of Toronto, that is dedicated to raising Hanoverian and Warmblood horses. They offer first class boarding, training and coaching, in well maintained, well designed stables, areas, rings and fields. Owned and operated by the Parkinson family, on a picturesque 100 acre farm. The stallion Faberges is handled with expertise, and offers a successful breeding program. There are also young horses, brood mares and riding horses for sale. “Parkwoods hosts events that welcome the general public, and you should consider attending one!” said hoofbeats producer, Kim Logue.

You can get involved with our all interest, all access, all age horse show!  We launched this new Education and Information Program, especially to invite more youth participants... For the Mystery shops, a detailed, custom “walk-about-worksheet,” is used — that incorporates the requirements and recommendations of The National Farm Animal Care Council’s Equine Code, standards of the federal and provincial sport offices (Equestrian Canada and Ontario Equestrian), as well as CANTRA, Canadian Pony Club, OMFRA, and Equine Guelph; Hoofbeats producers keep an eye open, as well, to the usual law and insurance aspects of each unique facility, in collecting the research, and in calculating the results. In the past 12 months, hoofbeats has investigated aproximately 50 horse facilities in Southern Ontario, and also broadcast many of the interviews.

Since 2007, hoofbeats ensures that “horses are for everyone!” while promoting equine welfare, human safety and sound business practices. Programs also bravely explore the environmental, expense and ethics issues, regarding these pet-like, livestock, animals. Through these visits, and the resulting radio reports, hoofbeats continues to spread the joy of involvement with horses.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

If You Jump - A Shout out for Adee's New Single

Tune in to or 93.3fm this Sunday June 10, between 10-11am, to hear our conversation with this lovely musical recording artist and horsewoman from Sweden!

Its our hoofbeats 2018 All Star Awards show and we also reveal our top ranked facility in the hoofbeats mystery shops this year -- because its Horse Day!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

hoofbeats 2018 Hero of The Horse -- Ann Caine

this is our nomination - as submitted for the Horse Canada Contest!

She is truly devoted to the welfare of each and every individual animal in the Sunrise program, even when they retire.  With the knowledge and strong education, background and network to ensure it!!!  Meanwhile, the Sunrise program is one that continues to promote involvement with horses, making it sustainable and accessible to the general public - while adhering to all proper accreditation standards to ensure the horse industry's healthy survival... Does this woman sleep? We ask each other behind her back.  She has been, and continues to be so passionate, and so successful and so hardworking in support of Sunrise Therapeutic Learning and Riding Centre. Fundraising, networking, promoting awareness, recruiting instructors, truly connecting with participants and staff.  Even mentoring "outsiders" like hoofbeats radio, helping us in our quest to review and educate equine therapy facilities as they pop up in the new equestrian landscape.  What an amazing legacy.

She single handedly seems to drive, even though RETIRED, an amazing gem of a facility that continues to develop the full potential of children and adults with disabilities and lead them closer to independence through a therapy, recreation, horse riding, life skills and farm related activity program.

Have you sent in your nomination to Horse Canada yet? The deadline is July 15!

hoofbeats HORSE OF THE WEEK - Fergus!

Mother/Daughter Horse Riding Lessons? with Dana Sipos

On Mother's Day, we were in conversation with musical recording artist Dana Sipos, who revealed a bit of equestrian background. That night at her concert, we admired chaps and breeches from her youth and had a great time trying them on, along with all her other fabulous (actual) merch items!

Is her next tour by canoe or horseback? You'll want to check out this "Riding With The Stars" show.  A podcast will follow, with this compelling singer of evocative melodies, in gentle intriguing soundscapes, and irresistibly unique song structures..... But, it's a pleasure to post this hour long edition, as it appeared on radio (rather than on the podcast), because I just adore her music. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Under the Influence, on CBC

It is such an inspiring show that takes 12 hours to record and mix each 27 minute episode, based on 30-40 hours of research.

But, no wonder hoofbeats chooses to do so many interviews!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fan Mail and Foreshadowing

 Welcome to a hoofbeats episode where we are both foreshadowing the future, and doing some reminiscing!  We tell you about some upcoming Icelandic-centric events and air 20 minutes of unedited raw audio, recorded for the podcast, with Brandon Hall of Ontario Equestrian.
We also share some Fan Mail regarding our Polo Part 2 show: "I'm in India and just listened to it with my parents. We all found it very interesting. Thank you for the excellent interview."  And, some fan Mail regarding a recent visit with Innes Wilson, who is top of the CFRU Folk charts right now!
 "The podcast is accessible to all, even those of us like me who really don’t know horses all that well. I love that tag line about the horses speaking and we need to listen to them. From a radio show perspective, it’s always interesting to me to listen to how other hosts do their shows. I loved your music choices; we too play from CDs and also from our phones—our Media Touch system is completely inaccessible to blind people, so our work around is to plug in our ‘talking’ devices and play from there—when the voice comes on, we refer to her as our ‘third host’ and our audience loves it.  I had to laugh when you said about talking ‘6 miles from the mic.’ We were taught to ‘tether’ our noses to the mic and talk below it.

We also tell you a bit about next week, because we reached out for participation in a "pony club" show for hoofbeats to Pony Club USA and Pony Club UK. Mostly because Pony Club in Canada is not nearly as successful as it is in other places. And actually engagement of youth in horse activities over all is in disastrous decline, in this country. How are things around the world?

It was amazing how both organizations participated and responded in support of hoofbeats instantly!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Horselife - One Working Student Perspective

In this radio show episode, we hear from a 17yr old rider and working student at two esteemed horse facilities... from learning styles to conducive work environments and overcoming challenges, her perspective is worth a listen.

Carly stayed after to pitch in as a volunteer for hoofbeats!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

"Riding With The Stars" and A Pure Guelphishness Playlist with Innes Wilson

We played local music and fit in a bit of horse talk!  He tells us about 32 horses and one pony stallion he has spent time with.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Joining Forces on Youth Engagement

Could a "Junior Horse Sport Association" rebrand for Canadian Pony Club, save the larger equine community too? On the latest hoofbeats episode we are in discussion with Sara Chauvin, about her provincials pitch, as well as the recent Equine Symposium.
Are you as horrified as we are to hear that our equine sector is already beginning to die-off, and could, in 15 -25 years, enter a catastrophic collapse? hoofbeats radio recently attended an event that was free to anyone involved in any equine sector to discuss the issue. It included a swag bag and entry into door prize draws with any donation!

It was a great idea to expand the breakout discussions to run the entire afternoon. But, the very structured instructions almost inhibited creative thinking and open discussion. Some of the themes that I noticed were accessibility, marketing, social initiatives, education, and a desire to spread awareness that “horses are for everyone!” As well as a focus to recruit the very young 5-10 and their parents, to promote a branded hashtag, and to have all disciplines filtered through OE and to ensure we invite more breeds and equine orgs in the dialogue.

I also compiled this list of “Actionable Items” from across the groups: 
- create new entertaining, educational incentives (need to be creative, fun and appealing for different ages)
- speakers, groundwork and conditioning classes for horse and rider
- field trips for classrooms, extra curricular activities through schools
- bring clinicians to small towns
- inter-family collaboration and carpooling
- volunteer programs
- creative, enjoyable on-line content
- affordable workshops and training programs, esp. community based lunch and learns
- rebrand pony club, introduce paid staff to structure, become more visible in the larger equine community
- bring back horse extension agents
- offering more barn tours
- an OE template to host events
- educate/accreditation re: equine therapy/corporate leadership programs using horses
- implement co-op and high school programs for the equine industries
- more promotion of the sports, health and mental wellness aspects

In terms of suggested small personal actions you can take, I would say the top idea was: personally invite people to experience equine exposure with you!

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Other changes reflected that the original venue, the largest classroom at the OVC was too small for the expected turn out, and that the events were transferred to the larger Thornborough Building in the School of Engineering.

Monday, February 12, 2018

No Horse Talk, just Pure Guelphishness with Nick Zubeck

Nick said he doesn't know anything about horses, so we just played local music in an hour that flew by.

The SOCAN log sheet for this show took me way tooooooo long.  I hope in the end, it was correct!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Mystery Tour Announcements

We are thrilled to announce our Audio Documentary project garnered support from Ed Video!  Ed Video’s Production Grant Program supports media art creators by granting no-cost access to equipment resources, especially for projects with a strong artistic component.  Because producer Kim Logue also accesses the Career and Skills Development Award with no-cost Workshop Access, we hope to start incorporating a film component! !!  We thought you might also want to know about this:

Sharing Equine Therapy, an article for the Rider

I bet everyone of us reading this magazine knows the profound benefits of being around horses. And we all know how horses mirror us, while having no judgement. We have all seen how horses can help us develop leadership skills or heal from stress, not to mention benefit physically from all the hard work! And then there is learning team work, responsibility and true partnership.

At a recent event in Guelph called “An Evening of Sharing - Equine Therapy” I heard that a growing number of Canadians are discovering the healing power of horses. In equine-assisted therapy and learning, horse and human are brought together to tackle a long list of issues, including mental heath. It reminds me of how doctors in Japan are prescribing “Forest Bathing,” for the benefits of nature.

However, I find it unsettling how many Life Coaches, Counsellors and Corporate Trainers are popping up everywhere, chasing their dreams and following the passion of their youth, which was being around horses. Because I am seeing facilities that are being run by great sales people, with barely adequate equine training or experience. How does one set about examining facilities EQUINE credentials?

EFW, EAGALA, CANTRA, OE, EC, UoG ~ BBRM, OVC, what’s your favourite acronym?

hoofbeats radio and podcast, produced in Guelph, is starting site inspections, to help ensure horse welfare and human safety with an eye to National standards, and perhaps International Standards too.

Imagine a world where youth reporters are empowered by hoofbeats to get out and ask questions, including about animal rights, while they visit horse facilities. They will observe and record as they work through our mystery tour checklist. And, records and recordings of their visits will be compiled by a qualified, longstanding rider/trainer, riding and horsemanship instructor.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

NCRA Awards Submission Feb 2018

This submission comes from another project, called Conversations Worth Having, which includes a series on aging and death. Because Community care in Ontario already is very bumpy, in a system with resources already stretched. And, with the demographics of the gray wave or silver tsunami looming on the horizon, it is time to start talking about it!
"Five Wishes" broadcast Sun Jan 29, 2017 on CFRU.

In this particular 9min 43sec episode excerpt we hear from Jennifer Mackie, an expert in Medical Assistance in Dying. When is one’s death reasonably foreseeable? 10/10 of us are going to die..  “We’re all gonna die of something” is an expression I grew up hearing, and I am happy in this segment to include the voices of my very own mom, and dad - not long before he passed away.

About the Producer:
I have been producing an occasionally-award-winning horse talk radio show called hoofbeats, for over a decade, and the podcasts are now available in iTunes! 

The photo below is meant to represent producer-as-a-fictional character.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Discover The Horse

 In this episode of hoofbeats, we are in conversation with Alyssa, who is underway on a quest to ride over 350 different breeds from around the world!!!

Breeds featured in the "Discover the horse" trailer to date include:
Quarter Horse, Kiger Mustang, Oldenburg, Appaloosa, Icelandic, Norwegian Fjord, Lipizzaner, Cheval Canadian, and the Irish Sport Horse.

We hear how she determined a list of 350 breeds and how is a kiger mustang different than a regular mustang.  We learn about the crew, the equipment, and her background with horses before embarking on this amazing journey!  And we compare notes about the Icelandic Horse and how its important to experience that breed in that terrain, in Iceland.

Check it out here -- Enjoy!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017 Royal Review Show

Today's "Royal Review" show includes our recording in the OE booth with Mark Nelson of Oakhurst Farm, as well as some words from Kathy Fremes of Country Hill Farm after we watched a riding lesson demo she was teaching in the Spirit of the Horse Ring! We also passed through EquiMania, which, like hoofbeats, allows rural and urban youth to investigate and interact with the world of horses - while promoting proper care and welfare for all participants. 14 Education Centres + Education Ring, from jumping rabbits to the spirit of the horse... we collected quite a few interviews...

"Riding With The Stars" features guest, Tam Williamson and her experience of the Royal! The co-hosts admit their first glimpse of a kur before a 5:30 min segment

Did you enjoy the new release from Shannon Kingsbury?

We also discuss the junior/amateur 1.40 jumper class we watched and remember the pony jumper class, won by the little one from Beaverwoods we were cheering for. Had you already heard of indoor eventing???

We could refrained from discussing the many, many, many shopping exhibits!!!!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Turning Over a New Leaf?

This week a recurring 12 yr old co-host takes the reins! Since there is nothing new to air in the Conversations Worth Having, "Death and Aging" series this week, we are, happily, letting equestrian guests override. happy hoofbeats! 
horse talk is also a Conversation Worth Having...

This week we speak to Dr. Jonathon Edwards Ph.D, University of New Brunswick, who in conjunction with CAC, is recruiting participants for a research project; To explore the quality and validity of the Coach Evaluation Experience.  If you are interested in participating in the survey, please visit the link

We also spoke to Melissa of New Leaf farms, who has 5 horses boarded at J&J Quarterhorse Farm facility on Speedvale just west of the Hanlon, with an indoor arena, outdoor sand ring and trails off property.  She is developing an Equine Assisted Learning Program with a focus on 12X1 hour group lessons that develop communication and conflict resolution and more.  She told us about the 11.1 hand pony hackney cross Daisy, a 16.1 Morgan cross (thoroughbred arabian), as well as 9 yr old 15.1 hand black and white (tobiano) spotted saddle horse, and a 15.2 dunn quarter horse cross who really likes children not to mention the bombproof palomino tennessee walking horse who is the newest addition to the herd.  Did you catch that she uses Western/Australian saddles?

We also recorded a voice track we will hope to use in a hoofbeats radio show promo!

"Conversations Worth Having, with host Kim Logue, covers tough topics and themes, from a series on aging and death to food and water issues. But, at least once a month equestrian guests override, and horses talk? You should listen... p.s. To get involved email"

Saturday, October 14, 2017

happy hoofbeats!

Did you catch the tweet? this week Sun 10am @cfru_radio a returning co-host ~ 3 years older now!! do you remember hoofbeats #158 08-09-2014 with Harmony?

Since there is nothing new to air in the Sunday 10am Conversations Worth Having, -- Death and Aging series at CFRU this week, we are, happily, bringing you some horsetalk! hoofbeats are also a Conversation Worth Having. Sadly there is no archive of our live to air this week.

Did you hear the "Riding With the Stars" guest we grilled about creating original music for  dressage musical freestyles?! Our longstanding host confessed her lifelong fantasy of a live orchestra ringside for an improv horse dance, with the right musicians, to a member of CROW, who is performing in Guelph at Silence. Tamara Williamson did a phone in near the end of show to say that if anyone shows up at her upcoming gig in their breeches, she'll buy them a beer... we had so much fun!

With the godmother of Indie, Tamara Williamson, who has been at the fore front of alternative music since the 90′s! She's shared stages with Oasis, Jewel, Feist and Talk Talk and guelph's very own Bry Webb too. Writing all her own material and producing records for other artists, she is known and respected for her creativity, songwriting and artistry in production...  In a world of more licensing laws and copyright problems, her company Kurboom offers affordable ORIGINAL music for kur’s!

Does she know the gaits of Icelandics? Has she ever felt the beat? We were excited to get details on the landscape on this CD, that we played two tracks from.

How well are equine biz owners are following the best accounting standards and employment practices?

We also aired a 21 min segment with researchers with a study and a survey for horse people.  We commented that their questions focused on financial compensation and its link to employee satisfaction without questioning management styles or training ethics at all.

Harmony asked if coming up through the ranks as a working student is still possible and then we discussed her interest in continued volunteering with hoofbeats...