|Formed in 1988, the Upper Canada District (Ontario) Canadian Horse Breeders is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Canada’s National Horse, the Canadian Horse.The U.C.D.’s goal is to address the concerns of our members within in industry organizations such as the Ontario Equestrian Federation, and to seek out and take part in promotional and educational activities for the benefit of our members and the Canadian Horse breed in general. Members from outside of Ontario are welcome.
Early each year, the U.C.D. Annual General Meeting is held. Activities or the day include the election of the Board of Directors, the presentation of reports from the different committees and the approval of the minutes and financial reports of the previous year. After the business portion of the day, a guest speaker or tour makes the day more enjoyable for all.
In the fall, the premier Canadian Horse show in Ontario is held. The UCD Futurity and Show allows breeders and single horse owners alike to present their Canadian Horses to their best advantage. Futurity line classes, open line classes, driving and riding classes display the attributes of the “Little Iron Horse”. Junior classes encourage young people to get involved. A friendly and helpful atmosphere makes showing an enjoyable experience for even the most novice exhibitor.
Throughout the year, U.C.D. Fun Days are held to allow members and interested parties to enjoy the more recreational aspects of our horses. Trail rides, sleigh rides, bar-b-q’s and games are some of the activities included. Riders and drivers take part and horseless participants can usually find a place on a buggy or wagon. Lots of laughs and good-natured ribbing are all part of the fun.
Clinics on topics including dressage, show preparation, breeding with AI, how to get the most from your farrier and vet, have been held in the past and more are planned for the future. The U.C.D. makes every effort to rotate events around the province so all members have the opportunity to take part. The Virtual Relay allows even those without trailers to participate.
To keep our membership informed, the U.C.D. publishes a bi-monthly newsletter with news of the activities of the Board of Directors, upcoming dates, show results, member profiles, letters and articles. The editor appreciates the many contributions sent in by members. Classified ads allow members to list such things as horses for sale, stallion services, and equipment available.
The U.C.D. continues to take every opportunity presented to educate the public on the heritage and history of the Canadian Horse as well as the benefits of owning one today. Presentations on Parliament Hill, Canada Day festivities at the Canada Agriculture Museum, distributing brochures at events such as the Royal Winter Fair are only a few of the many activities UCD members take part in.