91 Reasons to Love The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

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More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* Horse Sport Enews The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (The Royal) returns to Toronto from November 1-10 in the Ricoh Coliseum and Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place. Visitors who flock to the annual fair next month will enjoy innovative new programs – as well as everything that “loyal Royals” have come to love and expect from the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.“To celebrate our 91st year, we’ve compiled the top 91 reasons to love the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair,” said Sandra Banks, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. “With so much that’s new this year, we wanted to highlight the must-see competitions, activities, celebrities and of course, animals, that our guests can enjoy at The Royal.”1. THE PRESIDENT’S CHOICE ANIMAL THEATRE: an all-new facility, home to feature animal presentations including:2. President’s Choice SuperDogs3. Goats on the Go – just… imagine it4. Victoria Stilwell, star of The Animal Planet’s hit series ‘It’s Me or The Dog’, onstage November 1 to help beleaguered pet owners solve their training issues5. Animal psychic, Lauren Bode, will demonstrate her uncanny ability to connect with horses and dogs, both weekends of The Royal6. Rabbit Jumping demonstrations!7. Jack Russell Races8. Sheep herding demonstrations by those clever border collies9. Spirit of the Horse – equine education! Meet and learn about different breeds of horses10. THE ROYAL HORSE SHOW: tradition and prestige combine with athletic rigour and family entertainment to highlight the best in national and international equestrian sport, featuring:11. The 48th Highlanders, who will open the horse show Friday evening, November 1– who doesn’t love bagpipes?12. Sylvia Zerbini, formerly of Cavalia, will entertain with her nine Arabian horses, November 6-913. Horse whisperer Guy McLean will amaze and delight audiences, November 1-514. Rider rivalries: William Fox-Pitt, ranked second in the world in eventing and teammate Oliver Townend, both of Great Britain, will seek to dethrone Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, Ontario during opening weekend at the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge15. Black tie affairs: Wednesday through Saturday evenings you will find that much of the crowd is in fancy attire, and it’s not unusual to see Jimmy Choo’s stepping carefully through the cattle barn en route to the Tanbark Club for box-seat holders16. Really, really big jumps: The Hickstead FEI World CupTM, presented by GroupBy, will be the most difficult show jumping you will see all week, with riders facing jumps ranging between 1.45 metres and 1.60 metres, with spreads of up to two metres wide, in the hopes of taking home their share of the $100,000 prize money17. Canadian actress Amber Marshall of CBC’s Heartland will return to the Royal to host:18. The Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo on November 3 – this classic rodeo is home to trick riders and barrel racers and all the western hooplah fans love19. Olympians: The Ricoh Big Ben Challenge, the evening of November 9, will feature top international and Olympic riders and horses competing for a chance at the $75,000 purseo Tip: Tickets are nearly sold-out but if you attend Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night shows, you can see the same pairs competing!20. Dances with horses: don’t miss Thursday night’s competition featuring horses and riders literally “dancing” to music in the Olympic sport of freestyle Dressage21. The Dog & Pony Show, aka the International Canine/Equine Challenge, teams a President’s Choice SuperDog with an international jumper, each to jump their respectively sized courses, on November 9 (matinee performance)22. Massive and magnificent: top teams from each breed (Belgian Draft Horse, Clydesdale and Percheron) return to the ring together for an overall grand-championship on November 9, for the $15,000 Royal Championship Six-Horse Draft Hitch (evening performance)23. Weekday matinee horse show performances and the full horse show Sunday November 10 are free with a General Admission ticket24. THE a-MAZE-ing FOOD JOURNEY: walk the path your food takes from farm to table at this brand new interactive exhibit, where it’s ok to play with your food25. AGtivity CENTRAL: where parents can check their smartphones while their little ones enjoy:26. Face painting27. Mini tractor rides28. A farm-inspired playscape29. THE PIZZA PIZZA PETTING FARM: home to more than 60 friendly, child-sized farm animals30. FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Royal visitors can rub elbows with farmers, scientists, and of course, chefs, all sharing their passion for food and an interest in farm based learning to encourage sustainability, conservation and preservation of our environment, while enjoying:31. A working greenhouse so serene it will make you forget your day job32. An edible garden – sit down and relax among the herbs and edible flowers33. Health Professionals night where guests can hear from dietitians, nutritionists, and food industry professionals34. Taste Canada’s “Cook the Books” competition featuring George Brown College chefs and cook book authors35. Home Cooks contest, meal preparation and knife skills demonstrations – for the rest of us!36. The Royal Wine competition featuring 60 Ontario wineries you need to know about37. The Royal Mixology Competition where 10 of the city’s top mixologists compete for Royal honours from 6-9 p.m. on November 438. The Royal Pub Crawl kicking off at 7:30 p.m. at The Royal Vineyard & Brew House, November 239. ART in the Royal Winter Gallery and Cafe featuring a 300 piece exhibit by Canadian naturalist and painter, Robert Bateman, who will be on site both weekends to discuss his art40. CANADIAN YOUNG SPEAKERS FOR AGRICULTURE: where youth from all across Canada will come to The Royal to deliver their prepared speeches on current agricultural topics, November 2 at 9am41. Provincial 4-H Go For The Gold Competition Finals: again this year, this youth game show tests 4-H members on their knowledge of 4-H best practices and current agricultural trends42. THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL “HARVEST PATH”: hosting competitions celebrating the best in fresh, locally grown and produced food, featuring:43. Honey & beeswax, including entries by beekeepers as young as three years old44. Maple syrup and maple products, a truly Canadian competition45. Jams, jellies, and pickles where family recipe rule46. Field crops: the beautiful wheat, oat and barley sheaves are not to be missed47. Vegetables: because everyone needs to see a pumpkin that weighs more than 1,000 lbs48. Apples: witness the best of this year’s bumper apple crop49. Cheese: more than 400 lbs of glorious cheese AND a chance to sample champion wines and cheeses at daily “cinq a sept” events (5 – 7 p.m.)50. The delicious art of butter sculpting51. THE ROYAL CULINARY THEATRE: home to the Royal’s biggest food competitions52. The Road to the Royal Chef Challenge finale on November 2, where guests will see finalists from each regional fair fight for the winning title of The Road to the Royal Chef Challenge, including:53. Chef Justin W. Miller, Cabin Bistro, finalist from The Great Northern Exhibition54. Chef Justin Downes, Vineland Estates, finalist from the Niagara Regional Exhibition55. Chef Andrea Legacey, Devlin’s Country Bistro, finalist from the Paris Fair56. Chef Bryan Simmons, Chatterpaul’s, finalist from the Brooklin Spring Fair57. With Ben Mulroney, eTalk, and Bob Blumer as hosts!58. And Chef Jonathan Goodyear, Top Chef Canada finalist, as part of the judging team59. The Royal Chef Challenge 2013, where Toronto’s finest hotel kitchens square off in heated competition hosted by Bob Blumer, November 1 & 360. And the red hot finale, hosted by Chef Curtis Stone, at 2pm on November 961. THE ROYAL BARNS: home to more than 4,000 animals during the 10-day fair, including:62. More than 800 horses and ponies representing every imaginable size and skill set63. More than 800 dairy cattle from five dairy cattle breeds, including Ayrshire, Holstein and Jersey64. More than 600 beef cattle from six beef cattle breeds, including Angus, Limousin, Shorthorns and Herefords.65. More than 450 sheep representing eight varieties, including Suffolk, Oxford, Lincoln, Texel, North County Cheviot, Southdown, Hampshire, and Dorset, as well as…66. Sheep shearing demonstrations! (In 2012, a baby lamb was born to a sheep awaiting shearing)67. More than 250 goats, including Nubian, Alpine and Saanan breeds- both dairy and meat breeds68. More than 800 chickens, geese, turkeys, pigeons and all associated clucks, crows and coos69. More than 600 rabbits and cavies from more than 100 different breeds70. THE ROYAL FARM ANIMAL COMPETITIONS: taking place in the Scotiabank Ring of Excellence71. A family favorite, the Rabbit and Cavy show is on November 10, and with more than 100 different classes for rabbits, cavies, and wool products, this may be the softest competition the Royal has to offer72. The National Junior Beef Heifer Show will see 4-H members from across Canada come to Toronto to claim the National title of Grand Champion – youth who have been working with their cows all year to prepare them for their moment in the limelight on November 473. The Royal welcomes back the National Hereford Show, November 274. East National Dairy Goat Show opening weekend, November 1-375. TD Junior Sheep Show with more than 100 youth participating – a great example of the next generation of Canadian farmers76. Royal Poultry, Waterfowl and Pigeon show trophy presentations on November 677. Dairy breeds galore: the Ayrshire show, the Brown Swiss show, the National Black and White Holstein show, the National Red and White Holstein show, and the National Jersey show… all will be vying for the Grand Champion Banner of their breed and the coveted title of Supreme Champion of The Royal78. THE ROYAL AUCTIONS: serious business events for farmers at the Royal, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the complex role of genetics in the food production industry79. The Sale of Stars, a premier event for Holstein enthusiasts from Canada and around the world, which grossed more than $2-million in 2012, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the Scotiabank Ring of Excellence80. The Queens Guineas Competition and Auction, open to bona fide 4-H Beef Members in the Province of Ontario with a 2013 beef steer or market heifer, takes place November 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Scotiabank Ring of Excellence81. The Ontario Junior Barrow, a youth swine competition for both showmanship and conformation in the show ring, prepares the top placing animals to be sold Ontario Junior Barrow Auction November 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Royal Swine Ring (Lower East Annex)82. The Royal Elite All Breeds Sale featuring top quality beef cattle takes place on November 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Scotiabank Ring of Excellence83. The Royal Market Lamb Auction on November 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Royal Sheep Ring (Lower East Annex)84. The Royal Wool Auction, for champion fleece and shawls, will close the Royal on November 1085. FABULOUS FOOD: celebrate the harvest at any of The Royal’s seven onsite restaurants including:86. Fine dining at the Royal’s flagship restaurant, The Royal Court87. The Hitching Ring Cafe & Bar, where you sit alongside the equine warm-up ring; The Tanbark Club, exclusive to Horse Show box seat subscribers; The Bull Pen Saloon, where all the after-show action is (dancing, anyone?); The Bit & Bridle Pub, a hidden hot spot on the upper level of the Horse Palace88. Award winning VQA wines and Ontario craft brews at The Royal Vineyard & Brewhouse89. High tea at The Royal Winter Gallery and Cafe90. The famous Food Court for fudge, fries and all your favourite fair treats (potato rosti, apple dumplings, cinnamon buns, baked potatoes, lamb on a bun?) Oh my!91. SHOPPING: featuring everything from cowboy boots to winter horse blankets, barn jackets to belt buckles – including Tuesday evening, where many equine themed retailers will be giving a discount if you show your Canadian Hunter Derby Finals ticket stubA full schedule of The Royal’s 2013 programming is available at royalfair.org/schedule. Discount tickets can be purchased online at royalfair.org or full price at the door. The Royal Horse Show tickets are also available online through royalfair.org or you can upgrade your general admission ticket for a Horse Show ticket at the Fair. Tags: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Ricoh Coliseum, Royal Horse Show, Direct Energy Centre, Belgian Draft Horse, SIGN UP last_img read more

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