Sue Leslie

2016 Ontario Budget Makes Room for Racing

UPDATE: The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) has announced that two additional years of funding has been secured for horse racing in Ontario. The Wynne government has extended the financial commitment to the horse racing industry under the budget clause for OLG modernization. The annual $100 million in government support, along with breeder support through the […]

Update on Horse Racing and OLG Integration

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) president and CEO Stephen Rigby has issued the following letter, dated October 15, 2015, to Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) president Sue Leslie to provide the horse community an update on the integration of horse racing into the OLG’s modernization plans. Dear Ms. Leslie, As you know, over the […]

Racing to Continue at Fort Erie Race Track

Years of uncertainly have come to an end for the employees and horse people of Fort Erie Race Track. Today, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, reiterated the government’s commitment to the continuation of live thoroughbred racing at the historic site. This season, which is the first of a five-year partnership […]

Introducing “Talkin’ Horses” TV

If you’re a Thoroughbred racing enthusiast, you’d better check your local TV listings because this fall a great new program featuring “all things Thoroughbred” is coming to a flat screen near you. Airing Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until noon on CTV’s Ontario network, beginning September 6th, for a 10-week run, “Talkin’ Horses” is the brainchild […]

HBPA of Ontario to Recommend Ban on Race Day Medications Except Lasix

The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) of Ontario is taking an industry lead by recommending and supporting a ban on the use of race day medication in Ontario. The HBPA Board of Directors made the final decision after it being raised at an ORC (Ontario Racing Commission) industry consultation meeting and further after reading […]

OHRIA Looks for Champions During Election Campaign

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association wants candidates who are running for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to sign a pledge indicating they will be a ‘Champion of Horse Racing and Breeding’ if elected on June 12, 2014. “OHRIA has taken this step because we’ve seen the importance of working with MPPs from across Ontario […]

OHRIA Responds to Auditor General Report

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) was not surprised by the findings contained in the Auditor General’s Report on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s (OLG’s) Modernization Plan considering the devastation the horse racing and breeding industry has endured since the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP). “It is troubling when your own […]

OHRIA: Integration Key to Long-term Survival of Horse Racing Industry

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is pleased with the personal attention and progress that Premier Kathleen Wynne has given to ensuring the survival of the province’s horse racing and breeding industry. The recently negotiated five-year deal, which provides the industry with some stability, is much appreciated. The ultimate survival of the industry, which […]

OHRIA Concerned by OLG’s Continued Expansion

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is concerned that the integration of horse racing into the OLG’s Gaming Strategy will be impossible if the existing OLG Modernization Plan continues to go forward. The OLG’s announcement of the RFPQs (Request for Pre-Qualification) for their Southwest Gaming Bundle puts Ontario’s horse racing industry at further risk […]