Palgrave, Ontario — Equestrian Management Group (EMG) and the Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, Ontario, have introduced a new program whereby trees can be planted in memory of a special horse.
Beginning this May, memorial trees will be planted throughout the Caledon Equestrian Park and marked with a special granite plaque engraved with the horse’s name and life years. A special ceremony will be held to commemorate the initial planting, and a guided tour of the memorial trees will be conducted.
“Trees will be planted throughout the Caledon Horse Park, and marked with a substantial granite plaque,” explained Craig Collins, Managing Partner of EMG. “The trees will be scattered throughout the Park, and will serve as permanent reminders of our close relationship with horses. When people pass a tree, whether it be on the way to the show ring or while parking their trailer, they can recall fond memories of a horse they once knew or even competed against.”
Maps detailing the location of all memorial trees will be available year-round in the EMG show office as well as on the EMG website at equiman.com.
“This initiative was brought forward by Pru Richardson who felt that it was important to have a permanent reminder of those horses and ponies that have played a significant role in our lives,” said Collins. “Pru herself has lost special horses and ponies that had all competed at the Caledon Equestrian Park. She has spoken to many other people about the idea, and there has been an incredible amount of interest. The trees can be bought in the memory of any horse, not just ones that have shown here, as a means to pay tribute to special horses.”
The cost of purchasing a memorial tree is $750, which includes a substantial developing hardwood tree as well as a granite marker measuring 14 x 6 inches and 3 inches thick. For more information or to arrange to have a memorial tree planted, please contact EMG at tel: 905 880-5344 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located north of Toronto, the Caledon Equestrian Park hosts more than 20 equestrian events each year, including eight major show jumping tournaments. In May, the Caledon Equestrian Park will host Pan American Games Selection Trials for both dressage and show jumping to determine Canada’s representatives for the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.