The Erin Agricultural Society (EAS) is now an official “Ignite” community partner and part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games community initiatives.
At the 2014 Erin Fall Fair Oct. 10 to 13 the spirit of the games will be ignited through the spirit of the horse.
The Ignite Breeds Exhibit in the equine tent will connect the public with live horses and introduce a variety of horse breeds over the course of the fair on Thanksgiving weekend.
“Horses represent our agricultural heritage and the mobilization of civilizations around the world,” fair officials say. “They are revered in many cultures and bring joy, physical and mental well being, exercise and interaction to horse enthusiasts of all ages and physical abilities.”
Ignite is a community partnership program enabling individuals, organizations and communities to create special Games-themed initiatives, or increase awareness of existing projects through an association with the Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
“We are particularly pleased with this partnership because the equestrian competition during the Games will take place here in our own back yard, at the Caledon Equestrian Park and at Will O’ Wind in Mono,” said fair Equine Tent representative Bridget Ryan.
Pan Am and Parapan Am Games chief executive officer Saäd Rafi said, “It’s great to see the Ignite program in action.
“These are the ‘peoples’ games’ and we want to see entire communities involved in our celebration of sport and culture. We couldn’t be more pleased with this new partnership as it will help us make that happen.”
Officials urge are resident to “Ignite your spirit for the Games by visiting the Ignite Breeds Exhibit at the 2014 Erin Fall Fair, Oct. 11 to 13.”
The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10 to 26 and the Parapan American Games Aug. 7 to 15.
Tickets are on sale now for dressage and show jumping at the Caledon Equestrian Park and for the cross country events at Will O’ Winds in Mono. For more information visit TORONTO2015.org.