Equine Guelph brings its new youth safety game to Royal

The new youth safety initiative, Play Safe. It’s Horse Sense was announced as a partnership between Farm Safety Association (Country Kids Safety Network), Kubota Canada and Equine Guelph.

It will be launched at this year’s Royal Agricultural Win­ter Fair as part of Equine Guelph’s EquiMania education centre.

Between 1990 and 2005, 63% of animal-related injuries among youth in Ontario oc­curred in incidents involving horses. For children aged 16 and under, machine-run-overs were the predominant cause of fatal injuries at 46%. Between kids, horses, and tractors, a horse farm can be a very dan­gerous place.

“This is a partnership that makes sense,” said Dean An­der­son, executive director of the Farm Safety Association. “We can deliver a critical safety message in a fun, interactive way to kids through Equi­Mania’s high-profile educa­tion­al initiatives at equine events.”

This new safety initiative will teach kids how to stay safe around horses and tractors.  Play Safe. It’s Horse Sense will be centre stage at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and in­volves:

– EquiMania’s safety game show – 20 kids will compete daily in the categories of horse, tractor, and general farm safety trivia in the Spirit of the Horse Ring at the Royal (in part­nership with the Ontario Eques­trian Federation); Kubota Safety School at EquiMania.

Back by popular demand, and in partnership with System Fencing, EquiMania’s Hazard Hunt has kids searching for safe­ty hazards commonly found around the barn.

“Safety on a horse farm re­quires common sense combin­ed with a knowledge of horses and moving equipment,” said John Gilliland, marketing man-ager of Kubota Canada. “This partnership gives us the oppor­tunity to disseminate this know­ledge to our youth. If this ini­tiative prevents one accident or saves one life, it is a wise in­vestment.”

A goal of this safety initi­ative is to reduce the number of tractor and horse related ac­cidents amongst youth on horse farms in Ontario.

Equine Guelph’s award win­ning travelling youth education centre, EquiMania is a fun and interactive program that pro­motes horse health and safety.

“The support of industry leaders … allows us to bring safety around horses to the next level,” said Gayle Ecker, senior manager of Equine Guelph. “It will only improve safety aware­ness while kids enjoy their special relationship with these wonderful animals.”