Breeds Showcase

The Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo is currently looking to fill spots in our Breeds Showcase at the 2020 Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo on April 3-5, 2020 at the Markham Fair. This is the perfect way for any association, breeder or individual to educate and flaunt their horse breed to close to 10,000 attendees! For details and pricing please contact Sue Sisson at:




Thoroughbreds have been around since the 17th century & every one involved is passionate about the sport, the sport of kings as people like to call it. There are so many people involved in getting a horse to the races from breeders all the way to hot walkers. It’s the thrill of the sport, the thought of maybe getting a horse to the Kentucky Derby or Breeders Cup. Slickster is a off the track thoroughbred, he’s 14 y/o a been there done that kind of horse. Representing on track & off track thoroughbreds, showing people there is more to horse racing than what meets the eye & showing how versatile thoroughbreds are in their life after the racing. They can do anything from driving, jumping, barrel racing, liberty, & etc.. The list goes on all they want it a job. You can follow Slickster on Instagram & Facebook @slicksterthepony 


American Quarter Horse

Beau Valentine “Beaudyn”

The American Quarter Horse is a sturdy foundation breed originating from a mix of European Thoroughbreds, and North American Chicksaw horses, also descendants of several breeds of horses including Arabians, Barb’s and Iberian stock.  Quarter horses are named for their speed and ability to successfully be the fasted horses in the quarter mile, surpassing the Thoroughbred in the sprint.

In modern times, quarter horses are a versatile breed used across all disciplines, from dressage and show jumping, racing and speed events, to ranch work as a working partner herding cattle and riding fences. Typically, the quarter horse is a mild-mannered breed, with a strong work ethic and willingness to please.  This breed is strong, stout and heavily muscled.  Suiting them to the requirements of all the various disciplines that they participate in.

Beau Valentine “Beaudyn” is an eight-year-old, blue roan American quarter horse.  He was born on a ranch in Manitoba, purchased and raised in Ontario.  With his owner and rider, Becky Bartlett, he participates in western riding club shows, obstacle classes, the occasional speed event and plenty of trail rides!



Bigtime Ball

The Standardbred breed is a relatively new breed, only being in existence for about 200 years. The Standardbred breed registry was formed in 1879 by the National Association for Trotting horse Breeders. It gets its name because of the fact that when the registry was first created, the horse had to be able to trot a certain “Standardard” time in order to be accepted into the registry. All breeding stock had to be able to trot a mile in 2 minutes and 30 seconds or less.

Over the years the breed narrowed down to mostly Morgan and Thoroughbred blood. The foundation sire of the Standardbred breed was a thoroughbred by the name of Hambletonian 10, who was one of the best race horses of the late 18th century at the trot. Standardbreds today possess considerable stamina and endurance. They mostly resemble the Thoroughbred in type, but tend to be longer in the back and thicker boned. Height varies greatly but the average is 15-16hh.

Today’s standardbreds are either trotters or pacers and are best known for their ability in harness racing. But in addition to harness racing, standardbreds are now being used for a variety of riding and pleasure driving disciplines all over the world.

Theses horses are unique in the fact that they can gait, but can easily be trained to suit whichever discipline you choose in whichever gait you choose.

The picture is of Bigtime Ball, or Ball as he’s known around the barn. He is a 16 year old pacing bred gelding by Presidential Ball, out of Keystone Trinidad. Ball had a very impressive race career. He won $1.6 million dollars in his career, and has a speed mark of one forty eight and two, which we took in 2009. He still holds track records to this day at both Georgian Downs and Kawartha Downs.

American Paint Horse

Delight at Dawn or “Dawn”

Known for their spotted coat, the American Paint Horse is a combination of a Western Stock Horse with flashy colouring. They come from a gene pool of Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds with spotted or “Pinto” colouring.

There are four types of colouring of Paint Horses:
Tobiano: Dark and white colour patter with smooth markings. White legs with one or two coloured flanks. Regular facial patters i.e blaze, star, strip. Mane and tail may be one or two colours.
Overo: Solid over the horse’s back, darker legs with regular stockings. Mainly white face, with a solid coloured mane and tail.
Tovero: Mainly white body, while the chest, flanks and upper head area is a dark colour. Eyes may be blue. Sabino: Mostly one colour with some irregular white patches

Their ancestors were brought to North America in the 16th century by Spanish Explorers.  They highly favoured by Native Americans, who revered them for their flashy coats, friendly personality and endurance. The Paint Horses were also said to be quite brave, as many Native American Warriors used them for hunting and to ride into battle. It wasn’t until 1962 that that they were recognized as an official breed.

In modern times, these horses are used for almost any discipline. From trail riding to elite jumping the, Paint can do it all. They have an unmatched heart and will do anything to please. Paints are also well known for being very intelligent. (They aren’t just a pretty face!)

Delight at Dawn or “Dawn” is a 13 year old Tobiano Paint mare who is currently being trained as a pleasure horse. She was unbroken  until she was 9, demonstrating the Paint breed’s trainability,  as well as intelligence.  You can catch up with Dawn on Instagram: @ruralmajestyblog  or on the blog


Kiger Mustang

The Kiger mustang is a Spanish, wild horse, found in two wild herds. They are managed by the Bureau of Land Management, on the Kiger and Riddle herd management areas, in south eastern Oregon. They are rounded up every 5 years and offered for adoption to the public. They are a tough, hardy horse that has proven time and time again to excel in a variety of disciplines and are known for their brilliance and loyalty to their riders.

The Kiger is predominantly dun or grulla in colour, a throw back to their Sorraia ancestry. They are most popularly known as the horse from the kids movie  “Spirit, stallion of the Cimarron”.

Clearview Kigers in Flamborough, Ontario are the largest Kiger breeding and training facility in Canada, and are proud to bring the Kigers once again to Can Am for 2020.


Miniature Horse

Although Miniature Horses are small and bear some resemblance to ponies, they are the product of almost 400 years of selective breeding. The Miniature Horse is classified as a a horse, and it possess all the features and attributes of its taller relatives. It is believed that Miniature Horses were first bred to adorn the formal gardens of European Aristocracy; therefore, they have gentle and winning personalities. Although a gregarious and rustic animal in the field, the Miniature horse is a very gentle and docile animal. A variety of horse breed were used to create the original Miniature Horses. As a result, there are several conformations that range from very fine Arabian/Thoroughbred body to the heaver Quarter/Draft horse type. All Miniature Horses should have a good confirmation with body proportion, straight legs and resemble a true horse.




Special Thank You to Kodiak Steels Buildings for sponsoring this year’s Breed Ring & Showcase!