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.



The Canadian; nicknamed the iron horse, is the national horse of Canada. When you look at its muscular stature, it is very obvious how it earned its nickname. The Canadian is usually dark in colour and generally used for driving and riding. Colours range black, bay, brown and occasionally chestnuts. The height average is 14 to 16 hands. Stallions average 1050 to 1350 pounds in weight, while mares weigh 1000 to 1250 pounds. The Canadian horse has a rather short, high-set head with a broad forehead. The neck is arched and graceful, and the chest, back, and loins broad and strongly muscled. The shoulders and croup are sloping, with a relatively high set tail. Overall, the breed gives the impression of strength and agility. Their heavy and wavy mane and tail, arched necks, and finally, boned heads are characteristics of the Canadian breed.
Descended from the draft, it was later crossed with other British breeds, and imported to Canada in the late 1600s. The Canadian horse descended from the French stock Louis the 14th sent to Canada.  The initial shipment, in 1665, consisted of two stallions and 20 mares from the royal stables in Normandy and Brittany, the centre of French horse breeding.
The Canadian horse played a major role in the development of other breeds, including the Morgan horse, the American saddle bred and the standard bread. Thousands of horses imported to the US from Canada were used as artillery and cavalry horses in the American Civil War, where many were killed. Canadian horse played a major role in the history of that war.  It has been said that the north, won simply on the fact that its soldiers had the better horse – THE CANADIAN.
On April 30, 2002, the Canadian Senate sanctioned bill S – 22 which deals with “the recognition of the Canadian Horse as the HORSE OF CANADA “.

Connemara Pony

Connemara ponies are the largest breed of pony that originally hail from the west coast of Ireland. Their height ranges from 12.2 to 15hh plus and they are a robust and long lived breed. This is a pony that is well known around the globe for their incredible athletic ability, wonderful kind temperaments and overall extreme versatility.

This versatility has been bred into the pony over many generations of being both the heavily relied on family pony that did everything.  Bringing everyone to church in the cart, hauling peat for fires, to being raced over bogs, fields and stone walls for sport. Connemara ponies have been the absolute backbone of Irish families for survival in a rather bleak but beautiful landscape. Their hardiness comes to them honestly!

Over the years this breed has jumped out of the fields and has developed into a highly respected, world class sport pony who regularly wins, at the highest levels of competition, all over the world. From teaching a beginning rider how to post to the trot to soaring over Grand Prix sized showjumping courses to tackling huge cross country courses, this breed of pony has something for almost anyone! The Connemara Pony is presented by Janet Row of Muskoka Lakes Connemaras, find out more at:

The Morgan Horse

The Morgan horse is easily recognized by his proud carriage, upright graceful neck, and distinctive head with expressive eyes. Deep bodied and compact, the Morgan has strongly muscled quarters. The intelligence, willingness, zest for life, and good sense is blended with soundness of limb, athleticism, and stamina. Morgan thriftiness and longevity have made this breed a good bargain for more than 200 years – easy to love and affordable to own.

The Morgan is free moving and calm under western tack, ridden English style, or driving in single or multiple hitches. This breed agreeably adapts to his owner’s life style and can be found worldwide.

Individual horses generally range from 14.1 to 15.2 hands, with exceptions under and over that. Colours allowed within the breed include bay, black, brown, chestnut, grey, palomino, creme, dun and buckskin.

Morgan versatility is widely recognized, it’s conformation lends itself to a vast range of disciplines. It is the choice of many driving enthusiasts. They comprise a large number of entries at Combined Driving and Carriage events. In addition, many excel in other disciplines including Western, Reining, Cutting, Hunter, Jumper, Eventing, Dressage, Endurance and Competitive Trail. They are gentle enough for lessons, 4-H and Pony Club involvement. Due to to their steady comfortable gaits, they are in great demand as therapeutic riding horses. Morgans are equally well known for their loving, kind dispositions. Reliable, loyal, tireless, and versatile, a Morgan becomes one with people of all ages and walks of life, sharing the mutual enjoyment in every equine pastime. Visit them at:

Dutch Warmblood

The Dutch Warmblood Horse is fairly modern breed that was derived from the two native Dutch Breeds- the Gelderlander and the Groningen.  They were intended to combine the best characteristics of each breed and then they were further refined with the introduction of thoroughbred blood.  This resulted in a more athletic horse, with good sloping shoulders, giving them a flatter and longer action, as well as longer necks and shorter backs, it also improved their scope and stamina, then their native Dutch breeds. Their heads are refined, usually with a straight profile and the neck is long and arched, with prominent withers meeting the shoulders that are well sloped and the girth is deep with plenty of heart room. The fore legs are strong with well-muscled forearms. The hindquarters are powerful and the hock joints are low to the ground. These factors combine to give great power to the “engine” of the Dutch warmblood. They usually stand over 16 hands and can reach up to 17 hands. The most predominate colours are bay and chestnut, but blacks and greys are also seen, It is also common to have white markings on them as well. 

  The Dutch Warmbloods continue to evolve and there are three different categories of Dutch Warm bloods   1. The Athletic sport horse type, which is bred to excel in dressage and jumping.  2. The elegant harness horse type, which has a proud, high head carriage and high knee action 3. The original Gelderland working type which retains more qualities of a light draft horse.

  Their calm even temperaments makes them easy to work with and they love having a job, so they are very willing to do just about anything for you.


The Icelandic Horse

Forged from the land of fire and ice comes the Icelandic Horse. Originally a mix of breeds brought by the Vikings to Iceland, the Icelandic horse has since been isolated on the island for over 1000 years. The original blood lines were made up a sturdy, hardy, travel sized horse which the Vikings used to travel to and concur new lands.

Over their 1000 years isolated in Iceland, the harsh terrain, weather, and sometimes scarce food adapted the horse to be smaller, with thicker bones and lots of hair for protection. Being an island, Iceland’s road system was developed later making the country heavily reliant on horses for transportation.

In the last 60 years the horse’s main purpose has shifted from work horses to more recreational horses. These days Iceland sees millions of tourists, many traveling to ride Icelandic horses through their amazingly beautiful home land. As their popularity continues to grow they are being shared with countries around the world including roughly 2500 registered in Canada.

Icelandic Horses are gaited by nature with either 4 or 5 gaits, outside the traditional walk, trot and canter seen by all breeds. Icelandic’s also have the ability to Tolt, a 4 beat gait with no suspension so its smooth for its ride. 70% of Icelandics are 5 gaited, the fifth gait is pace, a two beat, lateral gait ridden at high speeds for short sprints.

Last year OnIce Horse Farm imported Hrokur fra Efsta Dal, a 12 year old Icelandic Stallion, he is currently the highest evaluated stallion in Canada and the 3rd highest evaluated Icelandic stallion in North America. We are so excited to share him with everyone at the Can-Am 2020.


Churchill Chimes – Canadian Horse Quadrille Team

Churchill Chimes Equestrian Centre has a sister business Donalf Farms, breeders of the Canadian Horse. The Canadian Horse is Canada’s National Horse (LeCheval Canadien).  In October 2019 the farm hosted a “Meet Your National Horse” open house.  We wanted to find a special way to showcase our fantastic Le Cheval Canadien school horses.  A Quadrille demonstration was the perfect solution. 

We are very excited to now share our team with the patrons at this years Can- Am Equine.   This will be the first time these four horses will be working with a crowd, in an unfamiliar indoor space.  Two of the horses are still quite green but this beloved foursome will do their best to charm and impress. This Quadrille routine will demonstrate all the reasons why this breed is Canada’s best-kept secret and nicknamed the ‘little iron horse’.  To get to know a Canadian and to ride a Canadian is to fall in love with this breed. 



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