Norman’s next stop on his global trot was Ontario, Canada. As he cantered by the Otonabee river he stopped to have a closer look at the Peterborough lift lock. This lock was the first boat lift made of concrete and when the hydraulic device opens it lifts to more than 60ft. Norman watched the water gush by him and reflected on how happy he was to be in a place that is home to over 370,000 horses! Competitive showing horses make up the largest portion of the equine industry in Ontario. There are several large showing facilities located here to host local, provincial, national and international shows. Ontario is also the province with the largest population of racehorses in Canada. Norman pondered “what an exciting place to be when you’re a horse” as he trotted towards the Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo.
Horse History in Ontario
On his arrival to the expo, Norman quickly learned that it is Canada’s largest equine education and recognition event. The objective is to create awareness of the horse industry and promote equine education and breed recognition. While at Can-Am, Norman was introduced to a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Norman was amazed by the history and importance of equine heritage in Canada. Norman found out that Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald (1867–1873, 1878–1891), used the Royal Irish Constabulary as the model for the Canadian force. The image of the scarlet-coated Mountie sitting atop of a horse represents Canadian history with great pride since the 1880s. Norman also found out that in 1903, the first mounted police post north of the Arctic Circle was established at Fort McPherson.
After the event Norman spent his evening visiting some of the great sites in Ontario, he even ventured up the CN Tower! Before he could leave beautiful Canada, there was one last stop Norman had to make, a trip to a shop to buy some authentic maple syrup. He dreamt of pouring this luxirious syrup all over his pancakes tomorrow morning. With that Norman neighed goodbye to new and old friends, and set off to continue his global trot around the world.