More than 200 people packed today’s inaugural Open House & Horse Sale hosted by The Stable at Tomiko Training Centre near Puslinch, Ont.
Thousands more tuned into a three-hour broadcast of the event via Facebook Live, complete with commentators and interviews. Forty-three of The Stable’s yearlings were showcased in seven sets, driven by some of North America’s top harness racing reinsmen.
The first set of yearlings showcased at The Open House round the first turn at Tomiko Training Centre.
Those in attendance — including several novice Standardbred racehorse owners — were able to meet the horses, chat with industry professionals, and purchase shares.
The Stable is a racehorse ownership venture launched in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald.
The Guelph couple own and train several Standardbred racehorses near Mohawk Racetrack. Anthony is also a prominent racehorse driver and a well-known harness racing industry advocate.
The MacDonalds built this ‘fractional ownership’ stable as a bridge — a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations.
There are currently 61 horses and 171 active racehorse owners in The Stable.ca.
“The turnout for today’s Open House was incredible,” said Anthony MacDonald. “Amy and I had the opportunity to speak with most of our guests, and the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd throughout the day was a real confirmation of the value of this fractional ownership model.
A packed crowd at the Open House.
“This is a really effective way to engage people in harness racing and promote ownership of Standardbred racehorses. That was abundantly clear, based on the people we had the privilege to meet with today,” said MacDonald.
“Among our guests were three twenty-something guys from the GTA — exactly the demographic harness racing is hungry for. They heard my interview this week on The Fan 590, emailed me, came to look at the horses this afternoon, and bought a share of a horse. None of them have ever owned a horse before, and have only been to the races a handful of times. But when they heard the interview, they instantly understood the fun to be had if they all owned a share of a racehorse together. That’s a perfect illustration of the power of this model.”
Video of today’s live broadcast will be available tomorrow on The Stable’s Facebook Page.
The Open House was streamed via Facebook Live and included TV commentators, interviews, and aerial views of the action via a drone camera.
Images from today’s event are available here.
Guests at today’s free event were asked to bring a non-perishable food item, resulting in more than 200 pounds of food for the Guelph Food Bank.
The Stable would like to thank the many people who supported today’s event including: Mike Jobb and Tea Habjan of Tomiko Training Centre for their gracious provision of complimentary breakfast for Open House guests; TV commentators Bill O’Donnell and Fred MacDonald, and interviewer Mark McKelvie; the crew at Cujo Productions; all of the drivers who steered our 43 yearlings; Shawn MacDonald for grooming the track between sets; and the entire staff at The Stable for their daily commitment and hard work.
Staff of The Stable, including owners Anthony MacDonald (back row, center) and Amy MacDonald (front row, center).
For more information about The Stable, contact Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 400-4263.