Held annually to raise public awareness of equestrian sport, industry and recreation, and promote the beloved horse, Horse Day is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June.

Celebrations were held virtually in 2021 for the second consecutive year. Hundreds of equestrians nationwide took to social media to share their love of the horse and enter giveaways for exiting prizes. Visit @equestrian_can on Instagram, @equestriancan on Facebook and the hashtag #HorseDay to view the heartfelt lessons Canadians have learned from our four-legged friends.

Congratulations to the National Drawing Contest Winners!

EC is pleased to announce the winners of the Horse Day 2021 National Drawing Contest. The contest was offered as a fun and engaging way for Canadians aged 3-16 to get involved in the day’s festivities.

Over 100 fantastic entries were sent in across four age categories, making the judging no easy task. The contest guidelines required entrants to draw their art by hand and include at least one horse in the submission. The works of art were then judged based on the criteria of beauty, arrangement of colours, originality and implied effort by the contestant.

The age category winners of the Horse Day 2021 National Drawing Contest are as follows:

Category: 3 to 6
“Sunset Ride” by Quinn Lauder, ON

National Drawing Contest Submissions Celebrate Vibrant Spirit of Horse Day 2021

Category: 7 to 9
“Maman sur Cassy” by Danaé St-Amand, QC

National Drawing Contest Submissions Celebrate Vibrant Spirit of Horse Day 2021

Category: 10 to 12
“Exploring the English Garden” by Sam Turek, BC

National Drawing Contest Submissions Celebrate Vibrant Spirit of Horse Day 2021

Category: 13 to 16
“Song and Dance” by Sequoia Hopkins, QC

National Drawing Contest Submissions Celebrate Vibrant Spirit of Horse Day 2021

Congratulations to the winners, who took home a gift certificate valued at $50!

A huge thank you to all contestants for submitting entries and getting involved in Horse Day 2021! See more excellent submissions below:

About Horse Day

Each year, the first Saturday of June is marked as Canada’s National Horse Day. Together, EC and the Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) invite all Canadians to take this unique opportunity to honour, discover and explore the equestrian world. For many Canadians, Horse Day is the chance to get up close and personal with a horse for the first time. Horse Day is also the perfect opportunity to acknowledge both the important contributions made by horses in our nation’s heritage, as well as the fact that people of all ages and experience levels can continue to enjoy horses in sport and leisure. For more information on Horse Day, visit www.equestrian.ca/events-results/horseday.

EC gives special thanks to the PTSOs for helping to make Horse Day 2021 such a success, and to the Canadian equestrian community for their continued involvement and commitment to spreading awareness about the wonders of the equestrian world.

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