Breeder Lori Ferguson confident Ontario horse racing industry will survive

Mary Ormsby
Feature Writer
Toronto Star Nov 17, 2012

WOODVILLE, ONT. – As Ontario’s horse racing industry collapses and animals are being euthanized or slaughtered, Standardbred breeder Lori Ferguson is making babies for the sport.

The woman who, with former husband Mike Wade, bred, trained, raced and owned an international trotting legend – million-dollar winner Billyjojimbob – is gambling the finanacially gutted business will rebound and require young horses.

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8 comments

  1. Breeding horses when the race horse industry is dying and so many horses already end up at slaughterhouses is just plain irresponsible. Whether it’s for the racing industry or for personal use, the horsy people all claim to love their animals until they don’t want them anymore. They don’t hesitate to buy and sell them like used cars. Very few keep them for life. Even if breeder Ferguson succeeds in selling her horses, many of the animals likely will end at the other end of a stun gun. It’s about the money, stupid.

  2. Allison Nicolas · ·

    She says money isn’t everything…then why doesn’t she start a horse rescue? Why does she have to breed at all? Can’t people just enjoy the company of horses and stop trying to make money off them? Animals should not be used to make any type of profit. I find it funny how she said $2700 is nothing for a foal she sold…how much did that foal even cost to house and feed? There’s still a profit being made there. Urghh….

    1. Well said Allison. When are these breeders going to wake up. If she really, truly loved horses she would start a rescue in the name of the horse who gave her everything.

  3. Deliberately bringing more unwanted horses into this world is unconscionable. I hope Ms. Ferguson searches her soul and stops the breeding. She must know that it will end badly for these animals. Horse racing has had its day and now it is time to find another livelihood.

  4. It is time for the breeders to take a long hard look at the statistics & stop the breeding. The market is saturated with unwanted horses & the kill-buyers are laughing all the way to the banks. The rescue groups are stretched to capacity & those in racing need to take responsibility & think about the long term prospects for their horses. That includes money for their retirement. The racing industry needs to be revamped if it & the horses are to survive. They have no rainy day plans & emotionally blackmail those of us who do. Personally I am sick of reading articles about unwanted horses that have worked so hard for their owners (winning money ect) only to be discarded. They need to re-invent themselves …find another way to make money …like so many of us have had to do when we loose a job that makes us our living……..

  5. Anne Streeter · ·

    Sorry Lori you are in a rotten business. I am happy, actually elated, to see the end of horse racing. It’s all about money – not about horses.

  6. lindabadham · ·

    I AGREE WITH BARBARA. THE HORSES DON’T CHOOSE THEIR PATH IN THIS LIFE ! THEY HAVE NO CHOICE UNLIKE THE HUMAN. MY HEART BREAKS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS !!

  7. No matter what happens the horses always are the losers.

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