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#WEGcares in support of CARD

September 18, 2015

September 17 – Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is proud to highlight their close relationship with Community Association for Riders with Disabilities (CARD), a recognized industry partner for WEGCares Week (#WEGCares).

Incorporated in 1969, CARD has provided therapy in the fields of cognitive therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation, medicine, and adapted sport. CARD’s therapeutic horseback riding program benefits riders who seek physical or cognitive therapies, who have a variety of disabilities, including Autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis.

The swinging, repetitive motion imparted to the rider through therapeutic horseback riding helps improve balance, coordination, strength and muscle tone, while gently mobilizing the joints. Therapeutic riding also improves sensory processing, focus and concentration, the ability to learn concepts, and communication skills.

CARD’s facility in G. Ross Lord Park is fully accessible, and includes four paddocks, administrative offices and lounge, a 19-horse barn with wash stall, a tack room and a heated indoor arena.

Over the years, WEG has supported CARD in several endeavors, including as a sponsor for numerous fundraising events, and raising money at various functions.

“We are very proud of our longtime association with CARD,” said Bill Ford, Vice-President, General Counsel, WEG. “Their dedication in helping people with disabilities find joy through partnering with horses is truly inspiring.”

CARD is grateful for the major impact WEG continues to have on their numerous riding programs.

“We are very appreciative of the overwhelming support that WEG has shown to CARD for so many years,” said Penny Smith, Executive Director, CARD. “Through their generous contributions, we are able to provide children and adults with the opportunity to experience the thrill and happiness of horses and horse-riding.”

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About Woodbine Entertainment Group (

WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG also operates off-track wagering through its Champions teletheatre network throughout Ontario, which includes WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan, Turf Lounge in the heart of Toronto’s financial district and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HPIbet (formerly HorsePlayer Interactive), the company’s telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service. WEG operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts its racing product into homes across Canada.

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About CARD (

The Community Association for Riders with Disabilities started in 1969, when it was run out of a private stable north of Toronto. Ten years later, with the support of North York Mayor Mel Lastman, CARD moved to its permanent home in the heart of G. Ross Lord Park, just north of Finch on Dufferin Street. Princess Anne attended the opening ceremonies. CARD’s stable of therapy horses stands at 17. Each therapy horse is carefully selected for temperament and movement to offer a specific type of movement to maximize the benefits of therapy for each disabled rider. CARD, whose horses range in size in order to accommodate the range of riders they work with, is always looking for quiet and sound horses between 6 and 16 years old and 14.2-16.2 hands high.

For more information about WEG, contact John Siscos at

For more information on CARD, contact Penny Smith at