TORONTO, June 26, 2020 – At a meeting held June 23, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (CHRHF) made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Gala, due to the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the intention of the CHRHF to induct the Class of 2020, along with those inducted in 2021, at ceremonies tentatively scheduled to take place during the summer of 2021.
After the Board meeting, CHRHF President Darryl Kaplan provided the following statement: “While consideration was given to alternate formats for the event, it was agreed that the Class of 2020 deserves to be honoured for their lifetime of achievements in Canadian horse racing with the full recognition bestowed to those inducted previously to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, and that includes being surrounded by the family and friends who have been part of their careers. Unfortunately, that is not possible at this time. While we are unable to hold the formal induction ceremony for Gary Boulanger, Sue Leslie, Mike Keogh, Paul MacDonell, Ben Wallace, Amour Angus, McWicked, Play the King, Rambling Willie and Tepin during 2020, we are fully committed to doing so in the near future.
“Additionally, as a registered charity, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame annual Induction Gala is a significant fundraiser for the organization. Like so many others in horse racing and beyond, we are looking at creating alternate opportunities to generate the funds required to support the CHRHF’s ongoing operation. Further information about these activities will be provided in the coming weeks.”
Details regarding the nomination and election of the Class of 2021 will be released this fall.
(Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame)