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About The Rider

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The Rider is a six time recipient of the Ontario Equestrian Federation Media of the Year award. The equestrian newspaper has been published for 53 years. 

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53 Years as Ontario's premiere horse newspaper. 

The Rider began 53 years ago as The Canadian Western Rider, the first western discipline horse publication in Canada. In 1994 we merged with our other publications, The Canadian Quarter Horse Journal which began in 1972 and The English Rider, which we launched in 1990.

The Rider has special English, Western, Quarter Horse and general sections. We have many columns written by industry leaders, a comprehensive coming events section, stable, stallion, and service directories, real estate ads and classifieds. The Rider covers all English and Western disciplines. We also cover Quarter Horse Racing, Driving and various other breeds and disciplines. The Rider is distributed through subscription, through the memberships of our 11 official association partners and through almost 300 tack and feed stores.

Recognized in the Horse Industry

The Rider is a six time recipient of the Ontario Equestrian Federation Media of the Year award.

Founder Aidan Finn was inducted into the Ontario Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2004.

Aidan was also inducted into the Can-Am Walk Of Fame in 2013. Barry Finn was inducted in 2018.

Keeping the Horse Industry Strong

The Rider is also owner of a social networking and equestrian community site called Barnmice. This is a thriving community filled with content, blog posts, chat areas, and so much more. 

As a Publisher, Barry Finn is also the past-president of the Independent Publishers Association of Ontario.

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