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Update: August 4, 2022 at 2:25 pm
Ontario Racing (OR) confirmed that John Hayes will step down as its Independent President, after leading the organization since March 2018.
“Equestrian racing is a unique partnership between all participants including owners, breeders, breeders and racecourses,” says Hayes. “If one of the gears fails, the other gears won’t work either. Building strong relationships with these partners and believing in those relationships has enabled us to achieve our goals and overcome the challenges of the past four years.”
Long-term funding is one of the initiatives established under Hayes. Katherine Curry, Ontario Racing’s first CEO, worked closely with Hayes during this role, when the Long-Term Sponsorship Agreement was established.
“The long-term funding agreement represents an unprecedented level of cooperation between
horse racing industry and its government partners, and John helped Ontario Racing lay the foundations for its current and future success,” said Curry, current Ontario Racing Board Member, and Vice President President of Legal and Compliance at Woodbine Entertainment Group.
While the Endowment Agreement and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have been the biggest items on OR’s agenda over the past four years, Hayes’ influence has also impacted the work the organization has done. implemented with breeding, equine welfare and aftercare programs.
Sue Leslie, Member of the Ontario Racing Council and President of the Ontario Laity’s Benevolent Defense Association added, “John has a lot of class, and he’s led the way in a decent way. When you have class and dignity at the top, it sets the tone and everyone follows. Ontario Racing will miss him, and his leadership. “