The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – Nov. 2 to 11


For Immediate Release

Royal Horse Show’s Opening Weekend Showcases Top Sport

Amy Millar to Defend Canadian Championship title,

Lauren Kieffer to Make Royal Debut

Toronto, Ontario – Show jumping and indoor eventing will highlight opening weekend at the Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 96th Annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, from November 2 through 11, 2018, in downtown Toronto, ON.

Amy Millar of Perth, ON, will defend her title in the $125,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship on Friday and Saturday evenings, November 2 and 3. Having claimed her first national title riding her 2016 Rio Olympic Games partner, Heros, at last year’s event, Millar is hoping for a repeat performance.

Amy Millar of Perth, ON, will defend her Canadian Show Jumping Championship title with Heros on Friday and Saturday nights, November 2 and 3, at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

“Heros is in great form and I’m very excited to be back showing after having my baby,” said Millar, who recently returned to the saddle after delivering her second child on July 16. “We both understand the job and our mission is to lay down clear rounds, just like we did last year.”

No stranger to the Royal Horse Show, Millar has been attending the annual event since she was a child.

“As a competitor, I love the atmosphere,” said Millar, who is in the unique position of defending her Canadian Championship title against her brother, Jonathon, and her father, Ian, a 12-time title holder. “The electricity in the building makes riding in the Canadian Championships really special. I’m looking forward to that feeling of excitement and anticipation.”

Opening Night of the Royal Horse Show will feature the $25,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship, Round 1, presented by Lothlorien. Following Friday night’s speed round, horse-rider combinations will return in reverse order of standing to tackle the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship, Round 2, on Saturday night. Acclaimed course designer Alan Wade of Ireland will set the show jumping tracks throughout this year’s Royal Horse Show.

In addition to determining who will be crowned this year’s Canadian Champion, the Canadian Show Jumping Championship also determines which riders move forward to the Royal Horse Show’s international division, held during the second week of the RoyalHorse Show and highlighted by the $205,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto, presented by GroupBy. Two spots are open to the top-placed competitors not already qualified. Erynn Ballard, Mario Deslauriers, Keean White, and Ian Millar are pre-qualified based on their standings in the Longines World Rankings while Jump Canada’s high performance committee has named Ali Ramsay and Beth Underhill as its two picks for the international division.

The $20,000 Horseware Indoor Evening Challenge will kick off the excitement on both Friday and Saturday evenings with the fast-paced thrills that come from jumping solid cross-country obstacles combined with delicate show jumping fences at high speed. A master of his trade, Great Britain’s Mark Phillips will once again design the tracks in the Coca-Cola Coliseum.

Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix riding Abbey GS won last year’s $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

Hot off a recent appearance at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, Canadian Eventing Team members Lisa Marie Fergusson, Colleen Loach, and Selena O’Hanlon will be among those looking to take home the lion’s share of prize money. Lauren Kieffer, veteran of Pan American Games, World Championship, and Olympic Games competition for the United States, will be making her Royal Horse Show debut in this year’s Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge.

“I have never done indoor eventing before so it will be new for me,” said Kieffer who is based in Middleburg, VA. “Boyd Martin had a lot of great things to say after he did it last year and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. I’m excited to try it.”

Kieffer will have the added challenge of riding an unfamiliar horse. She will be paired with Glendening Avis, a 13-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare that owner Callie Evans has successfully competed through to the three-star level.

“I’ve always really quite liked the mare and Callie was kind enough to offer her to me,” explained Kieffer. “I’ve seen her compete before and I’ve liked her for a while, she’s a buckskin and I’m partial to mares, so it worked out well. I’ve had the opportunity to catch ride a lot of horses at the upper level so it’s not something that is foreign to me. You don’t try to push any of your style on them but instead try to adapt to their style so the horse gets comfortable with you as quickly as possible. The biggest thing I’ll try to do is get in sync with the mare.”

Expressing her excitement for this year’s Royal Horse Show, Kieffer said, “The Royal is such a cool place, it’s got a lot of great things going to for it and a lot of talent across all disciplines. Indoor eventing is a great showcase to get the conversation started about eventing and get people asking questions. The more people we can get interested the better!”

In addition to show jumping and indoor eventing, fans will also be treated to an exciting line-up of featured entertainment on Opening Weekend. Australia’s Guy McLean will demonstrate his unique form of natural horsemanship on both Friday and Saturday nights while Pogo Puissance by Xpogo will take jumping to new heights as young athletes attempt to set records by jumping obstacles on pogo sticks.

More than 1,000 horses from around the globe will compete for $980,000 in prize money during the 10-day CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show. VIP Platinum and Gold seating, as well as group and individual tickets, are on sale now and moving quickly. All Royal Horse Show tickets include general admission to the Fair.

Follow the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on Facebook and YouTube, @royalhorseshow on Twitter, and @theroyalfair on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at the RoyalHorse Show. Please use hashtags: #RAWF18, #RoyalFever, #RoyalHorseShow, #FEIWorldCup, and #Longines if you plan to write about the Royal Horse Show and the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Toronto on your outlet’s social media channels.

For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of The RoyalAgricultural Winter Fair, please visit

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.

About The Royal

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian event. This year marks the 96th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November 2-11, 2018, at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada. For competition schedules, live webcasting, results and to purchase tickets, please visit

Toronto Festival of Beer 2018

One of my favourite events is happening again this summer! Toronto Festival of Beer (TFOB) will be held from July 26 to July 29, 2018. Tickets are selling fast and only Thursday and Sunday are available. Please note, TFOB is a 19+ event.

This year for music they will have Broken Social Scene & The Rural Alberta Advantage on Thursday, Ludacris on Friday, Dwayne Gretzky on Saturday, and I Mother Earth & Finger Eleven on Sunday.

Click HERE for tickets.

Media Release

Toronto‘s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store
Shines A Spotlight on Women in Beer
Toronto‘s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store is proud to introduce its first feature area in a three-part series called TFOB Spotlight which begins with Women In Beer, available from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.
TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer will showcase a selection of beerbrewed by women and other brews where women played an integral role in bringing it to life. This first TFOB Spotlight is in partnership with  The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies.
We are excited to shine a Spotlight on Women In Beer at Toronto‘s Festival of Beer 2018.” said Les Murray, President of Toronto‘s Festival of Beer and Beerlicious Inc. “Women continue to play a crucial role in Canada’s brewing industry in both brewing and education. The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is an organization that promotes and supports women in the industry and we are delighted to collaborate with them on this spotlight.
An excellent selection of brews will be available for fans to choose from in the TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer that range in style. A complete list is still being developed but fans can expect to taste a Shagbark Stout, a Honey IPA, and even a Raspberry Blonde Ale with Glitter, just to name a few. The breweries that are participating in this TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer, include:


We are thrilled to collaborate on the TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer,” said Erica Campbell, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. “Women who have a passion for great tasting beer is what our society is all about and we’re glad that we can share that same passion with the fans at the 2018 edition of Toronto‘s Festival of Beer.

Winterlicious 2018: My Top 10 Picks

Hey Toronto Foodies,

A little late this year with my Winterlicious list but it has been surprisingly frustrating getting reservations this time.

It was pretty hard to find a restaurant that 1) served Winterlicious lunch on a weekend, 2) I have not been to already and 3) had good reviews for the most part.

I have been to a lot of restaurants in the past so my search was definitely limiting.

Here are my recommendations:

  1. Ricarda’s
    • Note: Dined here for a Summerlicious lunch over a weekend and enjoyed myself. Tried a promotional flight of drinks too which was nice and included 3 glasses from options such as ice wine, white and red wines. I believe the TV show Suits filmed here as well.
  2. Carbon Bar.
    • Note: Only has Winterlicious dinner but reviews look good. I might check this restaurant out on a regular day.
  3. Biff Bistro
    • Note: I’ve been wanting to go to this restaurant for ages but it only has Winterlicious weekend dinner.
  4. Cactus Club Cafe
    • Note: I have been to this restaurant a few times and liked the butternut squash soup or duo (ask how many pieces you get for appetizer), feenie burger and chocolate mousse.
  5. Estiatorio Volos
    • Note: Again, another restaurant I was unable to book because they only do weekend Winterlicious dinner. Check in on your Yelp app for a free appetizer.
  6. The Queen and Beaver Public House
    • Note: Reviews seem good and it looks like a nice pub/brunch spot.
  7. Wickson Social
    • Note: Enjoyed the drinks here, have not tried food but it could be a more affordable casual option.
  8. Miku
    • Note: Never been but a coworker recommended it. Miku has good reviews as well on Yelp.
  9. Kasa Moto
    • Note: Tried dinner here before and its not bad. If you like their Winterlicious menu, give this place a chance. Usually on the pricier side so it would be an opportune time to try.
  10. Insomnia.
    • Note: A solid good brunch pick, I’ve been there a few times. I love the eggs benedict. Recommend!
  11. Bonus Pick – Noce Restaurant
    • Note: Never been to this restaurant but I will be doing my own Winterlicious lunch here. Not too many reviews but from what I read, most of them are positive.

Again, please double or even triple check that your restaurant choice is participating during the weekend if that is your availability. Looking at you Bar Buca! I once made reservations there for a Licious lunch and the staff said they do weekend when they don’t. Happened to not just me but another table who was sitting nearby.

Hope you find my recommendations useful!

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