The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

October 13, 2005 14:42 ET

The Royal Horse Show Opens with a Spectacular Line-Up Focusing on Family Entertainment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2005) -

The Royal Horse Show opening weekend - November 4th to 6th, 2005

The opening weekend of the Royal Horse Show is set to sizzle with a line-up of exciting events and competitions running from Friday, November 4th to Sunday, November 6th as part of the 83rd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The scheduled mix of fast-paced activities, colourful pageantry, incredible horsemanship and light-hearted fun is just the ticket for families looking for a truly magical and time-limited outing that they won't find anywhere else.

Here are the highlights of the Royal Horse Show's opening weekend:

- CANADA'S BEST! Up to twenty of the nation's best athletes will compete in The Canadian Show Jumping Championships held over two days for $70,000 in prize money. Eight-time Olympian Ian Millar will attempt to defend his title with the first round taking place on the evening of Friday, November 4th and the second deciding round scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, November 5th.

- NEW this year - a rodeo showdown! Canada's first nation-wide rodeo competition in 40 years! On Sunday, November 6th up to fifty of the country's best rodeo competitors will saddle up for an "East" versus "West" rodeo challenge. Bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding and ladies' barrel racing events round out the show - with participants vying for over $20,000 in prize money.

- NEW! The Kubota Cup National Finals on the evening of Saturday, November 5th will be the heart-stopping climax to the Kubota Cup Canadian Show Jumping Series that began in April and touched down in seven Canadian cities coast to coast. It all ends at the Royal where spectators will watch the top show jumpers from Western and Eastern Canada face off at the final exciting grand prix for a purse of $40,000.

- Another NEW feature! Named 'Rodeo Act of the Year' for 10 consecutive years, the One-Arm Bandit will wow Royal audiences with an incredible performance revolving around the grace, strength and beauty of the Mustang horse. His specialty show will run throughout the first weekend of the Royal.

- NEW! It's the Eukanuba SuperDogs! Audiences will enjoy watching these high-energy canine stars hurdle high barriers, navigate obstacles and perform countless other antics in this incredible show. The SuperDogs have performed for millions of fans throughout North and Central America and have recently been featured in a coming-of-age movie released in theatres this past March.

- RETURNING - it's the RCMP! Last seen at the Royal in 2003, the RCMP Musical Ride is back! A national treasure that has represented Canada throughout the world, these riders in red entertain audiences by guiding their horses through intricate figures and cavalry drills, all set to stirring tunes. There are thirty-three officers in total, riding on beautiful, almost-identical black steeds.

About The Royal Horse Show: Introduced at the very first Royal almost 83 years ago, the Royal Horse Show continues to be one of the Fair's most popular events. It has grown to be one of the largest indoor equestrian events in the world, drawing more than 55,000 visitors each year. The show also extends to more than one million people who catch the action live on CBC television.

The International Show Jumping Competitions begin on Tuesday, November 8th and will include some of the top ranked Riders in the world and five nationalities, and an incredible audience experience to witness in an indoor arena with state-of-the-art playback video screens.

About The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair: A celebration of all things "country", The Royal is the largest indoor combined agricultural, horticultural, canine and equestrian event in the world, attracting over 300,000 visitors each year. The 2005 Royal runs from Friday, November 4th to Sunday, November 13th.

Royal Horse Show ticket details:

Royal Horse Show tickets include FULL GENERAL ADMISSION to all the events and attractions at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. To order tickets call Ticketmaster at (416) 872-7777 or order on-line at

The Royal Horse Show

Single Seat (adult, senior, child, youth) $36 to $65(i)
Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children/youth ages 5 to 17) $125 to $145

(i) Royal Horse Show ticket prices depend on date and seat location.
Subscription tickets and group rates are also available.

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Details:

Where: The Ricoh Coliseum,
The National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto

When: Friday, November 4th - Sunday, November 13th 2005
Friday, November 4th & Saturday, November 5th 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 6th 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, November 7th to Saturday, November 12th 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 13th 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

General Admission:

GROUP (15 or more) SINGLE
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Adult $12.00 $17.00
Senior (60+) $8.00 $12.00
Student/Youth (5-17) $8.00 $12.00
Children 4 and under FREE FREE
Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children) ------ $39.00
Family pass (1 adult, 2 children) ------ $36.00
Family Pass additional member ------ $12.00

(ii) Group Ticket Information call Group Sales International 1-866-821-6422 or visit

(ii)Discounted hotel rate and tour packages are being offered for out-of-town visitors to the Royal by AgriTours Canada. Call 1-877-683-5742 or visit


Contact Information

  • Applause Communications Inc.
    Media Contact: Emily McInerney
    PR Manager - 2005 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
    (416) 217-0700 ext.302
    (416) 217-0246 (FAX)