horse racing

*NEW: Racing in Ontario: Online Training Pilot Project – Free

A Two Year Partnership

In 2019-2020, Equine Guelph will be launching an online training pilot project for the Ontario Horse Racing Industry. Over the course of two years, Equine Guelph will deliver 12 offerings of seven online courses available for free to the first 100 AGCO licensees to register. These courses will help trainers, grooms and all caregivers with the latest practical information to ensure their racehorses are feeling and performing their best.

During this time, three online short courses will be offered exclusively to the racing community and will address issues that the industry has told us they are facing – gut health, respiratory and injury/lameness. Expert guests from the racing industry will be participating in these courses to help address these racing-related health priorities.


Value $85-$95: Register for FREE using the coupon codes below, eligible to valid AGCO licence holders:


Limited space available (65 for Standardbred, 25 for Thoroughbred, 10 for Quarter Horse per course) – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

If the coupon spaces are filled, AGCO licence holders are always eligible for a 15% discount on any of our Horse Portal short courses!  Visit for details.

FREE courses available to trainers, assistant trainers, grooms, jockeys, drivers and other current AGCO licence holders.

Never taken an online course before? No worries! These short courses take a common sense, practical and flexible approach to training – no prior online learning experience required.

Equine Guelph thanks the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for providing education, training and awareness project funding in support of AGCO licensees.


  1. Visit the course page for the online short course you are interested in.
  2. Please register using the AGCO Licence Holders Only option at the bottom of the course page
  3. On the registration page, under “Have a Coupon?”, enter the appropriate coupon code from the table above
  4. Click Apply Coupon to receive your free course
  5. Tick the box, “I attest that I have a valid licence with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).”


What students are saying about our short online courses!

One Moon - Krista Cole, Owner“This course was very informative and truly interesting. There was a lot of information covered on the subject and it was broken down in sections each day. Was very enjoyable to take.”

Krista Cole, Thoroughbred Trainer
Student – Gut Health & Colic Prevention Course

Nancy Tamblyn and Kevin Sampson“Thank you for providing this course! My husband is a 3rd generation full-time Standardbred trainer and was pretty much born and raised at the race track. We thought he knew everything there was to know based on the generations of knowledge he had in his head. By the end of the first day of the course, we were already discussing possible new strategies and techniques. By the end of the 3rd week, we realized how little we actually knew and are now implementing many new methods to lessen the chances of colic happening at the track and at the farm. All trainers should be asked to take this course before they can be certified.”

Nancy Tamblyn and Kevin Sampson
Standardbred Owners, Breeders, and Grooms
Students – Gut Health & Colic Prevention Course

“I have learned a lot by taking this course. I am grateful and appreciate The Horse Portal and Equine Guelph in developing, and offering this course. I now have a better understanding of what to look for and ways to prevent colic in my horse. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who owns or cares for horses!”

Manjit Singh – Thoroughbred Owner
Student – Gut Health & Colic Prevention Course


 “FANTASTIC COURSE!!! I’ve already shared my sentiments with a few Woodbine staff members and others in the backstretch. Highly recommended! Thank you so much for offering it!”

Maurice Carty – Thoroughbred Owner
Student – Gut Health & Colic Prevention Course


“I highly recommend this course for anybody interested in horses or owning a horse from being a first time horse owner to being a very experienced horse person. This course is easily understood and very well detailed in explanation of all topics. Those who have been in the industry for years I am sure will still learn something and those who are just beginning in the horse business or just horse leisure, this course is a must.”

Debra Rombis – Thoroughbred Trainer (Fort Erie, ON)
Student – Equine First Aid


“I am more confident I can apply immediate first-aid attention to help my horse and can bridge the time between injury and the veterinary care.”

David Oliphant – Owner, McMac Adventurers (Sarnia, ON)
Student – Equine First Aid



“Equine Guelph’s Fire & Emergency Preparedness course was even more helpful and interesting than I thought it would be! In a week, I learned so much from experts in and out of the horse community, and would definitely recommend it to anybody who owns or cares for horses.”

Kathryn G. – Horse Owner and Groom, Chris Delia Stables (Mohawk Racetrack)
Student – Fire & Emergency Preparedness


“Racehorse Respiratory Health was a very informative and helpful class. This joint venture with AGCO is a very important connection. From the racing perspective it demonstrates another significant outreach of horse racing, namely the veterinary and academic community.”


John Balzer – Standardbred Owner, Breeder and Trainer
Student – Racehorse Respiratory Health

Carlo and “River Seven”

“I want to thank the HBPA of Ontario and Equine Guelph for allowing me the opportunity to learn about Racehorse Respiratory Health. The opportunity to work on the program on my schedule was great. The more we learn about our Equine Athletes the better stewards we will be to these magnificent animals.”

Carlo Tucci – Owner, Tucci Stables (Waterdown, ON)
Student – Racehorse Respiratory Health