On September 24, 2015, arts and culture was celebrated at the Town of Orangeville’s sixth annual Mayor’s Breakfast for the Arts, with the announcement of the 2015 Arts and Culture Award winners. The Headwaters Parade of Horses was awarded the 2015 Creative Cultural Event Award at the event which took place at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre Banquet Hall and serves as a kick-off for the Culture Days celebration in Orangeville.

The Creative Cultural Event Award honours an exhibit, performance, benefit, festival, series or special event which brought heightened visibility to the arts and provided the community with a quality artistic event.

“We are honoured to accept the award on behalf of the Headwaters Parade of Horses artists”, said Ross Millar, Chair of the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group. “This amazing group of 40 talented artisans willingly donated their time, inspiration and creativity to bring this project to life, as a legacy to the equestrian events of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games that were hosted in Headwaters this past summer. This initiative came to life because of their commitment.”

“We would also like to thank the generous patrons who purchased the statues and our sponsors who donated their time and resources, including Home Hardware Stores Ltd., Orangeville Home Hardware Building Centre, Taylor Truck Training, Town of Caledon & Versatile Spray Painting Ltd.”

Click here for more information about the 2015 Arts and Culture Awards.

The importance of arts and culture to the community was recognized and celebrated at the sixth annual Mayor’s Breakfast for the Arts in Orangeville Thursday. Award recipients for 2015 are (front row) Heidi von der Gathen representing Lab Partners (Community Impact by a Business Award), Gord McWilliams (Community Arts Volunteer Advocate Award), Roslyn Levin (Established Artist of the Year Award), David Nairn representing Theatre Orangeville (Community Impact by an Organization Award), Vicki Sword representing Parade of Horses (Creative Cultural Event Award), and (back row) Roger Simmons representing Theatre Orangeville (Community Impact by an Organization Award) and his son Colin Simmons (Young Student Artist of the Year), Pamela Scott-Demetriou (Arts Educator of the Year Award), and Marilyn Logan representing Theatre Orangeville Orangeville (Community Impact by an Organization Award).

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About the Headwaters Parade of Horses

Presented by the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group, the Headwaters Parade of Horses is a whimsical and unique series of outdoor horse sculptures featuring 24 fiberglass horses transformed through the creativity of talented artisans. These magnificent sculptures have been vibrantly brought to life to reflect the spirit of the Headwaters.

Each statue stands at 15 hands and measures 18 inches wide (chest), 8 feet 3 inches in length, 6 feet at the highest point, and weighs 150 pounds.

The Headwaters Parade of Horses are on display at various locations in Caledon, Dufferin County, Erin, and King Township. Culture Days weekend is a wonderful time to follow the “trail”, take photos with the horses, and learn the story about the inspiration for each of these magnificent works of art.

Visit HeadwatersHorseCountry.ca for more information about the Headwaters Parade of Horses.

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Headwaters Parade of Horses is Part of Culture Days Weekend, September 25-27!

The 6th annual Culture Days weekend features thousands of FREE activities across Canada and Headwaters Parade of Horses is part of the celebration!

Culture Days is an annual three-day national celebration each September where hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free interactive and behind-the-scenes activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion. It is the largest arts and culture public participation event in Canadian history.

Visit www.on.culturedays.ca for more information about Culture Days and to search for events in your area.

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The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group is a collaborative initiative in support of the equine sector in the Headwaters, including the Town of Caledon, Dufferin County, Town of Erin and King Township.

Headwaters Horse Country is an initiative if the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group.  HELG is a committee of the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association and supported by the Ontarion Trillium Foundation.

The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group steering committee includes:  Ross Millar(Chair), James Boyd, Elaine Capes, Sandra Dolson,Michele Harris, Linda Pabst, Theresa Sauren, Jamie Smyth, Stephany St.Louis & Gary van Bolderen

For further information contact, photographs or interviews, please contact:

Vicki Sword

Project Manager, Headwaters Horse Country Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association 519.942.0314 ext. 204 vicki@headwatesregion.ca