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Ms. Sheri Van Sickle

Adoptions Coordinator

LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society

HQ Phone: (416) 675-3993x3440

LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society

555 Rexdale Boulevard P.O. Box 156

Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L2


Company Description

LongRun is one of the first adoption and placement programs for thoroughbred racehorses in Ontario. To learn more about us, click here. We publish a newsletter filled with features and photos twice a year. ... more

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We here at LongRun, both two and four legged, want to wish Sheri Van Sickle, our adoptions coordinator, a very special "Happy Birthday". Sheri works tirelessly to make sure that every horse in our program has the best opportunity to move on into a second career in a loving home.

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Ms Van Sickle is the foundation's adoption co-ordinator. Staff Photo/Sjoerd Witteveen

Sheri Van Sickle is an adoption co-ordinator.
"I've loved horses as long as I can remember," Sheri said. "It's in my blood, a dream come true." She recalls, at age six, accompanying her aunt to watch a race at Woodbine. "It was magic," she said. The passion continues. Sheri claims horses to be one of the most intelligent animals in the world. To remove a horse from racing status can be a traumatic experience requiring considerable adjustment, she notes.
"With time and patience, they can become the gentlest of companions," Sheri says. A horse's racing life can extend from two to 13 years, says Sheri. LongRun attempts to obtain retirees three months after careers have concluded. Financial support for the program comes from several industry sources. Information is extended mainly through word-of-mouth, says Sheri, although the society maintains its own website and continues to place stories and advertisements in equine magazines. Sheri says LongRun has benefited greatly from a location in the Markham/Whitchurch-Stouffville area that, she describes as "genuine horse country". This, she notes, has been proven on countless occasions when tragedies, such as barn fires, have occurred. She describes this community's horse people as "a fraternity". She accords similar acclaim to the memory of Ballantrae veterinarian, Dr. Ralph Watt. "Many times he would stop by our stable and check the horses, a service provided without charge," she said.

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... "Perhaps like some horse people, the need to be around horses came rather mysteriously from the age of four," said Van Sickle."Being a kid in the city, it was somewhat odd to have this desire having never been around them.My parents were very encouraging people and I began riding at age five."She has two horses of her own, an Appaloosa named Mighty-"he's blind,I was told to put him down, but we've survived"-and a quarter horse named Duster.

Van Sickle credits the man that owns the farm where she boards, Al (Blackie) Saunders, for much of her horse knowledge.
Van Sickle found her way to LongRun from other business-type operations."I came from IBM Canada after having held Senior Level positions within their organization.I wanted to incorporate my passion for horses as well as my business experience and knowledge to become an ethical business leader within the racing industry."
Van Sickle joined the Woodbine racing office team in 2003 and enjoyed more than a year of employment with that group before moving on to LongRun.

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Sheri Van Sickle hired by LongRun

LongRun woud like to introduce our full-time office administrator, Sheri Van Sickle, who originally joined our team as a volunteer in the fall of 2003.Sheri will be in charge of running the LongRun organization from our backstretch office at Woodbine racetrack.Among her duties is correspondence through email and phone, coordinating directors and their duties and all office tasks.


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V: Our offices are open throughout the year, with a week off between Christmas and New Year's. Â Winter is our "slow" time when we try to play catch up on what we haven't had time to do while the racing season is on. Â We answer queries about horses, arrange adoption viewing appointments, liaise with farms, vets, blacksmiths, van lines, send volunteers out to follow up on adopted horses, do grant applications, work on fundraisers, update our website and promotional material, etc. Â We have two full time employees - office administrator Morgan Chapman and adoption coordinator Sheri Van Sickle, plus a volunteer Board of Directors (who put an awful lot of time in) as well.

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