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August 31, 2005

Adena Springs, U of G to Create World-Class Equine Veterinary Facility

Frank Stronach, president of Adena Springs, and Alastair Summerlee, president of the University of Guelph, announced today that Adena Springs and the university have entered into discussions to build an equine veterinary clinic to deliver state-of-the-art equine health-care and advanced diagnostic performance services. The equine health and performance centre will be located on the Adena Springs North site in Aurora, Ont., and will serve Canada’s equine industry.

“My vision is to help create a world-class equine health and performance centre, and we are excited to be working with the University of Guelph to make it happen,” said Stronach. “This facility will help the equine industry continue to grow and prosper by supporting the high-performance equine athletes that are at the core of the business. Supporting the Ontario equine industry is one of my key priorities, and working with the outstanding faculty, staff and students at the university will help position this province’s equine industry to be leaders in North America, if not the world.”

“Mr. Stronach’s vision fits perfectly with the university’s multi-year plan to enhance existing facilities and services at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC),” said Summerlee. “As part of our planning, OVC and Equine Guelph had already determined that building an equine health-care and performance centre would be a key objective. I am, therefore, delighted that our priorities are so closely aligned. We applaud Adena Springs and Frank Stronach for sharing this bold vision, and we look forward to making it a reality in the months ahead.”

The equine health and performance centre will enhance and complement the various equine teaching, research and health-care programs already provided by the OVC and Equine Guelph on the Guelph campus, as well as the equine work being done at the university’s Arkell Research Station.

Adena Springs Farm has thoroughbred facilities in Kentucky, Florida and Canada. The Multiple Eclipse and Sovereign Award winning program has received recognition 10 times as Champion breeder in Canada and the United States, having bred more than 100 stake winners, including reigning U.S. Horse of the Year, Ghostzapper.

The University of Guelph is renowned as a research-intensive and learner-centred institution. It has six colleges that span the natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities and a full-time enrolment of nearly 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Media Contacts:
Lori Bona Hunt, U of G Communications and Public Affairs, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338
Raquel Kerr, Adena Springs, (905) 726-7002

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