Canadian Road Horse Association



Congratulations to Glen & Lori Downey on being inducted into the Canadian Road Horse Hall of Fame in 2013. Glen Downey grew up in a horse showing family. His grandfather and father both showed draft and Commercial horses. In Glen's early years, he, along with brother, Clare, and sister, Elaine, and parents showed ponies. As well, his father began to keep a road horse which he showed on his own in 1970 with Miss Echo, adding Mustang Duke and Simcoe Duke in the following years.

Glen's first win at the Royal was in the pair class with Miss Echo and Mustang Duke. Simcoe Duke was the Canadian Wagon Champion at the Royal in 1983. Two horses special to Glen are offspring of Simcoe Duke, namely Flaxen Duke and Winnie's Guy (Autobahn) which were bred and exhibited by Miles Benedict. Flaxen Duke, driven by Glen, was the 1986 Canadian Wagon Champion and has enjoyed many show ring successes over the subsequent years with the Thomas/Austin family. Winnie's Guy, now owned by American interests and renamed Autobahn, has been shown to numerous World Championships in Louisville as well as the Wagon Championship at the 1993 Royal Winter Fair.

When not showing horses, Glen can be found either working for the Township of Huntington or helping his wife, Lori, with their two daughters, Amanda and Brittney. Lori and the girls attend the fairs with Glen, along with Glen's sister, Elaine, who drives in the ladies' classes. They attend many of the fairs in central and eastern Ontario with Glen's favourite, the Royal, bringing their show season to a close.

Simcoe Duke, with owner/driver, Glen Downey, in the Wagon Stake Class at the 1983 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair .
(Photo by Budd Photography)
Glen Downey making the victory pass in the
Team class at the 2004 OHA Ontario Show
in Barrie with Stormont Codec and Effective Lad .
(Photo by Genevieve Kendell)
Glen Downey with Stormont Codec receiving first place honours from the McLean family in the Green class at the 2004 OHA Ontario Show in Barrie. (Photo by Genevieve Kendell)