By Rochelle Burns, PhD, social historian
The name Caledon conjures up small places of people gathering, beautiful landscapes, farming, hillsides, serene dwellings, picturesque waters, and a generally peaceful place to be.
And, of course, a horsey place to be.
Two of the horsey crowd: First, Yann Candele, who chose to make Caledon home, is a show jumping equestrian. He moved to Canada, from his native France, in 1999, and became a Canadian citizen 10 years later.
Candele was named to Canada’s Olympic team in 2016.
Second horsey link: Then there was George Gardiner, also attracted enough to Caledon to make a home there. In addition to his love of horses, he was a successful businessman and noted philanthropist.
He was well known for being co-founder, along with his wife, of Toronto’s Gardiner Museum, the only Canadian museum devoted exclusively to ceramic art.
Toronto-born Gardiner was well educated at the University of Toronto and at Harvard before running a munitions factory during World War II.
After that, he became such a success in the field of finance that his family, in 1990, seven years before his death, endowed a chair in his name at the Schulich School of Business at York University. The Chair is dedicated to focusing on ethics in management.
His horsey link to Caledon began in the 1950s when he established a horse breeding operation in Caledon East. Soon, thereafter, he became a major figure in Canadian thoroughbred horse racing.
In 2000, he was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Two people who gained a worldwide reputation in different areas of horsemanship. Two people whose love of horses caused them to choose Caledon, with all its beauty, in which to have a home.
Photo Horses-A reason to love Caledon: Photo credit: Satellitesportsnetwork.com