A Tour of the abandoned Windfields Farm, Canada

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Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:41 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eym8vpI ... ture=share

Published on Dec 29, 2013


I compiled this video with some miscellaneous video that I left from my visits to Windfields Farm. I have watched it a few times, but never intending on posting it until one of my fans expressed their passion of thoroughbreds and horses as well as all things lost, this inspired me to dig out this video, so a big thank you Mika!!

This video was shot a couple of years ago, before most of the property was destroyed. If you go there now, it is almost all gone. It was filmed with my Iphone, so, yes I know its shaky and I move too fast, so please on this one spare me the criticism . I do much better now and thats really what matters :-)

Now this video contains a drive around the grounds and some small buildings that I had the chance to explore, but the most moving part is the visit to the graves of some of the top Thoroughbreds in Canadian and horse racing history.

As far as I know the graves are undisturbed, but with the way urban sprawl infects lands, you never know what the condition is 2 years later. Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUVi... for a look at the effort to safe this beautiful part of Canadian History

For more information on the history of Windfields Farm check wikipedia @
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windfiel...

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Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:15 pm

Sad to see it going this way.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:02 pm

Who owns it now? I forget.
I'm not far from there, I would love to go there and take pictures.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:07 pm

A developer, I think.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:35 pm

There's virtually nothing left to see - it's all been torn down (as it states in the original post). Hopefully, whomsoever owns the land now will leave the graveyard alone/
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:43 pm

Here is a really cool website to check out:

http://www.windfieldsfarmnewsandnotes.com/
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:10 pm

Izvestia wrote:Who owns it now? I forget.
I'm not far from there, I would love to go there and take pictures.
I think the city owns at least part of it.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:27 pm

Some good info on the current condition of the Farm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windfields_Farm
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:56 pm

Ballerina wrote:Some good info on the current condition of the Farm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windfields_Farm
Thanks for the link!
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Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:57 am

There is something left to see. They've protected the "core" barn area and the cemeteries. If you look at the link I posted rather than Wikipedia, it has archives and a discussion of what is occurring with the development.
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Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:51 am

Izvestia wrote:There is something left to see. They've protected the "core" barn area and the cemeteries. If you look at the link I posted rather than Wikipedia, it has archives and a discussion of what is occurring with the development.
I did look at the link, Izvestia, and I further researched it and posted a 2nd Wiki link that offers more current information in concert with the link you found. I believe the point the person who made the video was trying to make was that a visitor now is not going to get to see what he saw a 4 or 5 years ago. Much of the land has been sold off and many of the buildings have been destroyed.
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Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:33 pm

I guess this old thread is the best place to put this...

Northern Dancer: Little horse, big legacy
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In a ceremony at Oshawa City Hall on April 16, the grave site of Northern Dancer was designated as an official heritage site.
Northern Dancer, a small horse with a big attitude and an even bigger legacy has had a lasting impact on the City of Oshawa. His gravesite was officially designated as a heritage site under the Ontario Heritage Act on April 16 in an event at city hall.

“We’ve got a great day to celebrate the history of this community and the future history of Canada and the world,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

Northern Dancer was one of E.P Taylor’s race horses. E.P Taylor owned Windfields Farm. Although he had a very short racing career from 1963 to 1964, he won the Kentucky Derby with a new record, Preakness Stakes and the Queen’s Plate. He was the first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby.

“Northern Dancer was one of the greatest champions of all time,” said UOIT president, Steven Murphy.

Northern Dancer was known to have quite the attitude, despite his small stature. It was suggested to Taylor he have Northern Dancer gelded to calm him down. Taylor refused and the horse became known for his explosive speed.

“He was spicy, he was a character. He was just a little guy, but he had such a big heart,” said famed horse racing jockey Sandy Hawley.

After Northern Dancer was retired, he was used for breeding. It is estimated that around 70 per cent of all racing horses active today have Northern Dancer’s genes. Northern Dancer died in November 1990. He is buried at the former Windfields farms, now land owned by UOIT.

The heritage designation from Oshawa City Council and supported by UOIT, is meant to honour Northern Dancer’s racing history and contribution to Taylor’s legacy. The designation will prevent the gravesite from being disturbed.

“The city’s heritage designation of Northern Dancer’s gravesite is more than just a symbolic and cherished part of history. In many ways, the designation is also an affirmation of the city’s future and the university’s future and their strong partnership,” said Murphy.

To demonstrate the city’s commitment to Windfields Farm Legacy, it presented UOIT with the remaining funds from a donation to the project by Minto Group back in 2012. $113,443.12 was given to the school to allow for landscaping and site improvements near Northern Dancer’s gravesite. The city also gave Noreen Taylor, daughter-in-law of the late E.P. Taylor and chancellor of UOIT, the original Windfields farm entry sign for the university to display.
http://oshawaexpress.ca/northern-dancer ... ig-legacy/
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