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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

2017 Honorary president: P.J. Stock
P.J. Stock is a former professional hockey player who has lived in Saint-Lazare with his family, wife and four kids for the last 12 years. During his seven years in the NHL, P.J. Stock played for several renowned teams including the New York Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins. His expertise lead to a career in radio and television where he has shared his knowledge of the sport on TEAM 990 and CHOM-FM. He has also appeared on Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet and is currently part of the Antichambre team on RDS. In 2016, P.J. Stock suffered a tremendous personal loss when his brother Dean Stock passed away following a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The Town of Saint-Lazare has a long equestrian tradition as well as a solid international reputation. Numerous horse farms have settled on its territory and with the many horse shows being held, the town has become a cornerstone of Canada’s equestrian community.
Saint-Lazare and its surroundings are known for their hundreds of stables and several kilometers of trails. With over 5,000 horses and ponies, the area also has one of the largest equine populations in Québec.
With a population of some 20,000 people, Saint-Lazare is enjoying a steady growth. Those under 20 years of age represent 31 % of the population while families with children make up over 55% of households.
With a population of some 20,000 people, Saint-Lazare is enjoying a steady growth. Those under 20 years of age represent 31 % of the population while families with children make up over 55% of households.
These facts along with the will to revitalise the downtown core stirred up the desire to create a festival reflecting the distinctive character of the town. And the Festival Saint-Lazare au Galop was born in 2015 and drew nearly 10,000 persons over three days and succeeded at becoming one of Québec’s top horse-based tourist attractions.
The Festival Saint-Lazare au Galop is a not-for-profit equestrian event for the whole family.
In 2017, it will help raise funds for two organizations:
1. As a tribute to Dean Stock, the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival will be giving a portion of donations received during the event to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Quebec. This illness generally strikes between the ages of 40 and 75. An estimated 2,500 and 3,000 Canadians over the age of 18 are currently living with ALS. More people die of ALS every year than of muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis combined. In Canada, ALS results in more deaths than any other neurological disease;
2. The Centre équestre thérapeutique Marie Laurence located in Sainte-Justine–de-Newton through voluntary donations in certain parking lots. This center helps children with disabilities (cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, Angelman syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hemiplegia, mental health disorders, behavioural disorders -referred by schools - and learning disabilities) as well as youngsters from youth centres.
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