Longtime breeder and owner Don McNiven of Ingersoll, Ont., died on Saturday, Jan. 18. He was 81.
Mr. McNiven played a major role in the harness racing industry. Although he worked for 35 years in the Ingersoll post office, he helped establish Killean Acres along with his father Robert and brothers Bob and Jack in the 1950s. Over the years, Killean stood three of Ontario's most popular stallions -- Frisco Byrd, Dallas Almahurst and Run The Table -- and bred numerous standout performers in the 60-year history of the farm.
Mr. McNiven was also pivotal in establishing the Ontario Sires Stakes program, sat on various committees throughout the industry, and wrote a weekly 'Horse Chatter' column in the Ingersoll Times.
Mr. McNiven was a breeder, an owner and an avid horse enthusiast who will be greatly missed by many. He is survived by his brother and best friend Jack, son Terry and numerous nieces, nephews and one grandchild.
Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll, Ont. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 56 Thames Street South, Ingersoll on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 2p.m. with Spring interment in Ingersoll Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Mr. McNiven's memory to St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or Ontario Standardbreed Adoption Society (checks accepted) would be appreciated. (SC)