Hall of Fame Inductee 2023
Taking the reins from his father John, Glenn Sikura has not only continued the legacy of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Canada, he has firmly put the Nobleton, ON nursery and sale agency among the top farms in North America. Glenn’s influence in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry in Canada goes further than that through his roles as President of the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society and numerous other racing organizations.
Glenn will be deservedly inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this evening, following his father’s placement into the Hall in 2013 and his brother John‘s induction in 2018.
Glenn took over the operation of Hill ‘n’ Dale Canada in the mid 1990s following his father’s passing, and it was a smooth transition. Raised around blue-blooded Thoroughbreds, both bred and raced by John, Sr., Glenn raises and sells dozens of young Ontario bred horses each year for himself and for a host of clients both in Ontario and at the top sales in Kentucky.
Through his knowledge and pursuit of the best pedigree nicks, Hill ‘n’ Dale has sold some 150 stakes winners including Hall of Fame members Jambalaya, winner of the Grade 1 Arlington Million, and Maryfield, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). Canadian champions sold include A Bit o’ Gold, Inglorious, One for Rose and Dynamic Sky. The tally of stakes horses, with earnings of some $80 million, continues to grow each year.
Glenn is also active as an owner and breeder himself, racing champion Serenading and stakes stars Handpainted and Painting, among others. Additionally, Glenn has formed several ownership groups with friends and first-time owners.
Fiercely passionate about the horse racing industry in Ontario, Glenn served as the President of the National division of the CTHS and he was President of the CTHS Ontario from 1995 through 2017, guiding the province’s breeders through great years, and some tumultuous seasons, in breeding and sales.
Glenn has worked with all of the integral organizations for Ontario horse racing and breeding as a Past President of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, a Director at Breeders’ Cup and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Past President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
In 2018, upon stepping down from the CTHS, Glenn took over as Chief Steward of the Jockey Club Of Canada. Among his duties for the Jockey Club is educating government and the public on the economic impact that Canada receives through the horse racing industry. Glenn is also immersed in working to change the tax laws for the horse industry, seeking a more equitable tax treatment for owners and breeders.
Glenn, who has personally delivered most of the approximately 1,500 foals born at Hill ‘n’ Dale, was honoured with the BloodHorse Mint Julep Cup for lifetime contribution to the horse industry in 2016, and has received an Award of Merit from the CTHS Ontario.
From the farm to the sales ring, racetrack and beyond, Glenn is recognized tonight as one of this country’s most influential builders of the Thoroughbred industry.