Have horse, will travel 0
Dista Goguen hangs out with the dogs in her Bancroft shop Critter Comforts and Clips. Goguen enjoyed an appearance on Dragon's Den with one of her other pets- a horse named Tessa. BARBARA SHAW BANCROFT THIS WEEK
If you know Dista Goguen then you know that she's the kind of person who will go out of her way to help people with the craziest things.
When local customers at her pet shop, Critter Comforts and Clips, needed bugs to feed their exotic pets, she made it happen. She stocks special food for a local pig and when members of her horse community need something - she's equally helpful.
And that's how she met Andrea Chapman.
Chapman is from B.C. and she scored a spot on the CBC reality show Dragons' Den. She was going to travel to Toronto to pitch her product, Royal Relief Pain Reliever. It's a pain relief medication that she developed for horses, but it also works for people. For her pitch she needed a horse.
Goguen has horses.
Chapman found Goguen through friends on Facebook and although they had never met, Goguen offered to find Chapman a horse.
The horse that Goguen ended up using was her very own, award-winning, Appaloosa named Tessa (a.k.a. Charlsey).
Tessa, the six-year-old horse, had never been on television. Neither had Goguen.
But true to Goguen's character, there's nothing she won't do, so off she went to Toronto with Tessa in a 53-foot trailer to help out a total stranger.
"People on Spadina are not polite," Goguen said.
Getting a car down Spadina Avenue in Toronto is tough on any day but Goguen dragged her trailer and horse along, receiving some middle-finger salutes in the process.
At the CBC Broadcast Centre Goguen got to know the television biz reality of "hurry-up and wait." She spent a couple of hours getting everything ready for Chapman's pitch and she also spent time waiting with Tessa.
With all the new sights and sounds and smells, Goguen says the horse was surprisingly calm.
Finally ready for the pitch, Goguen says she loaded Tessa into the slowest, creakiest freight elevator in all of Canada and helped Chapman get ready to ride Tessa in to her pitch with the Dragons.
"She didn't fall off, thank goodness," Goguen says of Chapman who she calls a mild-rider.
"And Tessa didn't even poop or pee on set," a good thing for Goguen who would have had to clean it up.
The freight elevator on the way out was a different story.
The pitch, according to Goguen, went well but she won't say if an offer was made by the Dragons. The rules of the television show say the participants have to agree to say nothing about the results until the show is broadcast.
Horse wranglers also have to follow the rules.
Goguen, quick to make a joke, said the Dragons were all lovely except for Kevin O'Leary, who was a bit sharp with his tongue.
Tessa, dressed up for the occasion, was wearing some hair extensions on her tail. When O'Leary cracked some jokes about the extensions, Goguen suggested the very bald O'Leary might want to borrow them.
Goguen doesn't think it's at all strange that she loaned her horse to a total stranger so that it could be part of a television pitch.
"That's how I roll," she laughed.
Now back in Bancroft with the excitement dying down, Goguen has decided to have some more fun with Tessa (a.k.a. Charlsey). She has made a challenge to Moose FM saying that the horse can get more likes on Facebook than the Moose can.
After a couple of days online the horse has 125 likes.