Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athletes for November - Diane Creech & Belinda Trussell


Diane Creech and Belinda Trussell, who competed on the European Fall Competition Tour, have been named Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athletes of the Month for November.

Diane of Caistor Centre, Ontario, and Belinda of Stouffville, Ontario, had outstanding results on both stops of the development tour for Canada’s up and coming combinations—Kaposvar CDI3*, Hungary, Oct. 9–11, and Weikersdorf CDI3*, Austria, Oct. 14–18.

Belinda rode her up-and-coming Grand Prix mount Anton (Antaeus x Melit), a nine-year-old German-bred gelding owned by Robyn Eames. The pair earned a score of 67.579 per cent to win at Intermediaire II, score 65.830 per cent in the Grand Prix for sixth place, and finished fifth in the Grand Prix Special with 64.917 per cent.

Diane rode Devon L (De Niro x Wolkenstein II), Douglas Leatherdale’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding for a sixth place score of 64.368 per cent at Intermediaire II test and fourth in the Grand Prix with 66.255 per cent and second in the Grand Prix Special with 66.583 per cent.

Diane also competed in the Grand Prix test with Wiona (Weltmeyer x Fruhlingsball), Douglas and Louise Leatherdale’s 12-year-old Hanoverian mare, to finish fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle with 68.650 per cent.

At Weikersdorf CDI3*, they both scored 67.064 per cent for a second place tie in the Grand Prix. Diane and Devon L earned 69.208 per cent for second place in the Grand Prix Special. Belinda and Anton finished third on 68.417 per cent. Diane was also fourth in the Grand Prix with 64.851 per cent with Wiona. The pair also finished ninth in the Grand Prix Freestyle on with 68.450 per cent

Based on these results, Trussell jumped 105 placings in the FEI World Rider Rankings to 76 from 181, and Creech leaped 235 spots to 78 from 313.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Winter training event at the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Horse Tournament in Alberta

The first of six Winter Training Series events will commence on January 30th and run through the weekend concluding on Sunday January 31st.

The first Winter Training Series will be dedicated to Jumpers only, and feature competitions up to and including the 1.20m division. Of course, at this time of the year, all competitions are held indoors.

Find prize lists and entry forms online at the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Website on the tournament pages.

http://rmshowjumping.com/current-tournaments.html

Rocky Mountain Show Jumping was formed for the purpose of finding and developing quality show jumping horses to offer for sale to all levels of competition. From riders just beginning their show jumping career, to experienced riders looking for international level jumpers, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping has access to horses to fit all needs. Horses are bought and sold under the supervision and training of John Anderson.

Rocky Mountain Show Jumping is also responsible for hosting Show Jumping Tournaments. They commit themselves to hosting quality events for exhibitors of all levels, and input is welcomed at all times! 

Their objective: to bring international equine knowledge to the community, and increase the level of the sport by providing horses & training of a higher quality, as well as provide Show Jumping events for riders of all levels to tune their skills.

Rocky Mountain Show Jumping currently operates in Calgary, Alberta.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"this year has required a lot of 'endurance'. " Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year


Vue on 'Endurance', by Daphne.

Looking back, this year has required a lot of 'endurance' - still some struggles trying to get everything done and everything 'right' - but we ARE moving on down the trail at a pretty good pace, and 'good to go' at most of the vet checks.  Don't think that we'll ever reach the finish line but will keep working towards that - knowing that 'to finish is to win'!


We are all so fortunate to be surrounded by those who share our enthusiasm for this wonderful sport, and I want to wish each and all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2010 - whatever your goals may be!





Latest EndCan News

E-BULLETIN : December 20th, 2009



The video taken at the AHA nationals is SO well done, probably one of the best videos of our sport that's ever been produced, truly capturing the 'essence of endurance' - A MUST SEE!

Dressage Canada Announces Southern Training Centres


Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that Arlene ‘Tuny’ Page, owner of Stillpoint Farm in Wellington, FL, and Laurie Doyle, owner of Dove Hollow Farm in Olivenhain, CA, have graciously allowed the Canadian Dressage Team to use their facilities for training sessions throughout the season. Both locations will be official southern training centres for Canada's World Equestrian Games (WEG) hopefuls to work with the Technical Coach Advisor Robert Dover.


“I could not be more thrilled and grateful to the owners and managers of Dove Hollow and Stillpoint Farms for their wonderful generosity in becoming Team Canada's official winter training facilities. These are two world-class locations which will allow our riders to prepare in perfect conditions, regardless of the weather, for the World Equestrian Games qualifiers this winter/spring,” said Dover. “My thanks go out again to Tuny Page and Laurie Doyle.”


Spanning five acres, Dove Hollow boasts three dressage arenas, one 200’ x 75’ covered indoor and two regulation sized dressage arenas both with mirrors and excellent sand footing on their 40 horse premiere dressage training centre.


“I think that we should help each other out,” said Doyle. “Canada is our northern neighbour and we love having Robert out to Dove Hollow. It is a win-win situation for everyone.”


Stillpoint Farm is situated on 10 acres with 34 permanent and up to 20 portable stalls. Page has owned the facility for eight years and takes pride in having some of the world’s best riders and horses at her top-notch training centre, which has both full-sized indoor and outdoor training arenas.


“Stillpoint Farm is the year round base for international dressage riders Lisa Wilcox, Arlene Page and Oded Shimoni,” said Page. “Being international athletes, we welcome being in a situation where we can host Canada’s top dressage talent and Dressage Canada.”


The first official training session for Canadian WEG declared riders has been scheduled for:


January 16–17, 2010
Stillpoint Farm http://stillpointfarmdressage.com
Wellington, FL (561-371-3511)


This training session is strongly encouraged for Canadian WEG declared riders based in the East and training in Florida. The session will provide private training for Canadian WEG Declared riders, and riders are welcome to bring their personal trainers/coaches to their personal sessions.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Voting Underway for 2010 Equine Canada Director-at-Large Election


Voting is now underway for the 2010 Equine Canada Director-at-Large election. Any member of an Equine Canada is eligible to vote for the Director-at-Large position, provided that individual is 18 years-of-age or older in the year of election.

Voting may be completed in one of two ways. Members must visit the Equine Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca and either logon using their Equine Canada username a password to register to vote and immediately complete the voting process. If the member does not have a personalized Equine Canada username and password to logon, they will need to contact Equine Canada voting services at nominations@equinecanada.ca and login information will be promptly provided.

The second voting option is to vote by mail. In this case the member must visit the Equine Canada website and complete and submit the online Register to Vote Form before the January 7, 2010 deadline. Once registered, the member will receive an election package and election ballot either by mail, fax or e-mail as per their request. All forms and information regarding this election can be found on the website in both official languages. Voting for the 2010 election will close on January 14, 2010.

The successful candidates will be announced to the membership at the Equine Canada Annual General Meeting, February 7, 2010, as part of the 2010 Convention to be held at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in Montreal, QC.

Please contact Sonia Blanchard by e-mail sblanchard@equinecanada.ca with any questions regarding the 2010 Equine Canada Director-at-Large election.

Each year the Equine Canada Nominations Committee has the responsibility of presenting a slate of candidates to the membership for the election of a Director-at-Large. The 13-member Equine Canada Board of Directors consists of three Director-at-Large positions, which are elected by the membership. One Director-at-Large position is elected each year and serves a three-year term. In addition this year, voting will also take place for a vacated Director-at-Large position with a remaining two-year term.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Eric van der Vleuten thwarted the British challenge to capture the Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier at Olympia.


Eric van der Vleuten ended a 15-year wait for Dutch success in the Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier at Olympia.

And van der Vleuten also took over top spot in the Western League standings after six events heading towards next April's World Cup final in Geneva.

He saw off a strong British challenge, headed by fourth-placed Ben Maher and Robin Hood W, while Michael Whitaker finished seventh.

Last year's blue riband event of the London International Horse Show produced only two clear rounds - Australian winner Edwina Alexander and British runner-up John Whitaker.

Whitaker missed this year's event while he continues his recovery from a broken ankle, while Alexander and Itot du Chateau was among several riders to knock one fence down during a testing examination.

But there were 11 clears to contest a thrilling jump-off that went the way of van der Vleuten and Groep Tomboy in 35.08 seconds for a first prize of just less than £24,000.

He became the first Dutch winner of an Olympia World Cup event since Jan Tops in 1994.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Canada’s Nicole Shinton Heats up Wellington Holiday Challenge


Wellington, Florida – Canada’s Nicole Shinton made her presence felt south of the border during the Wellington Classic Holiday Challenge held December 11-13 in Wellington, FL.

Shinton of Uxbridge, ON, competed with two horses in the dressage competition, which was the first big event of the winter show season in Wellington, FL. With GB Marko, her 13-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding, Shinton was the top placed amateur in the Prix St. Georges, earning an impressive score of 68.684%. In the Intermediaire I, she earned a score of 61.316% to rank as the third-highest amateur competitor.

A former eventing competitor before switching her focus exclusively to dressage, Shinton also competed in the Wellington Classic Holiday Challenge with O-Topia. Having successfully competed at the intermediate level in eventing with Shinton, O-Topia is also enjoying the switch to dressage and is proving his talents at Third Level. In Third Level Test 1 held Saturday, Shinton and her 13-year-old bay selle francais gelding earned a score of 62.308% from the judges to place third. On Sunday, the pair contested Third Level Test 3 and earned 63.023% to place fourth overall.

“Marko was a star, winning the Prix St. Georges Adult Amateur with such a great score,” said Shinton. “I was also very proud of O-Topia. I had not shown him since July as I was concentrating on the development of my upper level FEI horses, so it was great to be back in the show ring with him and have him perform like a champ!”

Shinton is also excited about a new mount, Wallenstein, an 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding that she purchased this fall in Denmark. The pair will make their competitive debut this winter in Florida, where Shinton is based throughout the show season.

Dressage has become a passion for Shinton since she switched exclusively to the discipline last year. As an event rider, Shinton was named the 2004 Adult Amateur Intermediate Rider of the Year by the United States Eventing Association, a remarkable feat for a Canadian in such a highly competitive division. Shinton was also named to the 2005 Canadian Eventing Team Long List with two horses, Pamela and The Grey Pony, before a rotational fall in 2007 forced Shinton to change her focus from eventing to dressage.

Shinton, 36, and her husband, Alan, own Greenbrier Farms, a 160 acre eventing facility in Uxbridge, ON.

FEI World Cup™ Dressage: Gal and Totilas Set New World Record at Olympia

The Netherlands' Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas set a new world record in the Grand Prix Freestyle for the third time this year when scoring 92.30% to win the fourth leg of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage series at the Grand Hall at Olympia in London tonight. With another breath-taking performance that put him in an entirely different class to the rest of the 13-strong field, the nine year old stallion showed even more confidence than he displayed when taking Freestyle gold at the Alltech FEI European Championships at Windsor last August. Stockholm winner Adelinde Cornelissen had a difficult evening with Parzival who was gripped with nervous tension and failed to give of his best, but this Dutch duo still held on for second place, while British hearts were lifted by a great third-spot finish for one of their all-time favorites, Carl Hester with Liebling 11.


SUPERLATIVES
The superlatives have already all been used up where Totilas and Gal are concerned. They created a huge sensation when de-throning long-time Freestyle record-holder Anky Van Grunsven with an amazing test at Hickstead in July where they scored 89.50%, and then came back to raise the bar even higher when taking the European title with a mark of 90.75%. They did that despite some irregular scores, but tonight the judges were very much in agreement about artistic merit - Gal and Totilas blended brilliantly with their musical accompaniment which perfectly compliments the stallion's enormous presence. It is the power with which he pumps off the floor in piaffe and passage that particularly distinguishes him along with his ease of elevation. He looks comfortable in his body even when executing the most difficult of movements.

Richard Davison led the first tranche of riders with a mark of 75.15% for Hiscox Artemis, but fellow-Briton Laura Bechtolsheimer overtook him when racking up 77.35% with a lovely ride on Andretti H. Hester however earned 78.45% for a really accurate performance when third-last into the arena. He was delighted with Liebling - "I didn't think he had much more to give me after Windsor so I'm really happy to put another 5% on my score from last night" he said.

In yesterday's Grand Prix his mark of 72.21% was good enough for third place, while Cornelissen and Gal were separated by just over two percentage points as Totilas again got the edge, but the difference between the latter two tonight was much more extreme. The moment Parzival entered the arena he was electrified with fear and Cornelissen did well to persuade him to go to work despite his obvious reservations. She is philosophical about his nervous nature, knowing that she must live for the days when he finds it possible to overcome it and show what he is truly capable of achieving. "Yesterday he was pretty good but I knew he was going to be a handful from the minute we came in the ring today. He was so spooky, but at least now he is getting better because he's willing to give it a try even though he's worried. There was a time when he'd just run out of the ring. I've been riding him for seven years now and its all about trust and confidence - you have to keep building him up" she pointed out. Her score of 82.05% was nevertheless still only just over one point below her winning result from the third leg of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage series in Stockholm two weeks ago.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Introducing the 2009/2010 L’Annee Hippique


In cooperation with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), BCM proudly presents the 2009/2010 edition of L’Annee Hippique.

Profiling the year in equestrian sport, L’Annee Hippique provides a detailed report of the competition season. Every FEI discipline is covered including show jumping, dressage, eventing, endurance, driving and reining. This year's edition of L’Annee Hippique also contains countless feature articles and breeding profiles, making it a must-have item for every equestrian enthusiast.

The world top equestrian competitions are covered in great detail with in-depth reporting and stunning photography. The World Cup Finals for show jumping, dressage and eventing, European Championships for all disciplines, as well as the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses are just some of the additional events also covered in the style that BCM is famous for - thought-provoking articles complimented by beautiful full-colour photos.

More than 44,000 copies of L’Annee Hippique find their way to over 80 countries worldwide each year. With interesting, well-written articles and fabulous pictures from the best equestrian photographers in the business, the hardcover L’Annee Hippique is a true collector’s item.

Available in time for Christmas, the L’Annee Hippique makes the perfect gift and is also an ideal way to thank clients, sponsors and suppliers for their support. Individual copies are offered at a wholesale price of $120 Canadian or US dollars, including shipping and handling. Discounted prices are offered for quantity orders of five or more copies.

To order click  here

Ainsley Vince Named CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for November


Jump Canada has named Ainsley Vince the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for November.

Vince of Milton, ON, was named the Jump Canada Series Champion following the final event in the 2009 Series, the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championships held November 6 and 7 during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.

Riding Frieda, an eight-year-old German-bred mare owned by The KMA Group, Vince enjoyed consistent results throughout the 2009 season to earn a total of 210.20 points.  Vince’s younger sister, Courtney, proved to be her greatest competition, ending the season with 195.8 points riding Nalla.  However, it was the eldest Vince sister who took the Jump Canada Series title, as well as the $10,000 cash bonus offered by Jump Canada.

“I really appreciate being named the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for November,” said Vince, 33, who also won the Jump Canada Series title three times in a row, in 2002, 2003, and 2004, with her long-time partner Catch 22.  “Winning the 2009 Jump Canada Series makes me feel like I am on my way back.”

“I love Cavalor products,” she continued.  “We just put some of our horses on Cavalor supplements in the barn, and I am really pleased with the results.”

As the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for November, Vince receives a gift certificate from title sponsor CAVALOR Inc.

Other top show jumping athletes who have been recognized as the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for 2009 include: Jenna Thompson (January), Yann Candele (February and August), Erynn Ballard (March and October), Beth Underhill (April), Angela Covert-Lawrence (May), Ian Millar (June), Joelle Froese (July), and Mac Cone (September).

In Canada, Cavalor products are available through Equus Integral (Francis Berger 514 924-4035 and Michel Lavictoire 514 467-8075).  Equus Integral is Cavalor Inc.’s exclusive Canadian distributor and can be reached at info@equusintegral.com.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Marcus Ehning, master of the Rolex Top Ten

Once again the Rolex IJRC Top 10 was a thrilling show with the best riders in the world. The Exposition Parc Paris Nord Villepinte was completely sold out and the crowd enjoyed the show from the beginning when the 10 riders were driven in the arena in carriages of  the famous stuntman Mario Luraschi. After two super rounds the  winner was the actual number one of the Rolex ranking, Marcus Ehning on Plot Blue. The 35 years old German rider rides very smoothly, everything looks easy and his double clear round in the 1 m 60 class was a real demonstration. The winner of last year, Michel Robert and Kellemoi de Pepita finished on 10 th place.

The American course designer Conrad Homfeld, who will also be the course designer at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington Kentucky next year, build a very difficult and delicate course. In the first round only the Swedish Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Marcus Ehning were clear. Olympic champion Eric Lamaze was very close with one time penalty. Edwina Alexander and Rodrigo Pessoa both had four penalties on the last fence, the Rolex vertical. European champion Kevin Stau and Marco Kutscher also finished the course with four penalties. Harry Smolders followed with 5 penalties and Michel Robert with 8. For them the battle was over. In the second round Albert Zoer and Okidoki were clear, just like Kevin Staut with Silvana, a mare that he is riding only for 4 months. Eric Lamaze and Hickstead jumped clear and in time. Than Marcus Ehning started his demonstration with a second clear round in 44’89 on Plot Blue. Without ever giving the impression of forcing his horse he took some time at every stride. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and his Holstein stallion Casall La Silla wasalso double clear but the Swedish rider finished O.18 seconds slower. Marcus Ehning participated to eight of the nine Finals of the Rolex IJRC top ten and finally he won. A big honour but also a Rolex and 43 750 Euro prize money.

Result : 1. Ehning (GER), Plot Blue, 0 pt (0+0 ; 44’’89) ; 2. Bengtsson (SWE), Casall La Silla, 0 (0+0 ; 45’’07) ; 3. Lamaze (CAN), Hickstead, 1 (1+0 ; 53’’67) ; 4. Staut (FRA), Silvana, 4 (4+0 ; 45’’25) ; 5. Zoer (HOL), Oki Doki, 4 (4+0 ; 45’’36) ; 6. Kutscher (GER), Cornet Obolensky, 4 (4+0 ; 45’’90) ; 7. Pessoa (BRA), Let’s Fly, 4 (4+0 ; 47’’18) ; 8. Alexander (AUS), Cevo Itôt du Château, 8 (4+4 ; 45’’56) ; 9. Smolders (HOL), Exquis Walnut de Muze, 9 (5+4 ; 53’’79) ; 10. Robert (FRA), Kellemoi de Pépita, 12 (8+4 ; 48’’23).

Quotes

Marcus Ehning : “It’s a great victory because the Rolex Top Ten is an important event for the riders. Conrad Homfeld, the course designer did a great job. The course was difficult and technical but fair. Two double clears in the first round of a top ten is normal. I’m very happy with the way Plot Blue jumped. We perform better and better and I’m very proud of my victory. For the future I hope to stay on first place for a long time and to win more Grand Prix’s. I also want to congratulate the organisation, it’s incredible to see such a big crowd on a new show.”

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson: “ I couldn’t go faster today. In the first round I felt that Casall was almost spooky and he really jumped very high, I really had to push him a little bit. I didn’t start the second round very well, I lost some time at the second fence. But nevertheless I’m very happy with the show.”

Eric Lamaze : “This was one of the most beautiful indoor shows of my career. Evertyhing is great, the horses are happy, the riders are happy, it’s really the highest level. There is no better indoor show. I regret the one time penalty in the first round, I rode too much in the corners of the arena. I wanted to keep my horse quiet for the last line to the exit. Today my third place is not the fault of my horse but mine. But anyway, the number one has one and that is logical.”

Kevin Staut : “I’m only riding the mare for four months, so we need some more time to know each other perfectly. She’s almost to careful and then she doesn’t cover the big oxers. But it’s while making the errors that we both learn. Nevertheless I’m very happy with my fourth place. The Rolex IJRC Top ten was not one of my goals this year, it came faster than I hoped, but I’m happy anyway.

Rodrigo Pessoa : “My performance in the arena tonight was not important. I want to thank Rolex, because without their help this competition would never be possible. Everything Rolex does in sport is very precious. There was a lot of pressure on the organisation team in having the final during our first show in Paris. Our team did a great job. I want to wish Geneva good luck in organising the World Cup Final and the RolexTop 10 in 2010.”

Revised Dates—Canadian Reining Committee Seeks Competition Committees Interested in Hosting WEG Selection Finals



The Equine Canada Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) would like to advise all interested parties that the dates have changed regarding proposals from show committees interested in hosting the World Equestrian Games Canadian Reining Committee Selection Finals.

Now all proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on January 18, 2010.  Any proposals received after that time will not be considered. 

The Equine Canada CRC Competitions Committee will consider all properly submitted proposals and shall reach a decision concerning them no later than February 18, 2010. The proposed competition dates have been extended and will now be between July 6 – 26, 2010.

This process is not a formal tender and the decision regarding which proposal to accept rests solely with the Equine Canada CRC.

The complete Equine Canada CRC Selection Finals request for proposals may be found on the CRC section of the Equine Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca/reining. 

For additional information on the CRC and its programs, including selection criteria, please visit the Equine Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca or e-mail reining@equinecanada.ca.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Horse Council BC Recognizes Jacqui Oldham & Ali Buchanan

Two members of the Dressage Canada Community were given prestigious honours at the 29th Annual Horse Council BC Awards Banquet held November 21, 2009.
Ali Buchanan
Ali Buchanan of Abbotsford BC was presented with the  Horse Industry Professional of the Year Award.  This award recognizes a professional individual that has provided outstanding service to BC's equine community either on a one-on-one basis or overall.  The service cannot be within the normal course of business practice, but must be over and above. Ali is a previous member of the Dressage Canada Board, Chair of the Youth High Performance Committee, chef d’equipe at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and current member of the High Performance Executive as well as a popular Medium dressage judge.
Jacqui Oldham

Jacqui Oldham was presented with the Horse Council BC's Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the premier award of Horse Council BC. It was established and first presented in 1981 to honour individuals who have made exceptional contributions to BC's equestrian community. These contributions, whether they have been through education, mentoring or leadership, have made a lasting footprint, demonstrating a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the on-going progression of the equine industry.  

The recipient of this prestigious award must be a BC resident having achieved prominence through commitment and hard work, in turn positively impacting BC's equine industry and inspiring others. This award is only awarded when warranted and is not necessarily awarded every year.

In addition to being a busy coach, Jacquie is also a Senior dressage judge involved with delivering Dressage Canada’s updating & upgrading judging clinics, and has been a past member of Dressage Canada’s Officials Committee.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tune in to NCHA Radio

Tune in to NCHA Radio
NCHA has launched a new internet radio station, ncharadio.com, bringing "Real Country for Real Cutters," around the clock and around the world. The innovative station is believed to be a first for an equine association, offering the world’s most popular country music, along with up-to-the minute news of NCHA events, promotions and more. The new venture is a partnership between the National Cutting Horse Association and Internet Cowboys, LLC.

"NCHAradio.com is an exciting new way for us to reach out to our members and fans of cutting horses and country music around the world," said National Cutting Horse Association Executive Director Jeff Hooper. "The new technology enables us to keep members informed of news and activities while providing great entertainment around the clock." The programming is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, around the world to anyone with an internet connection or an iPhone or other mobile device. "With the technology available to us today," Hooper noted, "people can listen to NCHAradio.com anywhere they go, at work, at home or going down the road to the next cutting horse event."
While demographic surveys have shown that NCHA members prefer the country music mix now available on NCHAradio.com, Programming Director Billy Thorman invites listeners to help fine-tune the selection by sending in their suggestions for their personal new country songs, songs from recent years, and their all-time favorite country songs. Send your suggestions to BillyThorman@ILovecutting.com. For information on advertising on NCHAradio.com, businesses may contact either NCHA Director of Advertising Mark Herron at (817) 244-6188, ext. #115 or NCHAradio.com Sales Manager Shawn McCoy at (817)929-8597.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Freedman Harness Introduces an Exciting New Accessory in Support of the CET — The CET Belt


Handcrafted from the finest materials and available exclusively from the workshop of Canadian master harness maker David Freedman, the official Canadian Equestrian Team belt lets you finish your look with a quality handmade belt that blends classic style with Canadian pride.
 
The solid brass buckle proudly boasts the world renowned symbol of Canadian excellence in equestrian sport and is coupled beautifully with a 1¼” width belt made from the finest English bridle leather which features edges that are bevelled, hand burnished and creased for a quality hand made look.

Available exclusively through www.freedmanharness.com this high quality belt retails for $125 (plus tax) and would make a wonderful holiday gift. Freedman Harness has also offered to generously donate a portion of all sales in support of the Canadian Equestrian Team.


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Friday, November 20, 2009

Overwhelming Support of Clean Sport Campaign


In a landmark moment for equestrian sport, the FEI General Assembly today voted overwhelmingly in favour of new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations which will ensure the welfare of the horse and guarantee a fair playing field. A series of far reaching recommendations – part of the Clean Sport Campaign led by the Ljungqvist and Stevens Commissions – were also adopted by a massive majority amongst the 105 National Federations represented in Copenhagen.

Delegates also approved in a close vote a new Prohibited Substances List itemising more than 1000 substances not allowed in competition. The adoption of the so-called “Progressive List” now permits in-competition use of a limited number of medications under strictly prescribed limits.

FEI President HRH Princess Haya thanked the delegates on behalf of the sport for their support of the Clean Sport Campaign. “This is a true landmark moment in the history of our sport,” HRH Princess Haya commented. “The overwhelming support of the National Federations for the Clean Sport Campaign is proof that we are moving in the right direction thanks to the incredible work done by the Ljungqvist and Stevens Commissions. This vote has given us the power to roll out Clean Sport and allow us to restore the public image of our sport as a clean and uncorrupt product.”

The Clean Sport Campaign is the result of a year-long consultation process which has brought together the viewpoints and expertise of the entire FEI Family and the professional recommendations of the Commissions led by Prof. Arne Ljungqvist, chairman of the IOC Medical Commission and vice president of the World Anti Doping Agency, and Lord Stevens, formed Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

Professor Ljungqvist said, “Ultimately it was down to the equestrian community to make the final decision and they have voted in support of the package as a whole. The two Commissions have put in an enormous amount of work to come up with these recommendations and it is particularly gratifying that we have received such overwhelming support for the Clean Sport Campaign from the National Federations.”

Lord Stevens stated afterwards, “We said yesterday that the FEI needed to adopt these recommendations before it could be given a clean bill of health. They have been approved by a massive majority and now the sport can move forward.”

Voting Facts and Figures:

Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations: 95 in favour, 5 against
105 NFs represented (101 participated, 100 valid, 1 abstention)

Commissions Recommendations: 90 in favour, 8 against
103 NFs represented (100 participated, 99 valid, 1 abstention)

Lists of Prohibited Substances: 53 in favour of Progressive List, 48 in favour of other List
105 NFs represented (102 participated, 101 valid, 1 abstention)

FEI Veterinary Regulations: 86 in favour, 9 against
105 NFs represented (102 participated, 95 valid, 7 abstentions)

FEI Statement on Horse Welfare


The FEI condemns all training methods and practices that are contrary to horse welfare. The welfare of the horse has always been and will always be at the core of every aspect of the Federation’s work as the international governing body for equestrian sport.

During its meeting in Copenhagen (DEN) on 15 November, the FEI Bureau had extensive discussion on the issue of hyperflexion. The FEI Bureau insists that, with immediate effect, stewards in all disciplines use the disciplinary measures available to them, such as verbal warnings and yellow warning cards *, to prevent any infringement of FEI rules.

The FEI is now engaged with World Horse Welfare, a leading international equestrian organisation, in addition to continued consultation with riders, trainers, officials and veterinarians to thoroughly research the issues. The further education of stewards will also continue to ensure that welfare issues at FEI events are dealt with promptly and professionally.

The FEI acknowledges and welcomes public opinion and will continue to ensure that the welfare of the horse, which has been central to this debate, will remain its absolute priority.

* If a rider receives two yellow warning cards within one year, he / she is automatically suspended for a period of two months immediately following the event at which the second yellow warning card was received.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ashley Holzer in a League of her Own on Dressage night at The Royal

Canadian Olympians Ashley Holzer and Pop Art once again proved they are in a league of their own when it comes to dressage at The Royal, producing a nearly perfect Freestyle test this evening to win the CDI 3* Presented by Dominion Regalia, with a final score of 75.85, more than six points over their closest rivals.

Holzer's test heavily emphasized "Poppy's" phenomenal piaffe and passage skills, including a piaffe turn on the haunches that took your breath away with its ease and elasticity. Last to go this evening and following Tina Konyot's explosively expressive stallion Calecto V, Holzer's test was the very definition of relaxed and refined, but never stuffy, harmony between horse and rider.

"I had him here last year and he was tense in the indoor arena," explained Holzer following the awards ceremony. "He was so much better this year.  I was a little worried today because I thought the crowd would be more electric.  It was very electric last year. I warmed up quite a bit and the crowd was not so electric, so I said "okay buddy, you really gotta kick now!"

The big news in dressage circles in Canada is the coming on board of new Team Advisor and Coach, guru Robert Dover. Holzer was not the only rider to gush with excitement when discussing the next few months and the plans Dover has for the Canadian contingent.

"I am thrilled about our new coach Robert Dover. He has vision and has made Canadians sit up and realize what great riders, horses, coaches and sponsors we have. We haven't really taken advantage of the great people we have available to us in this country before now. He stood in front of us today and said he is 250% for us and if we need him somewhere, he will go there. And that he expects the same level of commitment and focus from Canada's riders. I think it's about time that we had a coach that pushes us to the next level. We are not trying to be sixth in the world, we want a medal. So let's behave like we are out to get a medal."

Second place went to Tina Konyot of Conneticut with her ultra-expressive Danish Warmblood stallion Calecto V. Third went to Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon who put in a lovely test with her elegant and classically put together Russian-bred stallion Abrikos.

Stephen Clarke, President of the Ground Jury, explained that yesterday in the Grand Prix, everyone was a little nervous and unsure of the ring and the crowd, while this evening they all came into the ring relaxed and ready to put on a show. Holzer impressed him most though with the harmony and comfortable relationship she has with her long-time partner, Pop Art.

"The partnership they have is the most unique and perhaps perfect," Clarke related. "The harmony mark goes up very, very high. Technically her piaffe scores and marks for transitions are also very high. You don't often see quality like that. Of course there is always room for improvement but the nice thing about Ashley's horse is he does nothing wrong. She has really big highlights and these things count for a lot of marks."

Crowd-favourite and long-time competitor at The Royal, Jacqueline Brooks, rode her second horse Balmoral this evening, debuting him among stiff company. The pair finished fourth overall. Clarke expressed the sport needs more riders like Brooks.

"Jacquie is one of the best ambassadors we have for the sport. She knows how to produce a Freestyle and she knows how to ride to music. The audience really appreciates what she does and they love her. That's good for us and good for the sport."

Tonight also debuted the inaugural $50,000 Royal Team Challenge, pitting top riders from Canada, the United States and "the world" against one another in Teams, with the best six scores from each team counting toward the final result. Team USA came out the victors with a final score of just eight faults, while Team International finished on 18 and Canada brought up the rear with 25.

"We jumped a lot of clean rounds!" Laughed the captain of Team USA, McLain Ward, when asked what set his team apart. "We had a good group of horses and riders tonight, and I think it's great that they are trying to bring back a team competition here. The course was not huge, it was 1.45 metres, but it had some challenging areas and horses had to be paying attention."

This year's Royal Horse Show runs through Sunday afternoon and two of the biggest classes are yet to come. Tomorrow night's $50,000 Weston Canadian Open and Saturday's $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge will afford premium points to those chasing the Leading Rider awards, while Saturday afternoon's Canine-Equine Challenge is one of the family-highlights of the Royal and always proves great fun and entertainment for all ages. By the time the competition ends, nearly $750,000 will have been awarded in prize money, making The Royal the most prestigious and hotly contested event of the season. For more information, media accreditation, live webcasting, complete schedule, results and to purchase tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org.

ZENYATTA! First female in history to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic


It was her first race against males and her first time to run 1 1/4 miles, but Zenyatta would not be denied her 14th consecutive victory, as the first female in history to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, today at Santa Anita Park.

“Horse of the Year? She’s the Horse of the Decade,” said jockey Mike Smith, when asked if this win would clinch the Horse of the Year title for the 5-year-old mare, who was up against the world’s toughest males, including 2009 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winners Mine That Bird and Summer Bird, and European G1 winner Rip Van Winkle.

Zenyatta’s was not the only “first” for the Classic. Quality Road became the first horse to be scratched at the gate, as a result of his fractious behavior. Following that fiasco, all horses were unloaded, then reloaded into the gates, causing some anxious moments for their connections, including Jerry and Ann Moss and John Shirreffs, Zenyatta’s owners and trainer.

Zenyatta, the 5-2 favorite, broke off lead, then gathered herself at the back of the field, as is her custom. She was eleven lengths off the lead, when Smith moved her in on the far turn to save ground and look for a hole. When the hole didn’t open, Smith swung her five horses wide to the outside and made his bid.

From that point, the leaders were locked in a time warp, as Zenyatta raced past to win by a length.

As Smith jogged her back up the track, post race and the crowd cheered, Zenyatta kept her ears pricked, as if to say, “No one enjoys this more than me.”

Monday, November 9, 2009

Olympic Silver Medal Team-mates Sweep the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championships presented by Greenhawk at The Royal Horse Show.


Mac Cone, Ian Millar and Jill Henselwood are no strangers to competing together, and tonight they showed their fans and fellow riders why their Team Silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was no fluke. The trio finished one-two-three respectively, in the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championships presented by Greenhawk, following three rounds of competition held over the past two nights at the 87th Royal Horse Show.

Last night’s win was particularly sweet for Cone, who was unable to complete the entire Olympics due to an injury to equine counterpart, Ole. It showed Cone, and more importantly the rest of the community, that Ole is back on form and headed in the right direction heading into 2010, a year filled with milestone equestrian events including the World Equestrian Games in September.

“It’s nice to have Ole back and to be able to show people what a nice horse he is. It really means a lot.” said Cone. “He jumped beautifully, and although he appeared to have something in his throat which made a noise during the second round tonight, he kept jumping just beautifully.”

While time was of the essence in last night’s opening round, this evening was an endurance test, set by renowned designer Anthony D’Ambrosio of New York. Everyone completed an initial round of 15 jumping efforts with the top ten returning for another round over a new, shortened course. Cone came into the final round far enough ahead to have a rail “in hand” which he didn’t need, although the crowd gasped collectively when he hit one hard enough to lift it from the cups before dropping… back into the cups.

“Anthony is one of the most technical course designers out there right now,” remarked Jill Henselwood who finished third overall. “He builds very modern courses with lots of space between the rails, which makes the jumps harder to jump. And then he angles them, so every time you come through the corner, they are angled against you.”

For Henselwood it was two nights of “tweaking” a relationship with a new mount, which inevitably led to a few over-corrections before settling down.

“I maybe went too fast in the speed phase last night – I was the fastest – and she faulted. So tonight I slowed it down, because it’s a new partnership, and I may have swung the pendulum a little conservatively and we had a time fault in the first round this evening. But I felt she needed to jump the contest successfully as a confidence builder and I think we got that done. We are so close to the win, I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

“Captain Canada” Ian Millar also had a couple of very lucky rubs, but held on to finish second. His daughter Amy finished fourth. Defending Champion, Keean White was not so lucky, having the first and last rails down in the initial round tonight to drop to fifth overall.

Yesterday also saw the culmination of the National Talent Squad Finals, with Margot Lefebvre of Stittsville, ON, coming out on top with her mount Mister Cash Van der Veldmolen. Lefebvre is a student of Henselwood and calls her win at The Royal the perfect ending to “the summer of our dreams” which included top results at major horse shows in Blainville and Bromont.

Sunday is RODEO day at The Royal Horse Show. East meets west in this head to head battle beginning at 1:00. The original extreme sports – bull riding, bronc riding and barrel racing – will surely have you on the edge of your seats. The Horse Show returns Monday evening with the first round of Good Crop Services Indoor Eventing, where three-time champion Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, ON, will be taking on a field of elite competitors including his coach, Oliver Townend of Great Britain. Townend is currently one of the most successful eventing riders in the world, and has made the trip from the U.K. to try and claim this year’s title. As if that was not competition enough, Roberts’ own father, Olympian Ian Roberts will also try to dethrone his son.

This year’s Royal Horse Show will run through November 15th. By the time the competition ends, nearly $750,000 will have been awarded in prize money, making The Royal the most prestigious and hotly contested event of the season. For more information, media accreditation, live webcasting, complete schedule, results and to purchase tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

National Champions Crowned in Canadian Jumper Development Series


The 2009 National Champions in the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series have been crowned. Following three days of competition at Halton Place, Fifth Estate 3E, Troy, Masquerade and Stevie Wonder all claimed national championship titles in their respective age divisions.

KingRidge Stables of King City, ON, has produced many national champions over the years and, in 2009, its entry of Fifth Estate 3E claimed the National Seven and Eight-Year-Old Championship title. Ridden by Hugh Graham, Fifth Estate 3E was bred by KingRidge Stables and is by Class Action out of Alley Cat by Emilion. The eight-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding made a clean sweep of the championship titles, winning the Ontario Championship, Eastern Canadian Championship, and National Championship titles.

“He’s developed nicely over the past couple of years, and he’s a quick horse that is very careful,” noted Graham of Fifth Estate 3E. “I rode both Class Action and Alley Cat in the ring, so riding the offspring is fun. It is great to breed them and then develop them, and I think that what we have accomplished shows that our breeding program is ahead of the game.”

In September, Graham won the $100,000 Caledon Cup Final at the CSI-W Canadian Show Jumping Tournament in Palgrave, ON, riding Executive Privilege 3E, another horse bred by KingRidge Stables that was developed through the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series.

“The Young Horse program is something that we really need,” said Graham, who has supported the Canadian Jumper Development Series since its inception. “It costs so much to campaign horses, and this gives us a less expensive way to develop the young ones. The program gives us an opportunity to develop and showcase our horses.”

The Reserve National Championship title went to Airborne, another horse ridden by Graham. Owned by Laurel Graham, Airborne is a seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Emilion and out of Evelien by Zeoliet.

Troy claimed the National Six-Year-Old Championship title for owner and breeder North Ridge of Orangeville, ON. Ridden by Johan Letimonier, Troy is a registered Canadian Warmblood by Indoctro and out of Pheobe by Flipper. In addition to being named the National Champion, Troy also claimed the Eastern Canadian Championship title.

The Reserve National Six-Year-Old Championship title went to Davendy S, owned by Torrey Pines Stable of Schomberg, ON, and ridden by Marie Hecart. Davendy S is a bay Belgian Warmblood mare by Kashmir van Schutterhof out of Twendy S by Pachat II.

Frankie Chesler-Ortiz dominated the Five-Year-Old Division throughout the 2009 season, so it was no surprise that she piloted Masquerade to the National Five-Year-Old Championship title. Sher-Al Farm of Orangeville, ON, imported the horse earlier this year from breeder Alan Waldman who is based in the Netherlands. A registered Zangersheide by Calvino Z out of a Quick Star dam, Masquerade was also the Eastern Division Champion as well as the Ontario Reserve Champion.

Earning the Reserve Canadian Five-Year-Old Championship title was Callirado, ridden by Yann Candele for owner Susan Grange. Imported from the Netherlands as a four-year-old, Callirado is a registered Holsteiner by Calido I out of Picarda I by Acorado.

Stevie Wonder won the triple crown of this year’s Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series, claiming the Ontario Championship, Eastern Canadian Championship and National Championship titles in the Four-Year-Old Division. Bred and owned by Mill Creek Stables of Cambridge, ON, and ridden by Frankie Chesler-Ortiz, Stevie Wonder is a registered Oldenburg by Stolzenburg out a Kannan dam.

Cattu took the Reserve National Four-Year-Old Championship title for owner Dale Hawerchuk of Orangeville, ON. Ridden by Karen Henderson, Cattu was bred by Hawerchuk’s Grande Farms and is a registered Canadian Warmblood by Catrick II out of First Class by For Pleasure.

The purpose of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series is to encourage the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumping prospects. Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according to age and jump at a level suited to their development. This careful development allows the horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels of show jumping competition with confidence. The Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series also gives prospective buyers for the hunter and jumper markets an opportunity to view a large group of prospects in a competition setting.

Proud supporters of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series include Jump Canada, the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association, Lothlorien Farm, Gary Cooper, Dutch Masters Construction Services Ltd., Equus Integral (exclusive Canadian distributor of Cavalor and Devoucoux), Henry Equestrian, KingRidge Stables, Dr. Alan Manning, Mill Creek Stables, Peter Miller, Preston Sand and Gravel, Jennifer Rogers, Scotia McLeod, Sher-Al Farms, and W. Charlot Farms. An additional donation was made in memory of Morgan Firestone.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Simone Williams Announced as Assistant Team Coach for Para-Equestrian Canada


Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to announce that Simone Williams from Navan, ON, has been hired by Para-Equestrian Canada as an Assistant Team Coach.  Williams will be working closely with Andrea Taylor, Para-Equestrian Canada’s National Team Coach, with key responsibilities in coaching short-listed riders in Eastern Canada.


“I am excited about the opportunity of working with our talented athletes and their coaches in preparation for the World Equestrian Games and other international events,” said Williams.

A certified Level 3 Dressage coach, Williams, has been successfully training horses and riders of all ages from the beginning of their competitive careers through to the Olympic level of Grand Prix. As a testament to her coaching abilities, Williams was named the Coach of the Year by Equine Canada in 1989 when she was only 21 years of age.

Williams’ personal career highlights have included completing at the North American Young Riders’ Championships, the North American Dressage Championships, and representing her country in international competition at the 1999 Pan American Games where she enjoyed a top 10 finish individually riding her Hanoverian gelding, Einstein.

Currently, Williams is competing at the Grand Prix level aboard the talented Wunder Ein, a horse she imported from Germany as a two-year-old. The pair has enjoyed great success campaigning in the United States on the very competitive Florida circuit during the winter months before returning to Canada to compete with great results at several CDI competitions close to home.

A Message from Michael Gallagher, President of Equine Canada


I am sure most of you have received several messages regarding the changes at Equine Canada and are probably sick of it. Unfortunately, much of the competing information that has been distributed has been inaccurate, distorted, exaggerated and very emotional. Therefore I am going to try and present a short, clear and simple explanation of the planned changes in this message.
 

When Equine Canada was created about 9 years ago, the intention was that it move from being solely an FEI Sport Organization to an organization that represents all Equestrian enthusiasts across the country. By including provincial equestrian association members, recreational riders, western disciplines, breeds and industry members and part of the racing industry, Equine Canada’s membership went from 9,000 Sport members to somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000 people. The problem has been that all of these new members do not pay any type of membership fee to Equine Canada, we do not know their names or how to contact them directly and many of them do not even realize they are a member. Fees from our Sport members provide well over 80% of the total revenue for the organization. They correctly expect that their Sport fees be spent on sport programs. The other 70,000 or so members enjoy “free” membership in Equine Canada. They currently receive some benefits of membership but so far, we have not been able to provide them with the level of services described in our strategic plan.
 

In November of 2008, the Board of directors of Equine Canada decided that we should charge a small membership fee of $10 to ALL members. This way we could have funds that could be used for non sport related programs and start providing real value to ALL of our members. (That fee has since been reduced to $5 for 2010). There are some that say we do not do anything for our non sport members. While I do not agree, I do agree that we are not doing enough. So some say why should we pay anything because EC does not do anything for us. It is a bit of a chicken and egg situation. There have been no funds to create the projects or services, so if everyone would chip in a small fee, then the programs could be offered.
 

Here are some examples of ideas we have for new programs and it is growing daily as we receive input from our members;
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and The Royal Horse Show

THE ROYAL HORSE SHOW

Gallop over to The Royal Horse Show where equestrian royalty, Olympians, and some of the best competitors in the world will be on site this year to vie for over $350,000 in prize money.

The most prestigious and important indoor equestrian event in North America, The Royal Horse Show continues to captivate audiences 87 years after its inception. This year’s horse show is no doubt going to dazzle audiences like never before with the presence of world famous riders, competing in all three of the Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage and our own Indoor Eventing.





Highlights of The Royal Horse Show:

Show Jumping. Taking place throughout the ten days of The Royal – Show Jumping involves horse and rider working to clear jumps up to an impressive 1.6 metres (5.2 feet) high. The courses include a variety of jumping obstacles including uprights, spreads and combinations, with many turns and changes of direction. The goal for horse and rider is to get through the course in the allotted time, with time faults being assessed for exceeding the time allowance. Should a horse refuse to make a jump, or knock down a jump, jumping faults are also incurred.

Dressage
. This truly unique equestrian competition challenges horse and rider to work together in a seamless display of what has been referred to as “ballet on horseback”. Horse and rider will be judged on their ability to achieve the precise athleticism and artistic harmony required for upper-level dressage, including the most popular freestyle to music competitions.

Indoor Eventing. Traditionally an outdoor sport, eventing combines the elegance of dressage with the accuracy and scope of stadium jumping. Eventing throws a third task into the mix – the jumping of solid cross-country obstacles including hedges, banks, walls, ditches, and through open water, all at the gallop. Now in its fourth year, Indoor Eventing at The Royal is a “hybrid” mix of cross-country and stadium jumping, and has been won by the same competitor for the past three years. Competition will be stiff this year to crown a new champion.

$100,000 CN FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix. It takes a very special horse and rider to win the biggest, most difficult class of the week. This event will feature the largest jumps, the best horses and the most prize money of the week. Last year, Canada’s very own Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze took home first place. With prestige and World Cup Standing points, the stakes are high as everyone vies for this year’s win.

Canine Equine Challenge. In an event that’s always a crowd favourite, horses and selected President’s Choice SuperDogs are matched up to compete in the International Canine/Equine Open Jumper Challenge. In this relay race the dog/horse team speeds through their respective obstacle course, shooting for the best combined time and fewest penalties. $15,000 goes to the top dog ─ and horse, of course.

$75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge. All week leads up to this final event named in memory of Ian Millar’s celebrated horse Big Ben. Riders will be competing for the $75,000 purse this year. No one wants to win this class more than Ian Millar himself.

Horse Show tickets and schedule.
All horse show tickets include full General Admission to all areas of the Fair. Staged at the impressive Ricoh Coliseum, these performances will showcase the best in equestrian sport; combining the thrill of competition with family entertainment in a package not found anywhere else. Tickets can be purchased through www.royalfair.org, www.ticketmaster.ca, any Ticketmaster box office, the Ricoh Coliseum, or by calling Ticketmaster at 416-872-7777. For the full horse show schedule, visit www.royalfair.org.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Olympic Champions Eric Lamaze and Hickstead Win in Lyon, France


Lyon, France – It may have been more than a year since Canada’s Eric Lamaze and Hickstead captured the Olympic Gold Medal, but the pair proved that they are still at the top of their game by winning the €120,000 Equita Masters by GPA held Saturday, October 31, at CSI5*-W Lyon, France.

Saturday’s featured class consisted of two rounds of jumping over two unique tracks set by renowned German course designer, Frank Rothenberger. In the first round, Lamaze and Hickstead were one of six pairs to post a clear round.

Coming back for the second round, Ireland’s Jessica Kurten was the first rider to post another clear round in a time of 44.51 seconds riding Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois. With their signature speed, Lamaze and Hickstead then shaved more than two full seconds off Kurten’s time, stopping the timers in 42.10 seconds. Marco Kutscher was the only other rider to manage a second clear round riding Clintus, but his time of 44.34 seconds did not even come close to catching Lamaze, leaving the German rider second.

For the victory, Lamaze earned €30,000 of the total €120,000 in prize money on offer.

“He is an amazing horse,” said Lamaze of Hickstead, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable. “I started out with a great show yesterday, and today was even better.”

On Friday, Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, won the competition for Seven-Year-Old horses riding Coriana van Klapscheut and placed fourth in the €20,000 Prix Region Rhone-Alpes riding Take Off. Both horses are owned by Artisan Farms. Lamaze also competed with Hickstead on Friday, guiding him to a conservative clear round for ninth place in preparation for the weekend’s featured events.

On Sunday, Lamaze will close out the show jumping tournament in Lyon by competing with Hickstead in the €200,000 Rolex World Cup Grand Prix. The competition is a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup Final to be held next April in Geneva, Switzerland.

Following CSI5*-W Lyon, Lamaze, currently ranked the number two show jumping rider in the world, will compete at CSI5*-W Verona, ITA, from November 5-8. He and Hickstead will then travel to Doha, Qatar, for the Global Champions Tour Final, held November 11-14, where more than €1.4 million in prize money will be on the line.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lamaze Starts Strong in Lyon, Student Wins in Syracuse


Lyon, France – Olympic Show Jumping Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, is off to a strong start at CSI5*-W Lyon, France.

On Friday, October 30, Lamaze won the first class offered in the international division. Riding Coriana van Klapscheut, Lamaze beat out 35 entries to win the competition for Seven-Year-Old horses. His clear round in 55.83 seconds gave him the victory over France’s own Simon Delestre who stopped the clock in 56.07 riding Oslo du Chalet.

“This is the first time the mare and I have competed together in an indoor competition,” said Lamaze, who began riding the chestnut Belgian Warmblood mare earlier this year for owner Artisan Farms. “She is a true winner, and I think she will perform very well in the future.”

With his day off to a winning start, Lamaze continued to find success in the next two competitions. In the €20,000 Prix Region Rhone-Alpes, Lamaze was one of 13 riders to advance to the jump-off from the 48-horse starting field. There, he again posted a clear round riding Artisan Farms’ Take Off in a time of 29.19 seconds that would leave him fourth. The competition was won by Ireland’s Cian O’Connor who had the winning time of 26.65 seconds with Complete.

Lamaze brought out his Olympic Gold Medal partner, the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Hickstead, for the day’s final competition, the €50,000 Prix FFE Generali. As usual, Lamaze used the class as a warm-up for the weekend’s events which include Saturday’s Equita Masters by GPA and Sunday’s Rolex World Cup Grand Prix, both of which Hickstead will contest. Lamaze and Hickstead delivered a characteristic clear round in a time of 58.85 to place ninth amongst the 50-horse starting field. The winner, with a time of 55.32 seconds, was Patrice Delaveau riding Katchina Mail.

While Lamaze was excelling in France, his student, 14-year-old Caitlin Ziegler, was also making a trip to the winner’s circle on the other side of the Atlantic. Having won the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunter championship title, Ziegler and Safari’s results also earned them the prestigious Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the 126th National Horse Show, held in Syracuse, NY.

While Cookie Beck trains Ziegler in the hunter divisions, Lamaze and Tiffany Foster, a trainer at Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable in Schomberg, ON, have been coaching Ziegler in the jumper divisions for the past two years. On Thursday, Ziegler, who is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won the Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper competition riding Mayhem.

“It is very exciting, Caitlin is a very talented young rider,” said Foster, who is coaching Ziegler in Syracuse. “She won a lot already this year at big venues like Spruce Meadows, and we are looking forward to having her continue to do great things. In addition to being really sweet, she is a hard-working young girl, and that will take her far in this sport.”

Ziegler’s two winning mounts, Safari and Mayhem, are owned by her family’s Artisan Farms, as are Lamaze’s two mounts, Coriana van Klapscheut and Take Off, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.

“It is a very unusual occurrence to have both of us winning on the same day, on opposite sides of the world,” laughed Lamaze. “She is having a great show over there, and I am having a great show here!”

Following CSI5*-W Lyon, Lamaze, currently ranked number two in the world, will compete at CSI5*-W Verona, ITA, from November 5-8 followed by the Global Champions Tour Final in Doha, Qatar, from November 11-14 where more than €1.4 million in prize money will be on the line.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Equine Canada Nominations Awards Gala


Equine Canada is excited to once again present our Annual Awards Gala. Featured as part of the Equine Canada Annual Convention, this prestigious event will be held Saturday, February 7, 2010 at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel. Guests will enjoy a full plated meal during the awards presentation followed by an evening of dancing as part of this fantastic evening that acknowledges the Canadian equestrian accomplishments of 2009.

As our competition season begins to draw to a close, we would like to remind everyone of the criteria of our prestigious Equine Canada awards and the importance of nominating those you feel are worthy of such recognition.

Official award criteria and nomination forms can be found on Equine Canada’s website www.equinecanada.ca or by calling 613-248-3433 x 111. The deadline for all nominations will be 4:00 p.m. EST, Friday November 27, 2009.   

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Import Suspension Announced for Horses from Texas Entering Canada


The Breeds & Industry Division of Equine Canada would like to inform all stakeholders that due to the outbreak of equine piroplasmosis in the state of Texas, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to suspend the issuance or endorsement of export certificates for horses and other equines originating from the state of Texas.

The imposed restrictions on the import of equidae into Canada from Texas are effective immediately. The CFIA has confirmed that the import restriction only applies to live horse, donkey or mule imports and not to equine semen or equine embryo imports.

The USDA has also been asked to provide supplementary certification for horses and other equines from other states as follows: “During the previous twenty-one (21) days, the animal(s) in this shipment has/have not been in the State of Texas.”

Current import requirements for horses entering Canada may be found using the CFIA Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) at http://airs-sari.inspection.gc.ca. To determine specific import requirements for each horse, specific parameters that refer to each horse’s circumstances will need to be entered and customized import requirements will be provided.
Equine piroplasmosis (EP) is caused by two parasitic organisms, Babesia equi and Babesia caballi. It is primarily transmitted to equidae by ticks but this bloodborne disease can be spread mechanically from animal to animal by contaminated needles or surgical instruments.
Once infected, an equine can take 7 to 22 days to show signs of illness. Mild forms of the disease cause equines to appear weak and show lack of appetite. More acute cases can occur where EP is not common and the animals have not built up a resistance to the disease. Signs of the acute phase include fever, anemia, jaundiced mucous membranes, a swollen abdomen, laboured breathing, central nervous system disturbances, roughened-hair coats, constipation, colic, and hemoglobinuria—a condition which gives urine a red color. In some cases, death may occur. Equidae that survive the acute phase of infection may continue to carry the parasites for long periods of time. These animals are potential sources of infection to others through tick-borne transmission or mechanical transfer by needles or surgical instruments.

EP is not endemic to the United States or Canada and some other countries but it is present in the Caribbean, South and Central America, Eastern and Southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  The greatest risk for introduction of this disease is through the trading of animals or international equestrian sports where infected and non-infected animals are in contact. If an outbreak of EP occurs in a country such as the USA, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) must be notified and made aware of the steps that will be taken to eradicate the disease. (Source: USDA)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

2009 Kentucky Cup and North American Team Challenge


Wednesday October 14 1009

Great weather for an endurance race, if you're a duck. On second thought, I didn't see any ducks anywhere around. The rain began just around the start of the 120 km ride at 7:30 AM - and didn't stop all day. Mid-40's and dumping rain most of the morning, then rain and wind, then light rain and wind, then mist and wind, more rain, more wind, and colder, dropping into the upper 30's. The condition of the course - 70% of it over mowed grass - got worse proportionally with the amount of rain: slick, with mud, that only got slicker and deeper as the day wore on.

In the vetting area, under the media and volunteer tents, it was wet - not from falling rain, but from rainwater that seeped up from the ground. Within an hour, footsteps left everything muddy, so that by noon mud was ankle deep everywhere, in the vetting and crewing areas, in the tents. By afternoon I had to walk funny because my shoes threatened to get sucked off at every step. The tracks for the horses were even worse, up to 8 inches of deep mud in some places. A little river formed at the out-timer where horses went out onto loops 3 through 6.


Canadian Dressage Riders Diane Creech and Belinda Trussell continued their winning ways at the Weikersdorf CDI3*


Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON, and Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON continued their winning ways recently at the Weikersdorf CDI3*, in Austria, October 14–18, 2009.  Their appearance at the competition was part of the European Fall Tour funded by the Own the Podium program, which is aimed at preparing Canadian athletes for the Olympic Games.

In the Grand Prix, both riders scored 67.064% for a second place tie. Creech and Devon L (De Niro x Wolkenstein II), Douglas Leatherdale’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding, were then awarded 69.208% for second place in the Grand Prix Special. Trussell and Anton (Antaeus x Melit), a nine-year-old German-bred gelding owned by Robyn Eames, finished close behind in third place in the Special with a score of 68.417%.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Brazilian superstar Rodrigo Pessoa and Let's Fly Win $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National. Erynn Ballard from Canada end up second


Brazilian superstar Rodrigo Pessoa headed the winning line-up of International riders in $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National on the final day of the 64th Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Pessoa, Olympic Gold Medalist and three time World Cup winner, aboard Let's Fly, was the eighth rider on course and the first to navigate the course designed by Steve Stephens without a rail down.

"I have been riding him for a little over a year and a half", said Pessoa. "I started him in the bigger classes this year in Florida and he has been doing really good. This is his fourth big Grand Prix this year. He won a big Grand Prix in Charlotte in April, in Rome he won the big CSIO and in Jacksonville and he placed in big Grand Prix in Europe over the summer, he's really been fantastic for us."

"In the first round I was a little bit lucky at fence 10, he is the kind of horse, he is not a spectacular jumper, he knows his way around, but he always touches one or two like that but he is a very smart horse."

The very enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd watched six more horse and rider combinations exit the ring with faults before Leslie Burr Howard, Westport, CT, and Lennox Lewis 2 thrilled them with a fault free round and the assurance of a jump off.

Anky Van Grunsven, won the opening leg of the FEI World Cup Dressage series in Odense, Denmark




Anky Van Grunsven, won the opening leg of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage series in Odense, Denmark today with a great Freestyle ride from her Olympic champion Salinero.  So often recently the Dutch star has been frustrated by her gelding’s unwillingness to be still in halt, but today the 15 year old horse conquered his anxiety to produce a lovely test that pleased the judging panel of Wim Emes (Ned), Jean-Michel Roudier (Fra), Kurt Christensen (Den), Jacques van Daele (Bel) and Gotthilf Riexinger (Ger) to earn a winning score of 81.450. 

“The judges really enjoyed the riding we saw today” said Mr Roudier afterwards.  “Here, on the second day in Odense, the horses had improved significantly.  As judges we like to give out eights and nines and we did” he added.

Tense
Early-season uneasiness about returning indoors was clearly in evidence during yesterday’s Grand Prix in which many horses were tense and spooky.  Two riders retired during this competition, including Sweden’s Minna Telde with Don Charly and Denmark’s Nathalie Zu Sayn Wittgenstein with Rigoletto.  Today however most were much more relaxed and attentive, and Salinero sparkled.

Equine Canada Will Change in 2010


Equine Canada e-news October 20, 2009

From:
Akaash Maharaj
CEO, Equine Canada

Dear colleagues,

I hope this note finds you well, and enjoying the approach of autumn.  This edition of the Equine Canada e-news is intended to let you know about our national reform and modernisation agenda, why it will lower total costs and improve service to you, and how it will enforce higher standards of accountability in the governance of Canada's equine sector.

This is perhaps the most significant moment in our evolution as Canada's national governing body for equestrianism and horsemanship, and represents a long-awaited leap forward in our determination to forge a Canadian equine system worthy of our country's name.

What will change in 2010?

The heart of the national reform agenda is a new alliance between Equine Canada (EC) as the national equestrian federation, and each of the ten provincial equestrian associations.  In a country of our scale and diversity, the nature of this partnership will naturally vary from province to province.

· Any provincial association that wishes to act as the agent for Equine Canada's national services - e.g., the sale of EC national credentials, such as EC Sport Licences, EC Horse Passports and Licences; the management of the EC national competition system; the administration of the EC coaching and learn-to-ride programs; the oversight of the EC Equine Medication (anti-doping) procedures - will only be permitted to do so if it signs a service agreement, open to the full glare of public and member scrutiny.  The service agreement will require both Equine Canada and the provincial association to meet national standards of service, of financial transparency, and of accountability to Canadians.  More importantly still, it will represent a binding covenant with Canadians to uphold the integrity of the national equine system.

· For 2010, the provincial associations for British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick - which together represent the majority of our nation-wide membership - have chosen to join Equine Canada in a new Canadian membership model.  A resident of one of these provinces will continue to receive membership in Equine Canada by joining his or her provincial association for a single fee, and will now enjoy mutually guaranteed levels of service and all the benefits of both organisations.

· For 2010, the remaining provincial associations have chosen to remain outside of the new Canadian membership model.  Residents of those provinces who wish to join Equine Canada can do so by joining our national association directly; at $25 per person, and coming with Canada's best rider liability insurance, this will be the most economical equestrian membership in the country.  These provincial associations will not be permitted to compel Equine Canada's members to purchase a separate membership in their associations or to extract unnecessary levies from them, as is currently the case.

· In provinces that are part of the new Canadian membership model and that sign a service agreement, the provincial association will administer many of Equine Canada's national services on our behalf.  In the remaining provinces, Equine Canada will administer our services directly.  In all cases, Equine Canada will guarantee that our members will receive services on time, on budget, and meeting national standards.

Why is this controversial?

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