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 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 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.

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

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?

Friday, October 16, 2009

UAE, USA Riders Dominate Kentucky Cup Endurance

HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates and 1996 Endurance World Champion Danielle Mc Gunigal of the United States won the Kentucky Cup Endurance events, sponsored by Emirates Equestrian Federation, and the official endurance test event for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games.   
HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum son of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, crossed the wire first in the CEI** 75 mile event in a ride time of 6:05:30. Danielle Mc Gunigal finished the CEI*** in a ride time in 6:30:41. The CEI*** was originally an FEI qualifying event at a distance of 100 miles (160 km), but lost its status when it was shortened to 120 km after the footing became questionable in the inclement weather.

"I have mixed feelings about shortening the race," said Mc Gunigal. "The footing was only getting worse. Some of the parts of the trail that we have to go over were already slippery and deep and if the race was kept at the original distance, we would have had to go over it again, so in that sense, I am glad they shortened it. But I was hoping to use this race to qualify my horse (Gold Raven) for next year, and now we have to do it at another event, so that is very disappointing."

HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum was thrilled with his win despite the conditions.

"It was amazing. This is the sport that we most love. It's our history," said Sheikh Majid. "Given the weather today, the course was amazing. But the weather made it very difficult. There wasn't any hard part, other than the ground being a bit slippery. Other than that, it was excellent. There wasn't anything wrong or bad."

The rain was a recurring focus of the day, with a downpour shortly before the start of the rides. It continued throughout the day for all mandatory veterinary exams, creating a messy vet gate and slippery footing.

Two-time Endurance World Champion Valerie Kanavy and mother of Danielle McGunigal, was affected by the weather and footing. Kanavy was eliminated after her horse LM Parys fell on the second loop.

"We were crossing the road on the blacktop and she just slipped," said Kanavy. "She went down and I went right after. She has recovered and is doing fine now."

The event was aptly named as an endurance test. The endurance levels of the athletes from the 23 countries participating were truly tested. However, according to Mubarak Khalifa of the UAE the weather was no big deal. "Endurance riders are used to riding in all kinds of weather, so this is normal."

One noticeable absentee was HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was expected to compete but never made the trip to Kentucky due to commitments in Dubai.

About the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan is the current president of the FEI. The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States.

The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million, and current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International, Inc., Meydan, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and AQHA. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit

Final Results - Kentucky Cup 09 Canada

  4. Bob Gielen - FC Galaxy -Canada East
11. Carol Steiner - Jumpin'Jax - Canada east
12. Gail Jewell - NL Temptation - Canada West
13. Elroy Karius - A Salisbury Rose - Canada West
23. Tere O'Brennan - Koszaar - Canada West
30. Ruth Sturley - RBF Super Sport - Canada East

Complete list

Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell Wins at CDI-W Kaposvar

Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, won the Intermediaire II test at CDI-W Kaposvar, held October 8–11, 2009, in Kaposvar, Hungary. Trussell, along with fellow Canadians Diane Creech and Cheryl Meisner, is competing in Europe this season with the support of the Own the Podium program, a program aimed at preparing Canadian athletes for the Olympic Games.

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

"I am thrilled with Anton's first indoor show in Europe. We are starting to ask for more expression and that paid off in the Intermediaire II,” said Trussell, who finished in first place just ahead of the Hungarian favourite, Robert Acs riding Weinzauber. “We had some mistakes in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special which costs us dearly when competing with such high caliber riders and horses. Anton has so much heart and gives me everything he has in the ring. I am very happy with his performance given he is only nine-year-old years old and this is his first season at the Grand Prix level. My next goal is to keep all the expression and have a mistake free test."

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dressage Canada Announces New High Performance Committee Terms of Reference

Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that new Terms of Reference for the Dressage Canada High Performance Committee is complete and is now available on the Dressage Canada Terms of Reference section of the Equine Canada website at

In July, the Dressage Canada Board appointed a High Performance Steering Committee—comprised of John Harris, Pauline Bosman, Elizabeth McMullen, Liz Steacie and Karen Pavicic—to review the objectives of High Performance and make recommendations for a revised committee structure and Terms of Reference. On September 16, the Dressage Canada Board accepted the Steering Committee’s recommendations.
The High Performance Steering Committee analyzed the various functions of the High Performance Committee and determined that there were six distinct areas of responsibility. Each of these six areas of responsibility will be the focus of functioning working groups within the new High Performance Committee structure.  Populating the High Performance Committee will be a matter of identifying what expertise and skills are required for each of the working groups and identifying individuals with the appropriate knowledge who are interested in assisting with the duties of the specific working group.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Canada’s Eric Lamaze Scores Show Jumping Victory in Salzburg

Olympic Show Jumping Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, won the €20,000 OWD Trophy on Thursday, October 8, at CSI4* Salzburg, Austria.

From a starting field of 53 horses, Lamaze and Take Off posted a clear round in a time of 48.71 seconds. Germany’s Lars Nieberg was second with a time of 49.27 riding Quiletta du Domaine while Switzerland’s Beat Mandli placed third after stopping the timers in 50.10 seconds with Indigo IX.

Lamaze also contested the €20,000 Salzburg Masters with his Olympic horse, Hickstead, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Torrey Pines Stable and Ashland Stables. Looking ahead to the big money competitions on the weekend, Lamaze opted for a conservative clear round, stopping the clock at 54.78 seconds. Pedro Veniss of Brazil had the winning time of 52.67 seconds with Amaryllis.

“Take Off was really good – she is always good,” said Lamaze of the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Artisan Farms. “With Hickstead, I just went for a clear round. I am competing here for the first time, and the show is really nice. It is indoors with a lot of different competitions going on such as dressage.”

Following CSI4* Salzburg, Lamaze, currently ranked number two in the world, will compete at CSI5*-W Lyon, FRA, from October 28 to November 1. He will then take part in the Global Champions Tour Final, which features the top 25 ranked riders in the series competing for more than €1.4 million in prize money, from November 11-14 in Doha, Qatar.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dressage Canada Announces Robert Dover as High Performance Technical/Coach Advisor

Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that six-time Olympian Robert Dover has been named as Dressage Canada Technical/Coach Advisor for Dressage Canada’s high performance program.

The announcement comes after an extensive search and selection process which began in July of this year and was led by the Dressage Canada Own the Podium Task Force, including consultation with Dressage Canada’s Athletes Council.

Applicants were narrowed down to three candidates and interviews were conducted in Toronto, Ontario. The Task Force then made their recommendation to the Dressage Canada Board (DCB), which was subsequently approved at a meeting of the DCB on September 22.

“We are thrilled that Robert has accepted this position and are confident that his experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable to dressage in Canada,” said Victoria Winter, the chair of the Dressage Canada Own the Podium Task Force. “We look forward to having Robert work with our athletes, coaches, owners and volunteers to put together a successful high performance plan for the future.”

This position is part of the new high performance program being developed to assist not only in identifying talented athletes (both human and equine), but also in creating a system to support and compliment their training and competitive goals. Dressage Canada and Equine Canada gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of Own the Podium (OTP), a national sport technical initiative designed to help Canada’s summer and winter athletes achieve podium success at the Olympic Games.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

USEF Names Horse/Rider Combinations for 2009 CSIO Buenos Aires

Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the following horse/rider combinations to represent the US at the CSIO4* Buenos Aires November 4 - 8, 2009. Michelle Grubb will serve as Chef d’Equipe.

The following horse/rider combinations have been named:


 Mario Deslauriers/44/New York, NY, Vicomte D/11/Belgian Warmblood/G/Jane Clark and Paradigm /15/Belgian/G/Rider

Danielle Torano/35/Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Capitano/14/Warmblood/G/ Sir Ruly, Inc
Georgina Bloomberg (above on Curius) /26/New York, NY, Metropolitan/9/Selle Francais/S/Gotham Enterprizes, LLC
Georgina Bloomberg (above on Curius) /26/New York, NY Metropolitan/9/Selle Francais/S/Gotham Enterprizes, LLC
Lacy Morrone-Cramer/30/Pittstown, NJ, Ulyssess Van De Krekebeke/12/Belgian Warmblood/Equi-Sport, LLC


Alison Robitaille/32/Upperville, VA, Via Volo/11/Belgian Warmblood/M/Bertram Firestone

Laura Teodori/20/Scottsdale, AZ, Kasoar D’Uxelles/11/Selle Francais/G/L&M Ventures, LLC

Deborah Connor/53/Reddick, FL, Hiberia Rouge/14/Selle Francais/M/Rider

Alexa Weeks/25/Southport, CT, Madison/13/Royal Dutch Warmblood/M/Rider

Monday, October 5, 2009

Para-Equestrian Canada Video Competitions have Returned

Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to announce the return of the 2009–2010 Video Competition Series.

After taking a break to enjoy the summer sun, both the “Coast-to-Coast” Introductory Video Competition Series and the “Sea-to-Sea” Para-Dressage Video Competition Series will resume with the following deadlines:
November 15, 2009,
December 15, 2009,
January 15, 2010,
February 15, 2010, and
March 15, 2010.
These series provide riders with an opportunity to experience competition conditions in the comfort of their home stable and on a familiar horse.

The “Coast-to-Coast” series provides entry level riders with the opportunity to compete in a variety of disciplines, while the “Sea-to-Sea” series offers Para-Dressage riders with a more competitive competition environment.

For those riders new to the video competition series, all you have to do is tape yourself performing the designated test and submit with a registration form and minimal fee to Equine Canada.

For more information about each series please visit the Para-Equestrian Canada website or feel free to contact us via e-mail

Para-Equestrian Canada is looking forward to receiving the entries.

Husbands Lands 2,000th Victory

Patrick Husbands tallied his 2,000th career win in Sunday’s 10th race at Woodbine. A six-time Sovereign Award winner and five-time leading rider at Woodbine, Husbands partnered with trainer Mark Casse, owner Eugene Melnyk and four-year-old gelding Grazettes Landing to reach the milestone.

“This is a pretty nice horse,” said Husbands, who currently has a long lead in the race for 2009 leading rider at Woodbine. “He got hurt. I got on him his last four breezes. He was breezing unbelievably. I tried to give him as easy a trip as possible.”

As for the milestone, Husbands is appreciative of the significance and the local horsemen that have helped contribute to the achievement. “It’s a great honor,” he said. “I’ve won about 600 (races) and change for Mark Casse. He’s made me who I am today. I give him all the credit. My agent Gary Kemplen is doing a fantastic job.”

Husbands also remembers the years before he became leading rider and the importance of trainers like Kathy Patton-Casse, Tom Patton, Sr. and Reade Baker, who all gave him a shot before his career started to soar. “One of the first guys who really gave me an opening at Woodbine was Reade Baker. He was one of the first big outfits that gave me the break,” he said.

Para-Equestrian Canada Announces Competition Grant Opportunities for Therapeutic Riding Centres

 Equine Canada, in partnership with Sport Canada, is pleased to announce that two series of grants will be available to Therapeutic Riding Centres in Canada, totaling $5,000.

Five grants of up to $500 will be awarded in each series to Therapeutic Riding Centres that offer new competitive opportunities, or enhance their current competitive program for riders with a disability.  The objective of the program is to provide a link between therapeutic riding programs and competitive sport.

Examples of ways that centres have used the funding from past grants include  initiating in-house/fun-day competitions, adding lower-level classes within existing shows so that more riders can participate and purchasing a video camera so that riders may compete in Para-Equestrian Canada video competitions.

Application deadlines for the grants are November 1, 2009 for the first series and March 15, 2010 for the second. To be eligible for a grant, therapeutic riding centres must employ or contract a current NCCP Equine Canada Coach to assist in the delivery of sport programs.

Grant applications can be found on the Para-Equestrian Canada website at

For more information, please contact Para-Equestrian Canada by e-mail at, or at 1-866-282-8395 ext. 143.

Margot Lefebvre and Brian Morton Top Talent Squad Standings

Margot Lefebvre of Stittsville, ON, emerged the Eastern Division winner of the 2009 Jump Canada National Talent Squad Series while Brian Morton of Langley, BC, was the best in the Western Division.

In the Eastern Division Talent Squad competition held at the Classique Internationale de Blainville Week 1, Lefebvre guided Mister Cash van der Veldmolen, her 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, to a first place finish for 14 points.  The duo also finished second in the Talent Squad class at the L’International Bromont and secured their Eastern Division win with a second place finish at the Eastern Division Talent Squad Final held at the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament in Palgrave, ON.  They finished the season with a total of 41 points.

“Winning the Eastern Division Talent Squad Final or even making it to the Royal was not even part of the plan this year as it was our first year competing at 1.45m,” said Lefebvre, 19, who trains with 2008 Olympic Team Silver medalist Jill Henselwood.  “I feel so fortunate to win and be able to watch the 2010 World Cup Final in Switzerland.  I would never have had such a great opportunity if it were not for Jump Canada and the Talent Squad program.  I would like to thank Jump Canada for all the support they give up-and-coming riders.”

In the Western Division, Morton piloted Spitfire, a 12-year-old French-bred gelding owned by Linda Opdycke, to a fourth place finish in the Talent Squad class at the Thunderbird Show Park Western Family Horse Show.  They sealed their win in the Western Division with another fourth place finish in the Western Division Talent Squad Final held at the Thunderbird Show Park Summer Festival.

Inaugural Members Inducted to the Canadian Eventing Hall of Fame

The Canadian Eventing Committee is pleased to announce the inaugural members of the Canadian Eventing Hall of Fame. The recipients were selected from over fifty nominations and chosen in recognition of their contributions to the development of the sport of eventing in Canada.

The inductees will be honoured at the Canadian Eventing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner which will be held November 7, 2009, at the Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, tickets for the Hall of Fame Gala Dinner are now only $190 per person, $1520 for a table of 8 and $1900 for a table of 10.


The 1978 World Championship Gold Medal Team

With the World Equestrian Games returning to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010, the site of the Gold Medal win for Canada, it is only fitting to acknowledge this incredible achievement.

**Team members:

Elizabeth Ashton and Sunrise

Juliet Graham and Sumatra

Mark Ishoy and Law and Order

Cathy Wedge and Abracadabra

Coach: Michael Herbert

The 1956 Olympic Bronze Medal Team

As the second team to ever compete at an Olympic Games for Canada in the eventing competition this was the first team to put Canadian Eventing onto the world stage.

**Team members

James Elder and Colleen

Brian Herbinson and Tara

John Rumble and Cilroy

Coach: Major Anatole Pieregorodzki

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Endurance Canada Teams Kentucky Cup CEI3* Event

Endurance Canada and Equine Canada are pleased to announce the Canada East and Canada West Squads for the 2009 Endurance Kentucky Cup CEI3* being held October 14, 2009.

Canada East Squad



Yvette Vinton
Simcoe, ON
Ruth Sturley
Owen Sound, ON
RBF Super Sport
Robert Gielen
Norton, NB
F.C. Galaxy
Carol Steiner
Vanessa, ON
Jumpin' Jax
Julie Green
Ubridge, ON
Wendy Benns
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