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.

For more information, please visit the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series website at

Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series – 2009 National Championships

Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division

Champion Fifth Estate 3E* KingRidge Stables Hugh Graham
Reserve Airborne Laurel Graham Hugh Graham
3. Viggo Beth Underhill Beth Underhill
4. Grand Slam 3E* KingRidge Stables Roberto Teran
5. Ariana Susan Grange Yann Candele

Six-Year-Old Division

Champion Troy* North Ridge Johan Letimonier
Reserve Davendy S Torrey Pines Stable Marie Hecart
3. Wonderboy North Ridge Jay Hayes
4. Heads Up 3E* KingRidge Stables Roberto Teran
5. Hudson Susan Grange Yann Candele

Five-Year-Old Division

Champion Masquerade Sher-Al Farm Frankie Chesler-Ortiz
Reserve Callirado Susan Grange Yann Candele
3. Eli* Mill Creek Stables Frankie Chesler-Ortiz
4. Colorado* Ferme d’Elevage Fapel Erynn Ballard
5. Zazu Ecuries de la Chaudiere Isabelle Lapierre

Four-Year-Old Division

Champion Stevie Wonder* Mill Creek Stables Frankie Chesler-Ortiz
Reserve Cattu* Dale Hawerchuk Karen Henderson
3. Los Pehuenes Tornado Bob Suriwka Miguel Elicagaray
4. Marlboro* Mill Creek Stables Frankie Chesler-Ortiz
5. Dynamo* Veronique Alary Veronique Alary