Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Eastern Canadian Cutting Horse Association News

The ECCHA executive would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and may 2011 bring you health, happiness, prosperity and a lot of fun rides!

Many thanks to all riders, supporters and sponsors for a great show season!  The number of shows has doubled from last year and with over 30 new members, the member base has increased as well.  With only 2 years behind us, the ECCHA is growing fast and we sincerely thank you for it!  The 2011 show, ranch cuttings and clinics schedule will be available soon.

CONGRATULATIONS to all 2010 winners :

OPEN
Champion : A Very Special Choice, owned by Annie-Kim Decroix, shown by Rex Decroix
Reserve Champion : A Dash Of Heaven, owned and shown by Karine Bourdeau

Quebec Reining Association - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING…

All members of ‘Association Québécoise de Reining’ (Quebec Reining Association) are invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) being held on Saturday January 22, 2011 starting at 2:00 pm at Hotel & Suite Le Dauphin in Drummondville.  The agenda is posted on AQR’s website:

http://www.reining.qc.ca/activite.htm.

The 2010 Annual Champions Awards Banquet will be held on the same day and the reservation form for the Party can be downloaded in the same page than the agenda.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Endurance Canada - E-BULLETIN: 15th Dec, 2010

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

the Grand Prix Rolex FEI World Cup - Staut, Lamaze and Bengtsson

Eric Lamaze + Hickstead
 The last event of CHI-W Geneva 2010, the Grand Prix Rolex FEI World Cup (Table A against the clock with jump-off against the clock) was conquered by french Kevin Staut riding Silvana de Hus after 2 two rounds.

He is followed by Canada's rider Eric Lamaze who was riding Hickstead. Sweden's Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) on Quintero La Silla came third.

Friday, December 10, 2010

BROMONT OFFICIALLY EXPRESSES AN INTEREST IN HOSTING THE 2018 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

On October 19th, Bromont’s Mayor, Pauline Quinlan, hand delivered a letter addressed to FEI Secretary General Alexander McLin, in Lausanne Switzerland.  The letter expressed the city’s interest in hosting the 2018 WEG and requested that the FEI convey to the city the requirements and specifications related to such an endeavour. It would not be the first time Bromont played host to competitions of this calibre as the equestrian events were held here during the 1976 Summer Olympic Games.  International level competitions continue to be held in Bromont every year and the Bromont Olympic Horse Park is the only former Olympic equine venue that has retained its vocation and that is still active more than 30 years later.

The mayor’s letter included an information package describing recent upgrades to the facility, including improved drainage, electrical wiring, seating, water supply and state of the art footing.  These improvements were made in 2010 under the supervision of Leopoldo Palacios, the FEI’s current technical director.  The package also included plans for a new 86,000 sq.ft. building with 145 stalls and a 130’ X 330’ indoor arena capable of hosting reining and vaulting competitions.

The Bromont Olympic Horse Park is operated by a non-profit association, the Société d’agriculture du comté de Shefford (SACS), that shares ownership of the park with the city of Bromont. The association’s board includes Marcel Bundock as President and Roger Deslauriers as General Manager.  The park is located in a bucolic countryside setting featuring rolling hills and amidst parklands that are protected through conservation easements. Should the city find that the FEI’s requirements are compatible with the city’s vision and means, partners would be sought to help realize the event.  The province’s Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Lyne Beauchamp, has already addressed a letter to Alexander McLin supporting the city in its quest. 


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2011 Equine Canada Convention: Jump Canada Hunter/Jumper Clinics

2011 Equine Canada Convention:
Jump Canada Hunter/Jumper Clinics



In conjunction with the 2011 Equine Canada convention, Jump Canada is proud to host the following clinics:
 
Jumper Judge's Clinic
Clinician: Marj Dennis, FEI "I" Jumper judge
Date: January 27, 2011

Hunter, Hack and Equitation Judge's Clinic
Clinician: Barbara Mitchell, EC Senior judge 
Date: January 28, 2011

Hunter/Jumper Course Design Clinic
Clinicians: Chris Brandt and Evie Frisque, EC Senior Course Designers
Date: January 29 & 30, 2011

Fees and registration forms can be found by clicking here or visiting the Jump Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada (Programs> Officials> Seminars). Deadline for registrations is January 7th.

Held at the Lord Elgin in Ottawa, ON, Equine Canada has blocked a limited number of rooms at a special rate or $115 CAD per night. To get the discounted rate, you must mention you are under the Equine Canada block and reserve your room before January 7th.

Clinics that do not receive enough participants maybe cancelled. For questions please contact:
 araaymakers@equinecanada.ca.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Equine Canada Special Bulletin

Equine Canada acknowledges the recent formation of the Canadian Horse Alliance.

By the nature of our interaction with horses we are already much too fragmented as a community.

Our interests are already so divergent between, recreation, agriculture, breeds and industry, and sport, not to mention all the divisions within sport such as breed sports, English, dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, para-equestrian, reining, and vaulting and western. It is extremely challenging to represent this diversification by one unified voice.

The formation of the Canadian Horse Alliance could possibly further dilute the "message" and will negatively affect equestrianism in Canada. This alliance has been created based on the opinions of a handful of people with limited and or no consultation from their membership.

We must all share the vision of how a single united voice would truly serve to elevate the interests of all stakeholders. 

Yours sincerely,

Mike Gallagher
President
Equine Canada


Open Letter from Equine Canada - November 2010

By now you may be aware of the recent decision of six provincial equestrian corporations to dissolve their partnerships with Canada's national equestrian federation, Equine Canada.

Equine Guelph Special E-Bulletin

Welcome to a Special Bulletin of Equine Guelph's E-Newsletter.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

2010 REINING FUTURITY: A record amount for total prize monies – $70,174.90

The Stalion Twice As Shiney
The arena of ‘Parc Equestre de Blainville’ saw a record crowd attending the finals of Performance-Quebec and AQR Reining Futurities on last Saturday September 4.  The individual star of both AQR and Performance-Quebec divisions was indeed non-pro rider Todd Sherrer (Abercorn QC) who earned a big share of prize monies with a total of $19.545.02. Todd was riding the 3-year old mare «Chic Dunit Shiney». Sire is «Twice As Shiney» and dam is «She And Chic Dunit».

The first go-round of the Futurity was held on Thursday evening September 2nd: Eight (out of 12 divisions) were terminal.  The remaining four divisions permitted the top riders to qualify for the Saturday night Finals.

Detailed results of all Futurity events (including ancillary classes) can be seen at http://www.reining.qc.ca/ under tab Results.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Star Studded Array of Riders Ready to Roll in Pfizer Million


Saugerties NY - September 9, 2010 - - The horses and riders have arrived, the massive bleachers are up, the special chalet tents are ready, the exclusive VIP facilities are decked out at the Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix Arena, and the level of excitement on the grounds at HITS in Saugerties, NY, is striking as the inaugural Pfizer Million, offering the richest purse in show jumping, is now just days away.

The Pfizer Million lifts off on Sunday, September 12, at 1:30 p.m. and will feature an all-star cast of riders that includes Olympic Medalists, World Cup Champions and some of the winningest riders in show jumping history.

The list is headed by McLain Ward and his amazing mare, Sapphire, without question, the greatest show jumper in the long history of show jumping in the United States.

Ward, with two Olympic Gold Medals already to his credit, comes to Saugerties after posting the win in last Sunday's $250,000 FTI Hampton Classic Grand Prix. It was the second year in a row that he and Sapphire led the victory gallop on Long Island. Also on Ward's win list this season are the Grand Prix of La Baule, France, the Grand Prix of Rome, The Grand Prix of Dublin and eight major wins here in the United States as well.

The Pfizer Million will be Ward's final event for Sapphire before heading to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, to represent the United States at the Alltech World Equestrian Games next month.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Canadian Reiner, Lisa Coulter, qualifies for the 2010 Games on her aptly named horse, Weg.

Lisa Coulter and WEG
I did it!! I made the Canadian Team and am set to compete at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky!! I just got home from Chilliwack, BC where our team selection was held. Sharon Hall and crew hosted a wonderful show and really put forth a great effort in our selection trials.

I rode both Weg and Ace and both horses tried very hard. I figured I would ride them both to the best of their individual ability and see where we all ended up. The selection process was comprised of two runs and the top four composite scores from both days would make up the team. It was important to have two good solid runs both days without overdoing it and making errors.


After the first day Ace was half a point in front of Weg. Weg tried hard but fell out of lead in my small slow circle while Ace held together nicely but did not hit the stops as hard as Weg. I figured day two would be interesting for my horses. Weg went first and was super. He spun and stopped hard and never made any circle errors. Ace felt very tired and ended up 3 point behind Weg. Ace may not have held up to the 36 hour haul from Texas to BC as well as Weg and that may have been part of the difference. Regardless I am thrilled to be riding Weg! He is a tremendous stop and turn around horse and will be a threat in Kentucky. I love the fact that we bought him a year ago at the test event in Kentucky specifically for me to make the Canadian WEG Team. He is sound and fresh and ready. I have the good fortune to be going to Kentucky next week to compete in some CRIs as well as a schooling session for WEG horses.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Canadian Show Jumping Team Competes at CSI05* Gijon

The Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Eric Lamaze, Ian Millar, Jenna Thompson and Keean White is competing at CSIO5* Gijon, ESP, running August 31–September 5.  The feature event is the €60,000 Nations’ Cup team competition on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Olympic champion Eric Lamaze, 42, of Schomberg, ON, will ride three horses on the Spanish tour including Sidoline Van De Centaur, an eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Artisan Farms LLC; Atlete Van T Heike, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Stephex Stables; and Coriana Van Klapscheut, an eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Artisan Farms LLC.

Nine-time Olympian Ian Millar, 63, of Perth, ON, has replaced Chris Pratt of Belfountain, ON, who had originally been named to the team with Union.  Millar will ride Star Power, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Team Works.

Jenna Thompson, 22, of Calgary, AB, made her Canadian Show Jumping Team debut last year at CSIO4* Barcelona, helping Canada to a second place finish.  Thompson will again be riding Zeke, her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Keean White, 26, of Rockwood, ON, is the fourth member of the Canadian Team.  He will ride two horses, Celena Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide mare owned by the Ashland Group and Angelstone Farms, and Bethsabee, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Elm Rock LLC and Angelstone Farms.  White was also a member of Canadian Show Jumping Team that competed in Spain last year.

Following CSIO5* Gijon, the same Canadian Show Jumping Team members will contest the Promotional League Nations’ Cup Final at CSIO5* Barcelona, ESP, from September 14-19.

The Spanish tour is made possible through the Own the Podium program, a national sport technical initiative designed to help Canada’s summer and winter athletes achieve podium success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A Nations’ Cup is the only competition in show jumping where riders, in teams of four, compete as a country.  The top three scores from each team are counted towards the final result of the two-round competition.

There are only two Nations’ Cup events held annually in North America – the $75,000 FEI Nations’ Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, and the $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament in September.  Canada’s victory in the $75,000 FEI Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL, on March 5, 2010, qualified Canada for the Promotional League Final in CSIO5* Barcelona.

Complete details about the two competitions may be found for CSIO5* Gijon at www.gijon.es/Contenido.aspx?id=13009&leng=en and www.csiobarcelona.com for CSIO5* Barcelona.


Canadians Selena O’Hanlon and Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch Victorious at Richland Park Horse Trials

Selena O'Hanlon and Colombo
Canadian Eventing WEG Squad members Selena O’Hanlon and Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch rode to victory at the 2010 edition of the Richland Park Horse Trials, held August 26-29, in Richland, MI — a competition designated as an important warm-up for competitors heading for the World Equestrian Games in September. 

O’Hanlon, of Elgin, ON, and her 2008 Olympic partner Colombo a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding, owned by Elaine and Michael Davies, won the CIC 3* division. The pair was tied for third following the dressage test, scoring 50.80. A fault-free performance on cross country over the Ian Stark designed course kept the pair in third spot heading in to the jumping phase. They navigated Richard Jeffrey’s jumping course without a fault and completed as the only pair in the CIC 3* division to finish on their dressage score.

“Colombo was fantastic from the start. Our dressage was a huge improvement. The cross country had lots to do out there and the ground was quite hard, so I wanted to make the time and jump clean and safe. I was very nervous for the show jumping due to my standing. I was happy it was on grass, because I find he has more energy and is lighter and quicker on his feet when he is not on sand,” said O’Hanlon. “He is a fantastic horse and I am very happy for him to have a big win in his lifetime. He is a world class horse, and has had to put up with me learning as we go. A huge thanks to David O’Connor for all his help.”

WEG Squad member Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON, and Exponential, her own 12-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding, also finished the 3* division in the top ten. The pair added only 1.20 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 59.70 to finish in ninth place with 60.90.

Peter Barry of Dunham, QC, and Kilrodan Abbott, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, owned by the rider and Susan Barry, finished in 15th place with a score of 68.90.

Phoenix and her second horse, Exploring, her own 13-year-old thoroughbred gelding, finished in 17th spot with 72.00, while Danica Moore of Salmon Arm, BC, riding Dunlavins Token, her own 10-year-old Argentinean Warmblood gelding, finished just behind Phoenix in 18th with a final score of 72.20. Micheline Jordan who currently resides in Ocala, FL, finished in 19th place with her own Irish Diamonds, a 12-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding.

Victorious the Advanced Division B was Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch of Summerland, BC, with her own and Patricia Bosch’s Port Authority, a Canadian-bred 12-year-old Selle Français/Thoroughbred gelding. The pair posted another double clear cross country and show jumping to finish on their dressage score of 31.70. WEG Squad partners Diana Burnett of Blackstock, ON and Manny, 10-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding owned by Burnett and Eventing Canada finished with a score of47.40 for ninth place, while Kyle Carter, originally from Calgary, AB, and Madison Park, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by the rider and Jennifer Carter, were in 10th with a score of 65.10.  Competing in Advanced Division A was Ian Roberts of Port Perry, ON, and the 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Napalm, co-owned by Ian, Kelly Plitz and Tracey Newman. The pair moved up from 15th spot after dressage, and   finished on their dressage score of 41.30, which was good for seventh place

In the CIC 2* division, Frankie Simpson of Orangeville, ON, rode her own Watson’s Shelbreen, an 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare, to third place, also finishing on her dressage score of 59.40 — the fourth Canadian horse/rider combination at Richland Park Horse Trials to accomplish the feat. Diana Burnett of Blackstock, ON, and Shigatzi, a seven-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred mare owned by the rider and Valerie Eden, added 10.40 cross country time penalties to their dressage score to finish in ninth place with 65.10. Close behind Burnett was Moore, who finished in 10th place, with her second horse, Utah B, her own nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. O’Hanlon and her second ride, A First Romance, an eight-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding O’Hanlon co-owns with Sean Dennis, earned an 11th place.

American Sinead Halpin riding Manoir de Carneville won the CIC 2* division with a score of 49.40.

Canadian WEG Squad members now head to their last preparatory competition at the American Eventing Championships held at Chattahoochee Hills Farm in Fairburn Georgia, September 9–13, 2010.

For complete results please visit www.richlandpark.com.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Reiners from Quebec slide their stuff wih success at the Sumac Farm Competiition in Nova Scotia

During the week-end of August 14 and 15, a group of Québec Reiners drove all the way to Nova Scotia to take part in the Sumac Slide show. The group included the whole Laverdière family (Raynald, Sophie, Hélène, Frédérique and Gabrielle), André DeBellefeuille, Luke Gagnon, Catherine Rhéaume, Mélissa Larouche and Marie-Ève Bellemare.

The show was held on the beautiful site of the Sumac Farm, owned by Mr.Sobeys, and the nice weather contributed to make it a wonderful experience. The two Open and Non Pro events were won by André DeBellefeuille and Sophie Laverdière. Marie-Ève Bellemare won the Novice Horse event and Luke Gagnon got the first place in the Futurity Snaffle Bit. Frédérique Laverdière won the 13 and under NRHA class, while His younger sister won the Short Legs class. Congratulations to all for such an outstanding performance.

Our Québec riders drove back home with a good number of tropheys, with a fair amount of money, but mostly, with some very nice memories of their stay in Nova Scotia.

Prepared by Johanne Villandré. AQR

Endurance Canada's Newsletters August

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Angela Covert-Lawrence of St. Lazare, QC, Captures $32,000 Open Welcome in Ottawa

A last minute decision landed Angela Covert-Lawrence of St. Lazare, QC, in the winner’s circle for the $32,000 Brookstreet/CompetitiveJumpers.com Open Welcome held Thursday, August 19, at the CSI2* National Capital Show Jumping Tournament in Ottawa, ON.

A mid-afternoon thunderstorm before the competition, sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and scheduled for 5 p.m., made Covert-Lawrence indecisive about competing with her young mount, Utan.

“Utan is my young horse, and this is his first year jumping FEI Grand Prix competition, so right up until I was two horses away from going in the ring, I still wasn’t sure I was going to go,” explained Covert-Lawrence.

Covert-Lawrence was one of seven riders to jump clear over the first round track set by course designer Catsy Cruz of Mexico. She was also in the enviable position of being the final rider to contest the shortened jump-off track, knowing exactly what she had to do to win with Utan, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Her time of 35.80 seconds was quick enough to take over top spot from Ainsley Vince of Milton, ON, who had stopped the clock in 36.11 seconds riding Frieda.

“I didn’t go in planning to win, but after I jumped the first three jumps, I knew I was at least on target for the time, so I went for it,” said Covert-Lawrence, 34, who claimed $9,000 in prize money for her victory, presented by Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien and Brookstreet representative, Karen Sparks. “I am really happy. He couldn’t have been better. This is the horse’s biggest win.”

Vince, 34, settled for second with Frieda, her nine-year-old German-bred mare.

“When I came out of the ring, I knew I was beatable,” said Vince. “I didn’t go in thinking I could win in that group of horses given Frieda’s age and inexperience. She’s a strong personality, but she’s also a fighter, and that’s what makes her so great in the ring.”

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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.


About Freedman Harness

Freedman Harness is known worldwide for their harness and equestrian leather goods. For six generations horsemen have respected, admired and valued the carriage harness bearing the maker's mark of Freedman. The Freedman’s horseshoe trademark has become synonymous with classic styling, timeless quality and legendary craftsmanship. After more than 200 years, Freedman Harness is still the choice of royalty, heads of state, and owners of the grand champion show horses and ponies. Handcrafted of the finest materials, with an exquisite attention to detail, Freedman harness and leather goods set the standard of excellence in harness making and luxury leather accessories and accents. For more information on the tradition of Freedman Harness or their high-quality goods, visit the website at www.freedmanharness.com.

About Equine Canada

Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism.  A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry.  Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Spectacular Victory from Yann Candele at the International Bromont Grand-Prix!

Bromont, August 1st, 2010 – The International Bromont crowned two weeks of jumping and hunter classes in grand style with the eagerly awaited $125,000 1.60 m Grand-Prix, a qualifier for the World Equestrian Games to be held in Kentucky from September 25 to October 10 in Lexington (Kentucky), and also for the 2011 European Championship. The refurbishing of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Horse Park infrastructures was no stranger to the FEI’s accreditation of this test for major international events.

The challenge was great for all high caliber equestrians. Mario Deslauriers was much awaited: would he win this test for a 3rd consecutive year? After a 19-rider first round and a jump-off, the answer was to come at the very end in great suspense: Mario Deslauriers made the best time, but still drew a time fault and placed 4th, bowing down to an exceptional victory from Canadian Yann Candele.

Course designer Guillerme Jorge from Brasil concocted a run comprising of 13 obstacles, one triple combination, a river, and a double combination at the very end the course. Spread throughout the International Ring, the course forced riders to negotiate a fair numbers of turns, but also to gain speed in particular sections in order to keep up with the 89 seconds set time.

The best riders showed up at the starting line, among which Yann Candele, Team Silver Medalist a the Beijing Olympics Jill Henselwood, Canadian Champion Keean White, American Leslie Howard and Éric Flameng from Belgium. Up-and-comers David Arcand and François Lamontagne also showed up for the challenge. We would have to wait for the 14th competitor on the course, Keean White, to finally witness a fautless run. Soon thereafter, it seemed like the enigma was solved: Jenna Thompson from Ontario, Jill Henselwood, Yann Candele with Pitareusa and Mario Deslauriers riding Urico gave the spectators, who came in great numbers, a flawless execution. We should also note that David Arcand delivered an excellent demonstration up until the last two obstacles, which were a double combination, 2 lowered rails and 8 penalty points. On his first mount Azzaro Van’T Hagenhof, Yann Candele was eliminated following a spectacular fall (of no great consequence, we hasten to add) resulting from a refusal. Lisa Deslauriers held the crowd up until the very last obstacle, where a rail fell to the ground in a big deception cry.

In the 2nd round jump-off, the course included 7 obstacles and a double combination. The challenge consisted in winning time over obstacles throughout very tight turns among the course. First competitor to tackle the challenge, Keean White performs a faultless run in 44’42 seconds. Jill Henselwood makes better time, but garners two faults. Yann Candele raises the crowd and puts Mario Deslauriers to the test: last competitor on the course, Deslauriers is flawless in 41’52 seconds. The Bromont native dashes forward, negotiates tight turns, all the while winning precious seconds. A rail comes tumbling down at the second-to-last obstacle, taking victory away despite a 41’30 seconds time! « I would love to be part of Team Canada for the World Equestrian Games. This win today is very important to me. I am going forward to gather points in Ontario and then in Calgary in September in Spruce Meadows », said Yann Candele. Should he make the Canadian team, Candele will be a first time competitor to the World Equestrian Games.

As far as these two weeks of competition at the International Bromont go, it can be said without a doubt: great success! we have welcomed close to 20,000 spectators over the week-ends. Improving the installations really satisfied the riders, who left very happy with the intention of coming back, and talking to their entourage about it!” said Roger Deslauriers, director of the event.

The invitation is set for the 36th Edition! The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park is wide open with the possibility to welcome competitions such as the World Cup and the World Equestrian Games when all its development phases will be completed. Fund raising and governmental subsidies are the stepping stone of this promising future for the sole Olympic equestrian park in perpetual up keeping in the world.

Results:
1st Yen Candela / Pitareusa 0-0, 41’52
2nd Kean White / Celina Z 0-0, 44’42
3rd Mario Deslauriers 0-4 41’30
4th Jenna Thompson / Zeke 0-4, 46’55
5th Jill Henselwood / Bottom Line 0-8, 44’07
6th Mario Deslauriers / Vicomte D, 4
7th Leslie Howard / Jeans Glove Varnel, 4
8th Éric Flameng / Tikita, 4
9th Sarah Johnstone / Starlet,
10th Angela Covert-Lawrence / Unica Van de Roshoeve, 4

Source : Laure Chazerand, Fédération équestre du Québec, Communications Coordinator, lchazerand@feq.qc.ca, Cell. 514 209-8105.

Canada's Ben Asselin Captures Show Jumping's North American Junior Rider Championship Individual Gold Medal

Ben Asselin on LOLITA
Lexington, KY – August 1, 2010 - Ben Asselin of Calgary, Alberta, produced a stunning victory during today’s North American Junior Rider Championship Individual Final for Show Jumping after leading the competition from start to finish. Sixteen-year-old Asselin and his top mount Lolita completed five clear jumping efforts to capture the 2010 Gold Medal. They entered today’s Final with zero faults and then managed to complete each of today’s courses effortlessly, leaving all the rails in their cups. The Silver Medal was presented to Meg O’Mara and Sinatra IV, while Jocelyn Neff and Gaja 20 garnered the Bronze Medal.

“It still feels like a dream, it’s quite surreal,” said Asselin after his victory. “Meg and Jocelyn put a lot of pressure on me by jumping clear in the first round, so I knew I had to put in a good clear round to win the gold.”

Asselin contributes his victory to a great deal of focus and his partner Lolita, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare. “Lola is quite a hot mare, she’s got a lot of blood, which is a really big help jumping that many rounds,” he explained. “It’s really tough on the horses having to jump two rounds in the Nations Cup and then two rounds again today. I think all the blood that mare has really helped, she just has the biggest heart.”

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Master in his Kingdom, Mario Deslauriers Wins the Modified Grand-Prix at the International Bromont!

Mario Deslauriers and Whistler
Bromont, July 31, 2010 – After raising the crowd with the Via Rail Double Slalom, the International Bromont presented spectators with the $15,000 Modified Grand-Prix. What is a Modified Grand-Prix? Simply put, it’s a 1.45 m test which offers all the technical difficulties of a 1.50 m jumping test! Following a 2nd round where 9 riders competed tooth and nail, Mario Deslauriers reigns supreme in his kingdom.

29 rider-horse teams took to the course. Among the famous and renowned, Mario Deslauriers, Jill Henselwood, Beth Underhill, Kean White and American Leslie Howard rose to the challenge. The up-and-comers also showed up for the advantage of extra experience in this type of test, with David Arcand, Vanessa Robert and Nicolas-Xavier Bélanger standing among the greats at the starting line.

The course designed by FEI recognized Guillerme Jorge from Brasil presented various technical challenges, including 12 obstacles and one double combination, a triple combination and a river. The obstacles were spread throughout the course, forcing the riders to fine tune their horses in the turns, and also on wider distances which called for fine canters. The allowed time was 82 seconds.

Winner of the CSI*** the day before, American Leslie Howard was the first to perform a faultless run. Soon thereafter, Canadian Team member Beth Underhill declared a jump-off. 20-year-old Vanessa Robert from St-Bruno signed off a flawless course with her Holsteiner stallion, Convento Van de Helle. Isabelle Lapierre from Québec almost joined the group, but an unfortunate fallen rail at the second-tolast obstacle took all her 2nd round hopes away. After a solid start, David Arcand and Tarzan drew two jumping faults. Riding Candidate du Marquet, Angela Covert-Lawrence showed the best time at this stage of the competition, but still drew a jumping fault. Meanwhile, super Mario satisfied the crowd with a flawless run! Riding their second mount, Jill Henselwood, Yann Candele, Leslie Howard and Beth Underhill, along with Alberta native Kelly Koss, joined this select group, foreshadowing a breathtaking jump-off with 6 obstacles and a double combination to boot.

Leslie Howard and Raimond W give it their all and clock out with an excellent time, but rack up 8 penalty points. Faultless, Beth Underhill calls for a new 37.35 seconds time to beat. Alberta native Kelly Koss improves on that time with 35.35 seconds, but takes a jumping penalty. Paul Halpern from St-Lazare declares a new time to beat: 36.13 seconds! Yann Candele takes to the course, and it’s 33.81 seconds, but 8 penalty points! Team Silver Medalist at the Beijing Olympic Games, Jill Henselwood achieves an excellent performance in 34.87 seconds. Mario Deslauriers then tackles the challenge, signing off in 34.21 seconds! Last to the starting line, Leslie Howard and Utah gather 4 penalty points, bowing down to Bromont’s favourite son Mario Deslauriers.

The 35th Edition of the International Bromont promises a closing to remember on Sunday August 1st with the much awaited 1.60 m Grand-Prix, a qualifier for the prestigious World Equestrian Games and 2011 European Championship.

Information: Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, 450 chemin de Gaspé, Highway 10, Exit 78, 450 534-0787,info@internationalbromont.org, www.internationalbromont.org.

Results:
1st Mario Deslauriers / Whistler 0-0, 34’21
2nd Jill Henselwood / IV Ever 0-0, 34’87
3rd Paul Halpern / Roman K 0-0 36’13
4th Beth Underhill / Viggo 0-0, 37’35
5th Leslie Howard / Utah 0-4, 33’25
6th Yann Candele / Carlotta Singular la Magnifica 0-4, 33’81
7th Kelly Koss / Laokoon 12, 0-4, 35’35
8th Leslie Howard / Raimond W 0-8, 33’45
9th Vanessa Robert / Convento Van de Helle 0-14, 49’83
10th Beth Underhill / Quelqu’un de la Musardière 1 point

Source : Laure Chazerand, Fédération équestre du Québec, Coordonnatrice des communications, lchazerand@feq.qc.ca, Cell. 514 209-8105.

David Arcand Raises the Crowd and Wins the Via Rail Double Slalom at the International Bromont !

David Arcand and Nocturne de Ravel
Bromont, July 31, 2010 – The very popular $25,000 Via Rail Double Slalom made quite an impression on this second-to-last day of the International Bromont. The concept is simple: a team made up of two riders performs the same course in parallel. The fastest will earn a spot in the quarter-final, then on to the semi-final, to at last reach the podium. But riders beware: a fallen rail will add 3 penalty seconds to the running time! David Arcand took top honours in this year’s Via Rail Double Slalom with style.

16 riders divided into two teams, the blue shirts against the white, delivered a hard-fought battle to reach the quarter-final, the semi-final and the final. There were excellent confrontations right from start, but David Arcand breezed easily to the quarter-final, as François Lamontagne got the best of Émmanuel Geoffroy from Québec. If not for an unfortunate lowered rail on the part of Geoffroy, a tiebreaker would’ve been required to call a winner! Kayla Robert performed a fine run alongside Jay Hayes, hedging him by one second. Lisa Deslauriers, Mélissandre Lincourt, Justin Prather and Christine Boisseau all reached the quarter final, announcing an exciting performance to come.

Taking to the course against Stéphanie Verville, David Arcand reached the semi-final with a 20-second lead out of a spectacular comefrom-behind run. With his 2009 title on the line, François Lamontagne jeopardized Kayla Robert’s chances by achieving a faultless run in 27.92 seconds! Lowering two rails, Mélissandre Lincourt is defeated by Lisa Deslauriers. Who of David Arcand, François Lamontagne, Lisa Deslauriers and Justin Prather, all reputed for great speed, will be the fastest in the final? With a mere seven hundredth of a second too slow, François Lamontagne bowed down to David Arcand, who aptly took advantage of tight turns to ultimately compete against Justin Prather in the final. With a flawless run and a stopwatch at 28.85 seconds, David Arcand raised the
crowd with a brilliant victory, and gathered $7 500 in prize money.

The 35th Edition of the International Bromont forges ahead later today with the 1.45m Modified Grand-Prix, closing off on August 1st with the eagerly awaited 1.60 m Grand-Prix test, a qualifier for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2011 European Championship.

35th Edition of the International Bromont, from July 21st to August 1st, 2010. Information: Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, 450 chemin de Gaspé, Highway 10, Exit 78, 450 534-0787, info@internationalbromont.org, www.internationalbromont.org.

Results :
1st David Arcand / Nocturne de Ravel
2nd Justin Prather / Mona Lisa
3rd tie : Lisa Deslauriers / Flubber et François Lamontagne / Unik Circa 
5th tie : Mélissandre Lincourt / Rainy Day, Kayla Robert / Rojak, Stéphanie Verville / Caretina, Christine Boisseau / ETI Albator

Source : Laure Chazerand, Fédération équestre du Québec, Communications Coordinator, lchazerand@feq.qc.ca, Cell. 514 209-8105.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The CET Medal: Toronto bound

Bromont, July 30th, 2010 – The International Bromont slowly closes its eighth day of competition with the second CET (Canadian Equestrian Team) Medal event, presented by Burkman Capital, won by Gabrielle Pelchat on Varcos.

The CET (Canadian Equestrian Team) Medal is a combination of show jumping and equitation: even if time and jumping faults count, the rider’s technique is what makes the difference. « A rider who gets a jumping fault can still get ahead of another rider with a clear round if the latter’s equitation is not as good», explains Philip Rozon, an FEI judge who was a spectator at the CET Medal.

Sanctioned by Equine Canada, the National Federation, the CET Medal’s first objective is to prepare better riders. The athlete must demonstrate precision and control in the way he brings his horse to the fences. According to Paul Bélanger, Level 3 Instructor and coordinator of Classic riding division of the ‘Fédération Équestre du Québec’ « The winner is the rider who has better analyzed the course », he also says: « An event such as the CET Medal makes the riders realize the importance of better controlling their horses in order to execute a quality jump ».

Following the over fence section, eleven riders were called back for a flat phase: the second part of this event can actually change all the rankings. At this time, only the rider’s position and the control of the horse count; time and faults are not a factor anymore.

American Leslie Howard Takes Top Honours at 1.50 m CSI***!

Bromont, July 30, 2010 – Among a vast array of jumping and hunter classes, the highlight of this day at the International Bromont was $32,000 1.50m CSI*** test, with points going towards the FEI’s the World Ranking. 15 rider-horse teams walked up to the starting line. Household names from the United States took to the challenge, but also Canadian greats such as Keean White, Yann Candele and Mark Samuel. Québec natives Angela Covert-Lawrence and Paul Halpern were among the competitors as well. Leslie Howard from the United States took top spot, with Yann Candele right behind her in 2nd place.

The course designed by FEI-recognized Guillerme Jones from Brasil presented 12 obstacles, one triple combination, a double combination and a river, the whole with an execution time of 88 seconds. Multiple technical difficulties awaited the riders, among which the tight turn onto the 3rd obstacle that leaped over a river, which made the horses nervous, and also a triple combination and a wall-like obstacle with loose make-believe bricks. Belgian Éric Flameng performed a faultless run, but drew a penalty point for exceeding the time allowed. 3rd competitor on the course, the winner of last Sunday’s World Cup Qualifier, Yann Candele, overcame all the technical challenges with his horse Azzaro Van’T Hagenhof. It was left to Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2 to finally declare a jump-off. Wife of Mario, Lisa Deslauriers joined in soon thereafter. Riding their second mount, Yann Candele and Leslie Howard repeated their exploits, calling for an exciting 2nd round. Mario Deslauriers drew a rail fault with Vicomte D. He then got eliminated after getting thrown when his second horse, Urico, fell to its knees.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The International Bromont: the best is yet to come!

Bromont, July 28th – As the second week of the International Bromont starts today, the best is yet to come. The final weekend, July 30th to August 1st, promises to be electrifying.

The main events of the International Bromont forecast a very exciting weekend: starting on Friday, the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park will beat to the tempo of National and International level competitions.

Friday July 30th, the Open Jumper 1.50m, an FEI sanctioned event, will warm up the ring before the CET (Canadian Equestrian Team) Medal, a national competition presented by Burkman Capital.

The weekend events, however, are the attention getters: Saturday July 31st will host the VIA Rail Double Slalom, a thrilling event. The Double Slalom is composed of two parallel courses where riders race each other. It is an elimination battle where time and precision are essential to get to the next round.

After that event, VIA Rail and the International Bromont will randomly draw ten train trips worth $500 each, among the day’s visitors.

Again on the Saturday, the Modified Grand Prix at 3h30 will allow our best riders to compete on a course similar to the Grand Prix for young horses.

Sunday August 1st will culminate with the Hunter Classic, an elimination event both on the flat and over fence, where all non professionals will compete. As a Hunter class, the Classic will showcase hythm and elegance from both riders and horses.

Without a doubt, the star of the International Bromont will be the Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon August 1st. This event, at 1.60 meters, will be a qualifier for both the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky at the end of September and the European Championships of 2011 in Madrid.

The second week of the International Bromont, from July 28th to August 1st 2010, will feature some of the most important and popular events of the competition. Celebrating its thirty-fifth edition, the International Bromont is the most important horseshow in Eastern Canada.

Source: Alexandra Hill, International Bromont communications@internationalbromont.org www.internationalbromont.org

HOLLYWOOD STAR ENDORSES 2010 FEI AWARDS

American actor and director Robert Duvall has given his support to the annual awards organised by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of horse sport. The FEI launched the “Oscars of the equestrian world” last year to reward outstanding dedication to horse sport in five categories. Calls for nominations for the 2010 awards opened on July 16.

Hollywood legend Duvall is best-known for his roles in The Apostle, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather and Tender Mercies. His performances have earned him an Academy Award, a BAFTA, two Emmys and four Golden Globe Awards.

Commenting on the 2010 FEI Awards, Duvall said:

“The FEI Awards give you the opportunity to nominate and celebrate those individuals who, without asking for recognition, should be thanked and acknowledged for their own contribution to equestrian sport around the world. As someone with a passion for horses, I urge you to nominate anyone you feel is worthy of the awards and help them to walk the red carpet at the 2010 FEI Awards in Taiwan.”

Duvall has been a keen horseman since his childhood, when he often visited his uncle’s ranch in northern Montana. He has demonstrated his riding skills in several films, including Broken Trail (2006), in which he plays gruff rancher Print Ritter, and Lonesome Dove, the 1989 classic miniseries which saw him leading an epic cattle drive.

Nominations for the FEI Awards are open until 30 August 2010. Further information is available at www.feiawards.org

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cheval Blanc Speed Derby: Christine McCrea Shines Once Again at the International Bromont!

Bromont, July 24, 2010 – The 35th Edition of the International Bromont ended this July 25 full speed ahead! The $15,000 Cheval Blanc Speed Derby created quite a stir among riders and spectators alike. The concept is simple: the first part of the course is executed inside the arena. An obstacle then leads the riders outside, where they go under the bridge, then through an obstacle which leads them inside the second arena, then through a decline back into the International Ring, where they finally complete the course comprising of a total of 21 obstacles! Only the stopwatch determines the winner, and riders beware: a fallen rail will add four seconds to the running time! The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park makeover added tremendous magnitude to this already spectacular event, presenting many challenges to the riders. It was a close contest, but Christine McCrea took top honours with style.

14 rider-horse teams rose to the challenge, with many up-and-coming Québec natives to the starting line. David Arcand with two horses, Tarzan and Artan tackled the course, as well as king of speed François Lamontagne with both Arise Z and Unik Circa, first time participant Anne-Sophie Milette, and Nicolas-Xavier Bélanger with Papabili. Among the household names, Yann Candele and Erynn Ballard from Team Canada, as well as Irishman Jonathon McCrea and his American wife Christine, who was yesterday’s winner of the Bobcat CSI**.

The CET Medal crowns Quebec

Bromont, July 23rd – The Jumper division of the International Bromont closed with elegance this Friday with the CET (Canadian Equestrian Team) Medal, an event sanctioned by Equine Canada, the National Federation. Quebec’s rider, Anne-Sophie Millette, took top honors.

The course, designed by Mexican course designer Catalina Cruz, was challenging for the riders. « It is not height that is in play here, », according to Phillip Rozon, FEI (Fédération équestre internationale) judge « but rather precision and rhythm. Between obstacles, the riders have to execute a certain number of strides ». Watching the competition as a spectator, he makes sure that events such as the CET Medal are really appreciated by the public. Monsieur Rozon then adds: « All the great riders have initially started showing in equitation and medal classes like the CET ».

The Canadian equestrian team medal, a presentation of Burkman Capital, is an equitation event in two phases. For the first phase, 25 riders rode the over the fence course where the top twelve were called back for the second phase, which is a flat class.

Time is not what determines the winner; he or she must also follow criteria of precision, rhythm and style.

Friday July 23rd crowned our Quebec riders. Other than first place, taken by Anne-Sophie Millette on Farenheit, second place went to Vickie Robert on Lovat Scout. While third place went to Quebec’s Laurence Addison on C-T JE, fourth place was taken by Taylor Brooks, a native of Ontario, and her partner Spencer.

The International Bromont continues tomorrow and Sunday, with the Cheval Blanc Speed Derby and the World Cup qualifier BoujourQuebec.com events. The second week of competition will begin July 28th.

CSI** Bobcat at the International Bromont: American Christine McCrea Takes Top Honours!

Bromont, July 23, 2010 - The $32,000 Bobcat 1.50 m CSI** test was one of the highlights of the day at the 35th Edition of the International Bromont. 25 rider-horse teams took to the course, including Canadian champion Kean White, Yann Candele, Russian Ljubov Kochetova, Olympic equestrians Jill Henselwood and Jay Hayes, Éric Flameng from Belgium, along with American Lisa Deslauriers. Representing the rising stars, David Arcand, François Lamontagne and Vanessa Paschini were also in the running. Pursuant to a 4-rider jump-off, American Christine McCrea took top honours, with Alberta’s Jenna Thompson and Jennifer Serek hot on her hooves in 2nd and 3rd places. Lisa Deslauriers took 4th position.

Comprising of 12 obstacles and 15 jumping efforts, the course designed by FEI-recognized Catalina Cruz held a few technical difficulties, namely a triple combination, as well as the onset of certain obstacles located on broken lines or exiting turns. The time allowed was 78 seconds. Russian Ljubov Kochetova performed a flawless run, but suffered a two-point penalty for exceeding time. The 8th competitor, Christine McCrea from Connecticut, would finally grant us a fault free run. Lisa Deslauriers then signed off on a flawless performance, thus declaring a jump-off. Alberta natives Jennifer S. Serek and Jenna Thompson joined in the group of fault free runs. Belgian Éric Flameng might have made it to the second round, if not for an unfortunate fallen rail at the last obstacle! Among the upand-comers, Vanessa Paschini with her new mount Esther 138 compiled 4 penalty points, and François Lamontagne with Tango committed 2 faults for a total of 8 points. David Arcand suffered a 4-point jumping penalty with his horse Santos Utopia. Angela Covert-Lawrence from St-Lazare) could do no better.

Talent Squad Series at the International Bromont: Ontario’s Sarah Johnstone Takes the Lead

Bromont, July 23, 2010 – In jumping, 17 rider-horse teams took to the course for the 4th qualifying test of the Talent Squad Series held on Québec territory, a competition which took place today during the International Bromont, at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park. This 1.45 m test goes towards the Talent Squad Series overall standings, with the Eastern Final to take place next September in Ontario. Québec natives Isabelle Lapierre, François Lamontagne, Nicolas-Xavier Bélanger and Vanessa Robert were among the competitors. Victory ultimately befell Sarah Johnstone (who also finished 4th with her other mount Starlet), followed by Irishman Jonathon McCrea in second place, and Alberta’s Kelly Koss in third.

The course designed by Canadian Grant Field was comprised of 11 obstacles, 14 jumping efforts, and 3 double combinations. The allowed time of 76 seconds, as well as many technical difficulties, really put the riders to the test. Following an exemplary performance from the very first competitor on the course, Irishman Jonathon McCrea, we would have to wait for Alberta’s Kelly Koss, 13th rider to the test, to declare a jump-off. Ontario resident Sarah Johnstone then joined the pack. Vanessa Robert and Nicolas-Xavier Bélanger could do no better than 12 penalty points, while François Lamontagne and Isabelle Lapierre suffered a refusal at obstacle number 5, a narrow vertical located immediately following a big oxer. They were both also penalised for exceeding the time limit. But considering the other riders’ performances, all hopes were still alive to finish in the top ten.

The first weekend of the International Bromont: a strong start!



Bromont, July 22nd – On the eve of the first weekend of the International Bromont,
athletes and horses are getting ready for the long awaited events of the Talent Squad
Jump Canada Series: the Open Jumper 1.50M, the CET Medal, the Cheval Blanc Speed
Derby and the Bonjour Québec.com World Cup qualifier.

The opening buzzer has sounded: as of Wednesday July 21st, the competitions have started. Still,
the weekend events are the highlights of the International Bromont : events of national and
international levels, they feature our best riders.

On Friday July 23rd, in the International ring, we are looking forward to see the up and coming
riders in an event of the Talent Squad Jump Canada Series sanctioned by Equine Canada, the
National Equestrian Federation.

International Bromont, July 21st to August 1st : 35 Years of Equestrian Sport History

First and foremost equestrian competition in Eastern Canada, the International Bromont welcomes the world starting July 21st for two whole weeks until August 1st, 2010, at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park. This much awaited international rendez-vous is already a fixture in this country’s equestrian sports history.

35 years ago, in 1976, the Montreal Olympic Games brought the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park alive. From the only olympic venue still in function worldwide, the 2010 Edition of the International Bromont promises to be momentous for one and all. Thanks to an important investment from the Government of Québec, hand in hand with the support of Investissement Québec, the venue now boasts new infrastructures offering a superior experience to riders, horses, and spectators alike. Thus, the International Arena, now sporting a surface identical to the one from the Beijing Olympics, will welcome the greatest equestrians from Canada, the United States, and also from France, Belgium, Venezuela, Columbia, and for the first time ever, riders from Russia and Austria! Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park’s reputation is crossing the Atlantic!

Returning to his home town, Mario Deslauriers, along with Canadian team representatives Beth Underhill, Yann Candele, Mac Cone, Jay Hayes, and also proud up-and-comers David Arcand, François Lamontagne and Billie Derouet, aim to lead their mounts to the podium among the international elite. « In order to be competitive, we have to offer the latest in quality design, and installations worthy of the level of riders and horses we welcome » said Roger Deslauriers, General Manager of the International Bromont. This stickler for excellence reaped its just reward: the Fédération équestre internationale (FEI) selected July’s 25th Bonjour Québec as a qualifying test for the 2011 World Cup. The FEI also designated the August 1st Grand-Prix as a qualifying round for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, in addition to being, for the very first time, a qualifying test for the European Championships to take place in Madrid in 2011.

Thanks to the support from the City of Bromont, Tourisme Québec and sponsors such as Via Rail, Bobcat and Cheval Blanc, among others, the International Bromont will offer more than $400,000 in prize. Among the highlights, the July 23rd Talent Squad Series will headline promising up-and-comers, followed by a 1.50 m test. The ever popular Speed Derby will bring the house down on July 24th, hot on the heels of the World Cup qualifyer on July 25th. From July 30th, the second week will host FEI-recognized events, followed on July 31st by the Via Rail Double Slalom and the Modified Grand-Prix. The International Bromont will end its 35th Edition in style, presenting the much awaited Grand-Prix. Will Mario Deslauriers repeat his feat of the two last seasons and claim victory? Spectators will be there to cheer him on.

The crowd will be at the heart of the action. Indeed, spectators’ welcome was a trop priority of the site’smajor renovations. The bleachers from 1976 were transformed into majestic spectator platforms equipped to welcome more than 5,000 visitors. « Our foremost goal was to bring the public closer to the action» says Roger Deslauriers. He further states enthusiastically, « people will feel the horse’s canter, they will even hear the rider speak! »

Without a doubt, this 35th Edition of the International Bromont is quite promising. Jump into the action to live this page of equestrian history, from July 21st to August 1st , 2010. For information : Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, 450 chemin de Gaspé, 450 534-0787, info@internationalbromont.org, www.internationalbromont.org

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kim Farlinger of Ottawa, ON Canada and Cordoba Triumph in $30,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City

Kim Farlinger and Cordoba won the $30,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City at Horse Shows by the Bay I. Photo © 2010 Lauren Fisher/PMG

The hillside overlooking the beautiful Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park was packed with spectators on Sunday afternoon as Traverse City saw some of the country's top horses and riders compete in a $30,000 Show Jumping Grand Prix. After two exciting rounds of competition, Kim Farlinger of Ottawa, ON Canada earned top prize with her athletic dark bay gelding Cordoba. The class featured a track set by renowned course designer Pierre Jolicoeur, and featured seventeen horse and rider combinations. Eight of the original entries were able to complete Jolicoeur's first round course without fault to advance to the jump-off round, and just four were then able to clear the final round. Those four riders sped through the winding course as fast as their horses could take them in an attempt to stop the clock in the fastest time.

The first entry to jump double clear was Scott Lenkart and his mount Impulsive, owned by MacMillan Sport Horse. The pair stopped the clock in 38.352 seconds, which eventually earned them the third place honors. Kim Farlinger returned next with Cordoba and raced through the course without fault in a time of 36.320 seconds to take over the lead.  Robin Walker and Ilian-De-Taute had a clear jump-off round as well and their time of 42.651 seconds finished in fourth place. Lenkart returned last with his second mount Un Prince who was also clear in the first round. The pair jumped the course with ease, sliding into the second place position with a time of 37.895 seconds.

Farlinger commented on her jump-off round, stating, "I thought that I did not leave much room, I was really able to hold my gallop the whole jump-off course and I didn't have to slow down to any of the fences. I thought someone would have had to be pretty daring on the rollback and go tighter to beat me, so I was hopeful. My horse is a very fast horse and I knew he would be hard to catch."

Melissandre Lincourt and Rainy Day’s Brillant Turns Earn Win in Speed Derby at Jumping Blainville

Blainville, QC-July 17, 2010 – As Jumping Blainville winds down the week, today’s highlight competition was the Speed Derby. The Derby took place in the Grand Prix Ring of the Blainville Equestrian Park beginning promptly at 3:00p.m. Melissandre Lincourt and Rainy Day took home the win completing the course in 101.04 seconds. Winston and Margie Gayford missed the top prize by only a second earning them the second place honors. Tomorrow will mark the final day of competition at Jumping Blainville and will feature the $60,000 World Cup Qualifier in the Grand Prix Ring as the feature event.

Today’s long and winding course was designed by Linda Allen and was scored under Table C with faults converted. There were 19 jumping efforts, which began with a triple bar and included a fan jump, a bank jump, and three double combinations. The liverpool-to-liverpool double combination proved to be tricky with riders coming off of a sharp right turn. The bank also proved to be more difficult than originally expected after a thunderstorm passed through right before the class, causing the grass to become more slippery.

Since today’s course was scored under Table C riders had to focus on speed while still being accurate. Holly Mitten chose to be conservative with Campoleone, owned by Katherine Steenberg. The duo was able to leave all the rails in their cups, but their time of 111.68 seconds was only good enough for the fifth place honors.

Megan Fellows and La Supra pulled down a rail at the liverpool combination but the pair was slick over the course and with a time of 102.24 they earned the third place ribbon with a 106.24 second total.

Kelley Robinson outraced Fellows track with Caberlay, owned by Cimarron Farms. Despite lowering the height of three fences, the pair was able to stop the clock at 95.86 seconds for a 107.86 total and the fourth place prize.

Melissandre Lincourt was the first rider to complete the course leaving all of the fences standing. Lincourt was aboard Rainy Day, owned by Southshore Farm. The pair was quick and accurate as they made their way through the course, even taking a sharp turn up the bank. They crossed the finish line in 101.04 seconds without any additional time added to take over the lead and eventually win the class.

Friday, July 16, 2010

FEI OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL AWARDS

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) is delighted to announce that nominations for the FEI 2010 Awards are now open. The awards, which were launched last year, acknowledge outstanding achievement in the following five categories:

  • Athlete of the Year, for the rider, driver or vaulter who has shown exceptional sportsmanship and prowess;
  • Rising Star, supported by HSBC, for a rider between the ages of 14 and 21 who has demonstrated significant talent and commitment;
  • Development, supported by Alltech, for a development project, individual or organisation demonstrating skill, dedication and energy in expanding the sport;
  • Against All Odds, to celebrate a disabled rider or an individual who has overcome extreme personal difficulties to achieve proficiency in equestrian sport;
  • Groom of the Year, for the often uncelebrated, yet important person who works behind the scenes.
Commenting on the awards, FEI Secretary General Alex McLin said: "Last year’s enthusiastic response to the FEI’s call for nominations proved that the equestrian world is eager to applaud those people whose contribution to our sport is exceptional. The stories of dedication that accompanied last year’s nominations demonstrate how contact with horses can give meaning to people’s lives by lighting the flame of passion. We look forward to receiving this year’s nominations and rewarding the winners by ensuring their achievements as riders, grooms or developers of our sport are acknowledged worldwide.”

Nominations are open to all members of the equestrian community and should be sent via the dedicated website www.feiawards.org.

An international judging panel, chaired by HRH Princess Haya, will select the winners, who will be flown to Chinese Taipei to attend the awards ceremony at a VIP gala dinner, which takes place during the FEI General Assembly in November.

The deadline for nominations is 30 August 2010.

Additional information about the nominations process is available on www.feiawards.org.

Lauren Hunkin Leaps to Victory Aboard Larry 0146 in FEI Open Welcome at Jumping Blainville

Blainville, QC - July 16, 2010 -Two top equestrians, Lauren Hunkin and Christine McCrea battled for the top award at Friday night's FEI Open Welcome Class during the Classique Internationale de Blainville (Jumping Blainville).  Hunkin and Larry 0146's ambition and speed would earn them the winning rosette after flying through the jump-off in 31.96 seconds. McCrea aboard Baloubet Junior Z's time would hold up for the second place position.  This evenings class took place in the Grand Prix Ring at the Equestrian Park of Blainville and was watched by a large crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.

Today's challenging first round track and jump-off course were designed by Linda Allen. The opening round featured a liverpool, a triple bar and three double combinations. Many riders accrued faults at the final oxer-vertical double combination which came just a few strides after the wide spread of the triple bar. One of the most difficult aspects of the first round proved to be the time allowed, with only five riders breaking the beam without time faults.

Hunkin and McCrea were the only riders to advance to the short course, while Kirsten Coe earned the third place ribbon aboard Kilkenny Randall Z, owned by Sophie Morner, after accruing two time faults and leaving all the rails in their jumps. Yann Candele scored the fourth and fifth place awards with Redefin owned by Susan Grange and Carolla Z owned by Elizabth Currie. Candele had a rail with each mount but managed to stop the timers before the time allowed to earn his top prizes. 

The jump-off course began over a large oxer with a bending line to a single vertical. Riders then had to make a sharp left turn to the difficult oxer-vertical double combination before making another left turn to a large, single oxer. Finally riders had to gallop home over a single vertical and a single oxer on the right lead going towards the gate.


McCrea was the first rider to complete a successful first round course and advance to the jump-off with Baloubet Junior Z, owned by Candy Tribble. The pair picked up a quick pace to the first fence and made a tight turn to the double combination. They increased their gallop to the final fence and soared over it with ease, completing a clear round in 32.65 seconds.

Canada’s Lisa Balaz Claims Children’s Jumper Championship in Vermont

Canada’s Lisa Balaz, 18, made her first trip to the Vermont Summer Festival worthwhile, winning the High Children’s Jumper Championship during the opening week of competition in East Dorset, VT.

Competing in the High Children’s Jumper Division with her horse, Athens, Balaz placed seventh in Friday’s competition before winning on Saturday to take the championship title.

“He is really short, but he makes up for it in his personality,” laughed Balaz, speaking of her 13-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding. “He is full of himself. He thinks he is the king.”

Balaz has been riding Athens for about a year. She had only returned to competition a month before her championship win, having broken her collarbone while competing in Florida this winter, but her injury did not slow her down in the least. In addition to claiming the High Children’s Jumper Championship, Balaz and Athens also placed third in both Saturday’s NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic and Sunday’s Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper Classic. Balaz’s younger brother, Michael, 16, placed second in the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic riding Ruffino.

When asked if there was a family rivalry, Balaz said, “It depends how we finish! It is fun showing together until he beats me, then he rubs it in my face because he is younger. On Saturday, he beat me by less than half a second.”

As a result of her strong finishes, Balaz is currently sitting second in the jumper standings behind Peter Gisborn of Erin, ON, for the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Awards, Presented by Ariat International, Inc. At the end of the six-week horse show, the top Canadian based on points in the jumper standings is awarded a $3,000 bonus while second place receives $2,000. The same formula is used in the hunter divisions, with the highest ranked Canadian receiving $3,000 with the runner-up receiving $2,000.

In addition to the show jumping ring, Balaz also competed in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division, earning fifth and sixth place ribbons with Nautique, an 11-year-old grey Percheron/thoroughbred-cross gelding that she has been showing for the past three seasons.

“The jumpers are my favorite, but I have had my hunter for three years and I still compete with him in the hunter and equitation divisions, even though that is not my forte,” explained Balaz. “He is such a trooper. Even if I make a mistake in the ring, he will save me, no matter what happens. He is a really solid horse. He is also a big teddy bear, and is really sweet.”

Telluride Farm Awarded Top Prizes at Spruce Meadows "North American" and "Canada One"

Calgary, AB -July 16, 2010 - Recently, top trainer Diane Carney travelled with Richard Rinehart and riders of Telluride Farm to compete at the Spruce Meadows Tournament. The riders competed during the "Canada One" week, which began July 1 and ran through July 4, 2010 and the "North American" week held July 7- 11, 2010. Rinehart, Caitie Hope, Michael Burnett, Virginia Bartholomay, and Morgan Divokin all scored top ribbons and had the opportunity to ride in the Spruce Meadows victory gallops.

Rinehart earned a victory during "Canada One" with Iron in the 1.20m Open Jumper Welcome Class. He also showed Total Touch, owned by Kathleen Hope to a second and fourth place finish in the 1.20m Open Jumper classes. "Richard is a brilliant rider and might not have taken the big step to compete at Spruce Meadows without this opportunity," noted Carney. "If you can ride and understand horsemanship then you will leave Spruce Meadows encouraged and fulfilled." Rinehart was the winner of the Maxine Beard Award in 2001.

Caitie Hope earned the opportunity to participate in numerous victory gallops aboard La Paz, Total Touch, and Pepe. Hope and La Paz took home a first place prize in the $1,000 CN Amateur Welcome class, as well as multiple third place ribbons throughout the competition. Aboard Total Touch, Hope scored a third place ribbon and a sixth place ribbon in the 1.30 Junior/Amateur Jumper classes. Hope showed Pepe in the 1.10m Amateur Jumper classes and was awarded a second place ribbon, two fourth place ribbons, and an eighth place ribbon.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Top Prize to Keean White and Concas in the Open Jumper at Classique International De Blainville (Jumping Blainville)

Blainville, QC - July 15, 2010- Once again the weather was spectacular as the Classique Internationale De Blainville (Jumping Blainville) continued at the Blainville Equestrian Park.  The second day of competition in the Grand Prix Ring featured the 1.35m Open Jumper class and the Junior Amateur 1.30m Speed Class.  Earning the top award in the 1.35m Open Jumper was Keean White and Concas.  The pair raced the clock and tripped the timers to top the class.  The Junior Amateur 1.30m Speed class was dominated by Lilis with Liam Dumon-Walker in the irons.  The pair stopped the clock at 66.047 seconds to garner the win.

Today's 1.35m Open Jumper class featured a course designed by Linda Allen. The first round included a triple bar double combination and an oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination. For the jump-off riders began with a bending line and then made a sharp right turn to a second bending line. Then they had to make a sharp right turn to the triple bar combination before galloping across the ring to a single vertical. The riders finished with a right turn to a single oxer going towards the gate.

Margie Gayford was the first rider to successfully tackle the first round course and advance to the jump-off with Winston, owned by Wingberry Farm. The pair was able to leave all the fences standing as they found their way over the track in a time of 44.216 seconds. Their clear effort set the pace and would eventually hold up for the second place prize. Kelley Robinson also had a successful short course with Cimarron Farms' Caberlay, but their time of 44.299 seconds would fall just short of Gayford's pace and earn them the third place ribbon.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gabrielle Cousin and Aramisse Des Pins Dash To Victory in 1.35m Open Jumper Speed Class at Jumping Blainville

Blanville, Quebec- July 14, 2010 - The first day of Classique Internationale De Blainville (Jumping Blainville) concluded today at the beautiful Parc Équestre De Blainville.  Equestrians in the Open Jumper classes competed for top accolades in their respective divisions.  Blazing through times in the Open Jumper Speed 1.35m class was Gabrielle Cousin aboard Aramisse Des Pins.  Cousin and her top mount earned the blue ribbon after tripping the timers in 64.028 seconds.  In the Open Jumper 1.45m class Chirstine McCrea and Twister conquered the jump-off course stopping the clock in 43.039 seconds.

Today's courses were designed by Linda Allen and presented a nice opening track for the riders. The course for the 1.45m class featured a tight oxer-vertical double combination and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. For the jump-off riders began over a large oxer going towards the gate and then made a sharp left turn to a second oxer before galloping to a single vertical at the far end of the ring. They then made a sharp left turn to the double combination and finished over a single vertical to final oxer.

Yann Candele and Redefin, owned by Susan Grange, were the first to advance to the jump-off after completing a clear first round. The pair had an unfortunate rail at the single vertical and their four fault score held up for the second place position as they stopped the clock at 42.810 seconds.

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