Friday, January 29, 2010

Eric Lamaze Opens 2010 Season with a Win

Wellington, Florida – Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, claimed his first victory of the 2010 season by winning the $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round III on Thursday, January 28, at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

A total of 54 horses were entered in the competition, including three ridden by Lamaze. The Olympic Champion increased his chances for victory by delivering three clear rounds over the course designed by Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr. to advance to the jump-off.

Competition in the jump-off proved to be tough as a total of 18 horses advanced from the first round. Lamaze took the early lead with a clear round in a time of 38.16 seconds riding Ronaldo, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Ashland Stables. His lead would hold for the next seven horses until young American rider, Brianne Goutal of New York, NY, jumped clear in a faster time of 37.91 seconds with Ballade van het Indihof.

Lamaze, however, was next in the ring and reclaimed his place at the top of the leader board by delivering a clear round in an incredible time of 36.49 seconds with Ultra Boy. Although several came close, none who followed could catch Lamaze, and the Olympic Individual Gold and Team Silver Medalist had the final say with the final entry of the day. His young mount, Coriana van Klapscheut, an eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Artisan Farms LLC, had a rail at the third fence on the shortened jump-off course, but victory already belonged to Lamaze. For the win with Ultra Boy, Lamaze collected $9,000 in prize money for the horse’s owner, Ashland Stables.

“I’ve been taking my time with him,” said Lamaze whose owners, the Fleischhacker family of Ashland Stables, purchased the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion in December of 2008. “I was really looking forward to stepping him up here in Florida, and this is a great start. I am looking forward to a great season here with him.”

Of his jump-off strategy, Lamaze said, “I don’t know him that well in a jump-off. I have never gone this fast with him, ever. I was very happy with how he handled the speed, and he kept the height of his jump. That is what a great horse needs to learn how to do.”

Lamaze will continue to compete throughout the 12-week FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs through April 4. His Olympic mount, Hickstead, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood breeding stallion owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze’s own Torrey Pines Stable, was recently released from quarantine after traveling from Europe, and will begin competing later in the circuit.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dressage Canada Announces First Official WEG Training Session in California

Dressage Canada is pleased to announce the first official training session with Robert Dover for California based Canadian WEG declared riders.
The session has been scheduled for:

February 20 – 21, 2010 at Dove Hollow Dressage Center

Dove Hollow Dressage Center owned by Flo Brown, has graciously allowed the Canadian Dressage Team to use the facility for training sessions throughout the season. The facility has been recognized as an official southern training centre for Canada's World Equestrian Games (WEG) hopefuls to work with the Technical Coach Advisor Robert Dover.

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

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

WEG declared riders should contact Christine Peters for additional information and for the schedule of ride times.

Additional riders interested in booking ride times with Dover as part of the open clinic also scheduled for February 20 – 21, 2010 are requested to contact Allison Harding at 858-401-2668. 

The first official training session for Florida based Canadian WEG declared riders was held the weekend of January 16 – 17th, 2010, at Stillpoint Farm in Wellington, FL. This proved to be an amazing weekend for Team Canada. A special thank you goes out to Tuny Page, owner of Stillpoint Farm, for the use of her lovely facility and covered arena which saved the day.

During the session riders had the opportunity to present their WEG declared horses to Gary Rockwell, FEI O dressage judge. In the end all the riders and Dover worked very hard, with focus on the main objective—a medal in Kentucky.

An additional thank you goes out to Jacqueline Brooks, Cheryl Meisner and all the boarders, trainers and supporters who did all they could to make the first Canadian training session a huge success at Stillpoint Farm.

Holzer and Trussell Score a Triple Victory at CDI-W West Palm Beach Gold Coast Opener

Toronto native and three-time Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer, who currently resides in New York, NY, won both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI-W West Palm Beach Gold Coast Opener, held January 21–24, in West Palm Beach, FL, USA.

Riding Pop Art (Amsterdam x Cabochon), a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll, Holzer won the Grand Prix for Freestyle test with a score of. 71.489%. The duo then performed a spectacular Grand Prix Freestyle to earn 76.489% for the double victory. Holzer’s Freestyle score was 4.6% higher than her nearest competitor, Mikala Gundersen of Denmark riding Leonberg, who earned a score of 71.800% for second.  Jaimey Irwin of Stouffville, ON placed fifth with his Oldenburg gelding Dover, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by De Niro.

“I was thrilled with Poppy’s first show. I feel I can improve upon my performance at the Masters as Evi Pracht and Robert Dover were very helpful pointing out areas (for improvement),” remarked Holzer.  Holzer, along with fellow riders Belinda Trussell and Cheryl Meisner, will  represent Canada at the $145,000 Exquis World Dressage Masters, February 4–6, 2010 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. “The Canadian riders were very successful, and I think Robert has done a great job rallying a lot of Canadian Team spirit. I think it is fair to say we dominated the leader board with Canadians winning many of the CDI classes.”

Saturday, January 23, 2010

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Endurance Canada NEWSLETTER January 2010

Endurance Canada Newsletter for January 2010


Friday, January 22, 2010

FEI announced details of a five-year Global Education Program for Eventing Officials

The FEI announced details of a five-year Global Education Program for Eventing Officials today. The CHF 1 million project, which will support the regular FEI Educational and Certification system for Eventing Officials at all levels, is funded by the FEI.
The mission of the Education Programme is to improve and align safety standards and support of Eventing Officials in their work worldwide. The Program will expand and raise the quality and experience of Eventing Officials through education and training, with a specific focus on developing and less experienced countries.
The Program also aims to promote the sport of Eventing, create new sport opportunities and improve cooperation and communication between the main participants in the sport, including National Federations, Organising Committees, Officials and Athletes.
As part of Eventing’s strategic plan of Discipline Development through Education in the Next Decade, the Program is designed to make a significant contribution to the education of officials world-wide within the first five-year period. The project was run as a pilot scheme in 2009 but is now fully operational and will run through to the end of 2013. At the end of the five-year term, education of Eventing Officials will continue under the FEI’s regular programmes.
The Global Education Program is based on five pillars:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hickstead Offered for 2010 Breeding Season

Saint-Hilaire, Quebec – Hickstead, winner of Individual Gold and Team Silver Medals at the 2008 Olympic Games under Canada’s Eric Lamaze, is now available for breeding in North America.

Hickstead is a 1996 brown Dutch Warmblood stallion standing 16hh. Sired by Hamlet, his dam is Jomara by the well-known and recently deceased stallion, Ekstein. Hickstead’s bloodlines also feature such prominent show jumping names as Nimmerdor, Notaris, Ulft, Le Mexico and Joost. Based on his performance record, Hickstead was ranked the number one show jumping horse in the world for both 2008 and 2009 by the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses (WBFSH).

In North America, Hickstead has been approved for breeding based on performance by the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association, the American Holsteiner Horse Association (AHHA), and the KWPN of North America breed associations. The Canadian Sport Horse Association recently created a new category specifically to recognize Hickstead, granting him Platinum status while its other approved stallions are rated as Gold, Silver or Bronze.

“Anyone who has ever watched Hickstead compete recognizes what a special horse he is,” said Lamaze. “With his success at the Olympics, there was great demand for Hickstead as a breeding stallion. We wanted to ensure that he was made available to North American breeders, and have selected Francis Berger as our North American agent based on his knowledge and breeding expertise.”

An experienced horseman and breeder, Berger is the exclusive North American agent representing Hickstead. Due to Hickstead’s competitive schedule, limited doses of frozen semen are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at a cost of $5,500 US per dose.

“It is an honour to be asked by the Olympic Champion to represent Hickstead in North America,” said Berger who operates South Shore Farm outside of Montreal, QC. “A horse of Hickstead’s quality is usually only accessible to European breeders. Having him available to the North American market is a rare and special opportunity for breeders.”

Together, Lamaze and Hickstead have amassed an impressive list of accomplishments. In addition to winning Individual Gold and Team Silver Medals in dramatic fashion at the Olympic Games, the pair also won Team Silver and Individual Bronze medals at the 2007 Pan American Games. They claimed the richest annual event in show jumping, the $1 million CN International, at the 2007 CSIO5* Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament, making Lamaze only the second Canadian rider in the event’s history to capture the title. Most recently, in November of 2009, the pair won the €120,000 GPA Equita Masters at CSI5*-W Lyon, France, followed two weeks later with a victory in the €200,000 Global Champions Tour Final Round 1 at CSI5* Doha, Qatar.

For more information on breeding to Hickstead, please contact Francis Berger at (514) 924-4035 or