Monday, May 31, 2010

OLIVER TOWNEND IS BACK ON TOP AT TATTERSALLS

Oliver Townend (GBR) showed all the toughness for which event riders are renowned when he gave Ashdale Cruise Master a positive ride to score a convincing pillar-to-post victory at Tattersalls (IRL), the sixth leg of the 2010 HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing series.

Just five weeks ago he and the talented Irish-bred grey gelding, a new ride this season, took a bruising fall at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, but the partnership was emphatically back on song at Ireland’s premier event where they led from the outset.

“It’s what I came to do,” said Townend, “and I now just want to put the fall behind me. He’s an unbelievable horse and is progressing all the time. I’m so grateful to the owners (Henry and Edna Harding) for giving me the ride.”

Mary King (GBR) was also at the top of her game on Apache Sauce, an occasionally headstrong chestnut gelding, which this time was on its best behaviour in all three phases to hold onto second throughout.

Michael Ryan (IRL), last year’s runner-up, performed the same feat of producing the first clear Jumping round and this elevated him a place to third on the exciting prospect Ballylynch Adventure, which he hopes will be a successor to his long-time four-star partner Old Road.


Canadian Paralympians Lauren Barwick and Ashley Gowanlock Complete Hat Trick Victories

The WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* competition came to an end May 30 with riders performing their Freestyle Tests—always a crowd favourite which incorporates music and technical skill.

Both Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, and Ashley Gowanlock of Langley, BC won all of their respective classes over the three-day competition, including today’s Freestyle Tests—a respectable feat when competing against some of the world’s best.

Lauren Barwick rode her Paralympic horse Maile in the Grade 2 Freestyle Test to an impressive score of 78.750%, which was the highest score achieved by any rider during the competition.

“I performed the same Freestyle test that I rode with Maile at the 2008 Paralympic Games to win the gold medal,” said Lauren Barwick.  “It was the best that she has performed, and it would not have been possible without the fantastic support of my grooms, personal assistant, Equine Canada and my sponsor, Parelli Natural Horsemanship.”

The WindReach Para-Dressage International CPEDI3* was host to 39 international riders from Australia, Bermuda, Chinese Taipei, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the United States and Canada, becoming the largest FEI Para-Equestrian event ever held in North America.
The top three results from each class were as follows:

Grade 1a Freestyle Test:

Friday, May 28, 2010

John Lyons Featured during WEG

Famed horseman John Lyons will be a featured clinician in the Equine Village during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, September 25 – October 10, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. 
 
Lyons’ clinics will be available with a Grounds Pass ticket, which are on sale now at a promotional rate of $20 through May 31 at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets. Prices increase to $25 on June 1.
 
Lyons and his training methodology will be featured each day of the 16 days of the Games during a one hour interactive session.

John Lyons is widely considered to be responsible for many changes in the horse industry in the past 30 years. He has promoted both kind treatment of horses and the safety of horse and rider through hundreds of clinics, expos, symposiums, demonstrations, magazine articles, John Lyons Perfect Horse magazine, radio, and television programs.
 
Lyons and his son Josh have developed a certification program known throughout the world. With more than 300 professional certified trainers stationed all over the United States, and in many other countries, their training techniques have affected every horse discipline and throughout every breed.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

G&C Farm Shows Solid Performances at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show


G&C Farm Shows Solid Performances at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show

Lexington, KY – May 27, 2010 – GC Farm had another good week at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show in Lexington, KY, on May 19-23, 2010. Pablo Barrios rode G&C Farm horses to many top finishes this week. He also increased his lead in the $50,000 Hagyard Challenge Series, a rider bonus program. G&C Farm's state-of-the-art jumper facility is based in Wellington, FL, and owned by Gustavo Mirabal.

Barrios had solid finishes in the two grand prix competitions last week. He and G&C LaGran placed second in the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI 2*. They were double clear in 34.51 seconds for an early lead, just tipped in the end by two-tenths of a second.

Barrios rode G&C Quick Star 11 to fourth place in the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, CSI 2*. They went in the jump-off and were double clear with a time of 36.99 seconds, which would hold up for fourth place.

FEI SETS UP NEW DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE

Further to a Presidential promise at the 2009 FEI General Assembly in Copenhagen, a Development Task Force has been established. FEI President HRH Princess Haya will chair the new Task Force, whose members have been selected for their different skill sets.

The Development Task Force members are: Dmitry Titov (RUS), President of the Russian Equestrian Federation; Ho Nai Yue (SIN), President of the Asian Equestrian Federation; Betty Wates, Vice President of the Jamaican Equestrian Federation; Pablo Mayorga (ARG), FEI Executive Board member; Kim Gueho (MRI), Secretary General of the Mauritius Equestrian Federation; Manoj Jalan (IND), member of the Indian National Sports Development Fund and Ludger Beerbaum (GER), sport representative.

The mandate for the Development Task Force is:
1.   To evaluate the mandate for and composition of a future Development Committee;
2.   To evaluate the operation of the Development Committee and supporting structures within the FEI;
3.   To examine possible financial models to create a sustainable Development Programme in order to identify solutions which will best serve our National Federations and our sport;
4.    To identify immediate operational priorities for development, including the creation of a five-year development plan.

The Development Task Force will recommend a commonly agreed Mission Statement for the FEI Development Programme for approval by the FEI Bureau and the General Assembly.

“As chair of this new Development Task Force, I am honoured to be working with such an inspirational and motivated group of people”, FEI President Princess Haya said. “They have the ability to make a huge difference to the development of equestrian sport and we all recognise that it is now time to move to the next level with our development plans.”

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Diagrams published for Stewards Manual on warm-up techniques

The new Annex (XIII) created by the Working Group that produced a revised FEI Stewards Manual on warm-up techniques for Dressage has now been completed, following the production of three diagrams to illustrate permitted positions of the horse’s head and neck during pre- and post-competition training.

One of the key stipulations in the Working Group’s report was that all unacceptable training methods and techniques must be stopped immediately. The Working Group was also insistent that abuse of the horse must be avoided and, in particular, stressing the horse, aggressive riding and inflicting pain and/or discomfort on the horse must be prevented.

The current FEI Stewards Manual already includes instructions covering aggressive riding, but the new Annex (XIII) has clear instructions on action to be taken if necessary relating to flexion of the horse’s neck during pre and post-competition training.
Any head and neck position obtained through the use of aggressive force is not acceptable. Movements which involve having the horse’s head and neck carriage in a sustained or fixed position should only be performed for periods not exceeding approximately 10 minutes without change.

Deliberate extreme flexions of the neck involving either high, low or lateral head carriages, should only be performed for very short periods. If these deliberate extreme flexions are performed for longer periods the Steward will intervene.
It is the Steward’s responsibility to ensure that riders respect these procedures.

“Used in conjunction with the new Stewards Manual, these illustrations now provide the Stewards with the final piece in the jigsaw that will allow them to do their job more effectively, ensuring that horse welfare is maintained at all times”, Working Group Chair Frank Kemperman said.

The diagrams (attached) show examples of acceptable head and neck positions.

The illustrated FEI Stewards Manual Dressage has been sent to all National Federations today, with a request to forward it to all their Stewards immediately for implementation on schedule from 15 May 2010 onwards. Dressage will be the first discipline to use the new Stewards Manual, with the other FEI disciplines currently reviewing their individual requirements.

NOTE TO EDITORS:The Guidelines, which were produced by the Working Group formed after the round-table conference held in Lausanne on 9 February 2010, were approved at the FEI Bureau meeting in Geneva on 15 April 2010. More information on the Guidelines can be obtained here.

The Working Group was made up of Dressage Committee Chair Frank Kemperman (Chairman), Richard Davison (GBR), Rider/Trainer; John P. Roche (IRL), FEI Director Jumping/Stewarding; Jacques Van Daele (BEL), FEI Honorary Dressage Steward General/Judge; Wolfram Wittig (GER), Trainer; and Trond Asmyr (NOR), FEI Dressage and Para Equestrian Dressage Director/Judge. Input was also received from Dr Gerd Heuschmann and Sjef Janssen and from the FEI Jumping Committee.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Victory in Valencia for Eric Lamaze

Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze riding Hickstead claimed victory in the €20,000 Trofeo NH Hotels competition held Friday, May 7, in Valencia, ESP. He also placed second in the day’s other featured competition, the €20,000 Trofeo El Corte Inglis, riding Take Off.

The competition in Valencia, ranked a CSI5* event, is the first stop on the 2010 Global Champions Tour, which links together nine of the world’s top show jumping events. A total of 16 riders from the original 49-horse starting field were clear in the first round of the €20,000 1.50m Trofeo NH Hotels competition to qualify for the jump-off. Lamaze was early in the jump-off and posted a clear round in a time of 46.31 seconds with Hickstead, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Lamaze and Ashland Stables. None who followed were able to catch his time, with runner-up Timothee Anciaume of France posting 46.83 riding Lamm de Fetan and Alvaro de Miranda Neto of Brazil crossing the timers in 47.70 seconds riding AD Untouchable for third place.

“I went for a nice round in the jump-off, I didn’t want to go too fast when we have the Grand Prix tomorrow,” said Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, who will ride Hickstead in Saturday evening’s €300,000 Global Champions Tour Grand Prix. “I didn’t necessarily think I was going to win with that round. Another horse was faster, but had one down. It was just one of those days.”

Friday, May 7, 2010

Endurance Canada - E-BULLETIN : May 7th, 2010

 I guess it's about time that we 'explained' ourselves!  Hopefully the FAQ below will answer some of your many queries, and confirm that our mandate is to work together with all of you and the provincial organizations to make Endurance the equestrian sport of choice!  It is now the fastest growing of all the FEI disciplines world-wide, and I know each year we are adding to our numbers here in Canada too.  How fortunate we are to have so many ride organizers and volunteers across the country who provide us with such wonderful opportunities to enjoy the most beautiful scenery, such amazing camaraderie and the best competitive environment.  I love that Endurance attracts riders of all ages, and whether we are riding at an introductory or more advanced level, we share the same trails and the same passion, and we are all so appreciative of our four-legged partners.
 
Have a wonderful ride season!  Daphne

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dressage, Jumping, Para-Dressage and Endurance Packages to World Equestrian Games Now Available

Equine Canada is pleased to announce the availability of Dressage, Jumping, Para-Dressage and Endurance ticket packages for the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG).

The 2010 World Equestrian Games are being held September 25–October 20, 2010 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Equine Canada is offering ticket packages to all interested spectators.

Ticket packages for Dressage are $875.00 CAD for seats directly behind “C” for four dressage events which include

September 27, 2010—Team Grand Prix I,
September 28, 2010—Team Grand Prix II,
September 29, 2010—Grand Prix Special, and
October 1, 2010—Grand Prix Freestyle.

Watch the best in the world and cheer on the Canadian Endurance Team at WEG for $50 on September 26, 2010.

To save your seat to watch the Canadian Show Jumping Team at WEG, purchase a package for all of the jumping events for $754.00 CAD which includes

October 4, 2010—Speed Competition,
October 5, 2010—Team Competition,
October 6, 2010—Team Final Competition,
October 8, 2010—Individual Competition, and
October 9, 2010—Final Four.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available for the week of the jumping show competitions, October 3 – 10 for $3,008.00 CAD taxes included.

Ticket packages for Para-Dressage are $200.00 CAD each and include access to the following events

October 5, 2010—Individual Team Tests,
October 6, 2010—Individual Championship Tests,
October 7, 2010—Individual Championship Tests,
October 8, 2010—Individual Freestyle Tests, and
October 9, 2010—Individual Freestyle Tests.

Order forms for all WEG tickets can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/ec-weg-tickets.

Information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games can be found at www.alltechfeigames.com.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

THREE CANDIDATES NOMINATED FOR FEI PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Nominations for the FEI Presidential election closed at midnight CET yesterday, 1 May 2010 and three candidates have been put forward for the post.

HRH Princess Haya, who was elected to the FEI Presidency in 2006, has declared that she is seeking a second four-year term to take her through to the 2014 General Assembly. The other two candidates are Sven Holmberg (SWE), the FEI's current First Vice President, and Henk Rottinghuis (NED),who was elected as a member of the FEI Audit and Compliance Committee at the 2009 General Assembly.

The FEI Presidential election will take place at the 2010 FEI General Assembly, which will be held in Chinese Taipei on 5 November. National Federations will vote by secret ballot at the General Assembly.

Tapner triumphs in tight finale at Badminton


Paul Tapner (AUS), described by fellow riders as one of the hardest working in the sport, rode with focus and determination to achieve the greatest moment of his Eventing career. He went clear in the final Jumping to hold his slim overnight lead at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), and now lies in second place, behind William Fox-Pitt (GBR) in the HSBC FEI Classics™.

“This means everything to me,” said Tapner. “Every second of this year has been focussed on this moment.”
 
The Jumping course, designed by Jon Doney (GBR), rode exceptionally well, producing 16 clears, and Tapner was given a confidence boost with a clean round on his first ride, Stormhill Michael, on which he finished 10th.

Monday, May 3, 2010

International Bromont Horse Show to Feature New Renovations

Bromont, CAN - May 3, 2010 -The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, originally installed as the site for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Equestrian Sports, is getting completely renovated to reestablish itself as once again a world class equestrian sports park. The work is progressing ahead of schedule due to the early spring weather the Bromont area had enjoyed since mid March. International Bromont CSI**W is set to be held July 21-25, 2010, and the CSI*** event will be July 28-August 1, 2010.

Leopoldo Palasios, the well known Olympic Course Designer, is the person Roger Deslauriers, President of the International Bromont Horse Show, chose to redesign the entire site. All the drainage in both jumper rings has been changed and established with 30" pipes buried around the entire parameter, the old footing has been removed and is being replaced with new state of the art Sand & Fiber footing, "A La Kentucky Horse Park". Once finished, the International Ring will measure 100m X 100M, and will include lighting to enable night competitions, with a bank separating it from the annex ring. The bank will have a seating area and the extremities can be used as part of a Derby Course. A new in-gate, in close proximity to the two new sand & fiber warm-up rings, has been excavated through the wooded area between the arena and the stabling area. The entire stabling area has been excavated to include drainage, so that it will be able to handle all the rain Mother Nature might throw at it during the competitions. No more flooded barns or tents!

The VIP building is being renovated and will include two new Judge's Booths and a bridge is being built connecting it with the Center Bank. The bleacher seats are being replaced with modern comfortable seating, "No More Splinters!"

Mario Deslauriers, who grew up here, is keeping close tabs on the work. He is looking forward to including the International Bromont for two weeks on his summer schedule when he returns from the Super League Nation Cups in Europe, along with his fellow top International Show Jumper Riders.