Saturday, June 26, 2010

Endurance Canada Community; This is E-Bulletin #10


E-BULLETIN : June 26th, 2010
Endurance Canada Community; 
This is E-Bulletin #10, Keeping you up-to-date as best we can! 

Friday, June 25, 2010

International Bromont Prize List Now Available Online

Bromont, Quebec – June 25, 2010 – The International Bromont Horse Show is pleased to announce that the hunter/jumper competition’s prize list is currently available online. The prize list and entry blank are posted on the internet at www.internationalbromont.org. The event will feature two weeks of world-class competition scheduled for July 21-25, 2010 and July 28 - August 1, 2010.

International Bromont is held at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, originally installed as the site for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Equestrian Sports. The site is currently undergoing numerous renovations to prepare for the world’s top riders to attend the exciting event.

The first week of competition will feature two highlight events for jumper riders. The event will open with the $32,000 CSI** 1.50m Open Jumper class on Friday, July 23. Later in the week riders will have the opportunity to compete during the $65,000 CSI** 1.60m World Cup Qualifier. During this class riders will compete for points to show at the 2011 FEI World Cup Finals in Leipzig, Germany.

The exciting jumper action continues during the second week with the $32,000 CSI*** 1.50m Open Jumper class on Friday, July 30. On Sunday, August 1, riders will compete for the top prize during the $125,000 CSI*** 1.60m Grand Prix, which will act as a World Equestrian Games qualifying competition for the Canadian riders. The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be held September 25 – October 10, 2010 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

In addition to the current renovations, International Bromont has improved the stabling areas, replaced footing in the jumper rings, improved the VIP area, and added bleacher seating. Riders attending this year’s competition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park will be thrilled with the renovations while enjoying a world-class competition.

For more information about International Bromont or to download a copy of the prize list please visit www.internationalbromont.org.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

TAPNER AIMING TO TOP UP HSBC FEI Classics™ POINTS AT LUHMUHLEN

Paul Tapner (AUS), the joint leader of the HSBC FEI Classics™ after two events, heads for Germany this weekend (June 17-20) with the prospect of extending his advantage at the series’ third leg, Luhmühlen (GER) presented by E.ON Avacon.

Tapner, who rides Kilfinnie, recent runner-up in the CIC3* at Bramham (GBR), has an exciting chance to slip ahead in the rankings, which carry a US$150,000 first prize to the most successful rider across the five CCI4* events; Kentucky winner William Fox-Pitt (GBR), with whom he shares the lead in the HSBC FEI Classics™, does not have a ride here.

However, Tapner faces pressure from two other riders handily placed in the HSBC FEI Classics™: last year’s Luhmühlen runner-up, Andreas Dibowski (GER), who is still chasing his first CCI4* victory, brings FRH Fantasia, and Mary King (GBR) rides her home-bred mare Kings Temptress, sixth here last year, and the experienced Apache Sauce, recent runner-up at Tattersalls CIC3-W (IRL).

Around 45 riders representing 10 nations (Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, USA) are expected to trot up at today’s first Horse Inspection.

Entries of note include World and Olympic team gold medallist Ingrid Klimke (GER), who returns to top-level competition after the birth of her second child, Philippa, this spring. Klimke rides her three-times team horse Butts Abraxxas in what will be an important outing for her selection chances for the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games™ in September.


And much interest is likely to centre on last year’s HSBC FEI Classics™ winner, Oliver Townend (GBR), who brings two of his leading grey horses, Carousel Quest, whose three CCI4* placings in 2009 included winning Burghley (GBR), plus new ride Ashdale Cruise Master, a faller at Kentucky but recent winner of the Tattersalls CIC3*-W.

Classique Internationale De Blainville (Jumping Blainville) to Feature Top Course Designers

Blainville, Quebec - June 16, 2010 -The Classique Internationale De Blainville (Jumping Blainville) will host top course designers David Ballard and Linda Allen Salinas during its two weeks of exciting competition. The first week of Jumping Blainville will get underway July 7-11, 2010, and the second week will continue July 14-18, 2010. Jumping Blainville has hosted 22 World Cup Qualifying competitions, and this year it will host the $60,000 World Cup Qualifier on Sunday, July 18, 2010.

Riders representing Belgium, England, France, Guatemala, Venezuela, Russia, Austria, Ireland, the United States and Canada will travel to Jumping Blainville to compete on July 16 and 18,, 2010, for FEI and World Cup points,  In 2008, Alison Firestone Robitaille took home the top prize in the World Cup Qualifier, and in 2009 the win went to Andres Rodriguez. Both riders will be returning to Jumping Blainville in 2010 to vie for the winning title once again. Native Quebec riders David Arcand, François Lamontagne, Paul Halpern, Laurie Bucci and Angela Laurence Covert will also be there to represent their province.

David Ballard and Linda Allen Salinas are two of the world's most experienced course designers, combining more than 75 years of experience in course designing at the top competitions. They will use their knowledge to present an exciting arrangement while working around the horse psychology with the available jumps, and offering both horses and riders an exciting challenge for the world-class events.

David Ballard FEIO, of Canada, was the assistant course designer in both the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.  His courses are known to be safe and use intelligent turns to promote the agility of the horse, bringing out the best in both the horses and the riders. Ballard's exciting design will be the highlight event on Sunday July 11, during the $40,000 Grand Prix Jumping Quebec.

Linda Allen Salinas is an FEIO course designer, FEI International judge and show jumping clinician. She started competing in 1970, and was the course designer during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia and the 1992 World Cup Finals in Del Mar, California.  She has won the Walter Cox Trophy and American Horse Show Association Course Designer of the Year award four times. Allen is known for delicate attention to detail when producing a course. She will spend hours looking at the riders and examining every detail of the course before she is satisfied. On Friday, July 16, she will design the course for the $32,000 FEI Welcome Stake, and on Sunday, July 18, riders from 10 Nations will try to produce clear results during the $60,000 World Cup Qualifier.

For more information about Jumping Blainvillle or to download a copy of the prize list please go to www.classiqueblainville.com.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh to attend the Queen's Plate


TORONTO, June 16 - Woodbine Entertainment Group today announced Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be the Guests of Honour at the 151st running of the Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday, July 4, 2010.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be making their fourth appearance at Woodbine for the race, following visits in 1959, 1973 and 1997.

Her Majesty will present the trophy to the winning owner.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

L’Amazing Week for Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze


Four wins in a row is an incredible feat, and Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze accomplished exactly that in the International Ring during the CSI5* Spruce Meadows “National” Tournament held June 9-13 in Calgary, AB.

Having enjoyed victories on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Lamaze scored the biggest win of the week when he claimed Saturday’s $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix with his Olympic mount, Hickstead. The pair were the last of five jump-off challengers, and posted a clear round in a time of 53.78 seconds to edge out Mexico’s Federico Fernandez and Zorro, who had clocked in at 55.49 seconds. Lamaze’s share of the prize money, $66,000, was a welcome addition to the healthy account of more than $2.3 million that he has already amassed in career winnings at Spruce Meadows.

“It was a pretty amazing week, not something that happens every day,” said Lamaze, 42, of Schomberg, ON. “I don’t think many people have ever had a week like this. It was just one of those weeks!”

Lamaze meant business when he arrived at Spruce Meadows with 34 horses, including his own top mounts that had flown over from Europe, as well as those of his students.

“My horses came from Europe to here, ready to compete,” said Lamaze, reflecting on his success. “They are very good horses that have been competing at great horse shows in Europe, and they were very ready to compete in Calgary. I think that showing in Europe makes a big difference.”

Before winning Saturday’s $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, an event Lamaze and Hickstead also won in 2008, Hickstead placed second in Thursday’s $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup. It was the only other event the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze’s own Torrey Pines Stables, contested during the Spruce Meadows “National” Tournament.

On Wednesday, opening day of competition, Lamaze guided Take Off to victory in the $30,000 Enbridge Cup over 56 other entries, despite less than ideal weather conditions. He also placed ninth with Atlete van t Heike, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare.

On Thursday, Lamaze topped the leader board once again with Take Off, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, claiming the $30,000 Prairie Mines & Royalty Cup. In addition to winning with Take Off, Lamaze also placed third after posting double clear rounds with Atlete van t Heike.

Also on Thursday, Lamaze won the $15,000 Bantrel Cup with Coriana van Klapscheut, an eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. On Friday, they proved to be the best of the best in the International Ring, leading the victory gallop over 51 entries in the $40,000 Atco Midstream Cup.

Take Off, Atlete van t Heike, and Coriana van Klapscheut are all owned by the Ziegler family’s Artisan Farms, LLC. Caitlin Ziegler, 15, who trains with the Olympic Champion, enjoyed her own success during the “National” Tournament, winning Friday’s 1.35m Junior/Amateur competition riding Mayhem.

Lamaze will continue to compete at Spruce Meadows throughout the summer tournaments. Next up is the CSI4*-W “Continental” Tournament from June 16 to 20, bringing with it the second of four events comprising the CN Precision Series.

“Hickstead feels very good,” noted Lamaze, who is aiming his Olympic partner for the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, this fall. “We are looking forward to the next leg in the CN Series, and maybe we’ll get the bonus!”

Having already won the $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, Lamaze is in line for a $50,000 bonus should he also win the $100,000 CN Performance Grand Prix on Sunday, June 20.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Quebec Government Offers Generous Sponsorship at Classique Internationale De Blainville (Jumping Blainville)

Blainville, Quebec – June 11, 2010 –The Classique Internationale De Blainville (Jumping Blainville) is pleased to announce that the Government of Quebec will be generously sponsoring this year’s $40,000 Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec. For more information about Tourisme Quebec please visit www.bonjourquebec.com. The exciting grand prix event will be held during the first week of competition on Sunday, July 11, 2010, and will feature the top jumper riders.

The first week of Jumping Blainville will get underway July 7-11, 2010, and the second week will continue July 14 - 18, 2010. During the second week of competition, Desjardins Bank will sponsor the $15,000 Speed Derby, schedule for Saturday, July 17, 2010.

Later during Jumping Blainville’s second week, the Government of Quebec will offer its support to the $60,000 World Cup Qualifier. On Sunday July 18, 2010 riders will be coming from 10 different nations to compete during the $60,000 World Cup Qualifier, vying for the winning title and points to show at the 2011 FEI World Cup Finals in Leipzig, Germany. The winner will be invited to pose beside the winning car at the Concours d'Élégance Le Mirage.

Government of Quebec Quebec has offered generous prizes to all of the riders that will be competing at this year’s event. Blainville is located in one of 22 tourist regions in Quebec, and offers a unique geographical, historical and cultural perspective. The beautiful city is just 20 minutes from Montreal and 10 minutes from the picturesque mountains and lakes of beautiful Quebec. The setting offers participants a possibility to live the equestrian experience in a city surrounded by many exciting and unique activities.

The City of Blainville offers a great deal of support to Jumping Blainville, and hopes to make the equestrian park a top horse show facility with innovative venues in the near future. In addition to the $40,000 Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec, the equestrian park will be hosting a demonstration of stag hunting on July 11. More than 20 horsemen and their pack of dogs will parade before the crowd and then release a fake fox for the horses and dogs to chase.

Horse lovers, family, sponsors and federations around the world are invited to come and view the exciting equestrian competition during the two weeks of Jumping Blainville at the equestrian park.

Fifty local businesses have donated more than $10,000 in prizes to be given away to the public during the two weeks of the equestrian and Concours d’Élégance events. The Concours d'Élégance Le Mirage is a unique charity vocation in Canada. This event is organized to raise money for the André-Delambre Foundation, which supports the University Research on SLA (the Lou Gehrig disease). The program includes a fundraising event in the evening on July 16 at the Golf Le Mirage, in Terrebonne. On Saturday July 17, there will be a club day of antique cars at the Equestrian Park, and finally on Sunday July 18, the Concours D'Élégance Le Mirage will announce the car of the year and will conclude with the Beauty and the Beast at the Equestrian Park.

Pablo Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11 Notch Second Place Finish in $55,000 BC Open World Cup Grand Prix at Thunderbird Show Park

Langley, BC, Canada – June 8, 2010 – In another strong week of competition, Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL, finished second in the $55,000 BC Open World Cup Grand Prix on Saturday, June 5, at the BC Open Tournament at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Barrios rode G&C Quick Star 11, owned by G&C Farm and Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal, to the top placing. G&C Farm's state-of-the-art jumper facility is based in Wellington, FL.

Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11, a 12-year-old KWPN mare by Quick Star x Grannus, were one of 26 entries in the World Cup qualifying grand prix.  The course designer was Peter Grant, and Barrios commented, “It was a pretty tough course. There were a few tall verticals, and the oxers had a good spread. The track was very nice, and it was good for our first World Cup qualifier (this season).”
In the jump-off, Barrios was chasing the winning time set by Rich Fellers and Flexible. “Unfortunately in the jump-off I had a rail down. I was trying to catch Rich's time. I did it but had the the second to last fence down. I ended up second because Ashlee Bond had the same rail down but wasn't as fast,” Barrios recalled.