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

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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/ 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 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

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

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.

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,, 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.”