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 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 and 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.

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