Friday, June 24, 2011

New Attractions For The 2011 International Bromont

Leopoldo Palacios - International Bromont 2010.
Photo Credit: Proaction Photo
For its 36th edition, the International Bromont is organizing a number of activities for riders and the equestrian community.  

New this year, International Bromont will offer a clinic presented by world-renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios, while he is attending the International Bromont.  

Mr. Palacios, will design the courses for FEI classes the first week of competition and is staying in Bromont to run the clinic on July 27, 28 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spaces are limited and registration will end on July 15, 2011.   

Onsite attractions
For this 36th edition, the International Bromont is planning many activities certain to please everyone.
The family area will include the always-popular petting zoo as well as the new Equus Pocus tent - the perfect place to discover the world of horses!   

A premiere this year at International Bromont, you will be able to sample the flavors of Quebec at our Country Market: a delicious way to discover agricultural producers from 'la Belle Province'.   

This year again, International Bromont will welcome the Just World organization and the committee invites you all to participate in their fun and exciting Horseless Horseshow and Speed Derby fundraising events. 

With its revised program and novel activities, the International Bromont raises the bar for 2011.

International Bromont, a leader in hunter and jumper events, offers two weeks of competitions from July 20th to 24th and July 27th to 31st 2011 and, as for the last 36 years, this event will take place in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, a short distance from the Vermont border. It is the biggest horseshow in Eastern Canada with a total prize money of over $400 000 and one of five major Canadian events on the World Cup circuit.

For more information or to download the preliminary program, visit our website at:

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

USEF and Program Schedule: The International Bromont Is Making It Better For Riders

Bromont, Quebec, June 21, 2011 – Following the major improvements undertaken in 2010, in particular the footing in the rings, the International Bromont carries on in order to welcome all riders in the best environment possible.

“For 2011, we decided to invest in the hunter division,” stresses Roger Deslauriers, show Manager. He added, “the work done in 2010 has affected the entire site but mostly the show jumping facilities, particularly with the changes of the footing in the rings. This year, we are planning some innovations for hunter classes.”

With the increasing popularity of hunter events, the International Bromont opted to promote American riders’ participation by getting a USEF certification for a number of the division classes. Therefore, the points obtained in Bromont events will count for the National American ranking. There is also a new ring to hold additional classes.

The International Bromont has also made innovations to its program. For example, there are three new classes in the Jumper division: the Royal Canin Challenge, Hunting competitions and a Hit and Hurry event.

With improvements to the site and a new program, the organizing committee is confident that the 2011 edition will be successful. Riders will spend two unforgettable weeks of competitions in the picturesque setting of the Eastern Townships.

International Bromont, a leader in hunter and jumper events, offers two weeks of competitions from July 20th to 24th and July 27th to 31st 2011 and, as for the last 36 years, this event will take place in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, a short distance from the Vermont border. It is the biggest horseshow in Eastern Canada with a total prize money of over $400,000 and one of five major Canadian events on the Word Cup circuit.

For more information or to download the preliminary program, visit our website at:


Friday, July 22 – 5, 000$ Talent Squad Jump Canada Series
Friday, July 22 – $ 32,000 1.50M OPEN CSI**
Friday, July 22 – CET Medal presented by Burkman Capital
Saturday, July 23 – $7,500 Hunting competitions
Saturday, July 23 – Just World Horseless Horse Show
Sunday, July 24 – $5,000 Hunter Classic (Rating USEF)
Sunday, July 24 – $5,000 Royal Canin Challenge
Sunday, July 24 – $65,000 World Cup

Thursday, July 28 – Just World Speed Derby
Friday, July 29 – $ 32,000 1.50M OPEN CSI**
Friday, July 29 – CET Medal presented by Burkman Capital
Saturday, July 30 – $10,000 Hit and Hurry
Saturday, July 30 – $15, 000 Modified Grand Prix
Sunday, July 31 – $5,000 Hunter Classic (Rating USEF)
Sunday, July 31 – $125,000 Grand Prix

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Bromont International Driving: A Unique Opportunity In Canada

Chester Weber wins the 2010 Bromont International Driving.
Photo Credit: Normand St-Jacques.
The Bromont International Driving celebrates its 10th anniversary and invites you to join us!

On the picturesque setting of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park in the Eastern Townships, the Bromont International Driving is getting ready for its 10th edition. The only FEI Combined Driving show in Canada, Bromont International Driving is proud to host some of the best drivers of the sports' elite on one of the best sites in the country.

Last year's 9th edition was particularly successful: the show allowed participating drivers a chance to qualify for the Kentucky World Games. Moreover, the International hosted a record 8 four-horse driving teams including talented American driver Chester Weber, an honor for the competition.
For its 10th edition, the Bromont International Driving is hoping to host even more driving teams. Amongst our officials this year, we are happy to count FEI Judge Marsoe Larose and returning course designer Gunnar Larsson, who was here in 2007.
The entry deadline for the Bromont International Driving is June 15th 2011.
For more information or to download the prize list, visit our website at:

The Bromont International Driving invites interested drivers to reserve a room at Château Bromont by calling 1-888-276-6668.
Wednesday, June 22nd
8 AM: Stable opening
2 PM: Secretary opening
Thursday, June 23rd
1 PM: Veterinary inspection
3:30 PM: Course wallk
6 PM: Wine & cheese
Friday, June 24th
8 AM: Presentation
8:30 AM: Dressage
12 PM: Lunch
1 PM: Dressage
10 PM: Fireworks at Château Bromont
Saturday, June 25th
9:30 AM: Marathon
6:30 PM: Competitors' dinner
Sunday, June 26th
8 AM: Inspection in harness
9 AM: Cones
Calgary, CANADA - June 19, 2011 - - Sunday afternoon's $125,000 CN Performance Grand Prix 1.60m had many of the world's best riders racing for a clean and speedy round, but no one seemed to step up to the challenge like Kyle King and the stallion Capone I.

Overcoming a controversial past, the duo posted two clear rounds over the demanding course designed by Great Britain's Bob Ellis, coming through the timers in 45.84 seconds.

Caught in the middle of an ugly custody battle between his two owners, Capone I and King parted ways in 2007. With three years out of the show jumping spotlight, the two reconnected at the end of 2010.

"I got the horse back in November and took him to my Dad's farm in California," said King. "We have a mountain to train on and I swear I was envisioning this day... the horse has come back amazing. "

"I'm not that shocked, but I'm very happy. I knew he could do it."

"We've both been through quite an ordeal in the last couple of years... he and I went our separate ways and I've been out of the sport for the last three years. It's pretty good to come back, compete against these guys and pull it off," King smiled.

And pull it off he did, racing to the finish just moments before Rolex's number one ranked rider, Eric Lamaze on the speedy stallion Hickstead.

"He's actually a little faster these days," said King of his mount. "I don't know why or what, but I can really attack jumps in the jump-off... There was no doubt he was going to go clean today, he felt amazing."

Read the full report at

Friday, June 17, 2011

Success for Danimax Farm in the Young Horse Series at Blainville

Lazer HB, owned by Danimax Farm and ridden by Nicolas Bayzelon
Photo by Cealy Tetley
The second event in the eastern region of the 2011 Jump Canada Young Horse Series was held June 1-5 at Concours Hippiques du Parc in Blainville, QC. 

Danimax Farm of Carignan, QC, owned by Christine Boisseau and Nicolas Bayzelon, stole the spotlight in Blainville with three of its horses placing in their respective divisions. Bayzelon and Lazer HB claimed first place in the Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division. The pair stopped the clock in the jump-off at 45.37 seconds after putting in two clear rounds. 

“Lazer HB has been doing the Young Horse Series since he was five so we aren’t really surprised that he’s been doing so well this year,” said Boisseau. “He’s already started competing in the 1.40m division and will also do the modified grand prix.He’s going further much faster than we expected.” 

Bayzelon and Lazer HB also finished second in the Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division at the Concours hippique de St-Lazare in St. Lazare, QC on May 27. The seven-year-old bay Luxembourg gelding is the only Danimax Farm horse competing in the Jump Canada Young Horse Series that they did not breed themselves. Lazer HB is Canadian-bred, however, as the gelding was bred by HB Farm in Ste-Clothilde-de-Horton, QC. 

HSBC FEI Classics 2011 - Luhmuhlen Preview

Preview for round 3 of the HSBC FEI Classics 2011 in Luhmuhlen. Watch the highlights programme on on Thursday 23rd of June

Equine Guelph June Enews

Coriana van Klapscheut Named as ‘Omega Alpha Horse of the Month’ for May

Eric Lamaze + Coriana van Klapscheut
Equine Canada has named Coriana van Klapscheut as the ‘Omega Alpha Horse of the Month,’ for May based her three European grand prix victories in one week during the month of May.
Ridden by the reigning Olympic show jumping champion, Eric Lamaze, Coriana van Klapscheut is owned by Torrey Pines Stable and Artisan Farms LLC. Lamaze, who has brought the nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare up the ranks since 2009, guided Coriana van Klapscheut to victory in the €23,000 Trofeo Iberia and the €23,000 Trofeo Repsol at CSI5* Valencia, Spain, on May 7 and 8. The dominating pair repeated their success the following weekend, capturing the €23,000 Prix Groupe Lucien Barriere in La Baule, France on May 14. To round out their month of success, the pair also won the €23,000 Trofeo Marine and Aviation on May 28 at CSIO5* Rome.

"We are honored that Coriana has been chosen as the horse of the month," said Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms. "She truly had an amazing run in May, and we were thrilled to be in Valencia and La Baule to watch her win. It's not often that you find a horse that can win in both the grand prix and the speed classes. She and Eric are a great pair, and, since she is still only nine-years-old, they have a great future ahead of them!"

Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 Status Update

Equine Canada’s Health and Welfare Committee is sharing an update on the EHV-1 status in the Western Provinces from a conference call June 13. Participants included the Chief Provincial Veterinarian, members of Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, faculty from the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine, provincial animal laboratory veterinarians and local equine practitioners. There has been one new case of nEHV-1 reported since the last telephone conference call on June 8th, 2011. 

To date the reported positive cases of nEHV-1 in Alberta are as follows (all reported in previous updates):
  • One neurological case (now recovered) first found positive at the start of May
  • Four positive cases, including the one newly reported case, which is considered a delayed testing scenario rather than a secondary spread of the disease. This new case and the three others are experiencing mild respiratory signs/fever and are all now recovered.
  • Four horses who tested positive (using  PCR or Polymerace Chain Reaction testing), but are showing no clinical signs
  • One neurological case who is responding well to treatment that attended cutting events in Alberta
  • One neurological case in Northern Alberta that was at the cutting competition in Lloydminster
To date suspect cases of nEHV-1 in Alberta are as follows (all reported in previous updates):
  • One previously reported neurologic case. The mild neurological signs are almost resolved and the horse remains under quarantine. To date testing has been negative.
  • The second suspect with mild neurological signs in Northern Alberta that was at the cutting competition in Lloydminster (reported in last update) remains on the suspect list.
  • Neurological suspect case from Central Alberta was euthanized due in part to complications with previous, significant medical conditions. Testing remains pending.
  • One suspect respiratory case is at the same premises as the new positive reported case (mentioned in the second bullet noted in the reported positive cases above).
The one confirmed and one suspect case both are from a cutting horse barn that had horses at the Ogden, Utah show. 

Alltech National Horse Welcomes Sleepy P Ranch as Junior Jumper Sponsor

Lexington, KY - June 16, 2011 - - The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th edition, announced today that Sleepy P Ranch has graciously agreed to join forces with this year's event as sponsors of the $25,000 Junior Jumper Division.

The Alltech National Horse Show CSI-W 4* will be staged at the Alltech Arena at the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, site of last year's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Junior Jumper division will feature the $10,000 Sleepy P Ranch Junior Jumper Welcome Speed Stake on Thursday, November 3 and the $15,000 Sleepy P Ranch Junior Jumper Time First Jump-Off on Friday, November 4th.

The top Junior Jumpers will then go head to head against the top Amateur Owner Jumpers in the $50,000 Championship Final of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. Joining Sleepy P in that sponsorship are Chansonette Farms and Deeridge Farm.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

G&C Farm Starts European Tour with Success and Win in Cannes

Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11
© Stefano Grasso

Wellington, FL - June 16, 2011 - G&C Farm has started their summer tour with success at CSI 5* shows across Europe. Olympian Pablo Barrios, currently ranked 27th in the world, was a class winner at the Global Champions Tour in Cannes, France and has been in the ribbons at major competitions. G&C Farm is based in Wellington, FL, and owned by Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of Venezuela. Barrios, who competes for Venezuela, is also based in Wellington.

Gustavo Mirabal stated, “It has been a fantastic summer tour in Europe for G&C Farm. It is important for us to jump in five-star shows and in the Global Champions Tour. It is the first time ever that a rider from Venezuela has competed at these shows, and we are very proud to represent our country with the fantastic results that we have received so far. It was such a great feeling to hear the national anthem and see the Venezuelan flag raised in Cannes!”

The Rolex One to Watch - May 2011

Aleksandra Lusina
The Rolex One to Watch for May 2011 is Polish rider, Aleksandra Lusina. Based at the Agro-Handel Riding Club in Olsza, Poland, the 32-year-old jumped from number 556 to 232 during May – a move up the Rolex Rankings of 324 places.

The Rolex One to Watch is an initiative which identifies the rider who has made the biggest jump within or into the Top 250 of the Rolex Rankings the previous month.

Starting out in Dressage before moving onto Jumping, Lusina had a very successful young riding career, including winning individual silver at the Polish Championships for Young Riders. Moving into senior competition she was the first woman to ever win the Polish Championships in 2007, and again in 2009.

Currently competing in the Central European League, Lusina has had an outstanding 2011. She was placed first and second riding Kalinka MNM and Chiara MNM respectively at the Tbilisi CSI** at the end of May, as well as being placed fourth and fifth riding Chiara MNM and Bahar MNM respectively at the Baku CSI**** at the end of April. These results have helped her strong ascent within the Rolex Rankings.

Ontario Equestrian Federation Donates $10,000 to Equine Guelph for Research

OEF has donated $10,000 to Equine Guelph to help continue the exemplary work conducted in the Research division.  It is one of OEF’s mandates to improve health and welfare of the horse. OEF’s continued partnership with Equine Guelph will help bring about new developments in equine health for all disciplines.

Equine Guelph’s Integrative Therapies Workshop a Huge Success!

By: Jackie Bellamy

Equine Guelph presented its first ever, Integrative Therapies workshop on May 19th to a full house at the Ontario Veterinary College. Minds were engaged right from the start with Dr. Brad Hanna’s thought-provoking introduction. Entrenched in evidenced-based approaches, first impressions may have been this OVC professor was going to debunk the notion of integrative therapies all together! This initial reaction quickly turned into unanimous nods of agreement throughout the lecture hall, filled with horse owners eager to learn more about complimenting their horse health programs.

Hanna took everyone on a whirlwind journey through time which left the audience in no doubt of the need for best scientific practices and meticulously recorded statistics. Hanna explained, "The lesson of bloodletting is arguably the most important lesson in the history of medicine, yet it has been largely forgotten. This leaves us in the unenviable position of making the same mistakes, for the same reasons, and with the same unjustified sense of certainty in our beliefs, despite access to better information. Anyone who is genuinely interested in the well-being of their patients must take this lesson seriously." Hanna also reminded the participants that many modern pharmaceuticals originated from natural sources, citing an example of aspirin’s origin from the willow tree. By the end of his talk, listeners knew of many criteria to look for in valid studies. Hanna set the tone to keep an open mind but gave the audience some tools to assess credibility.

Bone cracking myths were dispelled as Dr. Scott Hie, D.C. Chiropractor, went on to educate the crowd about what an adjustment is, and when it is useful. Restriction and lack of motion were the symptoms Hie stated as reasons to see a Chiropractor? but not before seeing a vet. Hie laughs at some of the misunderstandings that often surround his practice and recommends, “If your horse has a bone out of place – call a surgeon!” Hie explained an adjustment as a high velocity, low amplitude thrust. The audience was encouraged to call their vets first and then seek out registered professionals from sites like www.veterinary Hie reiterated the importance of teamwork between the vet, farrier, saddle fitter, massage therapist, nutritionist and chiropractor in addition to seeking out evidence-based knowledge. Feedback was resounding that more of this knowledge would be useful as listeners learned many of the examples of what not to do! Hie let everyone know chiropractic is not an option when there is severe heat, swelling, lameness or open wounds. Participants interested in learning more about how the joints are connected were encouraged to check out Equine Guelph’s Anatomy course or seminars.

An exciting high level scientific talk ensued when Dr. Wendy Pearson of the University of Guelph took the stage, outlining the potential of a new breed of “super mint” to reduce inflammation and aid in the treatment of arthritis. The audience was shown the complexities of biochemistry through a vivid PowerPoint explaining how components within cells are interacting. The steps of Pearson’s intensive research using control groups and closely monitoring statistics were outlined in detail. Wendy’s enthusiasm and analogies helped everyone gain an appreciation of why best practices in scientific studies are so important in validating results. Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker, summed up this lecture stating, “If my chemistry professor was this passionate, I might be in a different field today.”

The search for symmetry followed with a hands-on talk by Holly Barnett, REMT CSF, massage therapist. With over 80 modalities of recognized massage, this speech left the audience wanting to learn more about trigger points and how to relieve those pesky knots. Everything from chronic tension to muscle spasms and rehabilitation were covered as reasons to employ a registered massage therapist (info can be found on sites like Barnett also encouraged participants to utilize their health care team by seeking out the vet first and expanded upon the importance of a qualified saddle fitter as many muscular problems begin with incorrect saddle fit. Barnett instructed horse owners to “look for symmetry” and gave many tips on how to palpate and stretch horses to help combat what can become a vicious cycle of pain and muscle contraction.

Lastly, and going into overtime, Jackie Vandenbrink, M.Sc. Equine Nutritionist, gave the audience food for thought. No one was concerned about staying late when Vandenbrink started serving up sound advice for feeding your herbivore a forage-based diet. Vandenbrink emphasized, “Good management should stimulate good digestion.” Over-supplementation was discussed and cautioned. Vandenbrink encourages horse owners to heed nutrient deficiencies and perform ration analysis. Often an imbalance in one nutrient is a sign of deficiencies elsewhere. Vandenbrink stressed the importance of looking at the whole picture and not reaching for one magical powder. If your vet/chiro/massage therapist finds a physical problem, talking to a nutritionist to improve your feed program can be an important part of the solution.

Good quality hay was discussed at length. Vandenbrink went on to inform the audience that hay is not a balanced diet and does not mimic grazing in the wild. Four-month-old hay does not contain the higher levels of Vitamin E that can be ingested on a well-maintained pasture. She suggests turning horses out on pasture as a great way to buffer the gut, guarding against ulcers. “A well functioning hind gut is a source of nutrients for the rest of the body not only in calories but also in B vitamins, electrolytes and fluids,” says Vandenbrink while discussing the importance of fibre. The participants were given plenty of information to digest. Feedback from the workshop, conclusively indicated horse owners are chomping at the bit for more of this valuable information.

The evening of integrative therapies was made possible through a memorial contribution by family members of Rosalie Logan. This tribute honored a noted horsewoman and shared her love of the horse with other horse lovers. Rosalie believed an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure and Equine Guelph was pleased to facilitate this workshop. Equine Guelph thanks all attendees for their generous donations which help to develop future educational opportunities.

EquiMania! Attraction at TheMuseum

Equine Guelph’s Director, Gayle Ecker exclaims, “We are delighted to be partnering with TheMuseum to bring the magic of horses to Kitchener.  Horse enthusiasts of all ages will find interesting and interactive learning opportunities.  It’s all about fun!” 

EquiMania! will be an attraction on the 4th floor at TheMuseum  located at 10 King St. West in Kitchener until August 2nd.