Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Horse | Study: Match Personalities for Strong Horse, Woman Bond


Editor's note: This article is part of TheHorse.com's ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 International Society of Equitation Science conference, held July 18-20 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

All right ladies, this one's for you. Do you think personalities matter when it comes to getting the right horse-rider relationship? According to a recently completed equitation science study, they certainly seem to. Research shows that women who "match up" their horses' personality traits to those of their own are more likely to have a better relationship with their animals.
Inga Wolframm, PhD, senior lecturer of equine leisure and sports at the University of Applied Science Van Hall Larenstein in Wageningen, The Netherlands, presented her research at the 8th International Society of Equitation Science conference, held July 18-20 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
"We know from studies on humans that personality traits affect the way people cooperate and communicate with each other," Wolframm said. "Coaches and athletes who share personality traits seem to have better relationships than those who do not, and the same is true with marriage partners. Research has also shown this applies to dogs and their masters. So what I wanted to know was: what about horses and their riders?"
Wolframm's study was based on a Facebook questionnaire that spread "like a virus" in The Netherlands among equestrians between the ages of 18 and 70. The women were asked to rate 15 of their own personality traits (such as excitability, liveliness, consideration, and leadership). And--"as horses can't fill out questionnaires," Wolframm added--respondents were also asked to rate 15 of their horses' corresponding personality traits (such as emotional reactivity, ability to learn, how affectionate and sociable ["gregarious"] they are, and how easily riders felt their horses cooperated). Finally, they were asked to rate how they viewed their relationship with their horse, as low, medium, or high quality.

Read More:

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hawley Bennett-Awad Stars on Opening Day for Canadian Olympic Team for Eventing


Hawley Bennett-Awad of Langley, BC and Gin & Juice
July 28, 2012, London, England - Hawley Bennett-Awad of Langley, BC, was the highest placed member of the Canadian Olympic Team for Eventing as competition opened on Saturday, July 28, at Greenwich Park for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Three Canadian Olympic Team members for Eventing competed on the first of two days of dressage competition with Bennett-Awad currently ranked 11th in the provisional standings after scoring 48.70 penalty points riding Gin & Juice.  Michele Mueller of Port Perry, ON, earned a score of 57 penalty points to place 25th while Peter Barry of Dunham, QC, is currently ranked 32nd in the individual standings with 61.70 penalty points.

Two German competitors, Ingrid Klimke riding Butts Abraxxas and Dirk Schrade riding King Artus, currently top the leader board with scores of 39.30 and 39.80 penalty points respectively.  Great Britain's Mary King is ranked third after scoring 40.90 with Imperial Cavalier.

"Amazing, what a feeling going into that ring!" said Bennett-Awad, 35, following her dressage test.  Bennett-Awad is making her second Olympic appearance, having also represented Canada in 2004 in Athens.

Of Gin & Juice, a 12-year-old American thoroughbred mare that she co-owns with Linda Paine, Bennett-Awad said, "She actually surprised me with how rideable she was.  I had a few tears coming down center line.  I am so proud of her!"
Michele Mueller of Port Perry, ON, and Amistad
In her Olympic debut, Mueller is riding Amistad, a 13-year-old chestnut thoroughbred/Belgian-cross gelding owned by Julie-Anna Pring.

"I am pleased with it, I am happy with it," said Mueller, 48, of her dressage test.  "I would have loved to have been better; everyone wants to do better, of course!  I am pleased that my horse didn't lose it in the ring; he kept it together, he listened and he tried hard.  I couldn't ask for any more."
Peter Barry of Dunham, QC, and/et Kilrodan Abbott
Barry was awarded a score of 57 penalty points from the three-member ground jury to currently rank 32nd in the individual standings riding Kilrodan Abbott, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Peter, Susan and Dylan Barry.

"I had two mistakes which cost me," explained Barry, 56, who is also making his Olympic debut.  "After the halt when we trotted off, he wanted to go into a canter, and then there was an error in the test. It was not my best dressage score, but I think we were respectable."

Barry is looking forward to Monday's challenging cross-country phase, stating, "I am happy to say that I don't think it is going to be a dressage show here.  I think the cross-country course will be influential.  I will try hard to ride my turns well, and I think there is time to be made, so I hope we move up after cross-country."

Canada's other two team members, Jessica Phoenix of Uxbridge, ON, riding her own Canadian-bred Exponential, and Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC, riding the Canadian-bred Riddle Master, owned by Blithe Hill Farm, will contest the opening phase of dressage on Sunday, July 29.  Once all five team members have completed the dressage phase, the best three scores will be used to determine the overall team standings.  A total of 12 countries are contesting the team medals.

Often referred to as the triathlon of horse sports, is comprised of three consecutive phases.  The first phase of competition, dressage, will be held over two days, Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  The second phase, cross-country, will be held Monday, July 30, and features 28 fences with 39 jumping efforts over a track set by British course designer Sue Benson.  The third and final phase, show jumping, will take place on Tuesday, July 31.  Team medals will be decided following the first round of show jumping, while the top 25 athletes in the individual rankings, limited to a maximum of three representatives per nation, will advance to a second round of show jumping to determine the individual medals.

The Canadian Olympic Team for Eventing is supported by Coach/International Technical Advisor David O'Connor; Chef d'Equipe Graeme Thom; Veterinarian Christiana Ober; Stable Manager Deb Furnas; Ferrier Randy Pawlak; Team Manager Fleur Tipton; and Therapist Jo Ann Wilson.

For more information, including results, please visit the equestrian sport section of the official 2012 London Olympic Games website at www.london2012.com/equestrian.

Photos - Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com
Source: Julie Cull, Canada Hippique, jcull@equinecanada.ca

Friday, July 27, 2012

FEI Open Jumper 1.50m: Lamontagne first throughout



Francois Lamontagne & Underground 1.50m. Photo Normand St-Jacques

Bromont, July 27, 2012 – The FEI (Fédération Équestre Internationale) events, which will start tomorrow at International Bromont will include about thirty participants, notably Mario Deslauriers, Jonathan and Ben Asselin, Amy Millar, Leslie Howard as well as Nicolas Dello Joio, winner of the BonjourQuébec.com World Cup qualifier on July 22, 2012.

While last week’s number of participants in the FEI events at International Bromont fluctuated between 25 and 28, this week’s International events should count and additional 10 horse/rider teams. "`For fans of high level competitions, this is probably the nicest of the two weeks of the show." Indicated show manager, Roger Deslauriers. "We have essentially the same number of horses altogether, however, a higher number participate in the FEI events (than last week). With more competitors, the level of difficulty and the pressure tend to go up."

There will be two FEI events at International Bromont: the first, the Open Jumper 1m50 class on Friday July 27 starting at 3h30, while the second, the Grand Prix with fences at a maximum height of 1m60, will take place on Sunday July 29, starting at 2h30.

In addition to International classes, this weekend’s programme will include highlights such as the Hunter Derby, new this year, and the Modified Grand Prix, both on Saturday July 28, as well as many medal classes for Junior/Amateurs (Aubert Brillant, Jump Canada, François Ferland) on Sunday, and the not to be missed Royal Canin Challenge, on July 29.

International Bromont promises an unforgettable 2012 edition with five FEI events, the return of the Royal Canin Challenge on both Sundays, as well as its two new events. For more details on the programme, visit our Internet site at www.internationalbromont.org.

The International Bromont, a Hunter and Jumper competition, presents its thirty-seventh edition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, from July 18 to 22, and July 25 to 29, 2012. International Bromont would like to thank the Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport and the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec for their support. Admission is $10 per person and free for children under 12 years-old.  

Source: Alexandra Hill Communications. Parc Équestre Olympique de Bromont, communications@internationalbromont.org

Jimmy Toon and Tigger Win $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby in Vermont



Jimmy Toon and Tigger won the $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby on Thursday, July 26, during week four of the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Photo by David Mullinix Photography

 East Dorset, Vermont – Jimmy Toon of South Salem, NY, rode Jane Clark’s Tigger to victory in the $5,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby on Thursday, July 26, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.  The six-week Vermont Summer Festival continues in East Dorset, VT, through August 12, 2012.

The $5,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby is a qualifier for the $15,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby, which will be held on Thursday, August 9, during week six of the Vermont Summer Festival.  In order to qualify for the $15,000 Hunter Derby, a rider or owner must have competed in a Hunter Derby during weeks one through five of the 2012 competition.  The $15,000 Hunter Derby is generously sponsored by Oughton Limited, a Vermont-based equestrian luggage manufacturer that is also presenting a beautiful ‘Wellie’ barn tote to the weekly derby winner.

A total of 22 entries competed over the week four Hunter Derby course designed by Gerry Briggs, which spanned two rings and featured beautiful natural obstacles at the rural show grounds of Harold Beebe Farm.  Jimmy Toon and Tigger won the class with a total score of 170 after coming out on top in round one with a score of 88 and then scoring 82 in the handy round.

Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, MD, rode Rolling Acres’ Gerona 92 to a second place finish with scores of 83 and 84 for a two-round total of 167.  Penny Lombardo, of Loxahatchee, FL, guided Kelly Cartwright’s Big Girl Don’t Cry to third place with scores of 82 and 83 for a total score of 165.  Fourth place honors were awarded to Darren Graziano of Wellington, FL, riding Paula Kennedy’s Monte Cristo to scores of 80 and 81 for a 161 total.  Cory Hardy of Waltham, MA, had a great finish with Connor, owned by Mary Chase, to earn fifth place.  The pair scored a 73 in the first round and then jumped to an impressive score of 87 in round two for a 160 point total.

Toon’s winning mount, Tigger, is a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Jimtown x Ramiro Z.  Having formerly competed in the show jumping divisions, Tigger began his hunter career with Toon less than two years ago.  The pair has done very well in the High Performance Hunter divisions, and recently began competing in the derby classes together.

Commenting on their win, Toon stated, “This is only the second derby I have done with him, but I think he will be good at them in time.  I think he needs to forget about the jumper career a little bit, but he is getting better and better about that.  He is a good horse; he wants to be a good horse.  He is making a lot of good efforts."

“The class was nice,” Toon continued.  “The first round was better than the second.  I have to work on a few things for the second round.  Maybe I lost my concentration a little bit, but it wasn’t bad.  In the first round, he was quite smooth and the second round, there were just tiny things.  Maybe he got a little antsy, but there were parts that he was very good at.  He is quite good at the handy and quite competitive; I think it is just both of us being smoother.  It is me being smoother with him and him being smoother with me.  He is doing nicely though, he is a sweet horse and I am lucky to have the opportunity to ride him.”

Toon showed in Vermont last year as well and has also judged at the show for the last two years.  He is a big fan of the competition and picturesque setting.

“Vermont is beautiful; the weather’s great and the scenery is fabulous,” he declared.  “We love the stores in town and the restaurants.  They do a very nice job here.  They keep it very clean and the management is very easy to get along with.  They are super people; we can’t say enough nice things about them. Billy (Glass) is a great manager and his crew is great, and John and Dotty (Ammerman) have done a great job for everybody.”

Now qualified, Toon plans to compete with Tigger in the $15,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby, sponsored by Oughton Limited, on August 9.

Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.  The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 11.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, are now held each Thursday.

Competition begins at 8 a.m. daily, Wednesday through Sunday.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children.  All of the gate receipts benefit the a number of Manchester area non-profit organizations, including the Mark Skinner Library, Friends Foundation for MEMS, Community Food Cupboard, and Second Chance Animal Center.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont.  The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).  For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.
PRESS RELEASE: Starting Gate Communications. jward@startinggate.ca 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Planning For a Profitable Equine Business


Guelph, Ontario - July 24, 2012 - When it comes to operating a business in the equine industry, a bit of planning can certainly make the difference between its success or its downfall. Equine Guelph, University of Guelph, provides the tools necessary to those who are looking to operate a profitable horse business through its online course in Equine Business Management which runs this September.

"Many who work with horses have no business knowledge, yet they want to turn their passion for horses into a business," says Heather Gentles, instructor of the Equine Business Management Program at the University of Guelph. "This course covers the basics of setting up a business and is overseen by instructors who have extensive business and horse knowledge, so that they are able to guide the students on their journey. The interaction with other students helps spur ideas, and gives feedback and support, which are invaluable."

Gentles, who has a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Biology from the University of Northern Arizona and a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and General Management from the Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio, has over 20 years of experience in marketing research and product management. She also helps small businesses get off the ground and develop their marketing initiatives.

Throughout the 12-week course, students will learn the time management and readiness skills to start a business, examine SMART goals, understand market research, and how to identify profitable products and/or services, as well as pricing strategies, and marketing, legal and insurance needs. Topics also covered include basic financials such as start up costs, income statements and cash flow, human resources, business organization and establishing a business team. At the completion of this course, students will have developed a business plan entirely geared to their business.

"It is surprising how many businesses start without writing any kind of business plan," notes Gentles. "They have an idea and passion, but have not thought out all the details that can make or break a business. It has been estimated that 30 to 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years due to weak general business, financial and/or marketing knowledge. The Equine Business Management course forces students to sit down and think through a variety of areas that will help them succeed in their horse business."

Other courses offered in Equine Guelph's Fall 2012 lineup include Management of the Equine Environment, Equine Health & Disease Prevention, Equine Nutrition, Growth & Development, Exercise Physiology, Advanced Equine Behaviour, Equine Journalism, and Stewardship of the Equine Environment. Registration is now open, with early bird registration ending August 10. Courses run from September 10 to December 2, 2012.

For more information, please contact the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at info@coles.uoguelph.ca, call 519-767-5000 or visit www.equinebusinesscertificate.com.
Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicenter for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca.

About The Centre of Open Learning and Education Support

The Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise and leadership to the University of Guelph community and our partners in the following: the scholarship and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced education, open learning and professional development. We provide support for teaching and learning that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental, and based on best practices.

PRESS RELEASE: Equine Guelph. jbellamy@uoguelph.ca

Washington International Horse Show Prize List Now Available

Washington, D.C., - July 26, 2012 - The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), is pleased to announce the 2012 WIHS Prize List, which includes several exciting changes to the show program, is now available online. The country's leading metropolitan indoor equestrian event, now in its 54th year, will take place October 23-28, 2012, at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

"We take great pleasure in welcoming many of the finest horses and riders in the sport and appreciate all the hard work it takes to get to Washington,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “We strive to make it a very special experience for exhibitors, spectators and sponsors.”

The U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) has granted WIHS a presidential modification to increase the number of WIHS Equitation Finalists to 40 (from 35), with 10 spots available to qualifiers from the West Coast League and 30 from the East Coast League. The increase will give more riders the opportunity to compete in one of the most prestigious equitation finals in North America.

WIHS will also introduce the Amateur-Owner 3'3” Hunter division for the first time with 20 entries accepted, 10 each in the 18-35 and 36 & over age groups.

Entries must be postmarked by midnight September 4. The qualifying period ends August 29, except for the WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, which ends August 31. For more details, download the Official WIHS Prize List at www.wihs.org/prize-list/. Entries may also be submitted using Equestrian Connect.


Nearly half a million dollars in prize money and special awards will be presented at the show, including Washington favorites like special treats from Georgetown Cupcake and luxury timepieces for the leading hunter and jumper riders, courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box.

Some of the industry’s most respected judges will preside over this year’s competition, including McLain Ward, Alison Robitaille and Todd Karn for the WIHS Equitation Finals; Ralph Caristo, Jimmy Clapperton and Scott Williamson for the hunters; and Ralph Alfano, Neil O'Connor and John Taylor for the jumpers.

WIHS is one of the most historic and well-known equestrian events in the world with a significant record of hosting Olympians, national champions, our country’s most talented young equitation riders, and top ranking junior, amateur and pony competitors, all of whom take to the ring each October in the nation’s capital.

Nationally, WIHS is rated “AA,” the highest possible, by USEF. On the international level, it has a three-star (CSI 3*-W) rating from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). The ‘W’ indicates the show is one of a select few in the U.S. offering a prestigious World Cup qualifying class. At Washington, the highlight event of show week, the $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, is a World Cup qualifier.

In related news, the Washington International’s sister show, the WIHS Regional Horse Show, held on October 19-21, 2012, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, will now be “C” rated, and will once again host the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Zone 3 Finals. A very popular stop on the local horse show circuit, the WIHS Regional also offers an alternative way for area riders to qualify for competition at Verizon Center.

Download the 2012 Official WIHS Prize List at www.wihs.org/prize-list/. Learn more about the Washington International and the WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Finals at www.wihs.org, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org)

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s only metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with top riders, including Olympic medalists and their world-class horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show, with many competing all year just to qualify. Highlights include the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities, such as Kids' Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police, round out this family-friendly event.

Since its debut, the WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by celebrities, business, military, and diplomatic leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.


PRESS RELEASE: Jennifer Wood Media. info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

Darragh Kenny and Tonic Triumph in $10,000 Welcome Stake in Vermont



Darragh Kenny and Tonic triumphed in the $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Thursday, July 26, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.Photo by David Mullinix Photography

 East Dorset, Vermont – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Tonic jumped to victory in the $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Thursday, July 26 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.  The six-week Vermont Summer Festival is running at Harold Beebe Farm from July 4 through August 12, 2012.

In a nine-horse jump-off, Kenny and Tonic beat out Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City and Mark Leone and Pleasure de Riverland, who finished second and third respectively.

Ken Krome is the course designer in the grand prix ring for week four’s Valley Classic competition at the Vermont Summer Festival, and had the task of setting the course for Thursday’s $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake.  With 24 entries, nine horses jumped clear to advance to the jump-off, with three again jumping clear.

Mark Leone, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and Ri Arm Farm’s Pleasure De Riverland were the first pair to clear the course and jumped off in 40.01 seconds to eventually finish third.  Several rounds later, New York City’s Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City, owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC, also jumped double clear and were quicker in a time of 37.02 seconds to place second.  Darragh Kenny and Tonic were the final duo to jump double clear, stopping the clock in 36.44 seconds for the win.  Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Wayne R, owned by Palm Meadow Farm LLC, had the fastest time in the jump-off with 35.86 seconds, but a rail down left Torano fourth overall in the final standings.

The winning horse, Tonic, is an eight-year-old Hungarian Warmblood gelding by Timorrak Des Isles, owned by Rachael Barnes.  Kenny is riding Tonic this week to prepare him for Barnes, who will show the gelding in the Junior Jumper division next week.

Kenny explained, “Rachael is just getting used to the horse and he is young, so she wanted me to show him a little bit.  He seems really special.  He is careful and scopey and easy.  I am really glad that they let me ride him today; he was excellent.”

Kenny had a total of four horses entered in the $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake, and also earned the sixth and eighth place prizes.  He commented on the course, stating, “I thought it was a really good course for everybody.  I think Ken built a great course.  It looked and walked a little bit easier than it actually jumped.  The jump-off was great; it had a couple of catchy situations in it.”

Kenny rides for Missy Clark and John Brennan at North Run, which is based less than two hours from the competition grounds in Warren, VT.  He enjoys the opportunity to show so close to home in the beautiful environment at Harold Beebe Farm.

“It is a great show and it is run really well,” Kenny said.  “I am lucky that I get so many horses to show in these classes.  Thanks to Missy and John and the owners of the horses that let me show them.  It is a competitive show for us and we like to come and do well here.  It is kind of like home away from home for us being in Vermont.  We go home on Sunday evening and come back on Tuesday.  We get to spend some time at home and spend some time here.  They do the best that they can and when you have people who run a show who try so hard, it makes a huge difference to the exhibitors, to the owners, to everybody.”

Georgina Bloomberg finished second to Kenny in Thursday’s competition and was pleased with her ride on Radio City.

“I was really happy with my round,” she smiled.  “It was a little smaller than last week, so I knew that speed was going to come into play a little bit more in the jump-off, but I was happy with my horse.”

“I just really started back showing,” Bloomberg noted.  “Last week was actually my first grand prix back in a year because I had back surgery, so I am a little timid, especially going fast.  I am not going as fast as I would like to, or maybe need to, to win the classes, but I was really happy with it and I thought the course was a nice introduction to the week.”

Bloomberg showed in Vermont as a teenager when the festival was in a different location and was excited to return to the competition this year.

“We have been in Europe for a few summers and then I had a summer where I didn’t really have any horses, so this is the first summer where it worked out,” Bloomberg explained.  “I was in America and had a few horses that I wanted to be able to show in some nice grand prix events.  We heard great things about the show and I have absolutely loved it.  Not only is the setting great and the area, but the show itself has been really nice and we have just really enjoyed being here.  It is nice to be at a show where you can actually enjoy it as well as enjoy what you are doing in the ring.”

Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.  The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 11.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, are now held each Thursday.

Competition begins at 8 a.m. daily, Wednesday through Sunday.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children.  All of the gate receipts benefit the a number of Manchester area non-profit organizations, including the Mark Skinner Library, Friends Foundation for MEMS, Community Food Cupboard, and Second Chance Animal Center.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont.  The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).  For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.
PRESS RELEASE: Starting Gate Communications jward@startinggate.ca

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

International Bromont 2012: kick-off of the second week of competition

Bromont, July 25, 2012 – Riders participating in the International Bromont only had  a short respite, on July 23 and 24, 2012. In fact, July 25 marked the return to competition for the final week of International Bromont, where close to 600 riders are getting ready to stride on the Olympic site in the Eastern Townships. 

Let’s get moving!
The last week of International Bromont will give visitors the opportunity to appreciate the skills of registered riders in both Hunter and Jumper divisions.  On the Hunter side, riders will face off on Sunday July 29 in one of three Medal classes: the Aubert Brillant, François Ferland and Jump Canada, in addition to the Hunter Classic, which include all non-professional divisions. Moreover, the Hunter Derby, a much-anticipated new event, will take place on Saturday July 29, in the main competition ring.

On the Jumper side, Friday July 27 promises fans a fabulous afternoon with the FEI (Fédération Équestre Internationale) 1m50 Open Jumper class at 3h30 followed by the Canadian Equestrian Team Medal class, presented by Burkman Capital. Saturday July 28 will also be an opportunity to see the most accomplished riders of the International Bromont as they compete in the Modified Grand Prix, where rider Mario Deslauriers has taken 1st place, to the crowd’s and equestrian fans’ delight. Will he repeat this in 2012? The International Bromont will close with the Royal Canin Challenge and the highly popular Grand Prix, offering $ 100,000 in prize money, on Sunday July 29.

Back to basics
Olympic Medalist Michel Vaillancourt, well versed in the Bromont site, which saw his equestrian performances in 1976, will design the final Grand Prix course. Vaillancourt, who won the Individual Silver Medal at the Montreal Olympic Games, will design all courses for the events in the International ring at the Bromont Equestrian show. 

International Bromont promises an unforgettable 2012 edition with five FEI events, the return of the Royal Canin Challenge on both Sundays, as well as its two new events. For more details on the programme, visit our Internet site at www.internationalbromont.org.
The International Bromont, a Hunter and Jumper competition, presents its thirty-seventh edition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, from July 18 to 22, and July 25 to 29, 2012. International Bromont would like to thank the Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport and the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec for their support. Admission is $10 per person and free for children under 12 years-old.  
Source: Alexandra Hill Communications. Parc Équestre Olympique de Bromont, communications@internationalbromont.org
www.parcequestrebromont.org | www.internationalbromont.org

Canadian Dressage Riders Win Individual Medals at the 2012 North American Junior and Young Riders Championships

Laurence Blais Tétreault
Montréal, QC
and Pissarro
Photo - Susan J. Stickle
Canadian dressage riders continued their winning ways in individual and freestyle competition at the 2012 North American Junior & Young Rider Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.

Saturday, July 21 featured both divisions' freestyles, the final leg of the competition. In the Junior Riders Freestyle held in the afternoon, Laurence Blais Tetreault of Montreal, QC, rode her horse Pissarro, a 15-year-old Westphalian gelding, to a gold medal finish with a score of 73.575%. Mariah Sutton of Drumbo, ON and her 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding Renoir, earned 71.050% for the silver medal. Rounding out the top nine with a score of 67.900% was Madison Lawson of Bonfield, ON, and McGuire, a 17-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, who she co-owns with Nathalie Lawson.

Monica Houweling (Delta, C.-B.)
 and Rifradin
Photos - Susan J. Stickle
Saturday evening showcased the Young Riders Freestyle, and it was a nail biter to the end for the Canadian riders. Monica Houweling of Delta BC ultimately earned a silver medal scoring 70.825% aboard Rifradin, the 14-year old Dutch warmblood mare owned by her mother Linda Houweling. Mathilde Blais Tetreault of Montreal, QC, riding Michelangelo, her 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding, finished in the bronze medal position with a score of 69.325%.

In fourth place with 68.450% was Alexandra Reid of Carlisle, ON, riding VIP, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Miculinic. Tanya Strasser Shostak of Ste Adele, QC, rode Evi Strasser's Dancing Tyme, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, to eighth place (66.575%), while Megan Lane of Collingwood, ON and Lucky Lemon, an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Deer Ridge Equestrian, were ninth with 64.850%.

Mathilde Blais Tétreault
 (Montréal, QC)
et Michelangelo
Photos - Susan J. Stickle
Friday's individual competition saw the Canadians earned three medals-two silver and one bronze. Houweling and Rifradin earned another silver In the Young Rider individual test, scoring of 71.237%

"She gave me everything," said Houweling of her horse, whom she has only been riding for six months. "I am beyond thrilled with how she performed. I would like to give a huge thanks to my chef d'équipe, Leslie Steele, and to my parents."

Right behind Houweling was Reid and VIP, winning the bronze medal with a score of 70.000%.    
 
"It was amazing to win bronze," noted Reid. "VIP was really focused and on during our test. He knows his job."

Alexandra Reid (Carlisle, ON)
 et VIP
Photos - Susan J. Stickle
Mathilde Blais Tetreault and Michelangelo finished in fifth place in the Individual test with a score of 69.263%.

In the Junior Individual test, Laurence Blais Tetreault and Pissarro earned a score of 67.684% for the bronze medal. Sutton and Renoir finished in eighth place, with a score of 65.053%, while Lawson and McGuire were 10th with 64.632%.     

Canada's total medal count at this year's Championships was nine. The Quebec Juniors won the gold medal in the team competition on Wednesday, while the Quebec Young Rider team won the bronze medal bronze.

Mariah Sutton (Drumbo, ON)
 et Renoir
Photos - Susan J. Stickle
Exclusively for Junior Riders, aged 14-18, and Young Riders, 16-21, the NAJYRC gives up and coming riders the opportunity to experience representing their country as a team, and prepares them for future international competition. For more information and complete results for NAJYRC, please visit www.youngriders.org.

About Dressage Canada
Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials' education and programs, rules and qualifying criteria, sport development, and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd.
Source: Julie Cull, Canada Hippique, jcull@equinecanada.ca

Friday, July 20, 2012

Quebec Teams Double Medal at 2012 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

Ottawa, ON, July 19, 2012 - The Junior and Young Rider dressage teams from Quebec both earned medals in the team portion of the competition at 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) held July 18, 2012.

Winning the gold medal in the Junior division, with a score of 200.462, were Quebec team members Naima Moreira Laliberte of Outremont, QC, Laurence Blais Tetreault of Montreal, QC, Frederique Bourgault of St. Bernard de Lacolle, QC and Nicole Babich Morin of Vaudreuil Dorion, QC.
Junior Team Quebec celebrate their gold medal victory at the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships.
Photo : Susan J. Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com
The members of Junior Team Ontario, Mariah Sutton of Drumbo, ON, Madison Lawson of Bonfield, ON, Jonah Freedman of Toronto, ON, and Kristin Wight of Plympton Wyoming, ON, rode away with fifth place, scoring 193.73. Rounding out the Canadian Junior riders was Junior Team East/West of Natalie Marsden of Sundre, AB, Elexis Ortlieb of Leduc County, AB, Julia Burke of Surrey, BC, and Marah Gaudet of St. Johns, NL, who finished in eighth with a score of 186.406.
Taking home the team bronze medal at the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships was Young Rider Team Quebec.
Photo : Susan J. Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com
The Young Rider Team from Quebec, Mathilde Blais Tetreault of Montreal, QC, Camille Frechette of Boucherville, QC, Tanya Strasser Shostak of Ste Adele, QC, and Julie Channell of Boucherville, QC, won the bronze medal with a score of 196.210. Just behind the Quebec team was Young Rider Team Ontario (Alexandra Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON, Megan Lane of Collingwood, ON, Alexandra Reid of Carlisle, ON, and Anneka Sutton of Drumbo, ON) with a team total of 195.421. In ninth place, with a total score of190.420, was Young Rider Team British Columbia (Monica Houweling of Delta, BC, Ellika Crichton of Whistler, BC, Sydney Holme of North Saanich, BC, and Colby Dodd of Langley, BC).
Houweling and Rifradin, Linda Houweling`s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, earned the second highest score of the day yesterday, with a 69.605%, in her first time competing at the Young Rider level.
Photo : Susan J. Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com
Houweling and Rifradin, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Linda Houweling, earned the second highest score of the day, with a 69.605%, in her first year at the Young Rider level.

The Young Rider team gold medal was awarded to United States Region 5 scoring 206.105.

"The kids from the Quebec teams have every right to be proud of themselves," said Ellen Rumball Dvorak, the chef d'équipe of the Ontario and Quebec. "They are so happy, and this a wonderful experience for them. They all had fabulous rides yesterday and really deserve their medals."

The competition will continue on Friday July 20, with the Individual Test for both divisions.

Exclusively for Junior Riders, aged 14-18, and Young Riders, 16-21, the NAJYRC gives up and coming riders the opportunity to experience representing their country as a team, and prepares them for future international competition. For more information and complete results for NAJYRC, please visit www.youngriders.org.

About Dressage Canada
Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the National governing body for Dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of Dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials' education and programs, rules & qualifying criteria, sport development, publications & awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd
Source: Julie Cull, Equine Canada, jcull@equinecanada.ca

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Equestrianism: Leslie Howard claims victory in the FEI 1m50 at International Bromont

Leslie Howard and Utah. Photo: Normand St-Jacques
Bromont, July 19, 2012 – American Leslie Howard dominated in the first FEI event at International Bromont today, beating Canadian young rider Ben Asselin to the punch.

A breakaway win
Today’s 1m50 class featured 30 horse/rider teams on a course signed by designer Leopoldo Palacios. In the end, only five qualified for the jump-off.

First on the course, England’s Tim Gredley establishes the time to beat with a clear round in 43.13 seconds. Not before Ben Asselin executed a perfect round in 42.97 seconds on his mount Rush did Gredley lose first place. 

Last rider on the course, Leslie Howard came out at full speed with Utah; going through the obstacles quickly, she saved precious seconds taking a very tight turn mid-course. Her final time of 39.40 seconds gave her first place in this FEI 1m 50 show jumping event. 

A chance for revenge
International riders at the Bromont show will have a chance to compete against each other once again tomorrow, July 20, in the second Open Jumper 1m50, the last FEI event before the BonjourQuébec.com World Cup qualifier on Sunday July 22.
Tomorrow’s competitions will conclude with the Talent Squad; as well as the Canadian Equestrian Team Medal, presented by Burkman Capital.

International Bromont promises an unforgettable 2012 edition with five FEI events, the return of the Royal Canin Challenge on both Sundays, as well as its two new events. For more details on the programme, visit our Internet site at www.internationalbromont.org.

The International Bromont, a Hunter and Jumper competition, presents its thirty-seventh edition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, from July 18 to 22, and July 25 to 29, 2012. International Bromont would like to thank the Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport and the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec for their support. Admission is $10 per person and free for children under 12 years-old.

1st Leslie Howard / Utah 0-0, 39’40  
2nd Ben Asselin / Rush 0-0, 42’97
3rd Tim Gredley / Unex Chamberlain Z 0-0, 43’13
4th Taylor Mc Murtry / Just An Illusion 0-0, 44’84
5th Peter Leone / Lincourt Gino 0-4, 41’24
6th Amy Millar / Ferraro K
7th Angela Covert-Lawrence / Utan
8th Tatiana Dzavik / Cat Walk 19
Source: Alexandra Hill Communications. Parc Équestre Olympique de Bromont, communications@internationalbromont.org
www.parcequestrebromont.org |  www.internationalbromont.org



Equine Canada Celebrates Upcoming London Games with Special Edition Magazine

Peter Barry (Dunham, QC) with Kilrodan Abbott owned by Peter, Susan and Dylan Barry
Photo: Shannon Brinkman,www.shannonbrinkman.com  
July 19, 2012, Ottawa, ON — Now available in print and on-line is the summer edition of Equine Canada Magazine. This issue is dedicated to the London 2012 Games and Paralympic Games, featuring profiles of Canada’s past and present Olympians and Paralympians, a chronological history of Canadian rider and horse performances and information on Canada’s complete support team, as well as special messages from Team Leader Kerri McGregor and Equine Canada President Mike Gallagher. The 2012 Olympic Games are being held in Greenwich, London, England, from July 27 to August 12, with the Paralympic Equestrian competition scheduled from August 30 to September 9.

 The ‘London Calling’ edition can be downloaded from the Equine Canada homepage. Subscribers should watch for their printed copies in the mail within the week.

Equine Canada has also launched a dedicated London 2012 website where enthusiasts can access rider biographies, competition schedules, photos, results and more.  Visitors are encouraged to check-in often for news and events as the Games unfold.

Fans can also follow along with Canada’s riders on the Equine Canada Facebook page where first-hand rider accounts and photos will be shared throughout the summer. Canada’s riders love to receive your expressions of support and encouragement — comment often!

You can view the complete Equestrian and Para-Equestrian competition schedules here. Want to watch along? Here’s a schedule of televised coverage.

Here are the riders and horses representing Canada, announced earlier this month:

DRESSAGEJacqueline Brooks (Cedar Valley, ON) with D Niro owned by Brookhaven Dressage; Ashley Holzer (Toronto, ON) with Breaking Dawn owned by Ashley Holzer and P.J. Rizvi, and Pop Art (Reserve) owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll; David Marcus (Campbellville, ON) with Chrevi’s Capital owned by Deborah Miculinic; Diane Creech (Caistor Centre, ON) with Devon L owned by Douglas and Louise Leatherdale; Pia Fortmuller (DeWinton, AB) with Orion owned by Pia Fortmuller and Dagmar Fortmuller.

EVENTINGPeter Barry (Dunham, QC) with Kilrodan Abbott owned by Peter, Susan and Dylan Barry; Hawley Bennett-Awad (Langley, BC) with Gin & Juice owned by Hawley Bennett-Awad and Linda Paine; Rebecca Howard (Salmon Arm, BC) with Riddle Master owned by Blithe Hill Farm; Michele Mueller (Port Perry, ON) with Amistad owned by Julie Anna Pring; Jessica Phoenix (Uxbridge, ON) with her own Exponential; Shandiss Wewiora (Oakville, ON) with Rockfield Grant Juan owned by Amanda and Jorge Bernhard.

JUMPINGYann Candele (Caledon, ON) with Carlotta Singular La Magnifica owned by Susan Grange; Tiffany Foster (Schomberg, ON) with Victor owned by Torrey Pines Stable and Artisan Farms; Jill Henselwood (Oxford Mills, ON) with George owned by Brian Gingras; Eric Lamaze(Schomberg, ON) with Derly Chin de Muze owned by Ashland Stables and Torrey Pines Stable and Verdi (Reserve) owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable; Ian Millar (Perth, ON) with Star Power owned by Team Works; Jonathan Asselin (Calgary, AB) with Showgirl owned by Attache Stables; Jenna Thompson (Calgary, AB) with her own Zeke; and Lisa Carlsen (Spruce Grove, AB) with La Boom owned by La Boom Syndicate.

Here are the riders and horses representing Canada on the Paralympic Team:
Lauren Barwick (Aldergrove, BC) with Off to Paris owned by Equine Canada, and Ferdonia 2, owned by Lauren Barwick; Eleonore Elstone (Langley, BC) with Zareno owned by Elisabeth Posmus-Penterman and Why Not G, owned by Kelleigh Kulcsar and Eleonore Elstone; Ashley Gowanlock (Surrey, BC) with Ferdonia 2 owned by Lauren Barwick, and Maile owned by Lauren Barwick; and Jody Schloss (Toronto, ON) with Inspector Rebus owned by Jody Schloss.

Complete Team member biographies can be found on the London 2012 section of our web site.
Source: Julie Cull, Canada Hippique, jcull@equinecanada.ca

Equine Canada Launches New High Performance Coach Certification Program - More Certification Opportunities for Canada’s Coaches

July 19, 2012 Ottawa, Canada– An exciting new coaching certification program is now available for equestrian coaches in Canada.  The High Performance Coach program is designed for those working with riders looking to succeed at the national championship level or toward Junior/Young Rider FEI or similar international level competition.  Certification is available for Dressage, Eventing, Jump and Reining candidates.
Newly minted High Performance coaches Wendy Nelson (Reining) with rider Janice Hepburn, and Wendy Christoff (Dressage) with riders Lauren McLeod and Esmee Ingham.

The Equine Canada/National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) High Performance Certification Coach program replaces the former Level 3 equestrian coaching designation and is both more advanced and more accessible than Level 3. Coaches no longer have to work their way up through coaching levels:  coaches who meet the application criteria are invited to apply whether they have been certified in the past or not.  While it is a pre-requisite for applicants to document their personal athletic performance in their discipline, riding is no longer a component of the evaluation process. 

“Aligning the new program with the current NCCP multi-sport focus which is based on coaching competency, opens the door for many candidates who are successfully coaching but may not currently be competing,” explains EC Coaching Manager Heather Sansom.   “The program is much more accessible to coaches who have the experience but may no longer be high performance competitors themselves, whether due to injury, lack of appropriate horses, busy coaching schedules or other reasons.

The new program also offers training modules which are open to any interested attendee and not just candidates hoping to certify.  Topics include: sport medications guidelines (equine); biomechanics; injury prevention; training program planning; human athlete conditioning and injury prevention; and insurance and feed for high performance horses.  Several of the available courses are already running successfully, notably the Equine Clean Sport module which covers medication guidelines for horses in competition and related issues of interest to any coach, participant or official.  Training courses in the new NCCP are not mandatory, but the courses are strongly encouraged for candidates prior to evaluation. 

“As industry and Equine Canada coaches we can now utilize the more advanced training program and testing Equine Canada offers, and proceed to being recognized for all our hard work as trainers, coaches, showpeople and mentors to achieve our High Performance Certification,” reports Wendy Nelson, High Performance Coach and High Performance Master Evaluator, Reining.   

“The new program features enhanced educational resources and modules, making the program highly credible and attractive,” she continues. “Having this certification improves our coaching opportunities as well as making it possible to take advantage of lower insurance costs.”  

“This is a logical and detailed program which is very user friendly,” explains Wendy Christoff, Chair Equine Canada Dressage Coaching Committee, High Performance Coach, Dressage.  “Candidates are evaluated on their coaching competency in real situations. The outcomes are structured so that each candidate can access the evaluations according to personal schedules.  This accessibility should bring about a renewed interest in the higher levels of coaching certification for Dressage.”  

To be eligible for certification, candidates must:

• Have competition, coaching and training experience described in the High Performance
Coach  Application Packages:    
       Jump
       Reining
       Dressage
       Eventing
• Be at least 22 years of age as of January 1 of the current year
• Hold an Equine Canada Sport License (membership) and provincial/territorial equestrian federation membership, in good standing  

Acquiring certification requires the following steps:

• Submission of sample lesson and yearly training plans
• Participating in a single-evaluation day with two evaluators where you are evaluated on coaching skills while giving lessons 
• Evaluation of your coaching skills during competition 

“I am really proud of the Equine Canada Coaching Committees that pulled together to create this program.  We have created a great opportunity for the athletes and the coaches that coach them,” states Grant Field, National Coaching Committee Chair, Jump Course Designer, Level 3 Coach and High Performance Jump Evaluator.

Level 4 Coach, former coach of the Canadian Eventing Team and three-time Olympic Games competitor and High Performance Coaching Master Evaluator Peter Gray, adds:  “I am thrilled with our new ability to accept applications for the many coaches waiting to get accredited.  New components in the evaluations are fantastic and genuinely reflect real-time coaching.” 

Complete details on the High Performance Coach Certification program can be found on the Equine Canada web site under Coaching – How to Become Certified.


For more information, please contact:
Julie Cull, EC Media Relations at 613 248-3433, x 136/ jcull@equinecanada.ca
OR
Heather Sansom, EC Manager of Coaching, 613 248-3433, x 115/ hsansom@equinecanada.ca

Blog Archive