Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Top Ten Finish for Ten-Time Olympian Ian Millar

Ian Millar and Star Power

London, England - In a world record setting tenth Olympic appearance, Canadian Olympic Team member for Show Jumping Ian Millar, 65, of Perth, ON, enjoyed a top ten placing in the Individual Final held Wednesday, August 8.

Finishing tied for ninth place riding Star Power with a total of eight faults, Millar had his best ever individual Olympic result.  Millar and the 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding owned by Team Works incurred four faults in the first round at fence number five, an airy white plank, and had the 'b' element of the triple combination in the second round of competition.

"There are so many subtleties to this thing," said Millar of the demanding tracks set by course designer Bob Ellis of Great Britain.  "The rider and the horses are so good, and the course designer has to be so good.  The competition is really against the course designer."

Prior to London, Millar's best Olympic result to date had come at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where he placed 13th riding Dorincord.  He also placed 14th individually at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 15th at the 1988 Seoul Olympics riding Big Ben on both occasions.

"Each Olympics stands out well on their own; London is outstanding," said Millar, who has now competed in more Olympic Games than any athlete in any sport, debuting at the 1972 Munich Olympics.  "The public have been so supportive and sympathetic.  I am very much a team rider, and I would have liked more team company with me today."

Millar and 2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze were the only two members of the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping to advance to the Individual Final.  The top 37 athletes from the original starting field of 75 qualified for Wednesday's two-round Individual Final.

Lamaze, 44, of Schomberg, ON, incurred 12 faults in the first round of the Individual Final and did not advance to the second and final round of competition.  He tied for 29th position in the final individual standings.

"I didn't wake up this morning seeing myself on the podium, so I am not disappointed," said Lamaze, who was riding the nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Derly Chin de Muze, owned by the Fleischhacker family's Ashland Stables and Lamaze's Torrey Pines Stable.  "She's jumped a lot of big tracks this week, which she's not used to, and maybe it was just fatigue.  She's young, but she gained experience and came out of this a better horse."

Lamaze continued, "These were supposed to be Hickstead's Games and when the tragedy happened, we just didn't have time to prepare."

Hickstead collapsed and died of an aortic rupture last November while competing at a world cup qualifying event in Verona, Italy.  Under 2012 Olympic Games qualifying rules, horses must be registered in the ownership of the nation they will represent by December 31, 2011.

On Monday, August 6, the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping comprised of Tiffany Foster, 28, of Schomberg, ON, Jill Henselwood, 49, of Oxford Mills, ON, Lamaze and Millar of Perth, ON, finish fifth in the Team Final from the original starting field of 15 nations.  Great Britain won the Team Gold while the Netherlands claimed the Team Silver.  Saudi Arabia was awarded the Team Bronze medal.  Switzerland placed fourth.

The Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is supported by Chef d'Equipe Terrance Millar; Assistant Chef d'Equipe Mark Laskin; Veterinarian Dr. Sylvie Surprenant; Stable Manager Lori Green; and Team Manager Karen Hendry-Ouellette.  Grooms include Cristian Canobbio (Foster), Jessica Dooley (Henselwood), Delphine Rouston (Lamaze), Sandy Patterson (Millar) and Anne-Sophie Canut (Candele).  Kerri McGregor is the Team Leader for the Canadian Olympic Team for Equestrian and Tina Collins is Assistant Team Leader.

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

Photo - Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com
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L’International Bromont Raises Nearly $13,000 for JustWorld International

Roger and Mario Deslauriers at L’International Bromont show jumping tournament held July 18 to 22 and July 25 to 29 in Bromont, Quebec.

 Bromont, Quebec – It was all about fierce competition, friendly rivalries and fun during the annual L’International Bromont show jumping tournament in Bromont, Quebec, as JustWorld International supporters staged a series of fundraising activities throughout the two-week competition, held July 18 to 22 and July 25 to 29.  The Canadian equestrian community came together to raise $12,949 for JustWorld International, a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization working as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world by helping impoverished children.

The popular Horseless Horse Show kicked off the fundraising efforts on Saturday, July 21, raising more than $500 for JustWorld’s project sites in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala, and Brazil.  Competitors raced around a course of obstacles on foot, attempting to leave all the jumps in place while finishing in the fastest time. 

On Monday, July 23, the fourth annual JustWorld International Benefit Golf Tournament, sponsored by Samuel & Fils & CIE (Quebec) and the Samuel Group of Companies, and organized by JustWorld Technical Official Ambassador Phillip Rozon, an international judge from Canada, was held at the beautiful Chateau Bromont Golf Course, followed by a delectable dinner, raffle and live auction at ‘La Trattoria’ restaurant at Auberge Chateau Bromont.  

Motivated by JustWorld and its mission, Rozon developed the golf tournament as a means of bringing together the show jumping community while, at the same time, raising awareness and funds for JustWorld International.

“Before getting involved with JustWorld, my wife, who is an investment banker, looked carefully at JustWorld and did comparisons,” said Rozon, who is one of JustWorld International’s original Technical Official Ambassadors.  “She couldn’t find any other charitable organization that even came close to JustWorld in terms of the percentage of the amount raised and the amount that goes directly to its projects.  Founder Jessica Newman’s dedication is remarkable, and after seeing how devoted she was, we had to get involved.  It’s amazing how much so little can really help these children.  There’s no safety net in these countries.  If you don’t have money, you don’t eat.  What Jessica is doing is truly remarkable, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

Teams comprised of various members of the equestrian community took to the fairways to raise funds and earn great prizes.  Emile Beaulieu and Steve Bodi, both members of the team fielded by the Samuel Group, tied for the top score of the tournament with an impressive 76.  All the participants received a leather golf belt courtesy of Landes Belts, and swag donated by The Samuel Group.

“With the Olympics happening so close to the start of the show, the field was a little smaller in the golf tournament than in previous years, but that didn’t stop us” explained Rozon.  “We had great support from our sponsors and we were still able to raise the same amount, or even a little more, than last year’s tournament, and everyone had such a great time doing it!”

Raffle winners included Michel Daviau, who took home the ready-to-play SkyCaddie Rangefinder, generously donated by Burkman Capital Corp; Lisa Rozon who won a signed reproduction of Claude Le Sauteur’s painting “L’humour Noire” donated by Alain Cousineau, and Susan Burkman who claimed a dinner for two at Le Macpherson.

The highlight of the evening was the live auction of a giclée of Kim Penner’s Hickstead ‘Moment in Time’, signed by Canadian Olympic Champion and JustWorld Rider Ambassador, Eric Lamaze.  Susan Burkman, Lisa Rozon, Roger Deslauriers and Dagmar Scherff, placed the winning bid.  The group plans to put the iconic piece of artwork on display at the Parc Équestre Bromont, where future competitors and spectators at the L’International Bromont show jumping tournament will have the opportunity to see it.

During the second week of L’International Bromont, the Horseless Speed Derby, held on Thursday, July 26, saw grand prix riders competing in a foot race over a course designed by Canadian Pierre Burch.  The competition was fierce between the high-profile competitors, making for some fun entertainment for spectators, who had the chance to choose their favorites and place bets, raising even more money for JustWorld International in the process.

In the end, Francois Lamontagne proved too quick to catch, with his younger brother, Hubert Lamontagne, finishing second and Ben Asselin taking third.  Maude Boulanger-Bouchard, Lauren Hayes, Natalie Bova, Lauren Hunkin and Agatha D’Ambra made up the rest of the starting field.  As the winner, Francois received a voucher for one stall at the 2013 L’International Bromont, while the other competitors received prizes generously donated by Ogilvy Equestrian.

Maya Frati won two VIP passes for the second week of L’International Bromont after betting on Francois to win.  Amy Masterson also received gift certificates for a custom pair of ProChaps and to the Bromont Souvenir Shop for her winning wager.

Other fundraising initiatives included sales of JustWorld hand sanitizer, created and sold by the Bolduc Family, and JustWorld bracelets, created and sold by Lauren and Aylen Ferguson and Abby McCorriston.

“We are proud to be partnered with JustWorld International,” said L’International Bromont Show Manager Roger Deslauriers.  “We like the work they do and want to support it as much as we can.  For us, it’s a good opportunity to do our share and we look forward to continuing our relationship with JustWorld International in the years to come.”

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, and leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala, and Brazil.  There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have helped raise more than $4.5 million to date.  For more information on JustWorld International, or how to support the ‘Adopt a Project’ campaign, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.

Photo by François Gougeon, La Tribune
PRESS RELEASE: Starting Gate Communications. jward@startinggate.ca 

Who Lives in Your Horse's House?


OVC researcher, Dr. Scott Weese is going boldly forward- looking into what has been referred to as the "secondgenome" by looking at the microbial residents of a horse's gut. When you consider that a horse is thought to have 100 times more bacterial cells in its intestinal tract than 'horse' cells in its entire body, the scope of this secondgenome becomes apparent. New and innovative technology recently developed to study this area is simply groundbreaking. One major breakthrough has been the development of 'next generation sequencing'. The University of Guelph was the first laboratory in Canada to obtain a new next generation sequencing system, the Roche JS Junior. With the equipment and technology to perform Next Generation Sequencing, and the expertise present at the University in equine infectious diseases, the horse industry stands to reap the benefits.  

Currently, diagnosis for diseases pertaining to gut function is difficult, mainly because little is known about the gut in health or disease. For example, even with severe diarrhea (colitis), a cause is only identified in 30 - 40 % of horses. Next Generation Sequencing will allow researchers to explore huge components of DNA and assess many bacteria at once (between 70 - 100,000 in one fecal sample). This is a giant leap forward from traditional molecular diagnostic methods which are very time consuming and look at only one sequence of DNA at a time, and an astronomical advance from traditional culture-based methods. "We are looking at faster and better ways to diagnose disease" says Weese, "Little is known about gut content- If we can figure out what the gut normally looks like we can figure out ways to treat and prevent disease. There are several types of bacteria in the gut we don't even have a name for yet."  

Through studying the complex bacterial population of the gut, which is comprised of trillions of bacteria and up to 1000 different bacterial species, Dr. Weese will be examining the components that are critical to health. There is more evidence now drawing links between gut function and a healthy immune system or metabolic diseases, and even potentially obesity and cancer. "There is a huge potential impact because the bacterial population is so complex and it is interacting with the body" says Weese. "We are trying to sort out what goes on, what bugs are present, how they interact, how they change and how we can potentially change them." Better understanding of gut flora will provide important information regarding effective feed conversion and could have applications for diagnostics surrounding colitis, diarrhea, and colic and lead to better prevention methods. Results could lay the foundations for future applications using probiotics to improve gut health. Intestinal disease is a common problem in the horse, ranging from mild colic to rapidly fatal colitis (severe diarrhea). The gut microflora is probably involved in various other more common conditions such as gas colic and pasture-associated laminitis, so an understanding of what happens in those conditions may be useful to help determine better ways to prevent them. Imagine the cost savings to the industry if new ways to prevent colic (the number 2 killer right behind old age) could be identified, saving owners from expensive treatment and potentially saving horses lives. Using Next Generation Sequencing to better identify what bacteria are living in the horses' gut and how they interact could change how the next generation uses diagnostics. 
PRESS RELEASE: Equine Guelph. jbellamy@uoguelph.ca

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping in Sixth Position


August 5, 2012, London, England - Despite the disqualification of Tiffany Foster, the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is currently ranked in sixth position following competition on Sunday, August 5, at the London Olympic Games.  Canada will compete in the team final at the Olympic equestrian venue of Greenwich Park on Monday, August 6.

With Foster's disqualification on Sunday under the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) hypersensitivity protocol, Canada was reduced to three members.  In team competition, the best three of four scores are counted, giving Canada the disadvantage of having no drop score.  Counting all three scores, the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping placed sixth in Sunday's first round of team competition with a total of five faults.  Saudi Arabia leads with zero faults while Great Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland are tied for second position with four faults.
Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, and Derly Chin de Muze
Individually, defending Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze, 44, of Schomberg, ON, is currently tied for 13th position with one fault.  Lamaze jumped clear, but one time fault for exceeding the 88-second time allowed left him one point behind the 12 riders tied for the lead on zero penalties.  Lamaze, whose Olympic Champion partner Hickstead tragically died last November, is riding the newcomer Derly Chin de Muze, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze's Torrey Pines Stable.

"I was debating bringing this horse to the Olympics because she lacked experience, but (Canadian Chef d'Equipe) 'Torchy' Millar convinced me to keep going, and I'm glad he did," said Lamaze.
Ian Millar of Perth, ON, and Star Power
Setting a world record in his tenth Olympic appearance, Ian Millar, 65, of Perth, ON, enjoyed a fault free performance over the London-themed track set by course designer Bob Ellis.  Riding Star Power, Millar is tied for 17th position with a two-day total of four faults, carried forward from Saturday's first round of individual competition.

"He was tense yesterday but today he was perfect," said Millar of the 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding owned by Team Works.  "He was sharp, up in the air, and listening to me.  I am very pleased with the step up from yesterday when he was a little over-impressed by the atmosphere."
Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, ON, and George
Jill Henselwood, 49, of Oxford Mills, ON, was first to jump for Canada on George, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Brian Gingras.  Incurring four faults for one rail down, Henselwood now carries a total of nine faults and is tied for 47th place.

"If you were scouting for a basketball team, you would scout him - my horse can jump a building in a single bound!" laughed Henselwood.  "George was phenomenal.  He's setting the stage, and positioning himself in the world of international show jumping.  Perfection is earned, and I'm still on the journey."

Henselwood, Millar and Lamaze were all members of the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping that won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Show Jumping competition continues on Monday, August 6, after which team medals will be awarded.  The top 35 athletes from the original starting field of 75 will advance to the two-round Individual Final on Wednesday, August 8, where they will all start with a clean slate of zero penalties.

The Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is supported by Chef d'Equipe Terrance Millar; Assistant Chef d'Equipe Mark Laskin; Veterinarian Dr. Sylvie Surprenant; Stable Manager Lori Green; and Team Manager Karen Hendry-Ouellette.  Grooms include Cristian Canobbio (Foster), Jessica Dooley (Henselwood), Delphine Rouston (Lamaze), Sandy Patterson (Millar) and Anne-Sophie Canut (Candele).  Kerri McGregor is the Team Leader for the Canadian Olympic Team for Equestrian and Tina Collins is Assistant Team Leader.

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

Photo Credit - Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com
Source: Press release Canada Hippique

Tiffany Foster's Olympic Dream Comes to an Unfortunate End

"Canadian Olympic Team member for Show Jumping Tiffany Foster was disqualified from further competition on Monday, August 5, at the 2012 London Olympic Games."

FEI clearly stated that "there is no accusation of malpractice"

August 5, 2012, London, England - Canadian Olympic Team member for Show Jumping Tiffany Foster of Schomberg, ON, was disqualified from Olympic competition on August 5.

Less than one hour before the start of team competition, scheduled to commence at 11 a.m., FEI veterinarians entered the stall of Victor, the horse ridden by Foster.  Following a routine examination of the horse in its stall, Terrance Millar, chef d'équipe of the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping, was informed that Foster was disqualified under the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) hypersensitivity protocol.

An official communication issued by the FEI read: "The Veterinary Commission have stated that the horse has an area of inflammation and sensitivity on the forelimb just above the hoof.  There is no accusation of malpractice, but the horse has been deemed unfit to compete by the Ground Jury."

Millar lodged a protest which was heard by the FEI Appeal Committee before the end of the competition.  However, the protest was denied based on Annex XI of the FEI Veterinary Regulations, which state: "there is no appeal against the decision of the Ground Jury to disqualify a horse for abnormal sensitivity from an Event."

Foster and Victor, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable, were disqualified from further Olympic participation.

"We are extremely disappointed with this decision as Tiffany Foster should have been allowed to compete," said Terrance Millar.

Terrance Millar further explained, "The horse has a scratch on its coronary band that occurred overnight."

"This is an unfortunate application of a rule in the absence of context, which has shattered a young woman's Olympic dream," concluded Millar.

Despite the disadvantage of having no drop score following Foster's disqualification on Sunday, the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping qualified for Monday's team final and is currently ranked sixth. The scores of Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, ON, defending Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, and ten-time Olympian Ian Millar of Perth, ON, will all be counted towards the final result.

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


Photo Credit - Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com
Source: Press release Canada Hippique


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Eric Lamaze Leads Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping

Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, and Derly Chin de Muze.
Photo Credits - Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com
August 4, 2012, London, England - Defending Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, is currently tied for first place in the individual rankings following the opening day of show jumping competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Lamaze, 44, was one of 32 riders to jump clear in the first individual and team qualifying event held Saturday, August 4.  Lamaze, who lost his Olympic Champion partner Hickstead last November, is riding the newcomer Derly Chin de Muze, owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze's Torrey Pines Stable.
"It's good to have a clear round behind me," said Lamaze of his performance with the nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare.  "I couldn't have asked for a better day with a young horse."

Lamaze and his inexperienced mount were competing in front of a packed stadium of 21,000 spectators at the Olympic equestrian venue of Greenwich Park. "For me, it was great to get her in the stadium and see how she reacted," said Lamaze, who is making his second Olympic appearance.  "Today we read her well with how much to work her in the warm-up, and she gave me a good effort.  It's great to start with zero faults, and to have that confidence."

Setting a world record in his tenth Olympic appearance, Ian Millar, 65, of Perth, ON, had one rail down at fence 11.  He is currently tied for 42nd position from the starting field of 75.
"One less rail would have been good, but he reacted to the ring and the ambiance," said Millar of Star Power, an 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding owned by Team Works.  "Horses sense the atmosphere, and he walked in here and was a little over-impressed.  He'll relax and ease into it."

Henselwood of Oxford Mills, ON, incurred four faults for a rail down at the 'b' element of the double combination at fence three, which proved to be one of the most problematic elements on the course designed by Bob Ellis of Great Britain.  She also barely exceeded the 82-second time allowed, stopping the clock at 82.02 seconds, for one time penalty.  With a total of five faults, Henselwood is tied for 53rd place with George, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Brian Gingras.

"Whether I go first or last doesn't change anything for me mentally, but what it doesn't give me is the library of information," said Henselwood, 49, who, as Canada's lead-off rider, was only the fourth competitor out on course.  "I didn't get to see anyone else go - George doesn't stand at the ingate!  Had I watched and been a little later, I would have done seven strides instead of six (to the double combination at fence three)."

In her Olympic debut, Tiffany Foster, 27, of Schomberg, ON, had two rails for eight faults and is currently tied for 60th position in the individual standings.  Foster's rails came at the back rail of the 'a' element of the double combination at fence three, and the back element of the 'a' element of the double combination at fence 12.

"There's always tomorrow, and I'm going to let him have a little more energy," said Foster of her training preparations for Sunday's events, noting that she was not sure how Victor, her 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by the Ziegler family's Artisan Farms and Lamaze's Torrey Pines Stable, would react to the stadium environment.  "Our team is very cohesive and everyone is relaxed.  They are all the veterans and I am the baby."

Henselwood, Millar and Lamaze were all members of the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping that won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Of Canada's chances in the team competition, Millar said, "Jill and Tiffany will get in the groove; Jill's horse is temperamental and should be better tomorrow.  Eric is going to do what Eric does, and that is to perform superbly.  I'm optimistic that Star Power will just relax into it as we get further along."

Show Jumping competition continues on Sunday and Monday, August 5 and 6, after which team medals will be awarded.  Both rounds of competition also count towards the individual standings.  The top 35 athletes from the original starting field of 75 will advance to the two-round Individual Final on Wednesday, August 8, where they will all start with a clean slate of zero penalties.

The Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is supported by Chef d'Equipe Terrance Millar; Assistant Chef d'Equipe Mark Laskin; Veterinarian Dr. Sylvie Surprenant; Stable Manager Lori Green; and Team Manager Karen Hendry-Ouellette.  Grooms include Cristian Canobbio (Foster), Jessica Dooley (Henselwood), Delphine Rouston (Lamaze), Sandy Patterson (Millar) and Anne-Sophie Canut (Candele).  Kerri McGregor is the Team Leader for the Canadian Olympic Team for Equestrian and Tina Collins is Assistant Team Leader.

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

Friday, August 3, 2012

Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping Prepared to Compete

London, England - The Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is prepared to begin competition on Saturday, August 4, at the Olympic equestrian venue of Greenwich Park in London, GBR.

The Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is comprised of Tiffany Foster of Schomberg, ON, riding Victor, owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable; Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, ON, riding George, owned by Brian Gingras; Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, riding Derly Chin de Muze owned by Ashland Stables and Torrey Pines Stable; and Ian Millar of Perth, ON, riding Star Power owned by Team Works. The alternate is Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, riding Carlotta Singular owned by Susan Grange.

All five team members, including the alternate, presented their horses at the horse inspection on August 2 and were accepted. All five athletes will participate in a training session in the early evening of August 3. Substitutions may be made up until two hours before the start of competition on August 4, in the event that any country wishes to use its alternate.

Eric Lamaze riding Derly Chin de Muze. Photo: Jeff McIntosh/CanadianPress
Lamaze, 44, enters the London Olympics as the defending champion. In 2008, he claimed the individual gold medal in a dramatic jump-off against Rolf-Goran Bengtsson of Sweden. Lamaze then suffered an incredible loss that stunned the sporting world when his Olympic partner, Hickstead, collapsed and died of an aortic rupture during a world cup qualifying event in Verona, Italy, on November 6, 2011.

"With the tragedy that happened, I don't feel like I am coming to London to defend my title," said Lamaze, who is competing in his second Olympic Games. "If I still had Hickstead, I feel that he would have been in good shape and we would have had a good chance to defend.

"I came with a good young horse," continued Lamaze of Derly Chin de Muze, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. "She's lacking experience, but she has the quality to go all the way. She has the quality to leave the rails up, and I think she's ready."

Having won the team silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, Canada will once again be looking to bring home the hardware from London.

Of the Canadian Team's chances, Lamaze said, "The team is very strong. Any time you have Ian on the team, it's a great team. Jill was part of our team in Beijing and you can always count on her. Tiffany and Yann are both on good young horses, but I would say that every team here has a younger rider or horse. I am happy to be here, and to be a part of this team."

Ian Millar 65 years old
Photo: (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI AGENCY)
Competing in his 10th Olympic Games, Millar, 65, of Perth, ON, is setting a world record in London with the most Olympic appearances by any athlete in any sport.

"The whole thing is such an interesting journey," said Millar, who made his Olympic debut in 1972 riding Shoeman at the Munich Olympics, marred by what is now referred to as the 'Munich massacre'. "What I notice the most is the evolution of the sport. It is not at all what it was in the 1970s. The type of horse, style of riding, and the type of jumps used are virtually unrecognizable. It has been an interesting challenge for me to change with it."

Show Jumping competition opens with the first team and individual qualifier on Saturday, August 4, and continues on Sunday and Monday, August 5 and 6, after which team medals will be awarded. The top 35 athletes from the original starting field of 75 then advance to the two-round Individual Final on Wednesday, August 8.

The Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is supported by Chef d'Equipe Terrance Millar; Assistant Chef d'Equipe Mark Laskin; Veterinarian Dr. Sylvie Surprenant; Stable Manager Lori Green; and Team Manager Karen Hendry-Ouellette. Grooms include Cristian Canobbio (Foster), Jessica Dooley (Henselwood), Delphine Rouston (Lamaze), Sandy Patterson (Millar) and Anne-Sophie Canut (Candele). Kerri McGregor is the Team Leader for the Canadian Olympic Team for Equestrian and Tina Collins is Assistant Team Leader.

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

Source: Press release Equine Canada, Julie Cull, jcull@equinecanada.ca

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Equine Guelph Combats Colic with Your Help!

Guelph, ON. - Colic is the number one killer of horses (other than old age!) and Equine Guelph is launching a comprehensive colic survey across Canada to better understand colic management practices in the industry and how people are dealing with colic. "Understanding the horse owners' experiences with colic will assist in developing targeted educational programs," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.  

Results from the survey will help develop Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program that includes a Colic Risk Rater and a Colic Prevention eWorkshop (a two-week online short course) with the aim of reducing horse owners' risk of colic. Dr. Judith Koenig, associate professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, states, "Colic is a major health issue facing horse owners both emotionally and financially. If horse owners are able to reduce their risk of colic through management, it will improve both the overall health and welfare of the horse."  

This is the first survey of its kind in Canada. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and is available online through www.EquineGuelph.ca. The survey will be open from July 25th September 25th, 2012.
Participants of the survey will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of two registrations to Equine Guelph's upcoming Colic Prevention eWorkshop!

In addition to funding from Standardbred Canada, investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.  

For more information about Equine Guelph's Colic Prevention Program, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca/education/colic
PRESS RELEASE: Equine Guelph. jbellamy@uoguelph.ca