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A Look Back at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto

December 21, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

By Kim MacMillan

All Photos by Shelley Higgins, Sarah Miller and Kim MacMillan, Copyright MacMillan Photography, No reproduction of photos without permission

The 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair ended a month ago, but it’s not too early to plan for a visit to Toronto next November to enjoy the fair! I always consider the Royal a gateway to the holiday season.

It’s a fun place to be a spectator or exhibitor. There are many entertainment options at the Royal and a wide array of tempting foods to try. Then there’s the shopping! Bring your Christmas list and get all of your gifts in one place.

The Royal Horse Show the last stop for the year on the prestigious East Coast indoor circuit for the hunters and jumpers before everyone takes a bit of downtime to celebrate with family and friends and then move south for the winter circuit. Each day there are classes for sport horses, draft horses, Hackneys, Welsh Ponies and Cobs, Road Horses and Roadster Ponies and antique coaches. Every year the Royal features at least two different equestrian entertainment acts.

Next year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place November 4 – 13, 2016. For more information go to www.royalfair.org.

As a holiday gift from MacMillan Photography and Sidelinesnews.com please enjoy this photo gallery from this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. (Photos may not be reproduced, to purchase photos please contact us at photo@looncreekenterprises.com.)

Photo 1 – International jumper star McLain Ward, Brewster, New York, lists the Royal Horse Show as one of his favorite events all year. He was named the Best International Jumper Rider at the 2015 Royal after winning four classes including the World Cup class with HH Azur, owned by Double H Farms in Florida.Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 1 – International jumper star McLain Ward, Brewster, New York, lists the Royal Horse Show as one of his favorite events all year. He was named the Best International Jumper Rider at the 2015 Royal after winning four classes including the World Cup class with HH Azur, owned by Double H Farms in Florida. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 2 – U.S. Olympic rider McLain Ward walking the course for the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge jumper class sponsored by Hudson’s Bay Company. He rode HH Azur owned by Double H Farms to win the class. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 2 – U.S. Olympic rider McLain Ward walking the course for the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge jumper class sponsored by Hudson’s Bay Company. He rode HH Azur owned by Double H Farms to win the class. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 3 – McLain Ward with his Leading International Rider sash and trophy at the 2015 Royal Horse Show Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 3 – McLain Ward with his Leading International Rider sash and trophy at the 2015 Royal Horse Show Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 4 – Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Harley VD Bisschop in action in the Canadian Weston Open Jumper class on the second Friday of the Royal. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 4 – Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Harley VD Bisschop in action in the Canadian Weston Open Jumper class on the second Friday of the Royal. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 5 - Belgian rider Nicola Philippaerts won the Canadian Weston Open Jumper class with the lovely grey gelding H&M Harley VD Bisschop on the final Friday of the 2015 Royal Horse Show. Nicola’s twin brother Olivier also competed in the jumper classes at the Royal.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 5 – Belgian rider Nicola Philippaerts won the Canadian Weston Open Jumper class with the lovely grey gelding H&M Harley VD Bisschop on the final Friday of the 2015 Royal Horse Show. Nicola’s twin brother Olivier also competed in the jumper classes at the Royal. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 6 – Jonathon Millar and Star Power owned by Team Works powered around the course in the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge sponsored by Hudson’s Bay Company on the second Saturday of the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. The class was named for Jonathan’s father Ian’s famous jumping partner Big Ben with whom he won more than 40 Grand Prix classes. Jonathon and Star Power finished sixth in the 2015 Big Ben Challenge and he was named Best Canadian Rider of the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 6 – Jonathon Millar and Star Power owned by Team Works powered around the course in the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge sponsored by Hudson’s Bay Company on the second Saturday of the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. The class was named for Jonathan’s father Ian’s famous jumping partner Big Ben with whom he won more than 40 Grand Prix classes. Jonathon and Star Power finished sixth in the 2015 Big Ben Challenge and he was named Best Canadian Rider of the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 7 – The Royal Winter Fair Leading Canadian Rider was Jonathan Millar shown here on Baranus in the $15,000 Canine/Equine Challenge Class where they placed fifth. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 7 – The Royal Winter Fair Leading Canadian Rider was Jonathan Millar shown here on Baranus in the $15,000 Canine/Equine Challenge Class where they placed fifth. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 8 – Georgina Bloomberg walking the course for the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge at the 2015 Royal Horse Show in Toronto in November. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 8 – Georgina Bloomberg walking the course for the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge at the 2015 Royal Horse Show in Toronto in November. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 9 – Canadian jumper rider stars Ian Millar (foreground) and Chris Sorenson on their course walk before the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Millar is known affectionately as “Captain Canada” having ridden in ten Olympic Games representing Canada thus far.Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 9 – Canadian jumper rider stars Ian Millar (foreground) and Chris Sorenson on their course walk before the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Millar is known affectionately as “Captain Canada” having ridden in ten Olympic Games representing Canada thus far. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 10 - Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON, and Farfelu du Printemps, 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by John and Julie Madigan, were victorious in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships held on Friday and Saturday nights during the first weekend of the Royal.Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 10 – Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON, and Farfelu du Printemps, 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by John and Julie Madigan, were victorious in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships held on Friday and Saturday nights during the first weekend of the Royal. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 11 - American rider Buck Davidson rode Wundermaske to two clear rounds to finish second in the $20,000 2015 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal. Canadian rider Waylon Roberts finished first on the mare West River; it was his eighth consecutive Royal Indoor Eventing Challenge win. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 11 – American rider Buck Davidson rode Wundermaske to two clear rounds to finish second in the $20,000 2015 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal. Canadian rider Waylon Roberts finished first on the mare West River; it was his eighth consecutive Royal Indoor Eventing Challenge win. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 12- Belinda Trussell and Anton performing a flying change on their way to a 77% score to take the Royal Dressage Invitational. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 12- Belinda Trussell and Anton performing a flying change on their way to a 77% score to take the Royal Dressage Invitational. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 13 – Leah Wilkins on Maria Wilson’s Fabian J.S. finished second in the 2015 Royal Dressage Invitational.Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 13 – Leah Wilkins on Maria Wilson’s Fabian J.S. finished second in the 2015 Royal Dressage Invitational. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 14 – Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks and her gelding D Niro were third in the 2015 Royal Dressage Invitational.Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 14 – Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks and her gelding D Niro were third in the 2015 Royal Dressage Invitational. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 15-Evi Strasser on her Renaissance Tyme showing their collected work in the 2015 Royal Dressage InvitationalPhoto by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 15-Evi Strasser on her Renaissance Tyme showing their collected work in the 2015 Royal Dressage Invitational Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 16 – Welsh Ponies and Cobs were part of the action at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Horse Show with breed classes and under saddle and driving competition. This lovely black Welsh Cob and his driver were participants it the Welsh Pleasure Driving class.Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 16 – Welsh Ponies and Cobs were part of the action at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Horse Show with breed classes and under saddle and driving competition. This lovely black Welsh Cob and his driver were participants it the Welsh Pleasure Driving class. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 17 - Jean McLean guided her Welsh gelding Bet-Lar Royal Thomas to the Welsh Pleasure Junior/Amateur/Ladies class win during the 2015 Royal Horse Show. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 17 – Jean McLean guided her Welsh gelding Bet-Lar Royal Thomas to the Welsh Pleasure Junior/Amateur/Ladies class win during the 2015 Royal Horse Show. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 18 - Kreme Dela Kreme and Kathy D’ Auria took the coveted red first place ribbon in the Arabian Native Costume class on Saturday evening at the Royal. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 18 – Kreme Dela Kreme and Kathy D’ Auria took the coveted red first place ribbon in the Arabian Native Costume class on Saturday evening at the Royal. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 19 – The beautiful Arabian Native Costume classes at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair added color and flair to the show. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 19 – The beautiful Arabian Native Costume classes at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair added color and flair to the show. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 20 – Racing the wind...Arabians in the native costume class at the 2015 Royal Horse Show. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 20 – Racing the wind…Arabians in the native costume class at the 2015 Royal Horse Show. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 21 – Pretty enough to be a Breyer model or an illustration in a Marguerite Henry book – an entry in the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Arabian Native Costume class. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 21 – Pretty enough to be a Breyer model or an illustration in a Marguerite Henry book – an entry in the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Arabian Native Costume class. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 22 – Driver Ross Honsberger and the All Star Percheron Six-Horse Hitch won the Six-Horse Hitch Championship at the 2015 Royal Horse Show in Toronto. The All Star Percherons six-horse hitch was made up of all mares, listed from the driver's perspective (position in hitch, name and age): right wheel horse, Kate, 9; left wheel horse, Mitsy, 9; right swing horse, Candy, 5; left swing horse, Xena, 5; right lead horse, Tory, 5, and left lead horse, Queen, 9. The All Star wagon was made in 2006 by the Hanson Wheel Wagon Works and they purchased it from Creelman Percherons in Nova Scotia. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 22 – Driver Ross Honsberger and the All Star Percheron Six-Horse Hitch won the Six-Horse Hitch Championship at the 2015 Royal Horse Show in Toronto. The All Star Percherons six-horse hitch was made up of all mares, listed from the driver’s perspective (position in hitch, name and age): right wheel horse, Kate, 9; left wheel horse, Mitsy, 9; right swing horse, Candy, 5; left swing horse, Xena, 5; right lead horse, Tory, 5, and left lead horse, Queen, 9. The All Star wagon was made in 2006 by the Hanson Wheel Wagon Works and they purchased it from Creelman Percherons in Nova Scotia. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 23 - Photo 4 – The trusty lead horses, Tory and Queen, of the champion All Star Percheron hitch at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair in TorontoPhoto by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 23 – Photo 4 – The trusty lead horses, Tory and Queen, of the champion All Star Percheron hitch at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 24 - The Spiderman driven by Rodney Hicks and owned by Edward Ochsenschlager took the top place in the Royal Horse Show Hackney Pony Canadian Championship Stake class. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 24 – The Spiderman driven by Rodney Hicks and owned by Edward Ochsenschlager took the top place in the Royal Horse Show Hackney Pony Canadian Championship Stake class. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 25 – Winners of the $3000 OHHA Green Roadster Classic to Bike Finals Presented by Little Rascals Daycare was Girl Crush owned by Jim McKague and driven by Jan McKague-Weishar. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 25 – Winners of the $3000 OHHA Green Roadster Classic to Bike Finals Presented by Little Rascals Daycare was Girl Crush owned by Jim McKague and driven by Jan McKague-Weishar. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 26 - Veteran handler Ronnie Davidson showed Sandra Laprise’s sport horse mare Secret Ambition to take the prestigious Governor General’s Cup class for three-year-old sport horses at this year’s Royal. Secret Ambition also won the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup which is an under saddle class for three-year-old sport horses. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 26 – Veteran handler Ronnie Davidson showed Sandra Laprise’s sport horse mare Secret Ambition to take the prestigious Governor General’s Cup class for three-year-old sport horses at this year’s Royal. Secret Ambition also won the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup which is an under saddle class for three-year-old sport horses. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 27 – Nineteen weanlings competed in the $5,000 Canadian Sport Horse President's Cup - Colt, Gelding or Filly 2015 class in the Horse Palace ring on the final Saturday of the 2015 Royal Horse Show. The winner was BF Lennyx owned and shown by Garry Roque. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 27 – Nineteen weanlings competed in the $5,000 Canadian Sport Horse President’s Cup – Colt, Gelding or Filly 2015 class in the Horse Palace ring on the final Saturday of the 2015 Royal Horse Show. The winner was BF Lennyx owned and shown by Garry Roque. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 28 - The antique coach and team of Dutch harness horses owned by Hillcroft Farm and James and Misdee Miller of Paris, Kentucky, won the Green Meadow Four-In-Hand Appointments class on the final Friday of the Royal. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 28 – The antique coach and team of Dutch harness horses owned by Hillcroft Farm and James and Misdee Miller of Paris, Kentucky, won the Green Meadow Four-In-Hand Appointments class on the final Friday of the Royal. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 29 – The Royal Horse Show coaching classes sponsored by Green Meadow are popular with the fans. The antique coaches, such as this black and yellow road coach used in Great Britain, pulled by a team of four horses are a breathtaking sight. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 29 – The Royal Horse Show coaching classes sponsored by Green Meadow are popular with the fans. The antique coaches, such as this black and yellow road coach used in Great Britain, pulled by a team of four horses are a breathtaking sight. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 30 - The Cavallo equestrian arts troop from Florida made their first Canadian appearance at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair.Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 30 – The Cavallo equestrian arts troop from Florida made their first Canadian appearance at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 31 – A Cavallo performer gets amazingly high off the back of a Haflinger during their performance at the 2015 Royal Horse Show.Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 31 – A Cavallo performer gets amazingly high off the back of a Haflinger during their performance at the 2015 Royal Horse Show. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 32 - The Cavallo troop member and his horses take a jump. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 32 – The Cavallo troop member and his horses take a jump. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 33 - The Lieutenant Governor of the province of Ontario, Elizabeth Dodeswell, made an appearance at the Royal Horse Show. She was escorted in by her official mounted guard unit shown here. One of the two lead horses in the guard was a mare over 30 years old! Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 33 – The Lieutenant Governor of the province of Ontario, Elizabeth Dodeswell, made an appearance at the Royal Horse Show. She was escorted in by her official mounted guard unit shown here. One of the two lead horses in the guard was a mare over 30 years old! Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 34 - The President’s Choice Super Dogs are a perennial favorite in the Animal Theater at the Royal. On the final Saturday of the Royal the Super Dogs are also each paired with a jumper horse and rider for the $15,000 Equine/Canine Challenge class where the horse and rider and dog and handler are timed on how long they take to compete their respective courses and the fastest combined time wining the challenge.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 34 – The President’s Choice Super Dogs are a perennial favorite in the Animal Theater at the Royal. On the final Saturday of the Royal the Super Dogs are also each paired with a jumper horse and rider for the $15,000 Equine/Canine Challenge class where the horse and rider and dog and handler are timed on how long they take to compete their respective courses and the fastest combined time wining the challenge. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 35 - One of the top two attractions in the Presidents’ Choice Animal Theater was the 4-H Rabbit Hopping (also called bunny jumping or rabbit agility) which attracted a standing-room-only crowd each session. For the rabbit hopping project the 4-Hers teach their rabbits to walk on a leash and to navigate a course similar to dog agility. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 35 – One of the top two attractions in the Presidents’ Choice Animal Theater was the 4-H Rabbit Hopping (also called bunny jumping or rabbit agility) which attracted a standing-room-only crowd each session. For the rabbit hopping project the 4-Hers teach their rabbits to walk on a leash and to navigate a course similar to dog agility. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 36 - The Royal butter sculpture competition is very popular with spectators. This year’s second-place entry (in Canada a blue ribbon is second place) was called “Totes-Ma-Goats” by Vincenzina Care. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 36 – The Royal butter sculpture competition is very popular with spectators. This year’s second-place entry (in Canada a blue ribbon is second place) was called “Totes-Ma-Goats” by Vincenzina Care. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 37 – Baby chicks were the stars of an educational exhibit about eggs and poultry presented the 2015 Royal by Burnbrae Farms. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 37 – Baby chicks were the stars of an educational exhibit about eggs and poultry presented the 2015 Royal by Burnbrae Farms. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 38 – This cute and friendly alpaca was part of an educational exhibit at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. There was also wool spun from alpaca mohair and alpaca mohair clothing for sale at the Royal.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 38 – This cute and friendly alpaca was part of an educational exhibit at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. There was also wool spun from alpaca mohair and alpaca mohair clothing for sale at the Royal. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 39 – Young Royal Fair attendees were fascinated by the pig on display in the Royal livestock barns. A 4-H Hog Show is part of the action each year at the Royal.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 39 – Young Royal Fair attendees were fascinated by the pig on display in the Royal livestock barns. A 4-H Hog Show is part of the action each year at the Royal. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 40 – The sleepy sheep in the barn at the Royal seems to be smiling at the camera. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 40 – The sleepy sheep in the barn at the Royal seems to be smiling at the camera. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 41 – A young Ayrshire heifer in the barn at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Four Canadian national dairy shows are part of the action during the second half of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada: the National Ayrshire Show, the National Black and White Holstein Show, the National Red and White Holstein Show and the National Jersey Show as well as a youth show. The first part of the Royal featured a beef cattle show with classes for Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Shorthorn, Limousin and Simmental breeding and market animals and a young exhibitor beef show.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 41 – A young Ayrshire heifer in the barn at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Four Canadian national dairy shows are part of the action during the second half of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada: the National Ayrshire Show, the National Black and White Holstein Show, the National Red and White Holstein Show and the National Jersey Show as well as a youth show. The first part of the Royal featured a beef cattle show with classes for Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Shorthorn, Limousin and Simmental breeding and market animals and a young exhibitor beef show. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 42 – This ewe seems to have a lot to say as she stands on the grooming platform at the barn at 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 42 – This ewe seems to have a lot to say as she stands on the grooming platform at the barn at 2015 Royal Winter Fair. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 43 – A Holstein dairy cow in the 2015 Royal Dairy Show Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 43 – A Holstein dairy cow in the 2015 Royal Dairy Show Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 44 - The Royal Vegetable Show was an open-class competition and included categories for the best of various garden produce, the largest root vegetable and biggest pumpkin and the oddest shaped vegetables as well as the best artistic display using vegetables. There was also a Royal apple competition. Shown here are entries in the largest pumpkin contest.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 44 – The Royal Vegetable Show was an open-class competition and included categories for the best of various garden produce, the largest root vegetable and biggest pumpkin and the oddest shaped vegetables as well as the best artistic display using vegetables. There was also a Royal apple competition. Shown here are entries in the largest pumpkin contest. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 45 – Contestants in the Canadian National Jersey Cattle Show at the 2015 Royal Winter FairPhoto by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 45 – Contestants in the Canadian National Jersey Cattle Show at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 46 – The Royal Vegetable Show had classes for the largest vegetables. The rutabaga in the foreground entered by Chris Lyons was the Royal champion and a world record at 53.4 pounds. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 46 – The Royal Vegetable Show had classes for the largest vegetables. The rutabaga in the foreground entered by Chris Lyons was the Royal champion and a world record at 53.4 pounds. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 47 – The Equimania educational booth presented at the Royal by the University of Guelph in Ontario offered many children’s activities including complimentary paper horse crowns for young Royal spectators. There was also a large Royal “Agri-tivity” area with many fun things for kids to do including a petting zoo, face painting, puzzles and toy tractors to drive.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 47 – The Equimania educational booth presented at the Royal by the University of Guelph in Ontario offered many children’s activities including complimentary paper horse crowns for young Royal spectators. There was also a large Royal “Agri-tivity” area with many fun things for kids to do including a petting zoo, face painting, puzzles and toy tractors to drive. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 48 – One of the crowd-pleasing delights at the Royal are the apple dumplings made in front of the crowd. The Royal trade fair and food court offered a wide variety of epicurean delights including a wide variety of ethnic foods, maple ice cream, butter tarts, poutine and their version of Canadian bacon called peameal bacon which is more like thinly sliced pork tenderloin. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 48 – One of the crowd-pleasing delights at the Royal are the apple dumplings made in front of the crowd. The Royal trade fair and food court offered a wide variety of epicurean delights including a wide variety of ethnic foods, maple ice cream, butter tarts, poutine and their version of Canadian bacon called peameal bacon which is more like thinly sliced pork tenderloin. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 49 – Both poutine (a concoction of French fries covered with gravy and cheese curds that was invented in Quebec) and perogies (a mashed potato and cheese filled pasta) are popular northern dishes. One Royal food court vendor combined them into one dish. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 49 – Both poutine (a concoction of French fries covered with gravy and cheese curds that was invented in Quebec) and perogies (a mashed potato and cheese filled pasta) are popular northern dishes. One Royal food court vendor combined them into one dish. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 50 – A vendor at the Royal offered many bakery goodies including maple-bacon flavored cookies and traditional Canadian butter tarts. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 50 – A vendor at the Royal offered many bakery goodies including maple-bacon flavored cookies and traditional Canadian butter tarts. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 51 – Canadian grown nuts were offered by Jewels Under the Kilt, a vendor in the Royal trade fair. They always seemed to have a line of people anxious to try the roasted walnuts, pecans and heart nuts. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 51 – Canadian grown nuts were offered by Jewels Under the Kilt, a vendor in the Royal trade fair. They always seemed to have a line of people anxious to try the roasted walnuts, pecans and heart nuts. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 52 – The Royal Winter Fair shopping opportunities are seemingly endless. This booth featuring Canadian Mountie nutcrackers that seem to smile as people walk by.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 52 – The Royal Winter Fair shopping opportunities are seemingly endless. This booth featuring Canadian Mountie nutcrackers that seem to smile as people walk by. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 53 – A number of saddle makers were present in the Royal shopping area. Here the saddle maker from Antarés shows a visitor his work. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 53 – A number of saddle makers were present in the Royal shopping area. Here the saddle maker from Antarés shows a visitor his work. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 54 – Bridles were among the wares offered by a number of tack shops in the Royal merchants’ area. This one features a lovely brown gem and crystal brow band.Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 54 – Bridles were among the wares offered by a number of tack shops in the Royal merchants’ area. This one features a lovely brown gem and crystal brow band. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 55 – A beautiful boot bag on display in the Hansen Equestrian booth (www.hansenequestrian.ca). Owner/designer Sarah Hansen came up with the idea to use beautiful yet durable fabrics to make stable essentials such as saddle covers, boot bags, saddle bags and quarter sheets while still at university. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 55 – A beautiful boot bag on display in the Hansen Equestrian booth (www.hansenequestrian.ca). Owner/designer Sarah Hansen came up with the idea to use beautiful yet durable fabrics to make stable essentials such as saddle covers, boot bags, saddle bags and quarter sheets while still at university. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 56 - ManeJane spur straps (www.ManeJane.com) with cute little ladybugs were featured in the Greenhawk tack booth at the Royal. ManeJane makes designer belts (leather with stirrup buckles in many colors and patterns) and spur straps (offered in a variety of solid colors or plaid and decorated with fancy buckles or charms: lady bugs, flowers, crowns, wine glasses, pirates, monkeys, cows, bears, stars, frogs, horse shoes, artist’s palates and surfer dudes).Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 56 – ManeJane spur straps (www.ManeJane.com) with cute little ladybugs were featured in the Greenhawk tack booth at the Royal. ManeJane makes designer belts (leather with stirrup buckles in many colors and patterns) and spur straps (offered in a variety of solid colors or plaid and decorated with fancy buckles or charms: lady bugs, flowers, crowns, wine glasses, pirates, monkeys, cows, bears, stars, frogs, horse shoes, artist’s palates and surfer dudes). Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Photo 57 – CWD saddles are also for sale in the Royal trade fair. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 57 – CWD saddles are also for sale in the Royal trade fair. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photo 58 – Sheepskin and color coordinated bell boots in a tack shop booth at the Royal. You could buy tack, riding apparel and stable equipment in a wide variety of colors and styles at the Royal. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 58 – Sheepskin and color coordinated bell boots in a tack shop booth at the Royal. You could buy tack, riding apparel and stable equipment in a wide variety of colors and styles at the Royal. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 59 - Trailers made by the Böckmann company (www.boeckmann.com are lightweight enough to be pulled by a car or small truck, but still offered a fairly roomy horse compartment purportedly for up to a 17-hand horse and a small tack compartment. One of the fun things about owning one of these trailers would be decorating the outside by choosing one of 18 decal designs created by artist Jan Künster. The trailers are available in Canada through Maple Lane Trailers (www.maplelanetrailers.com), Smith Falls, Ontario.Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Photo 59 – Trailers made by the Böckmann company (www.boeckmann.com are lightweight enough to be pulled by a car or small truck, but still offered a fairly roomy horse compartment purportedly for up to a 17-hand horse and a small tack compartment. One of the fun things about owning one of these trailers would be decorating the outside by choosing one of 18 decal designs created by artist Jan Künster. The trailers are available in Canada through Maple Lane Trailers (www.maplelanetrailers.com), Smith Falls, Ontario. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

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It’s Royal Winter Fair Time!

November 11, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

By Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography & Media Services

All photos by Shelley Higgins/Copyright MacMillan Photography

November in Toronto is synonymous with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In its 93rd renewal in 2015, the grand, expansive event fills the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition with the sights and sounds of a state fair and an international horse show all rolled into one. Livestock, fair food, cooking demonstrations, a convention center filled with shopping, and horses ranging from diminutive Welsh Ponies, hunters and jumpers, dressage and carriage horses to enormous draft breeds are all part of the excitement.

The “Royal” is one of the largest indoor agricultural exhibitions in the world and, in my mind anyway, is one of the top two Canadian horse shows, sharing the honor only with Spruce Meadows. The first weekend of the Royal Horse Show included the crowning of the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Champion and the fast-paced indoor eventing competition which is always a crowd favorite.

To win the Greenhawk Canadian Jumper Championship Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON,  and Farfelu du Printemps jumped clear in the two initial rounds, then bested the others in a six-way jump-off to take the title. They took down only one rail in the jump-off but were fastest around the track to top the division.

Farfelu du Printemps is a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Action Breaker x Volume vd Gasthoeve) owned by John and Julie Madigan. Henselwood said she found in him in Switzerland earlier this year for her student Julia Madigan. Madigan has handed the ride to Henselwood while she focuses on her studies at Queen’s University. He’s smart, clever, knows where the jumps are, and is naturally fast. As soon as we started to jump he could sense from me that it was serious. He gave good efforts,” said Henselwood. “For this horse to get this title really means something in his resume, and starts to identify him as a top horse for Canada.”

The jumper course designer for this year’s Royal is Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, Dorset, Great Britain. Reserve in the Greenhawk Canadian Championships went to veteran rider Mac Cone, 63, King City, ON, riding Gasper van den Doorn for owner Chadburn Holdings, Inc. and third went to Lisa Carlsen, 50, of Okotoks, AB, aboard Worlds Judgement for owners WJ Partners.

Also in the Royal jumper arena last weekend, two athletes from Quebec finished first and second in the Jump Canada National Talent Squad Championships presented by Uplands Charitable Foundation. Isabelle Lapierre, Breakeyville, QC, and Cescha M, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Diamant de Semilly x Hera XXIV) owned by Ecuries de la Chaudiere, topped both phases of competition over a starting field of 16. Lapierre, 36, has been riding Cescha M for the three years. Finishing in the reserve spot in the Jump Canada Talent Squad division was Billie Derouet, Bromont, QC, aboard her own Bonaparte VP Wisebecq.

“She will try every time. Even when I make a mistake, she’s there, and if she makes a mistake, she knows I’ll be there. We’re a good team. She’s a young horse. They need mileage in the ring before doing the big classes. This is a good class for young riders and also for riders like me trying to produce young horses,” said Lapierre of her mare.

In the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge, Waylon Roberts, 27, Port Perry, ON, won his eighth straight Royal title. This year his partner over the simulated cross-country fences was a mare named West River. The pair was foot perfect over the two nights of competition, jumping the course designed by Captain Mark Phillips of Great Britain.

Roberts, who represented Canada on their 2015 Pan American Games team, is the son of Advanced level event rider Ian Roberts and Kelly Plitz. He commented on the choice of riding West River in the Indoor Challenge class, “It takes a handy horse, one that’s going to be really obedient for the tight turns and the quick speed. That’s exactly what West River is. She’s not too big and she’s really handy.”

Finishing second in the Horseware Indoor Challenge was U.S. rider Buck Davidson riding Wundermaske. Davidson, who was riding at his first Royal Winter Fair, and Wundermaske were also clear around both courses, but had a slightly slower time to take the reserve spot.

Meanwhile other equestrian events going on the first four days of the Royal included hunter classes and a hunter derby, draft horse breed and hitch classes, Standardbred and Hackney Horse and Pony classes, Welsh Pony and Roadster Pony classes and a rodeo. Wednesday night the Royal hosts a Longines World Cup Jumper class and Thursday is the Royal Dressage Invitational Dressage Cup.

Coming up next weekend at the Royal are the Thoroughbred and Canadian Sport Horse breed show, the Governor General and Lieutenant Governor Cup classes for three-year-old sport horses, Arabian native costume classes, the Green Meadows antique coaching classes, the  Weston Open Canadian International Jumper class and the Big Ben Jumper Challenge. Stay tuned for more photos and news from the Royal Winter Fair. Find the results at http://royal.showmanagementsystem.com/.

For more information on the Royal Horse Show visit http://www.royalfair.org/horse-show.

- Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON, and Farfelu du Printemps, 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by John and Julie Madigan, were victorious in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships held on Friday and Saturday nights during the first weekend of the Royal.Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON, and Farfelu du Printemps, 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by John and Julie Madigan, were victorious in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships held on Friday and Saturday nights during the first weekend of the Royal. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farfelu du Printemps Jill Henselwood and Farfelu du Printemps jumped clear in the two initial rounds, then took only one rail in the jump-off but finished with the fastest time for the win. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Jill Henselwood and Farfelu du Printemps jumped clear in the two initial rounds, then took only one rail in the jump-off but finished with the fastest time for the win. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran Canadian Rider Mac Cone, 63 King City, ON rode Gasper van den Doorn for owner Chadburn Holdings, Inc. to finish in the reserve champion spot in the $t00,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships.   Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Veteran Canadian Rider Mac Cone, 63 King City, ON rode Gasper van den Doorn for owner Chadburn Holdings, Inc. to finish in the reserve champion spot in the $t00,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Canadian Pan Am Eventing Team member Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, ON, guided the speedy and handy mare West River to two clear rounds to win his eighth consecutive Royal Indoor Eventing Challenge.

2015 Canadian Pan Am Eventing Team member Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, ON, guided the speedy and handy mare West River to two clear rounds to win his eighth consecutive Royal Indoor Eventing Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waylon Roberts and West River power through the keyhole jump on their way to winning the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Horse Show in Toronto. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Waylon Roberts and West River power through the keyhole jump on their way to winning the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Horse Show in Toronto. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American rider Buck Davidson rode Wundermaske to two clear rounds to finish second in the 2015 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

American rider Buck Davidson rode Wundermaske to two clear rounds to finish second in the 2015 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davidson Claims CCI3* At Galway Downs International Three-Day Event

November 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Temecula, Calif., Nov. 3, 2013—Almost nothing about the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event worked out like Buck Davidson expected. Except that he came here from Pennsylvania to win the CCI3*, and he did, on Petite Flower, scoring 59.2 penalties.

Jolie Wentworth rode GoodKnight to second place (59.7) and Liz Halliday-Sharp rode HHS Cooley to third place (61.6). Davidson also finished eighth on The Apprentice (77.9).

Buck Davidson and Petite Flower, winners of the CCI3* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

Buck Davidson and Petite Flower, winners of the CCI3* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

Davidson had long planned to bring his other two horses, The Apprentice and Absolute Liberty, but he didn’t decide to bring Petite Flower until about a week before the event started, after she’d not finished the Fair Hill CCI3* in Maryland three weeks ago. And then the three horses’ performances in the three phases sometimes made Davidson feel as if he was riding on a rollercoaster.

“Nothing really happened like I expected this weekend,” said Davidson, 37, shaking his head and savoring the win, his second career CCI3* victory. “But I do know that Petite Flower is world-class. I know that beyond a shadow of a doubt, and it’s my job to bring it out in her.”

Petite Flower, 11, won the Cooper Trophy as the winner and the new Livingstone Award at the highest-scoring Thoroughbred in the CCI3*. Rise Against, owned and ridden by Bunnie Sexton, won The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Award as the top-scoring Jockey Club-registered Thoroughbred. Rise Against finished in fifth place.

BCF Bellicoso and Matt Brown, winners of the CCI2* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

BCF Bellicoso and Matt Brown, winners of the CCI2* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

Davidson’s margin of victory was just .5 points, since Petite Flower knocked down one rail, just after Wentworth and GoodKnight jumped a perfect round to keep the pressure on.

“He’s typically a really good show jumper, so I was hopeful,” said Wentworth of GoodKnight, 11. “As long as I don’t make a mistake and panic, he can do it. Luck was on our side today.”

GoodKnight and Wentworth, 32, finished second in the CCI3* in 2011 and fourth in 2012.  “He always runs well here, and Galway Downs has been a part of my life since I was a young rider, so there are a lot of incentives for us to come here every year,” said Wentworth, of Crockett, Calif.

Halliday-Sharp grew up just 20 minutes away from Galway Downs, and this year she decided to return to Galway Downs from her home in West Sussex, England, where she’s lived for 14 years. Her quick cross-country round on Saturday and her faultless show jumping round on Sunday propelled her to third place.

“It was kind of a leap of faith to come here, and I’m glad I did,” said Halliday-Sharp, 34. “I’ve seen people I haven’t seen in 20 years, who came here because they saw in the local paper that I was competing. It’s been amazing to be back here. It was the right event to come to.”

Matt Brown, of Petaluma, Calif., dominated the ribbons in the CCI2*, riding BCF Bellicoso to first place and Super Socks BCF to third place. Maya Black, of Whidbey Island, Wash., and Doesn’t Play Fair, the leaders for the first two days, knocked down one show jump to split Brown’s pair.

This was BCF Bellicoso’s second CCI win in 2013, having won the CCI1* at Rebecca Farm in Montana in July. He also won the award as the top-placing 7-year-old.

Ruth Bley and Rodrigue duGranit, winners of the CCI1* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

Ruth Bley and Rodrigue duGranit, winners of the CCI1* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

“I’m not sure what finishing first and third means to me.  I’m not used to doing so well, I guess,” said Brown, 37. “I’ve always had young or difficult horses to work with, so my focus in the last 10 years has been on trying to develop those horses. I love the process of bringing horses along, so it’s a different experience to have such top-quality horses as these, with good backgrounds.”

Brown’s world has changed in the last year, with the support of the Blossom Creek Foundation, whose sponsorship has allowed him to find several top-class horses on whom he can advance his international career.

“My focus is on me and those horses right now,” he continued. “And I guess what this weekend means is that it’s time to sit down and figure out the next step, because we have some really serious horses who have proved themselves now. If we’re going to make a go if it, we have to figure out what our next step is.”

Caroline Martin, of Rieglesville, Pa., won the Mia Eriksson Award as the highest-placed junior rider in the CCI2*. She rode Center Stage to fifth place (55.7)

Black, 25, wasn’t disappointed to finish second on Doesn’t Play Fair. “I made a mistake, and we had a rail down,” she said. “I just couldn’t be more pleased with him. I’m really excited for the future with him. I have stuff to work on, but that’s what the winter is for.”

Ruth Bley rode two horses to ribbons in the CCI1*, placing first with Rodrigue du Granit (43.3) and sixth with on Silver Sage (48.3). Bley, 54, also won the trophy as the top-scoring amateur rider in the CCI1*. She owns and manages an electrical-contracting company that installs the electricity for bridges, tunnels and sports facilities, including the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

She bought Rodrigue du Granit in February and made Galway Downs her year-end goal. “He’s just been getting better and better, but I think that the key for me was that we got here three days early, and I could just concentrate on me and my riding. It was nice to get here and just settle in,” said Bley.

Gina Economu, of Sun Valley, Calif., rode Covert to second place (43.7) and won the award for the top-scoring 6-year-old in the division. He just edged Fleur De Lis and Tami Smith, who led through the first two phases but lowered the last fence in show jumping.

“I cannot believe how amazing my horse was this weekend,” said Economu. “The cross-country course was very fair, but it was tough in what it asked, and it encouraged them to jump well.”

Lulu Shamberg, of Santa Monica, Calif., won the award for the top-placed junior rider in the CCI1*. She rode Amarna to fourth place (45.6).

The Presenting Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event are: Equine Insurance of California, Land Rover, Professional’s Choice, the California Horse Trader and the PRO Tour.

The Gold Medal Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event are: Devoucoux, Ian Stark Equestrian Center, MD Barn Master and Sunsprite Warmbloods.

The Silver Medal Sponsors are: Charles Owen, Embassy Suites Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Majyk Equipe, SmartPak Equine and Temecula Creek Inn.

The Bronze Medal Sponsors are: American Medical Response, American Horse Trials Foundation, Auburn Labs Advanced Protection Formula, Big Horse Feeds, Cavalor, The Chronicle of the Horse, CWD, Finish Line, Freedom RV Rentals, Geranium Street Equestrian, Point Two Air Jackets, Riding Magazines Inc., Ride On Video, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, Triple Crown Nutrition and Voltaire Design.

Eventingtrainingonline.com is a Friend sponsor.

For more information on the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, visit www.galwaydowns.com or call 951-303-0405. To learn more about eventing, visit the U.S. Eventing Association’s website (www.useventing.com).