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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRESSAGE ICON JAN EBELING A PERFECT MATCH FOR ICE HORSE®

October 30, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

 

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Jan Ebling

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Dressage champion Jan Ebeling Joins Team Ice Horse Family

Sonoma, CA (October 22, 2014) – Dressage icon Jan Ebeling has joined forces with Ice Horse, becoming the newest member of the Ice Horse family. Jan joins the list of 20+ other Olympians and professional equestrians in the Team Ice Horse stable that are currently using the patented cold therapy products to give their horses the winning edge.

A member of the 2012 Olympic Team, Ebeling spent most of his childhood in Oldenburg, Germany, not far from where his Olympic partner Rafalca was born. He took riding lessons as a child, and worked feeding and grooming horses, and maneuvering the horse manure cart so he could pay for the lessons. Working his way up as an apprentice for the late German master Herbert Rehbein, Ebeling now oversees 30 to 40 horses at The Acres, a ranch in Moorpark, Calif.

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Jan Ebling

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A US Citizen since 1998, Jan represented the US on the 2003 gold medal Pan American team in Santo Domingo, aboard Feleciano, and aboard Rafalca competed in the World Cup in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012. In 2011, Jan and Rafalca were the highest ranked USA combination at the World Cup in Leipzig, Germany and members of the USA team in Aachen culminating their partnership with a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.

“Not only is Jan Ebeling one of the horse world’s best athletes, but he exemplifies a superb level of horsemanship both in and out of the ring,” said Julie Garella, and CEO  of Ice Horse. “Jan demonstrates an exceptional level of training and care for the horse, and we are thrilled to be part of his horse care program. Busy professionals like Jan can really benefit from the convenience and time savings that Ice Horse products provide.”

In addition to Jan’s heavy competition and training schedule, Jan is a USDF Young Rider Clinician, is also a member of the High Performance Dressage Eligible Athlete Committee, and conducts clinics nationally and internationally, as well as having a full training and sales business in Moorpark, CA. As his family is an important part of his life, he enjoys spending time hiking, biking, snorkeling, and traveling with his wife, Amy and son, Ben.

About Ice Horse:

For over 15 years Ice Horse™ products have set the standard for Equine Cold Therapy. Based in Sonoma California, our mission is to provide innovative products, made in the U.S.A that help prevent injury and speed recovery for equine athletes.

U.S. Para-Driving Team Clinches Bronze at 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Press Release by:United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) adapted by Lindsay Y. McCall for the USPEA

Photographs by: Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Sandringham, England- June 30, 2014- The 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships concluded on June 29 at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England. Germany held on to their overnight lead to take Team Gold, The Netherlands captured Silver, and the USA clinched Bronze with a mere 3.29 penalties behind The Netherlands. Finally, Great Britain finished in fourth place. Individually, Veteran Robert Giles (USA) and Solo, owned by Koos and Marie de Ronde, won the Grade 2 Silver medal with Virginia (Boo) Fitch (USA) and her own Kiko earning the Grade 2 fourth place finish. Diane Kastama earned an 11th place in Grade I and Mary Gray earned a 10th place in Grade 2. Marie De Ronde served as Chef d’Equipe for the USA Team and Sara Schmitt served as coach.

Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

The U.S. Para-Driving Team for the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships occurred June 27-29, with the three U.S. team members including Diane Kastama with her own Rupert, Virginia Fitch with her own Kiko, and Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles driving Koos De Ronde’s Solo. The first day included driven dressage, followed by the marathon & obstacles course, and the final day concluded with cones and the awards presentation.

It was the first time that these championships were hosted in England. Para-equestrian drivers from eight nations competed in a fiercely fought contest for world supremacy. Four of the nations, including the USA, fielded a team of at least three competitors required for the team awards; the other countries were represented by individual competitors. Individual medals are awarded by “Grade” which is a classification by the FEI according to level of disability (with Grade I being more severely disabled than Grade II). Sixty percent of the competitors were Grade I.

USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

United States Driving for the Disabled acknowledged, ” A heartfelt thanks go to Coach Sara Schmitt and Chef d’Equipe Marie de Ronde-United States Driving for the DisabledOudemans who each went above and beyond in their help to the team. We would also like to extend our utmost appreciation to all of the individuals and groups over the past many months who have given us their encouragement, backing and support. They have truly been the ones who have made this possible. Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful accomplishment.”

 USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd


USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Results from the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:

1st Germany 227.07
2nd Netherlands 244.74
3rd USA 248.03
4th Great Britain 264.91

Grade I:
1st Jacques Poppen (Ned) 107.18
2nd Heiner Lehrter (Ger) 118.46
3rd Markus Beerhues (Ger) 124.25
4th Lucy Barclay (GBR) 131 73

Grade II:
1st Alexandra Roeder 111.61
2nd Robert Giles (USA) 125.21
3rd Mick Ward (GBR) 127.25
4th Virginia Fitch (USA) 131.82

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Team Members for the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:
Diane Kastama Grade 1
Virginia (Boo) Fitch Grade 2
Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles Grade 2

Alternates
1st Alternate: Theresa (Ginny) Leal Grade 2
2nd Alternate: Mary Gray Grade 2

Representing the U.S. as an Individual at the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles:

Mary Gray (Brunswick, Maine) will drive Nick Hammond’s Leyeswick the Rooster. Leyeswick the Rooster is a 2006 Welsh gelding.

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

For further detailed scores see:
http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/uitslagen/d8471a0aa505c1165003032658706598

Additional news is at:
http://www.britishcarriagedriving.co.uk/

Germany holds overnight lead to take Team Gold at the 2014 Para-Equestrian World Championships
http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/news/sandringham-germany-holds-overnight-lead-to-take-team-go

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

About Diane Kastama: Diane Kastama, Arroyo Grande, CA Grade I. In 1991 a car crash left Diane paralyzed from the waist down. Although a lifelong horse person and dressage enthusiast, riding without the use of her legs was not much fun and she soon turned to driven dressage and then the exciting sport of combined driving. Her relatives and friends thought she was crazy for taking on a sport that involves sitting atop a tall carriage, pulled by a horse going “hell-bent” for speed.

Diane started competing with her home bred Appaloosa’s but now Diane competes with a pair of Section D Welsh Cobs, Rupert and George. She drives them single, pair and tandem. She competes against able-bodied drivers all over the Western United States and occasionally on the East Coast at the Intermediate and Advanced level. Diane has also demonstrated her skills at Rolex, KY, Horse Expo in Sacramento, the “Night of the Horse” in Del Mar. The Equine Affair and various therapeutic horse programs throughout California. She has also participated in the closing ceremonies at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Diane is always willing to share her skills and knowledge and bring driving to the forefront of equine sports. Diane has been very succesful in international Para-Equestrian competition, coming home with an Individual Silver and Team Bronze driving a borrowed Welsh Cob Stallion in 2002 Greven, Germany. 2004 she place 5th with a borrowed Welsh cob in Endinburg, Scotland. In 2006 she came home with Individual Gold driving her own Welsh cob gelding Jasper. In 2008 Diane earned Individual Bronze and Team Silver driving Jasper once again. Kastama will drive Rupert at the Championships who is a 1996 Welsh Cob gelding.

Vietnam War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Bob Giles. Photo courtesy of Brenda Giles
About Bob Giles: Bob Giles (Morriston, Fla.) is a well known driving horse trainer and clinician who has dedicated his life to the sport of driving. His selection to the USEF Para-Equestrian Driving Team is a dream come true for this accomplished competitor, Vietnam War veteran, and Purple Heart recipient.

Giles was in combat within the the Vietnam War resulting in the loss of 90% of his hearing, a fused elbow and only partial use of his right hand. As a combat-wounded Purple Heart recipient, Bob is dedicating his drive to the memory of the 58,000 + men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Giles enthusiasm and determination for the thrilling sport of Combined Driving has driven him to the 2014 World Driving Championships in Sandringham, England, June 27-29, 2014. Giles will drive Koos De Ronde’s Solo and Olando.

About Virgina (Boo) Fitch: Virginia (Boo) Fitch is from Pennhook, Va. Fitch grew up fox hunting and showing hunters. She attended Lynchburg College and rode on their intercollegiate riding team as well as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Team. After graduating, she rode jumpers

Virginia (Boo) Fitch
for a prominent family in Quebec Canada. It was during this time that Fitch developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. It came on suddenly and strongly. Within two years she had a hip replacement at the age of 26. By the year 2000, she was having considerable problems with her feet and ankles and it just so happened that she owned a school horse that drove and had a good friend that competed in Combined Driving. Between the safe horse and her friend she started driving and loved it. After five surgeries and three joint replacements over the course of 10 years from 2000 to 2010, teaching children just became too difficult and she was finding herself competing in Combined driving more often. Fitch has become a prominent competitor in the para-equestrian driving world and she looks forward to her recent appointment as a member of the 2014 Team. Fitch will drive Kiko, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse Mare at the Championships.

For more information about United States Driving for the Disabled please go to www.USDFD.org.

USDFD facebook site https://www.facebook.com/USDFD

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

COLLEGE PREPARATORY INVITATIONAL (CPI) MARKS FOURTH YEAR WITH TREMENDOUS SUCCESS AND HIGH MARKS AT THE JIM BRANDON EQUESTRIAN CENTER IN PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Over $7,000 in scholarships & awarded thanks to
Charles Owen & Co., FootingFirst, LLC, and the CPI Junior Ambassadors — 

Scholarship Award Recipients with Olympian, Peter Wylde

Scholarship Award Recipients with Olympian, Peter Wylde

WELLINGTON, FL – March 31, 2014 – The nation’s premiere equestrian college recruiting event, the 2014 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI), concluded yesterday, Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, Florida.

The 2014 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) marked its fourth year with 150 student riders and nearly 30 participating colleges/universities from all over the nation.  More than 30 states, including Hawaii, were represented by the diverse roster of participants who attended the three-day event designed to provide scholarships and educate student riders about the different formats of college equestrian competitions while providing riders with resources to help them create their own individualized college equestrian experience.

CPI High Point Equitation Champion & Scholarship Winner, Kristin Konopnicki with Roy Burek, Managing Director, Charles Owen

CPI High Point Equitation Champion & Scholarship Winner, Kristin Konopnicki
with Roy Burek, Managing Director, Charles Owen

At the conclusion of all competition and speaker presentations, the CPI recognized its top performing student riders in various categories and awarded 11 scholarships awards.

Each of the following student riders received a $500 scholarship award from Karen Leeming, Partner of FootingFirst, LLC:
•  CPI Advanced Equitation Division High Point Rider:
   Elizabeth Ekberg (Graduation Year: 2017), Washington, D.C.
•  CPI Open Equitation Division High Point Rider:
   Caroline Kornegay (Graduation Year:  2016), Raleigh, NC
•  CPI Limit Equitation Division High Point Rider:
Nathalie Fargo (Graduation Year:  2015), Whitestone, NY
•  CPI Intermediate Equitation Division High Point Rider:
   Olivia Moriarty (Graduation Year:  2017), Long Beach, NY
•  CPI Novice Equitation Division High Point Rider:
   Kirsten Konopnicki (Graduation Year:  2015), Arlington, VA

Additionally, several special scholarships and awards partially subsidized by the CPI Junior Ambassadors were presented by Roy Burek, President of Charles Owen & Co.:
•  CPI Written Horsemanship Test Award ($500 scholarship/$500 Der Dau boot gift certificate):  Haleigh Townsend (Graduation Year:  2015), Chandler, AZ
•  CPI Champion of Service Award ($1,000 scholarship):
   Cassie Crotty (Graduation Year:  2015), Coral Gables, FL
•  CPI Service Award Rnner-Up ($300 scholarship)
   Caitlyn Scagliarini (Graduation Year 2015), Milford, CT
•  CPI  Essay Contest Award ($1,000 scholarship):
   Isabel Pickett (Graduation Year:  2015), Hoover, AL
•  CPI Essay Contest Runner-up Award ($300):
   Cassie Crotty (Graduation Year:  2015), Holly Springs, NC

One (1) of two (2) student riders to receive double scholarship awards, Kirsten Konopnicki, of Arlington, VA, concluded the ceremony by picking up the Highest Point Hunt Seat Equitation Division Award, sponsored by FootingFirst, LLC for accumulating the highest score of the five (5) divisions, Kirsten received an additional $500 scholarship.

“It has been an honor to devote my entire family’s enthusiasm, dedication and relentless effort to our mutual ‘quest’ to provide support to young riders in their mission to continue riding at the collegiate level,”  stated Jeanne Rouco Conesa, President, 2014 CPI. “As a highlight to this year’s widely successful event, we were extremely fortunate to capture the attention of Gold Medal Olympian and world-class show jumping rider, Peter Wylde. At our awards ceremony yesterday, in his keynote address, Peter shared insights into his roadmap in equestrian sports – from a young boy, to an ASPCA Maclay winner at 16 years of age, to a young horse professional, and finally to an Olympic Gold Medalist.”

“But what resonated most with the young student riders, was Peter’s advice to those — who envision a future life with horses in some capacity — to pursue a higher level education, and couple that education with a college/university that offers an equestrian program.  With both prerequisites met, Peter’s message was: you can succeed,” summarized Ms. Rouco-Conesa.

“And, most importantly, thanks and accolades to our 2014 ‘marquis’ sponsors, that without their generous support, the CPI would not be possible,” continued Rouco Conesa.  “The CPI has earned the prestigious support of so many nationally recognized brands and  educational institutions in the form of sponsorship.  Our thanks and appreciation are extended to Charles Owen & Co., FootingFirst, LLC, Purina, Dover Saddlery,Practical Horseman magazine, Randolph College, Mississippi College, The Clothes Horse , MGE Architects and USHJA Foundation.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The 2015 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) dates were announced at yesterday’s Awards Ceremony:
•       Dates: January 9-11, 2015
 •       Location: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Palm Beach, FL. 7500 Forest Hill Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida.

About the College Preparatory Invitational
The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 9 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience.

The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider’s opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team. Given the fact that the CPI provides all the horses and necessary tack for the show, riders do not incur the expense of transporting horses to the show.

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is based on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hunt seat equitation classification, where horses are assigned by a random draw on the day of competition.
Along with the competition, the CPI offers seminars and question & answer sessions during the show.  Riders and their families hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding.  There is also a College Expo where Colleges and Universities are present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and equestrian opportunities, including scholarships offered at their institution.

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Scholarship Fund is designed to reward riders that exhibit excellence in social conduct, academics, and competitive success. This in turn acknowledges and fosters the growth of college bound riders which will formulate the body of future leaders of the equestrian business and sport.

The CPI offers various types of scholarships to the student riders. Please visit the CPI website’s Scholarship Page for detailed information regarding the CPI Scholarships.

More news and announcements will follow in the coming months as the 2015 CPI draws closer. For more information, please visit www.collegeprepinvitational.com or visit the CPI Facebook page.

Washington International Horse Show Tickets Now on Sale

August 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

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WASHINGTON, August 15, 2013—The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for its 2013 competition, which will run Oct. 22-27, 2013, at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Verizon Center box office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. General admission tickets for daytime performances are $15 (plus applicable service charges), Tuesday through Sunday, with children 12 and under admitted for free. VIP section seating is available for evening performances. For pricing information please visit www.wihs.org/tickets.

The WIHS is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show, and each year it hosts one week of exciting, world-class competition in the Nation’s Capital. Spectators are invited to join in the festivities during the week to watch international show jumping at its best, elite hunter competition, and the best up-and-coming junior riders in the country. VIP hospitality, boutique shopping and a silent auction add to the special experience.

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Highlights of the 2013 WIHS include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), presented by Events DC, on Saturday, Oct. 26; the $25,000 Puissance (high jump competition) on Friday’s Military Night, presented by The Boeing Company; and the Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals, featuring the country’s top junior riders, also on Saturday. 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.

Entertaining for riders and non-equestrians alike, exciting equestrian exhibitions and community activities such as a free Kids’ Day, Thursday’s Barn Night, and the Wednesday morning Breakfast with the Mounted Police will also return this year. Further details on the competition are described in this year’s official prize list, which can be found at www.wihs.org/prize-list/.

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Andres Rodriguez and Caballito Find Clear Path to Win $33,000 Talisman Energy Cup 1.50m at Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament

June 16, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Ward and Wannahave Speed to Derby Victory, Dinan and Sandro Beat
Large Jump-off Field in CN ‘Fast Track’ Derby

 

For Immediate Release

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

 

(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): There were three very different but all very exciting competitions today at the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament today. Andres Rodriguez (VEN) and Caballito captured the top prize as the only double clear in the $33,000 Talisman Energy Cup 1.50m. McLain Ward won for two days in a row, this time with Wannahave in the $33,000 McDaniel & Associates 1.45m Derby. Katie Dinan and Sandro scored another big win in the $10,000 CN ‘Fast Track’ Junior/Amateur Derby.

 

The ‘Continental’ Tournament CSIO-W 5* concludes tomorrow with the highlight competition of the weekend, the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W. There is complimentary admission and parking for spectators during the ‘Continental’ Tournament.

 

The $33,000 Talisman Energy Cup 1.50m had 41 entries, and five went through to the jump-off. Andres Rodriguez (VEN) and Caballito, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Contendro x Argentinus, were the only double clear. They finished in 48.074 seconds for victory. Second place went to McLain Ward (USA) and Zander, who had four faults at the final jump and finished in 41.707 seconds. Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Wang Chung M2S were third with four faults in 48.882 seconds.

 

Andres Rodriguez and Caballito. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Andres Rodriguez and Caballito. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Rodriguez was able to keep Caballito together and clean in the jump-off despite his horse throwing a shoe after the fourth fence. “I totally felt that, and I was really aware in the turns after that, to help him not slip,” Rodriguez acknowledged. “I was trying to keep him as balanced as possible. I didn’t want him to slip in front of one of those tall jumps. I was being very cautious in the turns, even after he was clear.”

 

Rodriguez said he has been training with veteran rider Eddie Macken for sixth months, and it was advice from Macken that helped him win his first FEI-level competition at Spruce Meadows. “(Eddie) obviously has a lot of experience in those cases. If I would have been by myself, I would have tried to go fast. He told me in the gate, just try to go clear and hope that McLain has a rail,” he recalled. “I wasn’t so convinced, but I trusted him and he was right. I could have been third or fourth in that class, easy. It played out well.”

 

Having won the FEI World Cup qualifier in Thunderbird just a few weeks ago, Rodriguez felt that Caballito was ready for Spruce Meadows. After a day of practice, his horse felt more relaxed today and Rodriguez noted, “I really felt he jumped his best today.”

 

Since Caballito pulled a shoe, Andres Rodriguez rode Ace High Mike in his presentation with Paul Smith, CSO of Talisman Energy. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Since Caballito pulled a shoe, Andres Rodriguez rode Ace High Mike in his presentation with Paul Smith, CSO of Talisman Energy. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Having been competitive at the 1.45m level, Rodriguez felt comfortable with keeping him at that level. But, he related, “Since I’ve been training with Eddie, it looks like he may do a little bigger. He was fourth in a big four-star class in Wellington and it didn’t feel like a struggle at all. I changed my approach with him totally different. I trust him way more now. I have hopes for him to end up being a 1.60m horse.”

 

Final Results: $33,000 Talisman Energy Cup 1.50m

1. CABALLITO: 2002 Holsteiner gelding by Contendro x Argentinus
ANDRES RODRIGUEZ (VEN), Arao Enterprises LLC: 0/0/48.074

2. ZANDER: 2004 KWPN gelding Cantos x Saygon

MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/4/41.707

3. WANG CHUNG M2S: 2003 KWPN stallion by Royal Bravour x Ahorn
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/4/48.882

4. NOTRE STAR DE LA NUTRIA: 2001 Selle Francais stallion by Quick Star x Jalisco B

PAOLA AMILIBIA (ESP), Juan Ramero Huxley: 0/4/49.127

5. V: 2002 KWPN gelding by Landstreicher x Lennard
KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Michael Smith: 0/16/47.053

6. CARLOS VHP Z: 2002 Zangersheide gelding by Chellano Z x Voltaire

NICK DELLO JOIO (USA), Emilie Martinsen: 1/76.041

7. ACE HIGH MIKE: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Randi x Clover Hill
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm/Andrew Bourns: 1/76.100

8. ZAFIRA: 2004 KWPN mare Nassau x Cappucino van Berkenbroek
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Haity McNerney: 1/76.154

9. WOLF S: 2003 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Peter Pan
REED KESSLER (USA), Iron Works Partners: 4/75.399

10. CYLANA: 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Skippy II x Darco
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 4/76.747

Ward and Wannahave Win With Speed

 

The $33,000 McDaniel & Associates 1.45m Derby had 24 entries, and six of those were able to clear the course without faults. The track, designed by Werner Deeg of Germany, featured 16 numbered obstacles and 19 jumping efforts, including the grob, open water, dry ditch combination, and jumping off a bank. Speeding around by six seconds faster than the next competitors were McLain Ward and Wannahave, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Manhattan x Ramiro Z owned by The Wannahave Group.

 

The early leaders were 17-year-old Kara Chad of Calgary, AB, and Stone Ridge Farms LLC’s Alberto II, who set the pace at 110.600 seconds, which would end up in second place. Third place went to Cameron Hanley (IRL) on Player du Quesnoy, who finished in 111.288 seconds.

 

Despite a fast pace through most of the course, including to and from the open water, Ward

said, “I actually thought I slowed down in a couple places, to be honest with you. I’m a bit of a fast rider and I have to watch that I don’t overdo it. He’s pretty good on the naturals now after all of his experience last week in the derby. He has a big stride, so the beginning of the course suited him, where I could just set a gallop and go. That allowed me to slow down at the end with the grob and double ditches, which were really tight. It worked out well.”

 

Wannahave stretches over the open water with McLain Ward. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Wannahave stretches over the open water with McLain Ward. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

 

Wannahave competed in his first derby last week in the Nexen 1.60m Derby. “The derby last week was quite big. He jumped a really good round but got confused at the bank and the grob,” Ward remembered. “This week there was no ‘A’ (element) at the grob, so I thought he handled that better. I think he’ll actually be really good at these classes with more mileage. He can do these naturals without a problem. If they jump the devil’s dyke and the bank, you’re halfway home.”

 

Ward got the ride on Wannahave through his friend Missy Clark, who trains Wannahave and Sandor de la Pomme, another new mount, with John Brennan at their farm, North Run. “I started riding the horses at the end of Florida (in April). Missy is a great friend of mine and we’ve done some great things over the years, going back to Sapphire and the Harrisons. It’s a pleasure for me to work with her,” he related.

 

Ward described Wannahave as a “big, scopey horse” with “a big jump.” He remarked, “He’s a little hard to sit to. But that’s a good thing too. He has a very easy stride, you just have to kind of keep it all together. If you let it unravel, that’s where you get a pole down.”

 

This was their first FEI-level win together, and Ward was happy to have it happen in a derby competition. “It takes a special character and a brave horse, but I think it’s good for the horses. I think it was a good course. It’s a good part of the sport,” he said.

 

McLain Ward and Wannahave in their victory gallop. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

McLain Ward and Wannahave in their victory gallop. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Second place finisher Kara Chad was very happy in her best top level finish at Spruce Meadows. The talented young rider, who was a part of the Developing Rider Tour for Canada last year, said she was “a little surprised,” when she found out she was winning.

 

“I thought I was efficient, but I wasn’t running around like a speed class. Then there was McLain, it’s hard to beat him. He told me in the line-up (that) I have many years to come, so not to worry about it, and I took that advice,” she smiled. “It was my first derby with him. He has a very big personality and is cocky in some ways, which is what makes him good. Although he’s a big horse, he’s very controllable and adjustable. I’ve been working toward getting up to these results. I’m happy that I finally got in there.”

Final Results: $33,000 McDaniel & Associates 1.45m Derby

1. WANNAHAVE: 2003 KWPN gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z
MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/104.776

2. ALBERTO II: 2003 Holsteiner gelding by Acorado x Cassini I

KARA CHAD (CAN), Stone Ridge Farms LLC: 0/110.600

3. PLAYER DU QUESNOY: 2003 Selle Francais gelding by Ogano Sitte x Nabab de Reve

CAMERON HANLEY (IRL), Eleonore Paschoude and Yves Bouvier: 0/111.288

4. CANTANDO LYNGRIIS: 2001 Holsteiner stallion by Cassini I x Zarewitsch XX
DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Daniel Bluman: 0/113.240

5. RADIOCITY:  2001 Holsteiner mare by Liatos x Carthago
WILTON PORTER (USA), Gotham Enterprizes: 0/113.892

6. CATHARINA 9: 2004 Mecklenburg mare by Cellestial x Monsum
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms LLC: 0/116.140

7. THE PUGILIST: 2004 Warmblood gelding by Ard Vdi Douglas x Freddies Star

JOS VERLOOY (BEL), Axel Verlooy: 4/112.620

8. COULETTO K JAMES: 1996 Hanoverian gelding by Continue x Zeus

KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 4/115.293

9. FALCO VAN DE CLEHOEVE: 2005 Warmblood gelding by Quickfeuer van Koekshof x Fellini

FRANCOIS MATHY (BEL), Ingrid Normar: 4/115.815

10. COLGATE: 2003 Holsteiner mare by Concorde x Calando I

PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios: 4/119.068

Katie Dinan and Sandro Continue Winning Ways

 

The $10,000 CN ‘Fast Track’ Junior/Amateur 1.40m Derby had 34 entries attempt a long derby course, and there were 18 that proceeded on to the jump-off. There were eight double clear in the lengthy jump-off course, but the fastest of those were Katie Dinan and Sandro, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Larino x Casimir owned by Grant Road Partners. They finished in 50.89 seconds.

 

Second place went to Wilton Porter (USA) on Neolisto van het Mierenhof, who stopped the timers in 51.38 seconds. Clementine Goutal (USA) and Kelline Fonroy were third in 51.86 seconds.

 

Dinan agreed that the “longer than normal” course for a derby along with a jump-off “played a factor.” She continued, “Sandro has a pretty good engine and is always ready to go, but even for him in the jump-off I felt like I wasn’t really at my fastest. You have to stay focused and ready to jump. It wasn’t that there was one difficult jump, it’s just that there were a lot of jumps and horses were getting a little tired at the end. I went seventh and I was really happy that my time held up.”

 

In her jump-off ride, she described, “He was so good in the first round to the grob that I knew I could make good time there. I turned very quickly down to that. I tried to be very prompt in the beginning. I did nine (strides) in the last line, but it worked out for me because Sandro has a very fast canter, so even if I’m not doing the most extreme leave-outs, I can be pretty fast.”

 

Dinan said that Sandro is very happy in his role as a 1.40m amateur horse, and he has helped her improve her riding on all of her horses. “He’s been a great horse for me. It’s great to have a horse in the barn that can come out on any given day and you know if you ride well, you have a good chance of winning. That’s great as a confidence builder,” she said. “In the last year and a half as I’ve moved up with other horses into bigger classes, (and) things get more difficult and your results aren’t as consistent as you’d like, it’s really nice to have a horse that maybe isn’t doing the biggest class at the horse show, but is always there.”

 

Katie Dinan and Sandro. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Katie Dinan and Sandro. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

She added, “From a riding perspective, you try to learn how to go faster and be a more competitive speed rider. He’s been a great horse for me to learn that on. I feel comfortable on him and I feel like I can take risks on him that I might not necessarily take on other horses. He’s 14 and I want him to stay happy. I want to keep his energy level up. Maybe he could jump a little bit bigger, but he feels great at that height.”

 

Final Results: $10,000 CN ‘Fast Track’ Junior/Amateur Derby

1. SANDRO: 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Larino x Casimir

KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/50.89

2. NEOLISTO VAN HET MIERENHOF: 1997 Holsteiner gelding by Landwind

WILTON PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 0/0/51.38

3. KELLINE FONROY: 1998 Selle Francais mare by Clown du Chesnay x Ulin

CLEMENTINE FONROY (USA), Cloverleaf Farms: 0/0/51.86

4. CAPACITY: 2003 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini I x Corrado II

KATHERINE STRAUSS (USA), Katherine Strauss: 0/0/51.87

5. EVEREST DU MUZE: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure

TAYLOR ALEXANDER (USA), Alexander LLC: 0/0/52.47

6. ACORADUS: 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by Acorado I x Solos Candtinus

ALEC LAWLER (USA), Alec Lawler: 0/0/54.11

7. CARUSCHKA: 2004 Warmblood gelding by Careful x Cento

RICARDO NIZRI (MEX), Tailormade Caruschka: 0/0/54.59

8. ZAMIRA: 2004 Dutch Warmblood mare

PORTER ALLEN (USA), Porter Allen: 0/0/55.80

9. VIPER P: 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Numero Uno x Darco

GREER HINDLE (USA), Greer Hindle: 0/4/51.09

10. LALIQUE: 2001 Oldenburg gelding

FRANCESCA BOLFO (USA), Francesca Bolfo: 0/4/54.47

 

The ‘Continental’ Tournament concludes tomorrow with the $60,000 Great-West Life Cup 1.50m the highlight competition of the week, the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W, at 2 pm in Meadows on the Green. For more information on Spruce Meadows and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

 

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

 

Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services. They may only be used in relation to this press release and with photo credit.

Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament to Host $100,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ and $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W

June 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): The second week of the Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments begins tomorrow and there will be more top competition from June 12-16. The ‘Continental’ Tournament CSIO-W 5* is host to the $100,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ on Thursday, June 13, as well as the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W on Sunday, June 16. There will be complimentary admission and parking for spectators during the ‘Continental’ Tournament.

 

Spruce Meadows is host to one of only two Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ events in North America. The competition is a qualifier for North American countries hoping to attend the series final in Barcelona, Spain, in September. Since less than five teams were invited, Canada, the United States, and Mexico were able to field two teams each. The Chefs d’Equipe then chose which team would be competing for Nations Cup points.

 

The draw for the order of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ was held today and is as follows:

 

1. Canada Two

2. USA Stars*

3. Canada One*

4. USA Stripes

5. Mexico Team 1 Azteca*

6. Mexico Team 2 Maya

7. Ireland

 

* competing for Nations Cup points

 

“We look forward to hosting the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ at Spruce Meadows,” said Spruce Meadows President Linda Southern-Heathcott. “It is a great opportunity for these countries to compete with developing horses and riders, and I believe we will have great sport this week.”

 

The Chef d’Equipe for the Canada One team, Mark Laskin, spoke about the opportunity to field two teams. “We’ve never had the ability to have two teams compete at the same time. It’s our ‘home court,’ so there is definitely a lot of excitement and interest from our riders in getting a spot on the team. We’re all very excited for the opportunity,” he remarked.

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Dr. Geoff Vernon, who represented the United States at today’s draw, agreed, “It’s always a great honor to ride for your country, and any time you can afford that opportunity to double the number you would normally have is great for the riders. It brings enthusiasm to the sport.”

 

Daniela Garcia Nigaglioni, Chef d’Equipe for the Mexico Maya team, said that this was the first time that Mexico has had 15 riders who wanted to come to a Nations Cup. “We have very experienced riders who have been to Wellington and the Olympics, and then riders who were in the 1.30m rings last year,” she said. “We are very excited to see how they will be together in this new Nations Cup.”

 

Although Ireland will just have one team, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ at Spruce Meadows will be an important part of the schedule for them, said Chef d’Equipe Robert Splaine. “To have the opportunity to compete in a Nations Cup at such high quality in Canada is vitally important to the overall Irish plan, which incorporates Hickstead, the European Championships, and our own show in Dublin,” he explained. “I’ll come see our riders in action and hopefully they will do well and represent their country well, and I’ll be able to select one or more of those to come to Europe later on in the season.”

 

For those who are interested in watching some of the best equestrian team competition in North America, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ will be held on Thursday, June 13, at 12 pm in the Meadows on the Green Ring.

 

 

For a comprehensive press kit of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, please click here.

 

Along with the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ on Thursday, there will be the $35,000 Husky Energy Cup 1.50m in the Meadows on the Green and the $33,000 RSA 1.45m in the All Canada Ring. Friday’s competition includes the $33,000 Altagas Cup 1.45m and the $33,000 Scotiabank Cup 1.50m in the Meadows on the Green. The $33,000 Talisman Energy Cup 1.50m will be held in the Meadows on the Green on Saturday, while the $33,000 McDaniel & Associates Derby 1.45m will run in the All Canada Ring.

 

Sunday’s highlight class is the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W at 2 pm in Meadows on the Green. Earlier in the day will be the $60,000 Great-West Life Cup 1.50m.

 

For more information on Spruce Meadows and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

 

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com

 

Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services. They may only be used in relation to this press release and with photo credit.

 

Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung Score Spruce Meadows Victory

June 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Calgary, Alberta – 2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze was in the winner’s circle after claiming the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup on Sunday, June 9, at the Spruce Meadows “National” Tournament in Calgary, AB.

 

While Lamaze has welcomed two new international mounts to his stable in recent weeks, it was his partner of almost two years, Wang Chung M2S, that carried him to Sunday’s victory.  The pair had the advantage of going second to last in the starting order, knowing they had to better the time of 85.33 seconds set by Reed Kessler of the United States.  Catch her time they did, cruising through Werner Deeg’s course in the International Ring in a time of 84.73 seconds.  When the final rider, Brianne Goutal of the U.S., proved to be no threat, Lamaze claimed his first victory of the Spruce Meadows summer series.

 

“We’re out at Spruce Meadows with some young horses and new horses; this horse is the only one left of my old string, so I know him better than the others,” said Lamaze, 45.  “This competition really suited him well and I am very happy with the outcome.”

 

The all-time leading money winner at Spruce Meadows with earnings in excess of $3.7 million at the Calgary venue alone, Lamaze is no stranger to hoisting the winner’s trophy in the International Ring.  For his victory in the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup, Lamaze added another $13,200 to his overall winnings.

 

“I use him quite a bit in the speed competitions so I know him quite well,” said Lamaze of the 10-year-old Irish-bred Dutch Warmblood stallion (Royal Bravour x Ahorn) owned by Morningside Stud of Ireland and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable.  “He’s very dependable in the short turns and he has a huge gallop so, on this field, it was advantage.”

 

“2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze riding Wang Chung M2S scored victory in the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup on Sunday, June 9, at the Spruce Meadows “National” Tournament in Calgary, AB.” Photo Credit – Spruce Meadows Media Services

“2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze riding Wang Chung M2S scored victory in the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup on Sunday, June 9, at the Spruce Meadows “National” Tournament in Calgary, AB.”
Photo Credit – Spruce Meadows Media Services

 

In addition to Wang Chung M2S, Lamaze has recently added two new international mounts to his string.  Owners Carlene and Andy Ziegler of Artisan Farms purchased Powerplay, the former mount of Swiss rider Pius Schwizer, and Quelmec de Gery, formerly under the saddle of France’s Penelope Leprovost, days before the Spruce Meadows “National” opened.  Lamaze made his competition debut with both nine-year-old geldings this week at the Calgary venue.

 

“I was thrilled with both of the horses in our first week competing together,” said Lamaze who plans to ride one of his two new mounts for Canada in the Nations’ Cup competition on Thursday, June 13.  “I didn’t have any sort of practice prior to coming to Spruce Meadows.  It’s hard enough to ride any horse that’s never been in the International Ring, let alone a horse that is new to its rider, so I was super happy with how it went.  I just took it easy, I’m just getting to know them, but I’m very happy with how everything felt.”

 

Hailing from Schomberg, ON, Lamaze now divides his time between training bases in Wellington, FL, and Vrasene, Belgium.

Tryon Summer Classic Wrap Up

June 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Daniel Geitner and Jumbo Jet

Daniel Geitner and Jumbo Jet

 

June 4th, 2012- Tryon, NC~ The 2013 Tryon Summer Classic came to a close on Sunday wrapping up a busy week of exciting hunter and jumper action. The event, held at FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center) in beautiful Tryon, NC took place May 30- June 2 and is managed by Aiken, SC based JP Godard and Equus Events. The event benefitted the Tryon Hounds www.tryonhounds.com and featured a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday evening and a $10,000 Jumper Classic sponsored by The EMO Insurance Agency and Martha Hall on Saturday evening.

EMO Jumper Classic Presentation- winner Daniel Geitner and Jumbo Jet, presenters Martha Hall of EMO, Nelson and Pam Minnick of the Tryon Hounds

EMO Jumper Classic Presentation- winner Daniel Geitner and Jumbo Jet, presenters Martha Hall of EMO, Nelson and Pam Minnick of the Tryon Hounds

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, SC went two for two this weekend capturing wins in both the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday evening and the $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic on Saturday. Friday night’s impressive win came on the Liz Tarumianz owned entry of Contemporary. The pair topped a challenging field of 31 competitors bringing home scores of an 89 in round 1 and a 95 in round two finishing up with a two round total of 184 to take home the blue. Geitner also took home second place honors on Lindsey Rigney’s Calypso. Contemporary is a 10 year old holsteiner gelding that Tarumianz of Charlotte, NC has owned just under a year. Not to be outdone she also had her share of the blue ribbons on her partner earning the amateur owner hunter championship and the Frederick B. Farwell Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Perpetual Trophy over the weekend. Tarumianz enjoys coming to the Tryon Summer Classic each year. She went on to say, “It is one of my favorite shows and is always on my schedule because of the hospitality, courses, footing, and management are always top notch”. “The hunter derby under the lights made the class feel extra special, can’t wait to be back next year”. Complete derby results are as followed:

$2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

228 1 CONTEMPORARY

TARUMIANZ, ELIZABETH

GEITNER, DANIEL

GEITNER, DANIEL

126 2 CALYPSO

RIGNEY, LINDSEY

GEITNER, DANIEL

GUZINSKI, ANDREA

295 3 OLIVIER DE UPATOI

HARRIGAN, KATHLEEN

HARRIGAN, KATHLEEN

ADAMS, HOLLI

249 4 HAPPY

SOUTHLAND STABLES

JASON, CHRISTINA

JASON, CHRISTINA

254 5 CANAAN

HEGARTY, MICHELLE

GAGNE, JF

GAGNE, JF

135 6 SIMPLY ELEGANT

WARTH, REBECCA

BROWN-MAXWELL, KATIE

BROWN-MAXWELL, KATIE

192 7 BETHEL’S PERI

HOWARD, GRACE

HOWARD, GRACE

CHRISTISON, BRUCE

124 8 TOULOUSE

HOLLAND, COLEMAN

GEITNER, DANIEL

GUZINSKI, ANDREA

149 9 COCONUT CREEK

WILLOUGHBY STABLES

POLLEX, ANGELA

POLLEX, JULIA

247 10 UNCLE LUC

REFLECTIONS FARM

KELLEY, KAREN

KELLEY, KAREN

252 11 CABALLERO

PACE, ASHLEY

GAGNE, JF

GAGNE, JF

200 12 QUINTESSENTIAL

MCKIM, ELIZABETH

CHRISTISON, BRUCE

CHRISTISON, BRUCE

Contemporary and Daniel Geitner with owner Liz Tarumianz

Contemporary and Daniel Geitner with owner Liz Tarumianz

Daniel Geitner went on to finish off a stellar weekend by taking home the blue in the $10,000 EMO Insurance Agency Jumper Classic on Ann Ritter’s Jumbo Jet on Saturday evening. The pair was one of five to tackle the jump off course galloping to a fast and clean finish in a time of 32.459 over second place finisher David O’brien and Hollow Creek Farm’s Various who also finished clean in a time of 34.219. Sydney Swarr and her Kirin took home third place honors, J.F. Gagne and GIS Inc.’s Runaround Sue were fourth and hometown favorite Lincoln Russell and Richard Kosa’s Winona O M2RS rounded out the top five spots.

Parade Of Tryon Hounds

Parade Of Tryon Hounds

The Tryon Summer Classic has always been known for its hospitality and this year was no exception. The Tryon Hounds treated exhibitors to a derby barbeque on Friday evening during the USHJA National Hunter Derby and on Saturday evening held their annual fundraising benefit dinner under the VIP tent. Hot To Trot Boutique hosted a wine and cheese reception Saturday afternoon and Martin Klein and Benchmark Farm hosted riders and trainers hospitality by the ring during the Jumper Classic Saturday night.

Sunday, the final day of the show capped of a beautiful week of horse showing as many of the Tryon Hound’s perpetual trophies were awarded to some of the show’s Grand Champion and High Point riders. Some of the winners included:

*Hoffman Van Wieren Trophy for Grand Champion Hunter- Bethel’s Peri and Bruce Christison

*Frederick B Farwell Grand Champion Amateur Owner- Contemporary and Liz Tarumianz

*The Fox Creek Farm Challenge Trophy Grand Junior Hunter- Bethel’s Peri and Grace Howard

*The Red Frazier Memorial Grand Pony Hunter-Pussycat Doll and Isabella Di Benedetto

*Grand Adult Hunter-Morris and Tori Bilas

*Grand Children’s Hunter-Louis Vuitton and Maddy Parker

Equus Events would also like to thank its corporate sponsors and sponsors of the 2013 Tryon Summer Classic Horse Show;The Tryon Hounds, The EMO Insurance Agency and Martha Hall, Fenwick Equestrian, Equifit Inc.,

The Mark Lexton Collection, Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance, One K Helmets, Daniel F. Geitner Stables, The Barn Book, Sidelines Magazine, Gamboa Veterinary Services, The Farm House, Hot To Trot Boutique

 

The competition continues this week at FENCE with the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club June Charity Horse Show June 6-9. For complete results and more information please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 or www.equusevents.com

 

Pictures courtesy Don West Photography and Just Beautiful Animal Photography