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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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United States Victorious in Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm

April 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – April 13, 2013 – The highlight event of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) crowned its victors Friday afternoon at The Stadium of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Ten teams competed in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, including two from both the United States and Canada. Team USA 1 finished first with a total of 219.313 points. Team USA 2 was second with 208.675 points and Team Canada 1 rounded out the top three teams with 205.346 points.

 

The Nations Cup podium

The Nations Cup podium

 

Following the close of yesterday’s Nations Cup competition, a protest was filed by the Chef d’Equipe for Team Europe with the Appeals Committee for Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) of Team Europe on the judging of her ride. There was a meeting on Saturday morning at 9:30 am with the FEI Representative, The President of the Ground Jury, the FEI steward, the three members of the Appeals Committee – Lorraine MacDonald (CAN), Marian Cunningham (PER), and Sandy Hotz (USA) – the Team Europe Chef d’Equipe, and Mikala Munter Gundersen.

 

Lorraine MacDonald of the Appeals Committee stated, “We agreed that it was handled in a rider-friendly manner. It was an unfortunate situation, but the appeal was a non-appealable situation. The final decision rested with the President of the Ground Jury, Linda Zang. It ended in an amicable situation where everyone was clear with what happened, and the judges’ final decision was upheld.”

 

Judges for both classes yesterday were: Anne Gribbons at E, Joan Macartney at H, Linda Zang at C, Evi Eisenhardt at M, and Mirabel Alonso at B.

 

Watch an interview with Kim Herslow and Heather Blitz! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5PJr5g8IGI&feature=youtu.be

 

Team USA 1 included Prix St. Georges competitors Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin and Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O, in addition to Grand Prix competitors Heather Blitz and Paragon and Shelly Francis and Doktor. The team put in remarkably high scores throughout Friday’s competition, including the high scores for both classes of the Nations Cup competition. Herslow and Rosmarin earned the top score of the FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* class with an impressive 72.079%. Blitz and Paragon finished first in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-O 3* with a 71.021%. Blitz had another 3% added to her grand prix score with the new format of this Nations Cup competition to contribute a total score of 74.021% for the team competition.

 

Team USA 1: Kim Herslow, Heather Blitz, Caroline Roffman, and Shelly Francis

Team USA 1: Kim Herslow, Heather Blitz, Caroline Roffman, and Shelly Francis

 

For Herslow, it was an emotional experience to earn such high marks in her first senior team competition. “Everything’s been an exciting season for me down here [in Wellington]. First time on a team, first time doing CDIs, there’s been a lot of first times this season. I’m really proud that we were able to come down and be chosen on the team. My horse is eight and he’s got very little experience and it’s been a wonderful experience for both of us,” Herslow said. “For me to come in and be the first ride for the team and lay down a score like that…I was in tears when I walked out of the ring. It was really exciting for me. I was happy I was able to help the team in such a positive way.”

 

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

 

Blitz’s mount, Paragon, also developed substantially this season in Wellington. “Now that’s he’s just turned ten years old, I think that he’s just coming into his own as a Grand Prix horse. I was really happy with how he was in the ring. He’s getting a lot more connected and more confident,” Blitz commented.

 

Blitz is eager to see where Paragon’s newfound confidence will take them, as she’s certain this is only the beginning of the Danish Warmblood gelding’s success. “I think in general it was one of my favorite tests I’ve had on him so far in the Grand Prix, and it’s still not anywhere where he’s going to be. There’s a lot left and I can’t wait to keep training him,” Blitz beamed.

 

Heather Blitz and Paragon

Heather Blitz and Paragon

 

Francis and her mount Doktor, a nine-year-old Oldenberg gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, are on an equally fortuitous path to success in their first year of Grand Prix competition together. Doktor had top finishes during the AGDF Wellington 5* and contributed a total score of 73.213% (with the 3% addition for a grand prix score) to the team.

 

“I really was very pleased with him today. He was really there and wanted to do everything really well. The pirouettes were better, his piaffe-passage was steadier, I was very happy with him,” Francis described.

 

Shelly Francis and Doktor

Shelly Francis and Doktor

 

For the first time in Nations Cup history, teams consisted of both Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix level horse and rider combinations as a precursor to raising the level of competition at the Pan American Games. While Friday’s competition served as a test for the newly formatted mixed teams, riders across the board agreed it was a success while working through the growing pains of new rules.

 

Roffman, who competed at the Prix St. Georges level for Team USA 1 and had a score of 69.684%, was eager to take part in team competition again and was pleased with the outcome of the new format. “I think it’s a great experience to be on a team and get that experience in such a fun atmosphere and at a great showgrounds. It’s wonderful to do and I think it’ll make a great format, however they end up working it out. It certainly worked well, I think,” she commented.

 

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O

 

Roffman’s fellow Americans on Team USA 2 echoed her sentiments, crediting the AGDF with fostering a great competition for the development of the sport.

 

Christopher Hickey credited the unique opportunity for international competition during the winter in Wellington. “There’s probably not very many other places in the world that a show could get ten teams to compete and I think that’s pretty special. I think dressage in Florida in the winter is a place that it is possible to get a number of teams like that and I think that’s a wonderful thing,” Hickey described.

 

Team USA 2: Susan Dutta, Justin Hardin, Christopher Hickey, Cesar Parra, with Leah Oliveto of the USEF

Team USA 2: Susan Dutta, Justin Hardin, Christopher Hickey, Cesar Parra, with Leah Oliveto of the USEF

 

Hickey also applauded the show management’s efforts to include competitor feedback in the process of bringing in a new format of competition. “The office and the management team [for the show] understand and know this is the first time this format has been done and everybody from the beginning wanted the competitors’ opinions on things. I think that shows competitors that [they] want it to be successful. I think that’s pretty special to this place,” Hickey acknowledged.

 

Team USA 2 consisted of Cesar Parra and Van the Man (total 72.043% grand prix score), Susan Dutta and Currency DC (total 65.915% grand prix score), Justin Hardin and Wyatt Star (68.395% Prix St. Georges score), and Christopher Hickey and Witness Hilltop (68.237% Prix St. Georges score).

 

Cesar Parra and Van the Man

Cesar Parra and Van the Man

 

Parra pointed out, “To make the team for your nation is fantastic. I think it ran very smoothly today. It really changed the atmosphere in the showgrounds. The place is fantastic and we’ve all been at CDIs throughout the season, but I think we can all say it was different today.”

 

Team Canada 1 was thrilled with their team’s top three finish and was eager to be a part of developing the sport in the Americas. Their team consisted of Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio (70.395% Prix St. Georges score), Brittany Fraser and All In (66.079% Prix St. Georges score), David Marcus and Don Kontes (total 68.872% Grand Prix score), and Evi Strasser and Action Tyme (64.021% Grand Prix score).

 

Team Canada 1: Chef d'Equipe Gina Smith, Christilot Boylen, Evi Strasser, David Marcus, Brittany Fraser

Team Canada 1: Chef d’Equipe Gina Smith, Christilot Boylen, Evi Strasser, David Marcus, Brittany Fraser

 

“I’m probably the only one here that can actually remember when the Pan American Games were all Grand Prix and also when it changed to Prix St. Georges,” Christilot Boylen commented. “I think this is a wonderful start and I think after some discussion, this format could be wonderfully conducive to developing dressage in the Americas.”

 

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

 

Veteran competitor Evi Strasser summed up the team’s sentiments best. “It was a great time having the strong team we had for Canada and for the young riders we had coming up too. Everything was just perfect,” Strasser described.

 

Wellington Equestrian Realty sponsored the CDI 3* classes hosted in the Van Kampen Arena of The Stadium throughout Friday afternoon. Caroline Roffman (USA) and Sagacious HF finished first in the FEI Intermediare-II 16-25 with a final score of 71.930%. Bebe Davis (USA) and Rotano clinched victory in the FEI Junior Team class after scoring a 65.811%. Madison Lawson (CAN) and Mcguire won the FEI Young Rider Team class with a score of 61.535%. The FEI Prix St. Georges class awarded top honors to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Hudson 18, who scored a 68.421% to finish first.

 

The top 50% of Friday’s competitors will move forward to compete in their respective Freestyle classes. The FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle CDIO 3* will start at 3:35 pm this afternoon and continue until 5:30 pm. After a dinner break, the last group of riders will compete at 7:30 pm. The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO 3* will start at 8:30 pm.

 

Out of the ten original riders, the five moving on to Saturday evening’s competition will be Heather Blitz and Paragon (USA), Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor, Cesar Parra (USA) and Van the Man, Susan Dutta (USA) and Currency DC, and David Marcus (CAN) and Don Kontes.

 

Final Results: FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%

1 Kimberly Herslow, USA, Rosmarin: 74.342%, 71.316%, 71.184%, 71.184%, 72.368%, 72.079%

2 Lars Petersen, DEN, Chicco Roslev: 68.947%, 71.053%, 69.079%, 73.553%, 69.605%, 70.447%

3 Christislot Boylen, CAN, Dio Mio: 70.623%, 72.632%, 71.711%, 68.553%, 68.816%, 70.395%

4 Caroline Roffman, USA, Her Highness O: 68.026%, 69.868%, 72.500%, 69.474%, 68.553%, 69.684%

5 Carlos Munoz, ESP, Klouseau: 65.789%, 67.368%, 69.342%, 71.316%, 71.447%, 69.053%

6 Justin Hardin, USA, Wyatt Star: 68.158%, 69.079%, 70.000%, 68.947%, 65.789%, 68.395%

 

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDIO 3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total

1 Heather Blitz, USA, Paragon: 70.319%, 72.447%, 68.617%, 71.809%, 71.915%, 71.021%

2 Shelly Francis, USA, Doktor: 69.894%, 69.894%, 71.489%, 68.085%, 71.702%, 71.702%, 70.213%

3 Cesar Parra, USA, Van the Man: 69.362%, 68.298%, 67.340%, 68.894%, 70.319%, 69.043%

4 Susan Dutta, USA, Currency DC: 66.596%, 65.957%, 64.787%, 66.489%, 65.745%, 65.915%

5 David Marcus, CAN, Don Knotes: 63.830%, 67.979%, 65.426%, 65.745%, 66.383%, 65.872%

6 Mikala Munter Gundersen, DEN, My Lady: 65.352%, 65.638%, 64.787%, 64.043%, 66.383%, 65.277%

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