Alexandra Duncan Prepares for FEI Young Rider World Cup

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Ottawa, Ontario— Alexandra Duncan of West Vancouver, BC contested the CDY-CDJ Kreuth Dressurgala, held in Kreuth, GER from December 8 – 10, in preparation for the FEI Young Rider World Cup, which began on December 12 in Frankfurt, GER.Riding Elektra, her 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, Duncan kicked off her first ever German competition in the FEI Junior Team class, where she scored 62.44% to tie for 21st place.“I was really happy with my horse, especially since the arena was filled with giant Santas and nativity scenes. The entire arena was like a Christmas forest and Elektra took it all in stride,” commented Duncan.Next up was the Individual class, where the duo made a significant improvement, placing tenth on a score of 65.08%. Duncan closed out the competition in the Kur, earning her highest score of the competition with 66.92% and seventh place.“The quality of riding and the horse caliber at this competition was exceptional. Every single rider rode with military precision,” explained Duncan. “The main difference I felt here compared to competitions in North America was the sheer competitive nature of all the riders. Each one rode like they were going to win, with accurate tests given. I can sum up the overall experience in one word – wow!”Duncan was identified as the Canadian representative for the World Cup based on her 2006 results at FEI competitions. She will be competing against the top 17 Young Riders from around the world, including Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Riders will get a taste of truly international, world-class competition during the Final, where they will contest the FEI Young Rider Team, Prix St. Georges and Freestyle tests.“Had I not done this competition, I doubt I would have been prepared to compete at the Young Rider World Cup,” said Duncan, who helped the Canada West Young Rider Dressage Team bring home the Gold Medal from the 2006 North American Junior/Young Riders’ Championships, held in Lexington, VA this past August. “On day one of the show I felt awed and intimidated, but I feel much more confident now that I have ridden with some of the best riders in Germany.”Canada took part at the inaugural 2005 FEI Young Rider World Cup Final where Julie Watchorn, of Schomberg, ON, took third place in the consolation round aboard Quintesse.For more information on the FEI Young Rider World Cup Final, please visit the FEI website, horsesport.orglast_img read more

Jump Canada Distributes 2006 Levy Funds to Provincial Associations

first_img SIGN UP Seventy-five per cent of the funds allocated to domestic programs are returned to the province from which they were collected.  Each provincial hunter/jumper committee applies the funds to specific programs they have developed; the philosophy behind this program is that the local associations know best what works in their province. The Jump Canada Levy, which is currently $10 per horse, is used to support a number of regional and national programs designed to foster the activities of hunter/jumper riders, owners and the industry at large.  The levy is distributed as follows: – 60% to Hunter, Young Rider & Domestic programs– 35% to National & International Teams– 5% to Administration, including Publicity & Public Relations “The Jump Canada levy is helping hunter/jumper associations across Canada fund the programs that their members want,” noted Jump Canada Chair Elizabeth Bordeaux.  “In 2007, the smaller provinces will be able to bid on a $5,000 pool, which will be allocated to the program or programs deemed most worthy.” Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* In 1999, Jump Canada established a program that saw a levy fee applied per horse to entries in hunter/jumper competitions at Equine Canada National class 1A to 7 rated horse shows.  The year-end levy distribution, now in its eighth year, has increased considerably from the original allocation of $47,818 in 1999. Ottawa, Ontario — Jump Canada is pleased to announce that over $87,000 in Jump Canada Levy funds were distributed to provincial hunter/jumper associations for the year-end of 2006. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. The next distribution of levy funds to the provinces will take place in July of 2007.  For further details on Jump Canada programs and applications, please visit www.jumpcanada.ca.last_img read more

Dressage Canada Announces 2010 Short and Long Lists

first_imgOttawa, ON – Dressage Canada’s Senior High Performance Committee is pleased to announce the 2010 Dressage Short and Long Lists. The horse/rider combinations were selected based on criteria that considered 2009 competition results.The following horse/rider combinations have been identified as official members of the 2010 Dressage Canada Short List AListing Criteria – Rider – Horse – OwnerA1 – Ashley Holzer – Pop Art – Rusty Holzer & Moreen NicollA1 – Jacqueline Brooks – Gran Gesto – Brinc Ltc. & Anne WelchA1 – Leslie Reid – Orion – Patricia HatchA3 – Diane Creech – Devon L – Douglas & Louise LeatherdaleA3 – Cheryl Meisner – Paganini – John RisleyA3 – Belinda Trussell – Anton – Robyn EamesThe following rider/horse combinations have been named to the Dressage Canada Short List BListing Criteria – Rider – Horse – OwnerB1 – Tina Irwin – Amicelli – Ute Busse & Wendy BeresfordB1 – Wendy Christoff – Pfalstaff – Wendy ChristoffB1 – Jacqueline Brooks – Balmoral – Brinc Ltd., John and Anne WelchB1 – Diane Creech – Wiona – Douglas and Louise LeatherdaleB1 – Simone Williams – Wunder Ein – Simone, Margaret and Bob WilliamsB1 – Evi Strasser – Quantum Tyme – Evi StrasserB1 – Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon – Gallaway’s Abrikos – Denielle Gallagher-LegriffonB1 – Lorraine Chappell – Carpatino – Lorraine ChappellB3 – Lee Tubman – De La Rosa – Ducat DevelopmentsB3 – Cheryl Meisner – Lucky Strike – John RisleyThe following horse/rider combinations have been named to the Dressage Canada Long ListListing Criteria – Rider – Horse – Owner                                   A1 – Victoria Winter – Proton – Cynthia IshoyA1 – Jaimey Irwin – Dover – Jaimey IrwinA1 – Sharon Merkel-Beattie – Essence of Glory – Donna StottA1 – Ute Busse – Lindor’s Finest – Ute Busse & Silvia CarltonA1 – Evi Strasser – Action Tyme – Evi StrasserA1 – Cheryl Meisner – Tango – John RisleyA1 – Chris Sanders – Van Gogh – Gary and Jean Vander PloegA1 – Victoria Winter – Gotcha – Victoria and Patricia WinterB1 – Janine Little – Dominic LHF – Susan BergerB1 – Tom Dvoarak – Viva’s Salieri W – Augustin and Christine WalchB1 – Belinda Trussell – Laconit – Robert BradshawB1 – Krystalann Shingler – Tividor – Krystalann ShinglerB1 – Julie Watchorn – Quintess – Julie WatchornB1 – Nancy MacLachlan – Deniros Tyme – Julia FogelB1 – Tom Dvorak – Raconteur – Kelly MurrayB1 – Crystal Kroetch – Lymrix – Crystal KroetchB1 – Leah Wilson – Amusant – Leah WilsonB1 – Belinda Trussell – Brynn – Stephanie JeffreyB1 – Lindsay Stroh – Lancelot – Vickie ArgalsB1 – Erin Josey – Regala – Leslie WoodB1 – Julie Watchorn – Dobble Tyme – Julie WatchornB1 – Gina Smith – Rhythmix – Jane Haslett and Diana WetherallB1 – Roberta Morris – Reiki Tyme – Roberta MorrisB1 – Peter Gray – Collo 5  – Peter GrayB1 – Norma Jean Clayton – Diego – Norma Jean ClaytonC1 – Amy Jager – Jive – Amy JagerC1 – Jaimie Holland – Fleurina – Jaimie HollandC1 – Paula Fedeyko – Fragonard – Steve WilliamsonC1 – Annie-Pier Venn – Step Up – Annie-Pier VenneThe 2011 Listing Criteria and Application Form will be posted on the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site when finalized. Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Jump Canada Announces Distribution of Venue Development Funds

first_imgJump Canada distributed $30,000 to eight deserving competition sites through the Jump Canada Venue Development Fund in 2010.Two applicants were chosen by the committee to receive $7,500 each while an additional $15,000 was divided among other applicants.Jump Canada feels that the Venue Development Fund is a wise use of levy income, as it benefits hunter, jumper and equitation competitors across the country.“The Jump Canada venue development fund is such an important and appreciated program for Canadian horse shows,” said John Taylor, Chair of Jump Canada.  “The standard of hunter/jumper shows is constantly improving, and the grants from Jump Canada really help this to happen.  The committee sees many applicants looking for assistance with footing, equipment, safety matters and general improvements that make the showing experience better for our Jump Canada members.”The funds were divided as follows:Concours hippique de levis, Breakeyville, QC—$7,500 assisted with the cost of upgrading the footing, the installation of permanent bathrooms as well as a service pavilion for competitors and announcers.Heart of the Continent, Winnipeg, MB—$7,500 was applied to the cost of redoing the footing in three sand rings, replace and level new sand, and add a gazebo for grand prix ring.Old Home Week English Horse Show, Charlottetown, PEI—$4,000 assisted with cost of purchasing a complete set of hunter and jumper jumps.Milner Downs Summer Classic, Langley, BC—$4,000 was used towards the improvement of footing in grand prix ring, grass hunter ring and three sand rings, improvement of PA system, hedging and lighting.Restless Pines Horse Show, Hammonds Plains, NS—$2,000 was used towards the purchase of stainless steel tracks and breakaway cups, building of new jumps and replacement of all the poles and planks.Oldfield Farm, Lower Wakefield, NB—$2,000 assisted with the purchase of permanent stalls.Hants County Exhibition, Windsor, NS—$1,500 contributed to the cost of purchasing new footing and a leveler.Four Seasons Horse Shows, Ontario—$1,500 was used toward the cost of building hunter and jumper wings, hurdles, boxes and gates.The deadline to apply for 2011 funding is November 30, 2011. Additional details on the Jump Canada Venue Development funding maybe found on the Jump Canada section of the Equine Canada website at http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada. Tags: Jump Canada, Jump Canada Venue Development Fund, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Email* SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

A Warm Welcome from Palm Beach

first_img Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Lovely grounds, with the Rolex clock showcased.Although rain and cool weather dampened the excitement and cheery faces normally seen on the first day of the WEF circuit, on my return for week three, I am reporting that Wellington is alive and sizzling – action wise, since it has still been on the cool side for all but Sunday.Each Thursday during the circuit, a complimentary lunch and lecture is held at the show grounds at one of the enclosed areas overlooking the International Ring. Anyone may attend who is a rider, owner or trainer. (You don’t have to be an owner of a Florida horse).The discussion for this week involved current therapies in the management of soft tissue injuries – plus we were served chicken piccata for lunch! A lecturer from Tufts University advised that since horses’ tendons degenerate over time, it takes just one bad step for a soft tissue injury to occur. The horse’s body, upon injury, lays down scar tissue quickly to get healing to occur. However, this scar tissue is not strong, so the goal is to minimize the scarring and get the area back to what it was before the injury. The newest therapies involve PRP (platelet rich plasma) and stem cells. Fat harvesting was also discussed. I’ll let you all look that one up yourselves – it’s not for the squeamish.William Micklem, international coach, trainer and author from Ireland.On Friday morning, the Horseware Ireland booth’s guest was William Micklem, international coach, trainer and author from Ireland. (During George Morris’ horse-mastership course this year he commented to one of his teenaged students -“I like your horsemanship, Michael, you must have Irish blood in your veins!”) William brought a horse skull with him to demonstrate the fragile nature of the bottom of the horse’s nosebone and the significant difference in width between the horse’s upper and lower jaw. His Micklem bridle is “designed from the inside out to accommodate all the hidden aspects of the horse’s skull that cause so many horses to be uncomfortable – in particular the different widths of the upper and lower jaws and the position of the motor and sensory nerves of the head.” It is used instead of a bridle with a dropped noseband or flash, while riding jumpers, eventers and has been approved for use in dressage tests that are ridden in snaffle bits. William’ website is www.WilliamMicklem.com where you can find many of his own fascinating articles.Carrera, a pre green hunter, owned by Spruce Meadows, ridden by Peter Pletcher.Friday brought excitement to Dressage land at the Global Dressage Festival with the Grand Prix Freestyle held at 4 pm involving many exhibitors and spectators. A chill was in the air as the sun went down, but Canada’s marvelous performance by Diane Creech and Devon L to take second place (to Lars Petersen) lit up the enthusiastic group of Canadians attending. Jill Irving from Canada, on Pop Art, was fifth.The show week really starts on Tuesday with the weekly Ride and Learn series where riders are coached by a highly regarded coach, trainer and often rider for $100 per rider and complimentary auditing. The theme for this week’s lesson is Ponies – Road to the Finals with Charlie Moorcroft, an excellent trainer of children and ponies. Next week’s clinic will be taught by Geoff Teall on Developing a Winning Hunter Style. A judges’ clinic – a practical horse/rider part is also on at the show grounds Tuesday. There’s no end to the learning that goes on here at WEF. What a way to spend the winter! Tags: FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, FTI WEF, William Micklem, Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

Bromont Will Continue to Host Equestrian Events

first_img Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP On the eve of the 42nd season of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, the town’s municipal council has renewed its support for the events of the 2017 calendar.Bromont is the only competition site hosting international events in Quebec, in four of the eight FEI recognized disciplines. Two of those are unique to Canada: the Bromont CCI3* Three-Day Event show coming on June 7 to 11, 2017 as well as the International Driving Bromont CAI1*/CAI2* from June 30 to July 2, which in 2017, will be the host of the National Driving Championships and the North American Intermediate Driving Championships.The International Bromont, presented over two weeks in 2017, from July 26 to August 6, will host the very first qualifying event for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League events, held from August 2 to 6, will also be broadcast live on the web.The Autumn Classic CDI2* will be the last of FEI sanctioned events presented on the Olympic site for the 2017 season, and will be held from September 1 to 3. This is in addition to the numerous regional and national shows that will be presented between the months of May and September, as well as the many sporting events outside the equestrian sector.Equestrian events in Bromont are here to stay. The Olympic site is in operation for more than forty years now, and its competitions are an essential part of the tourist attractions of the town.The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, the international events of Bromont, as well as the national and regional shows held at the Olympic site all count on the support of many partners and donors who contribute to making these events possible every year.The Olympic Equestrian Park and the Bromont equestrian events would like to thank their partners, sponsors and donors for their implication and support.Every year, the Olympic Equestrian Park hosts over fifteen events between the months of May and September. Hundreds of athletes and visitors are welcome on the Olympic site every season. You can support the Olympic Equestrian Park by becoming a donor: you will benefit from tax credits thanks to our agreement with the Fondation Sport Québec. Contact our team for more information or visit our website here.  Read more content tagged Bromont Equestrian Centre on Horse Canada, including the History of Bromont Equestrian Centre. Tags: Bromont Equestrian Centre, Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Katherine Bateson Chandler Claimed the Grand Prix Special CDI3* at AGDF

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Email* Canadian Megan Lane placed fourth and Belinda Trussell was eighth.It was an all-American podium in the Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. It was spearheaded by Katherine Bateson Chandler riding Alcazar on the final day of week five of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida.The top three were unaltered from the grand prix, but the winner of that class, Shelly Francis, had to settle for second place on this occasion. It was extremely close between the top two, with just 0.17% separating them. Uncharacteristic mistakes in Francis and Danilo’s test curtailed their usually high score to 69.298%. Anna Marek and Dee Clair — who at 10 was the youngest horse in the field — were third with their highest yet international grand prix score, 68.085%.Bateson Chandler and the 13-year-old Alcazar, who is owned by Jane Forbes Clark and survived a colic operation in July 2016, were recording their first win since topping the CDI4* freestyle class at last year’s AGDF. The pair spent the summer, as they do each year, at British Olympic gold medalist Carl Hester’s barn in Britain, with Bateson Chandler even lending Alcazar to Hester for him to win the British national grand prix champion title on him in September.“I was second in the grand prix on Thursday, and that always makes you dig a little deeper,” said Bateson Chandler, 42. “It’s been a long journey with ‘Lonzie’. I’ve been riding him since he was six and he’s been a fun horse to bring to grand prix. The biggest thing we’re always striving for as riders is to find that positive tension in the ring. You get negative tension or not enough tension and I’m finding that I’m starting to get there now with the positive tension — but it takes years.”Although Forbes Clark was able to watch her horse win, Bateson Chandler’s trainer, Carl Hester, had to fly home before the special on Sunday.“They changed the schedule so I ended up being a bit on my own today, but he gave me my marching orders — to make sure Lonzie is in front of the leg, to not go too fast — and to win!” Said Bateson Chandler. “Carl is my go-to guy; I’m lucky to have him as a very good friend as well as a trainer. I whine to him a lot and he’s my sounding board; he’s so cool and sensible, and always has the right answers that makes sense. He gets it because he’s had his own ups and downs over the years and knows how it is to be both at the top and the bottom. I can’t thank him enough.”The next stop for the pair is the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, which runs March 1-4 during AGDF week seven.“I’ll probably do the two other shows after that at Global, too,” she added. “Then we’ll go back to Carl’s in April for the summer and make a plan with him from there. I would love to make the World Equestrian Games team, of course — that’s everybody’s goal this year — but we’ve also had a lot of fun doing Nations Cup teams. And now Lonzie’s getting quite consistent, I think he makes himself a good candidate. It’s pretty exciting for the future.”Jennifer Baumert (USA) made it a clean sweep of the week’s small tour CDI3* classes by winning the Intermediate I Freestyle, presented by Rowan O’Riley. She rode Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Juliano’s 13-year-old Handsome, by Hochadel, to 75.958%.They have not been beaten in their last six competitive starts. And all 14 of the international tests in their career — which began a year ago — have been at the AGDF. Their test featured inventive lines, including both sets of flying changes on a steeply curving line. Baumert finished almost 5% clear of second placed compatriot Yvonne de Haan, who scored 71.125% on Winter. Canada’s Tom Dvorak finished third, riding Cyrus to 71%.It was the first-drawn rider in the 17-strong Intermediate I CDI1* who clinched the winner’s sash: American rider Tina Konyot coaxed 69.657% out of the nine-year-old Diamantino II. This was only the fifth international test for the PSD Partners LLC’s son of Desperados, and his first win. It was another son of Kristina Sprehe’s stallion Desperados who clinched second: Germany’s Michael Klimke partnered the eight-year-old Harmony’s Diabolo to 68.676%. Third place went to the Norwegian rider Alexandra Gamlemshaug Andresen, who scored 68.235% on her own nine-year-old Empire B, by Sting.This concludes the action in week five of the AGDF, a 12-week dressage circuit that continues through March 31 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Rowan O’RileyE, Vincenzo Truppa (ITA); H, William Warren (USA); C, Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel (NED); M, Hans-Christian Matthiesen (DEN); B, Ulrike Nivelle (GER)1. Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) on Alcazar, Jane Forbes Clark’s 13yo KWPN gelding by Contango x Ferro: 68.298, 69.681, 69.894, 68.83, 70.638, 69.468%.2. Shelly Francis (USA) on Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 14yo Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Andiamo: 68.936, 70.319, 69.574, 68.936, 68.723, 69.298%.3. Anna Marek (USA) on Dee Clair, Diane Morrison’s 10yo KWPN mare by Sir Sinclair x Rolls Royce: 67.66, 67.447, 68.723, 68.191, 68.404, 68.085%.4. Megan Lane (CAN) on Zodiac MW, Deer Ridge Equestrian’s 14yo KWPN gelding by Rousseau x Amethist: 68.723, 68.404, 65.851, 67.872, 68.83, 67.936%.5. Kiichi Harada (JPN) on Egistar, Haruka Nakada’s 15yo KWPN gelding by Cobochon x Kaiserstern xx: 65.426, 65.106, 65.106, 65.745, 67.021, 65.681%.6. Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor (ECU) on Chardonnay, his own 13yo Oldenburg gelding by Comic Hilltop x Northern Baron: 64.043, 65.319, 63.191, 64.255, 63.191, 64%.7. Jessica Jo Tate (USA) on Faberge, Elizabeth Guarisco’s 15yo Westfalian gelding by Florestan I x Brentano II: 65.213, 63.723, 63.085, 62.979, 63.511, 63.702%.8. Belinda Trussell (CAN) on Tattoo 15, her own 15yo Westfalian gelding by Tuareg x Ramiro’s Son: 65.957, 63.404, 63.085, 63.085, 62.766, 63.66%. Tags: Adequan Global Dressage Festival, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Changes Coming to Coaching Equestrian Sports in Canada

first_imgThe Equestrian Canada (EC) Board of Directors, in consultation with our Provincial and Territorial Sports Organizations (PTSO’s) and with advice from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), is announcing a change to the way coaching is being developed for equestrian sports.The previous National Coaching Committee that was responsible for all aspects of coaching review and development will be dissolved and in its place two committees will be created to better meet the operational and technical needs of coaching. One will focus on the operational aspects and delivery of coaching services and the other will focus on the technical aspects and developing the pathways to certify coaches.The new National Coaching Operational Committee (NCOC) will be comprised of PTSO appointed members and EC staff. The NCOC will be responsible for all aspects of delivering coaching services across the country in collaboration with, and on behalf of, EC.The new National Coaching Technical Committee (NCTC) will be comprised of technical experts who have National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) skills and/or are Master Coach Developers. These experts will review and further develop the coaching certification pathways for each equestrian discipline.Both committees will have support from the CAC so that expertise on national sporting organization best practices can be incorporated into the Equestrian NCCP.The Board believes that through the NCOC, with the PTSOs focused on the delivery of coaching services to their participants, they are in the best position to identify best practices and areas of concern and growth with coaching in their regions. EC’s role will be to enable their efforts by providing opportunities to exchange knowledge, resources to overcome challenges, and strategic guidance on how to ensure future coaching requirements are met.Having the NCTC of coaching experts collaborating and focused on the technical aspects of reviewing and developing the certification pathways will allow committee members to concentrate their efforts on coach education and program development, with initiatives that are relevant and effective in meeting the growth of coaching today and into the future.It is expected the NCOC will be stood up by the beginning of April and the NCTC will be stood up by the May-June timeframe.The EC board and staff would like to sincerely thank the members of the former National Coaching Committee for their knowledge, support and the good work that has been done. It is the foundation that the new committees will build on.More information on the EC Certified Coaching program can be found at www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/coaches. Questions and comments regarding coaching can be directed to:Jennifer EastwoodInterim Director, Technical [email protected] x 119 Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Six teams make it into GCL Super Cup Final in Prague

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP More from Show Jumping:Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.Setback for Spanish Rivals in Morrissey ‘Major League’ DisputeBy approving the MMG’s new league, the FEI says it is not de-recognizing the original NEL concept and that there is room for both series.Thunderbird Show Park Cancels 2021 Nations CupDue to an extension of the current pandemic restrictions, the venue is unable to host the Canadian Premier and Odlum Brown BC Open. Six teams were celebrating last night after reaching Sunday’s GCL Super Cup Final, but there were dramatic exits for hot favourites London Knights and St Tropez Pirates.The captivating GCL Semi Final produced a rollercoaster of twists and turns that had the audience holding their breath in the grandstands around the O2 arena in Prague at the GC Playoffs.The stealthy Paris Panthers rose to the top today with superb clear rounds from Darragh Kenny with Romeo 88 and Nayel Nassar with Lucifer V, while Gregory Wathelet and MJT Nevados S held their score at 4 faults to keep them in the lead and into the Final.Delighted Panthers team owner Jennifer Gates said: “It’s a great result for our team. Everyone was great today, I’m very proud of them.”Their formidable performance piled pressure on the rest of the teams with Miami Celtics, Scandinavian Vikings and Chantilly Pegasus finishing in the drop zone.And there was heartache for local fans as the home city team Prague Lions narrowly missed out on a shot at glory, finishing just one second slower on their combined time. Team Manager Jessica Kurten said: “We were disappointed to miss out on the Final by just one second but that is the high level of this sport. Our team have been phenomenal, they performed their absolute best and I could not be more proud of every horse and rider.”The spectacular climax to the GCL season culminates in the GCL Super Cup Final on Sunday and will see a level playing field as six teams return to compete for the prestigious trophy all starting on a zero score; Paris Panthers, Madrid In Motion, Valkenswaard United, Shanghai Swans, Monaco Aces and Cannes Stars.Paris Panthers’ Darragh Kenny said: “We are thrilled to be on strong form today. But the calibre of competition is so high and teams will be fielding their best horses and riders for the Final.”The course set for the Semi Final by Uliano Vezzani featured a beautifully designed Prague Astronomical Clock oxer, a wide triple bar, wavy plank, a Longines double, another tricky Swan flanked double set down the bustling VIP hospitality, and a light BMW plank to finish.Here’s how the action unfolded:Valkenswaard UnitedMarcus Ehning – Comme Il FautFrank Schuttert – Queensland ECian O’Connor – PSG FinalValkenswaard United threw down the gauntlet with their first rider, star striker Marcus Ehning and his feisty stallion Comme Il Faut. The expressive stallion had his ears pricked throughout the course, clearly enjoying his job as he tackled the challenging track, the duo keeping their pace up. But there was heartache as the final fence fell, the delicate 1.60m high BMW plank, the team on 4 faults. Next in Frank Schuttert stepped into the team with the 10 year-old gelding Queensland E, but there was disappointment as the first part of the Swan double fell. Final rider to go Cian O’Connor brought back PSG Final, and they kept a tight, smooth round. There was a rattle of the bar down the final line, but they pulled off the clear to keep the team on a total of 8 faults.Prague LionsNiels Bruynseels – Gancia de MuzeMarco Kutscher – CasallvanoMarc Houtzager – Sterrehof’s DanteTo a roar of applause the first of the home city team riders Niels Bruynseels entered the arena with Gancia de Muze, the 13 year-old mare trotting proudly into the arena. Local fans held their breath as the pair cruised around the course, erupting in celebration as they secured a clear. Marco Kutscher stepped up for the team with his 10 year-old gelding Casallvano. But there was dismay as the first fence, the Czech Equestrian Team vertical tumbled to put the team on 4 faults. Once again incredible pressure was on the shoulders of Marc Houtzager who opted to ride Sterrehof’s Dante today. They looked strong until they came a little too flat to the triple bar, and it fell – the team would finish on 8 faults today and slower than United.Monaco AcesLaura Kraut – ConfuJos Verlooy (U25) – CaracasJulien Epaillard – QueelettaFirst in for the Aces, Laura Kraut brought back her grey mare Confu – the 12 year-old horse jumping responsively for the American rider. They brought home the clear, Kraut beaming in delight as they passed the baton to her next team rider. U25 rider Jos Verlooy was next in with his experienced stallion Caracas, but the first part of the Swan double fell and dropped the team to a score of 4. Last in was Julien Epaillard who again brought out Queeletta to contest the track. The duo set off at a blistering pace but the troublesome Swan double fell again, putting the team onto a score of 8 overall.Scandinavian VikingsEvelina Tovek – Dalila de la PommeChristian Ahlmann – Clintrexo ZHenrik von Eckermann – Winnetou de la Hamente ZFirst to go for the Scandinavian Vikings Evelina Tovek brought back her 10 year-old mare Dalila de la Pomme, the smooth, smart mare flying around the arena. But the second part of the Swan double fell, dropping the team to a score of 4 faults. Team anchor Christian Ahlmann piloted Clintrexo Z again, the dapple grey stallion attacking the track with determination. But a drop of the hind leg at the second part of the Swan double would see the team score go to 8. Henrik von Eckermann came onto the team with Winnetou de la Hamente Z but there was upset as the wavy plank toppled, and further drama as the they brought down the Prague House oxer to put the team onto a score of 16.Paris PanthersDarragh Kenny – Romeo 88Nayel Nassar – Lucifer VGregory Wathelet – MJT Nevados SDarragh Kenny was first in again for the Paris Panthers, this time on Romeo 88 – a 10 year-old bay stallion. The team’s tactical horse change paid off, and they delivered the clear. With team mate and owner Jennifer Gates watching on from the kiss n cry, next in was Nayel Nassar with Lucifer V. They too kept cool under serious pressure to bring home a clear, heaping enormous pressure on the shoulders of final rider Gregory Wathelet and MJT Nevados S to keep their scoreboard clean. There were groans as the first part of the Swan flanked double fell, but they managed to finish the rest of the course clear to keep the team on a score of 4.Chantilly PegasusFrancois Mathy Jr – Uno de la RoqueConstant van Paesschen (U25) – Vendetta TreizeRoger-Yves Bost – Sangria du CotyFrancois Mathy Jr and Uno de la Roque survived a lucky touch of the wavy plank, the big horse powering around the arena. But the front bar of the final double came down, 4 faults given to the Pegasus team. Next in U25 rider Constant van Paesschen brought back his black stallion Vendetta Treize but their hearts sank as they had the first fence down. It would be a result to forget today, as they picked up 20 faults to drop the team to 24 overall. Roger-Yves Bost knew there was nothing he could do to save the team, and a further 8 faults with Sangria du Coty would drop the Pegasus team out of the running today.Cannes StarsJane Richard Philips – Clipper du Haut du RoyMaurice Tebbel (U25) – Don DiaradoAbdel Saïd – Jumpy van de HermitageJane Richard Philips was first in for the Cannes Stars, bringing out the 11 year-old bay gelding Clipper du Haut du Roy, and they set off at a good pace. There was a scary moment after Richard Philips was unseated after she was bounced out of the saddle, landing on Clipper du Haut du Roy’s shoulders. But remarkably she regained her balance, jumping the next fence clear. But the they came in a touch too close to the Swan double, the first part falling to put the team on 4 – a good result considering how close they could have been to elimination. Next in U25 rider Maurice Tebbel brought back Don Diarado, and they produced a flawless clear for the team. Final rider Abdel Saïd piloted Jumpy van de Hermitage, but took an early pole at the Longines double. Saïd managed to pick the 10 year-old gelding up to finish clear, keeping the team on a score of 8, a fraction quicker than the Prague Lions which became crucial in the fight to stay out of the drop zone.Miami CelticsJessica Springsteen – RMF ZecilieWilliam Whitaker – RMF Cadeau de MuzeMichael Duffy (U25) – Mullaghdrin Touch The StarsFirst in for yesterday’s highest performers Miami Celtics was Jessica Springsteen with RMF Zecilie, but there was disappointment as the GCL oxer, as well as both parts of the Swan double fell putting the team on 12. Next in was William Whitaker with RMF Cadeau de Muze, the British rider knowing he would have to produce a clear to keep the team in with a chance. They pulled out all the stops and delivered. Final rider in U25 Michael Duffy had all the pressure on his young shoulders with Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars. Once again Duffy had to work hard, but knew his horse inside out and they pulled out a phenomenal clear to keep the team on a total of 12.Shanghai SwansPeder Fredricson – H&M Christian KShane Sweetnam – Chaqui ZDaniel Deusser – Jasmien vd BisschopShanghai Swans took to the arena for the first time this weekend, the team benefitting from fast tracking to the Semi Final. First in was the experienced Peder Fredricson with H&M Christian K, and they put in a careful, calculated round. The crowd cheered as they threw down the gauntlet with a foot-perfect clear as teammate Pius Schwizer watched on from the kiss n’ cry. Next in Shane Sweetnam opted to ride his 13 year-old bay stallion Chaqui Z and they looked strong until the turn to the final line – the GC Prague Playoffs vertical falling to put the team on a score of 4. Final rider to go Daniel Deusser brought out his top mare Jasmien vd Bisschop but there was an early surprise as the front bar of the GCL oxer fell. Deusser knew he had to finish the rest of the round clear and fast to keep the team in the running – they did just that, finishing cleanly and the second fastest of the 8 faulters so far.Madrid in MotionEric van der Vleuten – Wunschkind 19Maikel van der Vleuten – Dana BlueEduardo Alvarez Aznar – Rokfeller de Pleville Bois MargotMadrid in Motion fielded their most experienced rider first, with Eric van der Vleuten and Wunschkind 19 the first to take up the mantle for the team. With last year’s GCL Super Cup trophy fresh in their minds, the duo took to the track but a steep landing after the triple bar gave them no option but to take five strides to the Swan double and once again the first part fell. Next in was son Maikel van der Vleuten with his 11 year-old Dana Blue, as teammates Mark McAuley and Michael G Duffy watched on. But the same fence would fall, the first part of the Swan double hitting the deck once more to put the team on a tally of 8 so far. Final rider Eduardo Alvarez Aznar brought out his star horse Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Margot, the 14 year old bay gelding always a cool customer under pressure. They knew one fence would knock them out of the Final. The crowd held their breath as they tackled the troublesome line to the Swan double, but they left it up – the pair finishing on a score of 8 and quickest of those on that total. They were through.St Tropez PiratesEdwina Tops-Alexander – CasquellDani G. Waldman – Caspar 213Pieter Devos – Jade vd BisschopFirst in for the St Tropez Pirates was Edwina Tops-Alexander and Casquell, the Australian rider no stranger to success in the O2 arena. But there was early disappointment as the final part of the Longines double fell, before it all came undone down the final line, the pair collecting 16 faults for the team. Dani G. Waldman knew their hopes were dashed, and a further 8 faults with Caspar 213 would cement their result today, with Pieter Devos withdrawing knowing their journey would go no further.London KnightsOlivier Philippaerts – H&M ExtraMartin Fuchs – Clooney 51Ben Maher – Explosion W2019 GCL Championship winners London Knights sent in Olivier Philippaerts with H&M Extra first for the team. Philippaerts kept a steady rhythm with the 10 year-old stallion, clearing the troublesome Swan double with ease. But the horse was a touch too deep taking off over the Czech House oxer, hanging in the air and bringing down the back rail. The final BMW plank tumbled too, putting the team on an instant score of 8. The next two riders had to go clear and fast. Next in was Martin Fuchs with his top horse Clooney 51, but the second part of the Swan double fell – putting the team on 12 faults and dropping the London Knights out of the running. Ben Maher and Explosion W jumped an impressive clear round but the Knights’ 2019 GCL Super Cup fight was over. Tags: GCL Super Cup Final, Paris Panthers, Madrid In Motion, Valkenswaard United, Shanghai Swans, Monaco Aces, Cannes Stars, Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Riders at UAE President’s Cup Emirates Reminded Not to Abuse Horses

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horses may not be “intimidated by any kind of electric shock device” or the “hooting” of cars, the latter a feature of the accompanying motorcade at desert rides.It is “strictly forbidden to drag and pull horses by the tail to stimulate them to walk” or to “twitch the horse’s skin or grab his ear at any time during the ride” – the latter a widely used technique to hasten a reduction in heart rate prior to metabolic checks at vet gates.Unauthorized assistance is often seen in the closing stages of a race, with grooms running onto the field of play to chase and strike tiring horses. Under new special rule President’s Cup riders were warned not use electric shock devices to intimidate horses or beat them with “wire” in an astonishing list of extra rules for the big 160km endurance race at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.The rules, published by the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, reflect some of the incidents captured on the livestream by the Clean Endurance community in recent years. However, the list also addresses types of abuse which have been suspected, but for which evidence is as yet uncorroborated.The circular bars the 319 starters from beating horses “with a whip, rein, a wire, kicking with leg etc (or beat the horse with anything)” or “with plastic water bottles” [slosh bottles]. The President’s Cup forbids “giving water or any kind of assistance to horses or riders from inside the cars,” “all kinds of support for horses and riders in the last 2 km to the finish line.”Any person including crew members and drivers must “please avoid any act amounting to obstruction/ intimidation of a competition horse or rider; such acts will be severely dealt with.”This is the first time the world’s toughest desert race has been staged under UAE national rules. Last year the UAE actively opposed many of the FEI’s tougher endurance measures came into effect on January 1st. To avoid the FEI scrutiny the UAE has run most of its longer distance events as CEN (national) rides this season.The extra rules for the President’s Cup address some welfare concerns but by-pass the speed reduction measures at the heart of the FEI’s latest endurance reforms.The likelihood of enforcement seems small. Similar offences have rarely been sanctioned at desert races staged under FEI rules. In several recent disciplinary decisions over alleged abuse that were protested by members of the public, the FEI Tribunal stressed its concerns about FEI officials who failed to act on the day.While the FEI has no jurisdiction over CENs, a FEI spokesman told Horse Sport it was taking steps to ensure that CEN criteria – which strictly limits the number of visiting countries who may participate – were met.On the livestream, it could be seen that ineligible grooms persons were handling horses in the cooling areas. With a minimum rider weight of 60kg (compared with 70kg under FEI rules) overall speeds were high. Layla alRedha won on Jig Malambo for the home Al Wathba stables with an average speed over 160km of 26.4 kph and a final loop speed of 30.8kph. Tags: endurance, abuse, last_img read more