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Letter from the Editor


President’s Message


Vice President's Message

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Thunderbird Sponsors


JustWorld International


2016 Tournament Schedule


2016 Special Awards & Series


NARG: Thunderbird Ranked Second


2015 Hall of Fame


Visual Diary


Tiffany Foster: My Life on the Team


Artist Profile: Shannon Lawlor


pandaHAUS Lauches App Dedicated to Equestrians


Hunter Derbies


Quinis Design Works: Barn Construction Feature


Horse Vision and it's Effects on Horsemanship


The Fraser Valley Hunt


Concussions: Are You Being Protected?


Jump Design: An Explanation of Course Design


A Guide to Show Jumping




Facility Map


Advertiser Index




Cover Art by Shannon Lawlor Š All rights reserved. No part of the Thunderbird Show Park 2016 Premium Magazine may be reproduced without written permission from Thunderbird Show Park, Fort Langley, BC. Printed in Canada.


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I always look forward to sharing this publication with everyone who joins us at Thunderbird Show Park. I am grateful to our sponsors and advertisers for their continued support and enthusiastically welcome our new sponsors and advertisers. It is our goal to create an outstanding, quality publication that is equal to our world class facility. When I am not working on magazine layouts, photos shoots, ad design or showing horses, you can usually find me exploring and hiking (with my camera, of course). I am always ready for my next adventure. I was asked to do a photo shoot for the Arabian Horse Association in Edmonton, Alberta. What better than to plan a road trip and explore Jasper and Banff on my way! The image below is from this most recent adventure. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel with my four horses for competition. I started the year off competing in Scottsdale, Arizona with three of my horses this past February. In July, I head to Sacramento for Regionals, August is Canadian Nationals in Brandon, Manitoba and I finish up the Arabian and Half Arabian Show Circuit in Tulsa, Oklahoma for US Nationals. Throughout the United States and Canada, I can say that there are no facilities that I have visited that are more dedicated to their exhibitors or more passionate about providing a world class facility than Thunderbird Show Park. No matter which circuit you compete in, the facilities and places that we as equestrians visit, are where we make friends, partnerships and memories. Thunderbird Show Park is proud to be part of your competition circuit and a part of your journey. Enjoy! Ashley Lauren Toye

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P R O UD S U P P O RTE R OF THE THUNDE RBIRD SHOW PARK 9020 202nd Street | 604.881.0081 | Limited reservations available Sunday–Thursday







Over the past 43 years we’ve experienced a lot of firsts at

It also takes the support of our competitors who make the choice

Thunderbird Show Park and this year will be no exception. On

to show with us ever year. We know there are seemingly endless

June 3rd, 2016, we’ll welcome teams from across the globe to

options to choose from out there and we truly appreciate being

compete in the Furusiyya Nations Cup. It’s one of only three in

part of your season.

North America and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be chosen to host this event. I hope that you’ll all come out on the big day to cheer for your country! In preparation, we’re proud to announce a new FEI barn to accommodate our growing roster of international competitors featuring 12’ stalls that are sure to provide improved comfort

I would also like to recognize our patrons and sponsors. They believe in us, and the work we do, returning year after year with energy and enthusiasm. Their commitment is what drives us to strive for more and challenge ourselves to be better every season. I look forward to welcoming everyone to Thunderbird Show

and safety for our equine guests.

Park for our 43rd season. Whether it’s your first visit or as a

We’re also pleased to open the gates to another new silica ring.


Our ‘Hunter Mecca’ is complete and ready to host two WCHR AA shows and fourteen Hunter Derby’s for 2016!

returning friend, we are honored to have you as part of our tbird

Jane Tidball

They say it takes a village and in our case, that’s certainly true. We couldn’t do the things we do without the dedication of our amazing staff who work hard and have fun promoting the sport we love.

President, Thunderbird Show Park

pictured below; 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping, North American League: USA's Richard Fellers and Flexible win in Langley. Chris Hollinrake, Ian Charbonneau, Virginia Ireland, Richard Fellers, Jane Tidball , Chris Pack



Well, 2015 was an amazing year. We welcomed more exhibitors to the Thunderbird grounds than any previous season and had such a great time doing it thanks to our team. Our staff, officials, volunteers and sponsors never cease to amaze me and I thank you all. We were very fortunate to kick off the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League on the west coast. Competitors and spectators alike were treated to an exhilarating first round and even more thrilling jump off. I mean, Spooner versus Fellers? They are two of the fastest in the sport and they delivered! The class was historic for Tbird and we’re excited about the direction that the league is taking the World Cup series. I’m proud of everything that was accomplished and looking forward to what’s to come. If 2016 rolls out in similar fashion, you’ll see me smiling all around the grounds. Construction is underway on all of our winter projects so that we’ll be ready for your arrival this summer. First up, we’re working on a new stabling barn for the FEI horses, a manure bunker and an adjacent wash rack. The next major undertaking is the transformation of our Dina Happy ring to the signature

silica sand – and some new amenities for the in-gate booths throughout hunter land. On the personal side, my wife Jessie and I welcomed our baby boy, Wyatt Blaydon Pack, into the world and he’s been keeping us busy ever since. I’m sure you will see him around the Park this summer, and if I look tired, it’s because I am. I take two cream and two sugars in my coffee, please and thank you. On a related note, there must be something in the water. The Tbird family is also thrilled to announce that our Hospitality Manager, Caitlan, is expecting and will be sporting a pronounced baby bump this summer – which will be here before you know it. The show season starts early this year, with our newly rated Season Opener in April. What can I say? We’re excited to introduce you to all the additions at Tbird for 2016! Chris Pack

Vice President & Tournament Manager, Thunderbird Show Park

pictured below; Roy Meeus, Ashley Bond-Meeus, Steve Bond, Chris Pack, Jessie Pack, Robyn Trelenberg


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OUR SPONSORS Every year Thunderbird Show Park welcomes new and returning sponsors who are dedicated to the growth of our facility. Please join us in our commitment to support and promote the many products and services provided by our esteemed industry partners




ATCO Group

Antares Sellier

Aleron Training Stables

Otter Co-Op

Cobblestone Farm

Ritchie Bros Auctioneers

CWD Sellier

Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society

Sandman Hotel

Dexter Associates Realty

Circle B Ranch

Sandman Signature Hotel & Resorts

Fairweather Farms Ltd.

Haley Farms

Sky-Hi Jump Equipment

Foxstone Stable

Imagination Lane

Maplebrook Farm

Potcreek Meadow Farms


Stoneridge Farms

The Hilton Family

The Ashby Group

Thumbs Up Farm

The Gingras Family

Villa Electric

Artisan Farms

Torrey Pines Stable

Villa Training

Amperage Energy

7up Stables

Wilway Lumber Sales The Winther Family

Avenue Machinery

Facet Advisors



Der Dau

Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Dog and Pony Shop


Equestrian Factory Outlet



Maui Jim


Noel Asmar Equestrian

Thunderbird Tack Shop

Cowell Auto Group Domino High Voltage Energy Supply

Odlum Brown Ltd Reliable Equipment Rentals Signature Spurs


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Five years ago, Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia, adopted the JustWorld Rice For Families Program at People Improvement Organization in Cambodia. Since this partnership began with JustWorld International, Thunderbird Show Park has exceeded the goals they set and expectations for raising awareness and funds for the program. Now there’s a new way you can join Thunderbird in making a difference in the lives of children in need!

JUSTWORLD INTERNATIONAL JustWorld is a nonprofit organization that links the equestrian world with humanitarian efforts to fund and sustain partner projects that provide basic needs to children with little opportunity to receive support from other sources.JustWorld works with local NGO’s in some of the poorest communities in Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, and Honduras. Rider Ambassadors raise awareness and funds for the programs, supporting more than 6,000 children this year alone. In Cambodia, JustWorld works with People Improvement Organization (PIO), founded by CNN Top 10 Hero Phymean Noun, to fund construction and support operational costs for two schools: Stung Mean Chey at a municipal garbage dump and Bo Borey Keila in an urban slum. PIO’s goal is to provide education and training to equip children so they’ll have opportunities for employment and become self-supporting to improve their lives and break the cycle of poverty. As a result of JustWorld's support, this year 850 students are receiving an education, continuously scoring above average on national public school exams; a daily lunch which is often the only meal they will receive for the day; and health care. Additionally, with the Rice for Families Program, each student with good attendance receives 5 kg of rice each month for their family, helping reduce the need for those children to gather food scraps or earn money by picking through trash at dump sites to find recyclables to sell.

THUNDERBIRD MAKES A DIFFERENCE Jane Tidball, President of Thunderbird Show Park, visited PIO in 2013 to see first-hand the effect of the Rice for Families Program on the children who attend PIO. Jane explained that the trip was a "life changer." "I arrived to the smiles of more than 800 children who have benefited from JustWorld's programs. I was able to sit and talk to children about their goals for the future, something that we are helping to make a reality." ado With the adoption of the Rice for Families Program, Thunderbird will supply 30,000 kilos of rice this year to 500 students. With the extra funds raised this year at Thunderbird Show Park, Thunderbird will also be sponsoring the cooks’ salaries at PIO.

BELONG TO SOMETHING LIFE-CHANGING Now you can belong to something life-changing, powerful and impactful by joining our Inaugural JustWorld Membership Program! When you enroll for as little as $10 per month, you will help to provide the most basic necessities to the children at our partner projects around the world. A small donation of $10 is the equivalent of a uniform provided by JustWorld, enabling a student to attend class and change the course of his or her future. By enrolling in the Membership Program, not only will you be a part of this amazing change, but as a reminder of your commitment, you will also receive a JustWorld luggage tag to take the JustWorld mission with you wherever you go. With this luggage tag, you will also receive a 20% discount off of Thunderbird Show Park Merchandise for the year!


In loving memory of our friend and great champion

Andres Rodriguez May 11,1984 - January 4, 2016



WESTERN FAMILY | July 6 - 10



Ashby Group Canadian Hunter Derby Friday July 8th

$10,000 Open Tbird Welcome Friday May 27th


Maplebrook Farm Young Horse Showcase Saturday July 9th



Fairweather Farms Child/Adult Hunter Derby3' Saturday July 9th

USHJA National Hunter Derby 3' Thursday May 26th

Maplebrook Farms Young Horse Showcase Saturday May 28th

$25,000 7up StablesUSHJA International Derby Saturday May 28th

$15,000 Odlum Brown Ltd. Grand Prix

$25,000 Facet Advisors Grand Prix Sunday May 29th

FORT CLASSIC | August 17 - 21

Sunday July 10th

BC OPEN | June 1 - 5

$35,500 CSI3* Keg Steakhouse & Bar Open Welcome Wednesday August 17th

$34,000 CSIO4* Artisan Farms Nations Welcome Thursday June 2nd

$35,500 CSI3* George & Dianne Tidball Legacy Friday August 19th


Ashby Group Canadian Hunter Derby Friday June 3rd


Fairweather Farms Child/Adult Hunter Derby 3' Friday August 19th


Fairweather Farms Child/Adult Amateur 3' Derby Saturday June 4th


Ashby Group Canadian Hunter Derby Saturday August 20th

$85,600 CSIO4* Furusiyya Nations Cup™ Friday June 3rd $34,600 CSIO4* Friends of Tbird Saturday June 4th $10,000 tbird. 1.25m Winning Round Sunday June 5th $128,400 CSIO4* Nations Week Finale Grand Prix presented by Domino High Voltage Supply and Amperage Energy Sunday June 5th

WEST COAST CLASSIC | June 29 - July 3 $5,000 -

Jump Canada Open Hunter Classic Thursday June 30th

$10,000 Signature Spurs 1.25m Winning Round Saturday August 20th $100,000 CSI3* Reliable Equipment Rentals Ltd. Grand Prix presented by The Grafton Group Sunday August 21st

FORT FESTIVAL | August 24 - 28 $34,600 CSI3* Maui Jim Welcome Wednesday August 24th $2,500

JustWorld International Hunter Team Costume Event Friday July 1st

$10,000 Cobblestone Farm Grand Hunter Derby Saturday July 2nd $1,500

$10,000 Cowell Auto Group Winning Round presented by Landrover of Richmond, Jaguar Richmond, Cowell Volkswagon, Audi Richmond Saturday August 20th

New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society Jumper Challenge Series sponsored by Hastings Racecourse Saturday July 2nd

$15,000 Kubota Canada Grand Prix sponsored by Avenue Machinery Sunday July 3rd


USHJA National Hunter Derby 3' Thursday August 25th JustWorld Benefit Grooms Class Thursday August 25th

$34,600 CSI3* Tbird. Open Speed Friday August 26th $8,000

Maplebrook Farm Young Horse Finale Saturday August 27th

$20,000 Foxstone Stables USHJA International Hunter Derby Saturday August 27th $10,000 Signature Spurs 1.25m Winning Round Saturday August 27th $135,600 CSI3*-W Longines World Cup Qualifier Sunday August 28th



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Series are tabulated Saturday evenings of each competition and Award Presentations take place during the pre-show of the Sunday Grand Prix.

Alf Fletcher Equestrian Excellence Award Established in 2010, the Alf Fletcher Equestrian Excellence Award honors the memory of Alf Fletcher and his considerable lifetime contribution to the horse industry. The Alf Fletcher Equestrian Excellence award will be presented to the rider who accumulates the most points in the CET, Jump Canada Hunter Seat Medal, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Hunt Seat Medal and the WIHS Equitation medal classes held during Thunderbird Show Park’s 2016 Tournaments.

Amperage Energy Jr/Am Jumper Challenge This award will be presented to the overall horse/rider combination, who achieves the most points in the Amperage Energy Jr/Am Jumper Challenge 1.30m classes throughout the 2016 Season. Winner to receive a $1,000 Tbird Show Bursary.

Antares - Ride of the Show Antares is proud to participate in the ongoing sponsorship of special awards at Thunderbird Show Park. In 2016, Antares is pleased to present the “Ride of the Show Awards.” The winning rider of the week, selected by our Hunter and Jumper Judges will be honored with a stunning piece of Antares tack. Please visit the Antares Tent in Vendor Row for a full range of Antares products & services available at Thunderbird Show Park!

County Saddlery A County Saddle will be generously donated by Isauro Flores and Ingrid Brown. This will be awarded to the top BC Junior or Amateur Rider who receives the most points in the Modified Junior/Amateur 1.15m Jumper Division throughout the 2016 season.

CWD Sellier CWD is pleased to present a state of the art CWD 2G Saddle to the 2016 high point rider in the 1.30m Open Jumper Division and to the winner of the Ashby Group Hunter Derby Series. Stop by the Red CWD showcase and see the British Columbia Representative for more information and complimentary test rides. >


Ashby Group Hunter Derby Series This award will be presented to the overall horse/rider combination, who achieves the most points in the four Ashby Group Canadian Hunter Derby classes held during the April Season Opener, BC Open, Western Family and Summer Fort Classic competitions. Winner to receive a CWD Hunter Style 2G Saddle. Sponsored by Karen and Christina Ashby of Dexter Associates Realty; a mother daughter team serving the real estate needs of the equestrian community in BC.

Fairweather Farms The Fairweather Farms Derby Series has been established to foster the development of 3’ Child and Adult riders. We wish all competitors good luck and are so pleased for the “Fairweather” during our derby. Each class winner will receive a prize cooler and there are special ribbons to eighth.

Maplebrook Farm Young Horse Showcase This series is designed to encourage the development of young show jumping talent by welcoming breeders to Thunderbird Show Park to showcase superior prospects. Set in the grass Fort Grand Prix Field, these classes are one of the season’s special highlights and give breeders, trainers and prospective buyers, the opportunity to view the results of our industry’s best breeding programs in a competitive setting. We extend our sincerest thanks to Teri Erickson for her support of this cornerstone program!

Little Creek Dressing Leading Lady Rider Awarded to the leading female rider throughout the International Division at the BC Open CSIO4*.

$10,000 Odlum Brown Ltd. Leading Canadian Grand Prix Rider $1500 Rider Bonus to each leading Canadian Grand Prix Rider at each of the Sunday Grand Prix’s. Thank you to Odlum Brown Ltd. for investing in our Canadian Riders.

Overall Hunter Owner Thunderbird is proud to recognize the owners of outstanding hunters. This award will be presented to the overall hunter owner whose horses achieve the most points based on year long Championship points with the following bonus points awarded ; 7 points for champion and 5 points for reserve.All hunter classes will count toward points.

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Sky - Hi Jumps Sky-Hi Jumps is pleased to announce the 2016 High Point Hunter & Jumper Trainer Awards at Thunderbird Show Park. Sky-Hi Jumps will present the winner at each tournament with a beautiful jump set made of durable aluminum designed for top performance, beauty and versatility. Please see prizebook for more information.

Tbird Handy Hunter Challenge The Tbird Handy Hunter Challenge is offered at each tournament. Designed to recognize hunter handiness in the show ring. This series is based on the horse and rider combination and will offer a 3' and 3'6" section.

Thunderbird Champions Series The Thunderbird Champions Series is designed to recognize and reward outstanding performance for junior and amateur riders. Thunderbird special edition jackets will be awarded to competitors who accumulate top points during the season. Please see our prize book for the ten Thunderbird Champion Series Divisions.

Under 25 Developing Rider Series Fences to 1.40m. Open to all riders from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 16 until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 25. Points will be accumulated through out the designated classes towards the series award. Top rider will be recognized for each class during the ribbon presentation. To be eligible riders will be required to declare their intent by 5pm the day prior. It is only necessary to declare once. Please see our Prizebook for qualifying classes.

Young Horse Hunter Development Series The Young Horse Hunter Development Series is a two round class that will be offered at all 2016 tournaments. The series will be tabulated as an accumulating score. Each week's final score will be tallied into the series standings. <


RANKED 2ND IN NORTH AMERICA Thunderbird clinches a top three position for the fifth year in a row! Thunderbird maintains a solid number two position. The friendly atmosphere and the warmhearted, accommodating staff welcome all who enter. From fresh flowers in the bathrooms to management whisking a boot with a broken zipper off for repair, the attention to detail is remarkable. Thunderbird was the first to host one of the Fourteen Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Events, and they did it with splendour. Worth a trip to Langley, British Columbia! In 2016 Thunderbird will again kick off the west coast Longines North American League as well as host a qualifier for the Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first CSIO4* competition!



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2014 THUNDERBIRD HALL OF FAME Congratulations to the following riders on their 2015 achievements! Ashlee Bond  | USA

Rich Fellers | USA

$126,000 CSI3* Reliable Rentals Grand Prix with Ace of Hearts $25,000 Canadian Premier Open Welcome with Ace of Hearts $25,000 Maui Jim Grand Prix with Ace of Hearts $10,000 Valley Field & Revolution Farm Classic with Cornancer $10,000 Signature Spurs Winning Round with Klaus

$126,000 CSI3*-W Longines World Cup Qualifier with Flexible $42,000 CSI3* Maui Jim Open Welcome with Flexible $10,000 BC Open Welcome with Colgan Cruise

Shelley Fellers  | USA

Grace Pearson  | USA

$56,500 CSI2* Langley School District Foundation Grand Prix with Revenge

$5,000 Fairweather Farm Child/Adult Hunter Derby Finals with Cambiaso


Ray Texel  | USA

Brent Balisky  | Canada

$42,000 CSI3* Uryadis Villiage Grand Prix with Baldira

$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Classical

Andrea Strain  | Canada

Chelsea Jones  | Canada

$15,000 Kubota Canada Grand Prix with Djakarta

$15,000 Odlum Brown Ltd Grand Prix with Ultima V


Lauren Crooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2030; | USA

Sydney Denham | USA

$10,000 Open Welcome with Zandeur

$10,000 Signature Spurs Winning Round with Quidam Van De Kapel

Morgan Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2030; | USA

Madison Hilderman | Canada

$10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Moonrise Kingdom

$10,000 Signature Spurs Winning Round with Kenzo


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Will Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2030; | USA

$10,000 Cowell Auto Group Cup with Zilox T

$10,000 Keg Steakhouse & Bar Open Welcome with E-Unanime De La Haie

Clementine Goutal | USA

Gwendolyn Sontheim-Meyer | USA

$10,000 Open Classic with Tixiedes Hayettes

$5,000 Open Challenge with Coral Reef Fundskerl 3


Kassidy Keith  | Canada

Bill Ulmer  | Canada

$5,000 Jr/Am Cobblestone Hunter Derby with Wallabee

$5,000 Open Cobblestone Hunter Derby with Beach Drive








TIFFANY FOSTER: MY LIFE ON THE TEAM By Carley Sparks / Canadian show jumper Tiffany Foster is the top-ranked female rider in Canada and, at age 31, has a Nations Cup record that rivals many veterans. In just five years, she’s ridden for Canada on no fewer than 22 Nations Cups teams. With the Olympics just months away, this protege of Eric Lamaze is a leading contender for the Rio Team. Here she recounts a few of the biggest, and lowest, moments in her Nations Cup career so far, as told to Carley Sparks.

Torchy [Millar], our chef d’equipe, called Eric and said, “What do you think? Is Tiffany a possibility because we really don’t have anyone else at this last minute.” Eric was like, “”We can try, for sure the horse can do it!” Southwind had already done a ton of Nations Cups and 1.60m classes with his previous rider, Cameron Hanley (IRL). Twenty-four hours later it was confirmed. They took a risk and put me on the team. I was in shock.

THE FIRST TIME I MADE THE TEAM IT WAS BY DEFAULT It was 2011. Andy and Carlene Ziegler (owners of Artisan Farms) had just bought me a horse, Southwind VDL, and I was excited to make the international rider list at the Spruce Meadows Masters’ tournament in Calgary, Alberta for the first time. It was a really big deal for me. They only take six Canadians and I’d never jumped a 1.60m class before. That year, the main team was competing in Calgary—Ian Millar, Jonathon Millar, Jonathan Asselin and Eric Lamaze—and a second team was doing the Spanish Nations Cup Tour. A week before the show, Jonathon Millar had to back out. John Anderson was named as his replacement, but then his horse sustained an injury. There was really nobody left.

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Before you get to Spruce Meadows, being named to the team is great—it’s the best possible thing. Then you get to there and the reality sets in. The best teams in the world compete at the Masters. The stands are packed. It’s a televised event. As a Canadian, it’s the most terrifying place to make your Nations Cup debut. It’d be like a German rider making their team debut at Aachen. Of course, that was the year Spruce Meadows broke the attendance records too. I was terrified. There’s a video of me being interviewed by CBC and I’m like, “I don’t know! I’m going to give it my best shot!” It’s hilarious. In a painful kind of way. >

In the days leading up to the Nations Cup, Eric made sure I kept showing every day, just to keep my mind focused on competing and off the team event. I didn’t know the horse well, but I had so much confidence in him so that definitely helped.

Winning the Nations Cup there in 2014 was a big day for Canada—we had only won it once before at Spruce Meadows in its 38-year history. And it was a big deal for me. I watched that class every year growing up. It’s a moment you dream of as a little kid.

I rarely get nervous before a class. But I was nervous the day of the Nations Cup. I don’t even remember walking the course. I do remember riding up to the ring. I was the second rider in rotation and I asked how Jonathan had gone. Eric was like, “Don’t ask. Don’t worry about it. You just ride your best round and we’ll take care of everything else.” I remember thinking, “Okay, they don’t expect much. This is good.”

The Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida is also really special. I don’t know if it’s because it’s on North American soil and there are so many Canadians in the crowd, but it’s always a fun night. It’s also where I posted my first double clear in a team event—so it’s a favorite of mine, too.

It was all kind of blur after that. Southwind really took care of me and the team ended up second, so it was a good day overall. But for me, it was a really big deal. Hickstead was on that team with Eric—it was the last Nations Cup he ever jumped. And riding with Ian Millar and Jonathan Asselin—these are all riders I’ve looked up to my entire life. It was a special moment.

THE SECOND TIME I RODE ON THE TEAM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MY FIRST TIME Prior to the Masters at Spruce Meadows, I had been named to the Nations Cup team headed to Buenos Aires, Argentina that fall. Mark Laskin was the chef d’equipe. It was much more laid back—there were maybe four people in the crowd and all of them from Argentina. We won that one—Angela Covert, Emily George, Jonathan Asselin and I. I posted a clear in the second round. It was a really fun, relaxing experience.


I HAD THE WORST NATIONS CUP OF MY LIFE AT SPRUCE MEADOWS IN 2012 I fell off in both rounds. It was a disaster. In the first round, we took off a stride early in the combination. I flipped over the jump and knocked myself out. Eric said, “You don’t have to go back for the second round.” But that was not going to be how I ended it. It was right after the Olympics where I’d been disqualified on the first day. I was determined to come back and do well. Victor, my horse, had other ideas. We came to the combination again and he was like, “Were you here, like, 30 minutes ago? Because I am not jumping that.” He stopped. I held on. At that point, the only thing going through my mind is that we’re going to jump that damn combination. I turned back and approach it again. Victor stopped and I fell off. Again. It was the worst. Literally, the worst-case scenario. But the crowd still cheered for me, good ol’ Canadians.

OUR TEAM IS SO COOL BECAUSE IT’S SO CLOSE Anytime you have a good result at Spruce Meadows, it’s special. The crowd in Calgary is so unbelievable. You ride into the International ring and this roar goes up! It’s so cool for the riders and the horses, the good ones anyway. They cheer for the Canadians whether you do well or not, but as an athlete, you really want to do well for them. When you win, they’re extra loud and extra enthusiastic.

Canada does not have a huge pool of horses that jump at the 5* level. It’s usually kind of the same group on the team at the major events—me, Eric, Ian and Yann Candele—with a couple of people who change in and out. But even when someone new comes in, everyone is so nice and so encouraging. It’s a really great country to ride for.

It took getting used to, though. Even last year, riding in the jump off for the Queen’s Cup, I was ahead, flying to the last jump, and the crowd started thundering. I remember thinking, “Wow, they are loud!” I ended up having the last jump down because I was distracted for that split second.

We all really get along. We all know each other’s horses, so that goes a long way. We have valuable information to give to one another on what to do on one line or another. I don’t think we can publish the things they say on the course walk, but it’s usually pretty funny. >


When you work so closely with your team members, it’s a really fun and relaxed environment. You know they have your back no matter what happens. They are the first ones to congratulate you when you do well and the first ones to say, “Don’t worry, we’ll get better in the second round” when it doesn’t go your way. I had an experience at the Pan American Games where I made a mistake in the first round that was really dumb. Ian was like, “It’s alright, we like digging you out of a hole every now and then.” In a way, it makes you feel even worse when you let them down a little bit because you so want to do well for them. I came back and jumped clear in the second round at the Pan Ams. I try hard not to make the same mistake twice.

IN THE BEGINNING, I NEEDED A LOT MORE ENCOURAGEMENT The first year I was on the team, it was “You’re cute! We like helping you.” I was under the protective wing of Eric. Maybe others would get hazed, but I was always protected. Now I hold myself to a higher standard. Two down is no longer good enough. In my mind, I need to be four faults or less. You feel your teammates’ expectations shift, too. It’s no longer, “Do your best.” It’s “Okay, we need a clear now—keep it together.” I really get the sense that Eric thinks both Yann and I can do something positive for the team and holds us to a high standard. We try to rise to that. It’s a bit like a young horse. There’s a point in a young horse’s career where he shifts from being a developmental horse to a competitive horse and it’s no longer just about gaining experience. It’s the same thing when you’re developing as a rider. At the beginning, it’s okay to just get around. Nobody expects you to go double clear and be the anchor of the team. As time goes on, you begin to be more accountable for what your scores are and that’s a good thing. Eventually, these guys will age out and I will have to go in the last position.

I’VE ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO JILL HENSELWOOD Jill Henselwood is someone who the guys all depend on. If she’s on the team, they’re thinking that’s a clear, or worst case scenario, a four. They expect her to deliver and she always does. We rode together on the London Olympic team and I remember thinking at the time, I want to be at the point where I’m that rider.


Beezie Madden is another woman I look up to. She rides as anchor rider on the American team and she delivers every single time. That’s something I aspire towards.

THE ZEIGLERS ARE MY CAREER If you don’t have the horses you can’t do much in this sport. The Zeiglers have been so behind me and Eric, and, therefore, the Canadian team—they are unbelievable owners and supporters. For me, I’ve gotten a lot of experience in a short amount of time. The only way to do that is to have a lot of horsepower underneath of you. It’s a bit of a unique situation. The Zeiglers didn’t go out looking for a Canadian to get behind. They are very patriotic people. They would much rather sponsor American riders. We have a very good and lasting friendship, which started with Eric training Caitlin, their daughter, at age 12 and, later, with Andy getting into it and me training him. It just happened to be we rode for another country. It’s a goal of mine and Andy and Carlene’s to get a team of horses that will get me to the point where my skill level and experience level is up to par to be competitive in those Nations Cups and Championships. If you don’t have the horses to go to the 5* shows in Europe, then you get to these Championships and you’re not prepared. You just don’t have the same chance as the people who go every weekend and jump those kind of classes week in and week out at that height. Obviously, Eric’s skill and experience level are already there. They just make sure he continues to have the horsepower underneath him. The Zeiglers really give us an opportunity to be at the top level. It’s a journey to get there. There are ups and downs along the way. Knowing you have that support, whether it goes well or badly, and having owners with the right goal in mind really helps. It’s not a short-term thing. You have to look to these big events, like the Olympics. The road there isn’t always smooth, and easy, but if you’re headed in the right direction, that’s the most important thing. <











BEGINNINGS “I started drawing before I had collective memory as a child.” The roots of Shannon Lawlor’s enigmatic equine art can be traced back to her childhood, where as a young girl, she was never far from a horse, or pencil. Immersed in the equine environment from toddler through her formative years, Shannon’s intuitive desire to put pencil to paper has been there since before she could spell. She has carried her sketchbook from the prairie of her youth to the finest Arabian breeding farms deep in the heart of Poland.


Interior designers often place Shannon’s passionate equine images in commercial and urban settings. Her work lends a cool and modern touch to any room. It gives pause, brings peace and elevates the soul. “Horses are a part of my breath, an extension of myself.” ______________________________________ "We are pleased to have Shannon Lawlor's equine art grace the cover of Thunderbird Show Park's 2016 Premium Magazine. Shannon's impressive monumental replicas of Hangtime I & Hangtime II are proudly displayed and available for purchase in our Timberframe hospitality building this season at Thunderbird." Jane Tidball ______________________________________

“Beautiful horses can sometimes humble me to the point of tears.” Shannon is an artist who works from the experience of a horse woman, translating her own history and what she sees into swirling lines of unfurling mane; laying bare the resplendent muscle tone of a wither, or depth of soul behind one of her subject’s eyes. Her work moves beyond breed and discipline, with an appeal that is meant to inspire and enlighten the viewer.


"We are proud to include Shannon in the premier launch of our Equestrian Artist Series that lands in stores, Spring 2016 featuring her paintings printed on our linen T collection.  We are proud to support such a talented Canadian artist!" Noel Asmar ______________________________________ Shannon welcomes commission project inquiries of your favourite equine partner. Extensive original paintings & choice replicas accessible at <

“My work represents the soul of the horse.” Lawlor’s work hangs in the most authentic ranches in North America, as well as office towers, hotels and urban homes. Her vision resonates with viewers appreciative of the majesty of the horse, from all walks of life. It rings true with a chord of authenticity that appeals to modern discerning collectors.

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NAUTICAL original acrylic painting 13” x 13”


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GHOST original acrylic painting 30”x 24”

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pandaHAUS LAUNCHES AN APP Dedicated to Equestrian Sports

By Jennifer Ward

An exciting new app is sweeping the world of horse sport. An innovative new app specifically designed for the horse community, pandaHAUS Equestrian, was launched in March and has quickly grown into a dynamic meeting place for participants and fans of equestrian sport. With pandaHAUS riders such as Canada’s own Eric Lamaze, Tiffany Foster and Yann Candele sharing behind-the-scenes glimpses into their daily lives on pandaHAUS, the app has become an instant sensation. 2004 Olympic Champion Rodrigo Pessoa has led course walks and given away a brand-new Pessoa saddle to one lucky follower on his pandaHAUS account; 2008 Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut candidly talked about her horses’ performances and future plans following the winter circuit; and reigning Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat gave followers an insider’s view to his journey to victory at the 2016 World Cup Final in Sweden. First developed for skiing, pandaHAUS Snow was officially launched earlier this year in Austria by 2014 Canadian Olympic downhill skiing medalist Jan Hudec, whose nickname ‘Panda’

serves as the inspiration behind the app. In Wellington, Florida, 2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze led the launch of pandaHAUS Equestrian, developed by Coreplatform of Calgary, AB. “The new pandaHAUS Equestrian app allows me to connect with my fellow competitors, fans, and aspiring riders in a way never before possible,” said Lamaze, who claimed Individual Gold and Team Silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics riding the great Hickstead. “The app gives an unprecedented opportunity for people to go beyond the show ring and see what happens behind the scenes in our day-to-day lives as athletes.” All across the globe, fans of horse sport are downloading the app and sharing their personal experiences with the sport, and with horses in general. Dedicated to equestrian sports, the pandaHAUS Equestrian app connects users with their favorite equestrian athletes from around the world. Available now in the app store, the powerful photo and content sharing community allows users to build their profile, earn pandaPOINTS redeemable for great prizes, and go behind-the-scenes with the biggest names in equestrian sports. Download the pandaHAUS app today and see what you’ve been missing!

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HUNTER DERBIES _________________________

by Megan Rawlins

Hunter classes are meant to bring the experience of riding out to hunt into the ring, but over the years the connection has wavered. In the 1970s and 80s, competitors galloped across fields, jumping natural obstacles designed to simulate the hunting field. Today, courses are designed for all levels of riders and rarely deviate from a basic pattern. The Hunter Derby seeks to bring horsemanship, showmanship and tradition back to the show ring. And with it, the need for a whole new level of course design. In 2009, the USHJA introduced the International Hunter Derby, in essence the ‘Grand Prix’ of the hunter ring. The series was a huge success, driving the evolution of derby classes throughout North America. Competitors flocked to USHJA National Derbies, a smaller and easier version of the International, and the Canadian Hunter Derbies, which feature a single handy round. Show parks mirrored the trend, giving spectators and sponsors an opportunity to get in on the action. Course designing has evolved alongside the derbies themselves as we focus on elements that set them apart from standard Hunter competition. And as each year passes, we’re able to ask more of the horses. The standard derby has two rounds, classic and handy. As a course designer, one of my main objectives is to create a beautiful track that horses can jump with brilliance. I want everyone to navigate it successfully and show off the individual characteristics of their horse. In the first round, I strive to give the horse the opportunity to show beautiful jumping style with a nice open pace. Course designers should make the classic round welcoming with a nice smooth track. I set my lines just a little more forward than a


regular hunter class at that height allowing the horse to have a hunting field pace. The little bit of extra impulsion creates a fabulous jump leaving a lasting impression with the judges and audience. I like to start the first round on an inviting single fence that can be either a vertical or an oxer and then throughout the course I start adding derby jumps. Derbies can include unique jumps such as wine barrels, post and rail jumps, natural birch rails, roll tops, jumps with no ground lines, hedges, coops, stone walls and even banks. The ground lines are often less than a regular hunter class so the horses need to study the jumps and jump in good form without the “triple bar” effect that is common in standard hunter classes. To help showcase the talents of each horse-rider combination, many derbies offer optional fences in both the first and second round. I often add harder jumps as the option, allowing competitors to choose what works for each horse and their level of experience. The first round should be challenging, but not too hard. If competitors are well prepared, they should all be able to complete it successfully. In my first round, I normally include a bending line, long gallop, jump at the end of the ring, an in and out and some other unique tracks that are different from a regular hunter course. Often the track that develops depends on the experience level of the riders and horses. This is part of the course designers job, to decide what is appropriate for the field that will be challenging it. The second round is the handy round. Here is where the course designer will want to give the rider the opportunity to really show off their horse. Some horses turn well, others are good at galloping, some are brave and occasionally, we find one that is good at all three. I personally like to create quite a few options when doing my handy round and think of it as a jump off. That doesn’t mean I want riders to go fast, rather that I’m giving good riders the opportunity to take inside turns while allowing the greener riders and horses an outside option or sometimes even three different track options. >

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A long gallop in the handy round is a must for me and I love to finish with a nice oxer. In between, I add elements that can be jumped on angles as well as easier and harder fences for the options. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not uncommon to see higher jumps on a very difficult track that will test even the most experienced competitor. The handy round is also great for introducing two similar jumps as an option, each coming off a different rein so the rider can pick what suits their horse. And personally, I often try to include a series of fences that create a visually interesting pattern with a good track. As a course designer I come up with a list of tests I want to use to challenge the horses and riders and then then build a track around them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that the ring looks balanced and beautiful for both competitors and spectators. Spreading the jumps around the ring, distributing foliage and shrubbery among the jumps to simulate the hunt field feeling and remembering not to block the judges view are all part of the planning. Derbies have been a wonderful addition to the show ring, delivering flowing, rideable tracks that showcase great horsemanship. <

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Thunderbird Show Park Thunderbird Show Park is again voted the number two horse show in North America. Thunderbird was the first to host one of the Fourteen Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Events, and they did it with splendour. Join us again for the new Nations Cup event June 3rd and for our World Cup Event August 16th.

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By Troy Griffth about the author; Troy Griffith is a horse trainer and classical riding instructor living in Aumseville, Oregon, outside of Salem. He specializes in training Warhorses for medieval gaming activities, including Jousting, Mounted Combat and Mounted Archery. Troy’s “Hands On Horse Training” method is designed to forge a partnership between horses and their owners with a focus on the cornerstones of Classical Horsemanship. Our horses see the world very differently from us in many ways. These differences in vision, due to the structure and placement of their eyes, have a profound influence on how they react to visual stimuli and should be thoughtfully considered in all aspects of horsemanship. These differences include: field of view, color perception, light adjustment, motion detection, acuity and more. In this article I hope to detail some of the nuances of horse vision and how they relate to training, riding and caring for our equine partners.

FIELD OF VIEW Most zoologists will tell you that the horse’s eye is the largest of all land mammals. Because of their size and how the eyes are set, the animal has nearly a 360° field of view. The horse cannot see directly in front for a short distance, nor directly behind, unless they move their head. This is why we are all taught never to approach a new horse from either of these directions and to always make them aware of our location as we pass behind them. It is important to note that even though the horse can see in nearly a complete circle, only about 20% of that vision is binocular; the remaining 80% is monocular vision. This means that most of the field of view is seen by only one eye, and explains why your horse will try to swing his head to the side or even turn his body to look at something that has ‘caught an eye’. This is also why it is so important that we earn the trust and respect of our horses in order to have them able to concentrate on the work we ask of them and not go casting about with their gaze in an attempt to bring things into full view and enable depth perception.


The monocular peripheral vision of the horse allows him to see out of both eyes simultaneously and separately. This is believed to be due, in part, to the limited corpus calossum development in the horse’s brain. The corpus calossum serves to transfer information from one side of the brain to the other and without good transfer, the two sides are left to operate essentially independently of each other. The advantage this gives the horse is that they can effectively see in two directions at once. The disadvantage is that something seen out of one eye may appear different when seen again out of the other. This is why your horse may occasionally treat something as new and scary when passing it on the right side even though it has already passed it on the left side several times without fear. (I am aware of one study that claims the corpus calossum is more developed in horses than is commonly accepted, however until there are supporting studies, I will go with what previous studies and my own observations suggest). Another vital aspect of the horse’s field of view is that though it has binocular vision for about a 65° degree arc, this arc is actually rather narrow vertically. Consequently, the horse needs to lift its head to focus its vision on objects at a distance and lower its head to see something on the ground in front of them. This is, in part, why the horse will lift its nose as its speed of travel increases, looking further ahead in order to have the time to adjust to changing conditions and obstacles in its path. You may notice that skilled jumpers and cross country riders always allow the horse to ‘have its head’ on the approach to enable it to look at the upcoming jump but even with this, the last stride of the jump is being done blind by the horse. A horse ridden ‘on the bit’ or ‘on the vertical’ can only see limited distance in front of them and should not be expected to maintain this headset for faster work; which also means a horse ridden behind the vertical (sometimes called ‘Deeply Round’) or with its head very low, is effectively blind to anything beyond a very short distance ahead. Is it surprising that we sometimes witness highly trained dressage mounts suddenly blowing up and having panic attacks during tests? >


This may also explain why horses are generally more willing to relax their poll, thus allowing the head to fall onto the vertical, while working on a circle; when moving in a circle they are looking only a short distance ahead as compared to when they are working along the wall. There are obviously other factors at work when schooling the horse on the circle, but the horse’s field of view should be considered along with everything else. I feel it is important that we not ask a horse to maintain a vertical head position for extended periods of time, but rather to break them up with frequent periods of freedom to lift their heads and have a look around.

COLOR VISION A lot of people believe horses are unable to see color, but research indicates this is not the case. It is true they are not able to see color as distinctly as we do, however they do see the world in color. Painting jumps strongly contrasting colors has been done for many years for the very reason that it helps the horse distinguish them from the background of the arena. There is evidence to indicate that horses have a degree of color blindness, but this does not mean they cannot see any color, it only means they might perceive the color red much the same way as a human with red/green color blindness. So if you wish to paint your arena elements to help your horse see them better, white and blue would be more useful than red and green. (http://www.journalofvision. org/content/1/2/2.full)

LIGHT ADJUSTMENT Horses are far better adapted to see in low light situation than we are. They can perceive objects in light levels so low as to be essentially pitch black to us. What they cannot do as well as humans is adjust to rapidly changing light levels. This is why they will stand for several moments, blinking blindly, when a light is turned on in a dark barn. It also explains why a horse might balk at entering the shadowed end of an area or refuse to step into a dark trailer on a sunny day. This is something we must be cognizant of in all our dealings with horses; just because you are able to look into a dark place and see that it is perfectly safe, does not mean your horse can.

MOTION DETECTION Horses are highly sensitive when it comes to spotting motion.


When unexpected motion is detected in the peripheral vision, which has poor acuity, the horse’s first instinct is not to turn and look at it with both eyes, bring it into focus and determine what it is and how far away. Its first instinct is to run to an absolutely safe distance, then turn and look. Have you ever noticed how nervous your horse gets when riding outdoors on windy days? It is because EVERYTHING is moving and he cannot determine what is a threat from what is not. Here again I must reiterate how important it is that you have your horse’s trust and respect, and by this I do NOT mean your horse should be more afraid of disobeying your command than it is of that thing moving over in the bushes. Instead, your horse should have come to respect your judgment and worthiness as a leader and trust you to protect him. If you do not think it is worth getting scared about, he won’t concern himself with it. This could be a topic for another article or even a whole book, but suffice to say, one of the main factors to keep in mind is the connection to the horse. By connection I mean riding in presence; being aware of your horse and making him aware of you, through the use of aids at all times. I am not talking about micromanaging every motion of the horse, rather I am suggesting that by keeping the seat independent, moving with the horse, the hands light and rein aids flexible and keeping your calves lightly touching the horse’s side at all times, you can maintain mutual communication with your horse. In doing so you will become aware right away when he is startled by some movement or sound and instinctively reacting with flight. This way you can react more quickly to counter this reaction with a calm firming of the aids for just a moment; in other words, catching the spook before it becomes a run and assuring the horse that you are right there with him, protecting him and that he has nothing to fear.

VISUAL ACUITY I mentioned the acuity of the peripheral vision in a previous section, now let’s address it more completely. In general, the horse has slightly less visual acuity than we do, though still much more than a lot of other animals we are familiar with (cats or dogs, for instance). Horses may have an advantage on us when it comes to seeing at great distances, but in the middle distances and up close, they are weaker. It is very important however, that that we remember factors specific to the horse’s acuity. >

First, due to a linear area of the eye where the concentration of ganglion cells is very high, there is formed a “visual streak” where acuity is radically higher then outside this area. This streak, along with the placement of the eyes on the skull, is what creates the narrow field of focus for the horse. The other aspect we must remember in regards to visual acuity is that the horse changes focus MUCH slower than we do. Our eyes have evolved to be able to almost instantly change focus when we shift our gaze from near to far or vice versa, however the horse’s eye takes much longer. When we spot something moving out of the corner of our eye and glance over to see what it is, we can very quickly determine what it is—if it is moving at us and whether or not it is a threat—then go on about our ride. Since the horse is simply not able to do this, we must be cognizant of this fact as we train or ride.

CONCLUSION As responsible horse owners it is incumbent on us to be aware of and take into consideration, how differently our horse perceives his world from how we do. When we find ourselves thinking “What has gotten into this horse, what does he see, there is nothing over there?” it would serve our best interests, as well as those of the horse, to remember that what he is seeing may be very different from what we are seeing. It is also vital to keep in mind how the frame we are asking the horse to adopt affects how and what he can see. Consider for a moment how calm you would be if someone blindfolded you and asked you to run an obstacle course? We ask a great deal from out equine partners by way of trust and obedience. It is up to us to be sure we are deserving of this trust by not asking that it be blind. <


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On a crisp fall morning, riders and horses meet in anticipation of an exhilarating day riding to the hounds. The field gathers, the stirrup-cup served, the huntsman brings the hounds with a call on the horn, and the hunt is off! While you might imagine the scene above set amongst the fields of England – it actually happens every weekend throughout the fall and winter right here in BC, with the Fraser Valley Hunt. In fact, the Fraser Valley Hunt has been galloping through the fields and forests of the BC since 1968! Yes, that’s right British Columbians are fortunate to have an MFHA Recognized foxhunt – drag hunt actually. That is, live foxes are not hunted. The hounds hunt a fox scent laid down by a skilled drag person. The course is set up to be as fun, challenging and realistic as possible, while keeping everyone safe and protecting the land. This means everyone has a great day - including the fox! Hunting is no doubt a fun day on your horse; certainly galloping over the countryside on a fine horse that meets his fences well is a thrill, but the traditions and rules focus on the hounds and watching them work. And there really is no comparison to the sound of the pack in full cry echoing through the woods, or watching hounds fly at full speed across an open field hot on the trail of their ‘fox’. To make this magic happen, the Fraser Valley Hunt keeps a pack of purebred English foxhounds, which are bred and trained at their kennel in south Aldergrove. The huntsman, Karen Hatch, will bring out a pack of 10 to 15 hounds on a typical day, which she controls with only her horn and voice commands. Experienced and inexperienced hunters alike can appreciate their talent and obedience, as the hounds follow only the scent they are trained for, ignoring anything else they may come across. Most hunts last 1½ to 3 hours, riding over varying terrain in spectacular countryside not usually available to the public. On the day of the hunt, after the scent is laid, the huntsman will cast the hounds. >


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CONCUSSIONS Are you being protected? By Jay Duke

Jay Duke is a Canadian Equestrian Team member who represented Canada in Washington, New York, and Toronto. He has won 12 international Grand Prix classes and, in 2013, claimed over 50 championships on the West coast circuit. Jay is an active coach, clinician and course builder. Read more by Jay at Concussions! The most misunderstood injury in sport. Everyone today is aware of them, and many riders have experienced a blow to the head. I personally have had five concussions from 35 years of competing; the last one changed my life forever, and not in a positive way. I have examined if horse show management and our governing organizations the USEF, Equine Canada (EC), and the FEI are doing enough to protect you and your children. When contacting the largest horse show management groups throughout North America, I received a uniform response, with one notable exception—they all follow the guidelines set out by their federation. Is this enough?

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? defines a concussion as “ a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by an impact to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.” In a recent article in The Atlantic titled “The Limits of Football Helmets” by Jack Moore, Kyle Lamson, a researcher at Xenith, a top football helmet manufacturer added, “A concussion can actually happen without actually hitting your head.” You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury, but other people won’t. With rest, most people fully recover from a concussion. Some people within a few hours, others take a few weeks. Some people are never the same. Perhaps one of the most important facts about a concussion is that after the injury occurs, the brain is even more sensitive to


being damaged again. Doctors will advise you—while you’re recovering—to avoid participating in activities that are at a high risk for reinjuring the brain. The Mayo Clinic’s website states, “After a concussion, the levels of brain chemicals are altered. It usually takes about a week for these levels to stabilize again. However, recovery time is variable, and it’s important for athletes never to return to sports while they’re still experiencing signs and symptoms of concussion.” Riders are going to fall, and sometimes they will suffer trauma to the head. That is a risk that all athletes face. In the case of concussion injury, it is the subsequent blows to the head where the risk is greatest. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 50% of “second impact syndrome” incidents, defined as brain injury caused from a premature return to activity after suffering initial injury—result in death. Among many other complications, concussions can also lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE results from mild traumatic brain injury caused by concussion over a period of time. According to the Mayo Clinic, the injuries may lead to cognitive difficulties, as well as emotional and behavioral issues; they do not become noticeable until many years later. CTE can lead to physical problems as well. Not everyone who has one or more concussions develops CTE.

YES, THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS TOPIC AND WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE REPERCUSSIONS So, if a rider sustains a concussion, everyone—the horse show management, the trainer, the rider themselves—better make sure that person is healthy before they resume riding. The responsibility should not fall only on the rider; the federations should ensure that the horse shows are following regulations, and the horse shows should be sure that there is a representative present to witness any falls, and to enforce post-concussion protocol. The FEI guidelines for concussion management direct riders to not return to riding the day of the concussion, and instructs riders that they should be evaluated by a medical professional; then medically cleared by one before getting back in the saddle. >

“If the designated health care provider on site suspects that the athlete may have sustained a concussion, the only means for the athlete to return to riding is to be evaluated and cleared by a licensed medical doctor (M.D.), Osteopathic Physician (D.O.) or a Clinical Neuropsychologist with Concussion Training,” the FEI continues. The language in the FEI regulations is soft. “Should be medically cleared.” “Suspects that the athlete may have sustained a concussion.” The wording is weak. Here is more from the FEI. This sentence says a lot: “Prior to competing, athletes are required to notify the Event’s Medical Officer if they are currently being treated for concussion symptoms or have been withheld from a competition in the past month due to a neurological injury or symptom.” Do you really think that’s going to happen? Every professional I know gets right back up. They have horses to ride, clients to keep happy, and day fees to earn. Plus, they are athletes that are

competitive and have been trained to get back on the horse as soon as they fall. Let’s look at the USEF. Their literature on post-concussion protocol states, “In the event of a fall/accident where the competitor is apparently unconscious or concussed, he/she is precluded from competing until evaluated by qualified medical personnel….If the competitor refuses to be evaluated, he is disqualified from the competition.” The USEF goes on to say that if the rider is declared to be concussed by a qualified medical personnel, they will be placed on the Federation Medical Suspension List that will be posted on the Federation’s website. It continues with precise information about when and how riders can return to competition; with different, concise, detailed approval processes for juniors and seniors. Competitors must comply with regulations or they will not be cleared to show. When I read the USEF’s policy, I thought, “now this is more like it; sounds much more proactive.” >


Now, for Equine Canada. Here is what they have to say…that’s right. Nothing! I was unable to find anything regarding concussion protocol under the EC guidelines. I made repeated calls to the EC head office regarding this matter and finally received a callback. I spoke with Rachel Huebert who confirmed that EC does not have any literature regarding concussions. I asked her if EC would like to make a statement on this matter. Then I offered to create and write a protocol for them—afterall, I am an official with EC.This was the response I received from Rachel in an email, “Here is what I have found out regarding concussion protocol; EC does not currently have a protocol specific to concussions. This is certainly a potential area for development.” So if horse shows such as Spruce Meadows, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, and Angelstone are following their Federation’s guidelines, as they have all confirmed with me, what exactly are they doing? I mentioned earlier that there was one exception in horse show management in regards to safeguarding riders from competing while concussed. Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC is going a step further in regards to this matter. If a judge, steward, or medic witnesses an injury with signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a sports-related concussion, concussion protocol comes into effect in line with USEF. This is an excellent step to helping protect the riders. So how can this be improved? The USEF guidelines look good, the FEI poor, and EC, well, in my opinion, not worth mentioning. Why is this important? A few years ago a rider died from obtaining a minor hit to the head while still suffering the effects of a prior concussion! I have mentioned the positive steps the USEF has taken in safeguarding riders, but are the horse shows doing anything about it? At HITS Thermal [in February], a friend of mine fell off in the Grand Prix ring. She was on the ground for over two minutes, unable to get up despite trying to, as she had hit her head. The medics arrived THREE minutes after the fall, which in itself is disturbing. They asked her if she was fine, and she said yes, they did not examine her at all. They let her walk away. The next day she was dizzy and disoriented. If a rider is on the ground and unable to stand due to a blow to the head, that person is concussed. A few months ago Bertram Allen was disqualified from a Grand Prix victory due to a “speck” of blood on his horse’s


flank. Our sport is sending a clear message; the horses welfare is important (as it should be) but the health and care of the riders is irrelevant!

I HAVE TWO SUGGESTIONS THAT ARE EASY TO IMPLEMENT AND WILL IMPROVE RIDER SAFETY. Many falls that happen in the competition ring do not have the medic attend to the rider. If the rider gets right back up, usually no attention is required. However, you can sustain a knock to the head and get up immediately. For all of you that have shown, you have done this on more than one occasion. In one class I had a horse land in the middle of an oxer, I stayed on but hit my head on the horse's neck. I finished the round and noticed when I was riding out of the ring that I could only see straight ahead, all of my peripheral vision was gone, all black. Instead of going to the medic, I hopped off and directly got onto the next horse. Here is my proposal: every class has a judge. If the judge of the class notices that a rider MAY have hit their head, the medic is called and the rider will take a mandatory concussion test. The judge is already there, they are watching, an easy solution to the problem. The second is using new technology. Two of the issues in concussion management are establishing a baseline score for each individual and the time it takes for testing. A possible solution is Headcheck Health, a new app that simplifies the testing process, is more accurate, and keeps track of all the necessary information. Every individual has a record and a score, and the test takes less than five minutes. Here is the link with more info: This is a service and a technology that every horse show can and should provide. Making competing at horse shows significantly safer for riders is easy to do. Equestrians would like to be treated as athletes, and that should be the case. The horses are well looked after, riders should be as well. Follow the USEF guidelines that are in place, while improving the information sharing system. Make judges responsible to determine if a rider has hit their head. Use existing technology to test riders and ensure they are healthy. Finally, pressure the FEI and EC to step it up and show management to be responsible in this matter. <



JUMP DESIGN An Extension of Course Design By Peter Grant

course. Effective use and design of the obstacles, for instance, can allow us to fine tune the difficulty of the course to the appropriate level for a particular competition, while allowing us to not be

Many companies are built on the backs of a passion or love for something. For Joe and I, Pacific Equine Sport was built on our love of horses, course design and the jumping sport. As professional FEI course designers, obstacle design and production was a very natural progression for us, as ultimately, we feel that the design and use of the obstacles is an integral part of course design. Indeed, at major championships where course designers are setting for the best in the world, it is standard practice for the designer and his team to design the obstacles to achieve the desired tests and results while also being safe for competition. Additionally, there is an artistic component that further allows the designers to express themselves while adding beauty to the ring. In the end, it can be the final seasoning that perfects the perfect dish (or ruins itâ&#x20AC;Ś).

too severe with the tests on course. Furthermore, an obstacle should provide some flexibility in its construction in order to be able to use it in a variety of ways, and not have it become stale. Moreover, beyond serving as tools on the technical side of the job, obstacles should lend to the feel and ambiance of an event. Indeed, we feel that the unique obstacles at top venues such as Tbird and Spruce Meadows are another reason these events are so special and unique. Good obstacles add beauty to the arena and event, while staying relevant to the modern sport and horses. Of course, as with any other labour of love, there also comes great personal satisfaction from seeing the completed work. Indeed, as Joe and I always joke, Pacific Equine Sport is as much a hobby as a business so we had better enjoy the work and be proud of what

As course designers, Joe and I must be constantly aware of the affects that obstacles have on the dimensions and distances on


we produce, and in the end perhaps we can make some positive contributions to the sport along the way. <

A GUIDE TO SHOW JUMPING Show jumping is easy to understand. The aim is to jump the course “clean” (without faults) in the designed sequence within the time allowed. Should a horse lower the height of an obstacle (fence), penalty points, called “faults”, are assessed. Each lowered fence draws a sanction of four faults, as does the first refusal. There is also a penalty for exceeding the time allowed to complete the course, 1⁄4 of a time fault is given for each second or part of a second over the time allowed. The horse with the fewest faults (penalties) is the winner. Some open jumper classes are “time first jump-off” classes. After one round, all horses that have jumped without any penalties are asked to come back for

THE COURSE No two courses are designed the same in Grand Prix jumping. The designer’s goal is to set up a challenging course that only a half dozen or so horse and rider combinations can complete with no faults. Horses need dimensions to assist them in negotiating a tough course and designers will either try to fill in gaps and spaces under and around the fences with flowers, shrubbery, boxed plants, planking, etc. to help the horse's depth perception, or create airy obstacles to increase the level of difficulty.

a jump-off round over a shortened course. In the jump-off the same scoring rules apply, except that in the case of equality of faults, the horse with the fastest time will be declared the winner.

Good course designers alter their courses according to the level of competition. They seek color and variety in their jumps. >


The first one or two jumps are often simpler in nature so that the animal can build confidence as he proceeds to the more difficult obstacles ahead. The course is a test of the horse and the rider, making specific demands in timing, judgment and jumping ability. The course designers can present a variety of problems to the riders. This is done by varying the distances between the fences, the type of combinations, (two or more related fences known as double and triple combinations) and also by changing the placement of the fences, which will alter the direction in the course track.

THE JUMPS The general types of jumps used in competition are straight or vertical fences and spread (wide) fences. The degree of difficulty is determined by its height, width, construction and placement in relation to other jumps on the course.

oxer: This jump consists of two elements in one jump in order to produce a spread. The parallel oxer, in which the front and back rails are of equal height is the most difficult to jump. The triple bar is another spread fence using three elements of graduating heights. It is a relatively easy jump although usually very wide.

combination: This is a series of fences one or two strides apart. There may be two or three fences involved and they can be of any type. Combinations are very demanding, for if the first element is not jumped correctly, it is very difficult in the short space before the next fence to correct the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stride to clear the rest of the combination. The number of fences in a combination are marked with the same number followed by the letter of order ie. 1A, 1B, 1C, signifying that they are all part of a combination. If a horse stops at a fence in any part of the combination, the rider must start over again from the first fence of the combination and jump all the elements (A, B and C) again.

vertical: This is a straight up and down fence of any height without spread or width to it. Although it looks relatively simple, it is actually one of the most difficult for a horse to jump. In FEI World Cup Show Jumping, verticles are set at heights up to 1.60 meters or 5.25 feet.


water jump: A low hedge of fence usually marks the leading edge of the jump although it may be placed in the centre of the water. The width of the jump â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a distance of 12 to 16 feet makes this a very difficult fence to negotiate. The horse must >


clear the white tape on the far side of the water or incur jumping faults.

gate: This fence is a vertical made to appear solid and imposing

time when jumping against the clock. The rider’s job is to guide his horse to each fence in a controlled and balanced manner, so that the horse may jump easily and land galloping on to the next fence without having to regain balance or break stride.

by using planks, balustrades, gates and or brush.

table top: An elevated area to which the horse can jump up and off of and where fences can be placed on top of or around to make the obstacle more difficult.

WALKING THE COURSE Riders preview their upcoming rides in advance by walking the line they intend to ride. The horse sees the course only when he and his rider enter the ring to compete. Each rider knows the length of his horse’s stride, and walks the course accordingly (roughly 12 to 14 human paces equals one canter stride of a horse). The riders pace off the distance between fences and determine how best to adjust this to their own horse's strides. Riders also take note of the different types of fences offered, their relationship to one another, the course footing and any other potential problem areas. Then they regulate the horses stride accordingly. Furthermore, they try to find where a tighter line can save vital


THE RIDERS Today, jumping is one of the few sports where men and women compete as equals, with riders coming from all walks of life. Ages vary from young children to seniors and everyone in between!

THE HORSES Only recently have horses been bred to jump. A great element of athleticism, conformation and a disposition to jumping is required. Heredity and bloodlines play an essential role in the breeding of a good jumping prospect. Most of the horses that you will see in the Grand Prix ring are known as “Warm-bloods” and are of European decent. Many of them were born in Europe and flown to North America. Canadian and American breeders are starting successful breeding programs and showcasing their young jumper prospects in classes such as the Maplebrook Farm Young Horse Showcase at Thunderbird Show Park. >



which a rider communicates directional commands to the horse.

Tack is the term used to describe any of the various equipment and accessories worn by horses. Saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, martingales, and breastplates are all forms of horse tack. Equipping a horse is often referred to as tacking up.

A bit is a device placed in a horse’s mouth, kept on a horse’s head by means of the bridle. There are many types, each useful for specific types of riding and training. The mouthpiece of the bit does not rest on the teeth of the horse, but rather rests on the gums or “bars” of the horses mouth in a space behind the front

Saddles are seats for the rider, fastened to the horse’s back by means of a girth, a wide strap that goes around the horse at a point about four inches behind the forelegs. It is important that the saddle be comfortable for both the rider and the horse as an improperly fitting saddle may create pressure points on the horse’s back muscle and cause the horse pain and can lead to the horse, rider, or both getting injured.

incisors and in front of the back molars. It is important that the style of bit is appropriate to the horse's needs and is fitted correctly for it to function properly and be as comfortable as possible for the horse. Breastplates attach to the front of the saddle, cross the horse’s chest, and usually have a strap that runs between the horse’s

Stirrups are supports for the rider's feet. They hang down on either side of the saddle. They provide greater stability for the rider but can have safety concerns due to the potential for a rider’s feet to get stuck in them. Bridles, halters and similar equipment consist of various arrangements of straps around the horse’s head, and are used for control and communication with the animal. Bridles usually have a bit attached to reins and are used for riding Reins consist of leather straps attached to the outer ends of a bit and extend to the rider’s hands. Reins are one of the means by


front legs and attaches to the girth. They keep the saddle from sliding back or sideways. They are usually seen in demanding, fast-paced sports. They are crucial pieces of safety equipment for activities such as show jumping, polo, and fox hunting. A martingale is a piece of equipment that keeps a horse from raising its head too high. Various styles can be used as a control measure, to prevent the horse from avoiding rider commands by raising its head out of position; or as a safety measure to keep the horse from tossing its head high or hard enough to smack its rider in the face. <


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8855 202nd St. | Langley, BC | V1M 2N9 Tel: 604 888 7263 SANDMAN HOTEL ABBOTSFORD AIRPORT


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FACILITIES & SERVICES: Executive & kitchen suites available • Moxie’s Grill & Bar with room service • Complimentary high speed Internet • Business centre • Complimentary parking • Indoor pool & whirlpool • Fitness facilities • Pet friendly

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