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President’s Message Over the past few months, I have been very actively involved with the Toronto 2015 committee and their CEO and senior staff supporting the choice of Caledon as the Equestrian site for the Pan Am Games. Contrary to some press releases, Equine Canada did not recommend any particular site to the selection committee, but presented a list of minimum requirements. The Toronto 2015 Selection committee chose Caledon and we strongly support their decision. We look forward to working with them over the next three years to present an outstanding Pan American Games in 2015. On that note, the Secretary General / CEO of the FEI will visit Canada during the 3rd week of May for the International Sport Accord meeting in Quebec City. I intend to attend at least part of the conference and will then join the Secretary General on a trip to Toronto where we will tour the site of the Pan American Games and meet with Toronto 2015 senior staff. Our members should be aware that Canada has applied to host the World Equestrian Games in 2018 at the 1976 Olympic site of Bromont, Quebec. I am working with the organizing committee on everything from providing advice to providing direct connections to the FEI and Sport Canada for their proposal. The Bromont committee is moving ahead with their bid plans in a very serious manner and I am very impressed with their dedication to having these Games in Canada. Equine Canada has offered staff support to the committee so that there is a direct connection to the FEI and to Sport Canada. I represented Canada at the FEI Group IV & V meetings in Wellington. Canada and was asked that a couple of issues be presented. One was the FEI rule requiring that five stewards will now be required at dressage CDI’s as well as jumping CSI’s. Canada also brought up the issue of not being allocated enough accreditations for veterinarians at the Olympics. The Group IV countries unanimously supported our motions to bring these issues to the attention of the FEI. On behalf of Equine Canada, I have written to the Premier of Ontario expressing our grave concern regarding the removal of the OLG Slots from racetracks in Ontario. We have supported the racing industry in every way that we can on this issue. Not only will the long term effect

will be disastrous for the racing industry, but the trickle down effects will be a concern to every horse owner in Ontario and possibly across the country. We have also been working on the Canadian Code of Practice for Horses. This is a major project and our committee is doing a fantastic job. This project affects every horse owner in the country and is an excellent demonstration of Equine Canada being the voice for all stakeholders across the country. At the time of writing, we have not filled the vacant position of CEO at Equine Canada. We are retaining a human relations consultant to help us determine what kind of person we need in that position and what the job description should be. As President, I have been handling some of the duties of the CEO and Mike Arbour and Craig Andreas have been doing an outstanding job managing the office. The rest of our staff have also been keeping everything moving very smoothly and deserve a large vote of thanks from everyone. I was able to attend the Nations Cup in Florida where our Canadian jumping team claimed an impressive 3rd place against 10 other countries. Eric Lamaze continues to amaze us on a team of different horses and Ian Millar wowed us with a second place in the $500,000 Grand Prix. I also watched some of our dressage riders compete and Ashley Holzer continues to impress, standing in 1st and 2nd spot on our Olympic leader board with her two horses. The eventing team and the para team also look great as we move towards the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. It looks like we will be sending a very strong contingent to London. Some trivia for you … most of the horses will be shipped to London by FedEx. As always, your are invited to contact me with any comments or questions. Michael Gallagher, President, Equine Canada equinecanada April/May 2012 5


Important reminders for competitors of EC sanctioned events In order to participate at EC sanctioned competition, the competitor must hold the following for the current year: Provincial/Territorial membership Equine Canada Sport License for the level in which you are to compete Amateur status, if required

Affiliate, discipline or breed group memberships, if required Valid EC or FEI horse passport with current EC horse license

Equine Canada Sport Licence - Q&A 1. How long does it take for an EC sport licence purchased online to be processed? It is immediate. The purchaser may print off a receipt and provide as proof of licence while waiting for their sport license to arrive in mail. 2. How long does it take for licences purchased through the post? 10 business days from arrival at the EC office (if all information is in order). Rush service is available for an additional fee. 3. What is the competition’s responsibility if there is no proof of a Sport or Horse Licence? To sell the exhibitor a Temporary Sport Licence, Temporary Amateur Affidavit, Temporary Horse Registration or Single Event Upgrade.


Available at the EC Competitions The following can be purchased at competitions: • Bronze license – may be purchased at a Bronze competitions only • Single Event Upgrades – no points are accumulated while competing using a Single Event Upgrade. There is no upgrade from any level to Platinum. An upgrade from Bronze to Silver or Silver to Gold is available at a cost of $20.00. An upgrade from Bronze to Gold is available at a cost of $40.00 (see A211 • Temporary Horse License – no points are accumulated while competing using this Temporary Horse Registration (see A411 http:// • Temporary Sport License and Temporary Amateur Affidavit - no points are accumulated while competing using this Temporary Sport License (see A208

Participant Eligibility at EC Sanction Events It is the responsibility of the competition organizing committee and competition manager and licensed officials to ensure that all exhibitors and/or their representatives comply with all Equine Canada Rules regarding Entry Forms, Passports, and Sport Licenses and other required documents. Equine Canada also validates the results of all competition entrants to confirm participant eligibility. In 2011, 235 fines were issue to individuals who competed but did not possess one or more of the following: • Sport Licence • Horse Licence • Provincial Membership • Amateur status


EC Rules and Regulations Did you know that EC rule books are conveniently available to you online? Check rules and track amendments here: Dressage Canada would like to highlight the following rules: An organizer of a Gold show may offer Silver and/ or Bronze classes without purchasing either of the lower level show licenses. (E7.3) At a competition offering both Gold and Bronze classes (or any combination of licensed classes), A horse may, for example, be ridden Third Level in a Gold class and Training Level with a different rider in a Bronze class. The snaffle bridle is allowed through all the levels up to and including Grand Prix. The exception to this rule is that riders trying to obtain qualifying scores for international FEI events at levels otherwise specifying a double bridle is mandatory, must gain their qualifying scores using the double bridle. (E4,2,1) Only those bits pictured in the rule book are permitted for use in competition. (E4.3.1 and E4.3.2) Only non-licensed, recorded and Basic judges may officiate at non-EC licensed Dressage competitions; including Pony Club and 4H. (E7.4.9) Jump Canada would like to highlight the following rules: Horses competing in the Amateur-Owner 3’6” or the new Amateur-Owner 3’ Hunter Divisions may NOT cross enter between those two divisions or into any Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter division. They MAY show in any other division for which they are eligible. Riders showing in the Amateur-Owner 3’6” or Amateur-Owner 3’ Hunter divisions MAY cross enter on a different OWNED horse. Riders competing in the Adult-Amateur 3’ Hunter Divisions may not cross enter into either the Amateur- Owner 3’6” or the Amateur-Owner 3’ Hunter Divisions. Please see EC G309, G310, and G311 for further clarification.

REMINDER: Helmets are Required for all Levels of Equine Canada Dressage Competition Effective January 1, 2012 Equine Canada and Dressage Canada are taking an industry-wide leadership role by requiring all dressage riders to wear helmets in competition. Commencing in 2012, a national rule change will require all riders to wear helmets for all levels of Equine Canada sanctioned dressage competition. (See Rule Book E 3.4.3 http://bit. ly/HXXEMb )

For Competition Organizers Please note the following changes to policy and/or procedure: • 2012 Competition Administration Policy (CAP Please note the change to the following definition for “person responsible”: Competitions must identify an individual to act in the capacity of competition manager or competition organizer accepting responsibility for the overall conduct of the competition. This person must hold an EC sport license commensurate with, or above the level of the competition, and must be a member in good standing. • 2012 Schedule of Fees ( and 2012 Schedule of Fines and Penalties ( This policy came fully into effect in 2011. Changes were made for the 2012 season including, fees related to remittance dates for Equine Medication Control fees which are now due within 14 days following the competition. • HST / GST. Recently Equine Canada requested a ruling on the applicability of HST / GST on certain fees. We can confirm that HST / GST are NOT applicable on competition licensing fees, guest card fees and levies. Equine medication control fees are also exempt (except in Ontario). equinecanada April | May 2012 7


Horse Show Checklist Equine Canada sanctions a wide variety of competitions. Follow this checklist to ensure you have everything you need to participate at your upcoming event! Paperwork

General Performance

Breed – photocopy of registration papers and associated memberships (e.g. Arabian – AHA) Cheques/wallet/I.D./credit card Emergency telephone numbers

For You

Equine Canada Rule Book(s) & Breed/Association rules books

Jack for trailer

Aspirin, Band-Aids

Health certificate, coggins, other required veterinary information

Lead ropes

Beverages and snacks

Leather or breakaway halters


Manure fork



Cell phone

Proof of annual truck and trailer safety certificates (if required)

Comfortable clothes/shoes for after competition

Shipping boots or wraps


Horse Passport (Equine Canada or FEI) Membership cards (Equine Canada Sport License and Provincial Membership)

Folding chairs

Proof of insurance

Spare tire

Show information — Prizelist

Stable sheet

Test References (dressage, eventing, reining)

Grooming apron or other cover-up

Tail bag/wrap

Hair net/elastics/bobby pins

Tail bandage

Hat or cap


Lint remover

Trailer first-aid kit

Money (cash for canteens)

Plenty of stored water for horse(s); buckets

Safety pins and sewing kit

Trailer safety check (every year)

Show clothes

Veterinarian phone number

For Travel Emergency phone numbers in case of breakdown Extra halter

Trailer ties

Extra hay

Truck and trailer registration/ ownership

Hay bag Head bumper


Water pail and jug (long distances)

Shoe polish Sun block Sunglasses Toiletries Warm up clothes


For Your Horse Approved martingales or other auxiliary tack

Fly sheet and Mask

Coat, jacket or vest

Fly spray

Earrings and Necklace (western)/Make up

Folding Mounting block


Grooming tote

Breast plate, as needed

Hoof dressing / polish


Hoof pick



Drinking water and bucket

Leather cleaner

Halter and lead line, plus a spare

Leather hole punch

Hay/hay net, other feed

Medical kit

Horse blanket and cooler (optional)

Miracle Groom (Green spot remover)

Legwear (for warm-up, as well as show-ring--as dictated by your discipline)


Lunge line and lunge whip (optional) Saddle pads Saddles Spare stirrups and leathers Stall guard and screw eyes (if you’re boarding overnight) Stud chain (optional) Treats Whip/crop

For Grooming


Rags Ribbons for mane (saddle seat) Rain gear, if needed Saddle cleaner and polish/ Silver Polish

Brushes, curries Buckets Clean towels Coat polish/ show sheen Cordless clippers (for missed hairs) Face glow, hair gel (fly aways)

Hair net/hair accessories Helmet or hat (depending on discipline) Jeans or show pants Mirror Rain gear, if needed Show shirt Spurs Tie / pin / scarf / choker / bolo tie Underpasses (saddle seat) Arabian Native Costume pieces: blanket, breast plate, head stall/bridle, Person — pants, coat, head dress, shoes, gloves

Scissors Screw driver Shampoo / conditioner / detangler Sponges and rags Spray bottle (for water) Stapler (stall front decorating) Sweat scraper Tape/electrical tape

Baby oil Braiding kit / banding supplies


Show Apparel Belt/buckle

Show stall set-up Bridle/saddle racks/hooks Broom Buckets Feed Hay Saddle racks Shovel/fork Stall curtains Stall guards Wheel barrel

Boot polish Boot pulls and jack Boot socks Boots Breeches/jodhpurs Chaps (half or full) equinecanada April | May 2012 9


Canada and Cavalia: the Love Affair Continues by Karen Briggs


anada was the birthplace of the worldwide phenomenon that is Cirque du Soleil, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also where a magical fusion of circus artistry, and the natural splendour of horses, came together in a stunning show called Cavalia, in 2003. One of the creative minds behind the original Cirque, Normand Latourelle, fashioned Cavalia as an homage to horses performing without coercion or fear, in a spectrum of ways from liberty acts, to classical dressage, to Roman riding and vaulting. And audiences across North America, and later in Europe, responded, with more than three million tickets sold to date. Hard to top that? Maybe, but Latourelle isn’t a man to sit on his laurels. “When I created Cavalia, I knew nothing about horses,” he says. “Seven or eight years later, I knew enough about them to envision a show where we could go much further in the way we showcased them.” That was the motivation for the creation of a new show, Odysseo, which launched from its Montreal base in the fall of 2011. And if you thought Cavalia, housed in one of the largest circus tents in the world, was a grand spectacle, you haven’t seen anything yet. Odysseo boasts a cast of 69 horses, from Appaloosas to Lusitanos and Canadiens, and 50 acrobats,


aerialists, dancers, riders, musicians, and other performers, interacting in unimaginable ways on a stage two hockey rinks long, under the largest touring Big Top tent ever created – almost two and a half times the size of the original Cavalia performance space. With a stunning array of visual effects, generated by some 80 tonnes of special effects lighting and projection equipment, the Odysseo audience is transported into a landscape that features mountains, prairies, and even a lake. “I wanted to place the horses in an environment where it was as if they were in nature. Horses are at their most beautiful when you see them in a pasture, moving freely. The background images we project are almost three-dimensional, inspired by the world’s most beautiful landscapes. And the space is so large it allows the horses to run at full speed. “In Cavalia, the greatest number of horses we could have on stage at one time is eight. In Odysseo, we can have 32. And the remarkable thing is that, even though half of them are stallions (the remainder of the performers being geldings), they have fun together, and don’t fight. “It’s a show about tribes and herds.” Unpredictability is part and parcel of working with horses, so unlike shows like Cirque du Soleil, where the musical accompaniment, the lighting, and the special effects can be pre-programmed with military precision, in Cavalia and now Odysseo, all of these


are operated manually in order to respond to what the equine performers choose to do each night. “All of it is arranged to allow the horses to express themselves,” says Latourelle. “Sometimes you have a clear idea of where you want to go with the horses … you want something (in a performance) and it doesn’t happen. But what we have found is that what the horse offers instead, is often better! We are inspired by what they do in rehearsal.” Not all performers have been able to adapt to the vision that is Odysseo, Latourelle says. He insists on the horses performing without spurs or harsh bits (most are outfitted in snaffles), and has turned performers away for using severe training methods. Likewise, not every acrobat and aerialist has been able to adjust to working in a show centred around horses. “The acrobats learn to share their space with the horses, and that is a very difficult transition for some people,” says Latourelle. “The focus is always on the horse in this show. We choose people who

are not only talented, but also very open-minded. They need to be in good shape and multi-talented, because they will also run, dance, and work with the horses. “Some of our acrobats have learned to ride and are now performing dressage as well.” After its debut in Montreal last October, Odysseo travelled to Atlanta and Miami over the winter, where it garnered rave reviews. Now it’s returning to Canada and settling into the Port Lands space in Toronto where Cavalia made its home in 2003 and 2005. Some 120 semi-trailers are needed to transport the entire show. “Toronto was always our first choice. As soon as the weather permitted, that’s where we wanted to be.” Is there an act in Odysseo which has a special place in Latourelle’s heart? “The part at the end where the audience is on its feet – that’s my favourite.” For ticket information, visit or call (866) 999-8111. Odysseo opens May 15th, 2012.

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Saddle Seat World Cup Team Clinic and Fundraiser a Hit Submitted by Rod McLeod The weekend of March 2–4 was a busy one for the Canadian World Cup Saddle Seat Equitation team. Not only did they have a three-day clinic, but they attended a fund-raising banquet and silent auction.

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The team, which is comprised of Breanna Vanrooyen (Calgary), Mikayla Frost (Edmonton), Natalie Martins (Toronto), Carman McBurney (Vancouver), Malika Keglowitsch (Edmonton), Brienne Miller (Calgary), Rashell Johnson (Vancouver), Robin Davis (Alta), Stephanie Brown (Edmonton), Rebecca MacLeod (Edmonton), and alternates Haille MacKay (Sherwood Park) and Allison Williams (Airdrie), assembled at Clover Leaf Stables in Sherwood Park, AB, where coaches Terry Johnston and Archie Hurst welcomed the crowd with introductions and discussed the logistics of the World Cup Saddle Seat Championship the team will attend South Africa in December. The riders then divided into groups, chose horses and saddled up for an evening of instruction. Saturday morning saw the team once again at full strength saddled up for additional practice. The fundraising banquet and silent auction was held Saturday evening at the Edmonton Petroleum Club where over 170 guests assembled to partake in an excellent meal and bid on over 100 auction items. The evening’s master of ceremonies, Johnston, started the evening by presenting Nathalie Langstaedtler with the 2011 Equine Canada Breed Sport Saddle Seat Rider of the Year award, which was followed by the introduction of the Canadian team heading to South Africa, a delicious meal and competitive bidding. Sunday morning, the team was back at the arena on horseback. The weekend wrapped up shortly after noon with the team members heading their separate ways with a greater sense of camaraderie as well as additional knowledge to put into practice at home.


GABA and HydroxyGABA to be added to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List The FEI List Group is the expert group tasked with determining which substances should be included on the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List and in which category (Banned or Controlled Medication.) The substances Gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) and Hydroxy-gamma butyric acid (Hydroxy-GABA) were recently brought to the attention of the List Group, primarily by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) because they are ingredients in a commercial product known in the USA as ‘Carolina Gold’. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitters and the USEF decided to prohibit it upon learning of documented adverse reactions in horses.

Diamond Jubilee Recognition Spruce Meadows Co-Chairmen Ron and Margaret Southern were among twenty-one Albertans recognized on March 21st as Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Medal Recipients for their significant contributions and achievements. In a ceremony hosted by His Honour Donald S Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Southerns were each presented with a commemorative medal created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. During the Diamond Jubilee year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized by receiving a Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Based on this information, the FEI List Group has similarly advised the FEI to issue an immediate warning against the use of GABA and Hydroxy-GABA. GABA and HydroxyGABA will therefore be added to the FEI List of Equine Prohibited Substances with a 90-day implementation period as provided for in the rules.

Ron Southern (Left) and His Honour Donald S Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (Right)

Starting immediately any request to an FEI Official/ Veterinary Delegate to administer a substance containing GABA or HydroxyGABA at an FEI Event will not be permitted. This warning is being issued outside of the usual annual review process for the List Group. For any further queries, please contact or of the FEI Veterinary Department.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Medal

Margaret Southern and His Honour Donald S Ethell

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Lynne Poole and Frisbee Photo © Lindsay McCall

Para-Equestrian Canada: Spotlight on


Lynne Poole of Schomberg, ON is a Grade IV Paralympic hopeful, an Equine Canada (EC) Level 2 dressage coach, an EC Dressage Steward (basic) and an EC Dressage Judge (basic). Having been classified as a Para-equestrian in 2010, Lynne began riding at the age of four. “Apparently I had developed the habit of getting on the neighbour’s pony”, she explains, “and would kick him to the far end of the pasture and laugh all the way back to the barn at breakneck gallop.” Ironically, Lynne’s mother enrolled her in riding lessons ‘just to keep her safe’. At the age of twelve, Lynne attended horse camp and surprised her parents when she acquired a camp pony to house for the winter. “We moved to a country property with a barn and the ‘camp pony’ never went back” she explains. Over the years, Lynne did small pony, large pony, junior hunters, green and open hunters and jumpers, Arabians and breeding classes. In the 1980’s, poor eyesight caused Lynne to switch to able-bodied dressage and a horse-related accident in 1999 resulted in her transition to Para-dressage. Lynne currently resides in a small farm outside of Schomberg, Ontario. “[M]y horses are literally in my backyard allowing me to ride both Frisbee and Vasco every day.” When asked what occupy’s her time when not riding, Lynne answers, “sleep, my job, my farm chores…keep me pretty busy. I was in a car accident in 2011…this has made sleep difficult and hard to manage.” Lynne says that she has so many great memories within her equestrian career. “I am constantly 14

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Winning at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1964

amazed at my life with horses.” she explains “In 1964, I was featured in the Chronicle of the Horse publication for winning a hunter class at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. I was just featured again in the Chronicle of the Horse for being leading Para-dressage rider at the Del-Mar, California CPEDI3*. This is a span of 48 years!” When asked who she admires most in or out of sport, Lynne emphatically details Gary vander Ploeg. “a true friend and gentleman, he helped me through a very difficult time in my life.” Lynne’s greatest accomplishment is not within equestrian but rather her personal life. “I am proud that I have made myself a much better human being by conquering a very bleak time of my life.” In a 12-month period, Lynne lost her father, mother, and husband, and was also diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. “With overwhelming support from friends and even some strangers, I found the courage to fight back and now I pay back as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society.” When asked one surprising fact about herself, Lynne explains, “While most people know of my love for horses, my passion is Siamese cats, I do rescue work and often have a variety of Siamese looking for adoptive homes.” Lynne would like to thank her employer, the Adjala Credit Union for allowing her to take countless time off work to follow her dreams as well her as her coach, Karin Davis. “for staying by my side every mile of this journey…it truly has been out amazing race.”


About the Coach:

Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to present

Karin Davis Karen Davis, Lynne Poole’s personal coach became involved in Para-equestrian in Australia when she was asked to loan her horse Mighty Heights to a visually impaired rider for the Australian Championships. Later, for the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Australia, all riders were required to ride borrowed horses-Karen loaned Mighty Heights once again. “This was a great experience”, explains Karen, “especially when the English coach stood down and allowed me to coach my ‘loan’ rider.” This experience led to Karen’s most memorable experience in equestrian, when a rider was awarded a gold medal on the horse that she had trained. “I coached and then they played the national Anthem of Great Britain, God Save the Queen. This is the anthem I grew up with…a spine tingling experience.”

The Power of Para-Equestrian Sport: a coaching guide for therapeutic riding instructors The objective of the project is to provide an educational resource and training tools for instructors on the fundamental skills that are needed for athletes and horses to progress to the sport competition stream. The guide includes information for coaches in the following areas: general overview of equestrian sport, overview of the pre-requisites of riders within a sport environment, overview of the pre-requisites of horses within a sport environment, progression of riders from the therapeutic stream to the sport stream, guide to the athlete classification system and compensatory aids, lesson plans and ideas, and creating competitive opportunities for riders.

Apart from running her coaching business, Karen Davis Dressage and operating her training facility, Might Heights Equestrian, Karen is currently riding and training a Friesian Stallion, Morris, owned by Willem Hellema. “This has been a great opportunity in many ways.” she continues, “We will start at Prix St George this year and push on the Grand Prix in the future. Great horse, great opportunity, great clients. How fortunate am I?!” Karen maintains that, without the support of all her clients and students, she could not have supported Lynne to the extent that she has, describing the success as a “true team effort!” Photo © River Bend Designs

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Canadian Women to Compete at CDI3* Sydney, Australia Esmee Ingham and Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar will be heading to Sydney, Australia to represent Canada at the CDI3* Sydney, May 3-5 2012. The event is Australia’s most prestigious CDI, and its organizing committee extends invitations to riders from across the globe. Each year, Canada is granted two spots. Ingham, 19, of West Vancouver, BC, has had great success in the Young Rider and Junior divisions over the past several years. She has several medals from the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) to her credit, most recently the 2011 Young Rider team gold.

Seidel-Wassenaar, 23, of Calgary, Alberta was also a successful competitor in these ranks. In 2007, she was a member of the Gold medal junior team at the NAJRYC with Oslo, her Dutch Warmblood gelding. Seidel-Wassenaar competed as an individual at the Championships in 2009. In 2011, she and Oslo qualified to compete at the Pan American team selection trials in Ontario. Both women will travel at their own expense to Australia, where they will compete on borrowed horses in the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire 1, as well in the Prix St. Georges Derby, where riders swap horses.

Dressage Canada FEI Test Riding Symposium: Get a Head Start for the 2013 Competition Season Every four years after the Olympic Games, the FEI releases the “new” tests that will be used as FEI tests for the next four years. This affects all FEI levels from the Young Horse tests through the youth division all the way to Grand Prix. Sometimes the changes are very minor and sometimes they change the flow of the test dramatically. Each time they change, all riders, trainers, judges and dressage lovers wait to see what is different and how will the test “ride”. We look for the flow of the test and to identify the difficulties that may occur when we are riding/training and judging. It is exciting to see the new tests for the first time and to start riding them in preparation for the next competition season. We expect all the 2013 FEI tests will be distributed to the National Federations worldwide in early fall of 2012 for inclusion in the 2013 competition information. In a joint initiative, Dressage Canada Coaching and Domestic Committees are pleased to present two test riding symposiums in the fall of 2012 with experts Lorraine MacDonald FEI 4* judge, and Markus Gribbe, Team Technical Leader for Dressage Canada. On November 24th at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC and November 26th at Pine Ridge Farm in King City, Ontario, Lorraine and Markus will guide us through the new tests and help prepare us for the 2013 season. For many in the dressage community it will be the first time they will see the 16

new tests and have a chance to see them ridden. Each rider will warm up for their test with the assistance of Markus Gribbe; then ride the test with Lorraine MacDonald judging it out loud on a microphone. The audience will have the opportunity to watch the test and hear as it is judged. At the end of the test Lorraine will give her comments of what is good about the test, and what can be improved. Based on these comments the rider will work with Markus again with some exercises to improve the execution of that movement and then ride that movement once more. The audience will have an opportunity to forward questions to both Markus and Lorraine. It is the perfect opportunity to start familiarizing yourself with the changes to the tests, as well as learn from an FEI judge and an international trainer. With up to seventeen tests to ride, and an education session, it will be a full day of learning. All EC certified Coaches and Officials will receive a discount if they register before November 15th and coaches will be credited for updating hours. All riders, trainers and judges will get a head start on the 2013 competition season as well as have a chance to learn from these two experts. Make sure you mark the date on your calendar and join us for this excellent opportunity! Proceeds from the symposium will go towards Dressage Canada Coaching and Domestic initiatives.



ressage Canada Communications Committee member Erin Patricio caught up with Sarah Sjoholm-Patience this past winter. Originally from the Vancouver-area, and now based in England, SjoholmPatience has declared for the 2012 Canadian Olympic team with Desiderata, the mare she co-owns with Rebecca Whitcombe.

Getting To Know...

Sarah SjoholmPatience

When did you start riding? Not counting the endless pony rides I begged for when I was very young, my parents finally gave in and let me start having riding lessons as a nine year old while we were living in Oslo, Norway. Are you from a horsey family? Not really, my mother rode when she was younger. What was your first horse like? A wonderful liver chestnut quarter horse mare named Kandi. My parents bought her sight unseen on the advice of my riding instructor at the time. The mare couldn’t have been more genuine or built more downhill, we learned a lot together. When did you begin riding dressage? I was convinced I was going to be the next Ian Millar, but my instructor said that my mare shouldn’t jump much because of her legs, so we did flat-work and I got addicted. I couldn’t really call what I was doing dressage until I started training with Leslie Reid as an 11 year old. What was your first show like? My first dressage show was a little schooling show just after I had moved to Leslie’s yard. Kandi and I won the two Basic 1 classes with 60%. It only got harder from there! When did you decide to become a professional? I had a break from riding after an accident, and when I got back to riding I realized that I couldn’t live without it, and couldn’t afford to do it really well on my salary at the time, so I headed off to Germany to see if I could make it as a pro, and haven’t looked back. Tell us about your experience overseas I first went to Germany as a working student for Leonie Bramall, who then hired me to work for her as a rider. From there I got offered a stint in Queensland, Australia teaching several of the riders that had come over to train with Leonie. I decided I still wasn’t good enough, so headed back to Germany and landed a job riding for Klaus Balkenhol where I worked for 18 months, then spent a year riding and competing advanced horses in Switzerland, before ending up starting my own training yard in South East England, where I am now based. What do you think is the most important quality that you look for in a horse when shopping for yourself/for your clients? Ride-ability and train-ability are key. It doesn’t matter how talented they are, if they don’t want to do it, they aren’t going to do it well. What advice would you give to aspiring professionals? Be prepared to put your head down and work hard, no one gets to start at the top!

Sarah Sjoholm-Patience and Herbata

What are your current projects? I am lucky enough to have two lovely mares to compete next year, so I’m hoping to bring both out internationally in 2012, Desiderata on the big tour and Herbata on the small tour. What are your goals for the future? I would love to represent Canada at major events, to train a variety of horses to as high a level as I can get them and to help my clients up through the levels. What keeps you motivated? There is nothing like the feeling when a horse (or student) understands what you are asking from them, especially if you’ve had to try several different approaches. Totally addictive! What is the most valuable piece of advice that you have received/something that stands out in your mind? There are no shortcuts, prepare and then prepare again. Everything is so much easier if you and your horse are ready for it. Is there anyone special you would like to acknowledge? I am very grateful for the support of my husband Miles, my family, and support team, and to Rebecca Whitcombe for the ride on her lovely mare, Desiderata, and the sponsorship of BWES and Sue Carson Saddles.

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Ellen Bontje Lorraine MacDonald Symposium


n February 4th and 5th Horse Council British Columbia presented a “Riding Through the Levels” symposium with Dutch Olympic Games (1992 and 2000) silver team medalist Ellen Bontje and Canadian FEI 4* judge Lorraine MacDonald at Thunderbird Horse Park in Langley, B.C. Spectators were treated to two full days of highlytalented horses and riders that showed great promise for future development in dressage. The symposium was structured to give auditors a chance to see the test levels demonstrated along with audible comments from MacDonald. On the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the symposium, a selection of the demonstration riders chose to ride in a pre-clinic with Bontje. On the symposium days, (Saturday and Sunday), Bontje warmed up each entry prior to their respective test demonstrations. After each test, McDonald gave her marks and feedback; Bontje gave her evaluation as well. One of the standout rides at the symposium was Grand Prix rider Christine Jacobson on C.V. Jose Cuervo, her tenyear-old Andalusian–TB cross by Mareo (Andalusian) out of The Green Witch (TB). Christine and Jose rode Second Level Test 3, with much appreciation from the audience and approval of both clinicians. I caught up with Christine on her symposium experience. “I purchased Jose from a local backyard breeder 3 years ago. He was started late at 6 years old which for him was probably a good thing as he needed the extra time to mature. He was quite a spooky horse at first and had difficulty concentrating on his work,” Christine remembers of her early training of Jose, “I trail rode him up mountains and beside trains, rode him in rivers and down roads with traffic to desensitize him. He has really learned to trust me now and the dressage ring is quite boring after all that! I hoped Ellen would advise me about the best way to relax him in a show environment and to work on his confidence in the collected exercises since he is easily overwhelmed as he puts in 150% and tries too hard and gets nervous. He is a very generous horse, gentle and sweet in his nature.”


The symposium’s format was ideal for Christine’s training goals. “We were warmed up for 10 minutes by Ellen and then we rode the test as Lorraine verbally gave a mark and said why she gave that mark and how the movement could be made better. After the test, Ellen school the weak areas with the rider…Lorraine commented we were advanced for this level, Jose was accepting the aids beautifully and she thought he was a once in a lifetime horse! We were awarded mostly 8’s some 9’s and even a 10 for a simple change through walk!” The talented pair’s passage and extended trot work with Bontje after the test that drew audible gasps from the symposium audience. “Ellen was very strict about Jose reaching forward with his neck to seek the connection with the bit as he has a tendency to get high and short because of his ‘lookiness.’ We worked long and low and used counter canter on a figure eight to keep Jose balanced on his hindquarters as much as possible while I let the neck out. We also worked on large pirouette-like exercises in canter to maintain balance while I let my outside rein go loose and turned him only with my weight and outside leg. We then worked on half steps to encourage Jose to take more weight on his hindquarters and medium trot to engage his hind legs and produce a longer neck with contact. Ellen stressed several times throughout the symposium to train piaffe before passage especially with a horse like Jose who shows a natural ability for passage and would prefer to offer a big elevated step as an evasion to honestly taking weight on the hind legs”. To round out the weekend, attendees were treated to presentations by coach and Pilates instructor Sandra Verda-Zanatta who gave a demonstration of developing rider core strength through lunging and Flexband exercises. Olympic rider Leslie Reid also presented three horses to demonstrate level-appropriate training for in-hand work, with the emphasis on a quiet and kind approach including plenty of positive reinforcement and reward along the way. Canadian author Angie Abdou (The Bone Cage, a novel of two athletes training for the Olympics), gave a motivating speech on elite athletes’ lives after sport. Christine had high praise for the organizational efforts and atmosphere provided for the symposium, stating that she would readily return for another lesson with Bontje.


“The footing was great; the arena was beautiful with flowers and shrubs all around. The auditors were very comfortable in heated bleachers… and loved the format of the symposium. The atmosphere was great between Ellen, Lorraine and the riders. Ellen had many stories to share with everyone, which made it very entertaining and fun. Lorraine sat up high on a podium at C and gave great insight into how she thinks as she is judging a test, which was of great interest to all.”

About the rider Christine Howes Jacobson is a Grand Prix rider/coach and British Columbia native. She is currently based at Mielle Meadows in Agassiz, B.C. Christine teaches students all over the lower mainland as well as maintaining a full schedule of clinics throughout the year. Erin Patricio is a member of Dressage Canada Communications Committee and native of Vancouver. She trains horses and riders in dressage in Sacramento, California.

Continuing Education 2012 Dressage Judges Updating / Promotion Clinics The DC Officials Committee is pleased to present a series “Develop Your Eye” clinics, open to dressage enthusiasts and judges alike. These clinics, as well as being an educational offering for interested participants, will also serve as mandatory updating clinics for judges.

Auditors are welcome. Applicants for mandatory updating or promotion will be given priority. Applications will be registered only upon receipt of a completed registration form with payment included.

Don’t be left out – learn what the judges To register for either clinic visit: look for and what competitors should strive for in the ring.

2012 National Dressage Symposium

Rider Registration

Pre-registration required by The 2012 National Dressage Symposium October 31st, 2012 (limited space is being held at the following locations: available) $150.00 CA / Lesson. • November 24th, 2012 - Thunderbird Riders will be selected based on the Show Park, Langley, British Columbia - following criteria: short listed, long listed, http://www.thunderbirdshowpark. HP1 Or level 3 coach; or scores from the com/default.asp corresponding levels in the 2011 and 2012

• November 26th, 2012 - Pine Ridge Farm, King City, Ontario page.asp?pageid=21

competition seasons.

Registration: Registration form can be found at the following link:

For additional information contact the Dressage department at the Equine Canada office: 613-248-3433 ext. 138, E-mail: or 613-248-3433 ext. 142, E-mail:

If registration is received by Nov 15th, 2012

Or: Wendy Christoff:

Kristy Nahirniak: • Equine Canada Certified Coaches and Officials $50.00 • Auditors $60.00 Watch for additional information Late Registration: (after November 15th, on the symposiums at 2012) $70.00

Ontario Dressage Championships

Kawartha Lakes Dressage Association (KLDA) Saddlewood Equestrian Centre, Bethany, ON September 1st – 2nd, 2012

Clinician: Cara Whitham FEI “5*” Dressage Judge (CAN) Registration BEFORE August 1st: • Auditors - $75.00/day • Officials - $250.00 for DC Members • For NON DC Members add an additional $25.00 to above fees Registration AFTER August 1st: • Officials - $300.00 DC Members if received • For NON DC Members add an additional $25.00 to above fees Registration deadline: August 20th Pacific Regional Dressage Championships Thunderbird Show Park 24550 72nd Ave., Langley, BC October 13th – 14th, 2012 Clinician: Cara Whitham FEI “5*” Dressage Judge (CAN) Registration BEFORE September 1st: • Auditors - $75.00/day • Officials - $250.00 for DC Members • For NON DC Members add an additional $25.00 to above fees Registration AFTER September 1st: • Officials - $300.00 DC Members • For NON DC Members add an additional $25.00 to above fees Registration deadline: September 20th.

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UPCOMING Equine Canada Sanctioned Competitions May May 3-6 Spruce Meadows May Classic – Gold Hunter/Jumper Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Joanne Nimitz, May 4-6 Joker’s Hill Spring Trillium 2b, Silver Hunter/Jumper Rcra, ON Ken Deuden, May 4-6 Restless Pines National Spring, Gold Hunter/Jumper Hammond Plains, NS Heidi McInnis, May 4-6 Southlands Spring Dressage Show, Gold Dressage Southlands Riding Club, BC Debbie Rogal, May 4-6 Le Defi Sportif, Bronze Hunter/Jumper 1025 Chemin Plan-Bouchard, QC Josee Turcotte, May 4-6 Highland Green Stable, Silver Hunter/Jumper Highland Green Stable, Arva, ON Kim Crawford,

May 6 Le Printanier De Bromont, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Parc Equestre Olympique De Bromont, QC Roger Deslauriers, rdeslauriers@ May 8-13 Classic @ Palgrave Phase 1, Gold Hunter/Jumper Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Craig Collins, May 8-10 Future Champions Event, Bronze Vaulting Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC Barb Schmidt, May 9-13 Bow Valley Classic I Csi2*, Platinum Hunter/Jumper Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Caroline Jones, May 10-13 Aahabc Classic, Silver Breed Sports Thunderbird Show Park, BC S. Nicollen Muller, May 10-13 Qms May Classic, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Duncan, BC Carol Newington,

May 12-13 Fiddlers Green Stables 1 Silver, Hunter/Jumper Fiddlers Green Stable, ON Joseph Nuth,

May 18-20 Parkland Spring Show 1, Bronze Breed Sports Westerner Exposition Center, AB Marion Enders,

May 12-13 Spring Thaw, Bronze Reining — Waterford, ON John Fletcher,

May 19 RCRA Sunshine I, Bronze Dressage Amanda Schickedanz,

May 12-13 Fiddler’s Green Stables 1 Bronze, Hunter/Jumper Fiddler’s Green Stables, ON Joseph Nuth,

May 19 Cool Runnin’ #3, Chilliwack Heritage Barn, Bronze Driving Chilliwack, BC Linda Dohl,

May 12-13 Kwlton Ridge Annual Spring Trillium, Bronze & Silver Hunter/Jumper Kwlton Ridge Equestrian Centre, ON Gord Cardwell,

May 19 Spring Sendation Fressage Show, Bronze Dressage Campbell River Trail Riders Arena, BC Jill Hatfield,

May 13 Le Bataillon, Bronze Dressage Academie Equestre Waterloo, QC Lyne Melancon,

May 19-20 Johvale’s Highcountry Horse Trials & Schooling Day, Gold Eventing — Pritchard, BC Heather Blomgren,

May 13 Cee Spring Show, Bronze Hunter/Jumper 4170 Chemin Ste Angelique, QC Pia Jones,

May 19-20 Horseshoe Lake I, Platinum Endurance Jarvie, AB — Carole Carnahan,

May 13 Centaur Spring Gold Show, Gold Dressage May 11-13 May 4-6 Mrec Mothers Day Celebration, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Centaur Riding School, ON Joker’s Hill Spring Trillium 2a, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Mrec, BC — Jack Polo, Shirley Guertin, Rcra, ON May 15-20 May 11-13 Ken Deuden, The Horseman’s Shop Trillium, Silver Hunter/Jumper Caledon National, Gold Hunter/Jumper May 5 Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Jenny Werner, Gaelic Glen Bronze Show 2, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Craig Collins, May 11-13 Gaelic Glen Stables, Oxford Mills, ON May 16-20 Ajyr Dressage Classic, Gold Dressage Suzanne Tighe, Concours Hippique De Pepiniere, Gold Hunter/Jumper Westerner Show Grounds, Red Deer, AB May 5-6 Eastwood Equine, QC Kelly Wise, Gaelic Glen Silver Show, Silver Hunter/Jumper Pia Jones, May 11-13 Gaelic Glen Stables, Oxford Mills, ON Highview Farms Trillium Show, Silver Hunter/Jumper May 16-20 Suzanne Tighe, Bow Valley Classic Ii CSI2*, Platinum Hunter/Jumper Highview Farm, ON May 5-6 Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Lindsay Bean, Springfest Dressage, Gold Dressage Caroline Jones, May 11-13 Iron Horse Farm, ON May 17-20 Les Ecuries Parent Inc, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Robert Robertson, 4seasonhorseshows.Com Spring Canada Classic, Gold & Platinum Dressage Ecuries Parent Inc, QC May 5-6 Chantal Rouleau, 27 Park Mar Drive, Stoney Creek, ON Spruce Woods Spectacular, Gold Endurance Cara Whitham, May 12 Spruce Wood Equestrian Ctr, Glenboro, MB May 17-21 Ajyr Dressage Classic, Bronze Dressage Maura Leahy, Saanich Shows In The Sun 2, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Westerner Show Grounds, Red Deer, AB May 5-6 Saanich Fairgrounds, BC Kelly Wise, Mrec May Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Judy Cumming, May 12-13 Mrec, Maple Ridge, BC May 17-20 Glen Oro Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Jack Polo, Windsor Spring Show, Gold Hunter/Jumper Jarratt, ON — Leslie Saila, May 6 Windsor Exhibition Grounds, Ns May 12-13 Will O’ Wind Horse Trials, Platinum Eventing Julia Cecchetto, Kendra McBain Memorial Competition, Gold Dressage Will O Wind Farm, ON May 18-20 Birds Hill Park, MB Ann Morgan, Concours Equestre Casa Blanca, Bronze Hunter/ Cat Fouillard, Jumper — Parc Equestre De Blainville, QC Nathalie Dumont, 20

May 19-20 Dressage New Brunswick Gold #1, Gold Dressage Princess Louise Show Park, Sussex, NB Renee Degarie, May 19-21 Dressage @ Bromont, Gold Dressage Parc Equestre Olympique de Bromont, QC Linda Pepin, May 19-21 Victoria Day, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Mhc Equestrian Park, NB Clare Harris, May 20 London Dressage Association 1, Silver Dressage Eastwood, London, ON Lynn Young, May 20-21 Parkland Show 2, Bronze Breed Sports Westerner Exposition Center, AB Marion Enders, May 21 Caledonia Classic, Gold Hunter/Jumper Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB Lynn Macyk, May 23-27 Bow Valley Classic III, Gold Hunter/Jumper Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Caroline Jones, May 23-27 Concours Hippique De St-Lazare, Gold Hunter/Jumper Eastwood Equine, St-Lazare, QC Pia Jones,

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | June 2-3 Dressage National Du Boise-Ogilvy, Gold Dressage Centre Equestre Du Boise, QC Mylen Bouchard,

June 8-9 Region 6 Qualifier Arabian & HA/AA Horse Show, Bronze Breed Sports — Amberlea Meadows, AB Marion Enders,

May 23-27 Canadian Premier, Gold Hunter/Jumper Thunderbird Show Park, Fort Langley, BC Chris Pack,

May 27 Geary Hill Stable Equestrian Challenge #1 Bronze, Hunter/Jumper — Geary Hill Stable, NB Deanna Phelan,

May 24-27 Edmonton Classic Horse Show, Gold Hunter/Jumper Whitemud Equine Centre, Edmonton, AB

June 8 June 2-3 Beamont Horse Trials, Gold Eventing — Beamont, AB Region 4 Qualifier & Region 5 Qualifier Concurrent Qualifier Show, Bronze Breed Sports Kathy Schiewe, Amberlea Meadows, AB June 2-3 Marion Enders, May 27 MREC June Horse Trials, Gold Eventing June 9 Dressage Niagara Bronze/Silver #1, Dressage MREC, Maple Ridge, BC Greater Fredericton Spring Show, Bronze General Niagara Regional Exhibition Fairgrounds, ON Jack Polo, Performance — Sterling Creek, NB Kelly Dolynski, June 3 Cindy Mccloskey, May 27 Ottawa Spring Horse Trials, Silver Eventing June 9-10 Victoria Saanich Cadora Ec Bronze Series #3, Dressage NNEP, Ottawa, ON Region 6 Sport Horse Off Site Championships, Silver Elk Beaverlake Equestrian Centre, BC Beth Mansfield, Amberlea Meadows, AB Sheryl Williams, June 3 Marion Enders, May 27 Dressage PEI Spring Gold Show II, Gold Dressage June 9-10 Dogwood Dressage Series Ii, Bronze Crapaud Agriplex, PEI Vernon District Riding Club Bronze Hunter/Jumper Southlands Riding Club, BC Gail Wellner, Show, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Debbie Rogal, June 3 VDRC, BC — Judith Olson, May 30 – June 3 La Conquete, Bronze Hunter/Jumper June 9-10 Le Concours Hippique Du Parc Printemps 1, Gold Academie Equestre De Waterloo, QC QSLB Evergreen Show Gold #1, Gold Dressage Hunter/Jumper — Parc Equestre Du Blainville, QC Lyne Melancon, Evergreen Farm, Glenburnie, ON Louise Breard, June 3 Karen Cullum, May 30 – June 3 AEO Dressage I, Bronze Dressage June 9-10 British Columbia Open CSI2*W, Platinum Hunter/ 1182 Chemin Vanier, Gatineau QC CC/ADA Summer Dressage Show, Gold Dressage Jumper — Thunderbird Show Park, BC Lynn Aubin, Claresholm Agriplex, AB Chris Pack, June 5-10 Deborah Roslinsky, May 31 – June 3 Classic @ Palgrave Phase 2, Gold Hunter/Jumper June 9-10 Summerfest, Gold Hunter/Jumper Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Caledon Dressage Silver Show #1, Silver Dressage Iron Horse Equestrian Complex, ON Craig Collins, Orangeville Agricultural Society, ON Robert Robertson, June 6-10 Andrew Woodley, Le Concours Hippique Du Parc Printemps 2, Gold June Hunter/Jumper — Parc Equestre De Blainville, QC June 9-10 Fiddler’s Green at the Park, Silver Hunter/Jumper Louise Breard, June 1-3 NNEP, Ottawa, ON — Rebecca Nuth, Cornerstone Bronze Spring, Bronze & Gold Dressage June 6-10 Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON June 9-10 Spruce Meadows National CSI5*W John Taylor, Fiddler’s Green at the Park, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Joanne Nimitz, NNEP, Ottawa, ON — Rebecca Nuth, June 1-3 Spruce Meadows June Classic, Gold Hunter/Jumper June 7-10 June 10 Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB London Dressage Association 2, Silver Dressage RMSJ June Classic I, Gold Hunter/Jumper Joanne Nimitz, Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Eastwood, London, ON

May 27 Dressage Napierville, Bronze Dressage Napierville, QC Steve Jones, Yves Landry, May 24-27 CDI1* Ottawa Dressage Festival, Platinum Dressage Nepean National Equestrian Park, Ottawa, ON Doug Woywitka, rideauwoodsemenimports@ May 24-27 Springfest, Gold Hunter/Jumper Iron Horse Equestrian Complex, ON Robert Robertson, May 25-27 Amberlea Meadows Dressage Show, Gold Dressage Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB Gerald Drews, May 25-27 Meadowlarke Stables Trillium Show, Silver Hunter/ Jumper — Acton, ON Stacey French, May 26-27 Grandview Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Grandview Farms, Hawkestone, ON Sarah Irving, May 26-27 Sida Spring Fling, Gold Dressage Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, BC Isabel Reinertson, May 26-27 Geary Hill Stable Equestrian Challenge #1, Gold Hunter/Jumper — Geary Hill Stable, NB Deanna Phelan, May 26-27 Greystone Farm Trillium Show, Silver Hunter/Jumper Greystone Farm, Stayner, ON Christine Martin, May 26-27 Wheat City Classic, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Keystone Ctr, Brandon, MB Sherry Baunung, May 26-27 Najyrc Qualifying Class #1, Bronze Reining Miracle Ranch, MB Wendy Robinson, May 26-27 Eden Ridge Trillium I, Silver Hunter/Jumper Eden Ridge, London, ON Val Sinke, May 27 Dressage Fantasiai, Bronze Dressage Ferme Fantasia, St-Jena-Sur-Richelieu, QC Nicole Duplessis,

June 2 Dressage Pei Spring Gold Show I, Gold Dressage Crapaud Agriplex, PEI Gail Wellner,

Caroline Jones,

Lynn Young,

June 7-10 Bromont CCI Three Day Event, Platinum Eventing Bromont, QC —

June 2 Spring Icebreaker II, Bronze Breed Sports Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds, Moose Jaw, SK Allison Smith,

June 8-10 CVI Chilliwack, Platinum Vaulting — Chilliwack, BC Colin Schmidt,

June 10, Dressage Niagara Bronze/Silver #2, Silver Dressage Niagara Regional Exhibition Fairgrounds, ON Kelly Dolynski,

June 2-3 AHAEC Summer Sizzler Concurrent A & B, Bronze Breed Sports — Western Fair District, London, ON Dan Cross,

June 8-10 Waymark Farms Trillium Competition, Silver Hunter/ Jumper — Waymark Farms, Kitchener, ON Melissa Todd,

June 10 Dressage Regional Du Boise-Ogilvy, Bronze Dressage Centre Equestre Du Boise, QC Mylen Bouchard, June 10 Arena Trial Combined Test Event, Bronze Driving Glencameron Farm, Limehouse, ON Bill MacGillivray,

June 8-10 June 2-3 MREC June Hunter Jumper Classic, Bronze Hunter/ Near North Farm Trillium Show Silver, Bronze & Silver Jumper — MREC, BC — Jack Polo, June 10 Hunter/Jumper — Foothills Farm, Chelmsford, ON Dressage Fantasia 2, Bronze Dressage June 8-10 Peter Woolnough, May 27 Ferme Fantasia, St-Jean-Sure-Richelieu, QC Aurora Summer Show, Bronze Breed Sports Klda Bronze #1, Bronze Dressage Nicole Duplessis, June 2-3 Amberlea Meadows, AB Saddlewood Eq. Ctr, 749 Bethany Hills Rd, Trillium Silver 1, Silver Hunter/Jumper Marion Enders, Bethany, ON Jack Pine Equestrian Centre, ON Jennifer Plumtree, Jim Gray, equinecanada April | May 2012 21

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | June 12-17 Summer Classic, Gold Hunter/Jumper Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Craig Collins,

June 16-17 Caledon Horse Trials-50th Anniversary, Silver Eventing — Caledon, ON Jen Thompson,

June 14-16 CDI3* Dressage @ Blainville, Platinum Dressage Blainville, QC Linda Pepin,

June 16-17 NAJYRC Qualifying Class #2, Bronze Reining Brandon Westoba Centre of Excellence, MB Wendy Robinson,

June 14-17 Spruce Meadows Continental CSI4*W, Platinum Hunter/Jumper — Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Joanne Nimitz,

June 16-17 Cedar Run Trillium I, Silver Hunter/Jumper Cedar Run Horse Park, ON Jane Casselman,

June 14-17 RMSJ June Classic II, Gold Hunter/Jumper Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Caroline Jones,

June 16-17 Capt. Dekenyeres Memorial Competition, Gold Dressage — Birds Hill Park, MB Cat Fouillard,

June 15-17 Touch of Class Dressage Gold Thunderbird Show Park, BC Ali Buchanan,

June 16-17 Concours Hippique Vallee Des Bois, Bronze Hunter/ Jumper Concours Hippique Vallee Des Bois, Ste.Dorothee, QC Jeason Bernier,

June 15-17 Restless Pines Tournament, Gold Hunter/Jumper Hammond Plains, NS Heidi McInnis, June 15-17 The Alberta Classic B, Silver Breed Sports Ponoka Ag Event Centre, AB Raylene McWade, June 15-17 The Alberta Classic A, Silver Breed Sports Ponoka Ag Events Center, AB Raylene Mcwade, June 16-17 Island Classic Arabian Horse Show, Bronze Breed Sports — Saanich Fairgrounds, BC Lisa MacGregor, June 16-17, Centre Equestre Ste-Foy, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Centre Equestre Ste-Foy, QC Alix Turmel, June 16-17 Cygnet Dressage Show, Bronze Dressage Evergreen Park, AB Jill Jardie, June 16-17 Little Bromont, Gold Eventing — Bromont, QC June 16-17 Westar Farms Spring Into Summer, Bronze & Silver Hunter/Jumper —Westar Farms, Ashton, ON Jeff McKessock, June 16-17 Eden Ridge Trillium II, Silver Hunter/Jumper Eden Ridge, London, ON Melanie Peters, June 16 Tulip Morgan One Day Show, Bronze Breed Sports Starlit Farm, Richmond, ON Theo Hunter,


June 16-17 Geary Hill Stable Equestrian Challenge #2, Gold Hunter/Jumper — Geary Hill Stable, NB Deanna Phelan, June 16-17 The New Brunswick Morgan & Arabian Horse Show, Silver Breed Sports Princess Louise Show Park Ctr, NB Lesley Ahman, June 17 Geary Hill Stable Equestrian Challenge #2 Bronze Geary Hill Stable, NB Deanna Phelan, June 17 Le Concours D’ete De Bromont, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Parc Equestre Olympique De Bromont, QC Roger Deslauriers,

June 17 Tulip Arabian Sport / Dressage Show, Bronze Breed Sports — Starlit Farm, ON Theo Hunter, June 18-20 Caledonia Classic Silver, Silver Hunter/Jumper Amberlea Meadows, Edmonton, AB Lynn Macyk, June 20-24 Spruce Meadows Skyliner CSI2*, Platinum Hunter/ Jumper — Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Joanne Nimitz, June 20-24 Cornerstone Summer Premiere 1, Gold Hunter/Jumper Barrie Agricultural Society, Innisfil, ON John Taylor, June 21-24 Milner Downs Summer Classic I, Gold Hunter/Jumper Milner Downs, Langley, BC Caroline Jones,

June 22-24 Bromont International Driving, Platinum Driving Bromont Olympique Park, Bromont, QC Alexandra Hill, communications@

June 23-24 NFTRA Open Benefit Show, Bronze Dressage MREC, BC Fionna Christensen,

June 23-24 Dr. Bill Wiltshire Orthodontics Summer Smiles, Bronze June 22-24 Twinholm Stables Trillium Competition, Silver Hunter/ Hunter/Jumper — Birdshill Park, MB Clare Harris Jumper — Twinholm Stables, Burlington,ON Dorothy Lockerbie June 23 Strathgartney Summer Horse Trials, Silver Eventing June 22-24 Bonshaw, PEI The Pickering Horse Centre Trillium, Bronze & Silver Hunter/Jumper Samantha Doucette, The Pickering Horse Centre, Claremont, ON June 23-24 Danielle Yaghdjian, Rainbow Ridge Ranch Gold Dressage Show June 23 Rainbow Ridge Ranch, Greely, ON Lonewolf Farm Bronze Hunter, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Lynda Maltby, Lonewolf Farm, Burritts Rapids, ON June 24 Marilyn McFadden, Hodgson Stables Summer Circuit I, Bronze Hunter/ June 23, Jumper — Hodgson Stables, QC FGS AERSO #1, Bronze Dressage Ann Hodgson, Forever Green Stables, ON June 24 Christine Allard, Dogwood Dressage Series III, Bronze Dressage June 23 Southlands Riding Club Milestone Summer Arabian Show, Bronze Breed Debbie Rogal, Sports — Milestone Stables, ON June 24 Dan Cross, Touch a Rainbow Horse Trials, Silver Eventing June 23-24 North Augusta, ON — Tess Greer, tess@terelisafarm Concours Ete, Bronze Hunter/Jumper June 24 Mille Iles Auteuil, Laval, QC Concours Hippique Fantasia I, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Lynne Lapointe, Ferme Fantasia, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC June 23-24 Nicole Duplessis, THJA South East Zone Show #1 Bronze & Silver, June 26-July 1 Hunter/Jumper — Dreamcatcher Farm, Kingston, ON Lake Placid Horse Show, Gold Hunter/Jumper Scott Ottewell, rth Elba Showgrounds, Lake Placid, NY, USA June 23-24 Michael Morrissey, Woodwind Horse Trials, Gold Eventing June 27-July 1 Woodwind Farm, Hawkestone, ON Classique Blainville Ete, Gold Hunter/Jumper Blainville Equestrian Park, QC June 23-24 Diane Callaghan Chasle, dianechasle@ Kamloops Dressage Show, Gold Dressage Kamloops, BC June 27-July 1 Jutta Jealouse, Cornerstone Summer Premiere 2, Gold Hunter/Jumper June 23-24 Barrie Agricultural Society, Innisfil, ON Cochrane Heartland Saddlery Horse Trials, Gold John Taylor, Eventing — Cochrane, AB June 27-July 1 Jennifer Dayton, West Coast Classic, Gold Hunter/Jumper June 23-24 Thunderbird Show Park, BC Knowlton Ridge Annual Summer Trillium, Bronze Chris Pack, Hunter/Jumper June 28-July 1 Knowlton Ridge Equestrian Centre, ON CDI2* CA/ADA, Platinum Dressage Lana Bowman, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, AB June 23-24 Shelagh Hohm, Knowlton Ridge Annual Summer Trillium, Silver June 28-July 1 Hunter/Jumper Spruce Meadows Canada One CSI4*W Knowlton Ridge Equestrian Center, ON Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB Lana Bowman, Joanne Nimitz, June 23 June 28-July 1 Victoria Saanich Cadora EC Bronze Series #4, Bronze Windsor Summer Show, Gold Hunter/Jumper Dressage — Saanich Fairgrounds, BC Windsor Exhibition Grounds, NS Sheryl Williams, Julia Cecchetto,

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | July 6-8 June 29-July 1 RCRA Canada Day Dressage Festival, Gold Dressage Oldfield Summer Showcase Horse Show, Gold Hunter/ RCRA, ON — Amanda Schickedanz, Jumper — Oldfield Farm, NB Sally Tague, June 29-July 1 July 6-8 Wildrose Arabian Horse Show, Bronze Breed Sports Camberwell Equestrian Trillium Competition, Silver Amberlea Meadows, AB Hunter/Jumper — St. Catherines, ON Leslie Penny, Tammy Leblanc June 30-July 2 July 6-8 Topline Stables Spring Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Beach Party, Silver Hunter/Jumper Salmon Arm, BC Red River Park, MB Sonya Campbell, Clare Harris, showsecretary@ June 30-July 1 Napierville Horse Trials, Gold Eventing July 7-8 Napierville, QC London Hunt Trillium, Silver Hunter/Jumper Lysel Landry, London Hunt & Country Club, ON June 30-July 1 Elizabeth Howlett, Dreamcrest Horse Trials, Gold Eventing July 7-8 Dreamcrest, Port Perry, ON — Ian Roberts THJA South East Zone Show #2, Bronze & Silver June 30-July 1 Hunter/Jumper Mid Island Cadora Summer Dressage, Gold Gladstone Farm, Kingston, ON Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre, BC Scott Ottewell, Dorothy Leeuw, July 78 June 30 Concours Regional Bronze Dressage Ecurie Les AEO Chasseur/Sauteur I, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Tournesols, Bronze 1182 Chemin Vanier, Gatineau, QC Ecurie Les Tournesols Senc, QC Martin Dandenault Louise Robichaud, June 30-July 1, July 7-8 Concours Estival, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Caledon Dressage Silver Show #2, Silver Dressage Centre Equestre Des Mille Iles, QC Orangeville Agricultural Society, ON Lynne Lapointe, Andrew Woodley,


July 11-15 Mid Summer II Classic, Gold Hunter/Jumper Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Caroline Jones,

July 15 Dressage PEI Summer Gold Show II Crapaud Agriplex, PEI Gail Wellner,

July 11-15 Cedar Run Hunter Jumper Classic - Phase 2, Gold Cedar Run Horse Park, ON Roy Fish,

July 16-18 Region 18 Specialties, Bronze Breed Sports Western Fair District, London, ON Dan Cross,

July 11-15 Jumping Blainville Week 2 CSI2*, Platinum Hunter/ Jumper — Parc Equestre De Blainville, ON Diane Callaghan Chasle, dianechasle@

July 18-22 International Bromont Seaming 1 CSI3*W, Platinum Hunter/Jumper — Bromont, QC Sophie Chagnon, schagnon@

July 12-15 Arbutus Meadows Island Classic, Bronze Hunter/ Jumper — Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre, BC Rob Bau,

July 18-22 Milner Downs Summer Classic II, Gold Hunter/Jumper Milner Downs, BC Caroline Jones,

July 13-15 Cornerstone Bronze Summer, Dressage Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON John Taylor,

July 18-22 River Valley Horse Show, Gold Hunter/Jumper — AB Patti King,

July 13-15 Cornerstone Summer Festival, Gold Dressage Caledon Equestrian Park, ON John Taylor, July 13-15, Summer Classic Horse Show, Silver, Breed Sports Ponoka Ag-Event Centre, AB Aldona Tracey, July 14-15 Will O’Wind, Gold Eventing — Orangeville, ON Geoff Morgan,

July 19-21 Region 18 Championship, Bronze Breed Sports Western Fair District, London, ON Dan Cross, July 20-22 Summerfest Trillium, Bronze Hunter/Jumper The Pickering Horse Centre, Claremont, ON Danielle Yaghdjian,

July 20-22 Amberlea Meadows Dressage Festival, Gold Amberlea Meadows, AB Gerald Drews,

July 7-8 Lemonade Daze, Bronze Dressage July 14-15 July 20-22 July 1 Keystone Ctr, Brandon, MB Capital City Classic Gold, Dressage Red Ribbon Trillium Competition, Silver Hunter/ Concours Hippique Fantasia 2, Bronze Hunter/Jumper Tammy McKenzie, Saanich Fairgrounds, BC Jumper — Red Ribbon Stables, Niagara, ON Ferme Fantasia, QC Sheila Skene, July 7-8 Leslie McCormick, Nicole Duplessis, Memento Farm Horse Show, Gold Hunter/Jumper July 14 July 21-22 July 4-8 Memnto Farm, Hammonds Plains, NS Dressage PEI Summer Gold Show I Spirit Of Excellence, Gold Dressage Western Family, Gold Hunter/Jumper Clayton Goldring, Crapaud Agriplex, PEI Y t Farms & Equestrian Center, ON Thunderbird Show Park, BC Ken Mellish, July 7-8 Lisa Hossack-Scott, Chris Pack, Huntingford Farm, Gold Dressage July 14-15 July 21-22 July 4-8 Huntingford Farm, Almonte, ON Tandalee Farm Horse Trials, Gold Dressage at the Park, Gold — NNEP, Ottawa I Love New York Horse Show, Gold Hunter/Jumper Pia Reiss, Tandalee Farm, West Bolton, QC Kris Sherry, North Elba Showgrounds, NY, USA Tany Ewing, July 7 Michael Morrissey, July 21-22 QSLB Doornekamp Gold/Silver #2, Dressage July 14 Classique de Dressage Fantasia, Gold July 4-8 Doornekamp Farm, ON Greater Fredericton Summer I Show, Bronze General Ferme Fantasia, QC Jumping Blainville Week 1, Gold Hunter/Jumper Sheri Doornekamp, Performance — Stirling Creek, Noonan, NB Nicole Duplessis, Parc Equestre de Blainville, QC Cindy McCloskey, July 7-8 Diane Callaghan Chasle, dianechasle@ July 21-22 Vernon Dressage Show, Gold — Vernon, BC July 14-15 Dressage New Brunswick Gold #2 Chelsea Balcaen, Horses at Work, Gold Hunter/Jumper Princess Louise Show Park July 4-8 Horses at Work, Sweets Corner, NS July 7-8 Renee Degarie, Spruce Meadows North American CSI5*, Platinum Mary-Clare McLaren, Feria De La Belle Epoque, Gold Dressage Hunter/Jumper — Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB July 22 Joanne Nimitz, 251 Ch St-Esprit, L’epiphanie, QC July 14-15 Central Nova Horse Trials, Silver — Truro, NS Anne-Marie Belanger, MREC “Mrs. T” Memorial Horse Trials, Gold Pam Macintosh, July 4-8 MREC, Maple Ridge, BC July 7 Cedar Run Hunter Jumper Classic - Phase 1, Gold July 22 Jack Polo, Glenarden Farms Horse Trials, Bronze Eventing Cedar Run Horse Park, ON Dogwood Dressage Series IV, Bronze Dressage Glenarden Farms, Fergus, ON Roy Fish, July 14-15 Southlands Riding Club, BC Peggy Hambly, Sunrise Summer Classic, Silver Breed Sports Debbie Rogal, July 6-8 Princess Louise Show Park, NB July 8 Thompson Country Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Lesley Ahman, Rocky Mountain House, AB — Jo-Ann Opdendries London Dressage Association 3, Silver Eastwood, London, ON Lynn Young, equinecanada April | May 2012 23

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | July 22 Equus 3D Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Equus Farm, Orangeville, ON Ashley Bader,

July 29 Cedar Run Horse Trials CIC2*/CIC1*, Gold Cedar Run Horse Park, ON Donna Van Beek,

August 5 Central Nova Gold Dressage Show #2, Gold Central Nova Equine Park, NS Pam Macintosh,

July 24-29 Equestrian Festival, Gold Hunter/Jumper Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Craig Collins,

July 31 Region 17 Arabian & HA/AA Preshow, Bronze Breed Sports — Westerner Center, AB Marion Enders,

August 5 Hodgson Stables Summer Circuit II, Bronze Hunter/ Jumper — Hodgson Stables, St-Lazare, QC Ann Hodgson,

July 25-29 Milner Downs Summer Classic III, Gold Hunter/ Jumper — Milner Downs, Langley, BC Caroline Jones,

July 31-August 5 Summer Festival, Gold Hunter/Jumper Caledon Equestrian Park, ON Craig Collins,

August 5 Grandview Summer Horse Trials, Silver Eventing Grandview Farms, Hawkestone, ON Sarah Irving,

July 25-29 International Bromont Semaine 2 CSI2*, Platinum Hunter/Jumper — Bromont, QC


August 1-5 Sophie Chagnon, Rocky Mountain Classic I, Gold Hunter/Jumper Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB July 27-29 Caroline Jones, Canadian Cup Dressage Gold Maple Ridge Equestrian Center, BC August 1-4 Ali Buchanan, Region 17 Arabian & HA/AA Championship, Silver Breed Sports — Westerner Center, Red Deer, AB July 27-29 Calgary Polo Club Development Classic, Gold Hunter/ Marion Enders, Jumper — Calgary Polo Club, AB Jacqueline Patmore, July 27-29 Parish Ridge Trillium Competition, Silver Hunter/ Jumper — Parish Ridge Stables. Burlington, ON Dorothy Lockerbie July 27-29 Topline Stables Summer Horse Trials, Gold Topline Stables, Salmon Arm, BC Sonya Campbell,

August 1 Vancouver Island Regional Qualifier, Gold Hunter/ Jumper — Saanich Fairgrounds, BC Joanne Orchard, August 2-5 Heart of the Continent, Gold Hunter/Jumper Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg, MB Sandra Klinck, showsecretary@

August 5 Oakhurst Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Oakhurst Farm, Ashton, ON Joan Allum, August 5 Centaur Summer Gold Show, Gold Dressage Centaur Riding School, Navan, ON Shirley Guertin, August 7-9 Canadian National Exhibition Jumper Competition, Gold Jumper CNE Horse Show Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON Barb Meyer, August 8-12 Twin Oaks Derby, Gold Hunter/Jumper Twin Oaks Farm, Richmond, BC Leslie Arnold, August 8-12 Le Concours Hippique de Parc Ete, Gold Hunter/ Jumper — Parc Equestre Du Blainville, QC Louise Breard,

July 28-29 Mind’s Eye Ranch (Mer) Horse Trials, Silver Riviere Qui Barre, AB Monica Warrener,

August 2-5 Jump with Hope for Kids with Cancer Horse Show, Gold Hunter/Jumper Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre, AB Gerald Drews,

July 28-29 Dreamcrest Horse Trials, Platinum Dreamcrest Farm, Port Perry, ON Janett Leask,

August 3-5 MREC August Dog Days of Summer, Bronze Hunter/ Jumper — MREC, Maple Ridge, BC Jack Polo,

July 28-29 Robinson Farm Horse Trials, Gold Robison Farm, Sutton, QC Keith Robinson,

August 3-5 RCRA SUMMERFEST, Gold Dressage RCRA, Cedar Valley, ON Amanda Schickedanz,

July 28-29 THJA South East Zone Show #3, Bronze & Silver Hunter/Jumper — Gladstone Farm, Kingston, ON Scott Ottewell,

August 4-5 Senior Summer Classic, Bronze Dressage Agriplex, Surrey, BC Linda Dieno,

July 29 WWW Dressage Daze I, Bronze Dressage Spruce Grove, AB Allegra Hohm,

August 4-5 Club Equestre de Quebec, Bronze Hunter/Jumper August 10-12 Club Equestre de Quebec RCRA Summerfest I Trillium Bronze, Bronze & Silver Clarie Minguet, Hunter/Jumper — RCRA, ON Ken Denouden, August 4 Ben Eoin Horse Trials, Silver Eventing August 10-12 Ben Eoin, NS — Rob Macneill, Campbell Valley Horse Trials, Gold Eventing

July 29 Dressage Napierville, Bronze Napierville, QC Yves Landry, July 29 Dressage Niagara Bronze/Silver #3 Niagara Regional Exhibition Fairgrounds, ON Kelly Dolynski, 24

August 4 Central Nova Gold Dressage Show #1, Gold Central Nova Equine Park, Truro, NS Pam Macintosh, August 4-5 St Laurent Dressage, Gold St Laurent Dressage, Vercheres, QC Annick Gauducheau,

August 8-12 Rocky Mountain Classic II CS2*, Platinum Hunter/ Jumper — Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Caroline Jones, August 8-12 Blue Mountains Horse Show - Phase 1, Gold Hunter/ Jumper — Cedar Run Horse Park, Clarksburg, ON Roy Fish, August 10-12 Cornerstone Summer Classic, Gold Dressage Essa Agriculture Society, Barrie, ON John Taylor, August 10-12 Sun Meadows Dressage Show, Gold Dressage Sun Meadows Equestrian Center, BC Jutta Jealouse,

Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley, BC Joan Fujiwara, August 10-12 Cornerstone Bronze Festival, Bronze Dressage Caledon Equestrian Park, Caledon, ON John Taylor,

August 11 Greater Fredericton Summer II Show, Bronze General Performance — Stirling Creek, Noonan, NB General Performance Cindy Mcmloskey, August 11-12 Dressage New Brunswick Gold #3 Princess Louise Show Park, Sussex, NB Renee Degarie, August 11-12 Wits End Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Wits End Farm, Mansfield, ON Deb Welna, August 11-12 Harmony Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Ferme Beaulieu, Ste. Justine De Newton, QC Gary Chalmers, August 11-12 Knowlton Ridge Annual Classic Trillium, Bronze & Silver Hunter/Jumper Knowlton Ridge Equestrian Centre, ON Gord Cardwell, August 11-12 THJA South East Zone Show #4, Bronze & Silver Hunter/Jumper — Gladstone Farm, Kingston, ON Scott Ottewell, August 12 Spiritwood Farm Silver Dressage Spiritwood Farm, North Gower, ON Joanne Macdonald, August 15-19 Orangeville International, Gold Hunter/Jumper Orangeville Ag Society, ON Ainsley Hayes, August 15-19 Fort Summer Classic CSI2*, Platinum Hunter/Jumper Thunderbird Show Park, BC Chris Pack, August 15-19 RMSJ August Classic CSI2*, Platinum Hunter/Jumper Anderson Ranch, Calgary, AB Caroline Jones, August 16-18 Old Home Week English Horse Show, Gold Hunter/ Jumper — Charlottetown Civic Centre, PEI Jacquelyn Harlow, August 16-18 Annapolis Valley Exhibition EC Gold C Hunter/Jumper Annapolis Valley Ex., Lawrencetown, Annapolis County, NS — Liz Milo, August 16-19 Oakhurst Long Format 3 Day Event, Silver Eventing Ashton, ON — Ruth Allum, August 17-19 Vanbrook Equestrian Trillium Competition, Silver Hunter/Jumper Iron Horse Eq Complex, Burlington, ON Yvonne Busby

| WHAT’S HAPPENNING — PULL-OUT | August 17-19 Alhambra Victory Tack Summer Event, Gold Eventing Red Deer, AB — Ulrika WiknerAugust 17-19 Western Canadian Championship, Silver Breed Sports Ponoka Ag Events Centre, BC Raylene Mcwade,

August 24-26 Iron Horse Trillium Competition, Silver Hunter/Jumper Iron Horse Eq Complex. Burlington, ON Susie Niles

August 18-19 Beaullieu Dressage Classic, Gold Dressage Ferme Beaullieu, QC Louise Miechowsky,

August 25-26 Woodwind Horse Trial, Gold Eventing Woodwind Farm, Jarratt, ON Chris Eaves,

August 18-19 D & D Stables Gold Dressage D & D Stables, Cap-Pele, NB Donna Mcinnes,

August 25-26 Trillium Silver 2, Silver Hunter/Jumper Jack Pine Equestrian Centre, ON Jim Gray,

August 24-26 Fall Harvest, Silver Hunter/Jumper MHC Equestrian Park, MB August 17-19 RCRA Summerfest II Trillium, Bronze & Silver Hunter/ Clare Harris, showsecretary@ Jumper — RCRA, ON Ken Denouden, August 24-26 Rising Stars Youth Dressage, Gold August 18 Chilliwack, BC QSLB Doornekamp Show Gold #3, Dressage Wendy Christoff, Doornekamp Farm, ON Sheri Doornekamp, August 25 Queenswood Dressage Festival, Gold August 18-19 Queenswood Stables, ON Concours Saut d’Obstacle Bronze Hunter/Jumper Simone Williams, Ecuries Les Tournesols, St. Barnabe, N, QC Louise Robichaud, August 25 Summer Extravaganza Dressage Show, August 18-19 Bronze Dressage Cedar Run Trillium II, Silver Hunter/Jumper Campbell River Trail Riders Arena, BC Cedar Run Horse Park, ON Jane Casselman, Jill Hartfield,

August 25-26 August 19 Hobby Horse Trials, Silver Eventing — Coldbrook, NS THJA South East Zone Show #5, Bronze & Silver Hunter/Jumper Debbie Best, Dreamcatcher Farm, Kingston, ON August 19 Scott Otewell, Lane’s End Horse Trials, Gold Eventing August 25-26 Lane’d End Farm, Bobcaygeon, ON Caledon Dressage Silver Show #3, Silver Dressage Susan Laverty, Orangeville Agricultural Society, ON August 19 Andrew Woodley, London Dressage Association 4, Silver August 26 Eastwood, London, ON Dressage Niagara Bronze/Silver #4, Dressage Lynn Young, Niagara Regional Exhibition Fairgrounds, ON August 22-26 Kelly Dolynski, Fort Summer Festival CSI2*W, Platinum Hunter/ August 26 Jumper — Thunderbird Show Park, BC Dressage at Beaulieu, Bronze Dressage Chris Pack, Beaulieu Farm, QC August 22-26 Stephanie Goldpinch, Angelstone National Phase 1 CSI2*, Platinum Hunter/ August 26 Jumper — Angelstone, Rockwood, ON WWW Dressage Daze II, Bronze — Spruce Grove, AB Keean White, Allegra Hohm, allegra@ualberta,ca August 22-26 August 26 RMSJ August Classic II, Gold Hunter/Jumper Touch a Rainbow Horse Trials, Silver Eventing RMSJ, AB North Augusta, ON Caroline Jones, Tess Greer, August 22-26 Cornerstone Summer Encore I, Gold Hunter/Jumper August 26 K R Equestrian Para-Dressage, Gold Para-Dressage Barrie Agricultural Society Innisfil, ON K R Equestrian, Schomberg, ON John Taylor, Kathryn Rizhardson, Gold August 23-26 Coveside Classic, Gold Hunter/Jumper Coveside Stables, Chester, NS Claire Milton,

August 26-27 Robinson Farm Horse Trials, Gold Eventing Robinson Farm, Sutton, QC Keith Robinson,

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New FEI Requirements for Veterinarians Starting June 1, 2012, all veterinarians treating horses during Federation Equestre International (FEI) competitions will have to be certified or approved as “FEI treating Veterinarians.” The certification process will consist of an on-line an open book 25 questions exam on the FEI veterinary rules. This certification will be valid for five years. Veterinarians attending competitions as emergency field of play veterinarians, who will not enter the stable areas, will not be required to be certified.

The process is to send the completed application form Equine Canada. Equine Canada will verify each applicant’s credentials (licensure, references) and process the application to the FEI. The FEI will then issue log-in information and instructions to do the exam directly to the candidates. Please send your completed application form to Kari MacGregor at, in order to be able to complete the exam as soon as it is open on April 18, 2012. Please note that each individual veterinarian of a multi-veterinarian practice must hold an FEI treatment certification. As well, this certification is the first step in becoming an FEI Official Veterinary Delegate. Current FEI veterinarian delegates (Existing Official Veterinarians) are not required to take the online exam at this time. The FEI will contact you by email with your login details as you still require the ID card. You must login, verify your information, change your password and download your ID card before December 31, 2012. Applying to become an FEI Veterinarian Delegate? You are now required to complete the online exam before being approved as a FEI Veterinarian Delegate. Starting January 2013, as per Equine Canada rules (Section A, General Regulations, A1334), all officials including all FEI Veterinarians (Official and Treatment Veterinarians) must be Equine Canada Gold sport licence and provincial membership holders. Equine Canada Sport licences can be purchased through the website at Please make sure you have your FEI ID card when you attend an FEI competition; as an FEI treatment veterinarian; you will be required to present it to have access to the stable area. Please find all the FEI veterinarian application forms on the Equine Canada website at IatdjY.

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Canadian Rider Finishes Second in USEF Team Selection Trial


endy MacCoubrey, of Ste. Justine de Newton, QC, riding Reach for the Gold, finished the grueling FEI CEI*** 160 km Endurance competition in a time of 8:16.05, just two seconds behind the winner, Jeremy Reynolds of the United States. The race, which was the US Team Selection Trial, was held in Mt. Pleasant, TX, on March 31, 2012, for riders wishing to be considered for the US Endurance Team for the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships in England on August 25, 2012. The entries included three-time World Endurance Champion Becky Hart (1988, 1990, 1992), two-time World Endurance Champion Valerie Kanavy (1994 and 1998), and Tevis Cup winners, John Crandell III (2010) and Jeremy Reynolds (2011). Crandell and his mount, Heraldic, most recently

Available soon, commemorative Hickstead poster signed by Eric Lamaze and famed equine artist Fred Stone.


earned team and individual silver medals at the 2011 Pan American Championships. The 160 km race saw 45 starters with 19 only finishers. The day was very hot and humid and the course had some difficult boggy and soft sections leading to numerous pulls for lameness and a few for metabolic issues. These conditions made it all the more impressive that the completion times were extremely fast, and that the top three horses looked so good at the end of the competition. The last couple of years, MacCoubrey has had the opportunity to work and ride with one of America’s top international riders, Valerie Kanavy, receiving exceptional guidance and opportunities. In this Team Trial, MacCoubrey was aboard one of Kanavy’s horses as a proxy rider, and qualified Reach for the Gold for the USEF Training Team for the upcoming World Championships. Kanavy began the race with her two proxy riders but soon chose to move ahead as her young horse was very strong. MacCoubrey was in 12th place at the time, so she didn’t actually see the accident occur, but Kanavy’s horse fell, and she was thrown, breaking


some ribs and suffering a concussion. One of the race front-runners and the eventual winner, Jeremy Reynolds, caught Kanavy’s horse, and put her back into the saddle where she was ponied to a road where an ambulance was waiting. MacCoubrey was now back in the race, but had lost valuable time and was almost last. Cantering mile after mile after mile, slowly MacCoubrey regained her position and joined Becky Hart and Reynolds for the lead. The front runners decided amongst themselves not to race to the finish, and had instructions from the US chef d’équipe Emmett Ross not to gallop up the final hill. It’s not just about the horse and rider—it takes a team. At this level of competition a top-notch crew is essential. MacCoubrey was fortunate to not only have the support of Kanavy’s amazing group, but also experienced and respected Canadian expertise— team Canada endurance veterinarian, Glenn Sinclair, DVM; chiropractor Scott Hie and his associate Catherine Belanger Lavoie; the ever knowledgeable, enthusiastic, Lynda Townsend (Chair, Endurance Canada International), and other friends now living in Texas that helped throughout the day. Everyone contributed to the wonderful achievement of the young Canadian. MacCoubrey has taken advantage of every learning opportunity presented to her. She has crewed for the Canadian endurance teams as they traveled to the PanAmerican Games in Vermont and Washington, as well as at the World Endurance Championship in 2005 in Dubai, and the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany in 2006. Since then, MacCoubrey has had remarkable success competing at the FEI level and was a member of the Canadian squad at the World Endurance Championships in 2008 in Malaysia. She was also a proud ambassador for Endurance Canada when she travelled with the Canadian equestrian delegation to China last year. MacCoubrey’s goal is to ride for Canada in Normandy at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 on a homebred Arabian. Endurance Canada applauds her determination and her successes, and anticipates that this dream will indeed come true.

Chris Pratt

Named CAVALOR ‘Athlete of the Month’ for March


hris Pratt was named the CAVALOR ‘Athlete of the Month’ for March by Jump Canada.

During the final week of the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California, Pratt won both grand prix events riding Cruise, a 12-yearold Dutch Warmblood gelding. Pratt and Cruise started by winning the $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix on Friday, March 9. Two days later, on March 11, Pratt made it two in a row by laying claim to the grand finale of the HITS Desert Circuit, the $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix. Topping a starting field of 43 entries, Pratt and Cruise posted the winning jump-off time of 42.09 seconds to edge out fellow Canadian John Pearce who clocked in at 42.76 seconds riding Chianto. Earlier in the month, Pratt and Cruise also placed fourth $53,000 HITS World Cup Grand Prix. “All my horses jumped great during the Thermal circuit,” said Pratt, who has been based in Lakeview Terrace, California, since 2007. “Thank you to Cavalor for sponsoring such a great Jump Canada program. My horses have been using Cavalor products, both feed and supplements, for over a year now and I am very happy with the results.” Pratt continued, “I would also like to thank my owners, Indigo Farms, and my team at Epic Stables for all of their amazing support and assistance.”

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TIER 1: Introductory Modules 1. Equestrian Teaching and Learning 2. Planning an Equestrian Lesson 3. Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance 4. Making Ethical Decisions in the Equestrian Environment TIER 2: Introduction to Competition Modules 1. Designing an Equestrian Sport Program (yearly training plans) 2. Managing an Equestrian Sport Program 3. Training Mental Skills for Equestrian Sport 4. Analyzing Performance for Competition (English and Western) Intermediate Modules 5. Competition Specialist Clinics (Eventing, Jump, Dressage, Reining, Speed Events and General Performance) 6. Eventing Athlete Preparation Clinic TIER 3: Advanced Modules 1. Equine Clean Sport (medications, drug testing requirements) 2. Developing Athletic Abilities (human equestrian athlete) 3. Developing Athletic Abilities (equine athlete) 4. Performance Planning for High Performance (advanced training plans) 5. Advanced Practice Planning (lesson planning) 6. Training and Planning for Equine Injury Prevention & Recovery 7. Analyzing Advanced Equine Performance 8. Managing Equestrian High Performance Sport (insurance and nutrition) 30

Coaching Update Heather Sansom, Manager of Coaching

New in Coaching and Rider Development Programs This Spring has been an exciting time for the coaching program. With the launch of the Coach Specialist, finalized Competition Coach and High Performance Training modules at the EC Convention in February, there are now over 20 training modules available to coaches, riders and even officials. Most of the training is part of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) which covers all participation contexts from instruction of non-competitive participants, to coaching and riding in High Performance. Other modules are supplementary to the NCCP, and add to the training available to help rider and coach development. Check with your provincial equestrian association to find out when training is being run, or put yourself on a waiting list so that training can be run in your area.

NEW Tools for Riders (and Coaches and Parents) Athlete Handbook: Watch for the upcoming release of the new Athlete Handbook for Eventers. The Handbook provides athletes and coaches with tools at their fingertips, such as summaries of rules and templates for planning training schedules. The materials are designed for use by any Eventing coach in their seasonal team planning clinics, or as a oneon-one with their students. Riders can use the book to prepare for the competitive season, and discuss their plans with their coaches. Training Plan tools are adapted from the new EC/NCCP Design a Sport Program coaching course, which teaches coaches and equestrian participants how to write yearly training plans, and how to work from the yearly training plan, to the more specific weekly plans. Long Term Development for Eventing Athletes: A new guideline for coaches, riders and parents has been developed and will be available soon. The booklet breaks down the Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) ideas, showing what is required of Eventers at each stage of their training. Each stage described covers learning objectives (skills), technical difficulty (jump heights and dressage levels), appropriate competitive levels, sport psychology, and ideal training plan ratios. There are also guidelines for parents that address their child’s stage of physical development, mental and emotional maturity and commitment required for each stage of training. Parents with children of all ages can use this resource to better understand their child’s involvement in equestrian sport, as well as help guide their decisions if the child is interested in Eventing.


Plan to Succeed: Interviews with Coaches


e caught up with a few coaches recently at the Eventing Athlete Clinic pilot run, and the new coaching and equestrian theory Workshop launched with the new Competition Coach program. Both events were attended by coaches and athletes.

Eventing Athlete Clinic: Interview with Eventing Coach Ruth Allum The Athlete Clinic is a season preparation and training planning program that can be given by a coach in clinic format, or in one-on-one coaching with students. Ruth coaches Eventers at all levels of competition. Heather Sansom (HS): Why are you such a big believer in planning training with your students? Ruth Allum (Ruth): “I think that as your students start to move up the levels, it is not only important for us to know as a coach how they are going to get to the result, but it is also important for them to know how they are going to get there. You can’t get to a goal if you don’t have a plan to get there. If you have a plan you can go back in and change it as needed. But if you start without a plan, you’ll miss deadlines, training and other opportunities and there is a slimmer chance of succeeding. I know a lot of people have a plan in their head and work to that. It may change each ride. Sometimes something you notice in training means a change in the details of the plan. Really good coaches write plans all the time, but not necessarily put them on paper. Experienced coaches have a very good idea of things like peak and off-peak periods, competitive goals and training requirements in the months preceding. They wouldn’t get results if they didn’t. These are top coaches. A high percentage of coaches coach from one lesson to the next. It does help to have tangible performance criteria for competition.” HS: Writing it down can take so much time, and that is time you aren’t coaching. Is it really worth it to take the time out of coaching and your business to write so many details down?

Ruth: Absolutely. Writing the training plan down makes a difference because in our sport there are tangible criteria that tell you what you need to do. In Eventing you have to qualify to get to level. You need to really plan so you don’t miss any deadlines in qualifying. For example, competing in Bromont in June we had to provide a declaration of intent in January, listing all the shows we planned to do to get ready. I sat down with the students that were hoping to get there, and we had to decide what had to happen in terms of attending competitions to qualify, fitness, riding time. Riders are really busy people. The students I had in training had lots of other responsibilities (kids, job, family, riding), so planning the training times to fit within their lives is really important. We sometimes forget as coaches that while we may know where things are going in our heads. The plans really aren’t for us. They are for the student who needs to know what the roadmap to stay on track and stay committed. Training plans make things really tangible so it’s easier for the student to learn how to plan their own training, and they can also adjust on their own as needed between coaching, while still staying on track. Ruth Allum: 38, Eventing Coaching Certification: Level 1 English (19yrs), working through High Performance Eventing certification Owns Oakhurst Farm, coaches riders from beginner to CCI***.

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Competition Coach Workshop Interviews The Competition Coach Workshop is two days of intermediate equestrian theory topics. Designed for coaches and instructors, the content of EC/NCCP equestrian courses is also helpful to athletes, and the courses are often attended by a mix of coaches, coach candidates, and riders interested in furthering their knowledge. The Workshop includes all three intermediate modules: Designing a Sport Program (writing yearly to weekly training plans), Managing a Sport Program, and Developing Mental Skills (sport psychology for equestrians). HS: Why did you want to take two days out of your schedule to take the Coaching theory workshop? Ruth: Because you can never stop learning. I also sent one of my instructors and felt it was a good idea to come with her to support her. The number of things I have learned from the Learning Facilitator and other participants is something you can’t beat. I’ve been certified 19 years. It’s easy to get complacent about what you know, but if you don’t keep yourself up to date, you can’t bring as much to your clients. Sarah: I feel like taking the theory is a really valuable thing for someone to do who wants to become a professional in the sport environment. It’s so much more than just being a good athlete. I have a passion for my 32

sport and want to see more people stay in it, and be able to understand the process it takes to be successful for the athlete. A coach’s job is keeping someone motivated to stay with the sport and keep developing their skills. A lot of the skills learned by athletic involvement are transferrable to the rest of a person’s life. Roberta: I think it’s really important to understand what is needed to be a certified coach, so you don’t go into the evaluation blindly. The opportunity to learn new information is really important as a professional anyway. We are always learning; the sport about continuous learning and improvement. I don’t want to be left behind on some of the new things that we didn’t have years ago, like the long term athlete development philosophy. Kendra: I came because I think it’s important for coaches to continue learning. I wanted to learn more about how people learn so I could be better as an Instructor. I also needed updating hours. HS: Did you learn something you are going to use when you go back to your teaching and riding? Ruth: For sure. One thing I want to do is have my students do their own YTP, and then come back to me and explain it to me to make sure they understand what’s going on. Learning about training to competition ratios was also really helpful. We probably don’t compete enough

to work on the competitive and mental skills. Without enough practice competitions in the schedule, there is probably too much stress/too much riding on the competitions we do. So we are probably going to add some practice competitions to the schedules. Sarah: Absolutely! I think what we are doing today around developing training plans, ratios of training to competition, structuring a competitive schedule are things I am going to go home and use for myself, as well as down the road with clients. It gives me a structure to be more successful with my own riding and competitive program, as well as down the road for people I teach. I heard Cindy Ishoy at a clinic talk about Dressage being a systematic approach, and I think all of these tools around planning give you a systematic approach. I pay attention to details and these tools will help me. Roberta: Yes for sure. I found the ages and stages of the athlete development model to be really fascinating. Some of the old school things we used to do (like trotting for half an hour posting with no stirrups) don’t necessarily match up with the guidelines for what people are able to achieve physically and mentally. Educating yourself about the human body is really enlightening and helpful. Also doing the work on the yearly training plan made me aware of how easy it is to overcompete and wear your horse out without realising. It’s a


guideline that makes the training schedule more clear. I also took the Equestrian Theory course a couple of weeks ago, which was really helpful for tools for making lessons more structured. Kendra: I learned a lot about biological age and what it means for what to expect or demand of your students, as well as how you can coach them so they are successful for their stage. I have students that are starting to become competitive. I felt that learning about how to do yearly training plans would help me be more organized with them, so that they can be better prepared for their competitions. Especially since it has been a while since I was competing regularly myself. I think it’s really important for coaches to continue to learn and get new ideas to keep developing as coaches. HS: What value did you get out of the workshop? Is there anything specific you are going to do differently now? Ruth: A lot of the information is a bit of a refresher for me, but I think it brings me back to my students with a renewed excitement for the tools. I’m going to come back better, fresher, more excited and with more tools to help my students. Sarah: I’m going to be able to systematically assess where I am at in my training with my horse, how it relates to my goals, and what I need to do to give myself a training schedule that will help us get there. The mental skills

module has given me some good ideas for preparing better for my own competitions. The management module also gave me some good tools and ideas for thinking more about what I do in business terms so that I can set up my business smart from start. Roberta: I’m intending to get certified as a Coach Specialist, so I found it really important to do the two theory weekends to help me prepare my Emergency Action Plan, Lesson Plans and Yearly Training Plan which I will be evaluated on. Beside the evaluation, there were some really good ideas in the courses, and I found it helpful. I have more tools to help my riders. As a Dressage high performance rider, I am really glad I can now do a coaching certification at the Specialist context that does not require me to jump or to teaching jumping. There’s a place for me now in the new program. Kendra: I think my money and the time out were well spent. One of the most helpful sections was on the long term athlete development. A lot of what you see in the environment are short term decisions around picking competitions and what you do in your training. But we want the students to continue to participate in the sport for life, and not burn out, or leave because they do or don’t make a goal in a short term phase. I think this module will help me with competition selection and training schedules that keep the long term picture in mind.

Sarah Doolaar: 26, Dressage Working student for: Simone Williams Schooling Third, Competing 1st Level Teaches: beginners, children, adult amateurs Aiming at: Instructor of Beginner, not yet certified

Roberta Byng-Morris: 46, Dressage Pan-Am Games Team Silver Medalist 2011 Competes: Prix-St-Georges/I1 International Coaches and trains full time: high performance Eventers, Young Riders Dressage, to amateur dressage Coach Certification: none, intending to certify as Coach Specialist Dressage Goals: Compete at Grand Prix Internationally and get on Olympic Team

Kendra Atkins: 26, Hunter/Jumper Teaches: Weststar and Centaur Riding School, Ottawa Area (part time) Coach Certification: Instructor of Beginners Goals: instill solid basics in my students, going back to school for Early Childhood Education; learn more about child/ adolescent development so I’m a better instructor for the age of my students.

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Rider Giorgio Giusti putting his Canadian horse, Pat , through a recent TREC competition in QuĂŠbec (Left)

the 11 riders will spend eight days in Hoffman, North Carolina training and competing for a spot on the Canadian team. The qualifying event will see riders covering more than 40 kilometres of trail in an unknown environment, alone with their maps, compass and horse. The other days will put the riders and their horses through phase one and two competition activities.

Canadian TREC Riders Head to North Carolina for Canadian Team Qualifier


his April will see North Carolina host the qualifying event for the Canadian TREC team to compete at the world championships this fall in Mafra, Portugal, September 7th, 8th and 9th.

Eleven horses and riders, and their grooms, will be vying for one place on the Canadian senior or junior team heading to Portugal this fall. Organized by Frederic Pierrestiger, the founder of TREC in Canada, and coached by Thierry Maurouard, a TREC world champion, 34

This is the first time Portugal has hosted the World Championship of TREC, which is a discipline under the tutee of the Federation Internationale de Turisme Equestre (FITE)). Approximately 150 riders from all over the world are expected to compete. You can find more information at www. Members of the Canadian TREC Team will be announced in the next edition of EC Magazine.




TREC, or Technique de Randonnee Equestre de Competition, was first developed in France as a way of testing the expertise of professional equestrian guides. The sport has evolved to become very popular in North America with riders of all ages and abilities. A TREC competition is designed to test the horse and rider’s partnership through a wide range of activities rather than focusing on one particular discipline. Riders will find themselves in situations similar to those found while hacking through the countryside such as gates, fallen logs, streams and low branches. The sport requires horse and rider to show versatility and training, combining the requirements of trail riding (orienteering), with jumping and correct basic flatwork. Open to all, the sport has something to offer every horse and rider because it caters to a wide range of riders from those with very modest ability to the more competitive, right up to competition at the international level. TREC consists of three unique phases of activity.


: Speed and Orienteering

This phase is a distance ride of varying lengths depending on level starting at 5km. Riders must negotiate their way around the set route with a map. Riders can also ride in pairs. There is a start time and finish time and a rider sets out with 240 points at a pre - determined speed. Penalty points of one point/minute are deducted for finishing either before or after their optimum time. Typical terrain includes quiet country roads or equestrian trails. Each rider has a set of safety and emergency equipment that must be packed in saddle bags and all riders must wear reflective vests.



: Control of Paces

The second phase is a test of the rider’s control of the horse’s paces. A corridor, about two metres wide and 75 to 150 metres in length (according to level), is marked out. They canter the full length of the corridor. They then return at a walk. Each is timed and the goal is to have the slowest possible canter and fastest walk without breaking stride. Penalty points in this phase are calculated on time, whether the competitor stays in the corridor and whether they break the pace.



: Obstacles

The third and final phase is the cross-country trails course, approximately 1200 metres in length, to be completed in a set time. The horse and rider must negotiate an obstacle course comprised of natural or simulated obstacles, with each being numbered and flagged. This phase can include small logs on the ground, bending, inclines, declines, step up, step down, immobility, mounting on the off side, riding an S bend, etc. Usually the obstacle course has 16 obstacles, each marked out of 10 for a total of 160 points in this phase. The judge at each obstacle will be looking for the pair to exhibit forwardness, style and effectiveness. Scores are calculated on time taken to complete course and total of scores at each obstacle. For more information on TREC, please email Audrey Lapointe, Québec à cheval, at equinecanada April | May 2012 35


Message du président Au cours des derniers mois, j’ai collaboré diligemment avec le comité de Toronto 2015, ainsi qu’avec leur directeur général et leurs cadres dirigeants, afin d’appuyer le choix de Caledon comme site équestre des Jeux panaméricains. Contrairement aux dires de certains communiqués de presse, Canada Hippique n’a pas recommandé quelque site que ce soit en particulier au comité de sélection, mais a plutôt présenté une liste de critères minimaux. Le comité de sélection de Toronto 2015 a choisi Caledon, et nous approuvons fortement ce choix. Nous attendons avec joie de travailler avec eux pour les trois prochaines années afin de présenter des Jeux panaméricains hors du commun en 2015. À ce propos, le secrétaire général et directeur général de la Fédération équestre internationale (FEI) sera de passage au Canada durant la troisième semaine de mai pour le congrès international Sport Accord à Québec. Je prévois assister à au moins une partie du congrès; je me joindrai alors au secrétaire général pour un voyage à Toronto, où nous visiterons le site des Jeux panaméricains et rencontrerons la haute direction de Toronto 2015. Nos membres méritent de savoir que le Canada a présenté sa candidature pour accueillir les Jeux équestres mondiaux de 2018 au site olympique de 1976 à Bromont, au Québec. Je travaille pleinement de concert avec le comité organisateur, allant de conseils en communications directes avec la FEI et Sport Canada pour la proposition. Les membres du comité de Bromont poursuivent très sérieusement leurs démarches de planification d’une soumission et je suis très impressionné de leur dévouement à amener ces jeux au pays. Canada Hippique a offert des ressources humaines au comité, établissant ainsi une communication directe vers la FEI et Sport Canada. J’ai représenté le Canada aux réunions des groupes IV et V de la FEI à Wellington, Canada, où l’on ma demandé de discuter de quelques questions, notamment de la nouvelle exigence réglementaire de la FEI de prévoir dorénavant cinq commissaires lors des épreuves CDI de dressage et CSI de saut d’obstacles. J’ai également soulevé la question de l’insuffisance des accréditations vétérinaires aux Jeux olympiques. Les représentants des pays du groupe IV ont appuyé à l’unanimité nos résolutions de porter ces questions à l’attention de la FEI. Par ailleurs, j’ai écrit au premier ministre de l’Ontario, au nom de Canada Hippique, afin d’exprimer nos sérieuses préoccupations à propos du retrait des machines à sous OLG des hippodromes de l’Ontario. Nous avons appuyé l’industrie des courses de toutes les façons possibles dans cette affaire. Nous croyons que ce manque à gagner s’avèrera désastreux


à long terme pour cette industrie, que cela touchera tous les propriétaires de chevaux d’Ontario, et qu’il y aura des répercussions partout au pays. En outre, nous avons travaillé sur le Code canadien de pratiques pour les chevaux. Ce projet est de taille et notre comité accomplit un boulot exceptionnel. Cette initiative, qui concerne chaque propriétaire de cheval au pays, démontre parfaitement que Canada Hippique est bien le porte-parole de tous les intervenants de l’industrie sur l’ensemble du territoire. Au moment d’écrire ces lignes, le poste de chef de la direction de Canada Hippique est toujours vacant. Nous avons retenu les services d’un expert-conseil en relations humaines pour nous aider à cerner le profil de personne requis pour ce poste et à élaborer une description d’emploi. À titre de président, je me suis occupé de certaines tâches de direction générale et Mike Arbour et Craig Andreas effectuent un travail remarquable de gestion du bureau. Les autres membres de notre personnel mettent également leur épaule à la roue pour une poursuite sans heurt des activités. Ils méritent une bonne main d’applaudissements de la part de tous. J’ai eu la chance d’assister à la Coupe des Nations en Floride, où notre équipe canadienne de sauteurs s’est emparé d’une impressionnante troisième position parmi dix autres pays. Éric Lamaze continue de nous éblouir avec son nouveau piquet de chevaux et Ian Millar nous a émerveillés avec une deuxième position au Grand Prix de 500 000 $. J’ai également regardé certains de nos cavaliers de dressage concourir : Ashley Holzer nous en a encore mis plein la vue, en prenant une première et une deuxième place au tableau des meneurs avec ses deux chevaux. Alors que nous nous dirigeons vers les Jeux olympiques et paralympiques de Londres, l’équipe de concours complet et l’équipe para-équestre ont également brillé. Il semble que nous délèguerons un contingent très solide à Londres. Enfin, une petite anecdote : la plupart des chevaux seront envoyés à Londres… par FedEx. Michael Gallagher, Président, Canada Hippique


VOLET 1 : Modules introductifs 1. Enseignement et apprentissage de l’équitation 2. Planification d’une leçon équestre

Derniers développements en matière de formation des entraîneurs Heather Sansom, directrice de la formation des entraîneurs

3. Analyse de la prestation d’un sportif équestre débutant

Primeurs sur les programmes de formation des entraîneurs et de développement des cavaliers

4. Prise de décisions éthiques dans un contexte équestre

Ce printemps a été le théâtre de moments exaltants pour le programme de formation des entraîneurs. Avec le lancement du module à l’intention des entraîneurs spécialistes et des modules finalisés pour les entraîneurs de compétition et de haute performance lors du congrès de Canada Hippique en février, plus d’une vingtaine de modules sont maintenant mis à la disposition des entraîneurs, des cavaliers et même des officiels. La plupart des cours de formation font partie du Programme national de certification des entraîneurs (PNCE), lequel couvre tous les contextes de participation, de l’instruction des participants non compétiteurs à l’entraînement et à l’équitation de haute performance. D’autres modules suppléent le PNCE et bonifient la formation disponible pour le soutien du développement des cavaliers et des entraîneurs.

VOLET 2 : Présentation des modules de compétition 1. Élaboration d’un programme de sport équestre (plan annuel d’entraînement) 2. Gestion d’un programme de sport équestre 3. Le travail mental dans le sport équestre 4. Analyse de la prestation pour la compétition (classique et western) Modules intermédiaires 5. Stage de formation à l’intention des spécialistes de la compétition (concours complet, saut d’obstacles, dressage, reining, épreuves de vitesse et prestation générale) 6. Stage de préparation des athlètes de concours complet VOLET 3 : Modules avancés 1. Sport sans dopage équin (médicaments, critères de dépistage de drogues) 2. Développement des capacités athlétiques chez l’humain 3. Développement des capacités athlétiques chez le cheval 4. Planification du travail pour la haute performance (plan d’entraînement avancé) 5. Planification des exercices avancés (planification d’une leçon) 6. Apprentissage et planification de la prévention et du rétablissement des blessures 7. Analyse de la prestation équine avancée 8. Gestion du sport équestre de haute performance (assurance et nutrition)

Communiquez avec votre association équestre provinciale pour obtenir les dates de formation ou vous inscrire sur une liste d’attente pour que la formation soit offerte dans votre région.

Nouveaux outils pour les cavaliers (et les entraîneurs et les parents) Guide de l’athlète : Restez à l’affût du prochain lancement du nouveau Guide de l’athlète de concours complet. Ce guide fournit aux athlètes et aux entraîneurs des outils pratiques, tels qu’un résumé des règlements et des modèles de calendriers de planification de l’entraînement. Cette documentation est destinée aux entraîneurs de concours complet pour les aider dans leur préparation de la planification des formations saisonnières de leurs groupes ou des leçons individuelles avec leurs élèves. Les cavaliers, quant à eux, trouveront ce guide utile dans la préparation de leur saison de concours et des discussions avec l’entraîneur sur leurs plans. Les outils de planification de l’entraînement sont adaptés à la lumière du nouveau cours de formation Élaboration d’un programme de sport équestre du PNCE, lequel enseigne aux entraîneurs et aux participants équestres comment rédiger un plan annuel d’entraînement et travailler à partir de ce plan pour préparer des plans hebdomadaires spécifiques. Développement à long terme de l’athlète de concours complet : De nouvelles lignes directrices pour les entraîneurs, les cavaliers et les parents ont été élaborées et seront présentées bientôt. Ce livret détaille les principes du développement à long terme du sportif équestre et explique les besoins des athlètes de concours complet à chaque stade de leur entraînement. Chaque stade déchiffre les objectifs de formation (habiletés), la difficulté technique (hauteur des obstacles et niveaux de dressage), les niveaux appropriés de compétition, la psychologie du sport et les meilleurs ratios de plan d’entraînement. On y trouve également des directives pour les parents à propos du stade de développement physique, de la maturité psychologique et émotionnelle et de l’engagement de leur enfant exigés pour chaque étape d’entraînement. Les parents feront appel à cette ressource pour mieux comprendre la participation de leurs enfants dans le sport équestre, peu importe l’âge de ceux-ci, et pour éclairer leurs décisions si l’enfant s’intéresse au concours complet.

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Rappel important aux compétiteurs des concours sanctionnés de Canada Hippique Afin de participer aux concours sanctionnés de Canada Hippique, les compétiteurs doivent respecter les exigences suivantes pour l’année courante : Être membre de son organisme provincial ou territorial; Détenir une licence sportive de Canada Hippique du niveau où ils concourent; Avoir le statut d’amateur, au besoin; Être membre d’un organisme affilié, de discipline ou de race, au besoin; Détenir un passeport équin de Canada Hippique ou de la FEI en bonne et due forme, conjointement avec la licence hippique de Canada Hippique.

Licence sportive de Canada Hippique – questions et réponses 1. Quel est le délai de traitement de l’achat en ligne de la licence sportive de Canada Hippique? Le traitement est immédiat. L’acheteur peut imprimer un reçu qui servira de preuve de licence en attendant l’arrivée par la poste de sa licence sportive ( 2. Quel est le délai de livraison par la poste de la licence achetée? Dix jours à compter de la date de réception de la demande au bureau de Canada Hippique (si tous les renseignements sont en règle). Un service d’urgence est offert pour un coût supplémentaire. 3. Quelle est la responsabilité de la direction du concours en l’absence de preuve de détention d’une licence sportive ou hippique? Elle doit vendre au participant une licence sportive temporaire, une déclaration sous serment temporaire, un enregistrement temporaire du cheval ou une mise à niveau pour un seul concours.


RAPPEL : Le casque protecteur est obligatoire à tous les niveaux de concours de dressage de Canada Hippique depuis le 1er janvier 2012. Canada Hippique et Dressage Canada assument désormais un rôle de leadership au sein de l’ensemble de l’industrie en exigeant de tous les cavaliers de dressage le port d’un casque protecteur en concours. À compter de 2012, un amendement aux règlements nationaux imposera une telle exigence à tous les niveaux de concours de dressage sanctionnés par Canada Hippique. (Voir le sous-paragraphe 3.4.3 de la section E des règlements : http://bit. ly/KFZQHW.

Admissibilité des participants aux concours sanctionnés de Canada Hippique Le comité organisateur, le directeur de concours et les officiels certifiés sont responsables de veiller à ce que tous les participants ou leurs représentants se conforment à tous les règlements de Canada Hippique concernant les formulaires d’inscription, les passeports, les licences sportives et tout autre document exigé. Canada Hippique valide également les résultats de tous les compétiteurs inscrits afin de confirmer leur admissibilité. En 2011, 235 amendes ont été imposées aux personnes qui ont concouru sans détenir au moins une des autorisations suivantes : • Licence sportive; • Licence hippique; • Adhésion provinciale; • Statut d’amateur.


Services offerts aux concours de Canada Hippique Les services suivants sont offerts aux concours : Licence de niveau Bronze : cette licence ne peut être achetée qu’aux concours de niveau Bronze. Mise à niveau pour un seul concours : aucun point ne peut être accumulé lorsqu’un compétiteur procède à une mise à niveau pour un seul concours. Cette option n’est pas offerte pour le passage de tout niveau vers le Platine. Le coût d’une mise à niveau de Bronze à Argent ou d’Argent à Or est de 20 $. Le coût de la mise à niveau de Bronze à Or est de 40 $ (voir l’article A211 : http:// Licence hippique temporaire : aucun point ne peut être accumulé lorsqu’un compétiteur s’enregistre pour une licence hippique temporaire (voir l’article A411 : Licence sportive temporaire et déclaration sous serment temporaire de l’amateur : aucun point ne peut être accumulé lorsqu’un compétiteur utilise une licence sportive temporaire (voir l’article A208 :

Pour les organisateurs de concours Veuillez noter les modifications suivantes aux politiques et procédures : • Politique d’administration des concours de 2012 ( La définition de « personne responsable » se lit maintenant ainsi : « Le comité organisateur nomme une personne pour agir en qualité de directeur de concours ou d’organisateur de concours, laquelle accepte la responsabilité de la conduite de l’ensemble du concours. Cette personne doit détenir une licence sportive de Canada Hippique correspondant au niveau du concours concerné ou plus élevée et être membre en règle de Canada Hippique. » • Barème des frais de 2012 et barème des frais et des amendes de 2012 (http:// Cette politique est entrée entièrement en vigueur en 2011. Des modifications ont cependant été apportées pour la saison de 2012, notamment les frais liés aux dates de remise des frais de contrôle antidopage équin, lesquels doivent dorénavant être acquittés dans les 14 jours suivant le concours. • TVH/TPS. Canada Hippique a récemment demandé qu’une décision soit prise sur l’applicabilité de la TVH/TPS sur certains frais. Nous sommes en mesure de confirmer que les frais de licence de concours, les frais de carte d’invité et les cotisations sont EXEMPTÉS de la TVH/TPS. Les frais de contrôle antidopage équin sont également exemptés (sauf en Ontario). equinecanada April | May 2012 39

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