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Don’t miss our first show of the season! High Point Spring Warm Up April 21st. We are now accepting entries; forms can be found on our website. Additional upcoming events at High Point: • April 27 – 29 – Dr Andrew McLean

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contents FEATURES


12 Vet’s View 5 Questions To Ask

Yourself When Choosing A Supplement by Dr. Marielle St-Laurent

20 Get Ready For Show Season! 9 Points Of Saddle Fitting Checklist by Jochen Schleese

6 TidBits Evolving Bits 15 Industry News 2018 WEF Sport

Horse Auction Set to Showcase Elite Class of Prospects

18 Show Report Wild’N Wooly Winter Dressage Series

22 FEI News Brand New Longines FEI

Jumping Nations Cup Series Launches Next Month

IN THIS ISSUE 8 25 40 42 43 46 47 47

23 Product Review Science Pure

Headline News Equestrian Properties Business Classifieds Horse Trials BC News BCLM Pony Club News Competition Calendar Noticeboard Advertiser’s Index

Recommended Diet and Performance One Supplement

27 Discipline Reports Canada Claims

Victory in $450,000 Longines Nations’ Cup of Ocala


ON THE COVER: Something NEW – see Tidbits, page 6. A dream photo shoot resulted in this lovely image by Sue Ferguson of Outer Limits Digital Photography!

“We all work well together, we all help each other, and we had good team spirit with this team. We had good chemistry all week long.” — Eric Lamaze, on Team Canada’s victory in the $450,000 Longines Nations’ Cup. See page 28.

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Evolving Bits


he Gaitpost is evolving! We are listening to our readers and advertisers and we are making some big changes as a result. It is a sign of the times that we are pushing the magazine in the direction of digital media, and revamping our website and online presence for more immediate coverage of news and events. It will be the same articles, the same style, and the same great content, just available online at any time rather than once a month. We are still going to be in print,

just not every month. We will be putting all of our favourite coverage specials into two big, full-size, glossy issues, the first to come out at the end of November 2018 in time for Christmas, the second in time for show season. It will be the high quality as always expected from the Gaitpost and will be a chance for all groups to have their Year in Review published, from grass roots to Grand Prix. It is also the opportunity

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Tidbits continued from page 5 for advertisers to be a part of a huge distribution directly to the equestrian world via our bulk mailing lists, subscriptions, and online followers. The April 2018 issue will be our last digest-sized print issue, and while it seems sad to say goodbye to the little magazine that could, the changes to the new biannual print issues are exciting. Larger font! More visual impact! Same great photography, but larger! And everyone still can have their say and get their news and photos in Canada’s Greatest Little Horse Mag, as always. Our website,, will be updated over the summer, and we would love to hear from you — suggestions for the site are very welcome! Send ideas to All our regular contributors are encouraged to continue to submit their news to us. We will be in contact with all our clients and readers over the summer as the new site is launched, and as we prepare for the Christmas Special Issue. In the meantime, check in regularly on for continuing coverage of the equestrian world’s activities as they happen. Be sure to check us out on Facebook as well, to stay in touch with changes and featured articles. Thank you to all our clients, and we look forward to working with you in our exciting new venture! Remember this little guy, on our trial run of the full size? He’ll be back, like the Gaitpost, bigger and better! Not many are comfortable with change, we get that. We want to hear from you as to what you think would make the Gaitpost better — now is the time to have your input. Help us build a better Gaitpost!

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HEADLINENEWS Bit by Bit TOYOTA A PROUD CANADIAN PARALYMPIC TEAM PARTNER AT PYEONGCHANG 2018 From March 9 to 18, elite Canadian athletes who have challenged their limits every day to chase their Paralympic dreams will be competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The entire country will cheering them on and Toyota will be supporting them as the Official Mobility Partner of the Canadian Paralympic Team. “The Paralympic athletes that represent our country on the international stage are an inspiration for every Canadian,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) “Their stories of perseverance, courage and hard work encourage all of us to start our own impossible – and we’re proud to support these athletes as they compete against the best in the world.” Toyota believes that mobility goes beyond cars. As the automotive industry faces a once-in-acentury revolutionary change, Toyota, encouraged

by all of its stakeholders, aims to create a society that can offer all people the freedom to move. Aiming to “achieve a peaceful and non-discriminatory society through sports” and to “contribute to a sustainable society through mobility,” Toyota entered into an agreement with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2015 to become Worldwide Paralympic Partner. Toyota also has agreements with the National Paralympic Committees (NPC) of 177 countries, a groundbreaking first for a Worldwide Paralympic Partner. In addition, Toyota has been asked by the IPC to help increase awareness and promote support for the Paralympics and its Para athletes through its local business operations in each country by supporting the activities of the local NPCs. In November 2017, TCI announced that it would be an Official Partner of both the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Olympic Committee for the next eight years. Toyota will serve as the Official Mobility Partner of the Canadian Paralympic and Olympic teams through to 2024.

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DAZZLING LINE-UP ALREADY, BUT FULL START-LIST AS YET INCOMPLETE The top riders weren’t hanging about in the aftermath of the last Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2018 Western European League qualifier in Gothenburg (SWE). By last Friday, just five days after Henrik von Eckermann galloped to victory for the second year running at his home event, all 18 qualified for next month’s Longines 2018 Final had already confirmed their intention to compete in Paris (FRA), along with extra athletes Edwina Tops-Alexander from Australia and Colombia’s Carlos Lopez. Von Eckermann’s last-leg success saw him leap-frog world number four and long-time league leader Kevin Staut who enjoyed another fantastic season, competing at 12 of the 13 Western European qualifiers and booking his spot without question. The Frenchman will be joined at the Final in the AccorHotels Arena from 11 to 15 April by compatriots Simon Delestre and RogerYves Bost. Only one French rider has ever held the coveted FEI World Cup trophy in his hands: Bruno Brouqsault sprang a big surprise when winning through in Milan (ITA) in

2004, so there is a major incentive for the host-nation representatives to bring it home once again in this 40th season. Britain’s Michael Whitaker said in Gothenburg, “it’s about time I won it!” and he’s right about that, having come so very close on many occasions. He’s hoping to make it happen at his 23rd attempt, but Germany’s Marcus Ehning will be bidding to become the first-ever four-time champion. The wizard of warp-speed very nearly leaped to the top of the league leaderboard with by far the fastest jump-off round at the Swedish fixture, only to be denied by a late-falling pole, and is likely to put all the pressure on the rest when the Final gets underway in five weeks’ time. Ehning’s German counterpart and the 2011 champion, Christian Ahlmann, has also easily made the cut, and a total of 10 Western European nations will be represented at this year’s Final. America’s McLain Ward is defending champion, and there’s still a way to go before the full line-up for Paris is announced, but it’s shaping up for a mighty battle. Headline News continued on page 10


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Headline News continued from page 9 EFFECTS OF THERAPEUTIC RIDING ON PTSD A quantitative paper with findings from a research study funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation was recently published in the Military Medical Research Journal. “Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on military veteran’s posttraumatic stress disorder” is another important step toward validating equineassisted activities’ positive impact for participants in hundreds of centers across the country. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, principal investigator, used randomized wait-list control with repeated measures of U.S. military veterans to test the efficacy of a 6-week therapeutic horseback riding (THR) program for decreasing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. PTSD symptoms were measured using the standardized PTSD Checklist-Military Version and three other standardized tests were also used to access different aspects of individual well-being and the PTSD symptoms. Results showed that participants had a statistically significant decrease in PTSD scores after 3 weeks of THR as well as a statistically and clinically significant decrease after 6 weeks of THR. Logistic regression showed that partici-

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pants had a 66.7% likelihood of having lower PTSD scores at 3 weeks and 87.5% likelihood at 6 weeks. It is no surprise to professional therapeutic riding instructors and center participants that the findings clearly suggest that THR may be a clinically effective intervention for alleviating PTSD symptoms in military veterans. This is particularly important as we urgently seek alternative methods to support our veterans in need. CHAMPION POLO PLAYER CLONES HIS BEST PONY TO GAIN A WINNING ADVANTAGE Cuartetera was so good, there are now 14 of her. He had a great polo pony, why not create more just like her? So polo player Adolpho Cambiaso cloned his favourite horse. Lesley Stahl reports on the sport of polo that’s leading the way in cuttingedge biotechnology. Her story will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES. Stahl went to Argentina to meet Cambiaso, whom she calls the “Tom Brady of polo.” Already ranked the best player in the world, Cambiaso is leading a new charge — in science. He’s cloning his champion horses, competing on them, and winning. Cuartetera is his best horse, a 17-year-old mare who is fast, easy to direct and can turn on a dime. She was honoured last year as the best polo horse in history, and her 14 clones — named Cuartetera 1, Cuartetera 2, and so on — seem to be just as gifted. “I think she’s born to play, you know?” he tells Stahl. “There [are] those horses in life, or like soccer players like Messi. It’s not many.” Now, with a stable full of clones of similar temperament and skill as his champion pony, Cambiaso can swap out one Cuartetera clone for another Cuartetera clone — giving him a serious advantage on the field.

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ith equine supplements being a multi million dollar industry and only gaining in popularity, companies are fighting harder than ever to gain your business and a piece of the market shares. With all the advertising and so many choices, it can be hard to make a decision. Here are 5 questions to ask when considering supplementing your horse’s diet. WHAT IS MY HORSE EATING RIGHT NOW? Horses are herbivores and hind gut fermenters. They need a lot of fiber and ideally a great quality hay when pasture is not available or does not provide enough. Hay type and quality is a whole other subject, but nevertheless it is the most important part of the diet. There are different types of hay, such as alfalfa, timothy, orchard, etc. Not only does the type change the


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total amount of protein, vitamins and minerals, but the cut, when it’s harvested, how it’s harvested, which geographical location it is from, how it’s been stored since baling and more all have an influence on the amount of nutrients hay has. Hay analysis is a great tool. However, depending on which lab is used, vitamins and minerals are often not analysed. In addition, since vitamins degrade over time, the actual amount will be less and less since it’s been analyzed. It is often most useful to find out the sugar and protein content. As a rule of thumb, horses that eat hay alone will be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Salt blocks provide great major electrolytes but do not have all minerals in them and do not have vitamins. Therefore, if your horse is consuming hay only, supplements would be beneficial.

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WHERE DO THE SUPPLEMENTS COME FROM? This is a great question and part of debates on a regular basis. The first thing you should know is that there are no regulations in place for nutraceuticals. This means that anybody can sell anything without having to be an expert or have qualifications. A company does not have to prove the efficacy of their product. They may claim that their product improves health or is good for arthritis without actually testing it. There is no testing requirement to prove consistency of the product. This means that the company is not required to test their product for quality assurance. What is written on the label may not be what is actually inside the container. This is one of the biggest concerns out there. For example, a good study analyzed the amount of glucosamine in different products and compared it to what was the supposed ‘guaranteed analysis’ and the results were shocking. All products had only a very small fraction of what they claimed. When you are paying X$ to have a certain amount of vitamins and minerals or herbs, you may be paying for fillers and inactive ingredients. This is one of the reasons veterinarians have shied away from recommending supplements in the past. Nobody could tell what was in that bucket, and even if what the label said was true, there wasn’t any proof that it would work. While the science behind it still needs to improve, it has come a long way and is constantly evolving and getting better and better. Some companies are better than others. You can talk to your veterinarian about which brands to use and which to avoid. Some companies have stepped up to the plate and are subjecting their


Working horses often get grain or pellets in addition to the hay. If fed appropriately according to the manufacturer, a lot of them provide the minimum requirements for minerals and vitamins. Many feed companies offer good products and balance the feed appropriately to supplement the hay. Talking to the company’s equine nutritionist is often very useful in these cases. products to rigid standards very much like they do for medication. WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY COST PER DAY? Supplements vary greatly in cost. They come in all sizes of scoops and containers. When comparing for price, it’s important to compare apples to apples. If you are feeding 5 big scoops twice a day vs a tiny scoop once daily will greatly influence how much you go through in a month. Some supplements are very costly and horse owners on a budget have to pay close attention to this extra expense. In certain circumstances, money might be better spent on proven medication to treat a specific condition rather than a supplement. IS THERE A SPECIFIC CONDITION THAT I WANT TO ADDRESS? A lot of research is being done on supplements that could help with specific diseases. For example, there are products that help with arthritic problems, with inflammation post surgery, as appetite stimulants, etc. Some of those products are made by pharmaceutical companies that have great reputations and large infrastructures and that perform quality control on their own product. When you want to address a certain problem such as stiffness in an older horse or ulcers, veterinarians are best suited to recommend supplementation. Some of the claims out there are exaggerated or plain false. It’s very important if you are spending a lot of money for something that it actually gets you a quality product that is

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requirements are met 3) supplements are not subject to regulations and quality controls like medications and therefore choosing a reputable company recommended by your veterinarian is crucial 4) bloodwork can help detect deficiencies and excesses 5) There are highly trained equine nutritionists that can also offer great recommendations for your specific horse, especially when it comes to grain and hay. Veterinarians can help you shed light on which supplements actually have some science behind it and could be beneficial for your specific situation and with your budget. Finally, ask a lot of questions to qualified professionals and do some research prior to making your decision about your horse’s nutrition as it can have a great impact on them.

DOES MY HORSE HAVE ANY DEFICIENCIES OR EXCESSES? Veterinarians have access to reputable laboratories that can test various vitamin and mineral levels. A lot of deficiencies and excesses can be subclinical, meaning that the horse does not exhibit any clinical signs and looks completely normal. That being said, a simple blood test can help to see if your animal has problems. When we have patients that show clinical signs, we usually encounter dull hair coat, poor or abnormal hoof growth, lack of energy and other non-specific signs. There are supplements for specific deficiencies that are best suited Dr Marielle St-Laurent, DVM graduated from to target a specific problem. the University of Montreal in June 2010. She completed Paton & Martin’s internship proIn conclusion, the take-home messages are gram and is now a full time associate veteri1) if your horse is only eating hay, vitamins and narian. Marielle was a competitive Dressage minerals may be necessary to balance the diet 2) rider prior to entering vet school. She recentif your horse is eating grain make sure they get Gaitpost-Nov2017-halfpage-JSandAG-20171010OL.pdf 1 10/10/17 1:42:08 PM ly got back in the saddle and started training and competing again. the recommended portions to ensure minimum

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INDUSTRYNEWS Business Matters

VDL Giardo will be one of 17 horses available for purchase at the 2018 WEF Sport Horse Auction on Thursday, March 1.



he annual WEF Sport Horse Auction is set to return to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), The auction, now in its fifth year, will offer 17 top horses bred at the renowned VDL Stud in Bears, Netherlands, considered one of the top sport horse breeding operations in the world. The selection of horses to be presented at this year’s event is quite dynamic. All are between the ages of 5 and 9 years old, entering the prime of their show jumping careers. Of the 17, three are currently competing above the 1.40m level (VDL Cornesch, VDL Efodea, and VDL Eleganto), two are elite level mares (VDL Fastday and VDL Efodea), and one has already begun his Grand Prix career at the CSI 2* level (VDL Eleganto). Alongside the established top-level competitors, there are also numerous outstanding young

horses that show potential for the highest levels of competition. Two exceptional prospects include VDL Heros S and VDL Harwich, who were finalists in their respective age classes at the 2017 FEI/WBFHS World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium. Each of the horses presented during the auction come from top sport horse bloodlines and are ready to step right into the competition arena following the auction with their new owners and riders. WEF Sport Horse Auction Organizer Melanie Peterson, stated, “This is the most comprehensive group we’ve ever seen come from VDL; every single one of these horses is phenomenal in their own right. We had a great turnout at the presentation on February 20th, and we’re look-

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Industry News continued from page 15 ing forward to a fantastic auction on March 1st. It’s always really exciting to see who ends up with these fantastic horses.” Past auction graduates have gone on to compete successfully with top international riders such as Ben Maher, Darragh Kenny, and Luciana Diniz. Top Irish rider Daniel Coyle currently competes seven horses that were purchased at previous WEF Sport Horse Auctions, including Farona, who won all three legs of the 1.40m Final at Spruce Meadows in 2017, at only seven years old. Coyle noted, “There hasn’t been one horse from the WEF Sport Horse Auction that I haven’t really enjoyed riding. They’re fantastic horses and are perfect for top level programs; I think Janko [van de Lageweg] tries to pick out the best horses to bring here.” VDL Stud has produced top quality sport horses for more than 40 years, including Olympic Medalists and World Champions. In 2009, they were named the KWPN Breeder of the Year.

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To date, VDL has provided 83 exceptional horses for the WEF Sport Horse Auction and when the last horse is sold at this year’s auction, it will mark the 100th horse sold. A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE AHC FOUNDATION’S 2017 ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY While the equine industry as a whole generates approximately $122 billion in total economic value, it’s commonly thought that the “big three” that are the primary economic drivers: Recreation, Racing, and Competition. However, the American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) felt it was also important to bring in a new sector of the industry’s economic impact: Working Horses. “Traditional working horses remain an important part of the industry, and not just on American ranches,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “In cities like New York and even here in Washington, DC, it’s not uncommon to have horses patrolling the streets, allowing individuals access to horses that they may not have otherwise had. Horses can also be found pulling carriages and adding charm to America’s cities and historic destinations.” The Working Horse sector consists of equines used in segments such as mounted police units, carriage operations, equine assisted therapy programs, and lesson programs, which accounts for 8% of the equine population. The Working Horse sector supports more than 42,000 direct jobs and adds $1.9 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. These direct impacts drive a further $2.7 billion in added value to the economy and create more than 28,000 jobs from indirect and induced effects. The Recreation sector supports more than 162,000 direct jobs and adds $7.5 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. Those direct impact drive a further $10.5 billion in added value to the economy, and create more than 110,00 jobs from both indirect and induced effects. Additionally, nearly 13 million households have participated in trail riding, with the vast majority of trail riders — 87% — utilizing public lands to ride on.

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The Racing sector continues to have the largest economic impact: supporting more than 241,000 direct jobs and adding $15.6 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. These direct impacts add $21 billion in value to the economy, and in total create more than 231,000 jobs from both indirect and induced effects. At Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks, approximately $11 billion in wagering occurred in 2016, and tracks had $1.2 billion in total purses. Harness racetracks also had significant wagering of $1.45 billion, with $423 million in total purses. Finally, the Competition sector supports more than 241,000 direct jobs, and adds $11.8 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. These direct impacts drive a further $16.5 billion in added value to the economy, and create more than 175,000 jobs from indirect and induced effects. Additionally, USEF, AQHA, NRHA and UPHA licensed approximately 6,313 competitions throughout 2016, utilizing 1,654 competition managers. “While the Racing sector is still the number one performing segment of the industry in economic impact, the Recreation industry continues to be the largest based on horse population, as well as creating new enthusiasts by providing easy access to equine activities such as trail riding and lessons,” said Ms. Broadway. “It’s also important to note how every segment of the equine industry has created 38 million households with equine ethusiasts in the United States!”

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WILD’N WOOLY WINTER DRESSAGE SERIES By Sarah Lindstein · Photos by Sue Ferguson

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unday, February 25, 2018 saw riders take their horses in the first-ever Wild’N Wooly Winter Dressage Series, a brand-new dressage schooling show and the brainchild of local stable owners Sharon Martinez of Bonita Stables, and Samantha (Sam) Reid of Fairlawn Equestrian Centre. The two horsewomen cooked up the show series to address a shortage of winter schooling dressage shows for riders on southern Vancouver Island. “We’re just so stoked to be able to join together to make this happen for riders,” said Sharon Martinez. And like that, the Wild’N Wooly Winter Dressage Series took shape. 18

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A true partnership, Sam and Sharon worked up a safe, friendly and welcoming show series. The idea was to offer something for riders and horses in a customer-service approach. The show’s venue was unique: warm-up at neighbour Lisette DeRooy’s new indoor arena (DeRooy Dressage), which was completed this past September. Riders then walked down to Sharon’s (Bonita Stables) and performed in the indoor there. That way, they had enough room for ample warm-up. The first two shows of the season will use both DeRooy Dressage’s arena and Bonita Stables, and the final show will be at Sam Reid’s Fairlawn Equestrian Centre. “I was really happy to help out with the in-

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door and work together with Sharon to make it happen,” said Lisette de Rooy of the unique warm-up partnership. Many were unsure about local interest in a winter show series. After all, the week before the horse show the Island saw uncharacteristically bitter temperatures and snow. Would riders be willing to handle potentially freezing temperatures with their horses? The answer, Sharon saw, was a resounding yes! Part of the draw is ensuring the show is worth it for riders. “With the series (there are three separate shows, with an opportunity to win points for a series-end award), we wanted to offer a payoff for riders at the end of the season,” said Sharon. Sharon and Sam approached businesses in the community with this idea and sponsorship of the show series grew. As of Sunday’s show, the following sponsors were involved: Swiftsure Equine Veterinary Services, Brink Group of Companies, the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Kingburne Farm, Wrayton Transport Ltd. Hay Sales, Eden Equine Veterinary Services Inc., CIS Cameron-Izard-Snell Chartered Professional Accountants, Martinez Veterinary Services, Greenhawk Vancouver Island, Victoria Saddlery, and White House Stables. The sponsors were very encouraging and proud to support the series. “As our children become more and more involved in showing their own ponies we are excited to see fun opportunities like the Wild’N Wooly Winter Dressage Series that encourage riders of all levels something to aspire to,” said Tamara Wrayton, of Wrayton Transport Ltd. Hay Sales. “Victoria Saddlery’s mandate has always been to support local riders and sport. This winter’s Wild’N Wooly Winter Dressage Series is innovative, creative and welcomed with enthusiasm and excitement by Victoria and even up-Island riders. Victoria Saddlery is thrilled to be able to sponsor this series,” said Ann Woelfle Bater of Victoria Saddlery Ltd. “Greenhawk Vancouver Island is very excited to be involved with the Wild’N Wooly Winter

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Dressage Series. The series has been greeted with great enthusiasm from the equestrian community, attracting entries from all different disciplines including hunter/jumper, western, eventing and of course dressage,” said Glynis Schultz of Greenhawk Vancouver Island. For a horse show that had organizers on pins and needles, anticipating maybe only 30 tests if they got lucky, Sharon and Sam were wowed by the response. On show day there were over 60 tests scheduled, with a lot of names new to the dressage scene — a very busy day! Small things made the day, with water for riders and treats for horse and rider alike. The order of go was kept running smoothly by the help of a small army of volunteers. Local riders may have recognized the volunteer directing a busy trailer parking lot as our own Dr. Tino Martinez, veterinarian. The arena was decorated beautifully with pots of flowers, a white linen-covered table for the judge and the finishing touch — arena letters placed in white-painted cans and the arena itself

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get ready for show season! 9 points of saddle fitting checklist by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE


f your horse has been ‘laid off ’ over winter, your saddle may need adjustment to allow him comfort and freedom to muscle up again when training starts again. Given the rate of muscle development (negative and positive), if your horse is off even a week, your saddle may not fit the way it did and should. A quick DIY diagnostic using our 9 points of saddle fit evaluation (with videos available to show you how at our YouTube channel at schleesesaddlery) may help. This material is evergreen and cannot be repeated often enough! Key points are summarized as follows: 1. BALANCE Too high in the pommel and too low in the


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cantle causes pressure on the horse’s back. It may be difficult to engage his back because too much rider weight is on his last 2 floating ribs. Too low in the front may pinch the shoulder. 2. WITHER CLEARANCE Clearance all around the withers should be 2-3 fingers. When the horse moves the scapula rotate upwards-backwards – you need enough clearance all around to allow this movement. 3. GULLET CHANNEL WIDTH Narrow gullet channels can cause permanent damage to the back. The spinal processes or musculature of the horse’s back (3-5 fingers width) need freedom to bend laterally.

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4. FULL PANEL CONTACT The panel should have even contact all the way down for optimal distribution of the rider’s weight. Panels should rest on the muscle, not spine or ligaments. Some curve up at the back which allows the back to come up. No bridging or rocking! 5. BILLET ALIGNMENT To avoid sliding forward, the billets should hang perpendicular to the ground to position the girth properly. It always finds the narrowest point of the rib cage behind the elbow. If pulled forward onto the horse’s shoulders, the saddle acts like a straitjacket; inhibiting movement through his shoulders. 6. LENGTH There should be no weight on the shoulder and loin. Weight should be on saddle support area (SSA) only. Even long backs may have very short saddle-support areas. Panels should be the correct length. The SSA begins at the base of the withers, ending at the 18th thoracic vertebra. 7. STRAIGHTNESS A seemingly straight saddle can shift right or left during riding. The larger shoulder should be accommodated in adjustment to avoid this. A saddle that falls or twists to one side can lead to SI (sacroiliac) joint issues. Panels on the horse’s spine can lead to irreversible long-term damage.


8. TREE ANGLE: The angle of the tree at the gullet plate should mirror the shoulder blade angle to allow freedom of movement like a ‘sliding door’. If the saddle moves forward, the tree points will drive into the horse’s shoulders, possibly damaging the cartilage irreversibly. 9. TREE WIDTH Narrow, medium or wide. Too wide is just as bad as too narrow. Too narrow may cause the saddle to be driven forward; too wide may slip side to side. Tree width and tree angle always go together. ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life. All Rights Reserved

Wild’N Wooly continued from page 19 defined by repurposed jump lattices! Under the watchful but kind eye of judge Monique Fraser, horses unsure of the environment were made to feel comfortable. Rider Lindsay Fitzmaurice on 14-year-old Oldenburg Deutschmeister gelding Donato had a spooky first Training One test. With some encouragement the team really brought it together, improving on their Training Level Two test. “He was scared of the judge’s table, but with help, we were able to come back in and improve on our work,” said Lindsay. Also new and exciting: riders in the Prix Caprilli challenged themselves to a test of obedience, jumping small jumps incorporated with dressage tests. Rider Victoria Strongman mounted on her mare, the 16-year-old registered Canadian Warmblood, Willowmeer, scored a very respectable 70% and 73% in Training Prix Caprilli tests. Victoria said of her mare, “She has been in my life since she was three years old. With her advanced age, we are exploring the Hunter/Jumper discipline and extending that into Prix Caprilli, which combine perfectly the sport of dressage and jumping. Our journey together has brought us so close; I can’t imagine my life without her.” Also entered in Prix Caprilli was Sarah Lindstein, our own contributing writer. She rode trainer Nicole Gibby’s horse Wish You Were Here aka Blaze, a school horse with a heart of gold. “When my pony Mr. Oats fell sick the day before the show, Nicole and her student Montana Clarke generously lent Blaze to me to take to the show,” said Sarah. Blaze and Sarah scored a 66.9% in the Training Prix Caprilli test. Not bad for a catchride! It takes a village to pull off a successful show, and with the community’s support and many eager riders, it seemed that the Wild’N Wooly Winter Dressage Series is off to a roaring success. Visit for prize lists for the final show of the series on April 21/22 at Fairlawn Equestrian Centre.

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Daniel Meech (NZ) riding Fine at the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping in Abu Dhabi.



he countdown to the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2018 — the world’s biggest and most historic team Jumping series — has started, with a sensational double kick-off in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on Saturday, February 17th and Ocala (USA) just 24 hours later. The series’ new title partner Longines committed their support to this jewel in the crown of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), the world governing body for horse sport, in a longterm agreement announced during the Longines FEI European Championships in Gothenburg (SWE) last August. The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup is all about national pride, passion, tradition, trust between team mates and their super-talented horses, as well as the unique solidarity among the teams from around the world that are now set to give their all in this series, which celebrates 109 years in 2018.


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Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, said, “It is a real pleasure for us to be part of this amazing series as Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch. We are really proud of the strong partnership we have established with the FEI since 2013 and look forward to sharing again our common passion for equestrian sports through the newly-named Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup series.” In Europe Division 1, the number of teams competing has jumped from eight to 10 — alongside defending champions from The Netherlands will be France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden. They will be joined by Belgium and Great Britain, the two top finishing teams in Division 2 last year. The majority of the qualifiers will this year

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n February, the Gaitpost ran Shelley Nyuli’s article, Rethinking a Successful Equine Nutrition Program For Every Horse, and at the time, I decided to give it a try with my dressage horse, Dantesse. The article generated a lot of interest and feedback, and I have had Dantesse on the recommended diet through the end of March. A few of my notes: PROS: • I like the simplicity of the feedstuff itself. Whole oats, alfalfa pellets, and ground flax were the basis of Dantesse’s meals, balanced with the Performance One supplement, designed to compliment our type of hay. If I were to notice a topline or energy level change, adjusting the protein level by raising the alfalfa content was easily done. • I am happy feeding whole oats — a basic, natural grain with a low digestible energy. I have always thought oats got an unfair bad reputation regarding making a horse high — it really isn’t backed up by science, and I think perhaps that notion arose when horses that weren’t getting any grain got it added to their diet, and yes, any extra supplementation will provide more energy to a horse. By weight, the amount of oats fed is very small, really!

I like not having to worry about finding what I feed available should I travel. The basic ingredients could be bought anywhere, so if travelling to show for any length of time, finding the same feed to give my horse while far away from home won’t be difficult. Whole oats and alfalfa pellets are fairly ubiquitous and we wouldn’t run the risk and stress of feed changes while travelling. • I believe she did settle down in her stall somewhat. Whether this was due to removing soy and its estrogenic components from her diet or not is a purely subjective opinion in this case, but her stall was tidier again, and she did cycle less obviously, although it did remain an issue. I put her on Regumate, and did get the attitude adjustment I wanted to see at that point. Dantesse had a dusty, slightly scurfy coat, and this cleared up very quickly after the diet change. Her grooming and exercise level did not change in that time, and I credit the high quality milled flax supplied by Science Pure. Another mare I changed the diet with also showed some improvements in coat quality and general physique. A VERY easy keeper, this mare normally got fed a handful of pel-

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take place on Sunday afternoons for maximum audience reach, both onsite and on TV, with Dublin — the last of the eight Europe Division 1 qualifiers — retaining its traditional Friday slot on August 10th. All Division 1 countries will be allocated five events in 2018 at which they can collect qualifying points for the Final, with all five results counting. Meanwhile, Europe Division 2 has been divided into four groups. A single qualifier will be staged in Budapest (HUN) on Sunday, August 12th, where a maximum of nine teams will compete for two tickets to the Final. The teams heading to Budapest will be decided by the European Equestrian Federation qualification system, as approved by the FEI, and through the FEI Jumping Nations Cup rankings system. This incredible series will culminate in an awe-inspiring Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2018 Final at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona (ESP) this October, where up to 20 of the world’s best Jumping teams will go head-to-head. “Last year’s Final was a thriller and, even after all these years, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup continues to be the very best of our sport,” said Rob Ehrens, Chef d’Equipe of the Dutch team that claimed the 2017 title. “The competition is so intense, with every athlete and every round counting so much. It can be so close that whether you win or lose is decided by the very last athlete on your team. You don’t find sport like this anywhere else!”

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lets, so really was not given a balanced diet because of her tendency to pork out. Changing her to small quantities of oats, alfalfa, and the Performance One supplement made an almost immediate change in her shape, less belly, and a healthier coat. It was remarkable to see, frankly. It is important to remember that if you are not feeding your bagged feed at the levels recommended by the manufacturer, you are likely not giving your horse a balanced diet! Without working out cost per horse exactly, I feel this was a less expensive way to feed a balanced diet.

CONS: • Feeding a couple of horses this diet was not a problem at all. If I was to feed twenty of them this diet, though, it would be somewhat timeconsuming. It was a little like baking a cake, some of this, some of that, a bit of this and that, and some water so it wasn’t too dry… it would add up timewise if the whole barn was fed this way. It would likely benefit most of them, in my opinion, but time is an issue for most barn managers… There were no other cons, really, that I encountered. The behavioural change was not as great as hoped for, but it could well be for any other horse. In summary, I felt this was a worthwhile experiment, and something well worth continuing if I was to continue to feed my own horses. In a boarding situation, that decision might change due to the extra time involved and the constant adjustment necessary to establish the energy and protein levels correctly for the level of work of each horse. Again, it wasn’t an issue for one or two horses that I knew very well and rode myself, and really is what a good manager does or should do with prepared feeds as well. I fed what was recommended by Science Pure for my horse at her work level, and I liked what I saw. I strongly recommend anyone changing their horse’s feed to get advice from a qualified nutritionist.

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The victorious Canadian Show Jumping Team. From left to right: François Lamontagne, Eric Lamaze, chef d’equipe Mark Laskin, Ian Millar, and Tiffany Foster.



he Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC, Eric Lamaze of Wellington, FL, François Lamontagne of Saint Eustache, QC, and Ian Millar of Perth, ON, claimed victory in the $450,000 Longines Nations’ Cup on Sunday, February 18, at CSIO5* Ocala, Florida. Millar and anchor rider Lamaze were the only two athletes in the competition to jump double clear, leading Canada to victory and splitting a new b50,000 bonus on offer this season as the day’s top performers. Canada won with a tworound total of eight faults over Brazil with 16 faults while Ireland and the United States tied for third place with 24 faults apiece. Germany finished fifth with 32 faults while Mexico was

sixth with 40 faults. Lamontagne, 34, was the lead-off rider for Canada, guiding Chanel du Calvaire, his ten-yearold Belgian Sport Horse mare (Luccianno x Kashmir van Schuttershof), to four jumping and one time fault for a total of five faults. Foster, 33, then had four faults in the opening round aboard Brighton, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Contender II x Quick Star) owned by Artisan Farms LLC and Torrey Pines Stable. Both Millar and Lamaze jumped clear, allowing Canada to drop Lamontagne’s five faults and only count the four faults incurred by Foster at the second fence on course. With four faults at the half-way stage, Canada was tied for the lead

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Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC, and Brighton, owned by Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable.

Ian Millar of Perth, ON, delivered double clear rounds for Canada riding Dixson for owner Ariel Grange.

Eric Lamaze was double clear riding in the anchor position for Canada aboard Coco Bongo, owned by Artisan Farms and his own Torrey Pines Stable.

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would secure victory while two rails down would force a jump-off with Brazil. The Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist needed no such cushion, instead jumping clear yet again with Coco Bongo, a 13-year-old Rheinlander gelding (Caretino x Calido) owned by Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms and his own Torrey Pines Stable. “It was a tough course, but we put in a great team effort with all four riders playing a part in the final outcome,” said Lamaze. “François was the discard in the opening round, but he came back with four faults for us to use in the second round when Tiff had some trouble. “We all work well together, we all help each other, and we had good team spirit with this team,” continued Lamaze. “We had good chemistry all week long. I have ridden with Ian and Tiffany on many teams, and François is really talented; I could see him being a big help to our team in the future.” Of his performance with Coco Bongo, Lamaze



François Lamontagne of Saint Eustache, QC, and his own Chanel du Calvaire.

with Germany, while Brazil sat third with eight faults. In the second round, Lamontagne and Chanel du Calvaire once again had a rail at the ‘b’ element of the triple combination set at fence seven but came home under the time allowed to keep their score to four faults. Foster and Brighton incurred an uncharacteristic 16 faults, putting the pressure on teammates Millar and Lamaze. A ten-time Canadian Olympian, Millar, 71, seemingly thrives on pressure, and jumped another textbook clear with Dixson, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Olisco) owned by Ariel Grange. It was the first double clear performance of the day, delivered over a challenging track set at a height of 1.60m by course designer Marina Azevedo of Brazil. As the other nations started to falter, Canada was pulling away from the pack. Riding in the anchor position, Lamaze, 49, knew one rail down 28

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noted, “He is fantastic for the Nations’ Cup competitions, he is so careful. He was double clear at the Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona last year and now was double clear here again in his next Nations’ Cup appearance. He jumps a lot of clear rounds but he’s not a runner; he’s a good Grand Prix horse and, for the Nations’ Cups, he is fantastic!” The $450,000 Longines Nations’ Cup at CSIO5* Ocala acted as the first of three qualifying events in the North and Central America and Caribbean League for the Longines Nations’ Cup Final to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from October 4 to 7. Canada, Mexico, and the United States were all eligible for qualifying points in Ocala, with Canada earning 100 points, the United States taking 75, and Mexico netting 55. Two more qualifying events are still to come in Mexico and Canada, with the top two teams in the league invited to Barcelona. “It’s always satisfying when the plan comes together and today was such an occasion,” noted Canadian Show Jumping Team chef d’equipe Mark Laskin of Langley, BC. “It was tough jumping, a legitimate five-star, and the victory was a real team effort. Tiff contributed in the first round, François contributed in the second, and Ian and Eric were flawless in both rounds. I don’t think any team in the world has a better one-two punch than we do, and they showed it by being the only two double cleans in the entire competition. Great team chemistry this week, everyone bought into what we were trying to do, and we were victorious as a result.” The Canadian Show Jumping Team next competes at the $150,000 CSIO4* Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL, on Saturday night, March 3. Then it’s on to Mexico for the second Longines Nations’ Cup qualifier to be held during CSIO5* Coapexpan, Mexico, from April 19 to 22. The third and final Longines Nations’ Cup qualifier will take place at Thunderbird Show Park during CSIO5* Langley, BC, from May 29 to June 3.

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS.

BEEZIE MADDEN AND BREITLING LS SHINE BRIGHTEST IN $205,000 CSIO4* GRAND PRIX Closing out the CSIO4* week of competition on Sunday, March 4, at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) was the $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds, with a win for Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and Breitling LS, owned by Abigail Wexner, at the Palm Beach International EquesDsicipline Reports continued on page 30

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KATHY RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY Private Practice and Victoria Colvin.

Private Practice with owner Brad Wolf accept the Deeridge Derby Welcome Stake Trophy from Mason Phelps on behalf of class sponsor SBS Farms.

Discipline Reports continued from page 29 trian Center in Wellington, FL. Out of 45 entries in the Grand Prix and 11 who advanced to the jump-off, it was fan favorite Madden who rose to the top of the $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds. Madden rode Breitling LS, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Quintero x Accord II, in a brilliant jump-off ride to win with a time of 40.49 seconds. Second place went to Richie Moloney (IRL) and Carrabis Z, owned by Equinimity LLC, in a time of 43.16 seconds. They went last in the jump-off and Moloney had seen Madden’s round before him. Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Cristalline, riding out of the unenviable first position in the class, rode a solid clear round in 43.86 seconds for third place. Fourth place went to the only other double clear, Lisa Carlsen (CAN) and her own Parette. PRIVATE PRACTICE & VICTORIA COLVIN TAKE HUNTER DERBY WELCOME STAKE AT DEERIDGE DERBY Private Practice and Victoria Colvin cruised to victory in the $5,000 SBS Farms International Hunter Derby Welcome Stake Friday at the Deeridge Derby, part of the Palm Beach Masters series at Deeridge Farms, a spectacular worldclass venue in Wellington, Florida. The format for the Welcome Stake was one round over the Steve Stephens designed course with each entry being scored by two panels of two judges each who gave the competitors a score, then the two scores were added for the 30

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point total for the round. Panel One comprised Robert Crandall and R. Scott Evans. Panel Two was Sissy Wickes and Linda Andrisani. Any ties in scoring were broken by assessing the scores from Panel One and the pair that had the higher score went on top. Colvin and the 9-year-old gelding, Private Practice, owned by Brad Wolf, bested a starting field of 54 entries quite handily. Their cumulative score of 177.50 proved uncatchable. “We just got Peter two weeks ago so I didn’t know what to expect,” said Colvin. “He used to be a jumper and probably didn’t have the scope needed to jump 1.60m so they sold him to Brad [Wolf]. I think he is going to be a very special horse, especially for the derbies. It is a blast to ride in this open galloping field at Deeridge. It is like the old hunters. Our plan was to go a little slower and smooth, just to make sure he didn’t convert back to his jumper days, but he was just great. His jumps were nice and smooth. All the lines rode nice and forward so we were able to just stroke right up the lines easily because he has such a big stride. “ Second place went to Red Ryder and Hannah Isop for owner Tracy Freels. They scored a 172.0. Red Ryder, a 14-year-old Selle Français gelding, also came from the jumper ranks and has been doing the High Performance Hunters and Derbies ever since under the guidance of Isop. Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy went early in the order and had led the class, but their score of 169.0 would not hold up and Alfano and the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, owned

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by Sharon O’Neill, wound up settling for third place.

DRESSAGE REPORT U.S. OLYMPIAN JAN EBELING IS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR OF GRAND PRIX WITH ‘AWESOME’ HORSE It was the final rider who triumphed on the final day in week eight of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. The USA’s Jan Ebeling scored 71.958% — the only plus-70% score — to land the Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by ProElite. It was the second win of the week for Ann Romney’s 10-year-old gelding, his first having come in the Intermediate I CDI3* class. In the Prix St Georges CDI3*, this small tour series’ first contest, Canada’s Tom Dvorak pipped Ebeling to the post on Carla Bahr’s nineyear-old gelding Cyrus, but Ebeling pulled out all the stops in the freestyle on Sergio Leone to regain the top step of the podium. Jan Ebeling (USA) and Ann Romney’s 10-year-old Sergio Leone are the only combination to top 70% in the Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3* class. “He was awesome in there. He was ‘on’ in the I-1 already, and today he was even better,” said the German-born U.S. Olympian. “In the first test — the Prix St Georges — he’s always a little timid. Although he’s shown a lot, he’s always been like that in the first test. He’s a little tight and tense looking at the arena, but he was great

Jan Ebeling and Sergio Leone.

today; super easy. “This is a fun freestyle designed by Karen Robinson, who does all my freestyles and has done for many years,” added Ebeling. “It was actually designed for another horse that has very similar movement, who is not here. The CDI season is fairly new for Santo — he used to be called Santo Domingo — so he’s now borrowed that freestyle for two weeks in a row and he’s doing well with it.” Although only lightly shown in CDIs, Ebeling has been competing the Oldenburg gelding by Sir Donnerhall x Stedinger in national classes since he was five after sourcing him through Christian Heinrich in Bremen, Germany. “We started showing him years ago at third





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Georges level. She is also the youngest rider to be selected for Robert Dover’s 2018 Christian Kennedy Future Stars Scholarship program. Vanessa Creech-Terauds, daughter of Diane — scored a double, topping both the young rider freestyle, sponsored by Yeguada de Ymas, and the under-25 Grand Prix freestyle, presented by Diamante Farms. The Canadian rode Devon L, who was unbeaten in both his starts in week eight, to 67.8% at Grand Prix level, and Rob Roy, by Rubin Royal, to 70.9% in the young riders’ class. Both horses are owned by Leatherdale Farms. Ashley Holzer (USA) and Sir Caramello — who sold for e500,000 at auction as a four-year-old — capture their first ever international Grand Prix win.

Discipline Reports continued from page 31 level and we’re just about ready to move into Grand Prix with him now,” continued Ebeling, 59. “I haven’t done many CDIs with him and I want to take my time and do the small tour one more time, but he’s pretty much schooling the whole Grand Prix so I think maybe before we leave to go back home to California at the end of the season, I might put him in an Intermediate II or a young horse Grand Prix.” Although there are plenty of competitive opportunities in California, Ebeling praised the Wellington circuit, saying: “My wife Amy and a friend of ours own a 16-horse ranch here; we felt that the Florida circuit is very competitive and it’s a fun environment. It’s horse heaven and rider heaven and I feel like I can OD on horses every day for three months. We also have a wonderful circuit over there in California, but this Florida circuit has been so established for so many years and its gotten bigger and bigger. The organizers have done such an amazing job — putting money into it — it’s turned into this animal that has a life of its own. It’s so much fun to be here; I just love it.” In the pony division, 11-year-old Paige Hendrick recorded her second win of the week, topping the FEI Pony Freestyle on Otinio. Hendrick is the youngest American rider to gain the US Dressage Federation silver medal. Remarkably, she has already been out competing at Prix St 32

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ASHLEY HOLZER SCORES EMOTIONAL GRAND PRIX SPECIAL WIN AT 2018 AGDF The USA’s Ashley Holzer recorded Sir Caramello’s first ever international Grand Prix win in just his fourth CDI test, topping the Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Peacock Ridge, with 70.149%. They were the only combination to break through the 70% barrier in the class of 13 finishers in week eight of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. The class was sponsored by PJ Rizvi’s Peacock Ridge, which was fitting as she is also the owner of the winning horse. Holzer was flabbergasted to win, having finished seventh in the qualifying Grand Prix. Sadly she was not able to attend the prize-giving as she had to leave to catch a flight to Toronto. “I’m speechless,” said Holzer. “This horse has been on the most incredible journey. Never in a million years did I think he’d win — I thought we might do a 65% test. But I’ve just watched the video back and some of the things he did in that test were unbelievable. And he whinnied at me for this first time in his life this week; I’m feeling very emotional about it.” Indeed, the liver chestnut gelding’s extravagant movement and uphill frame command attention in the ring. At only 11 years old, the horse still has plenty of time to gain confidence, and Holzer blamed the only big blip — a miscommunication in the passage to canter transition at

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X — firmly on herself. “I timed the canter aid completely wrong,” she said. “He is such a power machine and he’s been challenging to bring on. Andreas Helgstrand once described him as the most talented but most difficult horse he’d ever seen. He was sold at the PSI auction in 2011 as a four-year-old [for b500,000 to Russia], then ended up with Patrik Kittel, who called PJ and I about him. “It’s been hard for him to balance his huge gaits and then close up again for the collected work; that’s taken a long time to develop,” she added. “I also got some last minute advice from Robert Dover and Carl Hester yesterday — about taking my time in the corners, and not worrying about him being too ‘up’ in the frame.” Katherine Bateson Chandler — another to benefit from British Olympian Carl Hester’s advice on-site — was second with Alcazar. The local rider was nip and tuck on the trending scores with Holzer until small mistakes crept in in the two sets of one-time changes. The finished on 69.979%. Like Holzer, she plans to spend the

summer in Europe, training with Hester. The top non-US rider was Canadian Olympian Megan Lane, who rode Deer Ridge Equestrian’s Zodiac MW, by Rousseau, to 67.915% for third place. The winner of the qualifying Grand Prix, the Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, had to settle for sixth place aboard Foco Loco W. LAURA GRAVES SETS NEW AGDF RECORD HIGH SCORE WITH ASTONISHING FREESTYLE The USA’s number one dressage combination Laura Graves and Verdades proved their prowess beyond doubt with an astonishing performance in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDIW, presented by U.S. Trust & Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They scored 84.975% during “Friday Night Stars” under the floodlights in week eight’s headline class of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. It is the highest score ever achieved at AGDF. Discipline Reports continued on page 34





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SUSAN J. STICKLE Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades en route to a ‘triple double’ at the 2018 AGDF.

Discipline Reports continued from page 33 Second-placed Adrienne Lyle rode Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Juliano’s Salvino to another record: the highest score in her long international career, 78.275%. She rode to music made for her former top ride, Wizard. Juan Matute Guimon put a couple of glitches aside to log 73.8%, good enough for third on his father’s Don Diego Ymas, by Don Frederico. The 20-year-old Spanish rider became a U.S. citizen two weeks ago; he’ll remain riding for Spain in 2018 before deciding whether to switch nationalities for competitive purposes. Graves has now performed an extraordinary ‘triple double’ on the 16-year-old son of Florett As, having won both the Grand Prix and freestyle classes in all three weeks they have competed at AGDF this season. It came close to Graves’ best ever score of 85.307%, achieved to stand reserve champion at the FEI World Cup Final in April 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska. “It was fun to come out every ride and have some new things to talk about with my coach Debbie McDonald,” said Graves, who is ranked number four in the world. “I had some brilliant lightbulb moments for myself with my own riding tonight, which is super exciting. We don’t go in there just to tack on miles; there’s always a purpose, and tonight was no different.”


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Graves is “groom-less” for the week, so her fellow team bronze medalist from the Rio Olympics, Kasey Perry-Glass, has been helping and was awarded the $500 grooms’ award from Adequan. Graves has fully embraced the FEI’s new degree of difficulty calculating system, and her test leveraged the degree of difficulty score to the max. It included four double pirouettes linked together by huge tempi changes straight down the center line. If it weren’t for a spook near the judge at C just after one of the pirouettes, the score would have been even higher. “I’m still learning to ride this horse when he’s as hot as he is,” said Graves. “He’s super duper hot in this atmosphere and it’s a bigger atmosphere than some of the indoor shows. And when we do three shows here under the lights, the structure and repetitiveness really gets him fired up. It gives me a lot to work with, but I always embrace difficult experiences because it puts me a little ahead of the game for next time, hopefully.” Judge at C Anne Gribbons praised the standard of riding, and the winner in particular: “I was very proud of the two American horses and I think they were outstanding,” she said. “In Verdades’ first two movements he was tense, but then he was ‘on’. I think this was probably Laura’s best freestyle overall; in the piaffe the horse got it together, he sat down and really did a good job. And Salvino is amazing for being so green. He’s very calm and happy in his skin. This is very promising for the team to have these horses.” The class was the final FEI World Cup qualifier in North America, and confirms qualification for both Graves and Shelly Francis. The Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Losos de Muñiz has secured the spot for non-league riders. In the Intermediate I CDI3* class, presented by ProElite, the top two from yesterday’s Prix St Georges contest were reversed, with victory on this occasion going to the USA’s Jan Ebeling on Sergio Leone with 68.529%. Canada’s Tom Dvorak was just 0.19% behind on Cyrus. Ebeling has been competing Sergio Leone less than a year, and they have a dozen FEI small

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SUSAN J. STICKLE Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour (26) and Atterupgaard’s Cassidy.

tour results to their name. He is owned by Ann Romney, who also owned Ebeling’s Olympic ride Rafalca. This was the 10-year-old Sir Donnerhall x Stedinger son’s second international win. DUFOUR AND CASSIDY SPECTACULAR Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour (26) and Atterupgaard’s Cassidy brought the Swedish crowd to their feet with a spectacular performance to win the eighth leg of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2017/2018 Western European League in Gothenburg (SWE). Yesterday the pair that claimed individual bronze and team silver at last summer’s Longines FEI European Championships in the same city pinned reigning series champion Germany’s Isabell Werth (48) and Swedish star Patrik Kittel (41) into second and third in the Grand Prix, and this afternoon they did it again. But this time their winning margin was even more emphatic as the dynamic Danish duo earned a whopping score of 88.200. That was put into perspective when multimedallied Werth (Emilio) said “there is no shame in finishing second on 85 percent!”, while Kittel (Delaunay OLD) was ecstatic about his mark of 83.615 that put him in third — “an all-time personal best for me!” he said. Dufour could hardly believe what she had achieved. “I was nervous because this was the first time for us to do this Freestyle floor-plan. Cassidy can be spooky because he’s a very sensitive horse, but today he was so calm. He was with me every moment of the way and I’ll never forget that

Ashley Holzer and the 11-year-old Havanna 145 en route to AGDF Grand Prix victory — and a new personal best score of 72.826%.

ing ovation!” said Cathrine Dufour DEN (1st). The Swedish spectators held their breath as the Danish partnership performed in complete harmony before exploding with excitement when the horse and rider drew to a halt. Dufour said that Denmark’s Princess Nathalie zu SaynWittgenstein has helped her really raise her game over the last few months. “Rune Willum was my trainer for 15 years and he was like my second father, but in December I started working with Nathalie, and now she is my rock!” she explained after posting her second personal-best score of the weekend. The result has moved her up to 12th place on the Western European League leaderboard from which the top nine will qualify for the Final in Paris (FRA) in April. Dufour is hoping to make the cut even though she doesn’t intend to compete at the last qualifier in ’s-Hertogenbosch (NED) in two weeks time, but Werth will definitely be at the Dutch fixture with Emilio whose confidence and character continues to grow. “Give us one more year to make his canter as good as the piaffe/passage and you will see what more we can do!” said the happy German rider who intends to defend her title at the French finale with her top ride, the Olympic and European gold-medal-winning mare Weihegold. ASHLEY HOLZER’S NEW PERSONAL BEST ON HAVANNA 145 IN WEEK SEVEN OF THE 2018 AGDF Ashley Holzer, who switched nationalities a

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SUSAN J. STICKLE ‘We were going for it’ — Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) puts in an electrifying performance on Don Diego Ymas for third place.

Discipline Reports continued from page 35 year ago to ride for the USA instead of Canada, heard the American anthem ring out after she topped the FEI Grand Prix CDIW, presented by NetJets. Holzer and Havanna 145’s victory came under the lights, marking the opening day of week seven of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. The charming, bouncy mare is only 11 years old and their winning 72.826% represents a new personal best for the pairing who have only been at international Grand Prix since April of 2017. “She’s an incredible mare; she always fights for you,” said Holzer, who will now contest the showcase freestyle class on Friday night. “People always told me that when you get a mare that’s amazing, they’re really amazing. I’ve had a few mares who weren’t so amazing, so I didn’t really believe them, but she has changed my mind. She’s a huge trier; every day I get on and have a great ride.” At 11, there is still plenty of time for the horse to gain ring experience, but her potential is already evident. “It’s amazing to me that at my age [54] I can still get on and go round this ring and have the best, most fun time. I watched [American winter Olympics skier] Lindsey Vonn’s speech when she had finished her last downhill race and she said 36

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Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Salvino perform a freestyle under lights for the first time, and are rewarded with over 78% — including a 79% score from Britain’s Peter Storr.

she can’t keep going because her body can’t take it, and she was crying. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, how lucky am I that I get to keep going?’ I feel very fortunate and everything felt pretty nice tonight.” Loxahatchee-based Shelly Francis finished 1.1% adrift with Doktor, while Canada’s Brittany Fraser posted her third plus-70% Grand Prix test score at this year’s AGDF on the 13-year-old All In to finish third. GERMANS DOMINATE ONCE AGAIN AS SCHNEIDER SLOTS INTO SECOND The extraordinary ups and downs of sport were highlighted once again today when Helen Langehanenberg (35) and Damsey sealed a superb victory at the seventh leg of the FEI World Cup Dressage 2017/2018 Western European League on home soil in Neumünster, Germany. At the previous round in Amsterdam (NED) three weeks ago, the 2013 FEI World Cup Dressage champion had to retire when her 16-year-old stallion got his tongue over the bit and their performance fell apart. Today however it was perfect harmony every step of the way as their strong score of 83.800 pinned compatriots Dorothee Schneider (49) and Sammy Davis Jr into runnerup spot while Denmark’s Daniel Bachmann-Andersen (27) and Blue Hors Zack slotted into third. The atmosphere in the Neumünster arena is notoriously intense. As runner-up Schneider

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said, “everything about this show is brilliant, especially the crowd who are so close that it feels like they are also riding your horse!” That didn’t stop her from posting 81.565 for second place and moving even closer to Sweden’s Patrik Kittel at the top of the Western European leaderboard. With just two qualifiers left to go, in Gothenburg (SWE) next weekend and ’s-Hertogenbosch (NED) two weeks later, that’s a really good place to be, because only two German riders can join defending champion Isabell Werth at the Final in Paris (FRA) in April, and sealing one of those two spots is a battle in itself. A total of nine riders, and a maximum of three from any nation, can make the cut from the Western European series. Spain’s Morgan Barbancon Mestre, fourth to go with Sir Donnerhall ll, caused a stir when stopped by the Ground Jury because her floorplan had been changed overnight. When this was resolved she was allowed to compete, but it was Marie Emilie Bretenoux and Quartz of Jazz from France who led the way at the halfway stage with a mark of 76.300. This however would be improved on again and again, Denmark’s Bachmann-Andersen presenting a lovely picture of relaxation and balance with his 14-year-old stallion that rocketed him into the lead on a big mark of 81.475 with six left to go. Langehanenberg pushed him off his pedestal immediately however and Schneider then pinned him back to third, but the talented Dane has now moved into joint-fourth on the leaderboard and looks set to make a big impression at the Final. Today’s winner won’t make it to Paris. “I’m expecting a baby in June, so this was our last show before that and it’s the perfect result! I hope to be back in the saddle again in July though!”, Langehanenberg explained. DRESSAGE RESULTS 2018 ADEQUAN GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL (AGDF) AT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER (PBIEC) IN WELLINGTON, FLORIDA RESULTS 1. Jan Ebeling (USA) on Sergio Leone, Ann Romney’s 10yo Oldenburg gelding by Sir Donnerhall x Stedinger: 73.875, 69.875, 72.125, 71.958%. 2. Tom Dvorak (CAN) on Cyrus, Carla Bahr’s 9yo Oldenburg gelding by Contucci x Corthena: 69.5, 69.625, 69.75, 69.625%. 3. Karin Persson (SWE) on Perazzi DS, Amelia Devine’s 13yo Hanoverian gelding by Prince Thatch x Donnerhall: 71.25, 66.375, 67.625, 68.417%. 4. Susan Dutta (USA) on Figeac DC, her own 9yo German warmblood by Fackeltanz x Diamond Hit: 67.5, 65.875, 67.375, 66.917%. 5. Emmanuelle Bressan (CAN)on Siglavy Brezica, Caroline Lemaire’s 16yo Lippizaner gelding by Siglavy Dubovina x Pluto Troja: 65.375, 65.125, 65.25, 65.25%. FEI GRAND PRIX SPE-

CIAL CDIW, PRESENTED BY PEACOCK RIDGE RESULTS 1. Ashley Holzer (USA) on Sir Caramello, Peacock Ridge LLC’s 11yo Oldenburg gelding by Sir Donnerhall x Feiner Stern: 71.17, 73.085, 66.915, 70.426, 69.149, 70.149%. 2. Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) on Alcazar, Jane Forbes Clark’s 13yo KWPN gelding by Contango x Ferro: 71.064, 71.277, 69.149, 69.043, 69.362, 69.979%. 3. Megan Lane (CAN) on Zodiac MW, Deer Ridge Equestrian’s 14yo KWPN gelding by Rousseau x Amethist: 69.574, 67.66, 66.064, 68.298, 67.979, 67.915%. 4. Kiichi Harada (JPN) on Egistar, Haruka Nakada’s 15yo KWPN gelding by Cobochon x Kaiserstern xx: 68.936, 67.34, 65.957, 69.681, 67.447, 67.872%. 5. Diane Creech (CAN) on Chrevis Christo, Louise Leatherdale’s 10yo Danish warmblood gelding by Chrevi’s La Vi x Natador: 67.872, 67.021, 64.787, 70.638, 68.191, 67.702%. 6. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz (DOM) on Foco Loco W, her own 13yo Belgian warmblood gelding by Sierappel x Wendekreis: 66.809, 65.319, 68.723, 67.553, 69.787, 67.638%. 7. Michael Klimke (GER) on Royal Dancer 33, his own 12yo Hanoverian gelding by Royal Blend x Le Primeur: 69.043, 68.723, 67.34, 67.872, 64.255, 67.447%. 8. Devon Kane (USA) on Sir Galanto, Diamante Farms’ 13yo Hanoverian stallion by Stedinger x De Niro: 66.17, 68.404, 67.766, 68.191, 66.383, 67.383%. GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE CDIW, PRESENTED BY U.S. TRUST & BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH AT THE 2018 ADEQUAN GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL (AGDF) AT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER (PBIEC) IN WELLINGTON, FLORIDA. RESULTS 1. Laura Graves (USA) on Verdades, her own and Curt Maes’ 16yo KWPN gelding by Florett As x Goya: 83.875, 83.25, 85.75, 87.125, 84.875, 84.975%. 2. Adrienne Lyle (USA) on Salvino, Elizabeth Juliano’s 11yo Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit x Donnerhall: 78.375, 78.75, 77.875, 79, 77.375, 78.275%. 3. Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) on Don Diego Ymas, Juan F Matute’s 15yo Hanoverian gelding by Don Frederico x Wolkenstein II: 71.75, 78.375, 71, 73.375, 74.5, 73.8%. 4. Ashley Holzer (USA) on Radondo, Diana Rose’s 12yo Oldenburg gelding by Blue Hors Romanov x Blue Hors Don Schufro: 72, 72.25, 71, 75.625, 75.375, 73.25%. 5. Chase Hickok (USA) on Sagacious HF, Hyperion Farm Inc.’s 19yo KWPN gelding by Welt Hit II x Cocktail: 72.5, 75.75, 73.375, 69.8, 70.375, 72.36%. 6. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 13yo KWPN mare by United x Gribaldi: 70.25, 73.975, 67, 74.125, 70.375, 71.145%. 7. Sahar Daniel Hirosh (ISR) on Whitman, Jane Suwalsky’s 15yo KWPN gelding by Rhodium x Saluut: 67.125, 69.75, 65.125, 65.75, 69.125, 67.375%. 8. Ariana Chia (CAN) on Teo, her own 19yo KWPN gelding by Democrat x Uniform: 65.875, 66.625, 66.125, 66.55, 66.75, 66.385%. GRAND PRIX CDIW, PRESENTED BY U.S. TRUST & BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH, DURING WEEK EIGHT OF THE 2018 ADEQUAN GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL (AGDF) AT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER (PBIEC) IN WELLINGTON, FLORIDA RESULTS 1. Laura Graves (USA) on Verdades, her own and Curt Maes’ 16yo KWPN gelding by Florett As x Goya: 77.609, 79.348, 78.478, 78.913, 75.761, 78.022%. 2. Adrienne Lyle (USA) on Salvino, Elizabeth Juliano’s 11yo Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit x Donnerhall: 74.565, 73.478, 76.848, 74.457, 72.935, 74.457%. 3. Chase Hickok (USA) on Sagacious HF, Hyperion Farm Inc.’s 19yo KWPN gelding by Welt Hit II x Cocktail: 68.043, 70.109, 72.283, 68.478, 68.578, 69.5%. 4. Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) on Don Diego Ymas, Juan F Matute’s 15yo Hanoverian gelding by Don Frederico x Wolkenstein II: 67.826, 69.022, 70.107, 68.261, 69.457, 68.935%. 5. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 13yo KWPN mare by United x Gribaldi: 66.848, 65.652, 67.717, 66.848, 66.196, 66.652%. 6. Ellesse Tzinberg (PHI) on Triviant 2, her own and Sennett Tzinberg’s 18yo KWPN gelding by Olivi x Saluut: 63.804, 62.391, 67.391, 65.326, 65.761, 64.935%. 7. Ariana Chia (CAN) on Teo, her own 19yo KWPN gelding by Democrat x Uniform: 63.152, 64.13, 64.348, 63.478, 62.391, 63.5%. 8. Sahar Daniel Hirosh (ISR) on Whitman, Jane Suwalsky’s 15yo KWPN gelding by Rhodium x Saluut: 62.283, 62.826, 62.609, 64.13, 65.109, 63.391%. WEEK SEVEN OF THE 2018 ADEQUAN GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL (AGDF) AT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER (PBIEC) IN WELLINGTON, FLORIDA. RESULTS: 1. Damsey FRH (Helen Langehanenberg) GER 83.880; 2. Sammy Davis Jr. (Dorothee Schneider) GER 81.565; 3. Blue Hors Zack (Daniel Bachmann Andersen) DEN 81.475.

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Riding, Fitness & Nutrition: Staying Healthy During Show Season

By Cherish Thomas, Owner and Manager Effects Equestrian Riding Apparel and Fitness Effects


ith WEF and HITS well underway you are either already there and a part of the action or at home practising hard for a fast-approaching summer season. Everyone is focused on their rider fitness and on my favourite social media accounts I have been seeing some happy horses being tended to with physiotherapy exercises, chiropractor, stretching and massage therapy, just as our big furry athlete friends should be treated. But what about us? We do say “always put the horse first” but at some point we need to stop and take care of ourselves. With this sport our bodies need maintenance. When asked “do you add any maintenance into your fitness routine?” Canada’s top athlete Keean White says, “I have a personal trainer I work with a few times a month. It’s nice to get different ideas and inputs. I’m big on massage therapy.” Canadian jumping team under 25 member Jennifer Mattell jokes, “This is one area where I could learn something from my horses! I’ve learned that regular maintenance work really makes a positive difference. On a particularly

bad week, I had an FEI vet remark at a jog that while my horse was sound, I certainly wasn’t!” Adding in physiotherapy as a part of your fitness routine will help you in the short and long run. Another important topic is nutrition. Every day we actively make choices as to what we eat and put into our bodies. We can help control the outcome of how we feel and take care of our current and future health. Our bodies are made up of 37 trillion cells that are fundamental for human life. What we eat every day has an impact on those cells and has a domino effect throughout the whole body. When asking these athletes about their focus on nutrition, Keean says he tries to stay away from carbs and sweets (carbohydrates and sugar). Jennifer replied, “I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time, and I’m very conscientious about what I eat. I always try to lean towards foods in their more natural state, and while I certainly don’t deprive myself of treats, I feel better when I eat better.” They both agreed that they both don’t eat big heavy meals before training or competition.

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This competiBEGINNER tor mindset will help horse shows continue to improve the food offered at competitions. Long gone are the days of burger and fries before tacking up your horse. Lean and easilydigested proteins and healthy fats should be the focus at least two hours before riding. Complex carbohydrates also ADVANCED play an important role in en- Superman (Beginner & Advanced): Since your left glute muscle is connected to your right shoulder and vice versa, this Superman is a great riding exercise and develops lower back strength. Lay flat on the floor or go into a high ergy. Need a quick plank position. Slowly lift a leg and opposite arm and hold for 10 seconds. Switch and repeat. 10 reps 3 sets. snack? A half or whole banana can be consumed one half hour some supplements contain a substance or elbefore warm-up. ement that can cause athletes to test positive Eating after training and competition is just when tested by anti-doping agencies.” She is as important. Your anabolic window is up to one correct — anyone going to horse shows with hour after to eat, with a half an hour being ideal. random drug testing should also look out for Your muscles and body will be starving for repair this. I have seen some popular equestrian soand rebuilding. After the one hour window, you cial media accounts suggesting use of certain have missed a huge opportunity to spark your protein powders and supplements without the metabolism and your body is more likely to store Informed Choice logo. This is a big no-no and fat. Providing your body with fuel to recover will I suggest sticking to certified professionals also help you for the following day during those when it comes to fitness and nutrition advice. week long horse shows. The Informed Choice is a monitoring proWhen nutritious food isn’t always available gram that certifies that a supplement product or we need more energy ,we can use suppleand/or raw material that bears the Informedments as an added option. Pre-workouts, proChoice logo has been ‘skip-lot’ tested (tested at tein powders, bars, glutamine, vitamins and least on a monthly basis) for banned substancminerals, electrolytes, post recovery, There es by LGCs world-class sports anti-doping lab. are many options on the shelf. When asked All things considered, taking care of yourself about supplements, Keean says he does use a is equally as important as taking care of your pre-workout before exercise. Jennifer says, “I horse. Focusing on riding, fitness and nutrition start my day with a smoothie and add a scoop will be your triple combination into being a betof protein powder. I’m a little wary though, ter athlete.

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GOALS FOR YOU. GOALS FOR YOUR HORSE. There is nothing worse then being excited for spring and the eventing season just to have your first outing be a stressful disaster. You may not be able to fully control your horse...but you can at least be prepared! Be realistic. Be organized. Be ready. Get your membership organized. Get your farrier/vet work organized. Get your trailer organized. Get your game plan with your coach organized. There is a lot to say about these concerns but this list is also for the benefit of the organizers of 2018! They spend countless hours trying to make the event run smoothly long before you pull your trailer in. As the venue fills up, they are busier then you, I assure you. The questions. The parking. The judges/instructors. The ride conflicts. The unfinished paperwork...

HELP DO YOUR PART! Fill out your entry correctly, completely and on time. Read the fine print and ask questions beforehand. You can contact the entry secretary or host if you have questions. Double check for missed signatures and fees owed before you send it. Try to learn about your venue beforehand. Figure out where the rings are. Knowing where you are going and what you need to do before you arrive makes life so much less stressful. Get to the office early. If anything needs to be corrected or changed everyone will have lots of time to try to accommodate you. When your trip to the office is short and sweet, it makes everyone happier You will be ready and off to a good start. — Submitted by Tanya Drake

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BCLM Pony Club News for April 2018 |

BCLM Pony Club News The BC Lower Mainland region of Canadian Pony Club has one main focus: education of our membership. Not only do we teach our members in the saddle and improve their riding skills, but we provide an in depth stable management training program. How best to measure the success of our educational programs? Enter our annual Quiz Competition! This event is the first of our annual regional competition events for our members, and is the only one that does not involve physical horses. Members from across our region converged on Saturday, March 3 for our Quiz event, with 119 members from brand new untested all the way up to our uppermost AB level pitting their equine knowledge against their peers. A written test begins the day, followed by a short oral test and then our Identification challenge; members are given equine related items (some very obscure!), and they identify what the items are. These scores are then compiled to give us our individual winners. Members then continue on in teams to their Scored Games, where horse versions of Jeopardy, Charades, and Taboo ensue; incredibly entertaining! Afterwards members spend the afternoon engaging in activities, among them a collaborative original painting artwork, yoga classes, and a dressage and stadium jumping round all done on bouncy horses; think large exercise ball….with handles! The event is wrapped up with an awards presentation, where first teams, then individuals, are given ribbons and trophies to mark their achievements of the day. Huge congratulations to all of this year’s competitors. Placings to third for all levels were awarded as follows:

E level: Anneliese Hind (APC), Gillian Warnett (VPC), Casey Picker (VPC). D level: Nadia Khawaja (APC), Kezziah Dahl (MCPC), Kayley Gibb (BLPC). D1 level: Brielle Carlow (MCPC), Tea Carrigg (VPC), Sienna Cox (VPC). D2 level: Emilia Thrift (BLPC), Grace Abbott (GVPC), Katelyn Kendall (CVPC). C level: Karis Mackie (MHPC), Brianne Tamaki-Chu (BLPC), Kiran Niet (BLPC). C1 level: Sarah LeGear (MCPC), Chanell Bordeleau (RPC), Emma Marshall (MCPC). C2 level: Bailey-Jayne Chapman (MCPC), Brooklyn Moon (MCPC), Hadley Jack (APC). AB level: A first for our Quiz event: an unprecedented three way tie for first place! In alphabetical order: Ariel Carver (MHPC), Jordan Carver (MHPC), Laurel Gavin (GVPC). Congratulations also to our 2018 National Quiz teams, who will be travelling to the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Valley Region this October 5-7 to compete against teams from all across Canada! Our 2018 C2 team of BaileyJayne Chapman, Brooklyn Moon, and Hadley Jack will travel alongside our AB team made up of Jordan Carver, Ariel Carver, Laurel Gavin and Emily Shaver to represent the BCLM Region at the National Quiz competition. We wish them the very best of luck and their continued great success!

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BILL ULMER AT QUEEN MARGARET’S SCHOOL Report by Sarah Lindstein · Photos by Sue Ferguson


iders at Queen Margaret’s School took part in Bill Ulmer’s clinic on February 16 – 18, 2018, learning from a master over three days. The students listened closely to the wise words of the legendary B.C. Hunter/Jumper trainer: “What people don’t know is how hard riding can be. I’ve done a lot of sports, and this is the hardest. Trust me, you have my respect because of how you handle a living, breathing partner— not just a piece of equipment to pick up and put away. Well done everybody.” Bill came extremely close to representing Canada in the Olympics — twice! He is known for his thoughtful, careful approach to training, and for his quirky evolution of disciplines. Bill said the evolution is the result of a constant search for meaning and learning, “I was known as the jumper guy first. I would go to horse shows and they’d say oh here’s Bill the jump guy.” Well, Bill wasn’t content with just being the jump guy. With his first horse of a lifetime, the famous Touchdown, he was encouraged to look into eventing, which had a lot to recommend itself to him. “It was just so thrilling and had everything; the mastery of Dressage and flatwork, the excitement of jumping Cross-Country and the precision of Jumpers. Then when I went to events, they’d say ‘oh here’s Bill, the Jumperturned-Eventer!” And now Bill has re-invented his professional equestrian career to become a very sharp Kelowna-based Hunter/Jumper trainer who professed a real love for the beauty and discipline of Hunters. “You have to absolutely nail your lines, be incredibly straight. There is a real emphasis 44

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Bill Ulmer; Intern Amanda Martin riding Sonny in the background.

on flatwork in the discipline, which showed me that hunters are more like Dressage over fences.” Bill has seen great success in the Hunter/Jumper realm with his second horse of a lifetime, Beach Drive, named by his wife, Susie Lund. Another special horse he has had includes Oak Bay. Sensing a theme here? Bill joked that the next special

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Jodine Buydens, Equestrian Program Director, riding Bubba.

horse they are on the lookout for will be Beacon Hill. It’s clear that Vancouver Island is very close to hearts of the Ulmer-Lund family. While his career has taken many twists and turns, Bill pointed to his continuing education (he has a undergraduate degree in education from Simon Fraser University and a masters in administration and curriculum from Gonzaga University,) as well as a wealth of classroom experience as a teacher with the Kelowna school district as cornerstones that help him teach well. “I may no longer teach in the classroom, but now I teach in an arena,” said Bill. And the proof is in the response from students at QMS. The riders are turned out well, the horses are clean and responsive, and everyone learned something from Bill. While he focused strongly on flatwork for the first day, and then introduced more challenging concepts with small jumps on the second day, he was careful to never over face riders. In Saturday’s session, riders warmed up using basic lateral work, centreline turns and shoulder-in. This helped them in controlling the outside shoulder, which is helpful when Bill asked riders to make tight inside turns to cross-poles and 3-4 stride bending lines. It’s a lesson in precision — one he was very good at teaching. Riders in his afternoon Saturday class were working on more advanced techniques, like young Ana Sofia Soto Leites (age 15) from Mexico, who was riding Marlow, a leased QMS horse who will confidently be doing the 1 metre to 1.10 metres at shows this spring. Ana Sofia related her

Ana Sofia Soto Leites from Mexico on Marlow.

Lily Li on Teddy.

goals as “being able to fix my technique, position and work on my rhythm.” Ana Sofia has been leasing Marlow since November. The school horses at QMS are often donated and are very high quality. Riders may also bring their horses with them, as riders in the Saturday morning session Valentina Juarez Huerdo (age 13) and Lily Li (age 17) have done with their mounts Calate Z and Teddy, respectively. Bill was extremely complimentary of the QMS equestrian program. He teaches a clinic at QMS every February (last year there was a blizzard!) and was consistently impressed by the quality of the riders. “In the years I have been coming here to teach, the kids are always prepared, organized and on-time. There’s a real teamwork feel to them, they’re here to help each other out,” he said. The equestrian program isn’t just about riding lessons, emphasized Jodine Buydens, Equestrian Program Director and talented horsewom-

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Bill Ulmer Clinic continued from page 45 an herself. “The girls (and boys up to Grade 7), are engaged in a program that is holistic. They learn about stable management, hands-on horse care and on clinic days they muck out their horses’ stalls too,” she related. The Equestrian Program offers something for everyone, from beginner walk/trot to Canadian Equestrian Team equitation medal riders. Jodine tells us that while people may see QMS riders at horse shows (they attend Vancouver Island Hunter Jumper Association horse shows and Thunderbird horse shows) it’s the ‘learn to ride’ group that is among the largest. “Horses are very special here because they teach students resilience, time management and compassion,” said Jodine. Students in the program may advance up the Equestrian Canada levels, and receive Physical Education credits for riding lessons taken during class times. There are also high school credit courses offered that include Equine Science, and an Intro to Training that is very popular. Students are encouraged to explore their horse passion with programs in horsemanship that offer a variety of clinics, from the popular Dave Freeze on mental performance training, to dressage with Gina Allan and many others throughout the year. There is also a strong emphasis on career development should students wish to pursue an internship program with QMS. Rider Amanda Martin mounted on Sonny is also an intern with the program, looking forward to earning her Instructor of Beginner’s certification over the 9 month program. Alums include professional riders and trainers, like Georgia Hunt at Foxstone Stable, Kassidy Keith, and veterinarian Dr. Danielle Fritz. Alums from the Equestrian Program like to recount how when they were in school, they had to muck out stalls everyday — not just on clinic days. Things may change, but one thing remains the same: the commitment and passion to horses learned at QMS stays with students for life.

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