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s the Gaitpost team gears up for the Mane Event in Chilliwack, BC, we are looking forward to seeing many old friends and making many new ones. The Mane Event is a not-to-bemissed event for every horse person of every description — there is quite literally something for everyone. From minis to draft horses, driving to dressage, hobbyist to professional farmer, there is an exhibitor at the Mane Event for you. We love putting faces to the names we hear all the time — so many Eleanor and Andrea of the Gaitpost. www.gaitpost.com

of our advertisers are at both Mane Events every year, in Chilliwack and Red Deer, AB. Our readers are also there in droves — we hope you will come by and share your stories with us at the Gaitpost booth (number 1, of course!). New Friends The Gaitpost will be at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as well, for the last weekend of competition. We hope to meet all our friends from the Ontario Equestrian Federation office as well as meet many of the OEF members and readers

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With Friends Like These… …you could go anywhere! The BCHJA (BC Hunter Jumper Association) recently held a fundraiser at the Fox and Hounds Pub in Aldergrove, BC. The event was in aid of the BC riders Megan Champoux and Taylor McManus and their quest for the national title at the CET Finals. The competition is in Toronto at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and is the pinnacle of Hunter competition in Canada. Western Canadian riders have historically done exceptionally well at the Finals, despite the distance and logistics in getting to the Finals. Hopefully, Equine Canada will realize the need and benefit to the sport to hold the Finals in Western Canada in alternate years. It can only help the sport to encourage it as a truly national championship and giving opportunity to all Canadian riders regardless of hometown. The experience of preparing and travelling such a distance for competition is an invaluable one for future Team riders, and surely the Central Canadian riders deserve that opportunity as well. That was tongue-in-cheek, by the way… vaulting friends The Triple M Vaulting team has just returned from the Provincial Equestrian Vaulting Championships at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, September 25 – 27, 2015. It was an amazing weekend with the team horses, the 15 year old paint gelding, Buddy, 16 year old Belgian/Fjord gelding, Jake, 17 year old Belgian gelding Simon and 16 year old Hanoverian, Mac. The team brought home 6 gold medals: Kristi Schroeder – Canter C Women, Emma Old – Canter D Sr. Women, 8

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Abigail Old – Canter D Jr. Women, Hailey Besse – Trot D, Danae Moore – Walk C, Triple M Beginner Walk Team. Devon Wrayton won a silver medal in the Walk D under 10 division, and Bronze medals were won by Julia Thul in Canter D Sr. Women and Cassidy Smith in Trot D. Tauren Deluca, Hailey Down, Bella Old and Emily Danae Shuttlewood Besse had 4th place finishes in Canter A, Canter B, Canter D Jr. Women, and Walk C respectively. Kristi Schroeder won the Zone 3 championship title, Abigail Old won the Zone 4 title and her sister Bella Old won the Zone 4 reserve title, and the team horse, Jake, won the BC Walk Horse title. Equestrian vaulting is the sport of acrobatics and dance on a moving horse. Triple M Vaulting is a Surrey-based club. For more information on the sport check out triplemfarms.ca or the Vault Canada website. All in all it was a great weekend for the team — congratulations to all these athletes! Absent Friends Horses can be heartbreakers, and October was my turn. I lost the infamous Bling to renal failure, and it was devastating. I was supported by people that Bling understand the level of catastrophe this was — horse people who understand the incredible level of connection we have to our special horses, veterinarians that truly empathize and take to heart the tough cases (thank you, David, Marielle, and Eric of Paton & Martin), and family that feels the hole that is in the barn, missing his energy and demanding presence, as much as I do. Go hug your horse.

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headlinenews Bit by Bit Jump Canada Hall of Fame Inductees Announced for 2015 The 2015 inductees to the Jump Canada Hall of Fame have been announced. The Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala, presented by BMO Financial Group, will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, ON. The Jump Canada Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to recognize outstanding contributions to hunter/jumper sport. To date, 49 champions have been welcomed into the Hall of Fame, including 18 horses and ponies, 22 humans, five organizations, and four teams. This year’s celebrated inductees will be: Builder (Organization) – Equestrian Management Group Builder (Individual) – Moffat Dunlap Coach – Doug Hood (posthumously) Jumper Horse – Rio Grande, owned by Augustin and Christine Walch “We are thrilled to welcome four deserving new inductees into the Hall of Fame,” said Mark Samuel,

Chairman of the Jump Canada Hall of Fame. “Each has contributed to the success of our industry and has helped to establish the strong foundation that we enjoy today. Congratulations to all!” The ninth annual Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala will be part of a blacktie gala and dinner, including live music and dancing, held in the elegant Centennial Room at Toronto’s Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex at Exhibition Place. Mill Creek Golden Time Sold to Jennifer Bliss Mill Creek Stables of Cambridge, ON, has sold Mill Creek Golden Time to Jennifer Berol Bliss as a high performance Hunter and Derby prospect. Purchased by Mill Creek Stables less than a year ago in Germany, Mill Creek Golden Time first showed in the young horse classes for Show Jumping in Europe where she won with little effort. After being sent to the United States as a sales prospect, Mill Creek Golden Time had spectators sitting up and taking notice of her extraordinary talent and ring presence when she debuted in the hunter ring at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. “Partnering with Sergio Campos, we sent her to

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Wellington, Florida as a Green Hunter,” explained Tonya Henning of Mill Creek Stables. “With Jeffrey Welles and Ed Copeland as her trainers, she was successfully given the proper introduction and education in the Hunter ring.” Welles, who has represented the United States at three World Cup Finals for Show Jumping, began showing the flashy six-year-old chestnut mare in the Pre-Green Hunter division in Wellington before going on to earn top placings and championship titles at HITS Saugerties and the Lake Placid Horse Show, both in New York. Mill Creek Golden Time has now been sold as a mount for Jennifer Bliss, a two-time USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships competitor. A young professional, Bliss operates Harris Hill Farm LLC. Schleese Truck and Trailer Stolen At the beginning of September the Schleese truck and trailer were stolen from the parking lot of the Radisson Hotel in Niagara Falls Canada. Both vehicles were visibly wrapped and logoed, which made the theft even more unbelievable. The Schleese team was returning from a show in Virginia, which meant that

luckily only seven saddles were left in inventory. We were not given much hope that anything would be returned and everything would need to be replaced but we ask for the public’s assistance in keeping an eye out for these saddle serial numbers should you be approached to purchase them: Obrigado............................S/N# 15219S1014 Wave....................................S/N# 8600S1108 Jeté................................... S/N# 13939S0514 Heike..................................S/N# 15804S0615 Link II.................................S/N# 15412S0115 Obrigado............................S/N# 15679S0415 Wave..................................S/N# 13103S0413 Thanks for your very kind assistance in this! Uruguayan Endurance horse tests positive to prohibited substance The FEI has imposed a provisional suspension on a Uruguayan Endurance rider whose horse has tested positive for a prohibited substance.  Samples taken at a CEI2* event in Trinidad (URU) on 8 August 2015 from the horse LG Muneerah, ridden Headline News continued on page 14

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by Dr. Lauren MacLeod, BSc DVM

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A Guide for First Time Mare Breeders


o you have decided to try breeding your mare for the first time. Maybe an injury has put her on the sidelines for the next year, or maybe your upcoming work or school commitments will make it difficult for you to fit riding in. Maybe you’ve decided to retire your mare from the show ring and would like a new career for her. Whatever your reason for breeding your mare, there are many considerations for you to address prior to the conception of a foal, and the best time to think about them is now: far in advance of the breeding season! Although you can leave it to your veterinarian to know the details of mare reproductive 12

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physiology, it is important to have a basic understanding of this topic before starting the breeding process. Mares are seasonal breeders, meaning they only experience reproductive cycles at a certain time frame during the year, which is from around April to September. The increasing day length that takes place in the spring results in hormonal changes that cause the mare to begin cycling and come into estrus, or “heat.” As mares have an approximately 11-month Worth the wait! gestation (normal range is from 320 to 365 days), this seasonal cycling results in foals being born in the spring and early summer. The average cycle length for a mare is 21 days, and the mare should show heat for 5-7 days within this cycle. Ovulation occurs toward the end of the visible heat, and the mare must be inseminated close to the time of ovulation in order to conceive. Throughout the process of getting your mare in foal, your veterinarian may use medications to manipulate the length of your mare’s cycle, and/or to induce ovulation so that insemination may be timed more accurately. These strategies can greatly increase your mare’s chances of becoming pregnant.

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Once you have decided that you would like to breed your mare, it is a good idea to contact your veterinarian. He or she can perform a thorough reproductive examination on your mare, which can give you an idea of how likely she is to become pregnant, as well as provide valuable information that can help you plan the breeding season. At this visit, your vet will perform a full physical examination, including evaluation of her external genitalia. He or she will then examine your mare’s internal reproductive tract with a vaginal speculum as well as an ultrasound to visualize her uterus and ovaries. Depending on the findings, your veterinarian may also recommend further diagnostic testing such as uterine cytology, biopsy, culture, and/or hysteroscopy (uterine endoscopy). Of course, the mare is only one side of the breeding equation. Time and care should also be applied to selecting the appropriate stallion for your mare. You may already have the perfect stallion in mind, or maybe you are still weighing your options. If you are still on the hunt for Mr. Right, here are some points to consider. Once you have found a stallion that fits the bill as far as breed, conformation, temperament, and/or competition success, the next factor to determine is his previous reproductive history. Has the stallion been able to adequately service a full book of mares in the past, or is he new to the business? Young stallions often have less expensive stud fees, but their fertility may be a bit of a wild card until they are able to prove consistency in getting mares pregnant. Additionally, if the stallion you are considering already has a foal crop on the ground, it is often helpful to talk to the owners of some of his offspring in order to gather information about their performance and temperament. After you have selected a suitable stallion, the next question to ask is how semen will be obtained. There are four different options for inseminating your mare, and which one you select will be a function of the proximity of the stallion to the mare, the fertility of the stallion and mare, and the availability of the various types of semen www.gaitpost.com

from your chosen stallion. The first option is live cover, or natural mating. While this is often the easiest method of getting your mare in foal, many mare and stallion owners avoid this option due to the risk of injury to either horse if they do not get along. However, live cover can work well with experienced handlers and sensible horses. Moreover, if you plan to produce a registered Thoroughbred foal, live cover is the only method of insemination that the Jockey Club will accept. The second option is artificial insemination with fresh semen. In this option, the mare is kept at the same facility as the stallion, and when she is ready to be bred, the stallion is collected and then the mare is inseminated immediately. This method has some of the same advantages of live cover (no transport or preservation of se-

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Vet’s View continued from page 13 men) without the risks. The third, and one of the most popular insemination methods, is the use of cooled transported semen. In this way, the mare owner’s veterinarian performs regular ultrasound examinations on the mare, and then based on the findings, predicts when the mare is most likely to ovulate. The mare owner then contacts the stallion’s agent to arrange for him to be collected and have his semen shipped to arrive close to the time of ovulation. Timing is of the essence when using cooled transported semen, and it is invaluable to communicate with the stallion’s agent well in advance of breeding in order to determine how much notice they need in order to collect and ship to your area. The final option is frozen semen, which can have many benefits. For example, one can purchase semen from a horse anywhere in the world and have it on hand for when the mare is ready to be bred. This eliminates the need to coordinate collection with ovulation. However, conception rates tend to be lower with frozen semen, and there is also a greater potential for mares to develop inflammatory uterine reactions to the extender (preservative) used for frozen semen. Based on the health and fertility of your mare’s reproductive tract, your veterinarian may advise against using frozen semen, or at least recommend aggressive treatment of your mare’s uterine inflammation around breeding time. When spring arrives and your mare begins to show heat, your veterinarian will perform a series of ultrasound examinations in order to track her

through her cycle. This will help your veterinarian make decisions such as when to induce ovulation and breed the mare. He or she may also recommend treatments, such as uterine lavage, if evidence of uterine inflammation is seen on ultrasound. After insemination, your veterinarian will likely schedule a follow-up ultrasound to ensure that ovulation occurred within the ideal time frame. The mare can then be examined for pregnancy two weeks post-ovulation. Breeding your mare for the first time can lead to an exciting new career for your horse and is a fun way to add to your herd. However, navigating the unfamiliar waters of the breeding process can be overwhelming at times. It helps immensely to have a solid grasp of the science behind equine reproduction, and to do your homework when selecting a stallion and method of insemination. While this article aims to be a starting point in your journey to a foal, there is no better resource than your veterinarian when making plans for your mare in the upcoming breeding season. With a healthy mare, a knowledgeable veterinarian, and a little bit of luck, you may just have a new addition to your equine family on the way! Dr. Lauren MacLeod was born in raised in Delta, BC, where she was an active member of the equestrian community. Her background as a competitive Dressage rider has given Dr. MacLeod a strong appreciation for the demands placed on our equine athletes, as well as the desire to help horses perform comfortably and at their best. Prior to veterinary school, she completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia with a major in Animal Biology. Dr. MacLeod graduated with great distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in June 2015 and has joined Paton and Martin for their one-year internship program. Her veterinary interests include sports medicine, surgery, and reproduction.

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by Fernanda Villar (URU) to win the 120-kilometre competition, have returned positive for the banned substance Guanabenz, a sedative with analgesic effect. The athlete has been provisionally suspended from the day of notification (29 September 2015). Additionally the horse has been provisionally suspended for two months. The athlete and the horse owner/s have the opportunity for a preliminary hearing before the FEI Tribunal to request the lifting of the provisional suspensions.

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ill Giese and John Dingle’s Dreamcatcher Meadows, set against the backdrop of the Pemberton, BC, mountains, offers the very best in equine care from conception to competition. Their horses are making waves against stiff competition, winning them titles such as the USDF North American Breeder of the Year and USDF Sporthorse Breeder of the Year, which is based on competition results of breeders’ homebred horses from across North America in 2013, 2014, and 2015! After 12 years living in Europe and learning from the likes of Olympian Carl Hester and breeding expert Dr. Ludwig Christmann, who is the International Breed Director of the Hanoverian Verband, Jill and John decided to return to Canada with the intention of bringing the top European sport horse bloodlines home with them. They searched long and hard for their own slice of paradise before breaking ground on Dreamcatcher Meadows;


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the 40-acre property was purchased in 2003 and named after their foundation Hanoverian mare. “We wanted to share what had been so generously shared with us – both the training knowledge and the genetics of the Hanoverian horses that accompanied us,” explains Jill of their decision to open the facility. “Our foundation mare, Dreamcatcher, was purchased

from the Verden Elite Hanoverian auctions in 1999. With the reality of only being able to afford a horse of her caliber once in a lifetime, the interest in breeding was born. Our mission was to match her amazing genetics with the best Dimaggio — who the following year was crowned the World Dressage Breeding Champion — as the Behind Barn Doors continued on page 18


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Behind Barn Doors continued from page 17 sire of Dreamcatcher’s embryo transfer ‘triplets’.” The resulting three with Dreamcatcher, flew to Pemberton in 2004. Originally a cattle ranch with a traditional homestead and eight outbuildings, the facility has undergone a massive restoration to upgrade the amenities, though care was taken to preserve the charm of the original site. “We kept the cedar framework and traditional features wherever possible,” explains Jill. “Our facility is a constant work in progress, and we are always upgrading for the welfare of the animals, staff and customers. In keeping with our policy of ‘the animals come first,’ our home is yet to have a major renovation, but one day…” The facility boasts two purpose-designed sides to a 16,000 square foot main barn. The Breeding Barn offers full breeding, foaling and rearing services to customers. With six 15' x 18' foaling/weaning stalls, custom fit with Equimat Wallmats and Supersoft Floormats, it offers the ultimate in foaling, mare and foal care, and weaning accommodations. The barn also features automatic waterers, a Foalalert radio transmitter and foaling system monitor. With three stallions standing at stud on-site, the facility is also equipped with a breedCanada’s Greatest Little Horse Mag



ing and veterinary lab that includes the specialized equipment necessary for semen collection, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer. With ten 12' x12' stalls outfitted with Equimat Wallmats and Ultimat Supersoft Floormats, the Competition Barn is filled by boarders or homebred sales horses. Additional facilities include laundry machines, a boarders tack room, six indoor and outdoor grooming stalls, wash areas, and a solarium. Boarders also have access to ‘The Shop’, which carries products that Jill and John use and recommend, such as Horseware, Arista, Professional Choice, Schleese, and Back on Track. Water for the entire property is provided by a gravity fed irrigation system originating from a waterfall located on the mountainside just across the Lilloet River, and a 14' pond fed by the system provides a major habitat for migratory DREAMCATCHER MEADOWS INDOOR. birds. It is a system that not only reduces the energy and water consumption on the free-jump hanging standards that transform the property, but also offered some peace of mind space into a jump course for young horse trainwhen the summer’s threatening wildfires in the ing and breed society inspection tests. John deBoulder Creek area raged dangerously close to signed and constructed the covered round pen, Pemberton. Perhaps the biggest green initiative which has three-quarter height hardwood walls undertaken by John and Jill is their unwavering that provide a safe enclosure while also creating belief in European Equimats, a product for which an airy, non-claustrophobic environment. It is they have been the exclusive North American disequipped with lights for nighttime use and has tributor for the last twelve years. “Equimats and an Equimat base covered by sand. “Using the the new Ultimat line reduce stall bedding usage mats for the foundation saved a small fortune in by 60% and the actual waste bedding is just that ground site preparation,” says Jill. “Its durability — you aren’t throwing out any unsoiled matis proven, as we have used it daily with multiple ter,” explains Jill. There are two custom rings, a horses for the past seven years, and it is as good 35-metre hardwood and steel circular covered as new — the sand settles on top of the mats with lunging arena, and a Coverall indoor ring that minimal maintenance. I really believe this buildfeatures continuous mirrors running the 25-meing design and use demonstrates our decades of ter span and a large viewing gallery equipped practical horse experience and education transwith stereo system, heating and custom lighting. lating to the best of customer care.” “We chose the Coverall indoor arena because of Jill explains that the decision to build a galthe high trusses and we liked how it created a lop track, which is also bordered by an 11-fence light and airy environment for riding, even in the traditional cross-country jumping course, was middle of winter,” explains Jill. The arena’s slantmade as it is ideal for introducing youngsters to ed hardwood kick boards support customized Behind Barn Doors continued on page 20 www.gaitpost.com

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Behind Barn Doors continued from page 19 traditional obstacles but also provides essential mental stimulation by ensuring variety in the horse’s training and conditioning programs. In addition, the international-sized outdoor ring is bordered by the Lilloet River. There are a number of options on the property for work outside the ring, including a three-hour circular trail ride, which becomes a cross-country ski course in the winter but allows groomed sand footing for sideby-side summer rides. There are 17 grass fields, most containing an ancient cedar or shelter for shade. The largest of the grass fields has been nicknamed the ‘Time-waster’s Paddock’, as it has proven difficult to tear oneself away from the frolicking foals that are learning to socialize and play. Another of the boarders’ favourite features is undeniably the ‘Entertainment Barn’, which is a balconied area adjacent to the dressage ring with a concrete open-fire pit perfect for spectators and events. Because the original structures were in excellent condition at the time of purchase, they were able to serve as the bones of the facility as it was updated and improved. With the horses’ safety and the functionality of the facility being Jill and John’s primary concerns during the design process, they were able to draw on their decadeplus experience at world class facilities across England and Germany to create a practical and 20

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efficient facility. “Our investment is in function, practicality and creature comfort,” explains Jill. “As nice as it would be to have stone and ironwork detail and all the amazing trimmings one dreams of, we are a working farm and make our living solely on what we do here. We constantly re-invest and improve, and as all horse people know, there are large maintenance costs, especially with 40 or 50 horses.” Dreamcatcher Meadows leases over 300 acres from neighbouring farms, producing up to 10,000 bales of hay annually to ensure quality forage is available on-site. They offer a selection of grades to ensure proper protein content and balance the diet with customized mineral-test hay. Jill pinpoints the high quality of feed and care received by every animal as the most important contributors to the Dreamcatcher horses’ success. “The horses have always come first for us, and with our hardworking and devoted staff we can ensure that all animals receive the best in stable management and care. This standard of excellence is prevalent in all we do, from the daily nutritional care and routine management through to constantly updated plans for potential emergency situations.” John and Jill’s vision for Dreamcatcher Meadows has remained unchanged over the years, despite battling the perception that North Americans must travel to Europe to find world

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class young talent. “We want to breed and train the ultimate sport horse and teach aspiring equestrians how to become skilled, compassionate partners with them. Our horses’ phenomenal records and competitive accolades have confirmed that our dedication to Dreamcatcher’s in-house breeding program has been worth the seemingly endless efforts. Our vision remains to breed horses with wonderful minds and bodies; we are constantly aiming to improve, and it’s a lifelong journey, but if I could improve anything, I’d change the North American horse buyers’ mindset to ‘You can find your international star at home!”

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ron Spring Farm’s Friesian mare Yfke fan Fjildsicht received the prestigious Model predicate last week at the Friesian Horse Association of American (FHANA) keuring. The eight-year-old mare was also awarded the overall Champion of the Day, an honor she previously earned in 2013. “Yfke is a very calm and sweet mare who knows when it is time to go to work,” handler Rob De Bruin reflected. Yfke was imported as a Crown Provisional mare in 2011. She secured her permanent Crown predicate after attaining an incredible score of 85 in her 2013 Dressage IBOP, the highest score in North America that year. With her strong dam line and the emphasis on sporthorse characteristics in her pedigree, Yfke has been an excellent fit for the ISF breeding program. She was bred in the Netherlands by W. Wijbenga, a breeder well known for producing sporthorses of the highest quality, including two approved stallions, Thorben 466, Sport and Tsjalle 454, Sport. All of Wijbenga’s horses descend from mare line 70, which has produced a very high percentage of Star, Crown and Model 22

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mares. Yfke’s sire is Harmen 424, Sport, a notable but short-lived stallion. Yfke’s genetics are considered rare and “fresh” for the breed’s improvement. She is the dam of four offspring, all of which have received 1st or 2nd Premie. Yfke is currently in foal to Ulbert 390, Sport. HorSEWArE InDoor EvEntIng CHAllEngE rEturnS to tHE royAl HorSE SHoW The thrilling Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge will once again be part of a world-class line-up of equestrian sport and entertainment as the Royal Horse Show, held as part of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, returns to downtown Toronto from November 6 to 17. One of the most highly-anticipated events at the Royal Horse Show, the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge will be held on opening weekend, Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. Offering $20,000 in prize money, the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge combines the exhilaration of jumping natural

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cross-country obstacles as well as traditional Show Jumping fences in an indoor setting. This year’s event will feature some of the biggest names in the sport, including three members of Canada’s bronze medal team at the recent TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games. Colleen Loach, individual silver medalist Jessica Phoenix, and Waylon Roberts have all confirmed their attendance, as have fellow Canadian Karl Slezak and veteran United States Equestrian Team member, Buck Davidson. Currently ranked the number two rider in North America, Davidson has never competed at the Royal Horse Show before, and immediately accepted the invitation to contest the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge. “I’ve heard great things about the show being top-class in every way,” said Davidson, a twotime World Equestrian Games competitor (2010 and 2014). “I try to go to as many places as I can to showcase Eventing, and also to bring the sport to a different audience. I’m lucky to have owners


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that let me do that. The Royal is another way to spread the word about Eventing and if I can play a small part, I’m happy to do it.” Designing the courses for this year’s Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge will be Great Britain’s Mark Phillips. As the course designer at some of the world’s most prestigious three day events, Phillips will create a course of solid, rugged cross-country obstacles such as walls, hedges and banks, mixed with delicate stadium fences.


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BeLgiAN, duTch & poLish cLAiM 2015 Fei worLd BreediNg JuMpiNg TiTLes

Belgium’s gregory Wathelet steered Mjt nevados S to victory in the 7-year-old category at the fEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for young Horses 2015 at lanaken in Belgium.


he KWPN gelding, Earley, made another piece of Jumping history when becoming only the third-ever horse to record back-to-back wins when taking the 6-Year-Old title at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2015 at Lanaken in Belgium. This hugely popular annual gathering draws vast numbers of breeders, producers and enthusiasts from all around the globe who come to the world-famous Zangersheide Stud to compare the latest crop of 5, 6 and 7-year-olds representing many different studbooks. And it was the Belgian-bred Kerswin van ‘T Roosakker who won the 5-Year-Old category while the Polish stallion, Mjt Nevados S, claimed the 7-Year-Old title. Once again the entry was enormous, with 224 starters in the 5-Year-Old Championship, 273 in the 6-Year-Olds, and 208 in the 7-Year-Old category. For any horse to take a medal from such a colossal field of starters is quite an achievement,


and for any horse to do it two years in a row is exceptional. The 6-Year-old Earley has earned his place alongside just two other back-to-back champions — last year’s 7-Year-Old winner, Barnike who represented the Dutch Ridinghorse and Pony Studbook with Ireland’s Bertram Allen on board, and the KWPN No Time, who topped the rankings in 2000 and 2001 ridden by Dutchman Peter Geerink. Only horses that jumped clear in the first and second qualifiers were eligible for the 5-Year-Old Final, and from the 49 starters in this competition just nine went through to the second-round jump-off. This was a smaller number than usual to make it through to the final phase, as the time proved influential in the first round. Kerswin van ‘T Roosakker (Echo van ‘T Spieveld/ Diamant de Semilly) broke the beam in the jumpoff in a speedy 37.33 seconds to take the gold

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veryone likes In this case, the smooth transirequirements nections (riding pun essary to transition intended!) and to the new program HCBC and the evalmake a lot of sense. uators in BC are One requirement here to help each is the “Make Ethiindividual in this cal Decisions Onprocess. Recently, line Evaluation.” Equine Canada has Personally, I was sent out a press rereluctant to underlease stating that take this challenge in order to remain but once underway certified, each cerI soon discovered tified coach in the that it was both old “levels” system educational and inneeds to fulfill some additional requirements teresting. My fear was unfounded. in order to transition to the new “competency Another requirement is the “Make Headway based” system. The additional requirements are in Sport” module. Looking at statistics for head not difficult to attain but do require some effort injuries in our sport (not to mention deaths) this and time. module is inarguably important! Riding and These requirements fall into the parameters handling horses is a high risk activity - this is a of our National Coaching Certification Program proven fact. (NCCP), which umbrellas many sports in CanaA third requirement is that each coach needs da. Our national equestrian coaching program is to submit an Emergency Action Plan for their one of these many sports. home facility, or the facility It is important for every “Riding and handling horses is where they teach most often. coach or instructor to apOnce again, a good thing! Not a high risk activity — preciate that in order to only does an EAP help peothis is a proven fact.” be part of this NCCP, we ple to know their roles in an must follow the rules. emergency but it also will help When faced with this situation, it is easy for coaches and instructors protect themselves in one to panic and think negatively of the requirethe event that an accident does occur. The more ments. This reaction is human nature - fear of that coaches can be proactive in preparing for the unknown, having to “jump through hoops emergencies the most protected they are in this again”, etc. However, every profession requires unfortunate situation. It protects our students that updating and professional development and, in addition, it is a smart business move. take place. This is a good thing. Programs need HCBC is here to help all coaches and instructo evolve as stagnation will soon result in protors make this transition. More information will grams becoming out of date and obsolete. Posibe published in the near future. We have until tive change needs to be embraced! Dec 2017 to complete. Why wait?


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FEI News continued from page 25 with Doron Kuipers in the saddle. The 24-yearold Dutchman has stables near Rotterdam (NED) from where he competes his own string of horses along with six belonging to Kerswin’s owners, Stal Everse BV. Micha Everse rode the gelding earlier in the year, and Kuipers took up the reins just eight weeks ago. Silver medal spot went to another from the BWP Studbook, the approved stallion Keops v. Begijnakker (Indoctro/Lux Z) ridden by Belgium’s Yves Vanderhasselt who mixes his works in the family transport company with a very successful Jumping career. The 36 year-old rider has a reputation for remaining super-cool under pressure, and he finished third with Keops at the Belgian Championships in Geves this summer. The horse was bought by the Vanderhasselt family as a four-year-old. Bronze in the 5-Year-Olds went to the mare, Formidable (Carambole/Calvados), and it was a particularly special moment for her Dutch rider Willem Greve as he competes internationally with the mare’s sire, Carambole.

Greve spotted Formidable competing at an international show just a few months ago and bought her right away. “There were several people who wanted her because she jumped very spectacularly, and I immediately had a good feeling with her because she is careful and has a lot of scope”, Greve explained. Horses in the 6 and 7-Year-Old category were ranked in each of the two qualifying competitions, and the top-40 earned a place in the finals in which the KWPN, Earley (Harley VDL/Indorado), wrote his name into the Young Horse history books when clinching 6-Year-Old gold. With 17 into the jump-off it was always going to take a quick horse to win it, but Earley is a massive 1.77cms tall with a ground-eating stride to match, and just as he did when taking the 2014 5-Year-Old title, the big bay galloped through the timers quicker than all the rest.  And from a Belgian perspective the day came to a perfect end with newly-crowned FEI European individual silver medallist, Gregory Wathelet, FEI News continued on page 28

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FEI News continued from page 27 taking top spot in the 7-Year-Old Championship partnering the handsome grey PZHK stallion Mjt Nevados S (Calvados Z/Romualdo). There were 12 into the jump-off, and Wathelet was chasing the target-time set by Britain’s Laura Renwick who was seventh to go with the ISH mare MHS Washington (OBOS Quality/Cavalier Royale) who broke the beam in 35.13 seconds. Renwick always looked competitive after filling third spot in the first qualifier in which Wathelet and Mjt Nevados S finished fifth, but the British rider regretted the extra pull she took before the last fence today. She finished just 0.16 seconds behind the Belgian rider who scorched home in 34.97 to take the gold. Silver medallist, Renwick, bought MHS Washington in partnership with Irish rider Denis Lynch three years ago, but now owns the horse herself. “Denis bought the mare from the breeder when she was four - she’s special and a bit nervous, but in the ring she lights up and makes everything very easy — just like a real sport-horse! She’s very

light to ride and is careful and scopey” Renwick explained. And the Irish had plenty of reason to celebrate themselves when Eoin McMahon steered another ISH, Talks Cheap (Tinaranas Inspector/Colin Diamond), into bronze medal position when last to go against the clock. Five-Year-Old Final: GOLD - Kerswin van ‘T Roosakker (Doron Kuipers) NED 0/0 37.33; SILVER - Keops v. Begijnakker (Yves Vanderhasselt) BEL 0/0 38.65; BRONZE - Formidable (Willem Greve) NED 0/0 39.36. Six-Year-Old Final: GOLD - Earley (Maikel van Mierlo) NED 0/0 36.62; SILVER - Ellavar (Marlon Modolo Zanotelli) BRA 0/0 37.10; BRONZE - Take a Chance on Me Z (Christian Ahlmann) GER 0/0 37.49. Seven-Year-Old Final: GOLD - Mjt Nevados S (Gregory Wathelet) BE. 0/0 34.97; SILVER MHS Washington (Laura Renwick) GBR 0/0 35.13; BRONZE - Talks Cheap (Eoin McMahon) IRL 36.99..

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FEI News continued from page 29 a USEF Steward, USEF Technical Delegate and FEI Chief Dressage Steward. Most recently Landkamer was show manager for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington (USA). He was the recipient of the USDF Show Secretary of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. At the 2015 NAJYRC, Landkamer was awarded the Howard B. Simpson High Five Trophy, awarded annually to the volunteer who best embodies Simpson’s spirit of volunteering. Landkamer became an FEI Steward for the Dressage competitions at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington a decade ago and then became show manager when the schedule was expanded into the 12-week Global Dressage Festival, including seven international events. In addition to his extensive service to the sport, Landkamer bred multiple nationally-ranked horses at of Brandywine Farm, including several that went on to become USDF Horse of the Year award winners.

The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to Lloyd Landkamer’s family, his many friends, the United States Equestrian Federation and the global equestrian community. Paris, Las Vegas and Gothenburg bid for 2018 FEI World Cup Finals Three major cities are vying to host the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and FEI World Cup Dressage Final in 2018, with Paris (FRA), Las Vegas (USA) and Gothenburg (SWE) all bidding for the global indoor season finale. The deadline for receipt of bids expired at 12 midnight, October 1st. Two of the venues — Las Vegas and Gothenburg — are regular hosts of the FEI World Cup Finals, but this is the first time that a bid has come in for the Finals to be staged in Paris. GL Events, organizers of last year’s widely acclaimed FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, as well as major annual events in Lyon and Paris, are bidding to host the 2018 Finals in the newly refurbished Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy (POPB).

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Las Vegas Events (LVE), which hosted this year’s FEI World Cup Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center, have come back to the table with the same venue for 2018 after attempts to find an alternative location were unsuccessful, although LVE are looking at other options for future bids. LVE have now hosted six hugely popular FEI World Cup Finals, two in Jumping and four combined Finals with both Jumping and Dressage, at the Thomas & Mack Center, which is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment. The Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, which hosted the first FEI World Cup Jumping Final back in 1979 and a further 21 Finals since then, is now bidding for its 23rd Final and is considered by many to be the home of the FEI World Cup Finals. The joint Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final are already booked to return to Gothenburg next year, and Gothenburg is also the host city for the FEI European Championships 2017, when athletes in Jumping, Dressage, FEI News continued on page 32


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FEI News continued from page 31 Para-Equestrian Dressage and Driving will be battling it out for the medals. The bid process for the 2018 Finals was reopened in August to allow LVE to come back with a revised proposal. Bidders will present to the FEI Evaluation Commission later this month, and an announcement on the successful host city for the dual Finals will be made after the FEI Bureau meeting during the FEI General Assembly in Puerto Rico on 10 November. Steve Guerdat and Alessandra Bichsel cleared of wrongdoing by FEI Swiss Jumping riders Steve Guerdat and Alessandra Bichsel, whose horses tested positive for Prohibited Substances earlier this year, have been cleared of any wrongdoing following separate legal agreements with the FEI. The agreements, in which the FEI accepts that the positives were caused by poppy seed contamination, have been independently approved by the FEI Tribunal. Under the terms of the agreements, there are no sanctions against either Guerdat or Bichsel other than the automatic disqualification of the horses’ results at the events where they tested positive in accordance with Article 9 and Article 10.1.4 of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping (EAD) Rules. Samples taken from the horse Nino des Buissonnets, ridden by Guerdat, at the La Baule CSIO5* in France on May 17 returned positive for the banned substances Codeine and Oripavine and the controlled medication sub-

stance Morphine. Samples taken from the horse Nasa, also ridden by Guerdat, at the same event on May 16 returned positive for the banned substance Codeine and the controlled medication substance Morphine. The sample from Nasa also showed traces of Oripavine, but not at a sufficiently high level for the testing laboratory to declare a positive. Samples taken from the horse Charivari KG, ridden by Bichsel, at the CSIOY (Young Riders) in Deauville (FRA) on May 8 also returned positive for the same three substances, Codeine, Oripavine and Morphine. The two athletes, Guerdat and Bichsel, were notified of the positives by the FEI on July 20 and were both provisionally suspended. The three horses were also provisionally suspended for a two-month period. The FEI Secretary General Sabrina Zeender acknowledged in July that the three positives were probably the result of contamination, but that standard procedure still had to be followed. The FEI Tribunal agreed to lift the provisional suspensions on the two athletes on July 27, but requests for the lifting of the provisional suspensions on the horses were denied. The two-month provisional suspensions imposed on the horses expired on September 19.  Both Guerdat and Bichsel had used the same feed supplier, and independent laboratory tests have proved that the feed was contaminated with poppy seeds. The FEI accepts that the circumstances of the cases were exceptional and that the presence of the three prohibited substances



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in the horses’ samples is consistent with poppy seed contamination. The FEI also accepts that the two athletes have demonstrated that they bear no fault or negligence and have also established how the Banned Substances entered the horses’ systems, the two requirements under the FEI Equine Anti-Doping (EAD) Rules in order to have the twoyear period of ineligibility and other sanctions eliminated. The cases are now closed. FEI to review Dressage training methods following stakeholder meeting at FEI HQ The FEI is to form a working group to thoroughly review Annex XIII of the Dressage Stewards Manual, which deals with training methods. The composition of the working group has not yet been finalised, but it will include representatives from the International Dressage Riders Club and the International Dressage Trainers Club, the FEI Steward General representing the International Dressage Officials Club, a veterinary expert, and a representative of the FEI Dres-

sage Committee. The decision came at an all-day meeting of the Dressage Committee and stakeholders, held in FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI). It was agreed that the group would aim to finalise its conclusions in the coming months for presentation to the FEI Bureau for approval. Stewarding, including the monitoring of pre-competition training techniques, education, support and respect for officials, competition formats, and judging were all debated at length. “This was a very constructive meeting”, Frank Kemperman said, “and there was a lot of solid debate and interesting proposals about stewarding and judging. It was very good to reach agreement on the formation of a working group to review and, if necessary, revise Annex XIII of the Dressage Stewards Manual.” The FEI Dressage Committee will continue discussions on these topics with the potential for additions to proposals that will be put forward to next month’s FEI General Assembly in Puerto Rico.

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by Sue Ferguson Abby Goldschmid and Constellation, winners of the Cedar Vista Medal Final.

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his summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s VIHJA show series wrapped up with the Saanich Shows In the Sun (SSITS) Season Finale from September 25th through to the 27th. The SSITS shows are part of the many Hunter/Jumper shows which make up the Vancouver Island Hunter/Jumper Association show series and included many Hunter and Jumper Medal classes. Internationally known course designer Peter Holmes has been the organizer of the SSITS series which has been ongoing for 15 years now. There are three shows (April, May & September) which are held at the Saanich Fairgrounds near Victoria, BC. There is ample stabling, camping with facilities onsite. The arenas and warm-up rings are huge and have excellent footing which also makes these shows appealing to riders from all over (on and off of the island).


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Aileen Baldwin (Victoria) judged the Jumpers and Kirsten Johnston (Vancouver, BC) judged the Hunter Ring. Peter Holmes designed the courses for both rings. The jumps were creative and interesting, and sponsor jumps were beautifully featured and visible to the spectators. Andy LaFontaine and Scott Guthrie returned once again as the trusty and entertaining announcers and made sure everyone was well informed and classes moved along smoothly and on time. Judy Cumming returned as the show secretary and could be cheerfully found in the show office, and kept whole operation moving forward in an efficient manner. The show had many sponsored classes which were well represented for the awards presentations. Sponsors included, Nicky Reid & Co, Greenhawk Harness, Victoria Saddlery, High

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Horse, Campus Auto, Martinez Veterinary Services, Equerry Equine Services, Eden Equine, Bonita Stables, Chris McLean Pellets EQ Sport Enterprises and many more. The show was incredibly organized and ran seamlessly. With two arenas, and a large warm up area, it was a constant hive of activity. The atmosphere was fun and friendly, and everyone was welcoming and helpful. With a wide variety of classes for every level of horse and rider, as well as medal classes, competitors were drawn in from all over Vancouver Island and as far south as Washington. There were 91 horses entered in this weekend’s show. Queen Margaret’s School had a number of riders entered which was really nice to see. Other coaches, from all over the island brought many students to the show. Every level of riding was well represented. It was a thrill to watch riders such as Liz Ashton — known for her time spent on the Canadian Eventing Team as well as beautiful horses such as the magnificent Wallabee — who is on his way to Kentucky in a few weeks to compete at the Maclay Medal Finals with Junior Rider Kassidy Keith (and then, they are on to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto). They are inspiration to all riders of every age and experience level. It was easy to see the passion that each and every competitor, trainer, coach, volunteer and participant had for this sport. We all know the hours and months of time and commitment that takes place behind the scenes before anyone ever gets to a horse show — and this was the last show of the season. The thousands of hours that every person had put into their show season shone through at its brightest this weekend. Even after the third day of showing, in spite of their exhaustion, everyone was still smiling, happy and pitching in to help wherever needed — true community spirit. It was the perfect end to a wonderful www.gaitpost.com

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season. Congratulations to everyone in the VIHJA for an excellent show year and to everyone who participated in the SSITS shows this year! RESULTS SSITS Fall Finale Medal Classes SSITS Stirrup Medal .7m: Kenna Roozendaal/Ready Teddy. VIHJA Hunter Medal Final .75m: Hailey Gascoigne/Liberty W. VIHJA Hunter Medal Qualifier .75m: Tom Rose/Quiet Please. Victoria Saddlery Hunter Medal Final .85m: Gracie O’Connell/Timeless. Foxstone Hunter Medal .9m: Kate Wells/Batido. Nicky Reid & Co Combined Medal Gymnastics: Tom Rose. Nicky Reid & Co Combined Medal Jumping: Jolene Benham. Millshaw Meadows Jumper Medal Final .75: Caitlin Kelly. Cedar Vista Jumper Medal Final .85: Abby Goldschmid. Westside Stables Jumper Medal Final .9: Sarah Luick. SSITS Jumper Medal Final 1m: Dana Kenny. Wallenstein Open: Teresa Duerden. SSITS Season Finale Championship Results Victoria Saddlery Baby Green Hunter: Maddison Pierce/Some Assembly Required. Wits End Catering Pre Green Hunter 3’ – 3’3: Cheryl Keither/Carlton K. Modified Hunter 1m: Leigh Lindstrom/Baja Boy. Eden Equine Modified Child/Adult Hunter .85m: Pette Ozker/Checkmark. Greenhawk VI Pre Child/Pre-Adult Hunter: Hailey Gascoigne/Liberty W. Chris McLean Pellets Child/Adult Hunter .9m: Kate Wells/Batido. Starter Jumper: Ashley Empty/Something Elias. SSITS Stirrup .65m : Ierlee Ohare/Happy Feet. Dr. Danielle Fritz DVM Short/Long Stirrup .7m: Kaysa Ozker/Sephora. Junior/Amateur Jumper .75: Ashley Empey/Something Elias. Pony Jumper .75m: Georgia Fyfe/Fred Flinstone. Junior/ Pony Jumper .9m: Tiana Jerome/Picadilly. Open Pony Hunter: Haley David/Nico’s Spyglass. Pony/Junior/Amateur Jumper .85: Natalie Davis/Woodmont Premier. Adult Jumper .9m: Angela Hale/Lord Only Nose.

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Chile’s Samuel parot and Atlantis galloped to victory in the $100,000 longines fEI World Cup Jumping at the Sacramento International Horse Show.


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ast to go in a six-man jump off proved pivotal when Samuel Parot (CHI) delivered the fastest double clear in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping at the Sacramento International Horse Show. Aboard 12-year-old bay gelding Atlantis (Andiamo-Royal Bravour L), Parot shaved over half a second off the USA’s Quentin Judge’s target time of 37.55 seconds to finish at the head of the 24-starter field. “The jump off was super,” Parot said after the win. “The design was perfect. I had the opportunity to see all the rider make the mistakes, but my horse is very fast so it was unnecessary to leave out the stride.” Before Parot’s round, both Richard Spooner (USA) and Karl Cook (USA) attempted to leave out a stride to the final fence, resulting in knockdowns for both. After watching the eight strides lead to mistakes on the Alan Wade-designed 36

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course, commentator and 1976 Olympian Buddy Brown said that if he were to attempt the course, he would put in the nine strides without having to sacrifice speed. Just as the words left his mouth, Parot did exactly that, proving that Brown’s approach was the winning one. Parot’s partnership with his horse only began in May, ahead of this year’s Pan American Games. A broken collarbone at the beginning of the Spruce Meadows Summer Series sidelined the 50-year-old rider for a few weeks, but he was back to his winning ways shortly after. On his first trip to California this week, he won the $35,000 Open Stake World Cup qualifier with Atlantis, giving a strong indication that the pair were on top form for the big class. The evening class, inside and under lights, proved to be quite an adjustment for many of

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the horses, especially after the long summer season in large, outdoor arenas. The Irish-bred stallion Flexible, a crowd favorite and winner of the first West Coast North American League event at Thunderbird, was first in the order of go with Rich Fellers but his round resulted in uncharacteristic rails. “The horses are trying to adjust to the lights,” Brown commented, after a few veteran riders also picked up faults. Additionally, the well-prepared course challenged riders throughout with its complex questions, demanding the highest level of precision from all starters. DAnIEl BlumAn’S WIn In $212,000 u.S. opEn CSI 3* grAnD prIX, prESEntED By rolEX Show Jumping returned to Wollman Rink as it played host to the third day of competition at the second-annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show with the $212,000 U.S. Open CSI 3* Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, on Friday evening. Colombia’s Daniel Bluman has been waiting to win a coveted Rolex watch since the start of his career in Show Jumping, but the wait is over after he piloted Conconcreto Believe to a win Friday night under the lights of New York City. Also highlighting Friday competition in Central Park was a win for Jennifer Gates in the $5,000 Junior/Amateur 1.20m Speed Class, presented by PwC, and the start of U.S. Open Dressage. In addition to the 3* victory, Bluman was crowned the U.S. Open’s leading rider after scores from his third-place finish in Thursday’s U.S. Open $40,000 FEI Speed, presented by Canadian Pacific Railway, were combined with Friwww.gaitpost.com

day’s win. For the inaugural U.S. Open title, Bluman was presented with a $25,000 rider bonus in addition to his share of the Grand Prix purse. International designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil built a 15-effort test for 26 contenders, but only two jumped clear for a two-horse duel in the jump-off. Bluman won over Sharn Wordley, of New Zealand, with the fastest of two doubleclear efforts. Wordley notched a clear ride with Sky Group’s Barnetta from fifth in the original order before Bluman and his nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Ukato x Larista) guaranteed a tie-breaker for owners Blue Star Investments. While Bluman was all smiles with his Rolex in hand, he admitted that he felt the pressure after Wordley’s clean trip over the short course. Conconcreto Believe’s speed was paramount, however, and delivered Bluman the win. Sweetnam’s single time fault left him out of the jump-off, but he was proud to jump his nine-year-old Zangersheide stallion (Chaqui Z) to a top-three placing. “The atmosphere was great last year, but I think Discipline Reports continued on page 38


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Discipline Reports continued from page 37 it was even better this year,” he said. “I’m delighted with my horse. The time fault was my fault and the course jumped world-class.” Jennifer Gates, at 19 years old, impressed in front of a New York City crowd earlier in the day on Friday with a win in the $5,000 Junior/Amateur 1.20M Speed Class, presented by PwC, in the irons of her own Everest De Muze. The speed class converted faults to time and Gates’ clear effort in 58.817 seconds was good enough for first. Amateur Joyce Green and her own Cassidy were just shy of the lead to finish

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Isabell Werth Dominates U.S. Open $75,000 Dressage Freestyle The final day of competition at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show celebrated international Dressage on Saturday in the U.S. Open $75,000 Dressage Freestyle, presented by Axel Johnson Group. Germany’s Isabell Werth and El Santo NRW gave the crowd a commanding performance with a final score of 80.333% and her second win after taking top honors at the event in 2014. Seven riders representing five countries participated in the U.S. Open Dressage competition in Central Park with the top four riders all hailing from different corners of the world. Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Paridon Magi scored a 76.587% to take home the red ribbon for Lövsta Stuteri South. Catherine Haddad Staller was the top-placing rider for the U.S. in third on a score of 76.587% aboard Rowan O’Riley’s Mane Stream Hotmail. Fourth was presented to Karen Pavicic (CAN) and her own Don Daiquiri after a score of 72.125%. Charlotte Jorst (USA) capped the top five in the irons of Kastel’s Nintendo for Kastel Denmark with a score of 71.792%. Number-one Dressage rider in the world Charlotte Dujardin participated in the U.S. Open Dressage with a demonstration performance aboard Evi Strasser’s Renaissance Tyme. They performed Dujardin’s wildly popular freestyle based on Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon.

Gurney, Janet Curtis. Training Level Championship Junior. Champion; 983; Quido; Jenna Wichern; Dagmar Fortmuller. Reserve; 648; Black Tie Affair; Sadie Hall;Training Level Championship Adult Amateur; Champion; 623; Risolto; Deborah Bisson;Reserve; 632; Lucie; Gemma Dockerty;Training Level Championship Open; Champion; 690; Xpresso Time; Nicole Berthelot;Reserve; 608; Pachino; Brooklyn Reid;First Level Championship Junior; Champion; 679; Dexterity; Amy Jessica Cook;First Level Championship Adult Amateur; Champion; 636; Delano Dg; Bonnie Kozakow;Reserve; 613; Ferdinand; Julia Pesek; Alexia Zizzy. First Level Championship Open; Champion; 697; Farenheit P; Dusty Thiessen; Carolyn Creed. Reserve; 982; Freeal; Dagmar Fortmuller;Second Level Championship Junior; Champion; 621; Beauty; Courtney Palleson; Jennifer Palleson. Reserve; 986; Lusius; Carson Beinder;Second Level Championship Adult Amateur; Champion; 987; Torbijn; Sarah Mackenzie; Dr. Robert White. Reserve; 637; Taylor Made Chaps; Susie Muxlow;Second Level Championship Open; Rider; Owner. Champion; 635; Doortje Subtilita; Femke Onderlinden De Bruijn. Reserve; 695; Rubicon; Nikki Ayers; Andree Stow. Third Level Championship Junior; Champion; 622; First Watermark; Laura Klemm;Reserve; 630; Ubaldi; Rachel Macdonald; Third Level Championship Adult Amateur; Champion; 617; Ringo Star; Jesse Langford; Tina Schoenbach. Reserve; 610; Faszination; Jacki Winsor; Third Level Championship Open; Champion; 606; Sinfonie; Sven Smienk; Sheryl Williams. Reserve; 984; Anited; Dagmar Fortmuller;Fourth Level Championship Open; Champion; 631; Whitman Gp; Selena Pellizzari;Reserve; 677; Beau Liberty; Carmie Flaherty; Michelle Wilding Davis. Fei Advanced - Small Tour Championship - Adult Amateur;Champion; 633; Fantasque; Kristine Wong;Reserve; 649; Sugar Coated; Michelle Mills. Fei Advanced - Small Tour Championship Open; Champion; 988; Minicooper S; Gloria Schriever;Reserve; 618; Birkegardens Lukas; Courteney Fraser. Fei Advanced - Medium Tour Championship; Champion; 686; Woodstock; Ashley Moore; Jane Moore Fei Advanced - U25 Grand Prix Championship; Rider; Owner. Champion; 699; Capri; Colby Dodd. Fei Advanced - Grand Prix Championship; Champion; 696; Ariadne; Marcie Doyle; Jane Macdonald. Open Freestyle Championship; Champion; 689; Treffer; Wendy Christoff. Fei Para Equestrian Championship; Champion; 694; Lexington Star Bright; Jennifer Mckenzie; Tammy Vansamang. Reserve; 619; Adhemar; Kim Scott; Stella French. Bronze Training Level Championship Open; Champion; 52; Clocktower Serphina; Andreas Stano; Susan Smith Reserve; 72; Sedona; Carlene Pfaff; Susanne Kavalec Bronze First Level Championship Adult Amateur; Champion; 73; Sopresa; Mary Ostler;Reserve; 74; Presto; Laura Hargreaves; Bronze First Level Championship Open; Champion; 79; Sweet Escape; Marcie Doyle; Kate Erickson. Reserve; 54; Pharos Vom Rappenhof; Dale Thornton; Amanda Smith. Western

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germany scored its third win in fEI nations Cup Eventing: Andreas Dibowski, Annamaria rieke, Andreas ostholt and Julia krajewski.

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eveNTiNg reporT fEI nAtIonS Cup EvEntIng 2015: gErmAny ComES out on top AgAIn The German national anthem rang out yet again as the team were victorious at Waregem (BEL), seventh leg of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing 2015, where they beat the home side of Belgium by nearly 50 penalties. This was Germany’s third win this season, following victories at Houghton Hall (GBR) and Aachen (GER), but Britain, who have participated in the most contests, still head the FEI Nations Cup Eventing leaderboard by a significant nine points going into the last leg at Boekelo (NED) next month. Germany led throughout at Waregem and was the only team to have all four riders complete Tom Ryckewaert’s (BEL) excellent Cross Country course. Team members Andreas Ostholt (Pennsylvania 28), Julia Krajewski (Samourai du Thot), Anna-Maria Rieke (Petite Dame) and An-

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dreas Dibowski on the veteran FRH Butts Avedon finished second, fifth, sixth and 15th respectively. Belgium’s best rider was Julian Despontin, in eighth place on Waldano 36. The Netherlands finished third, with the experienced Tim Lips their best rider in 17th place on Trademark, more than 50 penalties behind Belgium. The Cross Country phase proved influential — especially the elusive optimum time and considerably re-ordered the leaderboard, producing a surprise individual CIC3* winner in British team member Nana Dalton (GBR) on Abbeylara Prince. Waregem is not an easy track on which to make up time, as it has some wooded sections, and Dalton was the only rider to come home with time penalties in single figures; she had been only 26th after Dressage and 14th after a clear Jumping round. Australia was second after the Dressage and Jumping phases by only 5.8 penalties, but the individual leader, Christopher Burton, retired Tempranillo after a couple of run-outs on the Cross Country and Andrew Hoy had three refusals at fence 18 on Algebra, dropping the team to fifth.

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Paul Tapner finished best of the quartet in individual fourth place on Bonza King of Rouges. Britain ended up in fourth place after team member Sarah Bullimore had a run-out with Reve du Rouet in the water complex (fences 22-23). Her team mate Francis Whittington had a rider fall from West Side here, and Coral Keen also fell, at fence 19, from Wellshead Fare Opposition. Great Britain will be under pressure to hang on for a second FEI Nations Cup Eventing victory since the series inception in 2012, but the mighty Germans, defending champions, will press them right to the line, and both nations will have to fend off challenges from Australia, France and the flying Kiwis. mrEC ‘mAry SWAnSon’ HorSE trIAlS The MREC “Mary Swanson” Horse Trials was held October 3 and 4. This Event was the last competition of the 2015 season. Things felt “as good as usual” as I entered the event office to get my entry package. As usual, I was greeted with the friendly smiles of the office staff. Both Emily McGreevy and Neva Broadhead were as always, reassuring and efficient. Then, what was different as I walked across the MREC grounds I wondered if the sunshine and blue skies were different. True the dew on the green grass sparkled more than it had during the dry summer events, www.gaitpost.com

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Discipline Reports continued from page 43 ment of fences the MREC field seemed to grow in size. But as usual, and as reassuring as ever we still saw Dave Desrosiers in his Gator wherever we looked…thank goodness! Looking back on the rest of the season, the changes made in the “Mary Swanson” Horse Trials brought the 2015 season to a spectacular close. Furthermore, when an entire season has been successful, it should be with pride that MREC receives the verdict that “a change is as good as the rest” of the season was throughout 2015. Thanks to all the MREC staff for your hard work! Submitted by Merrilyn Mason.

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Luna: 8 yo. 14.1 hh Morgan mare. Jumping 3 ft courses with lead changes. She is brave, comfortable, and easy to ride. She has the step to do the US Large Pony Hunters. Video available at silverfoxhorsesales.com. Contact 604-308-4488 or nbrash@shaw.ca.


2005 15.3 hh Holsteiner mare. Show miles in the Hunters. Suit Jr/Am rider looking to compete in the Jumper or Equitation ring. Very brave and careful over fences with solid flat work. Asking $20,000. Contact 604-619-2233 or sarah.loehndorf@outlook.com. www.gaitpost.com

Toby 10 yo 15.2 hh TB gelding. Sweet all around for a Jr/Am rider. Show experience and auto changes. Simple on the flat and over jumps for a quiet rider, looking for a loving home. Video upon request. $5,000. Contact 604-551-7768 or laura@wecreateriders.com.

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Ripley: 2006 16.3 hh CWB gelding. Bold and scopey. Schooling 3'6"-3'9", grids to 4'3". Shown in the 1.0m, moving to 1.10m. Not working to his potential due to lack of time. Fancy with tons of presence. $45,000. Contact 250-318-0332 or info@tlcequestrian.ca.

King: 9 yo 16.2 hh QH/Warmblood gelding. Sweet, has some jumping and school horse experience as well as trail and cattle experience. Is suited to being a 4H or Western Pleasure type horse. Contact 604-551-7768 or laura@wecreateriders.com.


8 yo 14.2 hh Paint mare. Shown successfully by a child. Many high points awards, trophy buckles. Delightful and easy to be around, safe for anyone. $5500. Contact 250-845-8344 or 250-845-7370. Houston, BC.

Farrah 15 yo 14.1 hh Arab mare. Many show miles in the hunter ring with teens, school pony for intermediate riders. She would make a nice Dressage pony for a teen or small adult, $2000. Other horses for sale $3000-$20000. Contact 604-551-7768. laura@wecreateriders.com. 50

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Sunshine: 10 yo 14.1 hh New Forest Pony mare. Exc. ground manners, schooling small fences, exc. Dressage prospect as well. Ready for first show! Beautiful mover, exc. temperament. Ridden by a Jr/Am. $7,500. Contact 250318-0332 or info@tlcequestrian.ca.

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Jazz: 6 yo 13.3 hh New Forest Pony gelding. Solid ground work & lunging. Well started U/S, walk, trot, canter, trot poles. Now started over fences. Sweet character and very willing to work. Suit any discipline. $6,000. Contact 250318-0332 or info@tlcequestrian.ca.

Solar: 4 yo 13 hh purebred reg. Welsh gelding, potential for Hunters, Jumping, Driving, Western, any sport event you wish to be a part of. Basic training, price will increase as training increases. $5,000. Contact 780-803-7236 or achkewich@gmail.com. Tofield, Alberta.

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Caspian: 7 yo 16.2 hh pinto CWB gelding. Super character. Solid flat work with laterals & flying chgs. Brave to the jumps. Suit amateur for Dressage. Training equiv. to Lev. 2, schooling higher level movements. Asking $20,000. Contact 250-318-0332 or info@tlcequestrian.ca. www.gaitpost.com

Peppe: 4 yo 16.1 hh 3/4 TB, 1/4 WB (Zangersheide). Registered PHR. Calm, brave, energetic for any disc. Started under saddle, great to trailer. Steady and trusting nature. $12,500. Contact 780-803-7236 or achkewich @gmail.com. Tofield, AB.

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Aloe Vera: 2013 16.3 hh Oldenburg X mare by Sagnol, o/o Canadian Warmblood by Faust Z. Tall, elegant, sensitive Hunter/Dressage type. Not yet started. Asking $10,000. Contact 250-319-1091 or skullmountainranch@gmail.com.

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Red: 2 yo 15.2 hh QH X gelding. Elite breeding: Running QH MB Cautro. Amazing structure and personality. Friendly, kind, sensitive. Will be an exquisite Hunter. Has basic training and trailering. $5,000. Contact 780-803-7236 or achkewich@gmail.com.

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Chico: 2010 16.2 hh Holsteiner X gelding by Capone I, o/o a tremendous Thoroughbred mare. He has 3 gorgeous gaits with a dynamic trot and a huge ground covering gallop. A gentle, sensitive and forward attitude. Truly bred to jump, will excel in Eventing or the Dressage ring. Lightly started with only experienced handling, no issues, a clean slate, ready to go. Asking $15,000. Contact 250-319-1091 or skullmountainranch@gmail.com.


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members. Coffee and snacks provided, bring a lunch. Note: you must sign in and register on line to receive And thanks to the many volunteers that made the Fall the member rate. Finale a resounding success! Congratulations also to Now’s the time to get involved with the BCHJA! all riders heading to the Royal Winter Fair, including Attend the AGM, Dec. 14, 2015, 6-8 pm at Southlands our CET contingent of Megan Champoux, Kassidy Club House. Light refreshments will be served. Keith, Taylor McManus and Arora Peters. The BCHJA offers $500 bursaries to members We are also pleased to announce the recipients of competing in specific shows through the competition The 2015 Dianne Tidball Legacy Foundation Riding year. Here are the final winners for this season: Scholarship: Lauren Mercer and Sophia MacInnes. Thunderbird Summer Classic - no BCHJA These riders can look forward to wonderful member placed. competition opportunities for the upcoming season! Check the BCHJA website. Points were posted as Thunderbird Summer Festival class 405 official on October 15th, 2015. Open Jumper Classic 1.15m, Kaylie Martinoff. Upcoming clinic: Hunter and Equitation Judging Explained - with Bobbie Reber. October 24, 9-5 pm at Thunderbird Show Park. $15 members, $40 non

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Discipline Reports continued from page 44 3. Emily Chow D'artagnan, Starter:1. Hanna Morris Royce 2. Taylor Leong, Capriola 3. Sabrina Glaser, Bc Talfan. Topline Show Park September Horse Trials - Sept. 19/20. 2015: Training:1. Virginia Smith, Bc Braith 2. Allisa Taylor, Good Times 3. Sara Sellmer, Triple Sec Per-Training:1. Mia Poppleton, Life Of Reilly 2. Sara Sellmer, Midnight Tango 3. Janna Kernan, Ayla Entry, 1.Jenny Van Der Flier Hot Pick 2. Maciej Rotecki Santeno 3. Rachael Mcmahon, Ratatouille Pre-entry 1. Merrilyn Mason Viking 2. Maciej Rotecki, Reflected Image 3. Cassie O'flaherty, Mr. Right, Starter: 1.Nerissa Jameus Ekotest, 2. Melissa Reimche, Mac 3. Shelby Skinner, Remington Steele

para-equestrian report Great Britain sees challenge from the Netherlands on first day of team competition Great Britain saw off a formidable challenge from the Netherlands to take the lead in the first part of the Team competition at the FEI European Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships 2015 in Deauville (FRA). The Netherlands’ riders won three of the five tests on offer today, but strong performances from Great Britain’s Sophie Christiansen, Anne Dunham and Sophie Wells gave the British team a slight advantage after the first day of competition. Competing in Grade Ia, Christiansen obtained the highest score of the day with 76.130% on her new horse Athene Lindebjerg, a sweet vic-

tory as this is their first major championships together. Teammate Dunham placed second with 75.261%, a fraction ahead of Norway’s Jens Lasse Dokkan. These scores, combined with a strong performance from Wells, were enough for Team GBR to gain the lead at the end of day one. Such was the strength of the Grade Ia competition that its top four placed athletes were the highest scoring athletes across all grades. In Grade Ib, Nicole Den Dulk led the charge scoring 73.120% on Wallace N.O.P. to take the win. Second place went to Stinna Tange Kaastrup of Denmark, while Austria’s Pepo Puch took third. Den Dulk’s teammate Frank Hosmar, individual, freestyle and team bronze medallist at London 2012 and double bronze medallist at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, scored his very first European Championship victory in the Grade IV. Riding Alphaville N.O.P. his healthy 74.00% put Great Britain’s Sophie Wells into second place, with Germany’s Carolin Schnarre and Denmark’s Line Kongensgaard joint third. Discipline Reports continued on page 61

HORSE TRIALS BC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & AWARDS BANQUET NOVEMBER 14, 2015 AT HARRISON HOT SPRINGS RESORT HOTEL Please join us for the HTBC AGM- have a say in your organization, your voice counts. All members are encouraged to attend, 2PM Saturday. There are SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS TO BE PUT FORWARD & VOTED ON. Plan to stay for the weekend and enjoy the EDUCATION FORUM, AGM and HTBC AWARDS BANQUET, as well as the fabulous amenities of the Harrison Hot Springs Resort.

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November News The OEF represents more than 22,000 individual members who come from all sectors of the horse industry. As Ontario’s provincial sport organization for equestrian, the OEF is committed to equine welfare and providing leadership and support to the individuals, associations and industries that make up Ontario’s horse communities.

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Join us for a Member Appreciation Party on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by MAAAX™ Equine Feed, the party will be held at the OEF booth in Hall A next to System Fencing.

Extended memberships are currently available and provide membership benefits for the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016. Watch for our new two-year individual membership option coming this October!

The OEF will be back at the Royal Winter Fair from Nov. 6-15 with a new member party format and even more products, services and exclusive offers than ever before.

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Newsletter | November 2015 Jump Alberta Society is a grassroots not-for-profit charitable Alberta corporation. For membership information, contact: JUMP ALBERTA | 197, 132-250 Shawville Blvd. S.E., Calgary, AB T2Y 2Z7, jumpalberta@gmail.com

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UPCOMING EVENTS: • Jump Alberta Symposium Nov. 20-24, 2015, hosted at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping/Anderson Ranch. Theme - Long Term Athlete Development, Focussing on the Learn to Compete and Compete to Win stages of Equine Canada’s Long Term Equestrian Development program. Featured Clinicians: Archie Cox- Hunters and Equitation, Buddy Brown-Jumpers. Break Out Sessions: Meryl Wheeler - Fitness and Nutrition, Tonia Anderson-Mental Training, Matt Scott- Head Trauma and Brain Injury

Coaches Corner: Lorraine Hill, Master Learning Facilitator for Equine Canada - Coach transition and designing a sport program. Rider Participation Fee: $200 (4 days, 2 riding and auditing) Advance Auditor Registration Fee: $100 (4 days) Coaches - Jump Alberta Members: Free,  Coaches - Non Members: $30 • Casino Fundraiser, Deerfoot Inn and Casino January 7 and 8, 2016 Volunteers Needed!  Earn $10 per hour Volunteer Credits • Year End Awards Gala, Deerfoot Inn and Casino January 9, 2016 • Annual General Meeting - January 16, 2016 Red Deer, AB.

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Competitions · Clinics · Special Events bc events Oct 23 - 25

The Mane Event, Chilliwack, BC Contact Tamara: tamara@maneeventexpo.com www.maneeventexpo.com

Oct 25 - 26

David Marcus Dressage Clinic – 2015 Series, Langley, BC Contact Jane: (604) 219-7681, finnfarm@shaw.ca

Oct 25

MREC Schooling Show, Maple Ridge, BC Contact Jack: (604) 467-5616, mrec@shaw.ca, www.mrec.ca

Nov 8

MREC 2 Phase and Dressage Schooling Show, Maple Ridge, BC. Contact Jack: (604) 467-5616, mrec@shaw.ca, www.mrec.ca

Nov 14 - 15

Gateway Kickoff Indoor H/J Show, Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC. Contact Chris Pack: (604) 855-5585, tbird.ca

Nov 14

NFTRA Pub Night Fundraiser, Maple Ridge, BC Contact Emily: (604) 462-7786, programs@nftra.ca https://nftrarides.wordpress.com

Nov 15

MREC Schooling Show, Maple Ridge, BC Contact Jack: (604) 467-5616, mrec@shaw.ca, www.mrec.ca

Nov 27 - 29

BCIHJA Ashleigh Charity Hunter Jumper Clinic, Prince George, BC. Contact Veronica: bcihjaoffice@gmail.com

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NFTRA Volunteer Orientation, Maple Ridge, BC Contact Emily: (604) 462-7786, programs@nftra.ca https://nftrarides.wordpress.com

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Discipline Reports continued from page 58 Making her European Championship debut, current Grade II world champion Rixt Van Der Horst (NED) won her class just ahead of Great Britain’s Natasha Baker and Belgium’s Barbara Minneci. Riding Uniek NOP, Van Der Horst scored 72.618%. Germany’s Hannelore Brenner won the Grade III on Women of the World. The multi European, World and Paralympic Champion scored 71.474%, to finish just ahead of Anne Katrin Lubbe from Norway, and the Netherlands’ Lotte Krijnsen. Germany currently lies in third place for the Team competition.



Oct 30 - Nov 1 Classical Dressage Symposium with Dominique Barbier, Cochrane, AB. Contact Deb: (403) 607-3605, deb@highlandstable.ca, www.highlandstable.com

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Dear mane mare, my rider’s coach is constantly telling her that she has to be smarter than the horse. Aside from being tired of hearing this, should i be concerned that this could actually happen? — Brill Yant


Dear Brill yant, There’s really no fear that your rider will truly become smarter than you, but, you could pretend she is for a short while just to shut up the coach. Now, who do you think is truly smarter?


Dear mane mare,

Why is the good grazing always on the other side of the fence? Did they put the fences in the wrong places? — N Vious Dear n vious, Some person came up with a saying about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence, and since then, everyone has been trying to prove it true. Apparently this also applies to the lawns people so cherish.


Dear mane mare, We are now entering driving competitions, which i find just a bit tedious. How can i spice it up a bit? — Harnessed Dear Harnessed, if you constantly take out the cones on the right side of the carriage or cart, your driver will eventually adjust the steering. When that happens, start taking out the cones on the left side of the carriage or cart. extra points if you can squash the cones so well they need to be replaced.


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Dear mane mare, Why do they lock us into stalls or pens and feed us only to complain about the accumulations of manure? — Pooper Dear pooper, People seem to forget that manure happens...even though they say it often enough.


Dear mane mare, my owner is constantly nagging me. She complains about this and she complains about that. Nag, nag, nag. How can i get her to stop? — Fed Up


Dear fed up, let her talk to the hoof…preferably a hind hoof that is menacingly close to

her mouth.


Dear mane mare, What kind of spurs do you prefer: Western or english? — Slow Poke

Dear Slow poke, i hate all spurs, but find that the jingle made by Western spurs works very well as an early warning device. That sound says, “Time to leave,” to me.

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