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contents Departments 8 tidBits Autumn bits 16 gaitpost approved rockfish boots 17 vet’s view West Nile 19 Industry news International Society

of equine Locomotor Pathology Three-Day module

25 feI news KWPN, Irish And

Zangersheide Studbooks Claim 2016 FeI World breeding Jumping Titles

30 Discipline reports Italy’s Zorzi

Springs A big Surprise At Longines opener In oslo

features 12 Delightful Dartmoor by Lucy Higginson

22 on the go: Jaclynn Duff and megan champoux 27 Buying a Horse & slaying my Dragons, part 3 by Eleanor Klawer 32 gaitpost gallery feature 47 2016 paralympics recap 50 2016 olympic show Jumping recap

53 gaitpost Business classifieds 60 clinic review Johann Hinnemann Clinic At High Point

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ON THE COVER: adventure riding on the stunning Dartmoor in Devon, England. Photo: liberty Trails/ Polly a Baldwin.

““he loves meeting the crowd, and he loves the people. he was bombarded with people tonight, and he loves it. They were patting him, and hugging him, and kissing him, so what a nice end for him.” — Charlotte Dujardin, on Valegro’s fan frenzy in Central Park, and winding up the most successful career of any Dressage horse on a high note. [See Page 42]

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all is most definitely here, with snow falling elsewhere in Canada already, and the west coast receiving a lashing from storms from the Pacific Ocean. The outdoor season has wound up, the indoor season begun, and our editorial input changes with the seasons. From fancy wellies to the blustery Dartmoor Derby, this issue has a distinct feel of fall.

Harvest It was Pumpkin Patch Pillage time recently, at Foxcroft Farm, home to the Gaitpost. Friends and family came over to take their pick of pumpkins that were lovingly raised by Rudy Klawer. For months, he withstood the onslaught of foals that wanted to play ball with the small ones, and gallop up and over the pile repeatedly, but he protected his gourds to the end. It was a good haul, and a great opportunity for kids that live in the city to ride a tractor, get good and dirty, play with wet dogs, drink hot chocolate, and harvest their very own handpicked pumpkins. Every year, we strip our hogfuel paddocks, and reseed the pile in a different place with leftover pumpkins and new seed as well. Then the composted pile is spread on our fields, and we start again. It is a comforting, fun, and rewarding process, and one we recommend to anyone that can do something similar!!

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James Used Tack Shop — a social enterprise that helps the charity turn donations of used horse equipment and riding apparel into much-needed funding. The store was named in honor of founder Jane James and opened its doors in 2011. On November 24th, CTRA will pitch the store as one of the top 3 finalists for the Social Enterprise Catalyst (seCatalyst) Gala — an annual event that showcases Vancouver Island social enterprises in a “Dragon’s Den-Style competition” and awards up to $50,000 in prizes (visit for more information). CTRA hopes to use this incredible opportunity to increase the store’s accessibility, outreach, and long-term profitability. Best of luck to this hard working group! Sow Dressage BC wants everyone to know that the time to apply for Grants and Awards is now! From the Scott Hayes “Aspire To Inspire” Most Improved Rider Grant of $800, to Vancouver Island Dressage Competition Grants (six $200 grants!), the opportunities are many. Other grants and awards from equitation to travel and post-secondary support are available as a result of the generosity and support of many sponsors. Please check out Dressage BC’s website for more information.

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headlinenews Bit by Bit American Farrier’s Association Announces Grant for Equine Stem Cell Research The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) has announced a donation of $10,000 through its Equine Research fund to the Morris Animal Foundation in support of research being conducted by Dr. Alix Bergman, Morris Animal Foundation Fellow, North Carolina State University. In conjunction with the work of Drs. Lauren Schnabel and Matthew Fisher, Dr. Bergman’s research is focused upon “developing new culture techniques that will help stem cells avoid detection by the immune system, thereby allowing for safe and efficacious therapy in horses using donor stem cells.” Currently, stem cell treatments are limited by the quality of a patient’s cells and the time it takes to culture them, and donor cells are rejected by a horse’s immune system if perceived as foreign. A culture technique that would enable donor stem cells to avoid detection as foreign by the recipient’s immune system would, in turn, greatly enhance the opportunities for conveniently and effectively utilizing stem cell therapy

over what is currently possible. In Dr. Berglund’s words: “Stem cell therapies have the potential to improve the outcome of severe and potentially life-ending musculoskeletal diseases in horses, including those of the distal limb and foot. In particular, stem cells have shown promise for the treatment of deep digital flexor tendon lesions associated with navicular syndrome and for the treatment of laminitis.” Ideally, however, stem cell therapy should be administered as soon as possible following the time of injury or identification of the initial signs of disease, but since donor cells can be killed by the recipient horse’s immune system if perceived as foreign, the use of this promising treatment is currently limited. Roxanne Davis, Director of Organizational Giving for Morris Animal Foundation, acknowledged the impact of the AFA’s grant: “The Foundation is deeply appreciative of the American Farrier’s Association’s investment in regenerative therapy research which holds great promise for improving the lives of horses. Together, we are advancing equine health by supporting the development of new treatments for devastating diseases and injuries.”

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Jump Canada Hall of Fame Inductees Announced for 2016 Four new inductees will be celebrated at the tenth annual Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala, presented by BMO Financial Group, on Sunday, November 6, 2016, 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, 53 champions have been welcomed into the Hall of Fame, including 19 horses and ponies, 24 humans, six organizations, and four teams. This year, the Hall of Fame will debut the new category of Groom to pay tribute to the hard-working individuals behind the scenes whose dedicated care for their equine charges plays an integral role in the hunter and jumper industry. This year’s celebrated inductees will be: Groom – Marion Atkinson Builder (Individual) – Elizabeth Bordeaux Rider – Hugh Graham Hunter Horse – Glen Owen “This year, we have decided to refresh and innovate with our selections and will be debuting the new cat-

egory of Groom,” continued Samuel. “For anyone connected to the sport, there is a great awareness that the very foundation for the nurturing and caretaking of our equine partners begins with the groom. We are excited to honour Marion Atkinson as our first inductee in this category, and look forward to making many more such inductions in the years ahead. I warmly invite the entire horse community to join with us in November to celebrate Marion, Elizabeth Bordeaux, Hugh Graham, and of course, Glen Owen!” The tenth annual Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala will be part of a black-tie gala and dinner, including live music and dancing, held in the elegant Governor’s Room at Toronto’s Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex at Exhibition Place.

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A Derby experience only Dartmoor can deliver. By Lucy Higginson Photos by Liberty Trails / Polly A Baldwin


ven countries as small as Britain have wildernesses that beg to be explored. Chief among them is Dartmoor in Devon, in England’s ‘West Country’, packed with history, rare flora and fauna, gorgeous wild ponies and native cattle. It is also ravishingly beautiful, especially in September when the flies have given up but the colours of summer linger — purple heather, yellow gorse and endless green and mustard hillsides. Horseback is the obvious way to explore it, but this is not without challenges; Dart-

moor’s ever shifting bogs are notorious; the weather can change fast, and communication networks are patchy. Enter local businesswoman and horse addict Elaine Prior, who runs an established adventure riding business on Dartmoor, Liberty Trails. “Dartmoor is such an amazing place to ride, yet very few people have the opportunity to explore it comprehensively because of the logistical support required to do so,” she explains. Delightful Dartmoor continued on page 14

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softer moorland with plentiful scope for long canters.

Delightful Dartmoor continued from page 13 It had also struck her that with its “undulating, unspoilt vistas, and total peace, certain places on the moor would lend themselves brilliantly to hosting a luxury camp”. Her concept for a new event, the Dartmoor Derby, was born, and in September 2016 it became reality, with 45 riders taking part in small guided teams led by expert guides sourced from local hunts. The Derby is not a race, but a multiday challenge ride on your own horse, or a fit local hunter sourced by the organizers, that takes in around 50 glorious miles of moors and tors over three days. Each night is spent either in top local hotels or a fabulous luxury camp, purposebuilt for the event in the heart of the moor. The Dartmoor Derby route takes in historical landmarks from different periods of Dartmoor’s rich history; standing stones from prehistoric times; sites worked by Napoleonic prisoners brought here from Plymouth, and spots used more recently in Steven Spielberg’s epic telling of War Horse. From challenging, tussocky high moorland involving stream crossings and steep gradients, this year’s ride also took in forestry and softer moorland with plentiful scope for 14

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long canters on springy, peaty turf. Lunch was laid out daily at fabulous vantage points; pots of crab, Scotch eggs, rare roast beef and more laid out on white linen against a view as mouth-watering as the fare. Sharing the wonderful camaraderie that comes at the end of long, breathless canters enjoyed shoulder-to-shoulder were a wonderfully diverse array of people, all united by their love of the horse and beautiful wilderness; 2016’s riders included a retired professor, a doctor, airport security worker, TV producer and assorted businessmen and women. As might be expected, the weather brought a bit of everything, but happily the biggest downpour was reserved for Saturday night. Water sluiced off the roof of the splendid dining yurt as our Derby riders tucked into Devon Mojitos and canapes followed by slow cooked blade of Dartmoor beef. This year, riders sat side by side with huntsmen from local packs who had guided them, the lifelong Dartmoor farmer whose land and barns billeted our horses, and some men and officers of the Household Cavalry who had come to ride the Derby. In short, it was about as English a gathering as you could imagine.

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Later as riders slunk to bed inside their yurts, it continued to sheet down for half of the night. While some riders opted to stay in gorgeous local hotels, others had chosen the purpose-built Dartmoor Derby camp. Happily, this is luxury camping, with yurts carpeted with thick rugs, equipped with heaters and proper mattresses topped with crisp white linen. God must be a horse lover, for the following day dawned bright and beautiful and a pink sky glowed above the camp’s vista of the West Dart River. The final full day’s riding took in War Horse country, and teams made good speed across exquisite country past Crip Tor and the ancient settlements and cairns close to Burrator reservoir. After lunch, the route passed through Dittsworthy Warren and the farm used by Spielberg as the main protagonist’s Dartmoor home in the War Horse movie. The names of the woods, tors, farms and landmarks are as lyrical as any string of adjectives, and sound as if they have tumbled from the pages of Thomas Hardy. Even if you don’t know the places they represent, they help you imagine them — Foggintor; Holming Beam; Great Mis or North Hessary tor. So what was the verdict from the inaugural riders? Though the organizers have clear ideas for how to finesse the event for next year and beyond, the feedback has been terrific, with the scenery and riding, the hunter hirelings, guides, yurts and fabulous meals based around local Devon produce topping the bill for praise. “It gave me and my horse a real challenge — physically and mentally — tough terrain, fast riding and so worth it for the dramatic scenery that

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no place other than Dartmoor can offer,” said Helen Revitt, who had grown up in the region but now lives closer to London. Millie Foote, Oxfordshire, who has previously lived and ridden for many years in the States, agreed. “What a thrilling three days I had riding across the wild, beautiful and austere landscape of Dartmoor. It was fun and challenging but a fantastic experience. Elaine and her fellow helpers were so welcoming, helpful and cheerful. This was the experience of a lifetime.” The 2017 Dartmoor Derby takes place from Friday, September 22nd to Monday 25th, though a longer trip with additional preparation rides can also be arranged. Places in camp will be limited to 40 riders. The price for one individual wishing to hire a horse and happy to share a yurt with two others is £1,800. For full details, and to register interest in riding in the 2017 Dartmoor Derby, visit

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West Nile Virus in British Columbia W

est Nile was introduced to America in 1999 and first identified in Canada in 2001. Although it has been around for quite a while, British Columbia did not have reported cases in horses for the longest time. West Nile Virus has recently been found in 7 horses, all from different premises in the Kootenay Area of British Columbia, and another case was confirmed in the Fraser Valley. The latter was originally from the United States and therefore it is unknown if he contracted the disease here or at his original location. These recent cases are a reminder that although West Nile Virus is still rare, it is a serious threat to the health of our horses. West Nile is spread by mosquito bites. All horses are therefore at risk, even the ones that don’t travel, go to shows or are in contact with

other horses. Mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds. There were 2 dead crows in the Kootenays that also tested strongly positive for the West Nile Virus around the same time as the horses. Infected horses usually show neurologic deficits such as ataxia, which is a lack of muscle coordination where horses usually can’t control where they put their feet and can stumble or even fall over when the symptoms are severe. West Nile also causes fever, depression, lethargy, head pressing against walls, head tilt, difficulty swallowing or chewing, impaired vision and problems blinking. It is a very serious disease that can be fatal. The mortality rate was originally recorded at almost 50%, but new data puts

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Vet’s View continued from page 17 it in the 30% range. A lot of horses end up having severe symptoms needing a lengthy and costly hospitalization. There is no treatment for the infection, only supportive care. However, West Nile Virus infection can be prevented with a safe and proven vaccine. For the vaccine to be effective, there needs to be an initial dose given followed by a booster around a month later. There needs to be an annual vaccination afterwards to keep the protection against the virus. Pregnant mares previously vaccinated should receive a vaccine 4 to 6 weeks before foaling. The recommendations for foals are similar to other vaccines, which starts at 4 to 6 months of age with the first booster 4 weeks later and a second booster around 10-12 months of age if the dam was correctly vaccinated. If you have a pregnant mare with no history of vaccination or a young foal with an unknown history, it is best to consult your veterinarian for the appropriate steps to take to assure that your horse is protected.

Prevention also includes mosquito control, such as fly spray, keeping horses inside at dawn and dusk and drying all stagnant water areas. In conclusion, the West Nile Virus threat is still real, the affected horses can have very severe symptoms that could require extensive medical care, and it is recommended that horses get vaccinated to help protect them against this disease. Dr Marielle St-Laurent, DVM graduated from the University of Montreal in June 2010. She completed Paton & Martin’s internship program and is now a full time associate veterinarian. Marielle was a competitive Dressage rider prior to entering vet school. She recently got back in the saddle and started training and competing again.

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Industry News continued from page 19 most equine anatomist and musculoskeletal ultrasonographer. He is also the designer of a series of orthopedic horse shoes which have revolutionized the way many lameness conditions are managed. The seminar began on a beautiful sunny morning with a dissection of the hock and thigh where Professor Denoix exhibited all the pertinent anatomy necessary for the subsequent talks. He then spent two days presenting case studies with examples of various injuries that the

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The Gaitpost is pleased to present a series on riders working toward their goals, from grassroots to Grand Prix.

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s a young rider, my goal was always to ride on the Canadian team. I came from a very structured program in Edmonton, Alberta, where I started in the Hunters and Equitation. Under the guidance of Heather Archer, I won the CET National Finals at the Royal Winter Fair. After winning medal finals, I wanted to focus on Young Riders and eventually riding on the Canadian team. In 2012, I made the decision to start training with Jill Henselwood in Ottawa, Ontario. My decision was based on the fact that my goal was the Canadian Team and I felt that their particular program, at Juniper Farms, had the training and guidance I needed to make the next step in reaching that goal. In 2014, I made my Canadian Team debut when I was selected to be a part of the Developing Rider’s tour in Europe. It was not only my first time jumping on a nation’s cup team, it was also my first time competing over in Europe. I am very grateful that Equine Canada gave me


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that opportunity, because I realized how much I could benefit by doing a tour in Europe. When I returned from Europe, I finished a degree in Economics at the University of Alberta. Finally finishing school has given me the opportunity to focus on riding full time and it prompted my decision to spend the summer in Europe competing and learning, with the hopes of changing from an amateur to a professional in the sport. This summer I made the decision to spend the entire summer in Europe with three horses. I competed at the Spruce Meadows Summer Series and shortly after my horses flew to Europe. I travelled with the Canadian Developing Rider’s team to two shows, and then based myself at Stal Hendrix’s in the Netherlands. My European Adventure started off in Bratislava, Slovakia. I was very familiar with the horse show because I had done that show two

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Megan riding Brighton in the 1.30m jumpers.


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egan has just turned 17 years old and is the only Canadian this year competing at the Maclay finals in Lexington, Kentucky from November 1–6. She will be riding Brighton, a 10 year old Dutch Warmblood owned by Denise Kinvig of Northshore Equestrian Center. It is a huge honour to compete in the class and the only Canadian to have ever won is Laura Balisky! Megan was paired up with Brighton this past summer and began riding Brighton in the jumpers until August when he was entered info a few equitation classes on a whim. He was super willing and loved the job, so it was decided to take him to the Maclay regionals in Monroe, WA. At that show, Megan was 2nd in the warmup class, 3rd in the Maclay regional finals and 2nd in the Finals of the Washington Good Hands & Seat. This was a terrific beginning for the start of Brighton’s career as an equitation horse! A week later, the pair competed at the Fall Finale at Thunderbird and won every class they entered which was the A Eq, Jump Canada bursary class, & the Regionals for the CET. Megan lead the whole way of the CET and won the Melanie

Walters Memorial for the most points over the two classes of the CET. Now the two are on a tour that leaves the end of October, heading to Kentucky and then right up to Toronto to compete in the Jump Canada Finals & the CET finals at the Royal Winter Fair. Other BC team mates are: Taylor McManus CET final, Halle Gainey - CET final, Allie Sullivan - CET final, and Bria Gainey - Jump Canada finals.  Megan has been riding since she was 4 years old and has been competing in the Equitations for the past several years. She is coached by her mother, Sarah Champoux, with help from John Turner from Thumbs Up Farms as well. She spent this past winter showing in Florida with trainers such as Otis Brown, Emil Spadone & Craig Allen. That experience was terrific and Megan held her own in the Equitations and Junior Hunters with many wins and championships. — Submitted by S. Champoux If you know of a rider, of any age or discipline, who is working toward making his or her dream a reality, please share the successes and struggles with the Gaitpost! Our future stars all start somewhere, and we want to help. Contact Eleanor@gaitpost. com for more information.

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going from a very North American system to the European system. If there is an option to leave out a stride, I normally leave it out because it helps with our tight timealloweds and my horses all have big strides. I found that the Europeans will usually add a stride if there is an option. I think as a rider I should be able to do both systems comfortably. The first show I did on my own in Europe was CSI2* Roosendaal in the Netherlands. It was a huge sucIn Gijon, Spain, in her first CSIO5*, Jaclynn was the reserve for the Canadian team. cess with Pater Noster winning the Jaclynn Duff continued from page 22 Grand Prix qualifier and EH All or None winning the Grand Prix. My show plans changed a bit when years earlier with the Developing Rider’s team, I got invited to go to Gijon, Spain as the reserve for however, it was a totally different experience for the Canadian team. This was huge for me because me two years later. I was now familiar with the it meant I got to go compete at a CSIO5*. Out of European warm up and much more comfortable all the shows in Europe, I felt I learned the most in with the structure of the European shows so we Gijon. The show itself was like nothing I had ever had a lot more success. My horses were absoluteexperienced. Huge crowds every day. They would ly fantastic. EH All or None won the World Cup bet on the riders, so the crowd were involved, yellQualifier on Saturday and Pater Noster won the ing and cheering for riders! Gijon gave me the opGrand Prix the next day. The Canadians swept portunity to jump some bigger 1.60m tracks and it the big tour with Brian Morton winning the first was very exciting to jump my first 5* Grand Prix. I day. The camaraderie among the Canadian riders made some mistakes but I learned so much jumpwas incredible and I was very grateful to be a part ing the bigger tracks at that show. of such a great team. After spending two weeks My final show in Europe was a CSI3* in with the Developing Rider’s team and my trainDonaueschingen, Germany. It was cool show ers, Jill and Bob Henselwood, I found my way to because it reminded me of a mini Aachen. Huge the Netherlands where I based out of Emile Hengrass ring, lots of atmosphere. I won the first drix’s. At first it was a bit terrifying because for Grand Prix Qualifier under the lights on EH All the first time in my riding career I wasn’t with or None and finished 10th in the Grand Prix on anyone I knew very well. I remember flatting the him. My younger horse Caesar Z gained a lot of first day at the barn and my horses being totally experience over the summer and I was able to wild and misbehaving and I was mortified that move him up and jump the second Grand Prix Emile was going to send me back to Canada! Qualifier with him. Thankfully after a few days of flat lessons they The knowledge and experience I gained from settled in and I started to learn the European my summer in Europe is second to none. I am system. The biggest thing we worked on was the hoping that the experience I have gained will readability of my horses. My horses have quite a help me reach my goals as a young professional bit of scope but things go wrong when they get with hopes of representing Canada at World Cup difficult to ride in the ring. The goal for the sumFinals and future Nation Cups. — Submitted by mer was to learn obedience and make my horses J. Duff more rideable. The biggest change for me was 24

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Ireland’s Gerard O’Neill and the Irish Sport Horse Killossery Kaiden produced the only double-clear in the final competition to win the 6-Year-Old title at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2016 at Lanaken, Belgium.



he 2016 edition of the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses staged at the Zangersheide Stud in Belgium more than lived up to expectations, with massive entries of high-quality horses and edge-of-the-seat excitement in the competitions in all three categories. The first title of the weekend went to the 5-year-old KWPN stallion Garant, ridden by The Netherlands’ Willem Greve, while the Irish Sport Horse gelding Killossery Kaiden topped the 6-year-old division with Gerard O’Neill on board. Then, rounding up a great weekend of sport, it was the Zangersheide Studbook’s Think Twice lll Z that claimed the 7-year-old honours with Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet in the saddle. The trademark “Z” of Zangersheide flew high over the four-day fixture which has been

a key event in every breeding season for over 20 years. Brainchild of the late Leon Melchior, it once again attracted massive crowds and this year enjoyed ideal weather conditions. In the first 5-Year-Old qualifier a total of 111 horses jumped clear from a field of 228 starters. As course designer Luc Musette explained, “it is not possible to build the fences any bigger, and the quality of the young horses ensures you have a lot going clear!” It was a bit tougher in the second qualifier with 74 clear from 225 starters, but 20 of the 50 starters made the cut into the Final jump-off, so this was never going to be an easy one to win. One of the sensations of the weekend was

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FEI News continued from page 25 16-year-old Irish schoolboy Michael Pender who first put the ISH mare Z Seven Canya Dance (Can Ya Makan/Cavalier Royale) into pole position with a foot-perfect run in 39.04 seconds only to overtake his own target time with his second ride Z Seven Caretina (Coltaire Z/Caretino) who broke the beam in 38.86 seconds. He looked to have gold and silver in the bag until last man in, The Netherlands’ Willem Greve, pushed him off the top step of the podium when just 0.4 seconds quicker with the KWPN stallion Garant (Warrant/Verdi TN). “I bought the horse in May and my home rider competed him in some national shows. I think he is a real Grand Prix horse,” said the Dutch gold medallist. “The course designer did a great job, it was difficult enough, the time was short but you didn’t see any horses crashing. If you wanted to go fast in the jump off in the final that was your own decision. I never went fast before with Garant, but I knew he had the quality to try it. If you come to these Championships you need a little bit of luck to get to the finals but participating is already a super experience for the rider and the horse. I try to come here every year,” Greve said. The Irish had even more to celebrate when Gerard O’Neill produced the only clear in the jump-off to take the 6-year-old title with the gelding Killossery Kaiden (Lux Z/Cruising). There were 65 clears from 264 starters in the first qualifier in which the eventual champions finished fourth behind last year’s 5-year-old bronze medallists Willem Greve and Formidable. There were 64 foot-perfect runs in the second qualifier in which a single error pinned the Irish pair into 93rd spot, but having made the cut into the final 40 they were the only ones to keep a clean sheet, O’Neill gambling on a careful round which paid dividends at the end of the day. The silver medal went to the KWPN gelding Fernando (Zapatero VDL/Larino) ridden by The Netherlands’ Julian de Boer whose time of 35.53 was more than 10 seconds faster than the winner’s, but who left a fence on the floor in the 26

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last round. The rider who lives in the north of Holland was riding his grandfather’s horse, and as fate would have it his success was a bit random. “Normally I would have left yesterday but I stayed for the party, and this morning I put the horses on the truck but I delayed leaving because a rider withdrew and I was the first reserve. I got a call to ask if I wanted to ride in the final, so I took the horse off the truck again and now I have the silver medal!” he said with a smile. In the 7-Year-Old division there were 63 clear rounds from 189 starters in the first qualifier but just 42 in the second competition in which five horses were eliminated and 10 were retired. Just five made it through to the jump-off and the three medallists all went double -clear - Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet claiming the gold with the mare Think Twice lll Z which is by the stallion Toulon out of the mother of Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz’s wonderful horse Winningmood. Silver went to another mare, the BWP grey Jeleena de Muze (Tornedo FCS/Chin Chin) ridden by Stephex Stables’ star rider Lorenzo de Luca. “I’m only riding this horse since the Knokke show in July and we were first to go. We have not competed in many shows together so I didn’t know the horse so well,” said the Italian rider who was still well-pleased with his result. Five-Year-Old Final: GOLD - Garant (William Greve) NED 0/0 38.46; SILVER - Z Seven Caretina (Michael Pender) IRL 0/0 38.86; BRONZE - Z Seven Canya Dance (Michael Pender) IRL 0/0 39.04. Six-Year-Old Final: GOLD - Killossery Kaiden (Gerard O’Neill) IRL 0/0 47.85; SILVER Fernando V (Julian de Boer) NED 0/4 35.53; BRONZE - Kannabis van de Bucxtale (Thierry Goffinet) BEL 0/4 40.02. Seven-Year-Old Final: GOLD - Think Twice lll Z (Thierry Goffinet) BEL 0/0 40.06; SILVER - Jeleena de Muze (Lorenzo de Luca) ITA 0/0 40.73; BRONZE - Everest (Luc Steeghs) NED 0/0 42.12.

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Buying A Horse  Slaying My Dragons Part 3 – Quarantine and Shipping. Story and Photos By Eleanor Klawer

Home in her paddock


am VERY happy to say that my mare, Dantesse, is here in Langley at Foxcroft Farm. It has been a long process which I have been pleased to share with Gaitpost readers, and this is the final instalment of Buying a Horse, Slaying My Dragons. My dragon has been well and truly slain, as I have been riding now for two weeks, including a clinic with Ellen Bontje, and, while ridiculously out of shape after this year off, I feel I can put the accident and injuries behind me now — way behind me, I think. Worries and fears, dragons, be gone! The final part of this story has to do with the shipping and quarantine process — a very stressful time for both the horse and the new owner! Flying horses across the Atlantic is a very common procedure now, and there are many companies that make it their mission to deliver your horse in the most safe and simple manner. I think most agents and coaches in Europe have their favourite company to deal with, and

familiarity is a huge help when it comes to arranging things from a distance. I used Klatte Transport in Germany, who arranged a lot of horses’ flights to Spruce Meadows in September, but unfortunately, because I didn’t listen to my experts’ advice right away, I missed those flights which would have had Dantesse here two weeks earlier. Instead, I waited for another company to fill a pallet, which needed three horses to be sent to quarantine (“pre-export isolation”) at the same time to get on the soonest flight. That third horse was elusive, apparently, and weeks went by, and communication poor. When I heard from Ellen that Klatte had a spot if the mare went into quarantine the next day, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted my horse home! The change in carriers meant the horse went to Los Angeles rather than Calgary, and this is a

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Leaving Farwood, Oregon

Buying a Horse continued from page 27 common option for people on the west coast. After quarantine in the US is completed, the horse can enter Canada technically as an American horse, and that is a relatively simple process with no additional quarantine required, just paperwork. Klatte arranged the isolation in Germany at a facility near Ellen’s stable, so her previous rider was able to keep her exercised and feeling loved during her time in quarantine on that side of the ocean. This was important to me as the horse had been in full training prior to her sale, and standing in a stall for roughly two weeks is never a good proposition for a horse. Klatte also arranged transport to the airport, and all her handling prior to her flight. Mares require a little longer quarantine than geldings primarily due to Contagious Equine Metritis (C.E.M.), an easily transmissible disease that causes abortion and fertility issues. Every country has its own health requirements for export and import, and a little research is crucial for understanding the process, whether you leave it up to the experts or not. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency website has all necessary information for import and travel requirements for Canada. These change often, 28

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depending on new outbreaks of disease in other countries, as well as in Canada. I happily left the necessary paperwork to Klatte, who had the Export Certificate issued by a German government vet after arranging all the necessary bloodwork and swabs taken and tested over there, and in L.A., JetPets handled the immediate receipt of the horse, and contacted me the moment she had arrived in their facility. At my request, JetPets released her in three days, once it was clear she was in good health after the trip, though still in quarantine, for her to be shipped to Farwood C.E.M. Quarantine facility in Oregon. This was for two reasons. Firstly, it reduced the amount of driving to pick the mare up, after quarantine was completed, in half. Secondly, Farwood was recommended by several people who had excellent experiences with them, and I have to say, I had the same. Farwood turns out and exercises the horses daily, which does not happen in LA without significant added expense. They also stayed in excellent contact with me from the moment she was in transit to them to the moment she was released from quarantine, and arranged all the veterinary work and necessary papers for Dantesse’s subsequent export to Canada. The original plan was for my husband and I to drive down to Oregon and bring the mare home ourselves. I called Thompson Horse Van Lines here in Langley to ask some questions regarding border crossing, and it turned out they had a truck coming up the I5 the day after the mare was out of quarantine. Knowing she would have company and a nice boxstall for the roughly 12 hour drive, I asked Thompson’s to transport her to Bellingham, Washington, for me, saving me at least two days of travel and time away. If it hadn’t been a weekend, I would have had them bring her all the way home, but because we needed to make an appointment with a C.F.I.A. veterinarian at the border, she had to wait until Monday for us to take her across into Canada. Thompson’s routinely uses BB Stables in Bellingham for layovers, and again, the communication was excellent. The afternoon Dantesse arrived at Belling-

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Dantesse thinks Ellen followed her from Germany!

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ham, half an hour from my home, I went down and laid hands on her for the first time in weeks, and only then did I realize how worried I had been about all the travel. The mare had lost some weight and was understandably a little stressed, but she came straight over to me, ears forward, and stuck her head under my arm even though she didn’t really know me, and I started to cry. It has been a very long road since my injuries in November, 2015, and extraordinarily, and coincidentally, Dantesse arrived at Foxcroft a year to the day that my last horse died so unexpectedly. I had a lot of emotion — fear, sadness, anticipation, hopes, more fears — tied up in this pretty mare, and it all came to the surface when she said hello. My husband and I went down on the Monday to pick her up, and she walked straight on to our trailer. After all she had been through the previous weeks, I wouldn’t have blamed her for saying no, but on she went. We made our appointment with the C.F.I.A. and had all the paperwork for the Canada Border Services Agency, and eventually we were on our way home. It appears, though, that the C.B.S.A. has caught people importing horses to Canada declaring them at less

than the actual purchase price, to avoid paying GST. I had my bill of sale, a bank copy of the wire transfer, and my insurance with her value on it, and still had to give the seller’s phone number for them to verify the purchase price, and I overheard them looking the mare up on the internet to see if they could find out her price! (She wasn’t on the internet…) So be prepared to back up your declared value! In the two weeks she has been here, Dantesse has gained weight, relaxed into her new home, and has reminded me every day why I bought her. I am riding daily to my max, physically, and she has not put a foot wrong, including my first day in the clinic with Ellen Bontje during a huge windstorm! When she was completely relaxed in that situation, when I was nervous — not something I often was, pre-injury — I knew she was the perfect horse for me, right now, right here. I am eternally grateful to Ellen for nudging me in her direction, and for helping me with Dantesse in this very well-timed clinic at the beginning of our career together. I began the first article with the premise that buying a horse in Europe is not and should not be a completely out-of-reach proposition for everyone. It hinges on having the right help and the right advice, and hopefully this series has helped in that way for anyone considering the idea. It has been a great experience for me, and has a happy ending combined with a new beginning, and I thank everyone that has had input, offered support, and made this possible. I am so extraordinarily fortunate to be able to do what I do, fortunate in every way, and I continue to be humbled by the power of the love of a horse. I am whole again, and only horse-people will really understand that, I think.

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DISCIPLINEREPORTS What’s Happening in all the Disciplines

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Italy’s Alberto Zorzi was the surprise winner of the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2016/2017 Western European League.

Italy’s Zorzi springs a big surprise at Longines opener in Oslo


taly’s Alberto Zorzi turned the form-book on its head when winning the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2016/2017 Western European League at the Telenor Arena in Oslo (NOR) riding the chestnut mare Fair Light van T Heike. From a starting field of 39 that included 13 of the top 20 riders in the world, it was the 28-year-old rider who lies 109th in the rankings who clinched it. And, even more remarkably, he succeeded despite being first to go in both the opening round and the jump-off. Runner-up was three-time World Cup titleholder Marcus Ehning riding Funky Fred for Germany while Belgium’s Pieter Devos slotted into third with Dream of India Greenfield. With 20 going clear over the first course set by The Netherlands’ Louis Konickx it was never 30

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going to be an easy one to win, but Zorzi followed the advice of his boss, Dutchman Jan Tops, and gave it everything he had. “Jan said you have to try hard because there are so many in it, and my horse jumped amazing!” said the man who hails from Padua and who has been riding for Tops for the past year. He set the jump-off target with a brilliant round in 36.93 seconds, and as it turned out none of the rest could beat him, with 11 collecting fence penalties, two picking up time faults and six jumping clear but unable to match his speed. Kocher Guides Zantos II to Win in $130,000 Suncast Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon Fall IV Andy Kocher (USA) piloted Zantos II to the

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Andy Kocher and Zantos II

pair’s second victory, taking top honors in the competitive $130,000 Suncast Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Kocher and Zantos II dashed through the jump-off timers, finishing nearly two seconds faster than the rest of the field, stopping the clock in 35.836 seconds. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Main Road finished in second place, crossing through the finish in 37.982 seconds, while Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) piloted Toulago to third place with a time of 38.238 seconds. Kocher and Zantos II, owned by MKO Equestrian LLC, finished a strong effort in the first round, contesting a technical track set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), which featured 51 entries. After making a quick move in the jump-off, the duo secured the win to best the eight-horse jump-off. He laughed, “I was informed today by my owners after this class that he is no longer going to be a sales project. He’s just a little bullet and we’ve found a bridle that’s a happy medium for him.” USA’s Audrey Coulter and Capital Colnardo Clinch First Major Win in Sacramento In the first indoor competition of the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League season, an international and bicoastal field of 28 contested under the lights. Out of a jump off of eight horse-and-rider pairs, Audrey Coulter (USA) and Capital Colnardo rose to the occasion to claim victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Sacramento at the Sacramento International Horse Show CSI3*-W. The course, set by Guilherme Jorge (BRA),

The United States’ Audrey Coulter and Capital Colnardo jump to victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Sacramento, CA (USA).

incorporated two combinations, a double and a triple, bending lines, and short turns off the rail. From the first fence — which multiple riders had down — it was evident the riders needed to maintain a quality pace and a defined track to record a clear round. The first in the class to cross the timers without a single fault, Christopher Surbey (CAN), fresh off his speed class win the evening before, demonstrated his understanding of both the course’s and the arena’s challenges with a clear round aboard Arezzo (Querlybet Hero x Walzertakt). A few rounds later, Jenni McAllister (USA) guaranteed a jump off when she rode fault free with Legis Touch the Sun (Nekton x Capitol I). Six more riders accomplished the same impressive feat to join the final round’s order: Guido Klatte Jr. (GER), Georgina Bloomberg (USA), Eduardo Menezes (BRA), Richard Fellers (USA), Audrey Coulter (USA), and Jessica Springsteen (USA). All faults recorded in the final round, including a refusal from Klatte Jr.’s mount Qinghai (Quidam de Revel x Cordalme), could directly be attributed to taking the tighter, inside turns. But it was only Coulter, who not only took the inside turn to the skinny vertical but also shaved a tight turn off the rail to the second oxer, that managed a clear round under 40 seconds. It was a milestone win for Coulter — who also won Thursday’s qualifier with the 11-year-old, Holsteiner stallion (Colman x Coronado)—as her first FEI World Cup qualifier victory.

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Tips from a professional equestrian photographer by Cara Grimshaw images, marketing yourself, managing social media, and accounting, to name a few things. You learn to eat anything and sleep when you can, anywhere you can. You get to see the world’s best horses and riders (I still get a little star struck occasionally!) and meet a lot of interesting people. Coming away with amazing images, increased skills and experience is the main goal. Every. Single. Time. In between the shows, there are portraits, and with that comes more editing. The winter here in Canada is quiet and often a chance to catch up on the summer’s editing, personal projects, image captioning, sorting, and preparing for the next year. If you are able, follow the horses! The lack of income as a new photographer is often a deterrent for many considering the career, and rightly so. It’s also a great motivator! Avoid shooting for free or cheap, unless it’s for a valid reason such as for your chosen charity or because it means something to you - shooting for free because you are scared of charging for your time and skill never ends well for you as the photogKaren pavicic riding don daiquiri hugs her daughter as the pair exit the ring at the tBird 2016 touch rapher, the client, or the of class show. the event was vital for scoring points to qualify for the rio olympics and so tension was high. i love this image as it’s an emotional moment that every competing rider can relate to — industry.

What is it like being a professional equestrian photographer? It’s like being on a roller coaster, with a rickety safety harness, and it never stops to let you off. It’s one of the best jobs in the world. Taking the step into full time equestrian photography is easy as long as you’ve planned ahead. During the summer season, as a show photographer, you can spend weeks travelling to amazing places to cover shows, and shooting with tight deadlines and pressure to get key shots in all environments. Expenses are plentiful. Your fellow photographer peers become your family. Hours are spent in front of a computer editing, emailing, planning travel, submitting

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Reliable gear is expensive and imperative. Don’t cheap out on lenses; they will be the defining tool in your photography. The camera body is upgraded every few years depending on how many shutter actuations it is rated for. You will need a lot of external data storage as today’s RAW files are huge, and always expect technical failure, so prepare to back up, a lot! Learn the software for the job inside and out. Knowing how to use it under pressure is a good skill to have. It’s always recommended to seek professional training at an accredited teaching facility to learn the foundations of everything from how to use the camera to how to run a business. Assisting an established photographer is great experience. All the physical aspects aside, you have to be good at what you do to survive in a tough industry. Be respectful of your clients and peers, and shoot a lot of pictures to grow as a photographer and stand out from the competition. Occasionally you’ll wonder “Why on earth am I doing this?” It is probably because you love

photography and hated what you were doing before hand even more! Fight through the bad times with stubbornness of a Shetland pony. Still considering being a full time photographer? Fantastic. Buckle up in that questionable safety harness and get ready to throw your arms up in the air as you let out a “wooooo!” from landing your first paid client! For any questions on making the leap, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email cara.

Sue Ferguson Professional photographer Sue Ferguson is no stranger to the horse or the art world. At age 6, her parents recognized her creative ability and enrolled her in private art lessons. Thereafter, painting and drawing were always a part of her life. Her love of art spilled over to her passion for horses and as a child she spent all of her time drawing and daydreaming about owning a horse. She was so consumed with her dreams Gaitpost Gallery continued on page 34

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Sue Ferguson Equestrian Photo Sessions My ultimate goal is to capture the true essence of the connection and love that people have with their horses. Every session is unique. It is my job to see into the heart of the partnership and photograph it creatively, but also in a way that has deep meaning for the client.

that she had no interest in school. Her teacher, a horsewoman herself, approached Sue’s parents and suggested that if they bought her a horse, she would stop daydreaming and catch up to her schoolmates. Her parents saw the value in this and bought Sue a welsh/qh mare with a foal at her side and from then on, Sue always kept her grades up. After high school, Sue was accepted into Pacific Horse Center; a college accredited equestrian program in California. Hunt seat equitation was new to the equestrian world and upon graduation, Sue returned to Prince George and coached, taught clinics and judged schooling shows. In 2001 she was bitten by a tick and contracted Lyme Disease. While recovering, a neighbor offered her a retired reiner and he became her rehab. To this day, her doctor insists that horse saved her life. Painting was still a big part of her life but she had been left with debilitating headaches. Her son suggested that instead of painting she should “just photograph the pictures” — and the fire was lit. Sue had always loved taking

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pictures, but not as an art form. As soon as she held the camera, she knew what to do. “I felt as though I had known how to use DSLR all of my life”. From there, she worked passionately on her technique and took many courses. Her work in astrophotography and light painting became well known and has been displayed at juried art shows, graced the covers of magazines, tv documentaries, and has won international competitions. She has many published articles about night photography. She has been privately commissioned and her work is also carried in art galleries on the island. With the eye of an artist, her work is unique and creative and passionate. With the need for coverage and recognition of the equestrian community on Vancouver Island, Sue became a member of the Gaitpost team a year ago. The island has many accomplished riders and horses, and events, but a voice was needed to bring awareness to what the island had to offer.

She remains an avid horsewoman and currently owns two horses. Sue is happy to talk about commissioned work, private sessions, or weddings, and of course has a special interest in photographing and writing about horses. She can be reached at . Her photography can be viewed on Facebook at Outer Limits Digital Photography and on Instagram @outerlimitsdigital .

Jennifer Mack, artist Predictably, I grew up on the family farm near Calgary, with horses, and have been passionately studying and painting them since I was eight years old. I attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland, and, after taking seven years to complete my degree, (as my thirst for travel and adventure had me covering the greater part of the globe for three of those years,) I graduated With Distinction, from the Alberta Gaitpost Gallery continued on page 36

Paintings by Artist Jennifer Mack. www. JMackFineArt .com

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Jennifer Mack Horse and Owl Art

“Simpler Times” 24”x72”


Jennifer Mack I’ve been painting horses exclusively and full time for the past 11yrs, and have recently branched out to other magical creatures as well — Owl, Hare & Stag. I’m having a blast learning new ways of painting and finding new favourite colours. Please let me know what you think! Email:, Facebook: JenniferMackHorseOwl&HarePaintings, My Online Art Gallery at:

College of Art & Design in 1994. Six years later, during a seven-month trip to Africa with my two small children, we came upon an ethereal herd of feral horses deep in the Namib Desert. We stayed and reveled in their wild raw beauty and ferocious will to live, and I was thrown clearly and irrevocably back into the vision of my first love, the Horse. I painted horses exclusively (and full time) for the next 11 years, and have recently branched out to other magical creatures, Owl and Hare and Stag — and am having a blast learning new

ways of painting and finding new favorite colours. Please look at my online gallery and let me know what you think! I am still a full time artist, exhibiting at a number of galleries across Canada and am fortunately sought after locally and internationally by horse and nature lovers, corporate and private collectors, and can be found in collections throughout Canada, the US, Britain, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland and the Netherlands. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jen Mack

Modern Large Scale Equestrian Portraits by Vanessa Whittell Paintings that portray the best of you and your horse — in a style and colour that will look amazing in your home. The best thing about equestrian portrait painting is that it allows me to improve and build on the reference photos you provide. With your input — I focus on what you like most and diminish or change what you don’t like. As an example; for dressage riders I often make the horses more uphill, maybe give the horse a more active hind leg or improve their look of submission by relaxing their nostrils and lips. Sometimes I make the riders legs a little longer or make them sit a little taller. Maybe it’s a hand position


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correction or a tack change. These are all details that make the piece what that riders wants. The mood and visual impact of your reference images can be enhanced or made a little more dramatic too by adjusting the tonal values and the composition can be made more interesting with some creative cropping. The work can be created in a colour pallet that suits your home and in a size format that fits your wall space. You get an original piece of art that not only makes you and your horse look good but a piece that also looks great in your home.

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On Being An Equine Photographer by Steve Charles 14 years. 10 worn out cameras. 6 worn out lenses. 20 worn out pairs of shoes. 1 worn out body. I didn’t drink coffee until I started shooting horse shows in 2003. The early mornings and long days in the sun or rain, plus the drive home every night, were hard to get used to. So was not ever having a weekend off. Relationships? Forget about it… :-/ When we started, memory cards for the cameras held 70 shots. We had 2 because they were $125 each! Now our cards hold hundreds of 38

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shots and cost less than a box of beer. Our first camera cost over $3000 not including the lens (another $2000). While the price of a good camera has held its own, the quality has been steadily rising. The camera I bought last week for an upcoming indoor show can happily take good photos in very little light - suitable for indoor arenas and those hunter derbies that always seem to finish up about when I should be getting into bed! It is somewhat satisfying to watch the riders grow up and progress from the lead line classes to the baby hunters and on to the Grand Prix ring at Thunderbird. Some of the lead liners

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from the Maple Ridge Equestrian Center shows (which were the first hunter jumper shows we did) have gone off and got married and are having kids now! My first photography gig was copying old photographs for the MSA Museum in Abbotsford while I was still in high school. After graduation I sold cameras for London Drugs full time until 1981, and then again part time for a few years during the Christmas rush at the new store in Abbotsford. Totem was a pioneer in the horse photography world. We printed photos right on site. No waiting for the photos to arrive in the mail. We no longer print at the shows, focusing on (see what I did there?) Digital products such as Photo CDs or USB Thumbdrives with your files on them. Totem Photographics has never deleted the pictures from any of our shows (on purpose!). There is a good chance that we still have those photos of you from our earliest days. Feel free to drop me a line in our slow season to see if we have some photos of you and your horse.

Jayme Dunn Jayme Dunn is a fashion, commercial, and fine art portrait photographer based out of Vancouver. Growing up in Abbotsford, she was involved in the horse world through her mother and has photographed multiple events and portraits with horses. Jayme’s love for photography has been going on since she was much younger, going to photography conventions with her mom and grandparents who were all involved with the Professional Photographers of Canada for a number of years. She continued to pursue photography in high school where she was a photographer and designer on the yearbook team, which then led to an application to the Langara College Professional Photography Program. She was accepted, and after taking a year off to travel all over Europe and live in Penticton and work with a photographer there for 6 months, she began at Langara. The two-year program was long and hard but Gaitpost Gallery continued on page 40

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Jayme Dunn Magic Box Photo is run by Jayme Dunn, an award-winning fashion and commercial photographer based in Vancouver. She loves creating fashion style portraits for special occasions such as grad or just for fun, like this image which was created as part of a fairy-tale style fashion shoot.

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Discipline Reports continued from page 31 Riders from three different countries stood on the podium by the night’s end. Rio Olympian Eduardo Menezes clocked in just under a second slower than Coulter, showcasing his upcoming talent, the 9-year-old, Oldenburg mare Catalina (Chacco Blue x Converter). The third-place finisher Surbey also rode a mount new to this level of jumping and competing. BC’s Ali Ramsay Claims $36,000 CSI2* Caledon Cup – Phase Two Ali Ramsay of Victoria, BC, emerged victorious in the $36,000 CSI2* Caledon Cup – Phase Two, presented by HEP, Aviva Insurance, and Edge Mutual Insurance on Friday night, September 23, at the CSI2* Canadian Show Jumping Tournament in Caledon, ON. A total of 38 horse-rider combinations tackled the track set in the indoor arena by two-time Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela. Eight jumped clear to advance to the tie-breaking jump-off while another four riders left all the rails in place but were caught by the clock, picking up time faults for exceeding the time allowed of 71 seconds. There had been no clear rounds posted yet when Ramsay returned fourth in the jump-off order. With Ian Millar and Mac Cone, silver medal teammates at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, still to follow, 24-year-old Ramsay riding Hermelien vd Hooghoeve laid down a quick and clear trip in a time of 28.28 seconds to challenge the veterans. Both Millar, 69, of Perth, ON, and Cone, 64, of King City, ON, jumped clear, but neither was fast enough to take the win. Millar came the closest, stopping the clock in 28.75 seconds riding Baranus, a 13-year-old bay Oldenburg gelding (Balou du Rouet x Centauer Z) owned by the Baranus Group, while Cone was more than a full second off the pace, crossing the timers in 29.47 seconds to take third with Gasper van den Doorn, a ten-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood gelding (Calvaro Z x Larome) owned by Chadburn Holdings, Inc. The Caledon Cup, awarded at the annual

Ali Ramsay of Victoria, BC, won the $36,000 CSI2* Caledon Cup Phase 2. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

CSI2* Canadian Show Jumping Tournament, is comprised of three phases. Local competitor Kim Farlinger, 32, of Orangeville, ON, won the first phase, the $10,000 Caledon Cup – Phase One, riding Stanley Stone, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Karandasj x Ekstein) owned by the Chesler family’s Sher-Al Farm Inc. Show Jumping results Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2016/2017 Western European League at the Telenor Arena in Oslo (NOR) Result: 1, Fair Light van T Heike (Alberto Zorzi) ITA 0/0 36.93; 2, Funky Fred (Marcus Ehning) GER 0/0 37.94; 3, Dream of India Greenfield (Pieter Devos) BEL 0/0 38.10; 4, Casallo Z (Piergiorgio Bucci) ITA 0/38.35; 4, Bianca (Steve Guerdat) SUI 0/0 38.35; 6, Casall ASK (Role Goran Bengtsson) SWE 0/0 38.38; 7, Comanche (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) GER 0/0 41.53. Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Sacramento at the Sacramento International Horse Show CSI3*-W Results 1. Capital Colnardo (Audrey Coulter), USA, 0 faults/39.85 seconds (JO); 2. Catalina (Eduardo Menezes), BRA, 0/40.84 (JO); 3. Arezzo (Christopher Surbey), CAN, 0/42.47 (JO); 4. Lilli (Georgina Bloomberg), USA, 0/46.40 (JO); 5. Flexible (Richard Fellers), USA, 4/39.74 (JO); 6. Legis Touch the Sun (Jenni McAllister), USA, 4/41.89 (JO). $36,000 CSI2* Caledon Cup - Phase 2 1. Ali Ramsay Victoria, BC Hermelien vd Hooghoeve 0:0 28.28; 2. Ian Millar Perth, ON Baranus 0:0 28.75; 3. Mac Cone King City, ON Gasper van den Doorn 0:0 29.47; 4. Nicole Walker Aurora, ON Deko de Landetta Z 0:4 28.55; 5. Francois Lamontagne Saint-Eustache, QC Chanel du Calvaire 0:4 28.75; 6. Erynn Ballard Tottenham, ON Carimba B 0:4 29.09; 7. Jordan Macpherson Toronto, ON Aldine 0:4 30.06; 8. Jordan Macpherson Toronto, ON Aanwinst 0:21 43.34; 9. Susan Horn Bolton, ON Lillyfee 1; 10. Keean White Rockwood, ON Hera van de Kouterhoeve 1; 11. Nina Fagerstrom Finland Quel Cadans Z 2; 12. Quincy Hayes Aurora, ON Calgary 56 2.

Dressage report Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K Win $75,000 U.S. Open FEI Dressage Freestyle CDI 4* Saturday night at the 2016 Rolex Central Park Horse Show (RCPHS) featured a fantastic display of world-class Dressage with a win for Ireland’s Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K in the $75,000 U.S. Open FEI Dressage Freestyle CDI 4*, presented by Axel Johnson, as well as a special freestyle demonstration from three-time Olym-

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pic gold medalists Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Valegro. Seven entries performed their grand prix freestyles set to music in the impressive atmosphere under the lights of Wollman Rink in New York City on Saturday evening for the $75,000 U.S. Open FEI Dressage Freestyle CDI 4*, presented by Axel Johnson. It was a packed house to watch the beauty and grace of Dressage at its very finest in an incredibly unique setting. With a high score of 77.051%, the win went to Ireland’s Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K, who were also the winners of the U.S. Open Dressage Grand Prix CDI 4*, presented by Axel Johnson, on Friday. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Lovsta Stuteri’s Paridon Magi took the second place finish for the second day in a row, as well as the second year in a row, earning a score of 76.650% for their Saturday night freestyle performance. Third place honors were awarded to Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen aboard Janne Rumbough’s My Lady with a score of 72.400%. Freestyle winners Vancouver K and Judy Reynolds represented Ireland in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then had a short break before making the journey to New York City for the opportunity to compete at this one-of-a-kind event. The 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Jazz, and owned by the rider’s parents Joe and Kathleen Reynolds, performed consistently to win back-to-back classes this week. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven had a great night with Paridon Magi and also spoke of her freestyle performance on Saturday. Third place finisher

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The spectators were able to come into the ring and bid farewell to the great Valegro.

Mikala Gundersen had a fun first experience competing in Central Park with her mount My Lady and was happy with her result on Saturday night as well. Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro Wow the Crowd with a Thrilling Performance Following freestyle competition, three-time Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro did a momentous freestyle exhibition to the thrill of fans. Dujardin then let spectators come down to the arena to meet her world-famous mount in person. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many Dressage enthusiasts and a memorable and incomparable moment at the RCPHS. Valegro will have his official retirement from a record-breaking career in a ceremony at the Olympia Horse Show in London, England, in December, and finished out his competition career on a high note at the Olympic Games in Rio. Valegro will still make public appearances, and after the very first of those non-competition performances on Saturday, Dujardin commented, “I think it is nice for me to be able to

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EVENTING report First CCI4* win for young French star — Livio beats Jung to Pau victory To the delight of the French crowd, Maxime Livio (FRA) scored his first CCI4* victory by Jumping clear on Qalao Des Mers at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, the first leg of the FEI Classics 2016/17, to finish on his Dressage score of 45.3. Michael Jung (GER), the 2016 and 2012 individual Olympic gold medallist, held the lead after Cross Country on FischerRocana FST, his 2015 and 2016 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* winner. But Jung lowered two fences on the 11-year-old mare, moving down to third place, and handed the win to Livio. Maxime Livo, 29, has a superb CCI4* record so far from just three attempts — he finished second on his debut at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau in 2014,

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come into an arena now and not worry if I make a mistake. I can just go in there and enjoy it even more than when I was competing. Valegro is such a special horse and the consistency he has had is incredible. Now I don’t have to worry about that, and I can just have fun. It is nice for him to come and do these things as well. He loves meeting the crowd, and he loves the people. He was bombarded with people tonight, and he loves it. They were patting him, and hugging him, and kissing him, so what a nice end for him.” Detailing her choice to retire Valegro this year, Dujardin remarked, “He is only 14 and he could do a couple more years, but to me I don’t feel that I have any reason to keep going with him. He has won absolutely everything. He holds every world record. He has been a horse of a lifetime for me. I would love everybody to remember him as the best horse he is, and after Rio I could not have asked for a better ride. It was just one of the most emotional and magical rides of my life, and I would hate for him to finish his career down. He owes me nothing, so why not finish at his best? It is not the end of Valegro. He is not going to compete, but he is still going to be around and people will see him, and I think that is very nice for him.”

First CCI4* win for young French star – Maxime Livio (FRA) and Qalao Des Mers win Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, first leg of the FEI Classics 2016/2017 season.

and took the runner-up spot with the Selle Français 12-year-old Qalao Des Mers at Luhmühlen in June this year. He said: “I’ve finished second at this level before, so finally to win is very special. I’ve had a marvellous time at Pau — the ground was well prepared, the courses were great and my horse performed well.” Jung also finished second to Livio on FischerTakinou, having knocked one fence down on the nine-year-old on whom he won individual and team gold medals at the 2015 FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle (GBR). “It is always disappointing to have a fence down, but I am happy with both my horses,” he said. Nicola Wilson (GBR) took fourth place with One Two Many, slipping from third place after knocking two show jumps down. Her fellow British rider, CCI4* first-timer Alexander Bragg, finished fifth on Zagreb after a faultless jumping round — one of just seven in the competition. Camilla Speirs (IRL) was delighted with her Rio Olympics partner Portersize Just A Jiff — the pair rose from 32nd after Dressage to take sixth place with a double clear round in the cross country and jumping phases. Thirty-five riders contested the final Jumping phase over a track, designed by Yann Royant (FRA) that was considered to be one of the biggest seen at CCI4* level this season.

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fei/eventing photo Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS led Team GB to victory at Boekelo (NED).

Maxime Livio (FRA) runs his own stable, Ecurie Maxime Livio, near Saumur with his girlfriend, Jumping rider Mathilde Montginoux. Maxime competed on French team at the FEI Junior and Young Rider European Eventing Championships, and made his senior championship debut at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014. FEI Nations Cup Eventing: Germany wins third series title as Great Britain wins Boekelo Germany has won a third FEI Nations Cup Eventing title in five years, beating Great Britain, the winners of the ninth and final leg at Boekelo (NED), by 20 points. The two countries have been close rivals since the FEI Nations Cup Eventing started in 2012, with Britain heading the final leaderboard in 2013 and 2015, and both teams have scored three wins each this season. Germany could only manage fourth place at Boekelo but the best seven scores in the series count and, therefore, Britain, which has contested eight out of nine legs this year, including the new competition at The Plains (USA), had to drop their lowest score: 55 points for a sixth place at Fontainebleau (FRA). France, which has also shown great consistency over seven legs of the 2016 Nations Cup Eventing season and won at Vairano (ITA) last month, finished third in the table. The Netherlands, which has contested five legs, was fourth, and Australia, which scored a memorable win in Aachen (GER), was fifth. 44

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Britain was third after Dressage at Boekelo but soared into a clear lead with three brilliant cross-country performances, all inside the optimum time of 10 minutes 50 seconds. The day’s trailblazer Oliver Townend was eventual third on Cooley SRS; Laura Collett rose from 33rd to fifth place on the eight-year-old Mr Bass, and FEI Nations Cup Eventing regular Izzy Taylor was seventh on Trevidden, a ride she has temporarily taken over from the injured Simon Grieves (GBR). Australia led the Dressage phase but was out of the reckoning after Birch’s departure as Paul Tapner, third after Dressage on Bonza King of Rouges, had a fall in the water at fence 9. The home side, the Netherlands, was in second place after Cross Country, but slipped to third with Jumping faults, behind New Zealand, which was led by Sir Mark Todd in sixth place on Kiltubrid Rhapsody. Germany scored a one-two in the individual rankings, with 23-year-old Stephanie Böhe and Haytom notching up their second international win in a fortnight, after Waregem (BEL), and the experienced combination of Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon finishing second. However the team, which was second after Dressage, lost Anna Siemer (Chloe 21) with a rider fall and had to count newcomer Ben Leuwer’s run-outs at fences 7 and 11 on NZB Port Royal. MREC “MARY SWANSON”HORSE TRIALS October in the Lower Mainland is gorgeous, but it seems especially so at the Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre. The courses were well designed with the rings always in top shape for both Show Jumping and Dressage. The Mary Swanson Horse Trials has been on my event calendar the last 2 years and will be again this coming year. This show specifically seemed to have an air of celebration about it, as is the last event for BC for the season. The support and cheer everyone had for each other was unlike others throughout the summer. Maybe it’s the crisp air that breathes more life and energy into us all. The most memorable part for me was after the brisk chilly day

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Julie Odo & Prosecco at Avalon.

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of Show Jumping we were delighted to enjoy a buffet with steak and chicken options at the pub which resembled much of what seemed like a big family dinner or community country dinner in the warm glow of the pub. The show was the definition of warmth, fun, laughter and celebration to close off the Eventing year. Thank you, and I can’t wait until next year! Lets thank the weather for being so amazing for the weekend! — Submitted by Shawna Nevdoff AVALON HORSE TRIALS The Winship family of Avalon Equestrian Center put on a very organized and fun event. Avalon is a 100 acre site located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Competitors were

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welcomed from the mainland and interior. I have participated in the event every year and it just keeps getting better. The highlights include new footing in the Dressage arena, two water complexes and a variety of cross country fences newly built by Canadian Course Designer, Laurie Rowan. The xc tracks were set incorporating the hills, open rolling terrain, trails and hay fields on the fabulous footing that is one thing that makes this event so great. Laurie set challenging but safe, fair tracks including a variety of questions with many options. There are plans for more new jumps next year! This is a bucket list event to attend in BC. Lots of great camping on grass available with in-

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door stalls or outdoor paddocks and flush toilets! Starter to Preliminary levels are offered. The Island Eventing Community is fortunate to have this great facility. — Submitted by Catherine Antoniuk eVenting reSultS resuLts at BoeKeLo 1 Great Britain, 150.6 Oliver Townend/Cooley SRS, 47.6; Izzy Taylor/Trevidden, 52.3; Laura Collett/Mr Bass, 50.7 [Flora Harris/Bayano, EL XC]; 2 New Zealand, 186.8 Mark Todd/Kiltubrid Rhapsody, 50.7; Blyth Tait/Xanthus lll, 74.9; Dan Jocelyn/Beaucatcher, 61.2 [Jesse Campbell/Amsterdam 21, EL XC]; 3 Netherlands, 191.2 Elaine Pen/Dostowjeski, 70.6; Tim Lips/Keyflow, 66.7; Alice Naber-Lozeman/Coral Estate Harry Belafonte, 53.9; [Theo van der Vendel/Zindane, 79.4]; 4 Germany, 193.5 Stephanie Böhe/Haytom, 43.9; Andreas Dibowski/FRH Butts Avedon, 45.4; Ben Leuwer/NZB Port Royal, 104.2; [Anna Siemer/Chloe 21, EL XC]; 5 France, 217.4 Sidney Dufresne/Tresor Mail, 58.4; Thibault Fournier/Siniani de Lathus, 80.3; Gwendolen Fer/Traumprinz, 78.7; [Matthieu Vanlangdeghem/Safran de Chanois ENE HN, 94.7]; 6 Italy, 298.4 Eleanora Boschi/Hotchkiss McManus, 135.9; Susanna Bordone/Portphilip Jones, 94.0; Giovanni Ugolotti/Cult Rewind, 68.5; [Pietro Sandei/Rubis de Priere, EL XC]; 7 USA, 1,119.9. aVaLon horse triaLs sept. 24-25 resuLts Preliminary: 1.Tosca Holmes-Smith/Fiat. Training: 1.Catherine Antoniuk/The Prophet; 2. Maeve Drew/Conroy; 3. Olivia Young/ Wild Card. Pre-Training: 1. Heather Bogdan/Just Boo; 2. Calianne Kirker/Reno; 3. Abby Dirom-Cline/Kensington. Entry: 1. Hailey Petrat/Shot To The Heart; 2. Anita Davey/Vida Romance; 3. Isabella Byers/One Love. Pre-Entry: 1. Madelynn Pollock/Carpe Diem; 2. Tianna Sorvin-Gargus/Evensong; 3. Becky Rowan/Ice Tiger. Starter: 1. Lorrie Mansey/Falicity; 2. Alora Milton/Yr Lucky To Be Solid; 3. Katerina Pittroff/Wish You Were Here. mreC “marY sWanson “ horse triaLs - oCt. 1-2 resuLts Preliminary: 1. Kerry Groot/Borasco; 2. Darcie Kerkhoven/Rosario; 3. Kerry Groot/Supernova.Training: 1. Morgan Swaan/Far Cry; 2. Adele Wong/Raffetouille; 3. Lizzy Knight/Fox Trot. Pre-Training: 1. Shawna Nevdoff/Millie; 2. Darcie Kerkhoven/Bon Vivante; 3. Sarah Bradley/Holly Golightly. Entry: 1. Merrilyn Mason/ Viking; 2. Jordan Carver/Mallico; 3. Natalie Wood/Wolkonair. Pre-Entryl 1. Holly Slakov/Dreammaker; 2. Hannah Mackinnon/Naughty Nermal; 3. Maciej Rotecki/ Free Capitalist.Starter: 1. Hadley Jack/Little Lion; 2. Hannah Askew/Hot Chocolate; 3. Olivia Lacombe-Thomas/Phantom Of The Opera.

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2016 Paralympics Summary

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Robyn Andrews Makes History for Newfoundland at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Robyn Andrews of St. John’s, NF made her Paralympic debut in the Grade 1a Team Test on September 12 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BRA. After stepping into the ring, Andrews, 33, also became the first equestrian in history to represent Newfoundland in the Paralympic Games. Riding Fancianna, her 15-year-old Friesian/Andalusian, Andrews scored 62.696% in her highly competitive grade to finish in 24th place. When asked about the feeling of making her Paralympic debut, Andrews summed it up in one word: “Amazing.” She continued, “It’s very special (to have been the first equestrian Paralympian from Newfoundland).” “I like pressure, I like all the pressure of

ing what the horse does — I’m in control of that, and I like it,” explained Andrews, who has been competing for Canada aboard Fancianna internationally for six years, and represented Canada at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games. Andrews’ Team Test marked the third Canadian score toward the overall provisional team standings, putting Canada into 12th place after two days of competition. Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC, and Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, GRB competed on opening day of paradressage competition, finishing in seventh and 10th place, respectively. The final Canadian rider to complete the Team Test will be Lauren Barwick, a native of Langley, BC, who will be making her fourth Paralympic appearance on September 13 in the Grade II division.

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Top 10 for Lauren Barwick on Day Three of Para-Dressage at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Canada’s Lauren Barwick kicked off her fourth consecutive Paralympic Games with a seventh place finish in the Grade II Team Test on September 13 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BRA. Riding Onyx, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by Wolkentanz and owned by Equestrian Canada, Barwick earned marks up to 7.6 for individual movements, including her strong entrance down the centreline and square halt, for a total score of 69.265%. First place went to Natasha Baker of Great Britain, who scored 71.882% with Cabral. Demi Vermeulen of The Netherlands finished second aboard Burberry with 71.824% and Germany’s Steffen Zeibig and Feel Good 4 scored 71.529% for third. “I didn’t know what to expect from Onyx,” said Barwick, 39, who has won more medals at major games than any other Canadian rider, including gold and silver at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and silver and bronze at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in France. “It was our third time in an international arena and I’ve only been riding him for 10 months now, so I wasn’t really sure what the environment was going to create in him. But, I’m pleased with how he went in there. It was steady and he tried really hard. For day one, that’s all I can ask.” With Barwick’s Grade being the last to complete the Team Test, the Individual classes kicked

Lauren Barwick Earns Sixth in Freestyle to Close Out Para-Dressage Canada’s Lauren Barwick closed out the para-dressage competition with a sixth place finish in the Grade II Freestyle on September 16 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BRA. Barwick’s Freestyle performance proved her experience, strength and determination. Upon entering the stadium, her partner Onyx, found the atmosphere of the busy stadium and the cooler, windy weather a bit overwhelming. However, Barwick calmly carried on and opted to move forward into competition. “It wasn’t a tough decision to keep going, that’s why I’m a rider,” explained Barwick, a fourtime Paralympian with Gold and Bronze medals from Beijing 2008. “Rio has been a big change for Onyx. He’s never experienced anything like this (atmosphere). So considering, I think he’s been trying really hard.” After stepping into the ring, Barwick and Onyx settled into their custom Freestyle pattern, choreographed to music that included instrumental samples from the Gladiator soundtrack, to earn a score of 70.450% from the judges. The Gold Medal in the Grade II Freestyle Test was awarded to Natasha Baker from Great Britain, who scored 77.850% with Cabral. Rixt van der Horst and Caraat from The Netherlands took Silver with 76.250%, and Bronze went to

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off in the afternoon with the Grade III Individual Test. Roberta Sheffield, 35, from Lincolnshire, GBR returned to the ring aboard Double Agent, her nine-year-old Anglo European mare sired by Donnersohn. Despite the thermometer climbing to 37 C plus humidity in the afternoon, the duo put in a solid performance for a score of 67.146% to finish in 14th place. The Gold medal in the Grade III Individual Test went to Cathrin Ann Lubbe of Norway and Donatello (72.878%). Denmark’s Susanne Sunesen and Que Faire earned Silver with 72.171% and Bronze went to Louise Etzner Jakobsson and Zernard on 70.341%.

Canada’s Lauren Barwick kicked off her fourth consecutive Paralympic Games on Sept. 13 with a score of 69.265% for seventh place in the Grade II Team Test aboard Onyx at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.


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rio 2016 pArAlympics: dAncinG horses leAd their riders to Gold Three London 2012 freestyle titles were successfully defended in the Para dressage competition of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 16. Belgium’s Michèle George retained hers in the grade IV competition on what was her last championship ride on FBW Rainman, the horse that has taken her to two FEI World Equestrian Games titles and three Paralympic gold medals. George beat individual Championship test winner Sophie Wells (GBR) into second place with a score of 76.300% to Well’s 76.350%. The Netherlands’ Frank Hosmar took the bronze. Great Britain’s Sophie Christiansen became her country’s first triple gold medallist of these Games when she won the grade Ia freestyle. Christiansen scored 79.700% on Athene Lindebjerg with team mate Anne Dunham taking the silver and Brazil’s Sergio Oliva winning another hugely popular bronze. The third successful defence belonged to grade II rider Natasha Baker (GBR). She took her third gold of the Games on Cabral with a score of 77.850%. The Netherlands Rixt Van der Horst was second while a clearly delighted Steffen Zeibig (GER) took the bronze medal, the first individual Paralympic medal of his career. A new champion was crowned in the morning when The Netherlands’ Sanne Voets produced a brilliant ride to win the grade III title on Demantur. Riding to music by top dance DJ Armin van Buuren she scored 73.850 to finish just 0.05 of a point ahead of Norway’s grade III individual Championship test winner, Ann Cathrin Lübbe. Sweden’s Louise Etzner Jakobbson was third.

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Steffen Zeibig and Feel Good 4 from Germany on 74.350%. The Canadian Para-Dressage Team, comprised of Barwick, along with teammates Robyn Andrews of St. John’s NL, Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC, and Roberta Sheffield from Lincolnshire, GBR, finished 13th overall in Rio.

rio 2016 paralympics grade 1b freestyle podium l-r pepo puch (Aut) silver, stinne tange Kaastrup (den) bronze, lee pearson (GBr) gold.

And finally, Lee Pearson (GBR) regained his grade Ib freestyle title, the 11th Paralympic gold medal of his career, which stretches back to Sydney 2000. Riding his world championship horse Zion, Pearson scored 77.400% ahead of Austria’s grade Ib champion Pepo Puch. Denmark’s Stinna Tange Kaastrup came third, collecting her second bronze of these Games. The end of a brilliant six days’ Para dressage saw Great Britain top the medal table with seven golds and four silvers. The Netherlands were second with one gold, two silvers and four bronzes, followed by Austria, Belgium, and Norway, each with one gold and one silver. Press releases courtesy equestrian Canada and the Fei.

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Olympic Show Jumping Recap Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5, owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable, jumped another clear round to put them at the top of the individual leaderboard and lead Canada to fourth in the Team Final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Canadian Show Jumping Team Takes Fourth Following Jump-Off for Bronze The Canadian Show Jumping Team finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, following a jump-off for the bronze medal in the Team Final Individually, 2008 Canadian Olympic Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, was the only rider to post a perfect score of zero in qualifying competition to top the leaderboard heading into the Individual Final. Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster, Amy Millar and Lamaze were tied with Germany with a total of eight faults to force a jump-off for the bronze medal following the two-round Team competition held August 16 and 17. France claimed the gold with a total of three faults while the United States took silver with five faults. Candele, 45, of Caledon, ON, riding First Choice 15, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding (For Keeps x Angard) owned by the Watermark Group, made it all the way to the end of the course before dropping a rail at the final fence for four faults. 50

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Foster, 32, of North Vancouver, BC, kept Canadian hopes alive by producing the first clear round of the Team Final riding Tripple X III, a 14-year-old Anglo European stallion (Namelus R x Cantango) owned by Andy and Carlene’s Ziegler’s Artisan Farms and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable. As the third rider in the rotation, Millar, 39, of Perth, ON, picked up a total of 12 faults in the combinations at fences six and 11 riding Heros, one of only two nine-year-old horses contesting the Show Jumping events at this year’s Olympic Games. The pressure was on Lamaze to deliver a clear round to keep Canada’s score to eight faults and in contention for the bronze medal. The 2008 Olympic Champion did just that, guiding Fine Lady 5 around the course fault-free with more than five seconds to spare. With a team total of eight faults, Canada was in bronze medal position with only Brazil and Germany capable of forcing a jump-off. Brazil’s anchor rider Pedro Veniss picked up five faults

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riding Quabri de l’Isle to take the home side out of contention. However, four-time Olympic gold medalist Ludger Beerbaum would make no such mistake, jumping clear with Casello to tie Germany and Canada on eight faults. Under Olympic rules, all four team members return for the jump-off with the best three scores counting. When the first three riders for the German team — Christian Ahlmann riding Taloubet Z, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Fibonacci, and Daniel Deusser aboard First Class — all posted perfect scores of zero, the bronze medal was secured as Canada could not drop the four faults incurred in the jump-off by Candele, despite another brilliant clear effort by Foster and Tripple X III. “We were in a great position, and we were unlucky not to be in the medals,” said a disappointed Lamaze, who was part of Canada’s silver medal team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “Tiffany had the wall down yesterday and Yann had the last fence today. If you eliminated just one of those scores, we would have been silver. Could have, would have.” Canada’s Eric Lamaze Claims Individual Bronze at 2016 Rio Olympics Eric Lamaze claimed the individual bronze medal on the final day of Show Jumping competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Riding Fine Lady 5, Lamaze jumped clear in both rounds of the Individual Final to join a six-horse jumpoff for the individual medals. In the jump-off, Nick Skelton of Great Britain led with a clear round riding Big Star, stopping the clock at 42.82 seconds. Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, Sheikh Ali Al Thani of Qatar and Kent Farrington of the United States all had rails down before Sweden’s Peder Fredricson jumped clear in a time of 43.35 seconds riding All In to secure a medal; the only question was which one it would be. It was all up to Lamaze, who was the final rider to enter the packed Deodoro Olympic stadium. Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 had been the only pair to jump clear through every round of

Peder Fredricson of Sweden won individual silver, Great Britain’s Nick Skelton secured the gold, and Eric Lamaze took the individual bronze medal for Canada.

petition held over four days, but their luck ran out at the penultimate fence in the jump-off, giving the pair four faults. Speed is never a question for Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 however, and they crossed the timers in 42.09 seconds, the fastest of all the jump-off contenders, to take the individual bronze medal. “I’m incredibly proud of the entire Canadian team, and especially that we qualified three riders for the Individual Final,” concluded Lamaze. Having led the Canadian Show Jumping Team to a fourth place finish following a jumpoff against Germany for the bronze medal on Wednesday, Lamaze sat at the top the leaderboard heading into the Individual Final, which saw the top 35 compete. He was joined by teammates Yann Candele, 45, and Tiffany Foster, 32, in the battle for an individual medal. Foster had the last fence down in the opening round of the Individual Final riding Tripple X III. Her score of four faults allowed her to move through to the second round, but 12 faults left them out of medal contention and in 26th position overall. Candele, incurred 12 faults in the first round to tie for 32nd position in his Olympic debut riding First Choice 15. In the end, it was Great Britain’s Nick Skelton who stood in the center of the medal podium, flanked by Peder Fredricson of Sweden who won individual silver and 2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze wearing the individual bronze medal for Canada.

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BCLM Pony Club News for November 2016 JOAN THOMPSON |

Our National PPG team (L-R): Chanell Bordeleau, Morgan Swaan, Shannon Cook (coach), Hannah Mckinnon, Emily Shaver, and Meigan Mullin.

Our BCLM Pony Club members have been busy this past summer, with many competing at our Regional events, thus qualifying to represent us at the National level in Canadian Pony Club events. Our BCLM Prince Philip Games (PPG) team first competed in four different PPG competition events, then five of our top members qualified to represent us at the National PPG event in Toronto, Ontario, this past August. Emily Shaver, Morgan Swaan, Chanell Bordeleau, Hannah Mckinnon and Meigan Mullin, all from various branches within our BCLM region, were selected to be our National team and did a fantastic job representing us in Toronto. Coached by Shannon Cook, who travelled with the team to Toronto, the team’s hard work, preparation, and practices were evident in the new skills and techniques displayed at the National PPG competition. In the words of competitor Emily Shaver: “Of the 5 teams participating, our team, ‘Coastal Storm’, represented BC. Soon after we arrived at the event the ponies showed up. We tacked up the ones we were assigned for the first heat and warmed up. The day started promptly at 10AM and went by faster than I would have liked! The day’s 20 games were fastpaced and broken into five heats, and the teams switched

ponies for each Hannah Mckinnon and Duke. heat. That meant everyone got to ride and experience a number of different ponies. Unfortunately, we came in fifth place, although by only a few points. No matter, it was a great experience and I look forward to trying out for the national team again next year.”



Our BCLM region also had another competitor represent us in National event: Hannah Mckinnon was off to Alberta this past August to compete at the Training Level in the Canadian Pony Club National Dressage event. Placing 3rd overall in a field of 9 competitors from all across Canada, Hannah displayed her skills as a dressage rider on an assigned horse provided at the event, a 15.1 hh Quarter Horse gelding named Duke. Rising above the stress of riding an unfamiliar horse, Hannah scored 68.0%, 70.2% and 70.9% on her three tests with her assigned mount, who she found had a super sweet nature and a willing disposition and was great to work with. Congratulations to all of our BCLM National team members for their enthusiastic efforts and competition successes!

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