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27 Lower Island Dressage’s Fall Season Wrap-Up By Sarah Lindstein 30 Victoria Polo Club’s Lieutenant Governor Cup By Sarah Lindstein

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Headline News Sales Catalogue Equestrian Properties Barn & Coaching Classifieds BCLM Pony Club News Horse Trials BC News Competition Calendar Advertisers’ Index Noticeboard

7 TidBits A Bit of Change 12 Vet’s View Don’t Pull That Nail Out! 15 Industry News Training And Showing

In-Hand: NAWD’s Six Feet On The Ground Program

18 FEI News Longines Reveals First Ever

Best Jumping Rider & Best Horse Awards

33 Discipline Reports Longines FEI

Nations Cup Jumping Final: Dutch Are Simply The Best In Barcelona

ON THE COVER: Sometimes, all you can do is laugh! Leslie Reid, on Goldanna, finish their 3rd Level Championship with grace, under less than perfect conditions! See page 41. Photo credit: Totem Photographics.



“He is a horse that had to fill in for Fine Lady last year in order for her to get to the Rio Olympics in top form, and he ended up doing a few things that maybe weren’t ideal for a young horse, like the Nations’ Cup in Aachen, but he managed.” — Eric Lamaze had high praise for Chacco Kid’s performance win in Italy. [See page 38]

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A bevy of bay beauties at Foxcroft

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s we go to press in mid October, the change of seasons is definitely making itself felt. Far be it from me to complain about the cold after the heat we endured this summer! I love the cold crisp fall mornings and the pleasure as the day warms up as it wears on. Change is a good thing, a necessary thing, and essential to nature. “In nature nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes.” — Antoine Lavoisier, Traité élémentaire de chim

As winter approaches, our horses become furbearing beasts, as do all our coats and sweaters. The horses get a little sharper with a cool breeze, old horses get a little friskier, and young horses wonder what the heck happened to their warm little world! “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan W. Watts

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Tidbits continued from page 7 In the centre of this issue of Gaitpost is a mark of a huge change in my life, fittingly an advertisement — after twenty years, we are selling our beloved Foxcroft Farm, and it was an immensely difficult decision to make. This farm has been our lives, virtually nonstop, the entire time, and I wouldn’t change a moment of it. In my twenties, I always joked that I would have a personal crisis when I started teaching kids of kids I used to teach. Well, here we are! No crisis, though, just a great sense of accomplishment and pride, having been an influence in so many young lives that they appreciated enough to bring their children to me as well. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only

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to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy I am looking forward to the future! I will miss this farm and its beauty, routine, and cycle through the seasons, but I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to live my dream. How lucky am I! Twenty years ago, when my parents were moving, my mother presented me with a folder of art that she had stored for years. On top was a drawing of a farm, including paddocks and barn, and a comment “this is my dream farm, ten acres or maybe only five, and my horses in my house”, signed by me at age 7. I did not come from a horse family (nor an artistic one, apparently) and I was always encouraged to get an education so I could afford to keep a horse somewhere rather than make a living at it, but like most children, I didn’t listen. I did both, and haven’t looked back. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Foxcroft. You, too, are a part of me. “Change always comes bearing gifts.” — Price Pritchett

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Headline News continued from page 9 ley and her flashy team managed to win nearly every single one. Starting small by winning the Training Level National Championship on a 13.2-hand pony, Stanley then won the First Level National Championship on her client’s six-year-old purebred Arabian gelding Ames Explorer, known as Chance. Her Second Level National Championship came next, on her client’s 13-year-old half-Arabian, half-American Warmblood stallion Wolkenzorro+//, known as Zorro. Zorro and Stanley narrowly missed the National Championship title in Third Level, but claimed the Reserve. Stanley won both the Fourth Level National Championship and the Prix St. Georges National Championship on PR Captain Hook+//, a seasoned competitor owned by Sally Henry. Custom Saddlery, an innovative saddle manufacturer known for its ability to perfectly fit any horse and for its beautiful saddle designs, sponsored the show with the Custom Saddlery MVR Award. Stanley’s impressive results made her an obvious choice for the award, but it was her First Level victory on Chance that especially caught award presenters’ eyes. Stanley was proud of the handsome copper chestnut, and is looking forward to his future.

LEGENDARY RIDER AND COACH GEORGE H. MORRIS HEADLINES 2018 INTERNATIONAL OMAHA George H. Morris, Olympic rider and legendary coach, considered by many to be the “founding father” of modern Hunter and jumper Seat Equitation in the United States, will headline the show jumping Showcase at the 2018 International Omaha on April 12-15 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. “We are thrilled to have a man considered a ‘living legend’ and certainly one of the most influential horsemen in the country as a part of the International Omaha in 2018,” said Lisa Roskens, founder and chairman of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF). The foundation, which hosted the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in jumping and Dressage, also hosts the annual Interna-

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by Dr. Allison Sproat DVM



Radiograph showing penetrating injury by foreign material to a horse’s foot. This was a drain cover.


uncture wounds in horses’ feet can be inconspicuous injuries that quickly become lifethreatening. Any sharp foreign material can lead to a penetrating wound in a horse, but a common culprit is nails. Nail injuries will often cause the horse to be suddenly lame and often non-weight bearing on the foot affected. The degree of lame-



ness can be related to the structures in the hoof affected by the nail path. If you check the foot and find a nail, it is important to leave the nail in place until the horse can be assessed by a veterinarian. It can be incredibly tempting to pull the nail out, but it is critical for further diagnostics and treatment that the wound tract from the nail be visualized

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prior to removal. Pulling the nail blindly may lead to further damage that could be prevented. The first step when dealing with a nail wound is to find the external tract of the nail. A nail can enter the hoof in many different ways and can often only involve superficial structures such as the hoof wall, sensitive laminae or digital cushion. Horses with these injuries will return to soundness. If however, the nail penetrates through the frog or sole deeply, there are more worrisome consequences. There are many vital synovial structures in the hoof including the coffin joint, navicular bursa and digital tendon sheath, as well as the coffin and navicular bones. These structures are found underneath your horse’s frog and collateral sulci (clefts of the frog). A penetrating wound to the middle or rear portion of the frog are the most dangerous in that they are likely to affect synovial structures. If a nail penetrates through these softer tissues any of the sterile joint spaces or bones could be affected. If the foreign material is still implanted in the foot then it is obvious there is a penetrating wound. However, if there is a nail tract or puncture that is no longer visible the veterinarian will first need to localize the lameness to the foot. This can be done using hoof-testers to palpate for pain in the hoof. The foot can also be nerve blocked with local anesthetic to ensure the pain is localized to the foot. If the horse is extremely painful on that foot the nerve block will also allow better examination by numbing the area. The foot should be pared out and have the shoes removed. The tract will need to be visualized internally with diagnostics such as x-rays and contrast medium. If the nail is still embedded in the hoof, the metal will glow bright on x-ray. If there is no longer a nail present, the tract can be probed with a blunt instrument and then x-rayed to better see the extent of the tract. If any of the synovial structures in the hoof are suspected to be involved it is critical to diagnose this for further treatment options and prognosis. If one of these sterile joint spaces becomes contaminated by a penetrating wound, a bacterial infection can develop. Contrast medium can be injected sterilely into these spaces if the veterinarian is

Anatomical structure of the horse foot.

A sterile probe in the tract of a nail. The navicular bursa was injected with contrast medium (bursogram). This contrast study indicates the close proximity of the nail tract to the bursa.

suspicious of injury. The contrast medium will outline these spaces and if there is any leakage from a puncture wound it will spread out into the surrounding structures. If there is still any doubt about involvement of synovial structures, then further imaging techniques can be pursued. These include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), nuclear scintigraphy or ultrasound. A sample of joint fluid can also be collected and sent for analysis by a pathologist to determine if there has been bacterial contamination. If the coffin joint, navicular bursa or digital tendon sheath have been affected the prognosis for recovery can be poor. Approximately half of the horses with a synovial structure involved will survive and even fewer (36%) will return to athletic function.

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Vet’s View continued from page 13 A penetrating wound to the synovial structures of the hoof will lead to a bacterial infection, which is both difficult and financially demanding to treat. The best course of action if one of these structures has been affected is to manage the wound surgically. Time is of the essence with these cases! The time from injury to being seen by a veterinarian will affect the horse’s prognosis. If the horse is seen within 48 hours of injury there is a much higher percentage of return to soundness. Emergency surgery should be organized and the surgeon will then be able to clean, debride and flush the joint spaces affected with high volume saline lavage. Flushing the joint spaces and tract will help to wash away bacteria and lower the risk of a joint infection. While the horse is on the surgery table, a regional limb perfusion can also be performed. This is a procedure that aims to concentrate an intravenous antibiotic to a localized area, such as the foot. A tourniquet is placed temporarily and the antibiotic is administered. After surgery the horse is

usually closely monitored in hospital where they can be maintained on systemic antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Whether a horse is treated medically or surgically for a penetrating wound to the foot there is a serious risk for chronic lameness, severe arthritis and pain. Some horses will not return to soundness even with significant effort to treat infections. However, by leaving the penetrating object in place and ensuring the horse gets prompt veterinary attention, owners can greatly improve their horse’s prognosis for recovery. Dr. Allison Sproat graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon this spring. She grew up in Saskatoon and enjoyed a childhood full of family pets including dogs, cats and rabbits. She completed an honours degree in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan prior to starting veterinary school. Allison has always loved the outdoors and spending time with animals. In veterinary school she became interested in equine medicine after working in the large animal hospital and equine field service departments. Allison hopes to work in a mixed animal practice with an equine focus following her internship at Paton and Martin Veterinary Services.

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hanks to the Internet, a new type of horse competition is growing in popularity: virtual horse shows. During these competitions, hosted by North American Western Dressage, patterns are posted online to be performed in front of a video camera stationed at “C”—the point in the arena where a traditional Dressage judge sits during riders’ performances. Videos are then uploaded to YouTube and evaluated by certified judges. A few days later, placings are announced and awards are distributed. While there are a number of riding classes in each show, some of the most popular are unmounted pattern classes called “Six Feet on the Ground.”

“In Six Feet on the Ground, we emphasize the principles in the training scale, which are applicable to every discipline and provide a working model for success even before we get in the saddle,” NAWD President and Founder Jen Johnson said. “Working with your horse on the ground is the first step in developing a partnership and we should consistently take the opportunity to evaluate this most basic foundation-building activity.” Six Feet on the Ground is not showmanship or halter class. There are 10 patterns to choose from that progress and incorporate classical

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Industry News continued from page 15 training principles that both horse and handler are evaluated on. Additionally, NAWD hosts inhand trail and in-hand freestyle classes at some shows and has recently added long-reining, too. The “Six Feet on the Ground” program from NAWD is an ideal way to keep you and your horse fit any season of the year. It does not require a Dressage court or formal arena, and horses are shown in a simple halter and lead rope or cavesson. “There are many different ways that people train their horses on the ground, and this program allows them freedom and flexibility to work with their horse in the way that is most effective for them,” Jen said. “One of the coolest things is that Six Feet on the Ground is very versatile. From younger horses to those who compete under saddle, to those who are retired from riding, Six Feet on the Ground is a great option.” North American Western Dressage (NAWD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating horse enthusiasts about the universal ben-



efits of Western Dressage and providing fun, affordable ways to participate in this popular new sport. NAWD offers a variety of programs, as well as virtual coaching and showing opportunities, achievement awards and more. Learn more about NAWD at and at facebook. com/WesternDressageNAWD. 2017 ROYAL WEST GALA TO BENEFIT THE WILL FOR RIDING FOUNDATION Save the date! Royal West is pleased to present the 4th annual Royal West Gala, Saturday, October 28th. It is sure to be the Equestrian Party of the Year! This years Gala held at the Lazy S, on the 4th level of the Stampede Grandstand, directly beside the Royal West Competition. This year an embodiment of timelessness will accompany a cocktail attire event. We are teaming up with the Will for Riding Foundation, in support of therapeutic riding for disabled children. The evening begins at 7:30pm in the Agrium Western Events Centre on Stampede Park with the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Calgary, where world-class equestrian competitors will tackle a challenging track of 1.40m1.60m fences. After the class, attendees will be shuttled over the short distance to the Lazy S where an evening of timeless elegance will continue. The evening will feature delicious food stations, silent auction and ample fun on the dance floor. This year’s admission will include: • Admission to the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Calgary in the Agrium Western Events Centre • Admission to the celebration at the Lazy S following the class • Interactive food stations • Silent auction in support of Will for Riding Foundation • Entertainment and dancing VIP tables of 6 or 8 are also available for purchase. Please contact us for more details at: Tickets at

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FEI President Ingmar de Vos and Mr Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing announced the first ever Best Jumping Rider & Best Horse Awards at a press conference in Barcelona (ESP).



he Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) and its Top Partner Longines are delighted to announce the creation of two new awards recognizing achievement and outstanding performance in Jumping across the globe. Accumulating points throughout the whole calendar year, the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse will be determined from the horse’s 10 best results of the year in the Longines Rankings, whereas The Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider will be the leading rider in the Longines Rankings at the end of the year. Capturing the suspense and excitement throughout the year as the world’s best Jumping athletes and horses battle it out on the international circuit, the winners of these two new awards will be presented with a Longines watch and trophy during the Longines FEI World Cup



Jumping Final held in Paris in April 2018. Points for the Longines Rankings are accumulated in Grands Prix, the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping, including the Finals, as well as the World and European Senior Championships. Double points are awarded at Finals and Championships. “We’re very pleased to announce these two new awards, together with Longines, which will serve as an additional recognition of outstanding performance and achievement at the highest level of the sport,” FEI President Ingmar de Vos said. “These awards will add an exciting new dimension to the already coveted monthly Longines Rankings leader title, and build engagement with our audiences as they follow the top athletes and horses throughout the year.”

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FEI/LIZ GREGG Boehringer Ingelheim has joined forces with the FEI to promote equine health and education. Pictured left to right: Dr Erich Schött, Head of Strategic Business Unit Equine at Boehringer Ingelheim with Ralph Straus, FEI Commercial Director.

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM AND FEI PARTNER TO PROMOTE EQUINE HEALTH AND EDUCATION Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical company and the world’s biggest equine health business, has joined forces with the FEI — the global governing body for horse sport — to promote equine health and education. The news on this brand-new partnership was announced in Barcelona at the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final, just weeks after the FEI announced its long-term title partnership of the sport’s favourite team series by the FEI’s Top Partner. As part of a three-year commitment, Boehringer Ingelheim has become FEI Equine Health Partner and FEI Campus Partner. FEI Campus, the successful e-learning gateway — — is free to access and is designed to give everyone involved with horses an immersive experience led by experts in their fields, with all courses and connection with tutors and peers just a click away from any device. The agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim marks a major development for FEI Campus, which went live just three months ago. As part of this new partnership Boehringer Ingelheim will collaborate with the FEI on content and courses relating to equine health. Dr Erich Schött, Head of Strategic Business Unit Equine at Boehringer Ingelheim said, “We are passionate about equine health and as the global number one in this sector, we recognize the critical importance of continual education and knowledge sharing. By working with the

FEI we can share expertise globally through FEI Campus, and we are confident that this will be of enormous benefit to equine health worldwide.” As the second largest animal health business in the world, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving animal health. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has products available in more than 150 markets and a global presence in 99 countries. STATEMENT ON FATAL ACCIDENT AT CCI1* CHATEAUBRIANT (FRA) It is with the deepest regret that the FEI confirms that Maxime Debost (FRA) suffered a fatal accident on September 23rd, while competing in the CCI1* at Chateaubriant (FRA). Maxime Debost and his horse Qurt de Montplaisir suffered a rotational fall at fence 11, halfway round the Cross-Country course. On-site medical specialists were at the scene immediately after the accident, but sadly the athlete could not FEI News continued on page 20


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FEI News continued from page 19 be saved. The horse was uninjured in the fall. The rest of the day’s Cross-Country competition was cancelled following the accident and police and the FEI are conducting a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident. Originally from Lyon, Maxime Debost (29) was based in Rambouillet with his partner Marie Gouëllo and their son Raphaël. He had been competing on the international Eventing circuit since 2005, including completing the CCI4* at Pau in 2010 with ITHaurel. He rode two horses at the Chateaubriant event in 2016, finishing third with Qurt De Montplaisir, the horse he rode to ninth place at the CICO3* Nations Cup event

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in Haras du Pin last month. He won at the CCI1* at both Haras du Pin and Jardy last year with Texas De Cavilly and was second in the Haras du Pin CIC3* with Qurt De Montplaisir. He also competed at the CCIO3* FEI Nations Cup event at Boekelo (NED) in October last year. “This is a really tragic accident and I know I speak on behalf of everyone in the equestrian community in expressing our grief at this terrible news about Maxime Debost,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “Maxime was a very experienced rider who had been competing internationally for the past 12 years and his loss will affect so many people in our community. “On behalf of the FEI and everyone in the global Eventing family, I extend our sincere condolences to Maxime’s family and his many friends in the sport, and to the French Equestrian Federation. “We are working tirelessly to minimize the risk factors in our sport, particularly in Eventing, and today’s accident brings home just how important this work is.”




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LOWER ISLAND DRESSAGE’S FALL SEASON WRAP-UP by Sarah Lindstein, Photos by Sue Ferguson Elizabeth Trudeau on Furstenglanz


he final Lower Island Equestrian Centre (LIEC) Dressage show of the season dawned bright and early at 8:30 a.m. at the Saanich Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 10. According to Elaine Little, one of LIEC’s directors, the fall show was fully subscribed and saw the last test at 6:05 p.m. — a great thing for a show season that was plagued with low entries across all disciplines, hunter/jumper to Dressage. “LIEC is finishing strong in a season that began with very difficult weather, forcing us to cancel one show, and Victoria-Saanich CADORA had to cancel a show as well.” Under the watchful eye of Vancouver judge Nancy Olson-Beaulieu, LIEC competitors demonstrated skill and aptitude, showing some particularly gorgeous higher level tests by riders Tess Kidd on Figaro (66.75% First Level Test

3) and Ann Woelfle Bater riding Raphael (high point open with a 67.19% Second Level Test 3). Ann’s horse Raphael is a real character, an 8 year old registered Westfalen. He was Alberta-bred by the stallion Rosenthal and a Canadian warmblood mare by Whimsical II, and he has been with Ann since he was a late four-year-old. Ann characterizes their partnership as very willing, Raphael is a lamb to handle on the ground, and adds that she is having an absolute blast with him. Strong tests at 63.42% in the FEI-Test of Choice open category showcased truly stunning flying changes by rider Liz Trudeau, a local area Dressage coach mounted on her horse Furstenglanz aka Flower. Flower is a 2005 branded Hanoverian by Fishermans Friend/World Cup. Liz imported him from Germany when he was Lower Island Dressage continued on page 28

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Anne Woelfe Bater on Raphael

Tess Kidd on Figaro

Lower Island Dressage continued from page 27 three and has done all of the training herself, saying that Flower is a lovely and kind partner who always tries his hardest to please and never says no to her. The pair hope to move to Intermediare II next season. The show wrapped up with final tests late in the day by para Dressage rider Kelsey Highsted, who was riding Captain Morgan aka Zipper owned by a young rider from Ambleside Stables. Local riders might recognize Zipper from his time as a school horse for Amblesiders or from his Hunter/Jumper outings at local SSITS shows — a truly versatile partner for Kelsey. The pair’s best test of the day was a solidly ridden EC Para Grade 3 Test 1, scoring 65%. LIEC was founded over 20 years ago by Ruth Lick, Dianne Moore, Larry and Lola Thornton, who saw a need for riders to have an affordable show series that was both educational and competitive. The series is welcoming and friendly, but offers serious critique by professional judges — not just schooling, but real competition. Membership was once as high as 140 members, and currently sits at 80 members, according to founder Ruth Lick. LIEC works to complement the bronze-and28


gold rated shows offered on the island by the Victoria-Saanich CADORA Society, which is part of a network of Dressage clubs across Canada linked through a national association, CADORA Inc. The Victoria-Saanich CADORA was formed in 1976 as a means of introducing the sport of Dressage to riders in this area. From a core group of 21 members in 1976 the club has grown to over 150 riders and owners. The fall finale show by LIEC on Sept. 10th was followed by Victoria-Saanich CADORA society’s fall show on Sept 17th. Their show series is geared towards riders interested in a rated show experience and offers the only gold/bronze rated show on the island — July’s Capital City Classic. From the grassroots to the rated levels, Dressage clubs are constantly seeking volunteers, members and riders and hope to see even more juniors join their ranks (the fall LIEC show didn’t have any junior competitors). Barb McLintock, a volunteer for both clubs, sees their welcoming spirit as a huge positive to draw riders in. “By adding in new disciplines like Western Dressage and making it open to breed diversity, we’re seeing people who might be intimidated become interested and involved. Come give Dressage a try!

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Victoria Polo Club’s Over 20 riders and 40 horses descended on the polo fields at 7161 Wallace Drive on August 26 and 27th for the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Cup, a tournament that offers thrilling polo matches that electrify spectator and rider alike. By Sarah Lindstein, Photos by Sue Ferguson 30



he tournament is certified by the United States Polo Association and offers an opportunity for the Pacific Northwest polo clubs from Vancouver, La Conner and Tacoma to challenge each other for the cup, a tournament played since the trophy was donated to the Victoria Polo Club in 1983.

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Ernest Mana on right, Josh Adey hitting the ball, Claudia Tornquist in blue, Lindsay Mann and Paul Sullivan in yellow.

Lieutenant Governor Cup The tournament ran over two days as a roundrobin with the championship games played on Sunday August 27th. Beginner chukkers (slow chukkas) were also played with less experienced polo players, with the Blue (Ursula Caputa, Tara Tornquist, Sarah Wiebenga and Sarah Dilys Cuddy) team as reigning champions. There was close

competition from team Yellow on day two of the tournament with very neatly executed plays. All teams are mixed, meaning Vancouver or La Connor or Tacoma may ride with Victoria teammates, instead of just Victoria competing with visiting teams — this style is to create more even games. Victoria Polo continued on page 32

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Umpire David Harris throws the ball into the field; Josh Adey in Front, Paul Sullivan in yellow, Mike Adey (Josh’s Grandpa) is #3 in back.

Dan Adey, Josh’s dad.

Carlitos Zamora shaking hands after the game with Tony Tornquist

Victoria Polo continued from page 31 The championship game saw some intense ride-off action and blistering break-away gallops, with top polo players Tomás Flaminio, and Ernesto Mana Balbastro vying hard for the ball. The game was overseen by USPA-certified umpire Robert Lyn Kee Chow making the trip from South Carolina to officiate the tournament. Alas 32


in sport there is only one winning team, with Tomás Flamino, Claudia Tornquist, Annie Sellers and young Josh Adey (only 12 years old, a third generation polo player) receiving the honour of the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup for 2017. Special thanks to Matt McNeill and Frank VanVeggel of the Victoria Polo club for helping to fill in the blanks.

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DISCIPLINEREPORTS What’s Happening in all the Disciplines


Champagne celebration for the Dutch, winners of the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2017 title at Real Club de Polo in Barcelona (ESP).



t was a clear-cut victory for The Netherlands on a thrilling night at the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2017 Final at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona (ESP) where a fused floodlight failed to spoil the party. Finishing with just a single time fault, the new champions pinned Team USA into runner-up spot while Belgium, who also finished on a four-fault scoreline, lined up third when combined times were taken into account. It was almost two hours after the scheduled start-time when the action got underway with the lighting fully restored. But the man who clinched victory for his country, Harrie Smolders (37), said it didn’t matter. “In Spain everything is always later. They start later in the morning, and

they finish later in the evening - we wanted to win anyway!” he joked. Another masterful course designed by Santiago Varela ensured that it came down to the last-line riders to settle the result of this 2017 title-decider, and it was cliff-hanger until Smolders sealed it with a copybook round from his European individual silver medal-winning ride Don VHP. Jur Vrieling (48) set the stage with a similarly impressive run with the fabulous stallion, VDL Glasgow V. Merelsnest and the only fault they would count would come from Michel Hendrix (30) and Baileys who went just over the timeallowed of 81 seconds. Third-line rider Marc

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Yann Candele and Theodore Manciais, owned by Ashland Farms and Torrey Pines Stable. Eric Lamaze and Coco Bongo, owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable.

Discipline Reports continued from page 33 Houtzager was the only one to post a single error, with Sterrehof’s Calimero, at the first element of the double at fence five for the discount score. Smolders was delighted to bring it home for The Netherlands, but admitted that it took a bit of an effort. “I felt he (Don VHP) started to get a little tired and that I had to carry him around a bit in the second round today, but he gave everything. He gets a rest now that he really deserves. I’m super confident this season because he jumps clear after clear, but still you have to do it, and it was a big track today, a big challenge, the time was really tight so I couldn’t afford to leave it somewhere. I had to be really on it, but my horse was incredible!” he said. Rob Ehrens is an exceptional team manager, leading the Dutch to a series of brilliant results in recent years and now adding the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2017 title to his long list of spectacular achievements. With typical hu-

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mour however he said tonight that the success has little to do with him, and was all down to his team. “The only thing I have to do is tell them what time to get out of bed, what time to get into bed and what time to walk the course. I have an easy job and I’m a happy coach!” he said. CANADIAN SHOW JUMPING TEAM EIGHTH IN LONGINES FEI NATIONS’ CUP FINAL The Canadian Show Jumping Team, comprised of Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze, and Chris Pratt, finished eighth in the b1,250,000 Longines FEI Nations’ Cup Final held September 30 in Barcelona, Spain. With the top eight countries moving forward to Saturday night’s Final following the opening round of competition on Thursday, the stage was set for a dramatic climax. The tension mounted further when technical issues with a stadium flood light caused an almost two-hour delay. When competition did get underway just before 11 p.m. local time, Canada had the advantage of going last in the order by way of its win in Thursday’s opening round. Having topped a starting field of 15 nations after posting three clear rounds on Thursday, Canada had every reason to be optimistic coming into the Final. With all countries starting on a clean slate, there was no margin for error. Making their competition debut in the Longines FEI Nations’ Cup Final, the new pairing of Candele, 46, of Caledon, ON, and Theodore Manciais, a ten-year-old Selle Français gelding (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Power Light) owned

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Chris Pratt and Concorde, owned by The Epic Group. Tiffany Foster and Tripple X III, owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable.

by Ashland Farms and Torrey Pines Stable, had jumped clear for Canada on Thursday. The pair could not maintain its perfect form over the challenging track set by Spanish course designer Santiago Varela however, with a foot in the water followed by a fence down at number ten adding up to eight faults before an additional time fault was assessed for stopping the clock in 81.20 seconds, just over the snug time allowed of 81 seconds. Foster, 33, of North Vancouver, BC, with Tripple X III, her Rio Olympic partner, was looking solid until the final line when the back rail of the ‘a’ element came down in the triple combination. Having jumped clear on Thursday, Foster would add four faults to Canada’s score card with the 15-year-old Anglo European stallion (Namelus R x Cantango) owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable. Pratt, 48, had the weight of a nation riding on his shoulders as he entered the ring with

Concorde, the promising ten-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vaillant x Concorde) owned by The Epic Group LLC. A clear round would keep Canada in the game but, when two rails fell to the floor and a time fault was added to the final tally, any hope for victory was quickly extinguished. A Dutch win had already been decided before Lamaze, 49, tackled the course as the final rider of the competition. While he could not improve his country’s placing, there were still b150,000 reasons for Lamaze to repeat his faultless performance from Thursday as a bonus was on offer to all riders who could manage the feat. Once again, the 2008 Olympic Champion withstood the pressure, delivering a second clear round with Coco Bongo, a 12-year-old Rheinlander gelding (Caretino x Calido) owned by Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms and his own Torrey Pines Stable. Six riders in total jumped double clear – Jur Vrieling and Harrie Smolders of The NetherDiscipline Reports continued on page 36

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BEN RADVANYI PHOTOGRAPHY Ali Ramsay of Victoria, BC, won the $86,000 CSI2* Grand Prix, presented by HEP, Aviva Insurance, and Edge Mutual Insurance, riding Hermelien VD Hooghoeve on Sunday, September 24, at the CSI2* Canadian Show Jumping Tournament in Caledon, ON.

Isabelle Lapierre of Breakeyville, QC, was the runner-up riding Cescha M in the $86,000 CSI2* Grand Prix held Sunday, September 24, at the Caledon Equestrian Park in Caledon, ON.

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Cup on Sunday, September 24, at the CSI2* Canadian Show Jumping Tournament at the Caledon Equestrian Park in Caledon, ON. Site of equestrian events for the 2015 Pan American Games, the Caledon Equestrian Park was hosting its fourth and final week of International Equestrian Federation (FEI) sanctioned competition for the 2017 season. A total of 30 competitors took on the challenge set by course designer Oscar Soberon of Mexico and when 13 pairs successfully negotiated the first-round track, the heat was on for the jump-off. Ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar, 70, of Perth, ON, was the first rider to post a clear round in the jump-off, guiding Vittorio 8, a nineyear-old Hanoverian gelding (Valentino DDH x Ramiro’s Bube) owned by Future Adventures, home in a conservative time of 45.76 seconds. Erynn Ballard, 37, of Tottenham, ON, quickly improved on Millar’s time, stopping the clock in 45.31 to move into the lead with Royale du Rou-

lands, Lauren Hough and McLain Ward of the United States, Belgian anchor Gregory Wathelet, and Lamaze - to earn a bonus of b25,000 each. “We were in competition with seven of the elite teams in the world, and everyone was firing on all cylinders,” said Canadian Show Jumping Team chef d’equipe Mark Laskin of Langley, BC. “We needed one more good score to put us in the mix but we didn’t get it. “The positives garnered were the experience gained by two of our horse-rider combinations, the great overall performance of Tiffany and Tripple X, and the stellar double clean produced by Eric and Coco Bongo,” concluded Laskin, whose team won b66,000 for its eighth-place finish. ALI RAMSAY DOMINATES AT CSI2* CANADIAN SHOW JUMPING TOURNAMENT Ali Ramsay of Victoria, BC, won the $86,000 Grand Prix and claimed the coveted Caledon 36


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et, a 12-year-old selle francais stallion (Nouveaute du Rouet x Kannan) owned by Jake Krembil. Her time would be eclipsed by the next rider in the ring, 38-year-old Isabelle Lapierre of Breakeyville, QC, who had the crowd cheering as she raced through the finish line in a time of 41.47, shaving almost four seconds off Ballard’s time to overtake top spot. Lapierre’s partner was the game ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Diamant de Semilly x Calando IV) owned by Ecuries de la Chaudiere. The lead changed hands yet again when Ramsay made a daring move on course, cutting inside to a liverpool with Hermelien VD Hooghoeve, her ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, instead of taking the right-hand roll-back. The move paid off, as the scoreboard reflected the new leading time of 40.76 seconds. Five more riders would attempt to catch Ramsay’s time, although none dared to try her inside turn. Amy Millar, 40, of Perth, ON, was the only rider to break the 40-second barrier, but a rail down with her 2016 Rio Olympic mount, Heros, left the pair in fifth place with a time of 38.04 seconds. Ramsay claimed the first Grand Prix victory of her career, followed by Lapierre, Ballard, and Ian and Amy Millar making up the top five. Surprisingly, the daring move that earned her the win was not part of her original jump-off strategy. “Honestly, I don’t think I could have done it that well if I had planned it!” said Ramsay of the inside turn riding Hermelien VD Hooghoeve, her partner of three years. “She drifts so far right and

when we landed inside, I saw it, and she just went for it with me.” Her double-clear effort for a fourth-place finish in Friday night’s $35,000 CSI2* Caledon Cup – Phase Two, combined with her victory in the $86,000 CSI2* Grand Prix, which acted as Phase Three of the Caledon Cup, gave Ramsay a total of 33 points in the Caledon Cup standings over Ian Millar who earned 32 points paired with Dixson. “That was a bit of a surprise!” said Ramsay of hoisting the Caledon Cup. “I didn’t really think about it because everyone else had been so consistent. When we were all lined up waiting for them to announce who the winner was, I started to think that maybe it was a possibility. When I heard my name, it was a nice surprise.” ITALIAN VICTORY FOR ERIC LAMAZE AND CHACCO KID IN ROME Canada’s Eric Lamaze led the Hamburg Diamonds to victory and also claimed individual honours riding Chacco Kid in the b155,000 Global Champions League team event held September 22 and 23 in Rome, Italy. Lamaze and his team, the Hamburg Diamonds, were at the top of the leaderboard coming into Rome, which acted as the penultimate competition prior to the Global Champions League Final in Doha, Qatar, from November 9 to 11. Held over two days, Lamaze and teammate, Harrie Smolders of The Netherlands riding Don VHP Z, both incurred four faults in Friday’s opening round of competition. Coming back for Discipline Reports continued on page 38





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Harrie Smolders and Eric Lamaze of the Hamburg Diamonds are presented as the winners of the Global Champions League team event in Rome, Italy.

Canada’s Eric Lamaze and Chacco Kid led the Hamburg Diamonds to victory and also topped the leaderboard individually in the b155,000 Global Champions League team event held September 22 and 23 in Rome, Italy.

Discipline Reports continued from page 37 Saturday’s second round, both riders produced clear efforts to give the Hamburg Diamonds the overall win and increase its lead in the Global Champions League standings to 295 points over Valkenswaard United with 278 points. Individually, Lamaze and Chacco Kid produced the fastest clear round to top the leaderboard, with their time of 68.61 seconds holding off 2012 Olympic team gold medalist Scott Brash of Great Britain riding Hello Forever, who stopped the clock in 69.40 seconds. Roger-Yves Bost of France took third individually with a time of 71.55 seconds riding Pegase du Murier. For the win with Chacco Kid, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Chacco Blue x Come On), Lamaze collected b51,150 in prize money for the Chacco Kid Group. “It was a great win for the Hamburg Diamonds, and the win for Chacco Kid was exciting!” said Lamaze, who won individual gold and team silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Hickstead, followed by an individual bronze with 38


Fine Lady 5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “What he accomplished shows great maturity. Last year, he was an inexperienced horse. Now, coming here from the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament, he was ready to go full speed over a 1.60m course against the best horses and riders in the world. “It was a great win for the Chacco Kid Group!” continued Lamaze, 49, of the horse’s owners, namely himself, Andy and Carlene Ziegler, Rick and Sara Mershad, and Carol and Ludi Sollak. “He is a horse that had to fill in for Fine Lady last year in order for her to get to the Rio Olympics in top form, and he ended up doing a few things that maybe weren’t ideal for a young horse, like the Nations’ Cup in Aachen, but he managed. Last year, I would not run him in any classes as I wanted to give him the best experience that I could but, this year, he is ready to take some risks and compete against the best.” Saturday’s Global Champions League team competition also acted as the first round of the b300,000 CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour Rome Grand Prix. With his win aboard Chacco Kid, Lamaze had the advantage of going last in the Grand Prix. As the format allows riders to switch horses, Lamaze saddled up Coco Bongo, but a rail late on course left the pair in 11th place

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in the final standings. On Friday, Lamaze and Coco Bongo, a 12-year-old Rheinlander gelding (Caretino x Calido) owned by Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms LLC and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable, had jumped double clear for a top ten placing in the b25,000 Two Phase 1.45m competition. “Coco Bongo jumped really well in the grand prix, just a cheap four faults at the end of a huge course,” said Lamaze of his 2015 Pan American Games team gold medal partner. “He feels really good heading into the Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona. I am looking forward to that!” SHOW JUMPING RESULTS FEI NATIONS CUP JUMPING FINAL RESULT: 1, UAE 3 faults; 2, Ireland 9 faults; 3, Brazil 11 faults; 4, Spain 15 faults; 5, Great Britain 17 faults; 6, New Zealand 20 faults; 7, Italy 26 faults. FINAL RESULTS OF THE U.S. OPEN GRAND PRIX, PRESENTED BY ROLEX 1. Kent Farrington (USA) riding Creedance; 2. Hardin Towell (USA) riding Lucifer V; 3. Kristen Vanderveen (USA) riding Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili; 4. Lucy Deslauriers (USA) riding Hester; 5. Samuel Parot (CHI) riding Atlantis; 6. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) riding Indra Van De Oude Heihoef; 7. Emanuel Andrade (VEN) riding Reus De Le Nutria; 8. Andrew Kocher (USA) riding Navalo De Poheton; 9. Daniel Bluman (ISR) riding Bacara D’Archonfosse; 10. Marilyn Little (USA) riding ClearWater

DRESSAGE REPORT LISA TESKE’S LEAP OF FAITH AT USDF REGION 7 CHAMPIONSHIPS Dr. Lisa Teske of Solvang, Cal. wasn’t looking for a horse quite so young when shopping for a new mount in 2014, but little did she know that taking a chance on importing a three-yearold named Safari would eventually result in her winning a regional title at the 50th Anniversary California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Show, being held September 21-24, 2017 in Rancho Murieta. “He was a bit of an emotional purchase,” said Teske, who works as a veterinarian with Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, Cal. “I was looking for a new horse and a friend in Germany had this nice Westfalen gelding, but at just three years old he was younger than I was looking for. But I just had a feeling. I kept trying to talk myself out of it, that I should find something a little older, but Safari was the one I kept circling back to. I couldn’t put my finger on it. So three years later here we are.” Dr. Teske’s leap of faith in her now six-yearold partner ultimately paid off on Saturday as

Dr. Lisa Teske’s leap of faith in purchasing a youngster paid off with a Great American/USDF Region 7 victory at the 50th Anniversary CDS Championship Show.

the elegant pair cruised to victory in the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Adult Amateur First Level Championship with 73.824%. In CDS Horse of the Year awards, Ari Lopez of Pleasant Hill, Cal. rode Christiane Noelting’s six-year-old Hanoverian gelding Fabio to victory in the $1,000 First Level Open division, sweeping both rounds of competition for an overall two-test average of 75.014% to earn the McLeod Perpetual Trophy. Meanwhile, Kristen Lee Aggers of Windsor, Cal. and her Oldenburg mare Donnabella followed up on their Great American/ USDF Region 7 win on Friday by claiming the Bengt Lungquist Memorial Trophy for $1,000 CDS Second Level Open Horse of the Year with 69.012%. At Third Level, Adult Amateur Veronica Nemmer of San Jose rode her KWPN gelding Andreo to claim the Great American/USDF Region 7 title on the strength of a score of 72.436%. But it was Wendy Sasser’s KWPN gelding F.J. Ramzes who really impressed the judges in the Region 7 Third Level Open Championship. After top honors at First and Second Level in both 2015 and

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JENNIFER M. KEELER Ashlyn de Groot and U.S.-bred KWPN gelding Impression DG were crowned 2017 champions of the CDS Four-Year-Old Open Futurity.

Discipline Reports continued from page 39 2016, F.J. Ramzes continued his winning tradition by effortlessly moving up to Third and earning a dominant victory over 20 competitors with an impressive score of 76.282%. “I’ve never been on a horse where everything comes so easy for him,” said rider Lehua Custer of North Hollywood, Cal., whose eight-hour trek north to attend the Championship Show proved worthwhile. “I have to tell you that Hilda Gurney is the reason that both of us are here. She raised this horse and trained me as a rider, and still coaches me with him to this day. She’s taught me everything I know, and I definitely would not be here if it weren’t for her. She’s very positive about this horse’s future and that’s so exciting, and it’s such a special journey for all of us to share in.” In the experienced hands of Olympian Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, Cal.), the eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding Blenheim (owned by Pernilla Ammann) earned the Pal Kemery Perpetual Trophy and $1,000 CDS Open Fourth Level Horse of the Year title on the strength of an overall score of 71.563%, while 26 competitors cantered down centerline in pursuit of the Great American/ USDF Region 7 Open Prix St. Georges Championship where Rachel Wade of West Sacramento, 40


Cal. emerged victorious with her 10-year-old RPSI mare Cambria with 73.684%. In the Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges division, Amanda Harlan of Oakville, Cal. was thrilled with her win aboard the graceful Hanoverian mare Rosenzauber 8 thanks to a top score of 69.474%. Former CDS Champion Tracey Hill of Walnut Creek, Cal. had to overcome a few challenges but ultimately found her way back to the winner’s circle at the 2017 CDS Championship Show with Victoria Von Arx’s Hanoverian mare Celina as they won the $1,000 CDS Horse of the Year Intermediaire I Open division with 68.421%. Also at the $1,000 CDS Horse of the Year Intermediaire I level, Adrienne Bessey of Thousand Oaks, Cal. earned the T.D.I. Systems Perpetual Trophy by earning the unanimous win under both judges over 15 Adult Amateur division competitors aboard her Danish Warmblood mare Dido with 70.197%, while the Pelton Family Trophy and $1,000 CDS Horse of the Year Intermediaire II honors went to Rachel Saavedra of San Ramon, Cal. who rode Sueno Hit to an easy win with a score of 70.921%. An annual highlight of the championship week is the CDS Young Horse Futurity, and this year’s hard-fought competition across two days and three age divisions did not disappoint. DG Bar Ranch has been a mainstay of West Coast sport horse breeding for decades and the results of their program were once again on display with top placings in the Futurity divisions, highlighted by the crowning of Impression DG (Devon Heir x Vittoria SVS by Krack C, bred in the U.S. by DG Bar Breeders, Inc.) as champion in the Four-Year-Old Open division with a combined score of 73.934%. Ridden by Ashlyn de Groot of Hanford, Cal., the talented KWPN gelding also claimed additional honors and prize money as the highest-scoring Cal-Bred in the Futurity divisions. Finally, additional championships were awarded in the Fourth Level, Intermediaire I and Grand Prix Freestyle divisions as part of afternoon and evening entertainment. After earning the CDS Fourth Level Freestyle title on Friday, Hilda Gurney of Moorpark, Cal. and her Old-

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PACIFIC REGIONAL DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS The Pacific Regional Dressage Championships had a little bit of everything on the weekend of September 29 – October 1. A little sun, a little rain, a little hail, a lot of rain, a lot of hail…. It was quite a spectacular downpour on the Sunday afternoon, giving the unfortunate riders an unprecedented soaking in the rings. Leslie Reid, on the cover of this month’s Gaitpost, rode to a win with 73% in the worst of it, in true champion form. She even managed to smile about it on the way out! Several divisions including Leslie’s Third Level Open were hotly contested, making for an exciting show for all — many were fractions of percentage points apart in the final count for a championship. Thunderbird Show Park and Ali Buchanan put on a well-run show as always, and it was a super end to a competitive, busy season in the Dressage world. DRESSAGE RESULTS PACIFIC REGIONAL DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 Training Level Championship Amateur Champion 891 Cavalli Dsp Meaghan Holmes Reserve 889 Mark Of Rohan Candice Sy; Training Level Championship Open; Champion 897 Fox Chelsea Fox Beth Regehr; Reserve 868 Incendio Cw Sara Pocock; First Level Championship Junior; Champion 840 Winsome Chase Robertson Teresa Van Lambalgen; Reserve 825 Vanjalie Sophia Robson; First Level Championship Amateur; Champion 820 Significant Other Bill Macdonald; Reserve 862 Wayana K Analise O’brien Laurel Mclaughlan; First Level Championship Open; Champion 884 Aaron Janicki Heron; Reserve 830 Fibonacci Dale Thornton Virginia Allen; Second Level Championship


enburg mare Iris returned to the main arena to claim the equivalent Great American/USDF Region 7 title with 69.750%. Charlotte Jorst’s rising star Ray Dance (eight-year-old Westfalen gelding) received his second championship title of the weekend by earning the Lilian Van Dahn Memorial Perpetual Trophy for 70.438% in the $1,000 CDS Horse of the Year Open Intermediate I Freestyle division. In the feature class of the evening, Heidi Gaian of Hollister, Cal. and her Holsteiner gelding Chicago galloped away with the coveted Lt. Col. Hans Moeller Perpetual Trophy after earning a top score of 68.750% in the CDS Horse of the Year Grand Prix Freestyle class. Then the party continued well into the night as hundreds of exhibitors gathered for dinner, birthday cake and festivities, sharing memories of the history of dressage on the West Coast and celebrating CDS’ 50th anniversary.

Team Germany take the 2017 FEI Nations Cup Eventing series title, finishing in style taking second place at the final leg in Boekelo (NED) with the team pictured here of Felix Etzel, Anna Siemer, Andreas Dibowski and Jörg Kurbel.

Open; Champion 894 Quido Pia Formuller Dagmar Fortmuller; Reserve 818 Aragon Dale Thornton Judy Clappison; Third Level Championship Amateur; Champion 885 Rataxus Haley Martin; Reserve 826 Passchendale Andrea Redekop; Third Level Championship Open; Champion 877 Goldanna Leslie Reid Juliet Ledorze 0; Reserve 883 Aaron Janicki Denver S; Fourth Level Championship Open; Champion 863 Vancouver Vanessa Whittell; Reserve 822 Chianti Moya Byrne; Fei Championship Youth; Champion 873 Fine And Smart Laura Klemm Juliet Ledorze; Reserve 832 Beauty Courtney Palleson; Fei Advanced Amateur Championship; Champion 821 Hariette Heather Dupuis; Fei Advanced Open Championship; Champion 811 Zaouira Shelley Lawder Linda Houweling; Reserve 867 Connaisseur Sara Pocock; Ei Medium Tour Open Championship; Champion 879 Fantasque Krisitine Wong; Fei Grand Prix Championship; Champion 870 Treffer Wendy Christoff; Reserve 875 Wilhelm Sandra Verda; Fei Paraequestrian Championship Open; Champion 805 Verono Winona Hartvikson; High Score Freestyles; Champion 875 Wilhelm Sandra Verda; Reserve 886 Teodoro Bridget Martin Karen Robinson; Training Level Bronze Championship; Champion 726 Watch Me Shine Leslie Dowler; Reserve 706 Sydney Lily Chai; First Level Bronze Championship; Champion 744 Baby Got Back Allison Marshall; Reserve 738 Wesley Jessica Marquis Ruth Norrie; Western Dressage Championship; Champion 758 Mitos Bo San Nancy Garner; Reserve 782 Outlaw Dianne Prosser.

EVENTING REPORT GERMANY CROWNED FEI NATIONS CUP EVENTING CHAMPIONS 2017 Germany has won the FEI Nations Cup Eventing for the fourth time since the series began in 2012. A fine performance for second place behind New Zealand at the final leg this weekend at Boekelo (NED) took Germany 80 points ahead of Great Britain on the series leader board, with France finishing in third overall. FEI Nations Cup Eventing is contested over nine events across Europe plus The Plains (USA), and is the world’s only team Eventing series. Germany contested seven out of nine legs of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup Eventing, scoring a remarkable five wins: at Strzegom (POL), Houghton Hall (GBR), Wiener Neustadt (AUT), on home ground at Aachen (GER) and at Ware-

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Fly to Ride with BCLM Pony Club Over the last few months a number of our BC Lower Mainland Pony Club members have had the opportunity to compete in Prince Philip Game (PPG) events that were hosted by Canadian Pony Club regions across Canada. The experience of traveling to compete in the PPG discipline, which is relay races on ponies, is an added incentive for our BCLM Pony Club members to work hard. Riding unfamiliar ponies provided by the host region presents an additional and exciting challenge for these young riders. Our Masters team, comprised of five riders over 15 years old, flew to Edmonton, Alberta and came a close second (by three points!) against other regions from Canada. Congratulations are in order for Kate, Isabel and Eleanor Landels, Emma Wallin, and Meigan Mullin. Included in their trip was a trip to West Edmonton Mall, where the girls experienced exploring the largest shopping mall in North America. Our A team, comprised of four riders under 15, flew all the way to the Canada’s East Coast to compete at the National Championships hosted by Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Well done to our members William and Hadley Jack, Mackenzie McDonnell, and Paili Fanning-Gallant, who placed fourth amidst strong competition. In addition to the PPG event, our team experienced repelling and ziplining through the trees, and visited the beautiful red beaches of the Bay of Fundy at low tide. Lastly, two of our BCLM members travelled to Toronto to try out for the Canadian National Team that will be traveling to compete in the annual International Mounted Games Event to be held next summer in the

2017 PPG Masters Team

PPG Games in action

United Kingdom. After much preparation and practice, Morgan Swaan and Emily Shaver were selected for the team based not only on their riding skills, but for exemplifying the Canadian Pony Club traits of Loyalty, Character, and Sportsmanship throughout the selection process and their personal interviews. The pair are excited by the chance to represent Canada at IMGE, especially since the UK is reputed to have fast and responsive ponies! If the prospect of traveling with Canadian Pony Club and seeing different parts of Canada and maybe even the world excites you, then practice hard and pack your bags! It could very well be you that is selected to go next.

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HORSE TRIALS BC REPORT Our 2017 HTBC Championships were once again held at the beautiful Island 22. This year marked the annual event’s 30th year of running, only made possible by the countless hours of effort by the incredible volunteers. Thank you to each and every one of you. Next on the calendar was the Mary Swanson Memorial Horse Trials at MREC. This event, another great venue with many years of history, marked the end of the 2017 BC eventing season. With the exception of those headed to the states for the winter season, most of us are packing it in for the year. Shorter days and chilly weather are upon us, but don’t forget we have one more important event: the 2017 Horse Trials BC Year End Awards Banquet and our Annual AGM at Harrison Hot Springs, November 18th. It is a great time for the whole family and a great way to wrap up the season. Our Young Rider program plays a big role in this event. The largest fundraiser of the year is a HUGE Silent Auction held during the banquet. Donations gathered from businesses and individuals all over are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Everything from gift baskets for men, women and kids, to artwork, gift certificates, and more is offered. An online auction for some of the larger items is also available and open for bidding to the public. The money raised helps our youth riders throughout the season. This program offers assistance and support to our Young Rider eventers. There are endless activities such as clinics and course walks, and also scholarships; opportunities to gain knowledge and make life-long friendships. This year the Young Rider committee proposed a challenge to all the YR of BC, a contest to see which area can generate the most $ through donations. The area winner will receive “The Golden Skid Lid” award, and more importantly, bragging rights for all of 2018! So get out there, get your donations, get your tickets and make your reservations now! Check out the HTBC website or Facebook page for more information. — Submitted by Tanya Drake

CONGRATULATIONS! The Horse Trials BC Mary Swanson Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Mary Swanson in recognition of the huge contribution that she made to eventing and HTBC over many years. The aim of this $500 scholarship is to assist HTBC members or their immediate family when pursuing post secondary education. For 2017, HTBC is very pleased to congratulate two very worthy candidates, Madison Creaser and Abby Matheson as they continue to pursue their educational goals. Abby Matheson

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Discipline Reports continued from page 41 gem (BEL). The team was also third at Haras du Pin (FRA). Britain, twice winners of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing, travelled out to the US leg at The Plains as well as all eight European legs. Their seven best scores included five runner-up spots (at Strzegom, Houghton Hall, Tattersalls, Haras du Pin and Waregem) and they had a 10-point advantage over Germany going into the final leg. However, Boekelo proved a disappointing weekend with the horses and riders facing tough weather conditions: Laura Collett was eliminated for a cross country fall and both Tom McEwen and Matt Heath had to withdraw before jumping. France, always enthusiastic supporters of FEI Nations Cup Eventing, which aims to give team experience to a wide range of riders, contested five legs and won two, at Tattersalls (IRL) and the home leg at Haras du Pin. The final event of the series at Boekelo saw 46


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Team New Zealand lead throughout to triumph out of 11 starting nations, with Tim Price also taking the individual honours on Cekatinka. German Olympian Andreas Dibowski led his three less experienced team mates to a close second place, just 4.4 penalties behind, and Australia finished in third, with Christopher Burton and Cooley Lands the only combination to finish inside the time across country. EVENTING RESULTS RESULTS FROM THE FINAL SERIES LEG AT MILITARY BOEKELO (NED) 1 New Zealand 169.9; 2 Germany 174.3; 3 Australia 203.7. HORSE TRIALS BC CHAMPIONSHIPS – ISLAND 22 – SEPT.1-3 Preliminary Open Championship 1: Kerry Groot/Supernova; Reserve: Sabrina Glaser/Dolce. Training Open Championship 1: Darcie Kerkhoven/Vive; Reserve: Sara Sellmer/Hungarian Villian. Pre-Training Junior Championship 1: Kyla Mason/Simply Irresistible; Reserve: Camryn Sexsmith Controlled Chaos. Pre-Training Senior Championship 1: Chelan Kozak/Guiness Reserve: Leahona Rowland/Caspian. Entry Junior Championship 1: Angelie Holscher/Stuart Little; Reserve: Kassandra Hawes/Lord Of The Hunt. Entry Senior Championship 1: Megan Robins/Tuxedo; Reserve: Merrilyn Mason/ Viking. Pre-Entry Junior Championship 1: Emma May/Major; Reserve: Carmen Tompkins/Show Your Colours. Pre-Entry Senior Championship 1: Jodi Daburger/ Bentley; Reserve: Penny Harper/Tangowoods Renegade Wind. MARY SWANSON HORSE TRIALS – SEPT.30-OCT. 1 2017 Preliminary: 1. Martine Kramer/Malibu; 2. Sara Sellmer/Freesala; 3. Lizzy Knight/Fox Trot. Training: 1. Darcie Kerkhoven/ Vive; 2. Sara Sellmer/Hungarian Villian; 3. Morgan Swaan/Far Cry. Pre-Training: 1. Alison Ferguson/Yours Sincerely Ella; 2. Mcartney Greenfield/Denali; 3. Julie Bion/ Lexi. Entry: 1. Marlies Kerkhoven/Dakar; 2. Niki Crampton/Mr. N V; 3. Holly Slakov/ Dreammaker. Pre-Entry: 1. Annet Moerman/Stanley; 2. Lucy Shaver/The Golden Lily; 3. Anika Jankowiak/Here Comes Trouble. Starter: 1. Emily Shaver/Black Jack; 2. Laura Roberts/Ellen Gobrightly; 3.Justine Rapier/Esskye.

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