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DECEMBER 2017 × VOLUME 1 ISSUE 3

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EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO

CONTENTS DECEMBER 2017

EO – FEATURE 22 Royal Review Jump Media EO – FEATURED RIDER 14 Sam Walker EO – EVENTS 10 December 2017 / January 2018 EO ARTICLES 48 Effective Seat Position Karen Rohlf 18 Saddle Fit and Custom Saddles Saddlefit4life 52 The Basic Trail Guide for a First Time Distance Rider Sarah Cuthbertson, ESRR 36 OTTB Myth Debunked Lindsey Partridge 58 An Introduction to Eventing in Ontario Siobhain O’Connor EO REVIEWS 56 Biotic 8, Gastra –FX, and Gastra-FX Ultra Samamtha Fawcett

62 A Healthy Fat Supplement for your Horse Equine Omega Complete 32 Equus Integral Client and Partner Results Equus Integral 46 Professional Grooming Galloping Goop 34 Introducing Mountain Oak Box Co Michelle and Ron 54 The Benefits of Slow Feeding Hay The Original Nibblene 44 A Few of Our Favourite things Noble Outfitters Canada 50 Who are we? Schleese Saddlery Service LTD EO SERVICES 20 If you bought a diamond Ring BFL CANADA 12 Florida Bound Again MP Equine 16 Life Lessons at Teen Ranch Horse Camp Teen Ranch EO PUZZLES 64 Crossword

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

“CELEBRATE YOUR PERSONAL VICTORIES BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT TOOK TO ACCOMPLISH THEM.”

Is anyone else feeling like 2017 has flown by??? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was writing the Letter from the Editor (last minute as always) for the 2017 January/ February issue!

do not know where or how they can get started! Problem (partly) solved! Go to page 58 for more information on how you can get your feet wet (literally)!

If you’re looking for some great gift The November/December issue, as ideas for your fellow equestrian always, is full of great new products or your horse – check out the and ideas, and is even debunking November/December product guide myths about a breed that is for some great stocking stuffers and extremely athletic and versatile – more on page 40 the Thoroughbred! Check out page 36 for a great article written by We’ve had a whirlwind of a year over Lindsey Partridge on how to best here at Equestrian Ontario Magazine, and while many of you are perhaps train this intelligent breed! winding down your show season, Another great article to check out school semester, or your calendar this issue, is Siobhain O’Connor’s year – we are getting to work in order Introduction to Eventing in Ontario! to be bigger, and better next year! So This sport is constantly under stay tuned! scrutiny at the highest levels, and no one is paying attention to the fact that the involvement at the lower levels is dwindling. This is partly due to the fact that many people simply just

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Winter Dressage Show #2 @ Mussennist Dressage

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Rachel Schnurr Clinic @ Old Orchard Farm

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Rachel Schnurr Clinic @ Old Orchard Farm

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Jumper Schooling Show @ Meadowlark North

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Hunter 2 Schooling Show @ Iron Horse Performance

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Hunter 2 Schooling Show @ Iron Horse Performance

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Esther Mortimer Clinic @ Pine Lane Stables

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the McKee-Pownall team in 2008. She continues to maintain a strong interest in lameness and sport horse medicine and is certified in VSMT and Acupuncture. We will offer our usual diagnostic and therapeutic technology including digital x-ray and ultrasound, endoscopy, and shockwave therapy. In addition, we will be providing pre-purchase exams and Wellness care like vaccines and dentistry, to our patients, Call or text (905) 868-6411 to book your Florida appointments. Good luck to all of our equestrian friends competing in Florida this winter. We look forward to providing uninterrupted care to our patients.


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EQUESTRAIN ONTARIO’S FEATURED RIDER

SAM WALKER

AGE 15 BASED OUT OF Forest Hill Farm Caledon, Ontario @saamwalker ForestHillFarm.com

I started riding at age 3 with my first pony Poptart, Who I did my first walk trot class on in Ocala, Florida in 2005. Poptart and I then moved up to do the Short Stirrups and the My First Medal class later that year. My very first horse was named Lincoln. Lincoln was a 17.2 Percheron Cross that I rode in the Children’s Hunters when I was 8 years old. My fondest memory was waking up on a Saturday morning and asking my Dad, “If I’m champion this week, can I stop doing the hunters?” Well, Lincoln and I ended up champion that week and so it was my last week showing in the Children’s Hunters. Unfortunately, Lincoln passed away this year at the age of 23. My first jumper was “Flying Solo”. The first show I did on Solo was at the Collingwood Horse show in 2011. I remember winning my very first jumper class on her, the 0.80m Jr/Am Jump-off. I then showed Solo in the pony jumpers and up to the 1.10m division over the next 2 years. After Solo, I got a very speedy jumper named “Winnipeg Jet” for my 12th birthday in 2014. Jetta was the 14 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17

one that taught me how to ride much faster to much bigger jumps. I showed her up to the 1.30m level that same year. After the experience of riding Solo, Jetta, and lots of others, I was able to jump my first Grand Prix on my horse “Andino Z” when I was 13 years old. I have had the privilege of riding many fantastic horses so far, such as my current Grand Prix horse Acardi du Houssoit Z. I have jumped “Acardi” in many National Grand Prixs in Canada and the United States. I am proud of my amazing sponsors that support me every step of the way. All of my clothing, saddles, tack, coolers, blankets and outerwear are all supplied by Equiline America. Stirrups, spurs and bits are supplied by Lorenzini of Italy. My boots are supplied by Filli Fabbri of Italy. My helmets by GPA of France, my tack trunks by Equestrian Essentials, and my horse therapy units by Respond Systems. I have also learned a lot about contracts so far! This season I had the opportunity of showing in both Belgium and France.


I competed in my first FEI class starting in July at the Knokke, Hippique horse show in Belgium. After showing for a week in Belgium, we headed to France. The first show that we did in France was Dinard. The ring in Dinard was like nothing I have ever experienced, it was a huge, 100 year old grass ring with pink borders and pink flowers all around it.

PINK FLOWERS LINING THE RING AT DINARD, FRANCE.

The next show in France was the “Longines Deauville Classic”. This show is where I had my very first FEI win in the 1* Longines, Coca-Cola Grand Prix. This truly was a once in a lifetime experience! Deauville was the last show of our European tour, so we packed our things and jumped on a plane to come back to Canada. My next stop was at Angelstone in Rockwood, Ontario. I rode two horses in the Canadian Hunter Derby Series: “Miracle” and “Casidor Di Corvo”. Miracle and I won the Ontario zone last year in the Junior Hunter division and had numerous top placings in the Canadian Hunter Derby Series. This year we won a Canadian Hunter Derby Series Class at Angelstone. We ended the series with a top 8 finish in the Canadian Hunter Derby Final at the Royal Winter Fair. 15 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17

My American riding and training is with Missy Clark and John Brennan of North Run in Wellington, Florida. This season started in January in Wellington Florida. It included stops in Devon, HITS, Tryon, Kentucky, Lake Placid, Vermont, Palgrave, and Angelstone. It continued on to Belgium, Holland, France, and right back to Angelstone and Palgrave again. The American Gold Cup, Harrisburg, Washington, New England, The National, and finally, the Royal. We had a whirlwind tour on the USA fall indoor circuit. There, I rode my amazing equitation partner “Waldo”, to third place finishes in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal final, and third in the Washington Medal final. We also won the high point championship at the New England Medal finals. I finished the season with the little horse “Miracle”. He was a very last minute substitute into the Jump Canada Medal Final at the Royal. This top hunter was an amazing equitation horse that day. We won the Jump Canada National Medal Championship! Over the course of the year I have had many unforgettable experiences and top placings in the Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation rings. I would like to thank my amazing owners, sponsors, horses, team and my parents for making this year one I will never forget!


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the purpose God gave them to assist us in life and accept training from us. Having respect for these animals and the people around us is a life lesson that is so important to learn. DETERMINATION In today’s society, immediate gratification is a way of life. Fortunately, we can use horse riding to learn that building new skills and a relationship with your horse can sometimes take time and patience. Any rider knows that the first time you try something, it’s not always a success. But through hard work and determination, all things are possible!

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EO ARTICLE

SADDLE FIT AND CUSTOM SADDLES BY SABINE SCHLEESE, B.SC., MBA

©SADDLEFIT4LIFE 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Simply purchasing a saddle that may have been ‘customized’ to fit your horse with a narrow, medium, or wide tree and panel flocking that has been somewhat moved around to accommodate the horse’s back shape does not make it a custom product. Neither does your determination of seat size (anywhere from 16” to maybe 19”) with special colour combinations and bling or leather types of your choice. There is nothing truly custom about these very superficial choices. These are personalized options that absolutely will be according to your tastes and requests, however, true customization begins inside the saddle with the tree itself.

What does “Custom” really mean? What does “Quality” entail? There is a wellknown and popular saddle company in North America which uses the concept of ‘custom saddles’ eponymously – absolutely brilliant in its choice of name. When people talk about their custom saddles you never know whether they are referring to the brand or the actual saddle type they are riding in.

The saddle should not only fit the horse, but just as critically, fit the rider to ensure proper body alignment, comfort and support.

Multiple points of reference taken into consideration in the manufacturing of truly customized saddles.

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For a truly custom saddle, the considerations (particularly for a dressage saddle) need to go beyond those mentioned above to include: • Twist (that part of the saddle that you feel between your upper inner thigh) – to accommodate the articulation of the hip bones to allow the leg to hang straight


• Stirrup bar placement (women tend to need extended stirrup bars to allow their legs to hand straight because most women’s upper legs are longer than their lower legs which causes them to have a centre of gravity further forward and tends towards the ‘chair seat’ position) • Cantle height to accommodate both the size and position of the gluteus (butt) muscles • Seat foam (some women will need more of a ‘push’ from behind to allow them to sit without collapsing back into the saddle because again of the size and shape of the female gluteus muscle and length of the tailbone. • Flap length and position to ensure proper placement of the leg (in front and behind the leg there should be even amounts of flap showing.

is made to fit the horse. It is actually much easier to fit the horse than the rider, because the points mentioned above are still only a part of what true customization entails. For the horse you will want to ensure that the following is taken into consideration: • Forward facing tree points (to avoid scapular damage during movement) • Enough clearance at the top and the sides of the wither to allow complete freedom of movement • Proper angulation of the gullet plate to allow the shoulders to ‘slide through’ when moving • Asymmetric adjustability at the gullet plate to accommodate the horse’s larger shoulder if necessary to avoid saddle slip during movement • A gullet channel which is the proper width for a particular horse’s spinal processes • Saddle length no longer than the saddle support area • Panel stuffing in the proper shape for the horse’s three-dimensional back These are just some of the things you can look for when in the market for a new saddle.

Plaster ‘butt’ cast is formed while the rider is in a correct riding position to ensure the twist, waist, seat width, flap angle, cantle height and seat foam are customized for the rider.

True customization may also involve a ‘plaster cast’ of the rider’s nether regions – which accommodates riders who may have had hip or pelvic injuries and have specialized needs. Customization begins with the tree. The top of the saddle is made to fit the rider and the bottom

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THE ROYAL REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 95TH ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR PROVIDED BY JUMPMEDIA PHOTOS BY BEN RADVANYI

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD $125,000 CANADIAN SHOW JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND ONE RIDER Ian Millar Ali Ramsay Amy Millar Isabelle Lapierre Francois Lamontagne Susan Horn Keean White Tiffany Foster

HOMETOWN Perth, ON Victoria, BC Perth, ON Levis, QC St-Eustache, QC Bolton, ON Rockwood, ON North Vancouver, BC

IAN MILLAR WINS ROUND 1 OF THE $125,000 CANADIAN SHOW JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP

HORSE Dixson Hermelien VD Hooghoeve Heros Cescha M Chanel du Calvaire Lillyfee For Freedom Z Brighton

TIME 61.75 62.23 64.25 65.47 67.20 68.33 68.83 69.23

RACHEL MCDONOUGH WINS ROUND 1 OF THE $20,000 HORSEWARE INDOOR EVENTING CHALLENGE

$20,000 HORSEWARE INDOOR EVENTING – ROUND ONE RIDER Rachel McDonough Jessica Phoenix Brandon McMechan Boyd Martin Holly Jacks Waylon Roberts Dasha Ivandaeva Selena O’Hanlon

HOMETOWN Toronto, ON Cannington, ON Toronto, ON Unionville, PA Orangeville, ON Port Perry, ON Newmarket, ON Kingston, ON

HORSE Irish Rhythm Abbey GS Oscar’s Wild Kyra More Inspiration Lancaster Autorytet Up Town Girl

TIME 61.75 62.23 64.25 65.47 67.20 68.33 68.83 69.23


AMY MILLAR RIDING HEROS CLAIMS HER FIRST CANADIAN SHOW JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH $125,000 CANADIAN SHOW JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP – FINAL RESULTS RIDER Amy Millar Francois Lamontagne Ali Ramsay Nicole Walker Isabelle Lapierre Laura Jane Tidball Jonathon Millar Tiffany Foster

HOMETOWN Perth, ON St. Eustache, QC Victoria, BC Aurora, ON Levis, QC Langley, BC Perth, ON North Vancouver, BC

JESSICA PHOENIX RIDING ABBEY GS WINS THE $20,000 HORSEWARE INDOOR EVENTING CHALLENGE!

HORSE Heros Chanel du Calvaire Hermelien VD Hooghoeve Cescha M Chanel du Calvaire Lillyfee For Freedom Z Brighton

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$20,000 HORSEWARE INDOOR EVENTING CHALLENGE – FINAL RESULTS RIDER Jessica Phoenix

HOMETOWN Cannington, ON

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RND 1 0

RND 2 0

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Brandon McMechan

Toronto, ON

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Rachel McDonough

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DARCY HAYES CLAIMS BACK TO BACK VICTORIES RIDING SAY WHEN IN THE $15,000 BRAEBURN FARMS HUNTER DERBY.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

$15,000 BRAEBURN FARMS HUNTER DERBY RIDER Darcy Hayes Erynn Ballard Brent Balisky Brent Balisky Muffie Guthrie Scott McKay Kassidy Keith Isabelle Lapierre

HOMETOWN Aurora, ON Tottenham, ON Langley, BC Langley, BC Guelph, ON Acton, ON Nanaimo, BC Levis, QC

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HORSE Say When Enchanted Class Act Easystreet Damiro Van Ter Notelaere Cut To The Chase Miracle Carrera S

SCORE 110.00 100.00 99.50 99.00 98.00 95.00 94.00 91.50


MAKAYLA CLARKE & GRACE MUNRO TIED FOR FIRST IN THE $5,000 MARBILL HILL ROYAL PONY JUMPER FINAL.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

$10,000 JUNIOR/AMATEUR JUMPER ROYAL STAKE RIDER Julia Madigan Alexanne Thibault Asta Torokvei Sabrina Lefebvre Sadie Leon Emily Fitzgerald Sierra Mark Mackenzie Wray

HOMETOWN Vancouver, BC Boucherville, QC King City, ON St. Marc Sur-Richelieu, QC Port Credit, ON Calgary, AB Augusta, ON Loretto, ON

HORSE Farfelu du Printemps Chacco Prime Camara QC Alaska Camilla New Boy de Logerie Heat Wave 3E Casto

FAULTS/TIME 0:0/35.25 0:0/36.42 0:0/40.39 0:4/36.17 4/66.52 4/67.48 4/69.27 4/69.39

HORSE Twisted Ever So Clever Northwind Darby Brookside Look At Me Fluff on Fire Firecrackers Beaverwood’s Kauri Fiontar Mactire

FAULTS/TIME 0:0/23.10 0:0/23.10 0:0/23.64 0:0/24.74 0:4/24.40 0:4/24.71 0:4/31.52 4/54.42

$5,000 MARBILL HILL ROYAL PONY JUMPER FINAL RIDER HOMETOWN Makayla Clarke Hilden, NS Grace Munro Wolfville, NS Savannah Singh Stoney Creek, ON Erin Oswald Rigaud, QC Ella Marquis Caledon, ON . Jennifer Athan Stayner, ON Kilby Brunner Deforest Hillsburgh, ON 25 | Nicole EQUESTRIAN Donovan ONTARIO DEC ‘17 Loretta Coldwater, ON


ERYNN BALLARD WINS THE $25,000 KNIGHTWOOD HUNTER DERBY RIDING ENCHANTED.

DANIEL BLUMAN AND APARDI WERE WINNERS OF THE $35,000 INTERNATIONAL JUMPER POWER AND SPEED CLASS.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH $25,000 KNIGHTWOOD HUNTER DERBY RIDER Erynn Ballard Darcy Hayes Brent Balisky Muffie Guthrie Brent Balisky Sam Walker Diana Dionisio Ryan Roy

HOMETOWN Tottenham, ON Aurora, ON Langley, BC Guelph, ON Langley, BC Nobleton, ON Burlington, ON King City, ON

$35,000 INTERNATIONAL JUMPER POWER AND SPEED RIDER Daniel Bluman Erynn Ballard Beezie Madden Nicola Philippaerts Conor Swail Ali Ramsay Shane Sweetnam Vanessa Mannix

HOMETOWN Israel Tottenham, ON United States Belgium Ireland GK Victoria, BC Ireland Calgary, AB

HORSE Enchanted Say When Class Act Lucky 2 Knight Easystreet Miracle Lancelot Leopold

HORSE Apardi Thalys Z Coach H&M Harley VD Bisschop Coco Chanel Casino Main Road Chemas

SCORE 109.00 99.00 97.50 97.00 96.00 95.00 90.00 89.00

FAULTS/TIME 0:0/26.48 0:0/27.42 0:0/28.11 0:0/29.74 0:0/29.99 0:0/30.19 0:0/30.50 0:0/30.85


KENT FARRINGTON AND VOYEUR RACED TO VICTORY IN AN IMPRESSIVE JUMPOFF FOR THE $150,000 LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™!

MEGAN LANE AND CARAVELLA CLAIMED THE BUTTERNUT RIDGE CUP WINNING BOTH INVITATIONAL CLASSES!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH $150,000 LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING TORONTO RIDER Kent Farrington Shane Sweetnam Sharn Wordley Beezie Madden Ian Millar Conor Swail Leslie Howard Hardin Towell

HOMETOWN United States Ireland New Zealand United States Perth, ON Ireland GK United States United States

HORSE Voyeur Main Road Barnetta Breitling LS Dixson Coco Chanel Donna Speciale Lucifer V

FAULTS/TIME 0:0/35.51 0:0/36.84 0:0/43.48 0:4/35.78 0:4/40.53 0:15/51.39 4/71.83 4/71.92

$20,000 BUTTERNUT RIDGE INVITATIONAL GRAND PRIX RIDER HOMETOWN Megan Lane Collingwood, ON Jacqueline Brooks Mount Albert, ON Esther Mortimer Guatemala Eiren Crawford Lake County, BC 27 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17

HORSE Caravella D Niro Diamond Geezer Warello

SCORE 73.708% 72.208% 67.000% 66.542%


MCLAIN WARD AND HH CALLAS TOPPED THE FIELD TO WIN THE $35,000 INTERNATIONAL ACCUMULATOR CHALLENGE

CROWD FAVOURITE JACQUELINE BROOKS WAS HOT ON THE HEELS OF MEGAN AND CARAVELLA, COMING IN 2ND PLACE IN BOTH CLASSES OF THE BUTTERNUT RIDGE CUP.

BEEZIE MADDEN CLAIMED THE $35,000 BRICKENDEN TROPHY ABOARD COACH.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH

$20,000 BUTTERNUT RIDGE INVITATIONAL GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE RIDER Megan Lane Jacqueline Brooks Eiren Crawford Esther Mortimer

HOMETOWN Collingwood, ON Mount Albert, ON Lake County, BC Guatemala

HORSE Caravella D Niro Warello Diamond Geezer

HOMETOWN United States United States Belgium United States Ireland United States St. Eustache, QC United States

HORSE Coach Artemise du Houssoit Aikido Z Creedance Martha Louise HH Gigi’s Girl Chanel du Calvaire Pembroke

SCORE 68.833% 67.333% 65.433% 62.467%

$35,000 BRICKENDEN TROPHY RIDER Beezie Madden Andrew Kocher Nicola Philippaerts Kent Farrington Daniel Coyle McLain Ward François Lamontagne Adrienne Sternlicht

FAULTS/TIME 0:0/30.35 0:0/30.60 0:0/30.70 0:0/30.73 0:0/30.97 0:0/31.53 0:0/32.31 0:0/33.17

$35,000 INTERNATIONAL ACCUMULATOR CHALLENGE RIDER McLain Ward Shane Sweetnam Erynn Ballard . Andrew Kocher Daniel Coyle . Daniel Bluman Richie Moloney Vanessa Mannix

HORSE HH Callas Don’t Touch Du Bois Bella Donna Quarto Mail Fortis Fortuna Entano Alsvid Chemas

SCORE/TIME 65/49.88 65/50.47 65/51.45 65/55.13 61/49.74 59/57.54 59/57.54 52/55.31


BEEZIE MADDEN WON THE $50,000 WESTON CANADIAN OPEN RIDING BREITLING LS.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

$50,000 WESTON CANADIAN OPEN RIDER Beezie Madden Nicola Philippaerts Francois Lamontagne Sharn Wordley Vanessa Mannix Hardin Towell Daniel Coyle Adrienne Sternlicht

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HORSE Breitling LS Inouk P Chanel du Calvaire Caiman des Sequoias Chemas New York Fortis Fortuna Toulago

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HARDIN TOWELL WON THE PRESTIGOUS $87,000 GROUPBY BIG BEN CHALLENGE RIDING HIS MOUNT, LUCIFER V.

FRANCOIS LAMONTAGNE WON LEADING CANADIAN RIDER, AND HIS MOUNT CHANEL DU CALVAIRE WON LEADING CANADIAN OWNED HORSE!

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SCORE/TIME Lucifer V Chanel du Calvaire Barnetta Creedance HH Azur Cita Hadja van Orshof Cristalline

SCORE/TIME 65/49.88 65/50.47 65/51.45 65/55.13 61/49.74 59/57.54 59/57.54 52/55.31

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Small Pony Hunter Division C – Omi Enkin / Blueridge Moonbeam R – Abbigael Banis / First Frost

Junior Jumper 1.20m Division C – Sara Tindale / Djibab Van De Linthorst R – Miranda Burruano / Dophelia

Medium Pony Hunter Division C – Ayla Torigian / Mud Slide R – Alexandra Keath / Glenhaven Pick Me

Pony Jumper Division C – Erin Oswald / Brookside Look At Me R – Kilby Brunner Deforest / Beaverwood’s Kauri

Large Pony Hunter Division C – Mackenzie Cooper / Bellagio R – Stephanie Skarica / Circassian

Leading Canadian Rider Francois Lamontagne / Chanel du Calvaire Leading International Rider (TIE) Hardin Towell Beezie Madden

Children’s Hunter Division C – Sasha Maniaci / Fortunio R – Ella Davison / Socialite Junior Working Hunter Division C – Claire Goldberg / Berlena R – Grace Goldberg / Cohiba Amateur Owner Hunter Division C – Olivia Irving / Davenport R – Meredith Irving / Arctic Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Division C – Sidney Jefferson / Socialite R – Shannon Walter / Chantilly Lace Adult Amateur 36+ Division C – Julie Watt / Heavenly R – Kristen Baran / Broadway Combined Working Hunter Division C – Darcy Hayes / Say When R – Ryan Roy / Case Closed Junior/Amateur 1.40m Jumper Division C – Julia Madigan / Farfelu du Printemps R – Sadie Leon / Camilla R – Alexanne Thibault / Chacco Prime U25 National Championship 1. Nicole Walker / Excellent B 2. Alexanne Thibault / Chacco Prime

All Canadian Cup – Leading Canadian Owned Horse Chanel du Calvaire / Francois Lamontagne The Whitaker Award Tiffany Foster / Triple X III Jump Canada Medal 1. Sam Walker / Miracle 2. Miranda Burruano / Quixote 3. Megan Champoux / Easystreet CET Medal National Finals Overall Results 1. Mackenzie Wray / Contact 2. Halle Gainey / Steel Magnolias 3. Mackenzey Nadeau / Ferraro K The Governor General’s Cup 1. Noir de Noir / Owner: Ulla Brooks / Rider: Garry Roque 2. Furst Romantic / Owner: Ecurie du Grand Coteau Inc / Rider: Maude Boulanger Bouchard 3. Bellphina / Owner: Shawna Rinzler Johnston / Rider: Marti Embree The Lieutenant Governor’s Cup 1. Bellphina / Owner: Shawna Rinzler Johnston / Rider: Marti Embree 2. Noir de Noir / Owner: Ulla Brooks / Rider: Kristjan Good 3. Rayna WS / Owner: Andrea Galan-Nicholls / Rider: Keith Reid

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HARMONY HORSEMANSHIP™

“OFF THE TRACK THOROUGHBREDS ARE CRAZY” – MYTH DEBUNKED LINDSEY PARTRIDGE

Most of us have heard the stories. Thoroughbreds are hot headed, overly energetic, can’t stand still, and prone to taking off. Especially off the track Thoroughbreds – “they are broken, crazy, and good luck if you’re going to try and retrain one.” I’m here to debunk this myth, and share tips and secrets to the success that I have with these powerful, athletic, agile, smart, hardworking, and versatile horses. WHO AM I? My name is Lindsey Partridge. I’m the founder of Harmony HorsemanshipTM. A training technique that is growing rapidly with certified instructors all over North America. I have a lot of experience training horses, especially off the track Thoroughbreds. I’m mostly known for my performances at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover held at Kentucky Horse Park annually in October. It’s a competition where hundreds of recently off the track Thoroughbreds compete across 10 different disciplines. 36 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17

Every year I compete, my horses always finish in the Top 5 of a discipline, and the two placings that I wasn’t in the top 5, I was in the Top 10. In 2015 I was 1st and 2nd in Trail, 3rd and 10th in Freestyle and won the overall title of “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.” In 2016 I became the first trainer to win two disciplines when my horse Trivia Time won both Trail and Freestyle. You can watch the Freestyle here: https:// youtu.be/jJbqYUjtr4Q . I was also 3rd in both Field Hunter and Trail, and my 14yr old junior student Franny Galvin-Hynes placed 5th in Trail. In 2017 My horses 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Trail (with the help of student Franny), 2nd in Freestyle and 6th in Freestyle. If you don’t know me from the makeover, you may have seen some of my horse adventures. I take my horses places to show that with a calm connection you can take them anywhere. The most famous horse adventure was when I took Here Comes Adri (nick named Blizz) to


a hotel in Kentucky. The story ended up on The Talk, ABC news, Fox News, Breakfast Television, and more. THE UNEXPECTED TWIST Now here’s the clincher – all of these horses were bought (or given to me) without me going to see them first. Some were the ‘unwanted’ horses that nobody else bid on during auction, or given to me with the cautionary note that they were ‘highly spirited, need a lip chain, and kick’.

• remove any back shoes (consider pulling all shoes so that they don’t accidentally lose one) • allow your horse time to play and learn Imagine a child that has been in their bedroom all day and you want to bring them right into a private lesson and expect them to focus. Can you imagine how scatter brained they would be?

I didn’t go out and pick the slow and already quiet horse. In fact two of my mares (Soar and Trivia Time) were originally purchased by other people and then rejected and offered back up for sale. I am so confident in these training methods that behavior or temperament aren’t part of my pre check. Now that you know that I’m successful with off the track Thoroughbreds, let me share some tips for how I succeed. MY TIPS FOR RE-TRAINING AN OTTB Tip #1 – Teach them to be a Horse A lot of Thoroughbreds retiring from racing don’t have a lot of recent experience in the language of ‘horse.’ They’ve been a conditioning athlete often kept by themselves in stalls or private turnout. Other horses can teach manners, how to respond to rhythm and cues, how to play, manage their energy, and follow a leader. There are some safety considerations: • turn your horse out in a group that will accept a new member • make sure the paddock has safe fencing with lots of space

Your horse is likely not too different. Now take the same child but give them an hour of free time with other kids before the lesson. The different kids will challenge them, show them different examples of behavior, and help them burn off energy. Can you see how this would make the lesson easier? However, it’s important to be mindful of the group you turn them out in – bullies or boring buddies don’t make for great experiences. Tip #2 Get them in Good Health Race horses have a lot of demands – they are elite athletes and often experience stress. It’s important to connect with your local equine health professionals and get your horse on the path to health.

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My general checklist: • Treat for ulcers using Regenereq EQ • Put them on a probiotic such as Biotic 8, and Gastra FX for gut health • Have a chiropractor and massage therapist do an assessment and treatment plan • Use my Accuhorsemat to address back pain • Remove shoes and allow their hooves to grow/toughen, using Scoot Boots if needed • Saddle fit checked and use a saddle pad with impact protection like Thinline • Get their teeth done by an equine dentist • Consult my vet for vaccines, work ups, deworming, or other care. • If they’ve done a lot of racing I also tend to put them on a joint supplement like Sinew-X. • When buying supplements, I use quality tested products from Omega Alpha. Tip #3 Find a Calm Connection One of my favorite sayings is that ‘with a calm connection you can take a horse anywhere.’ It’s where I think so many people get ahead of their horse - they jump right into training for performance and they forget to date their horse. That might sound funny, but horses are emotional animals that naturally have social relationships, which are a major part of how they function and communicate. If we take the time to show them that we care about them, understand them, and that they can be connected to us we will have a much more willing partner. It’s the reason that I can take my horses into hotels, tv studios, have them be lesson horses, jumpers, extreme cowboy

competitors and summer camp saints. Not a specific horse for a specific task but a well rounded partner that can do all of the above. I start this by doing the calm connection exercises from the Harmony Training Continuum. One of the exercises includes Square, which is about learning to walk and move together in relaxation. Tip #4 Teach them to Say Yes Neural pathways in the brain can be tricky to change. I teach my horses that it is important to say yes. I establish a pattern of: • I ask, • You try, • You get rewarded This means I start using positive reinforcement. Rewards can be many things - treats, scratches, rest breaks, play, or something else your horse desires. The reward needs to be something the horse genuinely desires. So for example if you horse doesn’t like being scratched on the withers (even though many horses do), then you can’t use it for a reward. Could you imagine showing up for work and instead getting your pay cheque you got pizza and beer? Now for some of you that’s not too bad, but some don’t like that. If you aren’t rewarded with what is meaningful to you, then you probably will work less hard, or try not to show up. Ever wondered why a horse is hard to catch? Maybe try using more or different rewards during their work. There are many other things about catching horses,


but I want to get you thinking about what is motivating your horse to say yes. Tip #5 Cross Train Even if you love something, generally you don’t want to do it everyday. The same is true for horses. Even if something is a little outside of their comfort zone, it can be great to switch it up. Because I do so many things with my horses, they can’t really stay in a routine, which means they need to stay in a thinking conversation. If you only practice one activity or pattern it might mean your horse will get bored and put in less effort, or they may start to anticipate what is happening next so they listen to you a little less. Even if you have no desire to jump, it can be great to send your horse over a few little jumps during ground work. It will help your horse think about their hoof placement, be more athletic, and break up the routine. Likewise you may not have an interest in trail riding, or a place to do so, but it is worth the effort to get your horse out on the trails even if you hand walk them. It will expose them to new environments and challenge them with different footing, hills, and fallen brush or logs. I pride myself on the fact that my horses are all jack of all trades - they jump, work at liberty, do obstacles, and trail

ride. I think it is good for them mentally to be exposed to different things, and even if they don’t enjoy one activity as much as another, I think it helps them keep appreciating the activity they do like best. Give yourself permission to try something new. It doesn’t have to be serious, it can just be for fun. When I competed in Field Hunter in 2016 (placed 3rd) it was my first time ever competing in that discipline or trying fox hunting - I love it and so did my horse! I fell in love with it so much that I did it

again in 2017 (placed 6th) and now it’s something I will continue to add to my annual events to participate in. HOW TO GET EVEN MORE Thoroughbreds are amazing horses, and they make great partners. There is so much to learn, try, and explore. If you want to learn more about Harmony HorsemanshipTM, calm connection or create a yes horse exercises please check out HarmonyHorsemanship.ca

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HERE, KAREN ROHLF SHARES WITH US ONE OF HER Q&A TOPICS

EFFECTIVE SEAT POSITION

Q:  There are different seat positions, from classical seat, to two-point, to light seat, to the dreaded chair seat... Can you explain which is best for form and function? A:  First of all, there is not one ‘correct seat’; just different seats that are appropriate for different situations. Think of a seat appropriate for riding a thoroughbred racehorse, a seat for doing a sliding stop, and a seat for being able to transition from extended trot to piaffe in 2 strides. These are not the saxame seats. Can you picture a jockey racing in a classical dressage seat? Or a rider jumping a 5-foot fence from the position you do a sliding stop in? How about piaffe in two-point? Each seat is totally correct or totally wrong, depending on when you are using it! What they all have in common is that they are a position of perfect human balance in relationship to the horse’s balance. The jockey is in balance in two-point on a galloping racehorse, but would likely go flying off the front of the horse if it did a sliding stop! So the question becomes not ‘what is the correct seat?’ but instead, ‘What will you be doing?’ Then find the place of human balance on top of that movement, and do it well! Any of the above positions, if they are not in balance, will be a hindrance to the horse.

In my book, on pages 82-89 I talk about characteristics of the athletic balance for a seat that will serve you through the basics of dressage, and some exercises to help you find it. This can be fine tuned and developed to serve you through the highest levels. But the ranges of seats I may use on a regular basis are: • The Stretching Posture: I exaggerate the softening of my lower back to help the horse do the same as he stretches. • Two-point: I do this if I am out for a hand gallop and want to get out of the horse’s way and stay with his forward center of gravity (horse’s natural center of gravity is basically between his shoulder blades). • ‘Balance point’ seat: If I am doing a passenger lesson (especially if I am bareback) to keep from gripping which will make it harder for me to be loose enough to stay with my horse. • Finished Collected Posture: I save this seat for riding a horse engaged and with a round back. I definitely have a ‘softer’ posture on the young horses who are not able to collect and engage yet. I am balanced on them, for sure, but not in the same position as I am on an advanced horse schooling collected transitions. I do my best to mirror and be the embodiment of the best version of


what my horse is capable of. For example, until my horse can sit and carry himself, I don’t make him carry me sitting heavy on him. There are plenty of horses that I find difficult to sit before they are balanced and have learned to carry their backs up under my weight. I would rather do an excellent posting trot, or ‘half seat’ than struggle through a difficult attempt at a classical sitting dressage seat in this moment. I do make sure I am balanced, athletic and moving with them, no matter what. The ultimate seat for dressage has a supple lower back, engaged abdominal muscles, open hips, a long leg that hangs under the center of the rider, allowing the hips to swing with the horse, an upper body that has the ability to balance dynamically over the pelvis, and a shoulder joint that allows the body to move, while keeping the hands floating still relative to the horse’s mouth. As far as how much weight in the seat vs legs - I think about what I want from my horse. I have heard lots of different ratios for percentage of weight, but that doesn’t usually help me when I am actually riding (my brain just doesn’t work like that). But, in a finished dressage seat in an ideal circumstance, I would say that the amount of weight in my stirrups is about the same amount of weight that my leg itself weighs. I want my leg to hang down from an open relaxed hip. If I push more weight into my legs, my seat will pop up. If I grip or squeeze with my legs, my legs will float up and by seat will squish

down on the horse’s back. When I am in the best moment it feels like gravity is taking care of the weight in my legs. If you aren’t getting that sensation, there is something missing in how your horse is moving, your balance, or you have tension somewhere. The best dressage seat is the one where the horse has the best possibility to engage, round their back, and to feel like the human stays balanced in the middle, so he can move freely to lengthen, shorten, move sideways, etc. within his gaits. The key is to have the athletic dynamic, and not the static picture of it. The ‘photo’ doesn’t matter if the ‘video’ doesn’t look good! In other words: ‘pretty is as pretty does’! Balance is the key. When you are riding, ask yourself: ‘If my horse disappeared right now, would I land on my butt, nose or feet?” You want to always be able to land on your feet. Balance will always look, feel and function beautifully!

Karen Rohlf is committed to empowering students to learn and make progress on their own. Her online programs are designed to give you the information you need and teach you how to use it to problem-solve with your horse. For more information on Dressage Naturally and online virtual courses, please visit dressage.equestrianontario.com DEC ‘17 EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO | 49


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THE BASIC TRAIL GUIDE FOR A FIRST TIME DISTANCE RIDER SARAH CUTHBERTSON EAT SLEEP RIDE REPEAT

If you have been following our series, you are likely now on your horse, looking down the open trail from the start line, about to embark on your first 6 or 12 mile distance ride! Congrats! Now all you have to do is ride! Right?

the ribbons in the correct order (ie do the pink loop then the white loop, not the reverse!). Turns may be marked with arrows or sometimes different colour ribbons. Make sure you know what to look for. At most of the rides here in Ontario, ribbons will always be on your righthand side and turns marked with arrows. This will help you to follow the trail in the correct direction. You don’t get credit for riding the course backwards! WHERE DID THE RIBBONS GO?

Oh my friend, we still have a long way to go in this series! First, put down the magazine, you shouldn’t be reading and riding. Just kidding. Silliness aside, I am going to take you through some of the things you will need to know while on the trail. Of course, be sure to visit www.OCTRA. on.ca to make sure you read the full rulebook. HOW THE TRAIL IS MARKED During the ride talk, the trailmaster will tell you how the trail has been marked. Usually this is with a certain colour of ribbon, and if you are lucky, your ride will consist of more than one trail. Pay attention that you follow 52 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17

Oh dear, are you lost? It happens to the best of us, particularly as you compete more often and become complacent… I get lost way more now than when I first started! In any case, if you all of a sudden find that you are off trail, or you just haven’t seen a ribbon in a while, turn around! Retrace your steps until you see a ribbon in your colour. Look around to see if you missed an arrow. If you don’t see a turn, ride forward, back on the path you were already on… very slowly! Pay close attention to look for additional ribbons and if you see trail crossings, quickly look down them to see if you can spot a ribbon. The trails in Ontario are marked wonderfully, but nature and nosy neighbors sometimes remove or displace markings. I once made a turn onto private property because the neighbor had spotted our horsey arrows and re-purposed them to direct us off trail


and down the driveway to their garage sale. At that point, I wasn’t in a mood to purchase the used halter they were offering us haha! OTHER RIDERS ON TRAIL One of the unique things about our sport is that all distances will run concurrently. That person that just passed you on trail might be a Team Canada rider or have 40,000+ miles in competition. How cool is that?! This does however pose a small threat to new riders and horses. First, be aware of what other distances are on trail that day. Is it just the other 12 milers? Or is there a FEI world qualifier running alongside you? FYI, that second one is probably not the best place for your first ride. Knowing what other rides are happening will give you an idea if any riders may be racing. Whether they are going for gold or not, common courtesy is for them to call out ahead that they are coming and ask if its ok to pass and at what gait. Let them know it’s your first ride and what you are comfortable with (this is where your green ribbon comes in handy too).

If your horse wants to run off after the other horse you can use it as an opportunity to school your dressage. Ask for lateral work, turn the horse around and ask him to back up on the trail, anything to engage his brain again. If you are nervous, you can get off and handwalk down the trail in most disciplines. This is why I always recommend distance riders to cross train with Dressage lessons! It’s nice to have buttons on trail. FIGURING OUT YOUR DISTANCE

You are going to get tired, and your poor brain is going to start asking

you questions like “are we there yet?” Being able to estimate your distance will also be a valuable tool as you start trying to improve your performance by balancing your speed with your horses recoveries (which is the founding principle of all competitive distance rides).

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The easiest way is to carry a GPS sportswatch, but you don’t need this and those things are expensive! You can use running apps on your phone as well, but given it’s your first ride, you may have your hands full with an excited steed! The best way is a simple watch and homework. If you have mapped and tracked your training rides, you should have a good idea of the speed your horse walks and trots at and what your usual pace is. If you usually travel 4mph at home and you intend to do this at your first 12 mile ride, you can expect it will take you 3 hours plus any time holds in the middle. Some of the better marked trails will even give you a countdown… 5 miles to home… 4 miles to home… and so forth. Hopefully this quick guide will keep you on track for your first ride. Things will never go completely according to plan, but if you prepare with education and training you are off to a great start! @ESRR_SARAH @TEAM_EAT_SLEEP_RIDE_REPEAT EATSLEEPRIDEREPEAT.COM


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BIOTIC 8, GASTRA-FX, AND GASTRA-FX ULTRA EDITORS NOTE: THIS REVIEW WAS CONDUCTED IN 2016. ONE YEAR LATER, TUCKER IS STILL USING BIOTIC 8 DAILY, GASTRA-FX ULTRA FOR SHOWS, AND CONTINUES TO GET BETTER AND BETTER!

This year, my horse Tucker dipped his toes in the water competing on the A Circuit in the Jumper Ring at Caledon Equestrian Park. I noticed at his first show in August, that he didn’t want to eat his mints when he got to Palgrave, which is concerning because Tucker LOVES his mints and will suck on them until it’s time for another! Overall, his appetite didn’t seem to be the same, he seemed a little lethargic, behind the leg, and unfocused. He was back to his normal self by the next morning, but I couldn’t get rid of the nagging feeling that he would benefit from some digestive supplements for the next show. Fast forward to the end of September, when I took Tucker to Palgrave again, this time planning for a full week of showing Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, shipping an hour each way, each day. Wednesday went good and he jumped a clear round. But still, he didn’t want to eat his mints, and only picked at his hay. I spoke with Patti Hanco from Omega Alpha that week, and picked up Biotic 8, Gastra-FX, and a few tubes of Gastra-FX Ultra on Thursday night. I rushed to the barn to give Tucker a dose of the Biotic 56 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17

8 and Gastra-FX that night! On Friday morning, I gave him another dose of each, as well as a tube of Gastra-FX Ultra before loading on the trailer. When we got to the show, Tucker was very interested in mints and seemed much perkier! He jumped a clear round that day to earn his first ribbon! Tucker got better and better each day; more focused in the ring and jumping with better form and rideability as the weekend progressed. He finished just outside of the ribbons with clear rounds on Saturday and Sunday, and I could not have been happier with how he performed! I would recommend these digestive supplements to anyone whose horse seems to be even just a touch “off” when in new/stressful environments like horse shows! For those who travel, Biotic 8 is now available in single serving packages so you don’t have to take the entire container with you! These supplements are now a staple in Tucker’s daily diet to help ensure his digestive health is always at its strongest!


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AN INTRODUCTION TO EVENTING IN ONTARIO SIOBHAIN O’CONNOR

Siobhain O’Connor and Margot Acton’s Faux Indigo, Open Intermediate at Will O Wind. Credit: Suzanna O’Connor

Luckily, Eventing is a very welcoming sport and any Eventer is happy to be an enabler! Your number one resource will be the Ontario Horse Trials Association (OHTA) www.horsetrialson.ca NOW, I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING, WHY IS IT CALLED HORSE TRIALS?

Does the idea of riding your horse cross-country excite you? Do your eyes light up thinking of cantering your horse in hay fields, over fallen logs, through streams and over ditches? Do you feel more excited to ride outside of the sand ring instead of in it? Do you like to challenge yourself with trying to master more than just one discipline at the same time? If you answered yes to anyone of these questions - you might be an Eventer at heart! SO, YOU WANT TO TRY OUT EVENTING, BUT WHERE DO YOU FIND AN EVENT AND HOW DO YOU ENTER?

It can be intimidating trying out a new sport without knowing someone in it.

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Aren’t we talking about Eventing? Eventing has gone by a few different names. It may be referred to as Combined Training, Horse Trials, and Three Day Eventing. It’s all the same; a test of obedience and harmony, a test of bravery and endurance, a test of power and skill. Dressage, Crosscountry and Show Jumping. The OHTA is responsible for recognized sanctioned events. On the OHTA website you will find lots of useful information. In the top banner of tabs, you will find a link to competitions with an event calendar for all of the Events in Ontario. If you click on an event, you will find all the details needed to enter that specific event, plus the levels being offered at that show, and what dressage test you will need to know. HERE IS A BREAK DOWN OF WHAT ALL THE SECTIONS MEAN.

Opening Date: The earliest date you can send your entry in.


Closing Date: The last day they will accept your entry. (Sometimes they will accept it after closing but with a late fee.) Sec (Secretary): This is the wonderful person who will accept your entry. Eventing has some of the most amazing secretaries. They are magical; I can’t thank them enough for all they do! Org (Organizer): The brave souls who have taken on the monumental task of running an event. Many thankless hours are spent creating a memorable show. Entries: This section explains the fees per division. (I) Intermediate (P) Preliminary (T) Training (PT) PreTraining (E) Entry (PE) Pre-Entry. Like most other types of shows there are a variety of other fees and levies. This section will also inform you if you need a Coggins, and who to send your entries to. Time Schedule: Informs you of when the cross-country course will be open for walking. It will also give you an approximate time that each phase will start. Start times for each phase is generally sent out 48 hours before the show. Unlike hunter/jumper shows, the times sent out are accurate and so you should time your arrival and warm up accordingly!! (I’m sure some of you are thinking about signing up for Eventing based on this fact alone!) Officials/TD (Technical Delegate): This section informs you of who will be your dressage judge and who is the course designer.

Stabling: If available, this section tells you the cost and any other information specific to that venue. Dressage: This section informs you of what dressage test (1 or 2) is being offered with each division and the size of ring. e.g. “E: EC Test 2” = Entry will be using 2016 EC Eventing Entry Test 2. Cross Country (aka the good part): This section explains the distance and speed for each division. e.g. “PT 1900m @ 400mpm” = Pre-Training course covers 1900m at a speed of 400 meters per minute. A friendly course description is usually included. IMPORTANT NOTE: if it warns that the course is not an up-grade course, do not plan on moving up a level at it! **If you are not ready to try a recognized event, there are a few other organizations that offer unrecognized events. The National Capital Horse Trials Association is for all Eastern Ontario riders and organizers. They do a great

Siobhain O’Connor on Cathy Gold’s Clementine at the OHTA Open Entry Championships at Caledon Riding Club where she won! Photo Credit: Suzanna O’Connor


job of promoting Eventing in Eastern Ontario and are there to help answer any questions you might have. www.nchta.ca Southern Ontario Combined Training Association (SOCTA) offers unrecognized schooling Events and Combined Tests (just Dressage and Show Jumping). SOCTA is an excellent place to test out Eventing. As long as the rider is deemed safe, they are allowed to finish the cross-country course with more than 4 refusals. www.socta.info WHAT MEMBERSHIPS WILL YOU NEED FOR EVENTING?

Ontario Equestrian (OE): Even if you don’t ever show, you should have this membership for insurance protection. SOCTA events require only this membership. OHTA requires this as well as a few others, listed below. For OHTA recognized Events, you will also require: Equestrian Canada (EC): Bronze: Pre-Entry, Entry, Pre-Training Silver: Training Gold: Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced Ontario Horse Trials Association (OHTA): You can purchase this membership while renewing your OE. OHTA allows you to purchase a day membership for $15 at the events if you just want to try it out before committing to a full membership for pre-entry, entry and pre-training only. Canadian Eventing (CE): purchased via Equine Canada or on a day membership basis. 60 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17

EC Horse License: Required for training level and above. GREAT, NOW THAT YOU’VE GOT A WALLET FULL OF MEMBERSHIPS; DO YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?

Yes and no.

You can do dressage from training level down in an all-purpose or close contact saddle. You need a dark jacket with a stock tie, and light breeches for dressage and show jumping. You can even wear half chaps as long as they are leather and the colour matches your paddock boots! You do need an approved safety cross-country vest. You do need a cross-country crash helmet. You can buy a black cover and wear the same helmet for all three phases. It is strongly recommended that you use a breastplate on cross-country to keep your saddle secure as you go up and down hills. Galloping boots keep the front and tendons of your horses legs protected. NOW YOU ARE ALL SET! JUST GO PRACTICE THAT DRESSAGE TEST!

Most people don’t get into Eventing because they love dressage. However, you can’t escape it, so you might as well practice it. If you haven’t ridden a dressage test before, I would seek out an event coach or a helpful friend that has. You will need guidance navigating the test and ring. Once you become comfortable with the test and the ring, you will be ready to show off at an event. You can find the dressage tests on the OHTA website.


Siobhain O’Connor galloping through water on Cat Dancing at Will O Wind. Photo Credit: Suzanna O’Connor

ONE MORE THING! WE’VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BEST PART! GET OUT AND PRACTICE CROSS-COUNTRY.

There are many events and farms that allow you to come cross-country school with the coach on site or to bring your own. The best thing to do for your first time is to find a crosscountry clinic. That way you meet other Eventers and if you need a lead horse there will be some around. Some event coaches may post on social media when they are going cross-country schooling, and if it’s open for others to join.

THINGS TO KNOW ONCE YOU ARE AT YOUR FIRST EVENT.

1. You can’t walk your horse onto the cross-country and show them a fence. Nor can you do that in the show jumping ring. 2. You aren’t allowed to jump a crosscountry fence from a stand still. If your horse stops at a jump, organize, do a circle, and try again. 3. 3) Show jump and cross-country warm up jumps can only be jumped in one direction. Red flags on the

right, and white flags on the left. 4. There is a tack check before each phase. Failure to get your tack checked could mean elimination. Tack check will also inform you of your order of go. 5. You can walk the cross-country course the day before. Walk it at least 2 times to familiarize yourself with the course and the terrain. 6. Eventing is fuelled by volunteers. The best way to familiarize yourself with eventing (and make some really cool friends) is to volunteer at an event as a jump judge on cross country. Out there you will see all types of horses and riders having a great time! 7. Get out and go Eventing! Siobhain O’Connor specializes in training, coaching, starting young horses and competing in both Eventing and Dressage. Coaching is available, Entry - Preliminary, all ages welcome. Siobhain can come to you or you can come to one of the barns she coaches at. Phone: 519-835-3909 or E-mail: strydereventingoc@icloud.com.


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