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EQUINE Canadian Pony Club celebrates 75 years with Prince Philip Mounted Games by Mike Robinson FERGUS - As the Canadian Pony Club is in the midst of its a 75th anniversary, the Prince Philip Mounted Games here continue to attract young talent from across southwestern Ontario. Alison Rainford, national chairman for the Prince Philip Games, was at ground zero for the Prince Philip Mounted
Games held in Fergus on July 11. Rainford said the games were started by Prince Philip in the 1950s as a competition for kids with ponies, to increase their experience. She said in England there are pony competitions almost every weekend. Locally, the games are held as a regional competition annually.
About 120 young people among 28 teams were registered this year. Some backed out because of an early morning thunderstorm, but the riders who stayed were able to work with other teams to continue the competition. Rainford said the Western Ontario Region is one of 14 districts across Canada.
The Canadian Pony Club is run by volunteers for young people up to age 25 who are interested in riding, learning about, or caring for horses or ponies. It has about 3,000 members in about 180 branches from in Canada. World wide, the Pony Club is in at least 20 other countries with over 100,000 members.
The Mounted Games emerged as a Pony Club activity in Great Britain in 1957 - 28 years after the inauguration of Pony Club in 1929. In 1956, His Royal Highness Prince Philip spoke of his interest in developing a team competition for Pony Club riders who did not necessarily have â€œshow ponies.â€? He envisaged a series of
games on horseback for teams of four riders. His vision was to arrange races that would be exciting for the spectator and rider, and encourage outstanding horsemanship, skills, and balance without the need for specialist ponies or horses. By 1965 the Prince Philip Mounted Games had spread from Great Britain to America, Canada, and Australia.
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Teaching philosophy gets horse and rider working together Internationally known Walter Zettl led recent clinic held at Xenora Horse Empowerment stable by David Meyer OSPRINGE - When Hans Hollenbach held a horse clinic at his stables here recently, he chose a horse expert and author with a philosophy similar to his own to lead it. Hollenbach said he has known Walter Zettl for eight or nine years, and known about him even longer. Hollenbach runs the Xenora Horse Empowerment stable near Ospringe. The name honours the Greek Xenophon, who, in 454 BC, became the
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Satisfying day - A number of people took part in a training exercise with international master Walter Zettl at Hans Hollenbach’s horse operation recently. From left: Pam Maki, Viv Dorian, Zettl, Deb Davies, Tammy Cornell and Hollenbach.
Perfect form - Jo Mapplebeck rides the Trakehner Stallion Kirow H, a champion, in perfect passage. Note the rounded form of the horses head. field of amateur sport. For the last 20 years, Zettl has continued his lifelong work of teaching riders the art of dressage combined with communication with the horse. In 1998, his book Dressage In Harmony was published. He has also written many articles for German and U.S. publica-
tions such as USDF Connection and Dressage Today. He also released a five volume DVD library, instructional series called A Matter of Trust. His latest work is a book entitled The Circle of Trust. One student said Zettl “speaks with a soft and gentle tone that allows horse and rider
to relax and work, not to mention his many jokes that he shares with the rider and the audience. Jocelyn Mapplebeck said, “He starts everyone off on a long loose rein, allowing the horse to stretch and warm up. He explained that this is necesContinued on next page
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Miracle twins were born to Clydesdale mare near Belwood by David Meyer W. GARAFRAXA - When Rick and Karen Saunders’ mare Perfect Jewel became pregnant, Karen made sure to have an ultrasound - to make sure she was not carrying twins. When it was done, the Clydesdale thoroughbred cross showed she was carrying a single foal - which is good, because, as Karen Saunders noted, twins can kill the mother. In fact, she said, twins are seldom born because the mother absorbs one of the foals before birth. But on July 11, Karen Saunders was sure the foal was about to arrive late at night. She and a friend went to the stables and Perfect Jewel delivered a chestnut filly. The problem was, the sack would not break, and so she had to break it herself with her fingernails in order to keep the horse from suffocating. Then, she said, the mare started thrashing around and caused Karen to send for a vet. Water was running from Perfect Jewel, who was a first time mother, and then Karen saw another hoof. She grabbed and pulled, and a colt was born. The colt had been with his sister in the placenta sack, and that was one reason it was not found on the ultra sound. The pair were named Amazing Grace, and Perfect Twist, “because it was a twist of fate” that allowed him to be born. When the vet arrived, he did not even give Perfect Twist any shots because his chances of survival were slim. He said he has never seen
twin foals go full term, or survive. Karen Saunders said her family, friends, and even church community rallied around to help feed the colt, a paint, by bottle for three full days. Rick and Karen Saunders run a ten-acre horse farm on the 6th Line of West Garafraxa, but
even with all the excitement with the foals, they are moving in three weeks, so she said it was particularly hectic time and she is grateful for all the help. She told some friends near Orton who have nine children all experienced with horses that she was willing to give Perfect Twist to them if he lived. After
a few days, the colt moved to his new home with a number of people able to look after him. Karen Saunders said right now, he is capable of sitting up, but still has to learn how to stand. She noted that horses do not regurgitate, but he had ingested a bunch of short straw and when he struggled, they discovered it and managed to
pull it out of his mouth - just one more reason why he is a miracle horse. Karen Saunders said she takes wild, abused and difficult horses at Silver Fox Stables, and trains them as hunters and jumpers. The twins’ father was an abused horse she bought at the stockyards in Waterloo for $87.50. He was slated to be sold for meat, but now has a
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Soft hands for horse and rider compatibility FROM PREVIOUS PAGE sary so that the horse keeps its back relaxed and walks forward without hesitation. Horses and riders could be seen visibly relaxing during that kind of quiet warm up.” The exercise is meant to be done in a walk; however when the horse broke into a trot or canter Zettl explained the rider should allow the horse to move and continue on the long rein and then quietly bring the horse back to the walk. Mapplebeck said Zettl explained the horse should not feel like it cannot move or they could begin to refuse to move forward in the future. He likes to see horse and rider warm up because it is the most important part of the ride. “You are now going to the most sensitive part of the horse, its mouth.”
Zettl instructed each rider to pick up the reins so that the rider does not disturb the horse’s rhythm or quality of the gait. He speaks often of riding softly with the horse and not against it. Mapplebeck said, “I have often seen riders riding with a hard, insensitive hand. To see a soft hand emphasized was good and I hope those that attended the clinic appreciated the sensitivity Walter shows towards the horses.” To show the horse how to balance itself in the trot, Zettl had the rider trot forward and then do a quiet transition into the walk. After repeating that a few times he then had the riders ask the horse to walk but before the horse could stop trotting, he had the rider ask the horse back into a working trot. That kept the horses’ hind
quarter active in a collected trot and that created a powerful transition from the hind quarter back into a forward trot. That was done with the younger horses as well as the older ones. Mapplebeck said, “I was riding Kirow, a Trakehner stallion owned by Hollenbach, in the clinic. Previously, I was having difficulty keeping him from falling on the forehand during our piaffe (trotting on the spot). “To help correct this, Walter had us do a medium walk and then go into half steps for only a few strides and then go back to a medium walk. After a few repetitions the half steps became more collected and a forward piaffe developed. “By doing these short repetitions we were able to achieve an uphill piaffe that was very animated with very little con-
tact. She added, “Both days went over extremely well. It was a great pleasure to be able to have the opportunity to ride with a riding master and I’m sure all the other riders and auditors felt similarly.” Hollenbach was keeping busy and on the weekend was at a three day event with a French riding master in Nobleton. He said besides offering a riding school for horse and rider, Xenora Horse Empowerment also does horse rehabilitation, working with injured horses that are suffering from poor training or handling, as well as such things are arthritis. He said the stable works with numerous veterinarians in order to give horses treatment they deserve.
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Carly Campbell-Cooper opening training stable, and still competing by David Meyer GUELPH TWP. – She nearly became a lawyer, but Carly Campbell-Cooper is close to opening her new riding and training stable for hunters and jumpers instead. Cooper was all set to head to law school. In an interview, she said she had completed her honours political science degree at MacMaster University in Hamilton, specializing in international relations and international law. “I wrote my LSATs [required for admission] but I said before law school, I want to take a year off to ride in Europe.” After six months in Germany, and another six in Holland, the law books never really had a chance. Campbell-Cooper has been riding since she was young. When she returned from that year abroad, she started training a few horses and, as she said, “I grew my business.” She currently has 14 hunter and jumpers that she is training. They are at a friend’s stable, at Angelton Farms, near Rockwood, until her new stable is built. She has an arrangement with Post Farm Structures Inc., and when it is finished, she will move her horses into it. It is located just east of Highway 6. “Herman is as green and eco-friendly as he can be,” she said of the way he is building. There is geo-thermal heat, water tanks for collecting rain water, and other innovations that benefit the environment. “I’m a neat freak when it comes to the barn,” she said. The stalls are made of beautiful wood and pipes, and have special foam style footing, making it easy on the horse’s feet. That floor is by Promat Inc., which invented the flooring style. “I have a lot of older horses,” Campbell-Cooper said of why she wants to take particular care of their feet. “This [flooring] is therapeutic. We’ll put shavings over the top of it.” Each stall is outfitted with its own water line and system, so Campbell-Cooper can set
limits on the amount of water each horse drinks. The stalls are located in the old barn on the property, all of which were redone, and Post is also building a large new section with stalls and a riding ring that is 80-by-180-feet. It will contain a special sand for horses trucked in by Seegmiller, and Post is building it with a large number of windows so it will offer as much natural light as possible. At the end of the ring will be a viewing lounge. Her reason for heading to the horse business instead of law school was simple. “I’ve been riding my whole life, and competing on the A circuit since age 7,” she said. Campbell-Cooper said she returned to Canada, and rode a few horses here and there. “Riding has always been my first love,” she said. When it came to being able to do that, she at first thought she would need a good paying job in order to be able to ride on weekends. But, she was a very good rider. “In junior, I won a lot,” she said, explaining that she won the gold medal at the North American’ Rider’s Championships for those aged 18 to 21. “I just thought to maintain that level, I would have to ride full time,” she said, adding that her aim was to ride the Grand Prix circuit. She made it, too. “In my first year competing as a professional, I won the $60,000 Grand Prix of Collingwood,” she said, riding a horse called Arriscraft-Rocca. From there, she has looked only forward. “I have sponsors and owners behind me,” she said, noting that the stable has horses from Collingwood, North York, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph. “I have some people who own the horse and I train them, and I have some students where I train the horse and the rider.” Her day starts early. When there is no horse show, it starts at 7:30am and runs to 5pm “with no late lessons.” On show days, it starts at
New stables - Carly Campbell-Cooper and Herman Post, of Post Farm Structures, are building a modern stables for Campbell-Cooper, who is not only a teacher, but a top competitor on the Grand Prix jumping circuit. She hopes to get the new stable up and running soon. 6am and goes for 12 hours. As well, she is “on the road three weeks out of each month.” She had just returned from trips to Kentucky and Lake Placid, and was contemplating a trip to Ottawa. In winter, she spends three months in Palm Beach - not for pleasure, but for business. The Winter Equestrian Festival is on there, one of the most prestigious and comprehensive horse festivals in the world. Campbell-Cooper drives her own five-horse trailer and said people are surprised to see a girl in her 20s get from behind the wheel. Some even offer to help her back it up, but she said she is getting good at maneuvering it. While she could have set up her business just about anywhere, she said there are advantages to this area. “The Tri-cities have a lot to offer,” she said. “It’s a growing area. I like to be close to my Continued on next page
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Rider and entrepreneur training and competing well in world of horses Seeing more horses in county, too FROM PREVIOUS PAGE friends and family. She grew up in the area and attended St. John Kilmarnock High School. And, she said, “We’re not too far from the 401. Campbell-Cooper credited a number of other reasons for the increase in horse interest in this area. One is the new race track in Elora, another is that the University of Guelph is famed for its agriculture college, a third is the Milton equine hospital is nearby, and the area does not have high land prices and manure issues that the area north of Toronto has. That area was the horse centre of Ontario for years, with numerous major stables
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Star horse - Run The Table is the featured horse star at Industry Day this year. The Hall of Fame horse celebrates his 25th birthday this year. Here he is with the Hula Girls.
Horse racing celebration day is at Grand River Raceway Aug. 3 ELORA — Grand River Raceway’s 12th edition of its signature race, the $300,000 Battle of Waterloo, will be contested on Aug. 3 as part of the racetrack’s Industry Day event. Industry Day, now in its 19th year, began at Elmira Raceway as a celebration of the harness racing industry. The event is at 7445 County Road 21, just west of Elora and runs Civic Holiday Monday, Aug. 3. Races begin at 2pm. Admission and parking are always free This year Industry Day features 11 races worth $550,000, including two major races; children’s activities,
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ry of the sport to win a race of such wealth. By year’s end, the young reinsman also became the youngest driver to ever drive horses to earnings of $1-million in a single season. Starters for both big races will be determined in elimination races on July 27. All of the McNairs will be champing at the bit to defend their 2008 Battle Of Waterloo title with a new stable star. In all, the Industry Day afternoon offers top-notch racing worth $550,000 in purses. Other Industry Day activities include pony rides, face painting and more for the children, plus a photo
session with celebrity horse Run The Table. This year marks Run The Table’s 25th birthday, and Grand River Raceway will be hosting a special birthday party for him on Industry Day, complete with a giant birthday cake. The handsome steed was a champion racehorse, and in his post-race career, became one of the most prolific stallions in the history of the sport, fathering more than 1,400 foals who have earned more than $92-million on the track. He had a profound impact on the breeding and racing of Standardbreds in Ontario — an effect that continues to be felt through his sons and daugh-
ters and later generations. Now retired from stud duty, he will live out the rest of his days at Killean Acres in Ingersoll, where he is cared for by his owners, brothers Don and Jack McNiven. Run The Table was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in 2006. At the posh, black-tie ceremony in Mississauga, the McNiven brothers actually led Run The Table into the ceremony to accept his Hall Of Fame ring. Jack McNiven was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2007. For more information, visit www.GrandRiverRaceway.com or call 519-846-5455.
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