Anderson Second in $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

first_imgThermal, CA – Keri Potter took her first step into the race to qualify for the Pfizer Million when she captured the blue ribbon aboard Rockford I in Sunday’s $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.Potter (Del Mar, California) and her horse were tops among a class of 30 challengers that took aim at the top prize in Sunday’s feature class. International Course Designer Marina Azevedo set a challenging first-round course that saw only three horse-and-rider teams advance to the jump-off round where Potter and her horse won the blue.The accomplished equestrian owns Rockford I, who is 14, and has ridden him for the past six years, during which she has qualified for the FEI World Cup twice and won numerous Grand Prix events. Sunday’s victory adds another line to her impressive resume, which will hopefully soon include qualifying for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix that will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson on September 12 in Saugerties, New York. “What a great opportunity for our horses and riders to be able to compete for such high stakes,” said Potter. “If I qualify, I will do my best to get there. HITS has given us something to look forward to.”Canadian John Anderson and his mount Terrific were second to show in the jump-off. The duo made it all the way home clean to establish the Great American Time to Beat at 43.592. However, Anderson knew that wouldn’t be fast enough and in the end had to settle for second place. “It was a tough course and just three were clean,” said Anderson. “In the jump-off I saw the first rider had eight faults so I wanted to take my time and go clear. It’s a six-week circuit and I did not want to push it. I left the door open for Keri and she took advantage of that to win the class.”Anderson and his 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood were second in both Grand Prix classes this week, giving him a total of more than $15,000 in prize money won so far at HITS Thermal. If he keeps up this pace, he should be in good shape to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. “Saugerties is definitely on my mind,” said Anderson. “Having a big money Grand Prix and holding qualifiers for it is a great concept. I would certainly love to go to Saugerties and will be there unless I am on the Canadian Nations Cup Team at that time.”In the jump-off, Potter and Rockford I held the enviable last-to-go spot so they stepped on the gas coming home fast and clean crossing the timers in 41.593 to capture the first-place check of $15,000. John left the door open for me with a slightly conservative ride,” said Potter. “I knew that if I put the pedal to the metal my horse would be fast enough.”In order to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, a rider must compete in eight or more HITS Grand Prix classes. The top 40 riders, based on money won by horse/rider combination, will be eligible to ride for the Pfizer Million. For more detailed information on the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, please visit our website at HitsShows.com. Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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Canadian Show Jumping Team Named for Wellington Nations’ Cup

first_img Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Ottawa, ON — Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, Mac Cone of King City, ON, Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, and Beth Underhill of Schomberg, ON, will comprise the Canadian Show Jumping Team for the $75,000 FEI Nations’ Cup, Presented by CN, held Friday evening, March 5, during the CSIO4* Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.Canadele, who made his Canadian Team debut last year on the winning Nations’ Cup team in Wellington, will be aboard Pitareusa, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Susan Grange.  Formerly a citizen of France, Candele has been officially riding as a Canadian since August of 2008.Cone will ride Ole, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Larry Evoy and Sara Houstoun.  Cone and Ole were members of Canada’s silver medal team at the 2008 Olympic Champion Lamaze will ride Ronaldo, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Ashland Stables.  Lamaze currently stands fourth in the Federation Equestre International (FEI) Rolex World Rider Rankings.Underhill will ride Top Gun, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Iron Horse Farm.  The pair was members of the Canadian Team for the $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup held at the 2009 Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament.In addition to the four team members, Canada will also have two individual entries in the international division.  Jonathon Millar of Perth, ON, will ride Contino 14, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Millar Brooke Farm, while Keean White of Cambridge, ON, will ride Celena Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide mare owned by The Ashland Group and Angelstone Farms.Canada is the defending champion in the $75,000 FEI Nations’ Cup, Presented by CN, having won the event on four occasions — 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, more times than any other country.  This year, Canada will take on teams from 10 other nations including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, United States and Venezuela.“We have four very experienced riders and their horses are going very well, so we are in a good position to get a great result,” said Terrance ‘Torchy’ Millar, chef d’équipe of the Canadian Show Jumping Team.  “With 11 teams entered it won’t be an easy night, but I think we will be in the hunt.”The two-round $75,000 FEI Nations’ Cup, Presented by CN, will take place at night under the lights with FEI ‘O’ course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio of the United States setting the track.  A Nations’ Cup is the only competition in show jumping where riders, competing in teams of four, compete against other countries for top honours.  The top three scores from each team are counted towards the final result of the two-round competition. Only the top eight teams from the first round will be invited back for round two.  Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP last_img read more

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Yann Candele Wins at Jumping International

first_imgFrançois Lamontagne from St-Eustache and his faithful mount Anton unfortunately garnered 12 penalty points, as did James Gillam. Ontario native Kelley Robinson and Nicolas Bayzelon were eliminated pursuant to a minor fall. The Classique Internationale Blainville continues with the Desjardins Grand-Prix Challenge on Saturday July 16, and a World Cup Qualifier set for July 17. Family-fun activities are also on deck throughout the week-end. Situated north of Montreal, the Blainville Equestrian Park welcomes you from July 13 to 17 at 1025, chemin du Plan Bouchard, Highway 15, Exit 25, 450 621-8899, [email protected], http://www.classiqueblainville.com/.Results:1st Yann Candele / Azzaro Van’t Hagenhof 0-0, 37.992nd Beth Underhill / Vigo 0-0, 42.903rd Lauren Hunkin / Larry 0146 0-0, 43.044th Hugh Graham / Fifth Estate 3e 0-0 44.645th Lioubov Kochekova / Lapsus du Lavoir 0-0, 47.826th Isabelle Lapierre / Vicky Vale 0-4, 51.947th Roberto Teran / Denver 4 points8th Roberto Teran / Galina 177 4 points Tags: Yann Candele, Classique Internationale Blainville, Sponsored by Creative Group Production, the 1.50 m Open Class, with its $32,000 grand prize, was the highlight of this day in the second week of the Classique Internationale Blainville. 21 rider-horse teams, among which Québec natives François Lamontagne, Nicolas Bayzelon, James Gillam and Nicole Lapierre, signed up for the challenge. After a breathtaking jump-off, Yann Candele claimed victory, followed by Beth Underhill and Lauren Hunkin in third place. After dominating the first week of competition, Yann Candele and his 10-year-old Dutch Half-blood gelding, Azzaro Van’t Hagenhof, will take part in the World Cup Qualifier scheduled for this Sunday July 17. « We are aiming to qualify for the World Cup, next April 2012 in the Netherlands » stated Yann Candele, who has been training Azzaro Van’t Hagenhof over the last four years. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Designed by Linda Allen of the United States, the highly technical course comprised of 12 obstacles and 15 efforts for a total running distance of 490 meters. With several broken lines and difficult double and triple combinations to negotiate, many riders suffered faults. Aboard her mount Lapsus du Lavoir, Russian Lioubov Kochekova was the first competitor to achieve a flawless run. Then Isabelle Lapierre put all her savvy to the test to nail a perfect performance, thus declaring a jump-off, an eliminatory round to determine the winner. Olympic equestrian Beth Underhill, along with Canadian Equestrian Team member Yann Candele, Hugh Graham and Lauren Hunkin, then followed suit. Email* As technically challenging as the first test, the jump-off course comprised of 7 obstacles, including a double combination. Designed with speed in mind, the run allowed a maximum of 48 seconds for execution. First one to the starting line, Lioubov Kochekova’s 47.82 seconds performance is the time to beat. Isabelle Lapierre makes good on her attempt at a faultless run, but takes a 4-point penalty for outrunning the clock at 51.94 seconds. Beth Underhill and Vigo clench top spot in 42.90 seconds. Yann Candele then takes off in a spectacular dash, and clocks out at 41.70 seconds! Lauren Hunkin can do no better, and finishes third. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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FEI World Eventing Championships for Young Horses

first_img SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Germany’s Michael Jung won the 6 Year Old title with the Hannoverian mare Rocana while Great Britain’s Kitty King claimed the 7 Year Old honours with the Dutch-bred mare Zidante at the 26th FEI World Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers over the weekend.This specialist fixture is widely recognised for identifying the rising stars of the future. Proof of this is clear in the number of horses which progress from Mondial du Lion to produce results at European, World Championship and Olympic level. Frenchman Nicolas Touzaint is the most prolific winner in the history of the event having won six gold medals between 2000 and 2005, including the 6 year old championship in 2000 and the 7 year old championship in 2001 riding Galan de Sauvagère, his double individual European gold medal winning mount. Jung won the silver medal in both the 6 and 7 year old categories with his 2010 FEI World Eventing Championship ride La Biosthétique-Sam, and 2011 Lexington CCI4* winner, King’s Temptress ridden by Great Britain’s Mary King. is another Le Lion graduate.The ‘Mondial du Lion’ has taken place every year since 1986 at the same venue – the Isle Briand Estate – and is always staged at the beginning of the French All Saints holidays. The winner of the inaugural fixture was the current coach of the French eventing team, Laurent Bousquet, on Jim Pam. That year 43 combinations lined out, a number which rose so rapidly it had to be capped at 110 by the FEI. The Championships have also proven increasingly popular with the public, with attendance figures rising from 5,000 in 1986 to a record 41,000 in 2009.6 YEAR OLDSAustralia’s Paul Tapner set the target in the 6 Year Old competition with a dressage mark of 44.60 from the thoroughbred, Indian Mill.  And Belgium’s Virginie Caulier slotted into second at this early stage with Voyelle del a Baille Rouge whose score of 46.10 gave her a small lead over Jung and Rocana in third.  A race-horse “with too much talent!” according to his rider, Indian Mill was purchased in the Tattersalls Sales Ring in Ireland and Tapner knew that he would perform well in Saturday’s cross-country phase.  “It’s not too technical, but it will require horses which are jumping fences they’ve never seen before to be brave.  Indian Mill may not be the fastest horse, but he is plucky” said his rider who, however, with great wisdom in retrospect, added that “the show jumping bothers me, he jumps well, but he has not done a full season and he can make mistakes due to lack experience”.  That statement would prove prophetic.From the field of 42 starters, one retired, two fell and five had refusals on cross-country day but 29 jumped double-clear over the 24-fence track.  Tapner was still out in front when one of the latter. “I had to work hard to earn my money today!” the British rider said. “Indian made a lot of mistakes due to his inexperience, he wasn’t consistent and sometimes he jumped strangely which he doesn’t normally do.  I hope he will be more attentive to what I say during the show jumping tomorrow” he added.The leading three all held their positions going into yesterday’s final Jumping phase, but disaster struck for the Australian with four fences down and an additional time fault which sent Indian Mill plummeting to 13th place, while two mistakes for Caulier’s mare dropped her out of medal contention to sixth.  This left it wide open for Jung, and the 29 year old whose incredible strike-rate already embraces 63 wins including the World title in 2010 and team and individual gold in the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships this summer, took full advantage to take the title with a cool clear.  “I knew my mare was talented!” the German rider said afterwards.  “She was 110% throughout the competition and this morning she was lively and very attentive throughout the whole round.  I hope to come back here with her next year” he pointed out, “but for the moment she is going to have a rest in her field!”It was a one-two for the mares, as Britain’s Rosalind Canter slotted into silver medal position with Aprobanta who had been sitting quietly in fourth place since the opening day.  From Lincolnshire, near Burghley, 25 year old Canter enjoyed a great cross-country run during which she said Aprobanta “was less overwhelmed by the crowds than me!  It’s been a great week” the British rider said.  Bronze went to the 27 year old Italian Emiliano Portale who finished fourth in the 6 Year Old Championship last year.  This time around he was partnering Rubens delle Sementarecce and he said “I’ve been riding this horse since he was four, and he’s very talented.  He competed in national jumping and eventing championships and won the Italian Championships for 6 Year Olds this summer.  He gave his best this week, as he always does”. 7 YEAR OLDSGermans dominated the 7 Year Old class when Franziska Haunhorst and Songline 2 and Ingrid Klimke with Hale Bob 3 filled the top two places after dressage.  Two Britons shared bronze medal spot at this early stage, when both Kitty King and Zidante, and Piggy French with Kiltealy Brief scored 44.10.But Pierre Michelet’s cross-country test took a heavy toll in this competition, 32 of the 68 competitors having refusals around the 25-fence track, eight taking falls, one retiring, and 11 eliminated.  European team gold medallist Klimke disappeared from the reckoning with Hale Bob following two refusals and a lot of time penalties, and dressage leader Haunhorst followed suit due to two stops at the water crossing.  Some other notable victims of the track included Australia’s Clayton Fredericks and Bill Levett who both bit the turf during the afternoon.In contrast it was a great day for the British contingent who rocketed up the leaderboard with clears from King who took over at the head of affairs, French who slotted into second, Ruth Edge and Bojack who moved into third and Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover who galloped into fourth place.It looked very much like it would be a British whitewash on the final day, but a mistake from French allowed Germany’s Andreas Brandt to to sneak into silver medal position with FRH Escada JS who had moved steadily up the rankings from 14th place and never put a foot wrong in the jumping phases.  Despite one pole down, 29 year old King held on to win with the consistent Zidante who claimed the bronze medal in the 6 Year Old Championship last year.  “This is an amazing feeling” said the new gold medallist.  “It is my first CCI victory since 2002”.  King described Zidante as “a great girl, she thinks she is a princess, she has a high opinion of herself and she is probably right!”  Silver medallist Brandt described himself as “very lucky”.“Escada is a real warrior, she is fantastic and without doubt the best horse I have ridden until now. During my round all I thought about was riding well, but I savoured my success after I finished!” he pointed out.  French was well-pleased, as she was competing with badly bruised ribs after a heavy fall two weeks ago.  “I couldn’t ride my horse too much before I cam here, but he was extraordinary” she said after accepting the bronze. The winning Studbook was the Royal Warmblood Studbook of The Netherlands.RESULTS6 Year Olds:GOLD – Rocana (Michael Jung) GER 46.50SILVER – Aprobanta (Rosalind Canter) GBR 46.70BRONZE – Rubens delle Sementarecce (Emiliano Portale) ITA 51.707 Year Olds:GOLD – Zidante (Kitty King) GBR 48.10SILVER – FRH Escada JS (Andreas Brandt) GER 48.40BRONZE – Kiltealy Brief (Piggy French) GBR 48.50For further information on the FEI World  Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses 2011 go to http://www.mondialdulion.com/ Tags: Michael Jung, FEI World Eventing Championships for Young Horses, Rocana, Kitty King, Zidante, Email* Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping in Sixth Position

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Despite the disqualification of Tiffany Foster, the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is currently ranked in sixth position following competition on Sunday, August 5, at the London Olympic Games. Canada will compete in the team final at the Olympic equestrian venue of Greenwich Park on Monday, August 6.With Foster’s disqualification on Sunday under the International Equestrian Federation’s (FEI) hypersensitivity protocol, Canada was reduced to three members. In team competition, the best three of four scores are counted, giving Canada the disadvantage of having no drop score. Counting all three scores, the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping placed sixth in Sunday’s first round of team competition with a total of five faults. Saudi Arabia leads with zero faults while Great Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland are tied for second position with four faults.Individually, defending Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze, 44, of Schomberg, ON, is currently tied for 13th position with one fault. Lamaze jumped clear, but one time fault for exceeding the 88-second time allowed left him one point behind the 12 riders tied for the lead on zero penalties. Lamaze, whose Olympic Champion partner Hickstead tragically died last November, is riding the newcomer Derly Chin de Muze, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable.“I was debating bringing this horse to the Olympics because she lacked experience, but (Canadian Chef d’Equipe) ‘Torchy’ Millar convinced me to keep going, and I’m glad he did,” said Lamaze.Setting a world record in his tenth Olympic appearance, Ian Millar, 65, of Perth, ON, enjoyed a fault free performance over the London-themed track set by course designer Bob Ellis. Riding Star Power, Millar is tied for 17th position with a two-day total of four faults, carried forward from Saturday’s first round of individual competition.“He was tense yesterday but today he was perfect,” said Millar of the 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding owned by Team Works. “He was sharp, up in the air, and listening to me. I am very pleased with the step up from yesterday when he was a little over-impressed by the atmosphere.”Jill Henselwood, 49, of Oxford Mills, ON, was first to jump for Canada on George, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Brian Gingras. Incurring four faults for one rail down, Henselwood now carries a total of nine faults and is tied for 47th place.“If you were scouting for a basketball team, you would scout him – my horse can jump a building in a single bound!” laughed Henselwood. “George was phenomenal. He’s setting the stage, and positioning himself in the world of international show jumping. Perfection is earned, and I’m still on the journey.”Henselwood, Millar and Lamaze were all members of the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping that won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Show Jumping competition continues on Monday, August 6, after which team medals will be awarded. The top 35 athletes from the original starting field of 75 will advance to the two-round Individual Final on Wednesday, August 8, where they will all start with a clean slate of zero penalties.The Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping is supported by Chef d’Equipe Terrance Millar; Assistant Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin; Veterinarian Dr. Sylvie Surprenant; Stable Manager Lori Green; and Team Manager Karen Hendry-Ouellette. Grooms include Cristian Canobbio (Foster), Jessica Dooley (Henselwood), Delphine Rouston (Lamaze), Sandy Patterson (Millar) and Anne-Sophie Canut (Candele). Kerri McGregor is the Team Leader for the Canadian Olympic Team for Equestrian and Tina Collins is Assistant Team Leader.For more information, including live scoring and results, please visit the equestrian sport section of the official 2012 London Olympic Games website at www.london2012.com/equestrian Tags: Eric Lamaze, Jill Henselwood, Ian Millar, 2012 London Olympic Games, Tiffany Foster, Star Power, George, Victor, Derly Chin de Muze, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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Jill Henselwood Takes Inaugural Hickstead FEI World Cup™Grand Prix

first_img Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. It was a class, and a course, befitting a champion. Befitting the legacy of Hickstead.The inaugural $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix tested each horse and rider every step of the way, and in the end, it was veteran Canadian Olympian Jill Henselwood (Oxford Mills, ON) with her young horse George, who rode away victorious.The biggest Grand Prix class of the Royal Horse Show was renamed during last year’s event, in honour of Hickstead, Eric Lamaze’s Olympic champion mount from the 2008 games, who passed away unexpectedly last year. Tonight, Henselwood bested a star-studded field of 22 starters, including World, Olympic, Pan-Am and National champions to come out on top.“This was a VERY good course tonight,” said Henselwood, of the test designed by 1976 Olympic silver medalist Michel Vaillancourt. “It was very difficult. You did a trick and then turned and did another trick and then turned and on it went. There was no reprieve at any obstacle, yet no one obstacle was immense. Michel truly did a world class job.”Of those 22 starters, just six were able to advance to the jump-off over a shorter course with larger obstacles.Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts set the tone for the jump-off, taking all the inside turns and jumping at angles one would think nearly impossible. Henselwood had the luxury of riding last in the ring, so she watched and planned exactly how and where she could try to leave out strides in order to shave off the seconds.Reigning Pan-American individual gold medalist, Christine McCrea (Windsor, CT), was not able to leave the strides out that Henselwood was, and had to settle for the runner-up spot. Ireland’s Richie Moloney opted for the outside turns in the jump-off, but applied the pressure and produced a blazing time. But tonight it was the last to go who got it done.“Hickstead would have loved this class tonight,” said Henselwood at the end of the night. “He would have eaten this course up for fun. And then he would have kicked our butts in the jump-off!” she ended, with a twinkle in her eye.Earlier today, Ireland’s Dermott Lennon took the $15,000 McKee Family International Jumper Challenge with Hallmark Elite; followed by the Dominion Regalia Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, won by Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer and Pop Art.Tomorrow night’s horse show features a number of exciting events, beginning at 6:45pm. A Clydesdale six-horse hitch class leads the evening off, followed by Amateur and World champion hackneys, the ‘Denim & Diamonds’ exhibition, the exciting $32,000 MNP International ‘top score’ class for International jumpers, a harness pony championship and the $20,000 Dominion Regalia Royal Invitational Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle to Music competition. Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer will appear to defend her multiple titles.Rounding out the evening will be the retirement ceremony for Jacqueline Brooks’ longtime partner Gran Gesto, celebrating his career on Canadian teams from the 2003 Pan American Games through to the Olympic Team in 2008; followed by an enchanting “Lit Quadrille” performance.$100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup™ Grand PrixRider / Hometown / Horse / Faults : Time1. Jill Henselwood / Oxford Mills, ON / George / 0 : 35.822. Christine McCrea / Windsor, CT / Romantovich Take One / 0 : 36.283. Richie Moloney / Ireland / Slieveanorra / 0 : 36.424. Olivier Philippaerts / Belgium / Vadetta VH Mettenhof / 0 : 36.615. Yann Candele / Caledon, ON / Game Ready / 4 : 34.62$15,000 McKee Family International Jumper ChallengeRider / Hometown / Horse / Time1. Dermott Lennon / Ireland / Hallmark Elite / 50.962. Reed Kessler / Lexington, KY / Onisha / 51.253. Shane Sweetnam / Ireland / Cyklon 1083 / 55.924. Olivier Philippaerts / Belgium / Chicago VH Moleneind / 56.065. Laura Kraut / Middleburg, VA / Belmont / 56.06 (equal fourth)Dominion Regalia Royal Invitational Dressage CupRider / Hometown / Horse / Overall Score1. Ashley Holzer / Bronx, NY / Pop Art / 71.4182. Jacqueline Brooks / Mount Albert, ON / D’Niro / 66.1703. Jaimey Irwin / Stouffville, ON / Lindor’s Finest / 65.6034. David Marcus / Campbellville, ON / Chevri’s Capital / 64.007 Tags: Hickstead, Jill Henselwood, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Royal Horse Show, Dermott Lennon, Ashley Holzer, Pop Art, George Morris, Hallmark Elite, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email*last_img read more

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Gayle Ecker Wins 2015 Equine Industry Vision Award

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, has been awarded the prestigious Equine Industry Vision Award for 2015.The award, presented at the American Horse Publication Tally-Ho at the Alamo Seminar in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, June 19, 2015, recognizes Ecker’s innovation, vision and commitment to the equine industry.Sponsored by Zoetis, the award is intended not only to recognize outstanding leadership, creativity and service to the horse industry, but also to benefit the industry by inspiring these qualities in others.“This award represents an amazing achievement for my dedicated staff who stay focused on the Equine Guelph vision of developing programs to support horse health and welfare for Canada and beyond,” says Ecker. “The recognition from our peers in the horse industry in North America is amazing to have and it is also thanks to the support from the Advisory Council members, our wonderful sponsors and donors, and the passionate volunteers who help us move forward with our vision. I would also like to thank the American Horse Publications Group and Zoetis for developing such an award to recognize achievements in the horse industry in North America and it is an honour to receive this on behalf of Equine Guelph.”Equine Guelph, a not-for-profit Centre at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, serves the horse and its industry through education, research, healthcare promotion and industry development. Founded in 2003, Equine Guelph is supported and overseen by equine industry groups and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.Ecker received the distinction of being ‘short-listed’ for the Equine Industry Vision award from a record number of 25 nominees to one of four finalists. The other three finalists included: EQUUS Foundation, a charitable foundation providing financial support and services to equine charities across the United States; Jim McGarvey, Chairman of the Board, Back Country Horsemen of America; Juli S. Thorson, Editor-at-Large, Horse & Rider.The AHP Board of Directors, plus a Zoetis representative, select the award winner based on their performance related to their achievements, and demonstration of key attributes, including vision, innovation, leadership, commitment, dedication and willingness to serve, original and effective ideas, services, and programs, as well as high professional standards.The Equine Industry Vision award has been presented thirteen times since its inception in 2002 to top industry professionals and equine institutes. AHP director, Chris Brune says, “It represents that these individuals and organizations are being recognized for making a real difference in the horse world.”Ecker has been with Equine Guelph since its inception, and played an instrumental role in its birth. She has dedicated her energies to advancing the equine industry through education and communications of research findings. Ecker and her team have been leaders in equine education, developing award-winning programs, including over 20 online courses supporting health and welfare, as well as courses in business development – all part of the Equine Studies Diploma. Another award-winning program, the popular “EquiMania!” has proven to be a favourite with youth and family. This interactive exhibit, promoting safety, welfare and career opportunities was a popular feature at the World Equestrian Games in 2010. Other feature programs include large animal technical rescue training, horse owner online tools, equine welfare assessment training, promotion of the new Equine Code of Practice and several other innovative programs.Many congratulations go out to Ecker from her peers, supporters and the multitude of horse lovers that have been inspired, educated and motivated by her tireless efforts and contributions to the horse industry through her work with Equine Guelph. Tags: Equine Guelph, Gayle Ecker, Equine Industry Vision Award, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

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YouHorse Online Auction Sees Three Horses Sold to Canada

first_img Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. The first online auction from Youhorse.auction had barely finished and Mario Everse and Alan Waldman were already talking about the next one ‒ “within the month,” they even promised. On Sunday night, 41 two- and three-year-old showjumping horses were sold to stables all over the world for a total amount of 514,000 euro. The Americans did some fanatic shopping, resulting in nine purchases, including the three most expensive horses. Three others were scooped up by Canadian interests.In barely two weeks time, Everse from Waddinxveen and Waldman from Putten put up the auction. Over a three-day period, six hundred bids were placed for the untrained ‘rough diamonds’ and the website received visitors from 89 different countries. “Isn’t that great? We are really very pleased. We noticed that regular clients bought the more expensive horses. That was a matter of confidence, but we also saw many buyers we did not know before. Well-known international riders came shopping, but also veterinarians. We had a bit of everything in our collection. From special talents, which you would have liked to keep yourself, to horses that went for less. There was something for every purse,” they said.With ‘a bit of a heartache’ Everse saw his breeding product Diavolo Z (Diarado x Cicero Z x Chin Chin) go. “A horse that would not have been in our way, but you can not only offer horses that you do not want to keep yourself. There have to be some real special ones among them and they made good money.” H5 Stables from Wellington placed the winning bid of 52,500 euro. For 29,000 euro Alan HST Z (Aganix du Seigneur x Heartbreaker) will move to Ocala. And also Ice-Berg Z (Iceman de Muze x Heartbreaker) is going to the USA for 21,000 euro.Horses sold to buyers in Ontario include (pictured left to right above) a trio of two-year-old Zangersheides: the mare Jakarta Z (Jarnac x Chin Chin) from the famous Padenbore line, who went to Kathryn Baylis of Ottawa, for 8,500 euro; Peter Howard of Toronto picked up the gelding Cornet Blue PH Z (Cornet Obolensky x Mr. Blue) for 13,500 euro; while another mare, Exited Z (E-Star x Toulon), was purchased by Mike McKenna of Dunrobin for 10,500 euro.Besides the nine sales to the USA, four horses were claimed by Poland and three by Abu Dhabi. There were also buyers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Saudi-Arabia, Tsjechia, Austria, Great Britain and Ireland.Organizers remarked, “Of course, some of the horses went for less than we had hoped for, but the average price was good. We noticed that the Corona-deal was also a persuasive factor. Foreigners can leave their horses with us, free of charge, until their export papers can be issued. But that is now also looking promising. We will decide later this week whether we will sell one more young horse lot or horses that are already under saddle.”For more info visit www.youhorse.auction Tags: Youhorse.auction, Jakarta, Kathryn Baylis, Peter Howard, Cornet Blue PH Z, Exited Z, Mike McKenna, last_img read more

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Tesla faces fourth federal investigation in latest setback

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  After a fatal crash in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board has launched its fourth active investigation into Tesla.While three of the investigations are looking into the vehicle’s Autopilot function, the latest crash is focused on the post-crash fire; specifically how first responders can best extinguish the blaze of these electric vehicles and transport the lithium-ion battery.The high-speed crash of a Tesla Model S earlier this week resulted in an intense fire, killing two local high school seniors. Witnesses said they could see the pair still moving inside the vehicle while it burned.First responders faced a similar challenge in March when another Tesla, this time while using its Autopilot system, crashed in Mountain View, California, and ignited. An investigative source told ABC News that the battery of the vehicle caught fire again a week later after the car was towed to an impound lot.Federal probes into lithium-ion battery fires are not limited to Tesla vehicles, the NTSB said earlier this week.“NTSB has a long history of investigating emerging transportation technologies, such as lithium-ion battery fires in commercial aviation, as well as a fire involving the lithium-ion battery in a Chevrolet Volt in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” said NTSB Chairman Robert S. Sumwalt.“In addition, the NTSB is currently investigating a fire involving the transportation of hydrogen gas for fuel cell vehicles. The goal of these investigations is to understand the impact of these emerging transportation technologies when they are part of a transportation accident.”Tesla is pushing back against any notion that its batteries are unsafe.“Serious high-speed collisions can result in a fire, regardless of the type of car,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News. “Tesla’s billions of miles of actual driving data shows that a gas car in the United States is five times more likely to experience a fire than a Tesla vehicle.”The fires are just the latest challenge for the Silicon Valley-based company. Tensions between Tesla and the NTSB increased after Tesla released information suggesting a driver in a recent crash was at fault, citing data from the vehicle indicating his hands were not on the wheel prior to the crash. Even when the vehicle is in Autopilot, Tesla drivers are reminded by the vehicle to keep their hands on the wheel.In April, the NTSB decided to remove Tesla as a party to that investigation, a rare move by the agency, citing the release of investigative information violated an agreement between the company and the agency.“While we understand the demand for information that parties face during an NTSB investigation, said Sumwalt. “Uncoordinated releases of incomplete information do not further transportation safety or serve the public interest.”Less than a week after the NTSB accused Tesla of being uncooperative with that federal investigation, Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, announced plans to halt production of the Model 3 for a few days due to problems on the assembly line. Production has since resumed and Tesla is showing “encouraging signs” of a potential increase in its production rate, according to Bloomberg.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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‘I acted to protect my family and others’: Pastor who shot Walmart gunman dead

first_imgKOMO-TV(OAKVILLE, Wash.) — The pistol-packing pastor who gunned down a man allegedly on a carjacking rampage that left three people shot in Tumwater, Washington, on Father’s Day, says he acted to “protect my family and others.”David George, a pastor at an Assembly of God Church in Oakville, Washington, and a paramedic for the town’s fire department, broke his silence after being cleared of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Tim Day, 44, who police said was on a one-man crime spree.“I carry a firearm for the same reason I carry a first aid bag, hoping never to have to use them but always being prepared nonetheless,” George, 47, said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.At times George was overcome with emotion as he spoke of the “tragic and shocking” event that occurred on Sunday outside a Walmart store in Tumwater.“I acted on Sunday to protect my family and others from the gunman and his display of obvious deadly intent,” George said. “This is in accordance with both my training as an emergency responder and calling as a pastor, husband, father, and grandfather.”He said he was shopping at the Walmart with his wife, daughter, and granddaughter around 5 p.m. on Sunday when he heard gunshots inside the store.Tumwater Police Department spokeswoman Laura Wohl told ABC News that Day, who had already shot and wounded two people in a series of carjackings, entered the store and proceeded to the sporting goods section where he fired at a locked ammunition display case, removed some ammunition and exited the store.George said that when he heard the gunshots he quickly rounded up his daughter and grandchild and got them out of the store.“I did not see my wife and so I continued to look for her as people began to realize the situation and run out of the building,” George said. “At no time did I draw my firearm in the building.”He said that while searching for his wife, the gunman walked past him “waving and pointing his gun” as he continued to walk out the exit.Wohl said that once in the parking lot, Day allegedly accosted Rick Fievez and his wife, who works at the Walmart store, and ordered them at gunpoint to give him their car. He shot Rick Fievez twice when he did not comply, Wohl said.George said he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and has significant training in the use of firearms.“As a volunteer firefighter, I have also received active shooter training. In addition, I am also a credentialed range safety officer. I train regularly to be proficient with the firearm I carry and to do so in a safe and responsible manner,” George said.George said he and another armed citizen followed the gunman out of the store. He said the gunman began moving in the “direction that I thought my family to be” after Day had shot Fievez.“At this point, I left cover and moved to intercept the gunman,” George said. “When the gunman began threatening another person for the use of their car, I moved in order to have a safe shot at the gunman. He entered the vehicle, which I considered an even bigger threat and fired to stop the shooter.“After being hit, the gunman tried to exit the vehicle and fell to the ground. I moved to clear the gunman, yelling to him to drop the gun and show me his hands,” George said. “I determined the gunman was incapacitated and unable to respond at this time.”He then heard Rick Fievez’s wife yelling for help. He said he rushed to his car, retrieved his first aid bag and went to treat Rick Fievez, who police said was shot twice by Day.“I responded as my duty and training instructed,” said George, an emergency medical technician for the Oakville Fire Department.Rick Fievez’s son, Kyle Fievez, said his father was the most seriously injured of the three victims Day allegedly shot. Rick Fievez, 47, remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.Kyle Fievez said he has spoken with George by phone and thanked him for saving his father’s life.“I would definitely say, ‘he’s a hero,’” Kyle Fievez told ABC News.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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