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Alhambra Fall Event & Alberta Championships Wrap Up


This past weekend saw the sad end of our short but sweet eventing season here in Alberta.  Alhambra Stables in Red Deer, Alberta hosted the final event of the season and also the provincial Championships, with over 150 horse and rider pairs attending.. While the weather was lovely for the event on the weekend, the couple weeks leading up were a bit of a nightmare as mother nature surprised us with cold temperatures and a large dump of snow, putting a damper on the event preparation.  Cross country course designer Barry Tyerman had a bit of an adventure trying to…

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Plantation Field – Results wrap up

Tik Maynard on Sapphire

Certainly not a dressage show, Plantation Field was a true Eventing competition with the leader board shuffling until the last horse crossed the finish line. Each phase clearly revealed the strengths and weaknesses of each horse and rider combination. In the end, the pairs that did reasonably well in dressage, jumped clear and made time earned the top placings. There were seven divisions and three of them were won by riders that were in first place after dressage and kept the pole position throughout the weekend (highlighted in bold): CIC1* – Paige Crotty on Cooley Dawn Raid CIC2* – Buck…

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Caption contest: Dutton’s stadium gymnastic exercise


Phillip Dutton is one of the world’s top riders and his skills continue to impress riders and spectators alike. Taking down a rail riding I’m Sew Ready in the CIC3* at the first jump on Saturday at Plantation International Horse Trials it appears like he was just setting up a gymnastic exercise. The sacrificial first jump sharpened up I’m Sew Ready and they didn’t touch another pole. Caption contest Time for you to humour us with what was going through Phillip’s mind over the gymnastic pole. Just add your clever caption to the comments section below. We will narrow it…

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Leader board shuffle – Plantation

Buck Davidson on Ballynoe Castle leads the CIC3* heading into cross-country today.

CIC Stadium round up The sun was shining but rails were pouring at Plantation Field International Horse trials. Clear rounds in show jumping were hard to come by and were rewarded greatly moving riders up the leader board. 11 clear stadium rounds in the CIC1* after 53 rides. 33 clear stadium rounds in the CIC2* after 83 rides. 14 clear rounds in the CIC3* after 52 rides. The CIC1* concluded on Saturday and was won by Paige Crotty on Cooley Dawn with a final score of 43.4 adding only 1.2 penalty points to their dressage score. Complete results here Canadian…

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Plantation after dressage and the Canadian report

Peter Barry on Long Island T.

With most of North America’s top riders vying for top placings at Plantation Field International Horse Trials it is shaping up to be a competitive and fun weekend. After dressage, Buck Davidson is dominating the CIC3* with three in the top three although he is in a tie position with two of his mounts. (Complete results here) Check back later this evening for a photo gallery of today’s jumping and cross-country.       Canadian report: The Canadians are out in full force and although they are not dominating the top placings on the leader boards after dressage, there are…

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Open Preliminary – Curtis Barbour jumps into first

We are halfway to the weekend!

Open Preliminary A leader board shake up switched up the order and a clear round was a little harder to deliver in the Open Preliminary division at the Ontario Championships. After an excellent recovery from a deep spot on the first jump, Curtis Barbour on Free Trade was crowned champion with a clear round finishing on 61.30. Ian Roberts on Copper Cove jumped up from fifth to second with a clear round overall just adding .8 to their dressage score to finish on 62.4. But he also dropped from second to fifth on Cnoc after they had a stop. Frankie…

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Ontario champs – Roberts easily wins Open Intermediate

Ian winning OI - IMG_2989

Open Intermediate Leading from start to finish and remaining on his dressage score of 42.4, Ian Roberts on Faolan made show jumping look easy winning Open Intermediate  at the Ontario Horse Trials Association Championships at Will O’ Wind Farm in Mono, Ontario. Show jumping had little influence on the Open Intermediate as the top five placings after cross-country remained the same. Jessica Phoenix and Abby GS sitting on 47.2 placed second. Emilie Cleminson on Winnie Wonka finished on their dressage score of 49.6 and took third place. Ribbons were handed out to tenth place.     Check back for updates…

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Ian Roberts – Topping the leader board at Ontario Champs

Ian Roberts warming up Copper Cove. They are sitting in fifth place in the Open Preliminary.

Will O’ Wind Farm was the cold (6 degrees Celsius) and wet setting for the Ontario Horse Trials Association’s Championships today. Competitors were soaked and miserable but that didn’t stop close to 200 combinations from competing. Riders tackled dressage and cross-country today in challenging conditions and are all seeking a warm dry bed tonight to prepare for tomorrow’s finale. The competition will conclude on Sunday with show-jumping. The weather forecast is looking brighter but still cool for September with a high expected of 16 degrees Celsius. Keep checking back for more updates and pictures of all the division champions. Open…

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Emily Beshear jumps into first place after stadium at Richland CIC3*

Kendal Lehari on Totally Frank

Only five riders could pull together double clear rounds in the CIC3* course on Friday. Time was a major factor on this track. The allowable time was originally set for 74 seconds but after the first three riders could not come close to making it, the ground jury had a quick meeting and changed the time to 82 seconds. The leader after dressage, Maya Black on Doesn’t Play Fair dropped one rail, landing in second place. Emily Beshear on Shame on the Moon put in a stellar round with a double clear and moved to first from third. Sharon White and Under Suspection…

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