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FEI Classics™: New season starts at Pau with all-star cast

World number one William Fox-Pitt (GBR), winner of last year’s FEI Classics™ - the popular Eventing series linking the world’s six four-star events - will take on an elite group at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the first leg of this year’s series, with two former CCI4* winners Parklane Hawk (pictured) and Seacookie, the horse he rode to victory in Pau twelve months ago.

An elite group of riders have gathered in south-west France for Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the start of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The premier French event is the first of the popular series that links the world’s six CCI4*s. World number one William Fox-Pitt (GBR), who won the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 with victories at Pau and Kentucky (USA) last year, is bidding to stamp his authority on the new season. He has entered two former CCI4* winners: Parklane Hawk (Burghley 2011 and Kentucky 2012) and Seacookie, the horse he rode to victory in Pau 12 months ago. Andreas Dibowski…

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Waylon Roberts – 4th place and top Canadian at Fair Hill

Top place Canadian and  finishing in 4th place, Waylon Roberts and his new ride Kelecyn Cognac  owned by Heidi White.

As the last pair on the wait list, Waylon Roberts and his mount Kelecyn Cognac almost didn’t get to compete at the CCI2* competition at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International this past weekend. As a last minute addition to the field, they did not disappoint. With a stellar performance they remained on their dressage score of 48.7 and placed fourth in a field of 114. Not an easy feat as only eight horse/rider combinations managed to stay on their dressage score. Waylon had the two top Canadian placings as on his other mount Bill Owen, he placed 26th. He…

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It’s not a dressage show anymore – Bring on cross-country

Making time and jumping clear will reward riders with leaps up the leaderboard.

If history is an indicator the last two day of dressage will be a distant memory as the riders at The Dutta Corp. Fairhill International prepare for cross-country today. There will be successes and failures, tears of joy and frustration and a leaderboard shuffle on the arguably toughest CCI2* and CCI3* tracks in North America. CCI2* 2012 Last year in the CCI2*, of the 69 riders that began the competition only 11 made the time on cross-country which translates to 15%. So this year out of the 112 riders, we can expect about 17 to gallop across the finish flags…

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Canadians still on top after cross-country at Hagyard Midsouth CCI1*

Karl Slezak on Fernhill Dutch Design at Wits End Horse Trials in Ontario this past summer.

Canada’s Eventing Ken and Barbie Karl Slezak on Fernhill Dutch Design and Katlyn Hewson on Fernhill Cascum Marco are both sitting in first place in the CCI1* – A and the CCI1* – B respectively after cross-country at the Hagyard Midsouth Three Day at the Kentucky Horse Park. Karl and Katlyn have been a couple for a few years now so it is awesome to see them both in 1st place. After dressage on Thursday, Karl was in a tie for second place and Katlyn was in the lead. Cross-country was on Friday and the course did take it’s toll….

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Canadians dominate dressage at CCI* at Hagyard Midsouth

Karl Slezak's Fernhill Dutch Design on the left, Katlyn Hewson's Fernhill Cascum Marco on the right.

Canadians are in first place and second place in both CCI* divisions at the Hagyard Midsouth Three Day & Team Challenge HT heading into cross-country today. CCI1* – A 1st Penny Rowland on Dynamo (CAN) 2nd – T Katherine Brown on Dylano Q (USA) 2nd- T Karl Slezak on Fernhill Dutch Design (CAN) CCI1* – B 1st Katlyn Hewson on Fernhill Cascum Marco (CAN) 2nd Hannah Rankin on Flourescent Adolescent (CAN) 3rd Emily Shirley on Raptor Force (USA) Wishing all the competitors good luck and safe rides. Hagyard MidSouth 3Day & Team Challenge HT [Website] [Times] [Results]

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Fair Hill draw posted – Riders still on wait list in CCI2*

Kendal Lehari on Totally Frank will be competing in the CCI3*.

The draw is done and the riders can now make their plan of attack depending on where they are in the order for the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI2* and CCI3*. Marilyn Little on RF West Indie are the lucky pair to start the field off on Wednesday. If history is any indicator, this pair will set the stage with a very competitive dressage test that will have the rest of the field working hard to best it. The majority of the Canadians in the CCI2*  are in the top half of the draw. With 122 horses in the…

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Fair Hill prep with the Canadians

Lindsay Mahon on Playtime

Fair Hill week is here and we will be reporting daily on the action as the Eventing Connect group is attending as riders and fans. Many of the Canadian riders arrived a few days early to Ronald Zabala-Goetschel’s Wise Guy Farm to ride in a two day clinic with Clayton Fredericks, Canadian team coach. They will be working to put the finishing touches on dressage tests and run though some final jump schools. The clinic began Sunday with a 7:00 am jog up of all the horses. Clayton took the time to work with each rider to ensure that they…

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Get your Eventing 2015 Pan Am tickets this weekend or risk not going

Pachi the Porcupine, the official mascot for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am  Games.

For Eventing fans in North America, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will deliver an epic competition as countries will be vying for a coveted Olympic team qualification. Brazil is the only country attending the 2015 Pan Am Games that has a guaranteed Olympic team spot as they are the host nation for the 2o16 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio. Canada may also have an Olympic team qualification. At the World Equestrian Games (WEG), Qalao des Mers , ridden by Maxime Livio (France), returned positive for the Controlled Medication substance Acepromazine. Acepromazine is a sedative. Canada is still waiting…

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True national championship or ‘B’ team finals?

Galloping through snow is just as fun as galloping on beautiful green grass right?

The 2014 Nutrena American Eventing Championships did not fall short on prizes but it did fall short on entries. Only 392 competitors were in Tyler, Texas competing to be one of this year’s national champions. That is 174 less than in 2012 when the event was held at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia. When the best in the country do not show up, is this truly a national championship or just a horse trial with great prizes? Missing top riders Glancing over the AEC results you cannot help but notice the absence of the top North American riders. With the…

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FOUND – UPDATE TO FOLLOW : Horse missing after rider falls off at show in North Augusta, Ontario

MIA and Jessica Adams competing at Touch A Rainbow Horse Trials schooling show yesterday.

UPDATE: We have just got word that Mia has been found. We will have updates later about where she spent the last 24 hours. Thank you to everyone who spread the word. ____________________________________________________________________________________ We need the public’s help to bring home Jessica Adam’s beloved horse Mia. The last 24 hours have been a living nightmare for Jessica. Mia is “Missing In Action” as she ran off into the woods yesterday morning at Touch A Rainbow Horse Trials schooling show in North Augusta. The pair had a fall on course after slipping at a turn in between fence 12 and 13…

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