Category Archives: Canadian Eventing

Top Canadians at Bromont will cash in

Equine Canada (EC) is pleased to announce that the Stuart R. Horne Foundation will be providing support to Canadian Eventing athletes through two new funding programs. The first of the inaugural programs is the Stuart R. Horne Canadian Eventing Championships, which will take place at the 2016 Jaguar Land Rover Bromont Three-Day Event, set for June 9-12, 2016 in Bromont, Quebec. Through this initiative, the CIC3* division will offer a total of $6,500 divided among the top four finishers, as well as a championship cooler and ribbons to eighth place. In addition, the Horne Training Grant of $2,500 will be…

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Do Canadians need to import horses if they want to ride at major games?

When you think of a top event horse you probably think of an Irish Sport Horse or an OTTB. North American horse breeders are not world renowned for breeding top event horses like the Irish. But in recent years, the USEA has been putting a great deal of effort into promoting the breeding of quality event horses with the Young Event Horse Program that was created in 2004. Already, we are starting to see an increase in American-bred sport horses on US teams as opposed to primarily foreign-bred and OTTBs. But are Canadian eventers also finding top event prospects on…

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Finally, Equine Canada announces winter/spring National and Elite Eventing squads

Although a month late according to the criteria as this list was to be announced in December, there are no big surprises on the Canadian Eventing training squads for 2016. As Eventing Connect reported in December, the new criteria announced in October, made it fairly easy to deduct which riders would be under consideration for the squads. It appears there is only one rider who was not named to the list but was eligible. Here is the official list from the Equine Canada press release on Friday: 2016 Canadian Eventing Elite Squad (in alphabetical order) Athlete / Hometown Rebecca Howard…

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Equine Canada Holds Summit to Review and Strengthen Eventing High Performance Program

Following the emergence of a number of different perspectives, opinions and concerns raised by the eventing community, Equine Canada initiated an extensive third-party review of the Eventing High Performance program. The goal of which was to identify any necessary changes to resolve those concerns, and to provide suggestions on how to strengthen the overall program. Following the initial review process which collected feedback from a broad cross-section of stakeholders, a small group of attendees were invited to a ‘Rio Planning Summit’ held Monday September 28 through Tuesday 29, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, to discuss one of the primary concerns-a need…

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Holly Jacks-Smither joins Canadians abroad to compete team at Aachen FEI Nations Cup™

The FEI’s team Eventing series, the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, is open to all nations fielding one team composed of three or four riders at each leg, and runs under FEI Eventing rules at CICO and CCIO 3* level with riders accumulating points under a dedicated system. Visit the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series hub here for rules, results and Organizer details. The next leg of the The FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2015, will be in Aachen (GER), August 12-14. Teams invited to this Event must have placed sixth or higher at the 2012 London Olympics or the 2014 Normandy WEG….

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Marilyn and RF Scandalous winning streak continues, Jess silver, Ruy bronze

Gold –  40.30  – Marilyn Little (USA) and RF Scandalous Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare are the individual gold medal winners at the 2015 Pan Am games. This pair have won every two-star competition they have competed at in 2015 on North American soil and this weekend they continued that winning streak. This is only their 7th FEI competition together. This was Marilyn’s first time riding on a team for the US Eventing team, and she certainly has made an impression with a stellar mount. Show-jumper and now Eventer, she was was a regular on the…

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Ruy Fonseca remains on top, Jessica Phoenix nudges into 3rd

After a searing hot day on cross-country course, some riders came home grinning and patting their ponies, while others had to walk off the course in disappointment. So goes Eventing, but all reports are that everyone is sound and healthy so it was a good day. 1st place with 38.9 is Ruy Fonseca (BRA) and Tom Bombadill Too Brazil’s Ruy Fonseca and Tom Boombadill Too remain in the individual gold medal position after a very casual run around the Pan Am Championship two-star course. Again, I predicted Ruy as a gold medal contender when we profiled him in the Get to…

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Brazil’s Ruy Fonseca takes the lead, Canada’s Kathryn Robinson in 2nd after dressage

The European based riders reigned supreme today. It was rainy and cold, but the riders and horses delivered some hot performances. I was surprised that so many spectators were shocked over Brazil’s results. I guess I am one of the few that pays attention to worldwide results. The Brazilians under the guidance of the legend, Mark Todd, have certainly made their presence known in Toronto. There are still two phases to go, so don’t assume this is a dressage show. The top three, are only separated by less than two points, so this is far from over. 1st place with…

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Shandiss McDonald is pursuing her and Jordan’s dreams solo

It has been just 13 months since Shandiss McDonald lost her beloved husband Jordan, in a cross-country accident in the UK. For the past year, to help cope with this devastating loss, Shandiss has been riding horses. She has been working on her dressage and show-jumping with a plan to return to Eventing and make a bid for the 2016 Olympics. She graciously took some time to talk to us and give all of her and Jordan’s fans an update. New farm After being based in the UK for the last two years, Shandiss has decided to move back to…

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After first horse inspection, one horse not accepted at 2015 Pan Am Games

Colombia’s Mauricio Bermudez’s journey to the Pan Ams ended when his horse Pepper Shot, a 10-year-old, Colombiano de Deporte, gelding was not accepted in the first horse inspection. As disappointing as this is, Colombia still has a team of four, fit and ready to compete. Two other horses were sent to the holding box but made it through. When Rodrigo Martin Abella Lemme’s horse  SVR Arbitro, a 10-year-old gelding was sent to the holding box, the entire Uruguay team was in jeopardy as they only have three riders. Thankfully, there was not an issue and the horse was accepted. Canada’s…

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