Another great day at Spruce Meadows!

Sameh el Dahan (EGY) - Newest contender in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping © Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk

The CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex

Part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping

A Memorable Day at Spruce Meadows 

The final day of the 2018 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO5* brought excitement to the grounds as fans packed the grandstands surrounding the International Ring to watch the CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex and part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

The Grand Prix course, designed by FEI Course Designer Leopolodo Palacious (VEN) tested the riders with two rounds with the first round being over a 600m track and 17 jumping efforts. The top twelve riders would then return for Round Two with the lowest score going first.

Going into Round Two each of the top twelve represented a different nation – it truly was going to be an “International” competition. Seven of the top twelve who continued into Round Two did so on a score of zero, there was the potential for a jump off if any two riders would tie for faults.

Beezie Madden (USA) was clear for jumping in Round Two, however just slightly under pace and over the time allowed and she incurred one time fault. Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) with his veteran stallion Verdi TN was the first of the top twelve to post a double clear, proving that it could be done. Sameh el Dahan (EGY) would follow suite and post a clear round – we would have a jump off.

With the jump off course set, the crowd was silent with Van der Vleuten first into the ring and posted a clear round with a time of 42.98s – the pressure was on as El Dahan had to be fast and clear. Looking to the clock tower as he galloped through the finish line, he had done it, Sameh el Dahan was the winner of the CP ‘International’ Grand Prix presented by Rolex and new newest contender in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

“Every time I sit on this mare (Sumas Zorro) I am confident” – Sameh el Dahan (EGY) crediting he mount Sumas Zorro to his win in the CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex/


September 9, 2018 |

Experiencing George by Rhonda Peterson


Thank you so much to Michelle Carter for asking me to write about my experiences with George Morris – as an auditor, a rider and ring crew. I have been very lucky to have had so many learning opportunities with such a legend.

My name is Rhonda Peterson. I am a Level 1 coach, Learn-To-Ride examiner, r hunter/hack and equitation judge, as well as a competitor. I started riding 35 years ago with Claudia Cojocar, in Calgary, who was, and still is, a huge advocate for instilling correct basics to produce the best round. George Morris was already legendary and his book, Hunter Seat Equitation, was one we studied and then practiced being the riders in the pictures. George Morris’ column in Practical Horseman was the first thing I turned to when I received the magazine in the mail. I have copies of this magazine going back to the 1970’s.

The highlight of that time in my life was winning a first place ribbon at Spruce Meadows on my first horse, Abby. Abby ended up going to be Amy and Jonathon’s horse when Ian Millar bought her. Bringing everything full circle, it was really neat that Amy remembered Abby, almost 25 years later, when I asked about her at the George Morris clinic in Ottawa. (more…)

November 26, 2015 |

London Horse Sports @ The Royal Agricultural Fair


I’m so excited to be able to attend this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as a media sponsor! 😀

I will be tweeting and posting live videos on Periscope so make sure you are subscribed to these links and you will be notified each time I post a pic or interviews with Olympic Equestrians! If you are also going to be at the Royal please add your links to your social media or blogs in the comments below so I can follow you too!

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November 6, 2015 |

Pan Am Equestrian Games 2015


I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend not just one but three events at the Pam Am Games this past summer. Having secured a number of tickets, we set off down the 401 for our events. The weather was ridiculously hot for all three events but that didn’t hamper our spirits. Each day we attended the games we were greeted by the most enthusiastic and helpful staff. From the parking attendants to the ticket gate people to the folks who guided us to our seats all staff was professional, polite and knowledgeable and seemed genuinely happy to be there.

The first event we saw was the dressage team competition. The caliber of horses competing were top notch, with Canada putting out some very respectable rides and scores. Alas, we were knocked off the top spot on the podium by the USA who also must be commended for great rides!

Aside from the actual competition, we did notice a few overlooked details with the exhibition grounds, perhaps you may have noticed this too. The food was such a long way from the main ring and when you did finally make it to the food area, the selection was dismal. We did manage to feed ourselves however the line ups were so incredibly long, we were late making our way back to the competition ring and missed several riders. We had also hoped that this would be a little shopping excursion and were disappointed to see only a handful of vendors at the event. I did manage to secure a couple of Pachi stuffed animals for my kids, as I was sent with strict instructions that I must return home with them.

The last two events we had tickets to see were the team show jumping and the individual show jumping. What can I say about the team competition but WOW!! What an exhilarating competition! Brazil and the United States were in top form and meant business, but it was Team Canada who came out on top clinching the gold medal! I had goose bumps listening to the Canadian anthem being played while our team members stood on the podium, medals and stuffed mascots in hand. The victory round was just as exhilarating as my heart burst with pride watching our team soaks up the glory.

All in all, the events were well run and organized. The Caledon Equestrian Park outdid themselves. The facility is world class, right down to the state of the art footing in the main ring and the massive indoor arena that was recently erected. It was an opportunity of a lifetime to attend such an event and it’s a memory that I will cherish for years to come.

What did you think of the games? I’d love to hear your feedback as well. What events did you see and what were your overall thoughts on the games?

November 3, 2015 |

Getting started by Kellyann Forbes


Gabriel and IHi my name is Kellyann Forbes. I am 13 years old and I started riding when I was 9 years  old.  I have been at Shadowvale stables for 4 years now with my coach Rhonda White.  I am very fortunate to have  such an amazing coach and sometimes I also get lessons from Debbie McFadden which I also find very helpful.

My parents bought me my pony in the fall of 2o12, he is a palomino,whelsh/connamara pony from Alison Warwick ‘s barn named Gabriel.  We worked all winter to get ready for show season.  We went out to get Gabe from the paddock one day just before show season and he was really lame.  The vet came out and did an ultrasound and told us that Gabe  had torn his flexor tendon..  I remember  , I must of cried up in my room for hours upon hours .  Gabe was on stall rest for four months.  We went out every day and applied his medication and changed his bandages.  I hand grazed him everyday.  Eventually, I started hand walking him and finally in September, I was able to get on him and start a little walking.  That slowly led to trotting and eventually cantering.  It was a very slow process getting him strong again and back in shape.

Finally we are now starting Gabe out in the schooling hunters on the Trillium circuit.  This is his fist year showing so I am getting him comfortable going around the courses and working on his pace and his stride.  We will start jumping higher at some Prelude shows to get him ready for the larges next show season.

I am having alot of fun with Gabriel and I love him so much.

I am volunteering at SARI Therapeutic riding this summer.  Its going to be a very busy summer filled with horses.  I’m very excited.

In the future I would love to work with horses in some capacity.



May 24, 2014 |
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