Breeding Dressage Horses


The Breeders Trophy 2018 at the Swedish National Stud Flyinge AB was awarded with the best young horses of the Swedish Warmblood Association. The winner of the 4-year-old dressage horses was Springbank II VH, presented by Severo Jurado López, who made test rider Charlotte Dujardin enthusiastic!

I posting this here so that I can watch this one grow up and see what he becomes 10 years from now. If only we in Canada can aspire to breeding this kind of quality.

October 13, 2018 |

Niagara Polo Sept 8, 2018


On a site where polo was played over 100 years ago, more than 1000 people gathered on The Commons, in Niagara On The Lake on Sept 8, 2018 to watch a fundraising match between teams from Toronto Polo Club, representing Toronto and Niagara on the Lake.

The site, while a little smaller than a professional polo pitch, was a perfect location for the fundraising event that benefited the Niagara Historical Society and Museum.

Polo is played with two teams of three to four players. The game is broken down to four seven minute stop-time “chukkers.” After each chukker the player changes to a new horse for the next session. Through offensive and defensive plays each player using a mallet tries to advance the ball down the field and through a goal to score a point.

It was the second time that Amy Klassen and museum curator Sarah Kaufman organized and ran the event. The first event was held in 2016 and raised more than $20,000. Klassan and Kaufman doubled their fundraising goal for this years event hoping to raise $40,000 or more.

Spectators were treated to two full games with the traditional “stomping of the divots” between the two games along with complimentary sparkling wine on the pitch. They were also treated to music by the Niagara Police Pipe and Drum band, a parade of vintage British sports cars and the popular “best hat” contest.

Monies raised will go to help in maintaining the museums collection and supporting their programs. As well the museum is looking at a larger expansion project down the road and this event is a start to preparing for larger fundraising efforts in the future.

by Mark Spowart & Mette Holm


September 16, 2018 |

Tragic end to search for Noah

Linda Hale shows the spot where she was thrown from her horse, Noah, during a ride in Puslich Township. - Mathew McCarthy,Waterloo Region Record
Posters were put up to help in the search for Noah, a horse that went missing Sunday. Noah was found dead in a Puslinch swamp Tuesday afternoon. - Laura Booth , Waterloo Region Record

Posters were put up to help in the search for Noah, a horse that went missing Sunday. Noah was found dead in a Puslinch swamp Tuesday afternoon. – Laura Booth , Waterloo Region Record


PUSLINCH TOWNSHIP — Over three days more than a hundred volunteers combed fields and forest searching for a missing horse named Noah.

But hope turned to heartbreak Tuesday afternoon when the horse’s body was spotted by a helicopter pilot in a swampy area in Puslinch. The 23-year-old dark bay thoroughbred is believed to have drowned, said his owner Linda Hale.

“I’m pretty heartbroken,” she said.

Hale, a seasoned rider who owns a teaching and boarding facility east of Guelph, had come out to Puslinch Sunday to participate in the Wellington-Waterloo Hunter Pace — a bi-annual event where participants head out on a set course and are timed.

“It was just a trail ride sort of thing,” said Hale, adding that Noah has participated in the event for six years.

But the enjoyable ride through the agricultural township took an unexpected turn at 11 a.m. Hale and Noah were travelling along a gravel path east of Puslinch Lake, near Sideroad 10 South and Concession 2, when a donkey nearby started braying.

Noah got spooked and jumped over a wire fence into a field and took off. Hale, who fell off during the leap, was left bruised but not seriously injured.

“It’s more my emotions that are wrecked than my body,” she said while the search was ongoing. “He’s not spooky and I’ve never come off him before.”

The exhaustive three-day search for the horse brought hundreds together. A Facebook group garnered more than 950 members by Tuesday as people searched by foot, on horseback, and using drones and tracking dogs.

Posters with Noah’s picture were handed out by volunteers, and a psychic, referred to as an animal communicator, was even consulted.

Two friends who have horses of their own, Ann Morgan and Teresa Finnerty from Hockley Valley, travelled to Puslinch to help out even though they didn’t know Hale.

“(I was) in my barn this morning, all I could think of was this poor woman who’s looking for her horse and what could we do,” said Morgan, early Tuesday. “The horse community, although we’re spread out, it’s a pretty small community.”

Kyle Ecclestone, who owns Ecclestone Horse Transport out of Newmarket, hired a helicopter company from Cambridge to aid in the search. It took off Tuesday around 3 p.m. but the horse was found dead shortly after.

Hale had purchased Noah ten years ago for her daughter, Tess Daunt. He had been bred to race but likely never did, Daunt said during the search.

“He competed in hunters and jumpers his whole life,” she added. He was described as a homebody who loved to be around familiar people and although he was getting older, he never looked or acted his age., Twitter: @BoothRecord

by Laura Booth
Laura Booth is a reporter at the Waterloo Region Record.

September 14, 2018 |

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 |

Cheap travel to Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament (<$300)


I’ve been keeping tabs on the new air lines starting in Canada as I have been traveling back and forth to Alberta for the past 2 years now. I sign up for their email newsletters and promos and just received one today that blew me away.

Round Trip airfare from Hamilton to Edmonton AB September 6 to 10th, 2018 is $140.86

But that puts you in Edmonton not Calgary. Not to worry. You can rent a car for $30 per day via

Or take a Greyhound bus down to Calgary for $27.00. Round trip is $54.00 (more…)

August 15, 2018 |

Riding school horse dies after being shot | The London Free Press

Andy and Sharon Russell with Zydeco at Century Farms in Mt. Brydges. On Sunday afternoon they found a horse named Tage had suffered a bullet wound and had to be euthanized. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press

A Strathroy-area couple were stunned to find Sunday that one of their horses had been shot to death, apparently by a hunting rifle.

Source: Riding school horse dies after being shot | The London Free Press

The owners of a London-area riding school frequented by children were shocked to find one of their 27 horses mortally wounded in a shooting

they say has also baffled police.

Tage, a bay gelding, was found alive by Andy and Sharon Russell with a bullet wound under one of his legs Sunday.

The horse had been grazing in a pasture at the Strathroy-area property about 2 p.m. when he was shot.

“I was teaching lessons in the arena. The horses I wasn’t using were all outside eating,” Sharon Russell said of when she saw the dark brown horse crumple to the ground.

Sharon Russell operates the riding school on their 50-acre property between Strathroy and Mount Brydges. (more…)

January 3, 2018 |

Chloe Duffy Qualified to Compete with Ontario Young Riders

The North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC), is the premier equestrian competition in North America for young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians from Canada, the United States, Bermuda, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands compete in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing, as well as Reining, Endurance and Para-Dressage. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport.

The NAJYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and Show Jumping was added in 1982. The first complete NAJYRC was held in British Columbia, Canada in 1982.

Chasing a dream involves dedication, determination and sacrifice. Our Young Riders dreams are to one day compete for the Canadian 3 day event team at a future Olympics. To achieve this, they must spend endless hours in the saddle, in the barn, traveling to competitions, perfecting the skills to get them to the top. As they make their way through the levels, they become part of the Ontario Horse Trials Association Young Rider’s Program, with their goals to compete at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships. The NAJYRC, held every summer, is an important step on the path that will take them to their dreams of international competition.

Chloe Duffy , 16 year old local Sombra Equestrian Athlete and her 10 year old Off Track Thoroughbred Oro Veradero have qualified to compete on the Ontario Young Riders Eventing Team.   Such qualifications came to pass after competing this winter in Florida on the Eventing Circuit with an upgrade at The Florida 3 Day International CCI* Event this past Easter weekend.  Chloe Duffy and Oro Veradero’s Eventing Coach is  Jessica Phoenix;  Four – Time Pan American Games Medallist from Cannington Ontario.

Chloe feels this is such an honour to be able to represent her province and community this summer at the North American Junior & Young Riders Championships at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana July 19th-23rd, 2017.

As per noted by the Board of Directors of the  Ontario Young Rider Committee each athlete is required to raise their own funds to attend such an incredible opportunity.   Chloe’s fundraising goal is $10,000.00 in Canadian funds which will go directly to the total cost of travel flights and entry fees for both Chloe & Oro Veradero.   The plan is to fly both Horse and Rider from Kentucky to Montana.

Chloe and her family are working closely with their  Community of Sombra  to organize a fundraising event in June.

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April 29, 2017 |

Announcements for April 2017


Join me LIVE every Thursday morning at 10 AM for a reminder of what’s happening this week in the horse show world. Here is what you missed this week. Please send me your announcements by text to 519-852-2808. This can be events or any other news you would like to share with local equestrians.

I missed 2 events which are happening: April 8th, 2017 is a dressage schooling show at Kilbyrne Farm which I hope to be at to capture some video for you and then on April 22nd, 2017 is a Dressage Test Ride judging clinic which you can get full details about at Check out the video and radio below.


March 31, 2017 |
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