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 |

2018 Foals from Social Media


I love seeing posts like these of cute foals in the spring. Here is a sample curated from my awesome Facebook feed. Thanks everyone for sharing these precious moments on social media. Add your links or video in the comments.


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 |

Podcast Episode #9 – Michaela Pisters’ equestrian philosophy


Michaela Pisters is the owner and head trainer of Kilbyrne Farm.  A predominately dressage facility but no limited to any particular sport.  Michaela’s experience stretches from Jumpers to Eventers and even describes the details of her training philosophy as compared to the ‘Natural Horsemanship’ culture that has become popular in the last decade.  Please have a listen to our conversation and please leave a comment.

I am proud to also share that the London Horse Sports podcast is now listed on Stitcher which is available for iPhone and Adroide devices.  Please visit the link on stitcher too to leave a comment.  The more feedback you leave the more I can offer you local content. 🙂

[Download_Box]To download the podcast, right click on this link and save as: Michaela Pisters.mp3  [/Download_Box]


June 4, 2014 |
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