Samuel Parot and JK Horsetrucks Chantilly winner of $35,000 Camelot Stables Cup presented by Golden West Radio in the Royal West International Championship, PHASE 1 1.45 m

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Oct. 20, 2016, Calgary, Alberta:  It was opening night at the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary for Royal West featuring the prestigious $132,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Calgary presented by pandaHAUS Equestrian on Oct. 29.

At the top of the bill on opening night was the $35,000 1.45m Camelot Stables Cup (presented by Golden West Radio). A full field of 39 on Werner Deeg’s challenging course provided a stirring challenge for the prize money. (more…)

October 21, 2016 |

Canadian Pony Club

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The Canadian Pony Club is hosting National Pony Club Day on November 1, 2016.  Pony Club Day was decided to be on November 1st because that is the day that Pony Club started in Canada! Find out how you can do your part here. You don’t have to be a member to show your spirit!


Kim Leffley is the current chair of the Canadian Pony Club. She came across the organization while looking for riding lessons for one of her horse-crazy daughters. What drew her to the organization was that it provided comprehensive equestrian training, with members partaking in riding components as well as educational programming.  After seeing the confident, disciplined, well-rounded children emerging from the program, Kim knew she wanted to be involved and help promote this wonderful organization.

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In this episode of the podcast, we cover such topics as what is Pony Club, what are the costs involved in the program, what the programming is like and the variances in the different clubs across the country and what kids can learn when they get involved.

Kim also discusses with us how she got her start in horses, her role in the organization, and what her visions and goals for Pony Club are.

More information on Pony Club

For more information, please visit their website at

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October 20, 2016 |

Podcast Episdoe #28 Linda Finstad – Photographer


Linda Finstad is a professional photographer and owner of A Sharper Image Photography in Edmonton, Alberta.

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In this episode, Linda tells us how she got into horse show photography and gives her advice for aspiring show photographers.

She also talks about the books she has written, including marketing strategies for horse people trying to gain clients, attendees to clinics, etc. as well as her controversial book “Don’t Shoot the Horses”.

You can find out more about Linda at her two websites,, where you can read more about her books and workshops, and, where you can see her horse show photographs.

A big thanks to our sponsors for this episode of The Horse Show Podcast: Holly Oaks, Darcy Lane, Lynn Whetham of Stepright Capital, and Leg Up Equestrian.

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October 6, 2016 |

Ailsa Morrison on NAJYRC 2016

Ailsa and Princess Sophia

Ailsa and Princess Sophia

This past summer the North American Junior Young Rider Championships were held at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Co and I was fortunate enough to be selected to represent Ontario and Canada in the Eventing 1* division.  Having competed at NAJYRC in Kentucky in 2015, I knew what a challenging and rewarding experience this would be. A goal that I had been training for had come to fruition and it was exciting to be part of such an incredibly talented Ontario team. My horse Sophie was excited at first until she learned she had a 2 day, 2000 km trailer ride to get there, but I promised her she’d get to run around a really fun x-co track and she was back on board with my plan. I left out the part that she’d be competing at 5900 ft elevation and figured I’d break the news to her once she was on the trailer and half way across Iowa.


Princess Sophia and I have been together for 4 1/2 years. I bought her from Karl Slezak and picked her up on New Years Eve. It was an awesome way to ring in the new year and set goals for the future. With Karl’s guidance and coaching Sophie and I moved up the ranks from entry to the preliminary level. In the first few weeks I had Sophie I quickly learned that she was a fiery little mare with lots of sass and I was excited for the challenges and adventures that the future held for both of us. In the early stages of our partnership, I got a good taste of her lively personality… and the dirt. Things really came together for us in the 2013 season and we were the 2013 Ontario Pre-Training division champions. Since then we have gone on to accomplish being the 2014 Ontario Training Champion and was top placed Ontario Young Rider at NAJYRC in Kentucky in 2015.  As a young aspiring event rider, I was often asked the question of why I didn’t buy something with more experience that could show me the ropes of upper level eventing?  I would tell them that the opportunity of being part of a horses journey of progressing through the levels and turning into a true competitor, and knowing that you did it all yourself is a feeling I wouldn’t trade for a four star horse.  Still to this day I would not change my answer, as the lessons that my little mare has taught me and the people I’ve met along the way are priceless.


In preparation for NAJYRC 2016 in Colorado, I headed south at the beginning of December 2015 to Ocala, Florida to continue my training and working student program with Jon Holling. I worked and trained with Jon in the winter/spring of 2015 and although there was a steep learning curve, I looked forward to being immersed in the environment that only a top level competition program can provide. Location at my home base in Belle River, is one of my biggest challenges as coaching and shows are very far away. I knew that taking time off from school to head south to train was a must if I wanted to accomplish the goals I had for NAJYRC 2016.  Sophie and I had a great winter season competing in the CC1* at the Ocala Horse Properties with our personal best score of 45 penalty points in dressage and a clear showjumping round. It seemed as though a winter of working and training hard was paying off. When I got home I stationed myself at Holly Jacks Equestrian to train until I was named to the Ontario 1* team and excitably, alongside an incredibly talented team with some good friends, I was off to compete again at NAJYRC.


Young Riders is always an experience like no other. It’s a competition that tests your ability to deal with the pressures of being on a team, the focus required to compete your best and the courage to put it all on the line. I couldn’t have been happier with Sophie in the dressage phase as she was more relaxed and obedient then ever. We did not score as well as I had hoped, but our score was still competitive enough to help put the Ontario 1* team in gold medal position at the end of day two. Next was cross-country day. Sophie tore around a difficult one star championship track, doing what she loves best to finish double clear, adding no penalty points to her dressage score. Showjumping lead to an unfortunate two rails down for Sophie and I, however the rest of the round she jumped her socks off for me. The team finished just a fraction of a point out of bronze medal position to finish fourth in the team divisions.


The relationship you have with your team truly is a unique experience. The pressure comes from not wanting to let your teammates down with a bad score and still wanting to preform at your personal best. At the end of the day, whether somebody had a good day or a bad day, you know your team was there to support you. When I watched my teammates compete I would be just as nervous for them then I was for myself!


Overall the North American Young Riders Championships is, as always, the highlight of the summer for many future top event riders and an experience to remember.

September 14, 2016 |

Hoary Alyssum

Hoary Alyssum

Thanks to the hot, dry summer we had here in Ontario, the weed Hoary Alyssum has been spreading more than ever this year and it is toxic to horses. Please be on the lookout in your horse’s pasture and in their hay. The weed is still toxic in hay for up to almost nine months after baling, possibly longer.  Though it is not preferred by most horses, they will nibble on it when other plants are not abundant due to overgrazing or drought.

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In horses, it can cause depression, stocking up, fever, diarrhea, founder, laminitis, intravascular haemolysis, and hypovolemic shock and can cause mares in foal to abort.

There isn’t a remedy for poisoning from this plant, so treatment efforts are aimed at treating the signs.  Clearly, the first move is to remove all sources of exposure to the weed.  Anti- inflammatory medications are often beneficial, and other specific treatments may be required to treat limb edema, laminitis, etc.  Consult with your veterinarian for help with diagnosis and treatment plans.

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September 7, 2016 |

Never forget a course again!


How do you learn and memorize your jump course? Take a picture of the course map and stare at it until it is ingrained in your memory? Stand ringside and use your finger to trace where you need to go? They really aren’t lying when they say there’s an app for everything.  New to the app store is Jump Off Pro. With this app, you can upload, save and practice your courses in order to help you learn them faster. You can also use them to create courses to see how they will flow.


There are 3 types of jumps to choose from: verticals, oxers, and water jumps, which you can arrange in any order or combination.  Once you have the course mapped out, you can trace out your path with your finger or you can visualize it with the 3D Visualizer. There is also an update coming out in September which will allow users to “compete” against one another to see who can get through the courses the fastest.


Compatible on both the iPhone and the iPad, the app will cost you $5.49 CAD and unfortunately it doesn’t look like there is a free version anymore should you want to test it out before you purchase.


If you have already purchased and/or use the app, let us know what you think in the comments section on the blog or on our Facebook page.

August 31, 2016 |

Back to School? Go to D’Arcy Lane!


It’s that time of year again.  Stores stock up on school supplies and endless advertisements are played on the radio and television.  If you are thinking about heading back to school or are interested in a career change, the D’Arcy Lane institute is for you.


Operating since 1984, D’Arcy Lane started as a skin and body care studio and commenced the School for Registered Massage Therapy, European Esthetics, Cosmetology, Electrolysis, Reflexology and Make up Artistry.

D’Arcy Lane started offering its equine program since 1996. Their equine massage therapy program is the only registered program of its kind in North America and offers the most intensive program to date in equine massage.


The program is 2200 hours in length and courses cover a variety of subjects including anatomy, physiology, professionalism and ethics, business management, equine behaviour, in addition to equine massage techniques and treatments.

In this episode of the podcast, Lisa Kavanagh, director at D’Arcy Lane Institute discusses the equine program and what the industry of equine massage entails.  For more information, check out their website at


August 26, 2016 |

Episode 28 – Paula Fedeyko

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On this episode of the Horse Show podcast, we sit down  with Paula Fedeyko. Paula owns and operates Doc Ridge Dressage, based out of Puslinch, Ontario.  Paula offers training, lessons, part boarding, in barn leases, coaching and sales out of Doc Ridge Dressage.

Not always a horse lover, Paula tells us in this interview how she came about to dressage after not always being a horse lover and spending some time in the hunter and equitation rings. She also spent 2 years in Holland working in the horse industry there both training and showing and she shares one of her embarrassing stories from her time over there. All of this experience in different aspects of the horse world are helping her to achieve her goal of being a great all-around horseperson, not just a great rider.

She currently has two horses: Bosco, who she plans to compete in Prix St. George again once he has recovered from an injury and an up and coming yearling who she hopes will take her to the international stage in the future.

Fedeyko also shares her opinion on the importance of having that connection or bond with your horse and matching the right horse with the right rider and she leaves us with some advice for the horse industry.

You can find out more about Paula Fedeyko and Doc Ridge Dressage at or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

August 22, 2016 |

Show Jumping Thrills and Spills


Once again, the final round of the show jumping proved to be a nail biter.

In the first round Canada’s Yann Candele had 12 faults and was not able to move on to the final jump off.  Tiffany Foster had one rail down. Normally the top twenty riders get to come back for the jump off but because so many riders had 4 faults, the jump off field was a large 27 riders.

German veteran Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum went right through the first jump and retired after taking her second fence. Given her experience at this level, was it the heat getting to her and her horse or is she showing us that she is mortal and can still be affected by the pressure?

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 went clear (as they have every round of the show jumping so far!). That horse shows lots of scope and is fast so hopefully we can expect to see more great things from her!

In the jump off (which was proving to be difficult with riders taking rails left, right and centre, 6 riders managed to go double clear and would do another jump off to determine medal placing.

Foster had an unfortunate 12 faults and Lamaze went clear yet again.  The 6 riders competing for medals were Great Britain’s Nick Skelton, Sweden’s Steve Guerdat, Qatar’s Sheikh Ali Al Thani (at his first Olympic games!), USA’s Kent Farrington, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, and Canada’s Lamaze.

Video of Lamaze’s final round:

Final results: Nick Skelton (GB) – Gold; Steve Guerdat (SWE) – Silver; Eric Lamaze (CAN) – Bronze

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Photo by Cealy Tetley

August 20, 2016 |
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