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 |

Soap opera or show jumping?


Rio 2016 Show Jumping Team Medals

Who would have thought that the show jumping at the Rio Olympics was going to be so full of drama and nail biting finishes?!  During Sunday’s qualifier, two riders were disqualified for rough riding.  Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts was removed from competition for his excessive use of spurs and Jur Vrieling of the Netherlands was disqualified for his excessive use of the whip.  But it doesn’t end there.  During Tuesday’s qualifier, Stephan de Freitas Barcha and Cassio Rivetti (both representing Brazil) were both disqualified for excessive spurring.

Wednesday’s exciting team medal final had even my non-horsie boyfriend glued to the rounds. France claimed the gold medal (their second gold medal in show jumping ever!), ending the competition with three penalties for exceeding time allowed, but were the only team to leave all the rails up was enough to win. Team members were Pénélope Leprevost, Kevin Staut, Roger-Yves Bost and Philippe Rozier. Simon Delestre, (who is currently ranked 2nd in the world), withdrew his horse due to an injury four days before competition began.

Delestre’s horse wasn’t the only one to be withdrawn from competition due to injury.  Team USA’s anchor Beezie Madden withdrew Cortes ‘C’ as he sustained a tendon injury during Tuesday’s round.  Even with only three riders to continue on (teams of 4 riders are allowed to drop one of the scores), Lucy Davis, Kent Farrington and McLain Ward went on to ride near perfect rounds to clinch team silver.

The most exciting part of the day was that at the end of the rounds, Germany was tied with Canada for third place, meaning a jump off would have to take place to determine which country was going to win bronze. In the jump off, all 4 riders from each time ride a shortened course and are allowed to drop one of the scores.  The team with the lowest number of faults wins.   Canada’s Tiffany Foster rode clear but both Yann Candele and Amy Millar each had one rail down.  The first three German riders put in clear rounds, earning them the bronze.

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Photo by Cealy Tetley

The individual finals take place Friday August 19th with the first round starting at 10am and the second round starting at 1:30 PM.  Catch all of the action here: and it will also be shown on TSN.

August 19, 2016 |

Rio Roundup 2016: Dressage


Taking place over 4 days, medalists in dressage at the Olympics have been decided. Team Gold went to Germany (Kristina Broring-Sprehe, Dorothee Schneider, Isabell Werth and Sonke Rothenberger). Team Silver went to Great Britain (Charlotte Dujardin, Fiona Bigwood, Carl Hester, Spencer Wilton). Team Bronze went to the United States of America (Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Kasey Perry-Glass, Allison Brock)

The Individual medals went to Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin who earned gold with a score of 93.857. Germany’s Isabell Werth took home silver with a score of 89.071 and her teammate Kristina Broring-Sprehe earned bronze with a score of 87.142.

Individual scores are taken from the highest of the three scores received from the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and the Freestyle.

Two Canadians were competing in the dressage competition.  Four riders are needed to make up a team so unfortunately Canada was not in contention to win a team medal.  Megan Lane did not qualify to continue onto the GP special. Belinda Trussell completed the GP Special with a score of 72.325 but it was not high enough to continue on to the freestyle.

Dujardin’s freestyle routine with Valegro earned a very impressive score of 93.857 beating their previous Olympic record of 90.089 from London’s 2012 games.


Picture source:

Dujardin will be in the region October 15th and 16th at the Caledon Equestrian Park. For more details, see or email

Watch the record breaking dressage freestyle from Charlotte and Valegro here:

(Their ride starts at 2:45:10)

August 15, 2016 |

Rio Olympics: Final Day of Eventing


If I could only use one word to sum up the Olympic Eventing, it would be “wow”.  Yes, the Olympics are supposed to be hard and show off the best of the best but it could be argued that this was one of the toughest Games since Sydney 2000.  In fact, EquiRatings ran the numbers and the cross country course in Rio was the toughest course in modern eventing history!!




After dressage, GB William Fox-Pitt was at the top of the leaderboard (which was awesome to see following his huge injury last year), followed by Australian Chris Burton and Mathieu Lemoine from France.





There was lots of carnage on the cross country course but thankfully nothing fatal.  Only three horse and rider combinations managed to jump the course clean in the optimum time allowed.  You know the course is tough when even some of the top riders are bumped out of medal contention due to falls or refusals.  Leader after dressage, William Fox-Pitt had a run out at the ski jump (jump #20). This jump caused trouble for a number of riders including Swiss rider Felix Vogg who had his second of three refusals here and Polish rider Pawel Spisak had a very scary fall here but both horse and rider were up quickly.



Riders also had issues at the water jump due to the awkward angles.   Unfortunately, Canadian rider Kathryn Robinson was eliminated for three refusals.  Rebecca Howard, Colleen Loach and Jessica Phoenix went on to compete for the team medals with the show jumping round.

In the show jumping phase, Rebecca Howard jumped clean, Colleen Loach had one rail and Jessica Phoenix had one rail as well.  With her clean round Rebecca was able to advance to the individual medal final, where she unfortunately had one rail.


Final Eventing Results



Gold – France

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Australia



Gold – Michael Jung (Germany)

Silver – Nicolas Astier (France)

Bronze – Phillip Dutton (USA) – his first Olympic medal!

Canadian overall standings: Canada finished 10th overall in the team standings; Rebecca Howard finished 10th in the individual medal race.



August 9, 2016 |

A Guide to the Best Olympic Events: Equestrian!


Equestrian events were first introduced to the Olympic games in Paris in 1900. However, it was not until 1912 that the sport was made a permanent Olympic sport, showcasing the disciplines of Eventing, Show Jumping, and Dressage.  Equestrian is the only Olympic sport where women and men compete against each other individually, and is also the only Olympic sport that involves animals. Athletes compete as both Individuals and as Teams – in all 3 disciplines!

Outside of the Olympics, the sport often lacks mainstream media attention. Very rarely can you ever watch your favorite horse and rider combinations on broadcast television, and almost never on your favorite cable network. Luckily for us Canadians, CBC seems to have listened to our cries and is live streaming the equestrian events on their website!

For those unfamiliar to the Olympic equestrian disciplines, here’s a brief breakdown:



Best described as an equestrian marathon, eventing is comprised of dressage, cross country, and show jumping.  The winner is the rider who has the least amount of faults overall at the end of the competition, faults being missing or refusing a jump, exceeding the maximum time allowed on the cross country course, or missing a maneuver in dressage.




While it looks like the horse is elegantly dancing, dressage originated as a way to train horses for war.  It has now evolved to demonstrate skill, style, suppleness and obedience. Horse and rider are judged on how well they execute various maneuvers in a predetermined pattern. Freestyle dressage is a fairly recent addition to the Olympics (1996), where the horse and rider “freestyle dance” to a soundtrack. Each routine is different and choreographed by the rider ahead of time but each routine has to include a certain number of maneuvers.

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The goal of this sport is to jump over all of the obstacles in the fastest time without knocking down rails and refusing jumps, and completing it all in the time allowed. Canadian show jumper Ian Millar holds the world record for number of Olympic games attended (10) and 2016 will be one of the first years in a while where he has not competed.


Don’t forget to use the hashtags #TwoHearts #equestrian #Rio2016 in your social media posts about the Olympics!


Olympic Schedule

Eventing Dressage: August 6 at 9am, August 7 at 9am

Eventing Cross Country: August 8 at 9am

Eventing Show Jumping: August 9 at 9am and 1pm

Dressage: August 10 at 9am, August 11 at 9am, August 12 at 9am (Grand Prix Special), August 14 at 9am (Grand Prix Freestyle)

Show Jumping: August 14 at 9am (Individual Qualifier and Team Qualification), August 16 at 9am (Individual – 2nd qualifier; Team – Final Round 1), August 17 at 9am (Individual – 3rd Qualifier; Team – Final Round 2), August 19 at 9am (Individual – Final Round A) and at 12:30pm (Individual  – Final Round B)

August 8, 2016 |

Equestrian Olympic Coverage


Once again, the media coverage of the equestrian events during the Olympic games is seriously lacking. Even though CBC has promised “wall-to-wall” coverage, once again, the equestrian events get the shaft, with only the showjumping finals getting any tv coverage – Wednesday August 17 at 9am EST, the showjumping finals will air live on Sportsnet and streamed on


Even though the Americans get much more coverage than we do, the equestrian events, in general, get much less air time than the other Olympic sports.


The FEI has launched an online campaign to help fans show their support for the equestrian events at the Olympics, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be monitoring all media coverage. The popularity of certain sports will determine their future at the Olympics.  Every time you talk about the equestrian events at the Olympics, use the hashtags #JoinTheJourney #TwoHearts #equestrian


Let’s show them that the equestrian events do have a fan base (an awesome one at that!) and that these events deserve more coverage!


Schedule of events: and


August 3, 2016 |

Ride Times for Hunters/Jumpers?

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I have competed in a number of disciplines and one thing I quite liked about eventing, dressage and endurance, is that you are given a ride time.  You know exactly when you have to be in the ring/on course. It is quite often said that the motto of the hunter/jumper rings is “hurry up and wait” but why does it have to be like this? The concept of ride times works well for other disciplines, so why can’t it be utilised there, where it is not uncommon for shows to continue into the evenings. After some research and asking around, it turns out here are fundamental differences between the disciplines that make it very difficult to assign accurate times in the majority cases.

Number of rings

For the most part, at events or dressage shows, there are only (more…)

July 27, 2016 |

Things To Do With Your Barn Buddies


We spend so much time at the barn, it’s like our home away from home and the people there are like our second family. So of course it is natural we will want to hang out outside of the barn as well.  But what to do? There are many horse-related activities that your barn can do as a group to help build cohesiveness and the team mentality.


Host a fun show.

Hosting a fun show at your barn is a great way to just relax and have fun with your horses with no pressure.  Think of creative games classes like musical cones, egg and spoon race, or an obstacle course.  Costume classes are always fun and can get even non-riders involved.  Also for the non-riders is an option of a “horseless horse show where the humans  act as the horse and jump over a course of small jumps in the (more…)

July 21, 2016 |

Horse Shows: Not Just For Riding


Horse shows are not just for showing off the skills of your and your horse. There are also many things that can be learned (and you don’t even have to be riding!) In fact, just looking around and watching at the horse show can help make you a better competitor in many ways.


Horse Show Tip #1: Judge the Judges

When watching from the sidelines, you can see how the different judges judge. As much as judges try to be as impartial as possible, they are still human and can be biased.  You can watch and see if a judge consistently places solid colour horses above the others, what sort of movement they prefer, if they prefer riders to take a bit of a risk in executing manoeuvres, or if they tend to only watch a certain side of the arena. You can get an idea of what preferences they have and whether to change your strategy or skip certain shows if you know your horse isn’t going to (more…)

July 14, 2016 |
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