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 | Admin
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.
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by Laura Booth
September 14, 2018 | Admin
Laura Booth is a reporter at the Waterloo Region Record.
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 | Admin
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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 | Admin
Was a great day as my photographer and I stopped by 3 different horse shows on Sunday June 26th, 2016. First up was a new venue called Leg Up Equestrian Enterprises. We are proud to have them as a sponsor of this website as well as the opportunity to build them a new simple site to manage their business online. Check out http://legupenterprise.com (more…)
July 7, 2016 | Admin
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 | Admin
November 6, 2015 | Admin
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 | Admin