Pearce and Champagne on their way to victory in the $75,000
Big Ben Memorial Grand Prix at the 2003 edition
of the Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament.
Photo credit Cealy Tetley
Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament Jumps into Ottawa
Ontario --- Plans are underway for the expanded 2004 edition
of the Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament to be held
from Tuesday, July 13, through Sunday, July 18, at the Nepean
National Equestrian Park in Ottawa, ON.
of the largest show jumping tournaments in Canada, the Capital
Classic Show Jumping Tournament annually welcomes over 700
competitors from all over the world to compete for more than
$150,000 in prize money. Traditionally a five-day tournament,
the 2004 edition has expanded its schedule to six days of
competition running Tuesday to Sunday in order to accommodate
the overwhelming number of entries.
welcome the opportunity to compete on the spectacular grass
Grand Prix field, considered one of the best in Canada, designed
by Olympic course designer, Robert Jolicoeur of Montreal,
QC. Acting as course designer in the Grand Prix ring for the
second consecutive year is 1991 Pan American Games individual
gold medalist Danny Foster of Milton, ON.
2004 edition of the Capital Classic will once again feature the
ever-popular $35,000 Jumping Derby on Saturday, July 17, as well
as the $75,000 Big Ben Memorial Grand Prix, one of the
richest grand prix events in the country, on Sunday, July 18. Many
of the worlds best show jumping competitors will once again
be on hand including Canadian Olympian John Pearce, defending champion
of the $75,000 Big Ben Memorial Grand Prix. After narrowly
defeating Yann Candele of France for the win in 2003, Pearce is
sure to return in top form to contest the sixth annual Big
Ben Memorial Grand Prix that commemorates the prolific career
of Canadas top show jumping horse.
favourites also include Fridays $10,000 Kubota
Open Welcome Stake and the ever-popular $5,000 Horse and Dog Relay
where horse/rider combinations team up with agility dogs from local
young show jumping stars of the future will be showcased in the
Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series. On Friday, July
16, prior to the $10,000 Kubota Open Welcome Stake,
the grand prix ring will play host to this important competition
that has emerged as one of the most popular on the show jumping
circuit. Featuring competitions specifically designed for four,
five and six-year-old horses, the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development
Series plays a vital role in identifying and developing the champions
Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament is also pleased to introduce
the $5,000 Classic Hunter Challenge which will see two competition
rings combined to create one large showcase of the countrys
best. And, for the first time, the Capital Classic will also host
the Classic Summer Breeders Show on Saturday, July 17, and the Classic
Saddle, Harness and Heavy Horse Show on Sunday, July 18.
Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament is honoured to once again
benefit The Childrens Wish Foundation of Canada. Proceeds
will be donated to this very special organization that grants wishes
to children with high-risk life-threatening illnesses.
in Ottawas west-end at the Nepean National Equestrian Park,
at the Moodie Drive exit off of the 417 Highway, the annual Capital
Classic Show Jumping Tournament attracts more than 10,000 spectators.
For more information, please visit www.capitalclassic.ca.