Horse Show Hosts National Championships for Young Horse Series
Ontario In an exciting conclusion to the 2003 Canadian Young
Horse Jumper Development Series, the prestigious Royal Horse Show
in Toronto, ON, showcased the National Championships for Five and
Monday evening, November 10, fifteen invited entries contested the
$10,000 Six-Year-Old National Championship in the newly constructed
Ricoh Coliseum. Seven were able to master the first round course
set by Canadas own David Ballard of Hornby, ON.
guided by Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill, Mystical Sprite posted
the fastest clear round in the jump-off clocking in with a time
of 32.17 seconds. Underhill was more than three seconds faster than
her nearest competitor, Margie Gayford, who stopped the timers at
35.93 seconds riding South Wind.
is a very fast horse, faster than I intended, laughed Underhill
who has been riding Mystical Sprite since he was a four-year-old.
I showed him last year at the Royal in the Five-Year-Old National
Finals where he finished third and he has improved a lot from that
experience. It is super to have this Series, it has been critical
in the horses development.
Five-Year-Old National Champion, Mill Creek Stables Kaiser
de le Cour shows his incredible talent with Simon McCarthy.
Photo Credit Al Cook
only Irish-bred competing in the Young Horse Jumper Development
Series, Mystical Sprite is a registered Irish Sport Horse by Puissance
and out of a Clover Hill dam.
bought Mystical Sprite as a just backed three-year-old in Ireland
from Stephen Lanigan O'Keeffe, the owner of Puissance, recalls
Nancy Wetmore who owns Mystical Sprite in partnership with Burmonds.
He dragged him out of field and I just fell in love with him!
Beth has done a fantastic job with him, and I cant tell you
how much it has meant to his career and to myself as a trainer to
have this Jumper Development Series. It has allowed me to showcase
my young horse with a lot of pizzazz.
in second place, South Wind is a Canadian Warmblood gelding by the
Oldenburg sire Bajazzo. Owned by Liz Gayford and bred in Alberta
by Chris Gould of Touchstone Farm, South Wind was crowned the National
Champion of the Five-Year-Old Division at the 2002 Royal Horse Show.
Grinyer of Campbellville, ON, was the only other rider to post double
clear rounds riding his Canadian Sport Horse mare, Rios Roxanne,
who also successfully competed in the Canadian Young Horse Jumper
Development Series as a Five-Year-Old. Bred by Augustin Walch of
W. Charlot Farms, Rios Roxanne is by the Hannoverian sire,
Rio Grande, and out of a Canadian Sport Horse mare, Sonnett.
Canadian Olympian Jay Hayes of Cheltenham, ON, had the fastest four
fault round in the jump-off riding Leonidas, a Hannoverian gelding
by Libero H, for owner Trish Crang. Erynn Ballard of Hornby, ON,
rounded out the top five on Charles Ormstons Rio Riot, a Canadian
Warmblood gelding who joins Rios Roxanne as the second horse
in the top five to be sired by the Canadian-owned Hannoverian stallion,
taking top honours in the $10,000 Five-Year-Old National Championship
on Saturday, November 8, was the Mill Creek Stables entry of Kaiser
de le Cour. The handsome selle francais stallion has dominated the
Five-Year-Old Division throughout the season and was named the Ontario
Champion in September. Ridden by Simon McCarthy, Kaiser de le Cour
put in an effortless clear round for a perfect score of 50, then
received an incredibly high style score of 43.5 from judges Jonathon
Millar and Sydney Olympian John Pearce to bring his total to 93.5
Kaiser de le Cour to be named both Ontario and Canadian Champion
demonstrates that he is simply an outstanding young horse,
said Phil Henning, owner of Mill Creek Stables in Cambridge, ON.
He is phenomenal. He is brave and he thinks he can jump anything.
another Mill Creek Stables entry ridden by McCarthy, finished third
with a score of 86 points.
have Kaiser de le Cour win and Sparky finish third was a real thrill,
continued Henning. Simon has done a very good job and this
would not have happened without him. We also have to give thanks
to Tim Grubb for his generous assistance and expertise in helping
us to prepare these young horses.
in Normandy, France, Kaiser de le Cour is by the Narcos II son,
Verdi, and recently won the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association
(CWHBA) stallion licensing in Ontario. Meanwhile, Sparky is a Hannoverian
gelding by Skorpio bred by Augustin Walch of W. Charlot Farms in
second in the Five-Year-Old Division with 89 points was P-Spice
ridden by Margie Gayford for breeders and owners Jens and Natalie
Hansen of Kanata, ON. P-Spice is a registered Canadian Warmblood
mare by the famous Dutch Warmblood stallion, Voltaire, and out of
the selle francais mare, Oh Ma Belle.
Hayes of Cheltenham, ON, guided Sheffield, a Dutch Warmblood gelding
by Jet Set D, to a fourth place finish for Iron Horse Farm with
a total of 85 points while yet another Canadian Olympian, Hugh Graham,
placed fifth with 83 points riding Celebrity 3E for King Ridge Stables.
A Canadian Sport Horse gelding by Rio Grande, Celebrity 3E was bred
by Epstein Equestrian Enterprises.
addition to the competition itself, the Royal Horse Show offered
an opportunity for riders, owners, breeders, supporters and sponsors
of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series to mingle
and enjoy the atmosphere at Canadas longest running international
think the Royal Horse Show provided a great finish for the Series,
said Dale Hawerchuk, Chair of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development
Series. It is a whole new feeling for the Series and we are
definitely on the rise. This is what horse showing is all about!
Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series was created to encourage
the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian
breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumper prospects.
Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according
to age and jump at a level suited to their development as four,
five or six year olds. This careful development allows the young
horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels
of show jumping competition with confidence.
breeders are recognized for their contribution to the development
of Canadian show jumping through Breeders Awards. Throughout the
season, breeders of the top three Canadian horses placing in the
top ten in the Five and Six-Year-Old Divisions receive awards in
the amounts of $250, $150 and $100. At the National Championships
at the Royal Horse Show, Breeder Awards are distributed to the top
three horses placing in the top ten in the amounts of $1,000, $600
supporters of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series
include Amerigo Saddles, Canadian Sport Horse Association, Canterbrooke
Farms, Cavalier, Dave Hopps, Dr. Alan Manning, Gary Cooper Chev
Olds, Grande Farms, Henry Equestrian Insurance Brokers Ltd., KingRidge
Stables, Michael Grinyer Stables, Mill Creek Farms, Mill Creek Stables,
Peter Miller Scotia McLeod, Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals,
Purina Feeds, TD Canada Trust, Turtle Jack Grill House restaurants,
Twin City Dry Storage and W. Charlot Farms.
Young Horse Jumper Development Series National Finals
Horse Owner Rider Faults Time
1. Mystical Sprite Burmonds and Wetmore Beth Underhill 0:0 32.17
2. South Wind Liz Gayford Margie Gayford 0:0 35.93
3. Rios Roxanne Michael Grinyer Michael Grinyer 0:0 37.61
4. Leonidas Trish Crang Jay Hayes 0:4 35.39
5. Rio Riot Charles Ormston Erynn Ballard 0:4 36.31
6. Ladys Man Shane Wooley Chris Pratt 0:8 33.38
7. Joe Cocker Augustine Walch Erynn Ballard 0:8 40.57
Horse Owner Rider Points
1. Kaiser de la Cour Mill Creek Stables Simon McCarthy 93.5
2. P-Spice Jens and Natalie Hansen Margie Gayford 89
3. Sparky Mill Creek Stables Simon McCarthy 86
4. Sheffield Iron Horse Farm Lauren Hayes 85
5. Celebrity 3E King Ridge Stables Hugh Graham 83
6. Ella Christi McQuaker Christi McQuaker 81.5
7. Ruben Scanmar Portfolios Marni Von Schalburg 81
8. Fabiola European Warmblood Miro Frei 80
9. Figaro Aeden Ierullo Natalie Smith 79.5
10. Hard To Get Christine Boisseau Christine Boisseau 79