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ISSN 1923 8177                                                         September 7, 2014

In This Issue

·         From the Editor

·         Our Advertisers

·         Niagara Regional Exhibition

·         WEG 2014

·         Dressage Niagara News

·         Circle the Course

·         OEF AGM

·         Anne Gage Column

·         UCEA News

·         NTC Meetings

·         Bertie Willoughby SC

·         Second Start TBs

·         Coming Events


From the Editor

It's Fall Fair Time!


Fall Fairs are in full swing. This weekend the West Niagara Fair is being held at the West Lincoln Arena & Community Centre in Smithville. Next weekend is the Niagara Regional Exhibition in Welland.


The Canadian Show Jumping Team has placed eighth in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Our story is at right.


The third annual Circle the Course for Cancer and COPE was the best year yet! Read more at right.


Dressage Niagara is presenting a Two-Day Clinic with Ute Busse on September 20-21 at Elite Equine Centre in Fenwick.


Anne Gage's column this issue is Horsemanship: Zen Things Your Horse Wants You To Know.


If you have any stories you would like in the next issue of ENN or know someone deserving of a feature story please let us know. Send us your 2014 event dates as well!


Our next deadline is September 19th. Please send us any articles or story ideas you have and any information you have for the calendar of events. 

The ENN email address is


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The Niagara Regional Exhibition runs from September 11th-14th




English Show - Friday starting at 3pm -

Heavy Horse Show - Saturday starting at 9 am

Miniature Horse Show - Sunday morning at 9am

W.H.A.O. Horse Show - Sunday morning at 9am

Entries available here:  


Lots to see and do this year.





Canadian Show Jumping Team Eighth at World Championships


Yann Candele and Showgirl. 

Photo by Cealy Tetley.

By Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications Inc., 

for Equine Canada

Caen, France, September 4, 2014 - The Canadian Show Jumping Team finished eighth at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Team Final held September 4 in Caen, France.

     Yann Candele, 43, of Caledon, ON, Tiffany Foster, 30, of Vancouver, BC, defending Individual Bronze Medalist Eric Lamaze, 45, of Schomberg, ON, and Ian Millar, 67, of Perth, ON, comprised Canada's team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

     Canada was ranked sixth coming into the Team Final, which saw the top 10 nations from an original starting field of 35 countries battling it out for world supremacy.  Following three consecutive days of competition, Canada finished with a total of 31 points for eighth place.  The Netherlands claimed the gold medal with a total score of 12.83, France took the silver with 14.08, and the United States earned the bronze medal with 16.75.

     Yann Candele was once again the lead-off rider for Canada, and faulted early on course at fence two, the Land Rover oxer, riding Showgirl, a 14-year-old chestnut selle francais mare (Gold de Becourt x Elf III) owned by The Watermark Group.  The pair jumped the remainder of the course in excellent form.

     "I was between distances and I had two choices and I made the wrong one," said Candele candidly about having a rail at fence two.  "She did exactly what I asked her to do; it was a rider mistake.  She tried her heart out, but that's just the sport.  It's disappointing."

Yann Candele and Showgirl. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

Foster was the next Canadian in the order with Verdi III, a 12-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding (Hors La Loi II x Cantus) owned by Artisan Farms LLC.  Fatigue caught up to the pair, and with three fences down and a time fault, their 13-fault performance would be Canada's discard score.

     "I thought we started out really well but, by the last line, I think he was just a little tired and kind of gave up a little bit," said Foster, who is currently ranked the number eight female rider in the world.  "It's definitely hard jumping out there, and it's a big exertion for the horses to jump like this over three days."

     Of her World Championship debut, Foster noted, "It was a cool experience; they did a good job here.  It's been really fun, and you always have a good time being on Team Canada.  Hopefully at the next World Championships in Bromont (Canada), I can be a little bit more helpful."

     After two days of strong performances, Millar and Dixson added eight faults to Canada's bottom line in the Team Final.

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Dressage Niagara News


    Dressage Niagara is presenting a Two-Day Clinic with Ute Busse on September 20 and 21. 

    Ute Busse is a successful Canadian Grand Prix dressage competitor, trainer, judge and coach. She was awarded the prestigious Coach of the Year Award by the Ontario Equestrian Federation in 2011 and by Equine Canada in 2012. 

    Ute is a Level 3 dressage coach, an Equine Canada certified dressage judge and a 2011 Short Listed Rider.

Format and Schedule: Ute will be teaching private lessons, approximately 45 minutes each, with a 30 minute lunch break around noon. The location is the Elite Equine Centre, 120 Foss Road in Fenwick, Ontario. Ride times will be distributed after the registration deadline of Friday, September 12. Elite Equine will offer a food booth for riders and auditors to purchase food and drink.

    For more information visit http://www.dressageniagara.com/ or the Dressage Niagara Facebook page



Circle the Course Raises 

a Record High

     For the third consecutive season, Fort Erie Race Track hosted Circle the Course for Cancer and COPE. The event is organized by a number of volunteers made up of race track staff, members of the community and horse people. 

     For the first time in FELRC history, Circle the Course took place on Puss N Boots day, a day which historically has one of the best attendance records every season. 


   Participants were asked to make a cash donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a non perishable food donation to COPE (Fort Erie's local food bank). Those people who made donations received a commemorative lapel pin and/or a commemorative wristband and had the opportunity to walk the 1 mile distance of the racetrack after the final race. 

     There were fun activities throughout the day for all ages including a 50/50 draw, pony rides, farmers market, a free concert by New Kid in Town, and a 50 yard jockeys foot race in which local jockeys broke out of the starting gate resulting in a big win for rider Bryce Alderson. 

     The Puss N Boots Cup was won easily by Johnny La Rue for Colebrook Farms, trained by Ashlee Brnjas and ridden to victory by Erika Smilovsky. The gelding is now a perfect 3 for 3 at Fort Erie Race Track with wins on the dirt and the turf. The traditional plunge into the infield pond was bravely taken by Smilovsky and Assistant Trainer, and former Fort Erie jock, Lisa Caddeau. 

     The event raised $6,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society, a record high and filled a large horse trailer full of food for COPE, Fort Erie's local food bank. 

     "This event continues to grow in popularity and directly impacts two important causes in our immediate area for food and for cancer research," said Rick Cowan, Chief Operating Officer for the FELRC. "It involves a significant number of volunteers who donate their time to assist in the preparation and the implementation of this promotion. It is probably the most rewarding function of our race meeting from a community and personal perspective. The financial results and the amount of food donated from such a small population base is indicative of the tremendous support our local people provide for such an important cause." 

     Donations for both the Canadian Cancer Society and COPE will continue to be accepted at the race track until the end of the live racing season on September 30th. 

     For more information visit www.forterieracing.com

Photos courtesy of Michael Burns Photography.



Mark your calendars for the OEF Annual General Meeting


Richmond Hill, ON. - The Ontario Equestrian Federation invites all members to attend its annual general meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Caledon Estates Banquet Hall.

All adult members are eligible to vote and are encouraged to exercise that right. Online polls are now open to vote for directors at large and ballots can also be cast in person at the AGM. Election results will be announced at the end of the event.

"It's essential that all members exercise their right to vote to ensure we have a board that reflects our membership," says Dianne Graham, executive director of the OEF. "This is your chance to have your say and select the individual you would like to represent you on the board."

OEF Logo 1 The AGM is also an opportunity for OEF members to meet fellow horse people, hear what the OEF has been up to and learn about future developments and changes.

To cast your vote, or to view the meeting agenda, visit the OEF website at www.horse.on.ca






Zen Things Your Horse Wants You To Know 


By Anne Gage 




1/ Do one thing at a time. 

2/ Do it slowly and with awareness. 

3/ Do it completely. 

4/ Do less.

5/ Put space between your actions. 

6/ Create rituals. 

7/ Devote time to just being with me. 

8/ Make grooming and walking a meditation 

9/ Think about what is necessary. 

10/ Keep things simple 

     When you slow down and stay in the moment - consciously aware of how you are feeling, how your horse is feeling and what is going on around you - you are more calm and focused. Your horse is positively affected by your mental and physical states as well as your energy. 

     Practice these zen tips each and every time you are with your horse and you will both enjoy the time you spend together. 

Your Turn: Have you noticed how your horse responds to your mental state? Share your experiences in the comments below. 

     Do you know someone who could benefit from this post? You can share it with them just be clicking on one of the sharing buttons below ... sharing is caring! 

The Bottom Line - The absolute best way to develop a true partnership with your horse is by building your confidence and trust in each other. 

You can get your Free Instant Access to my report "The 3 Most Important Skills You Need to Develop Confidence With Horses" when you visit www.ConfidentHorsemanship.com 

Would you like to have a Confident Horsemanship Clinic at your location? Click here for more information.



Upper Canada Equestrian Association News


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2014 Rides

Next Meeting - September 10th NRE grounds 

September 12, 13, 14 - Welland Fair. 

October 19th - Colour ride in Shorthills 11am. 

November 9th - French Fry ride - we will play it by ear based on weather 


Emergency Horse Search Team for those times when your best friend goes missing:

The Upper Canada Equestrian Association is always seeking new members to help keep our equestrian community strong and their voice heard. Visit www.uppercanadaequestrian.com for membership details. All are welcome. 


You can also post on the UCEA Facebook wall



Niagara Trails Committee News


For the next Niagara Trails Committee Meeting email quad-niagara@hotmail.com . Meetings are held at Birdie and Clinton Insurance 1789 Merritville Highway at 7pm. 

Niagara Trails Committee  

For more information contact:

President of Quad Niagara ATV Club

Tracy-lynn Bell







Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club News


If anyone has any pictures they would like to share please email then to ambergilbert80@gmail.com as we would like to put more pictures up on the website.


For more information contact Amber Gilbert, 905-892-0006 or email ambergilbert80@gmail.com


Banquet will be held in November 2014. Visit the website for more information.



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Second Start Thoroughbreds


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519-688-0722. View more horses at  www.secondstartthoroughbreds.org 



Coming Events

Send us all your coming events for 2014 


 Dressage Niagara

Ute Busse Two-Day Clinic - September 20-21,  Elite Equine Centre, 120 Foss Road, Fenwick, ON. www.dressageniagara.com


Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club

Show Dates  all to be held at the Welland Fairgrounds 1100 Niagara Street Welland Please Use South gate, off Quaker Rd). Shows to start at 9:30am

Banquet will be held in November 2014

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