ISSN 1923 8177
November 16, 2014
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is almost over.
Did you go down for a visit? There was a lot to see and do at this
The Ontario Equestrian Federation handed out their
annual awards during their Member Appreciation event on Tuesday,
November 11th. Check out the story below.
Anne Gage's column this issue is Are You Expecting
Too Much of Yourself or Your Horse?
The Upper Canada Equestrian Federation has put out
a call for new members. Read more below!
The Bertie Willoughby and Port Colborne Saddle
Clubs held their combined awards night and banquet on Saturday,
November 15th. Congratulations to BNR Stables who went home with a lot
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Philippaerts Takes the Final Class of the International Division at
the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show
Millar, McLain Ward and Game Ready finish the week at the top of the
November 15, 2014 Toronto, ON -
The International Division at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show ended with
a seven-way foot-race Saturday, November 15th, and it was Belgian
Nicola Philippaerts who emerged victorious.
track of 16 jumping efforts set at 1.60m by course designer Guilherme
Jorge of Brazil, was set with a tight time allowed of 79 seconds. The
first two riders in the ring (Canada's Ian Millar and Quentin Judge
for the United States) both jumped clean, but for one single time
American Todd Minikus was able to show everyone how to do it, leading
a select group of riders to a second round tie breaker.
Unfortunately the double-clean proved elusive, for Minikus and
nearly everyone else in the jump-off - the angles, wide-open gallop
and even a little bad luck worked against many. Although Minikus had
the fastest time of the second round, he also pulled a rail in the
Philippaerts there was never an option - going third in the order he
knew he had to go fast and leave the jumps up if he was to have a
shot with Challenge Vd Begijnakker (or Challenge, for short.)
World Cup my horse was a bit spooky in the jump off," explained
Philippaerts, "But tonight he jumped very well. I knew McLain
was still to come, as were Beezie and Darragh - so many quick ones -
I knew I would need a bit of luck and for them to have a fault. My
horse jumped very well and I'm very happy."
Switzerland's Beat Mandli, competing at The Royal for the first
time, opted for the conservative clear for ZaZa Harvey in the
jump-off, which served them well, slotting into the runner-up
is quite a young horse at this level, this is basically his second
grand prix," related Mandli. "It was a big test for me,
there were some big questions, and he's a very careful and very
honest horse. This was the biggest class he has jumped and that's why
I didn't go fast in the jump-off."
remainder of the field although fast, each pulled a rail - in fact
all were faster than Mandli but in the end it was the clean round
which mattered most.
"Braeburn Farms" Leading International Rider Award went to
McLain Ward of Brewster, NY. With grace and wisdom, he admitted he
simply made a mistake in the class tonight, taking a "pull"
in the jump off, rather than trusting his horse.
Upper Canada Equestrian Association News
Call for New Members
Upper Canada Equestrian Association (UCEA) is a not-for-profit
equestrian association is looking for new members and potential
nominees for their board of directors for the next two years.
foremost, the UCEA is seeking new members. There is a need to make
the voice of the horse owner heard in Niagara as well as to help
implement the quality of the horse trails in the region. The mandate
of the organization is:
1) To establish safe horseback-riding trails
throughout the Niagara Peninsula.
2) To develop, expand, improve and preserve
existing public trails.
3) To promote the proper and responsible use of
4) To give trail riders a safe place to ride in
harmony with other users.
5) To call the attention of local, regional and
provincial governments to the need for the preservation, improvement
and expansion of public trails.
6) To do all such acts that are
incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects with
the philosophy that public recreational trails should be
multi-purpose with equestrian privileges. With the pressure of
population expansion, there is an increasing need for inexpensive
recreational outlets in the peninsula, therefore, it is important to
preserve public lands which can provide trails for future generations
while the land is still publicly owned.
If you are a
horse owner, this organization is for you regardless of discipline.
The organization currently has approximately 50 members, once over
200 strong, they would like to get back to the strength they once
There are a
number of projects that need people to spearhead:
1. The Nicky Aitken
Annual Trail Ride for Breast Cancer - scheduled to take place this
month after being rained out in June.
2. The Short Hills
Provincial Park needs bridges rebuilt and trails maintained after the
severe rains of this year.
3. The Upper Canada
Heritage Trail (which the UCEA maintains) is in need of serious
repairs to sections of the trail washed away in rains last year.
4. Help in educating the
public on horse safety, bringing all disciplines together for one
cause and promoting equestrian shows, rides, and ownership of a
5. Organization of parades
throughout the year
is just $20.00/year. A valid OEF membership (or as of January 1st, a
valid Ontario Trail Riders Association membership) is required for
riding members to ensure proper liability insurance coverage.
holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month with the
exception of August. The next meeting is October 8th at 7:30
pm. The meeting takes place at the Niagara Regional Exhibition
Fairgrounds in Building B.
If you would like to attend,
please contact Mark Dobrindt 905-892-9769 for details.
Please consider joining this organization.
Together, a strong equestrian voice can be heard in Niagara. www.uppercanadaequestrian.com
The annual general
meeting will be held in December. UCEA is now taking nominations for
the Board of Directors to be elected in December.
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.
Equestrians honoured for their contributions to the horse
Richmond Hill, ON. - The Ontario
Equestrian Federation recognized four equestrians for their
contributions to the sport with a special awards ceremony that took
place yesterday at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
gathered in the Royal Ballroom during an OEF member appreciation
event to recognize the recipients of the prestigious OEF Awards,
sponsored by BFL CANADA, which are presented annually.
CANADA is pleased and proud to support the Ontario Equestrian
Federation in recognizing the generous contributions of its
members," says Sara Runnalls, vice president and associate at
BFL, the official insurance provider of the OEF.
"Congratulations, and thank you, to all the 2014 OEF award
recipients. Your involvement and influence in this fantastic industry
have had such positive impact." Congratulations to the 2014
Yvonne Collard Award - Rose Cook
Rose Cook of
Port Colborne, ON. is the 2014 recipient of the Yvonne Collard Award,
which is awarded to an adult member of the OEF who has made an
outstanding contribution of time and effort to Ontario equestrian
sport, recreation, industry and/or equine welfare. Cook has made
significant contributions to the equine industry in promoting and
sharing her knowledge of the Canadian Horse and, more recently, the
Newfoundland Pony. Cook devotes her weekends to travelling to various
events where she introduces her horses to the public. She spends
hours talking with people and sharing the history of the Newfoundland
Pony and Canadian Horse. Cook is a champion for the preservation of
these breeds, which are an integral part of Canada's history and
OEF Sponsor of the Year - Barb
recipient of the OEF Sponsor of the Year Award is Barb King of
Kendal, ON. This award is presented to an individual or corporation
making a very special sponsorship gift to support equestrian activity
which otherwise might not take place. When a storage shed containing
jumps burned down at the Orono Fairgrounds last spring, local riders
wondered whether the fair would have to cancel its annual fall horse
show. King knew how important the show was, not only for her own
riders, but the community, so she set out to replace the destroyed
jumps. King rolled up her sleeves and, with the help of devoted volunteers
from her barn, began constructing, sanding, repairing and painting
jumps. Thanks to their hard work, the show was able to go on.
OEF Media of the Year - Liz
Liz Brown of
Toronto, ON. is the 2014 Media of the Year Award recipient. In the March/April
2014 issue of Horse Canada, Brown wrote an in-depth article about
Canada's wild horses. She researched the current status of wild
horses in four provinces and their relationship with the people in
the communities where they roam. Her informative article revealed
that Canada's wild horses are precious to some and considered pests
by others. Brown's work sheds light on an issue that often goes
unnoticed by many Canadians, even those in the equestrian community.
The OEF Media of the Year Award is presented to the media outlet or
writer/photographer with the best piece about an equestrian activity
in the period from September 1 of the previous year to August 31 of
the current year.
MH Lessard Coach of the Year -
recipient of the MH Lessard Coach of the Year Award is Margie Gayford
of Sharon, ON. Described by her students as a talented rider,
exceptional coach and remarkable teacher, Gayford has a knack for
making even the most complicated elements of riding easy to
understand. She is also incredibly humble and isn't above rolling up
her sleeves to do whatever needs to be done around the barn.
Gayford's love of teaching is evident in her positive and patient
attitude. She understands how to bring out the best in riders with
different skills and personalities by tailoring her teaching style to
meet their individual needs. Her unwavering commitment to the sport
and her students has earned her the title of Coach of the Year.
In honour of
the late MH Lessard, a respected competitor, coach, judge, official
and horse show organizer who passed away earlier this year, the OEF
Coach of the Year Award has been renamed the MH Lessard Coach of the
Year Award. This award recognizes an Equine Canada certified active coach
whose dedication and skill has touched both human and equine
presented with a sculpture created by equine artist Ann Clifford in
appreciation of, and respect for, MH Lessard, who was a friend of the
"Congratulations to our 2014 OEF Award nominees and
recipients," says OEF President Allan Ehrlick. "These
individuals selflessly contribute so much to the horse community. We
are very grateful for all that they do and hope they inspire others
to strive to make a difference."
Kool Designs Make Hot Christmas Pressies!
Have you been wondering what to
buy your horse-mad friends and family members? Sarah Bohan of KOOL
Designs has it in the bag...literally!
Sarah designs and sells
equestrian inspired totes, fashion purses and accessories that are
hand sewn locally using recycled materials which Rider readers will
surely recognize. Sarah sources discarded feed bags typically from
horse, bird, dog or cat food! Sometimes she also integrates designer
fabric samples and swatches from discontinued interior designer
books, then adds vintage equestrian leathers as shoulder straps.
"My inspiration for
recycling these empty bags," Sarah tells, "was when I
reached the bottom of a new
50lb. bag of black oil sunflower
seeds. The bag was so beautiful that I didn't want to throw it out.
These bags are made from woven plastic that won't biodegrade in my
lifetime and using it as a garbage bag (which many people do) wasn't
an option as the end result would be the same - it would end up in
the landfill. I couldn't just throw it away - I had to do better than
that! I enjoy how KOOL Designs' bags have evolved such that it is
possible to be environmentally friendly and be stylish."
Are You Expecting Too Much of Yourself or Your Horse?
We all want
success and we want it now. We've been taught to "reach for the
stars" and set big goals. As a result, sometimes we expect so
much of ourselves and our horses that we are rarely happy with our
ever said (even to yourself), "I should be better than
Then you end
up feeling like a failure because that "I should be" is
really a disguise for that self-defeating old mantra that whispers
quietly "I'm not good enough".
Failure is not a fact
But what if
you are exactly where you should be - where you need to be.
Maybe where you
think you should be is simply wishful thinking. Replace the phrase
"should be" with "wish I was" ...
"I wish I was better than
"I wish I was able to
"I wish I wasn't so
What are you
basing your opinion that you "should be ..." on? Who are
you comparing yourself to?
There are so
many factors that come into play when it comes to riding. Your
results - where you are now - come from not only your physical
ability, your competency and your confidence level, but also from
your horse's ability, level of training and confidence.
There is a
reason that successful people (you know the ones at the horse shows
that always seem to be in the top 3 placings and get Champion awards
in not one but multiple classes) do so well. They put in the hours. If
they haven't done it themselves then someone else has put the hours
into their horse so they can just sit up there, look pretty and - as
long as they stay out of the horse's way - win.
According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book
"Outliers", people who become really good at something -
really master it - have spent at least 10000 hours working on that
particular thing. Ten Thousand Hours! That's about 3 hours a day for
10 years. So, if you have been riding for 10 years, but only 1 hour a
week, you have only put in about 520 hrs (1 hr x 52 wk x 10 yr).
That's being generous and assuming you didn't miss a single hour in
any year because of illness, injury, vacations, holidays, etc.
This is not
to say that you need to put 10,000 hours into your riding to become
good at it - unless you want to be competitive at the highest levels
of the sport. But, it puts into perspective the amount of time needed
to develop a particular level of skill.
slim to none that you will progress very far in developing mastery of
any skill if you only put in 1 hour of practice a week. Now lots of
people enjoy a weekly riding lesson and are quite happy to spend that
time in the saddle. They don't want or expect to achieve much more
than the connection with the horse.
But, if you
want to progress in your training - for personal fulfilment or to
achieve ribbons, trophies and recognition in the show ring - the once
a week hourly ride is not going to get your there. Most people get
discouraged when they feel that they aren't making progress at the
rate they "should" or that they aren't as good as
"her" or "him" or "them". We are
certainly masters at comparing ourselves to others. We've all had
more than 10000 hours practicing that skill. Even if it doesn't help
expectations are not in line with our reality ie. your other
commitments & responsibilities don't allow you to ride 3 -6 hours
a week, then you won't be as successful in the show ring as
"that other competitor that wins everything". Even if you
are a pleasure rider, neither your riding skill nor your horse's
training will progress very far or very fast.
either be frustrated with yourself, your coach and your horse and
keep your expectations. Or, you can adjust your expectations to match
the reality of your situation. If the reality is that you can only
ride once week, then focus on enjoying that one ride. The choice is
yours ... should you decide to make it.
more practical and in depth tips on improving your Confidence and
your Partnership with your horse, order my book "Confident
Rider, Confident Horse: Build Your Confidence While Improving Your
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Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club News
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BNR Stables Took
home 60 awards November 15th at the Bertie Willoughby and Port
Colborne Saddle Club Awards Banquet! "we are so honoured for the
whole team to receive the Fred Walters Memorial Youth Sportsman
Award! ", they said.
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