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QMS Equestrian Team Hits the High Jumps

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 30, 2013 14:45

 

Photo (courtesy of Barbara Rankin): QMS Head Coach Cheryl Keith rode Go Shorty to win the BCHJA Canadian

QMS Riders Start the School Season
September 30th, 2013 ‐ Duncan, BC, Canada – It may have been a soggy start to the season, but the Queen
Margaret’s School Equestrian Team didn’t let the weather bring them down at the British Columbia Hunter
Jumper Association (BCHJA) Fall Finals at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley the weekend of September 21‐22.
Weather aside, the BCHJA Fall Finals is an incredibly challenging competition for riders of all levels to compete at.
“We enjoy taking team members to this show in Langley because of the great facilities, wonderful riders and team
atmosphere,” explains QMS Head Coach Cheryl Keith. “Their poise and professionalism were there each time they
entered the arena.”
Christine Coels (Grade 10) on QMS’ Clockwork continued her winning streak with a Championship win in 2’3” Short
Stirrup Hunter and Reserve Champion 2’6” Pre‐Children’s Equitation, while teammate Kassidy Keith rode Wallabee
to a Championship finish in the B Equitation division.
Grade 10 rider Catherine Rankin’s horse Go Shorty has been called “the little engine that could” and continues to
earn top marks in the Pacific Northwest. Not only did Rankin ride him to win Champion in 3’ Children’s Equitation
(14 & Under) and Reserve Champion in the 3’ Children’s Hunter (14 & Under), Cheryl Keith chose to compete with
him as well. Keith describes Go Shorty as an outstanding horse.
Keith won 3’3” Pre‐Green Champion on Go Shorty and stunned the audience in the BCHJA Canadian Hunter Derby
division by earning a score of 93, plus 20 bonus points for a total of 113. “This was the highest score we have seen
all year in the Canadian Hunter Derby series at Thunderbird,” says Jane Tidball, President Thunderbird Show Park.
“Go Shorty is a real favourite at Thunderbird. Congratulations!”


About Queen Margaret’s School
Established in 1921, Queen Margaret's School (QMS) is located on 27 country‐like acres in Duncan, BC. QMS offers
a co‐ed ECE Program and Junior School (Kindergarten‐Grade 6), all boys Grade 7/8 Program, University‐Preparatory
School for girls (Grades 7‐12) and all girls Boarding School (Grades 6‐12). Queen Margaret’s School is home to
Canada's only on‐campus Equestrian Riding Program and a small intensive ESL Program. The school's
comprehensive scholastic and extra‐curricular programs provide opportunities for achievement and personal
growth through academics, sports, visual and performing arts, riding and community service.

660 Brownsey Avenue
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada V9L 1C2
T (250) 746‐4185 | F (250) 746‐4187 | hpicard@qms.bc.ca
www.qms.bc.ca


For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Hayley Picard
Communications Coordinator
Queen Margaret’s School
250‐746‐4185 ext. 236 | hpicard@qms.bc.ca

FEI LAUNCHES GLOBAL SAFETY HELMET CAMPAIGN

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 15, 2013 14:13

18 December 2012


The FEI has launched a global campaign to promote the use of protective headgear. The move comes two weeks before implementation of a new rule making the use of a properly fastened protective headgear mandatory while riding on the show grounds at FEI events. The campaign, which will be conducted mainly online, begins today, a fortnight before the new rule comes into effect on 1 January 2013.
 
An important part of the campaign will be a series of emails with strong visuals reminding athletes of the importance of safety, and particularly of helmet use. These reminders will be sent to the National Federations, athletes and officials clubs, and various FEI stakeholders on a regular basis throughout 2013. A special page outlining the protective headgear requirements specific to each of the seven FEI disciplines on the field of play and outside the competition arena has been created on the FEI website and can be accessed here. Widgets for simple access to all the relevant information can be downloaded from this page.
 
“The helmet rule, which was unanimously adopted by the FEI General Assembly in 2011, is a significant step forward towards the better protection of our athletes,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. “Beginning 1 January 2013, protective headgear will be compulsory at all FEI events and we strongly encourage everyone involved in international equestrian sport to familiarise themselves with the new general and sport-specific rules. The welfare of all our athletes, human and equine, must be protected.”
 

http://www.fei.org/media/press-releases/fei-launches-global-safety-helmet-campaign

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NEWS RELEASE - RIMBEY AG-RIM PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 12, 2013 08:28

Rimbey (December 10,2012) – The Rimbey Agricultural Society heads into 2013 with plans for the group’s most ambitious project ever. At the annual general meeting December 6th, members heard an update on the Agrim Centre facility. The $3.4 million building will boast close to 60,000 square feet of space, including a riding arena and 900 seat grandstand, plus meeting space and a board room. It’s to be located inside the existing track and infield of the rodeo grounds.
“We’re excited to move forward with the Agrim,” said Rimbey Ag Society President Will Mackinaw. “It’s going to be a big year for our group, and we look forward to support from the community.”
“Our feasibility study showed the potential for a two million dollar annual boost to the town of Rimbey from the building,” added Agrim spokesman Tim Edge.
A 3D model of the planned ag recreation facility was shown at the group’s meeting. Features include an outside balcony, and use of new ‘green’ technology in construction, such as a solar wall, and the ability to collect rainwater for the building’s non-potable water needs.
The project has been in the works for about a year, but organizers say the need for such a facility has been evident for years.
“Our old building has been too small for any feasible equine or bovine events in central Alberta,” said Edge. “After seeing the success of the Ponoka Ag Events Centre, our Ag Society decided to follow suit, with the full support of Ponoka County.”
In fact, the County has already committed a million dollars over two years to the project.
While some might question whether the region could support two large new ag buildings, Edge is confident the demand is already there.
“We’ve already had calls from numerous rodeo and horse groups, as well as oil related companies looking for trade show space. We can pencil in a profit if it’s used even thirty weekends a year, and we think that’s an achievable goal.”
“The possibilities for its uses are limited only by imagination, because it’s designed to be so multi-functional.”
The first phase of the project, which included the feasibility study, is complete, and a down payment has been made. Phase two, with some initial construction, is slated to begin early in the new year, after blueprints are completed.
“We appreciate the County’s support,” Edge noted. “We’re still looking for individuals and corporate partners to help make the facility a reality.”
A website with the latest information on the Agrim building project has also been launched at www.agrim.ca.
For further information contact:
Tim Edge 403-354-6730

NEWS RELEASE - RIMBEY AG-RIM PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 12, 2013 08:23

Rimbey (December 10,2012) – The Rimbey Agricultural Society heads into 2013 with plans for the group’s most ambitious project ever. At the annual general meeting December 6th, members heard an update on the Agrim Centre facility. The $3.4 million building will boast close to 60,000 square feet of space, including a riding arena and 900 seat grandstand, plus meeting space and a board room. It’s to be located inside the existing track and infield of the rodeo grounds.
“We’re excited to move forward with the Agrim,” said Rimbey Ag Society President Will Mackinaw. “It’s going to be a big year for our group, and we look forward to support from the community.”
“Our feasibility study showed the potential for a two million dollar annual boost to the town of Rimbey from the building,” added Agrim spokesman Tim Edge.
A 3D model of the planned ag recreation facility was shown at the group’s meeting. Features include an outside balcony, and use of new ‘green’ technology in construction, such as a solar wall, and the ability to collect rainwater for the building’s non-potable water needs.
The project has been in the works for about a year, but organizers say the need for such a facility has been evident for years.
“Our old building has been too small for any feasible equine or bovine events in central Alberta,” said Edge. “After seeing the success of the Ponoka Ag Events Centre, our Ag Society decided to follow suit, with the full support of Ponoka County.”
In fact, the County has already committed a million dollars over two years to the project.
While some might question whether the region could support two large new ag buildings, Edge is confident the demand is already there.
“We’ve already had calls from numerous rodeo and horse groups, as well as oil related companies looking for trade show space. We can pencil in a profit if it’s used even thirty weekends a year, and we think that’s an achievable goal.”
“The possibilities for its uses are limited only by imagination, because it’s designed to be so multi-functional.”
The first phase of the project, which included the feasibility study, is complete, and a down payment has been made. Phase two, with some initial construction, is slated to begin early in the new year, after blueprints are completed.
“We appreciate the County’s support,” Edge noted. “We’re still looking for individuals and corporate partners to help make the facility a reality.”
A website with the latest information on the Agrim building project has also been launched at www.agrim.ca.
For further information contact:
Tim Edge 403-354-6730

Canadian Equestrian Championships

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 4, 2012 13:38

Saskatchewan Horse Federation
   
Calling all prospective Team Saskatchewan Members... if you intend to pursue a spot on Team Saskatchewan to attend the Canadian Equestrian Championships in Bromont Quebec (September 2012), please submit your Declaration of Interest as soon as possible.  (This applies to Dressage, Jumping and Reining.)
     Forms can be mailed to:
     2205 Victoria Avenue
     Regina, SK  S4P 0S4
or faxed to 306.525.4009.

 CEC - Declaration of Interest

Please remember to submit your Results for calculation no later than August 15th.
 

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100 mares and 800 race horses to China

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 28, 2012 13:38

The Irish economy has had a tough few years but it’s not all doom and gloom, but one piece of recent good news involved Ireland’s bloodstock industry. Coolmore Stud signed a Euro40m contract with China's horse racing industry to set up a stud farm with over 100 thoroughbred breeding mares and provide as many as 800 race horses......to read entire article http://www.zallina.com/news/breeding/show/565/


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Technology Platform Revolutionizes Horse Show Tradition

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 9, 2011 21:48

 

 

HorseShow.com

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Nov 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Horse enthusiasts worldwide can now take advantage of the launch of HorseShow.com, a revolutionary online platform for equestrians to instantly compete and network with a global audience. Offering a modern approach to an old tradition, HorseShow.com offers members year-round access to a variety of online competitions for multiple breeds and disciplines.

Upon its launch, HorseShow.com is presenting three horse shows, which will award ribbons and a total of $17,500 in prize money. Competitive riders and horse enthusiasts can enter today through mid-December to compete in the Landmark Hunter Challenge, the Arabian Liberty Fall Classic and the Fall Harvest Dressage Festival.

"Offering this unique online resource for competitions has leveled the playing field in the horse world, making participation in horse shows more affordable and accessible, for those at all levels and interests," said Jeff Sloan, founder of HorseShow.com. "Through HorseShow.com, we are excited to expand the base of horse show enthusiasts, attracting more people to horse sports and thereby supporting and energizing the horse show community."

To enter in to a HorseShow.com competition, participants simply video record their performance, upload it to HorseShow.com, and enter their class or level. HorseShow.com has carefully chosen a panel of nationally recognized judges that will review participants' entries and provide a complete scorecard offering expert feedback.

HorseShow.com. members can create a network of other competitors, earn sponsored awards, obtain educational information, and be judged by professionals -- gaining a competitive advantage for both online and traditional shows. Cost to participate in an online show through HorseShow.com is $15.

The powerful team behind HorseShow.com is a combination of equestrians and technology experts led by visionary entrepreneur and HorseShow.com founder, Jeff Sloan. Sloan's keen eye for business and his passion for horses of have evolved into a revolutionary platform that allows horse enthusiasts the opportunity to take an age-old tradition of horse showing and compete online. Joining Sloan is noted dressage expert and horse sport insider Gil Merrick, who brings his years of experience as a competitive rider and trainer to his role as director of online shows. To become a member and view show entry dates, visit www.horseshow.com .

Sources:  http://www.horseshow.com http://www.marketwatch.com/horseshowcom-launches-equestrian-competitions-online-2011-11-09

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