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August 14, 2006

Prairie Zone Dressage Class Showcases Canada's Warmbood Roots

Edmonton, Alberta - A junior rider, Sarah Smithdorf, led the way in a very competitive field of nine, during the inaugural Prairie Zone Dressage Class of Canadian Performance Futurity. The class for four-year-old horses was held at the Amberlea Meadows Summer Dressage Festival, on Saturday, August 5th and was open to Canadian bred horses of all breed registries.

Ruhm's Zwanglos, a Canadian Warmblood mare by Bri Mels Ruhm and out of Celestial Ember by Wermiszel, put in a very impressive performance with accuracy and presence, garnering a score of 67.22. The elegant grey mare was bred by Sarah and her mother Mary Smithdorf. She represents a combination of two of the early warmblood lines brought into Canada in the 1980's. The dam sire Wermizsel, was a Wielkopolski stallion imported by Eve Mainwaring; and the sire side containing Rio Negro, a Westfalian stallion imported by Barbara McCallister.

It was also a good day for Touchstone Farm, with three horses finishing in the top five. Second place went to a refined Beach Boy daughter, Surfer Girl, out of Asher by Arkansas, who was ridden by Shannon Lockhart and owned by Sandra Donnelly. Third and fourth place went to Bonaparte III by Beau Soleil and Batida de Cocoa by Beach Boy. Both horses were trained and ridden by Lisa Whatman of Valemount B.C. Lisa and Bonaparte also received the Open High Point award of the show along with the High Point Canadian Warmblood award.

Rounding out the top five were Selina III, by Sagitarius and out of Giesla, bred by Wiesental Equestrian Ranch Ltd and ridden by Christie Crawford.

The first level test, considered by many, too difficult for four year olds, was accurately and well done by all nine entries, a fitting reflection of the depth of breeding and quality of training in Canada.

Contact: Barbara Daley

Added: August 30, 2006