Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association - Ontario Chapter

2008 NEWS

Out & About In Ontario !!

Canadian Warmbloods are dominating the ribbon podiums this year & it is a thrill to see it !!

The year end awards were as follows:

Hunter: Viola registered under the name of Viola W-R is owned and ridden by Ashley Shannon.

Viola is a black mare bred by W-Ranch, Noble, Ontario. Viola is by the Swiss Warmblood stallion Volvo Vom Eigen out of the Swiss Warmblood mare Kalinka.

Viola was competing in the Adult Amateur Division 18-35 in 2008.

Jumper: Brookshire is owned and ridden by Fiona Gallagher.

Brookshire is a gray mare bred by Touchstone Farm Ltd., Alberta. Brookshire is by the Oldenburg stallion Bajazzo out of the Canadian Warmblood mare Ambrosia.

Brookshire was competing in the Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.0M and 1.10M division in 2008.

Brookshire was also the 2006 recipient of the CWHBA Ontario Chapter Jumper of the Year Award.

Dressage: Oskar K is owned by Joanne Walker and ridden by Joanne Walker and Suzanne Ziereisen.

Oskar K is a bay gelding bred by Marie Bastien of Kemptville, Ontario. Oskar K is by the Dutch Warmblood stallion Popeye K out of the Canadian Warmblood mare Nikita III.

Oskar K is winning at First Level with 70% + scores and in FEI 5 year old classes with up to 81.6% scores. He was also Ontario Dressage Horse of the Year for 2008.

Eventing: Melanie registered under the name of Melanie II is owned by Penny Beer and ridden by Lindsay Beer.

Melanie is a black mare by the Hanoverian stallion Vaultair out of the Oldenburg mare Billy Jean.

In addition to the CWHBA Year End Award Melanie and Lindsay also were 2nd Overall in the Junior Pre-Training Division.

Our own Ruth Armstrong of Armstrong Farm President of Ontario Chapter also had another banner year taking home top placed honors in several eventing divisions with her string of horses and ultimately being named the Leading Female Event Rider for the second consecutive year in a row!

Canadian Young Event Horse Series: Where the horse does a modified dressage test, a jumping test comprising of 12 elements with a minimum of 2 cross country fences, shows a hand gallop; then is judged in hand for conformation and lastly, group gaits in a suitability class. This is a superb educational process for any young horse regardless of its final preferred discipline.

The Canadian Young Event Horse series for 2008 was heavily populated with Canadian Warmbloods winning individual shows as well as qualifying for the Year end Championships where once again Canadian Warmbloods ran away with most of the prizes taking top honors across the board in the 4yo, 5yo & Open divisions. New for 2009 will be the "Future" young event horse for 3 yo in hand only. This is based on the English & American format and is a superb way to get your young horses out there without breaking the bank!

Some of the high lights for the year include:

VDL Ulando won his division and was second over all at the championships in the open division. Ulando is by Coralnd out of the Keur mare Fanietta. He is owned & ridden by Ruth Armstrong of Armstrong Farm.

P.S. I Love You was second in his division and was third overall at the Championships in the 5 year old division. P.S. I Love You is owned by Ruth Armstrong of Armstrong Farm & was ridden by Garry Roque. Quizz D'Orange (full sister to P.S. I Love You) made her debut as a 4 year old and was 6th at the championships.

It was a special moment for Diane Lawrence of Heron Hill Horses in Selby, Ontario when the ribbons were handed out at the 2008 Canadian Young Event Horse Finals in Mansfield, Ontario during the Wits End World Cup Qualifier, a fantastic venue! Heron Hill's Wilhelmina, winner of the 5 Year Old Young Horse division as well as La Boheme Z, winner of the Open Young Horse division are from Diane's foundation mare, Escada II. Heron Hill's Wilhelmina was also the over all high point champion Canadian Warmblood High Score for the day...she is a real eye catcher big grey & beautiful.

Escada is a Canadian Warmblood whose sire line is Dutch descending from Sportsman and whose dam line is English XX descending from Royal Charger. The eventing connection on Escada's line is that both La Boheme Z and Heron Hill's Wilhelmina are fully related to Sumatra, who under Juliet Bishop helped win team gold for Canada at the World Three-Day Event Championship in 1978. Sumatra was also top horse for Canada at the 1976 Olympics.

La Boheme Z, ridden by Peter Gray, was originally purchased by Peter from Diane in Ocala, Florida when she was a five year old. The horse was registered with studbook Zangersheide.