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Date: October 17, 2006
Contact: Barbara Daley
Winner of Jumper Class Photo by Cealy Tetley
Palgrave, Ontario – On Sunday, September 24, 2006, in the Grand Prix ring of Caledon Horse Park, a special presentation was made at the Tournament of Champions Horse Show. During the presentation, which was held between rounds of the week’s pinnacle class, the winning horses of the Eastern Zone of the Canadian Performance Futurity classes were celebrated. Donning championship coolers, theses horses had one thing in common: winners of all three disciplines – Hunter, Jumper and Dressage – were bred and owned by W Charlot Farms.
The Hunter and Jumper classes were held the previous Thursday in conjunction with the Jumper Development Eastern Canadian Championships and the Baby Green Hunters. The Futurity component drew a full roster of participants, many of whom had only just nominated their horses to the program in 2006.
Christine and Augustin Walch of W Charlot Farms however had been focused on this program since it first was discussed and developed several years ago. They nominated their horses promptly, taking advantage of early registration incentives and herd rates. They also ensured the horses’ training and development programs were geared toward success in these classes. Their investment paid off in the form of a generous dividend. Each class offered $3,000 in prize money, with a split to owners and breeders.
Christine commented on the ringside interest and enthusiasm for the program, 'The awareness created this year will contribute to its growth in future years. It’s good for everyone involved.'
Fabiana W, who was ridden by Canadian Equestrian Team member Erynn Ballard, was the champion for the Jumper class. The four-year-old Hanoverian mare is by Futurist out of Rio's Rendezvous W, a Rio Grande daughter. She is one of the first of the North American crop of foals by Futurist, and is being trained for a career in the jumper ring.
Viva’s Athletico W, also ridden by Erynn Ballard, was champion of the Hunter classes. Athletico is an Oldenburg stallion by Viva Voltaire out of Aldata by Aldato. He is a very typical product of his sire Viva Voltaire who produces versatile, athletic horses with the most wonderful attitudes. This versatility was notable as Athletico had also been awarded champion for the Futurity Dressage class earlier in the season, under Tom Dvorak, who is also a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team.
Viva’s Athletico W
Winner of Hunter and Dressage Classes. Photo by Cealy Tetley
Runner up in both the Hunter and Jumper classes were entrants from KingRidge Stables under Hugh Graham and Roberto Teran. Both Gold Rush 3E and Grand Slam 3E were making their debut in the show ring, and met the day’s challenges remarkably well.
'Next year I will select from among our four-year-olds early, and will ensure those with the best qualities will be well prepared,' commented Roberto. 'They will have the right training and show experience to win.'
The Canadian Performance Futurity, which is open to registered and Canadian bred horses, is funded in part by the Canadian Breeders' Initiative Fund (CBIF). CBIF supports Canadian breeders of horses for the FEI disciplines, providing financial assistance to initiatives which profile multiple breed registries, with a preference to Canadian organizations. The CBIF is administered by Equine Canada and funded with charitable donations made through the Banyan Tree Foundation.
More on the program, including information for nominating horses, can be found at www.CanadianPerformanceFuturity.com
Added: November 1, 2006