- General Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 3, 2006
Contact: Barbara Daley
Red Deer, Alberta – On September 3, 2006 the last two of three Prairie Zone classes of the Canadian Performance Futurity were held at the Alberta Hunter Horse Society Show. The Hunter and Jumper classes saw finalists, whose names appeared on the roster for more than one discipline, including those who participated in the Dressage classes a few weeks earlier.
The Champion of the Hunter classes for four-year-old Canadian bred horses was Surfer Girl, ridden by Shannon Lockhard and bred by Touchstone Farms. This Canadian Warmblood mare by Beach Boy and out of an Arkansas daughter was also one of the top placing horses in the Dressage class.'The program is very valuable not only because of the money involved but because it encourages the owner to get the horse out at a young age and compete in classes that are appropriate', said Sandra Donnelly of Alborak Stables, long-listed member of the Canadian Equestrian Team in Combined Training, and owner of Surfer Girl. 'This helps in deciding the horse’s future performance areas and aids in increasing its experience and presenting the horse to potential buyers.'
Another horse and rider combination that cross entered disciplines was Cheyenne (pictured at left, and now renamed Cabriolet), owned by Laura Gall and bred by St George's Stables. Cheyenne, a Canadian Warmblood by Carthago Sun I and out of Laura by Landino, was a finalist in both the Hunter and Jumper classes. Shauna Cook, jumper trainer and a veteran of the European Young Horse Championships, who rode the young horse, offered her perspective. 'I am excited about the potential of this program in aiding the development of young jumpers by allowing four-year-olds to learn to compete in classes set to encourage, without the stress of speed.'
The Prairie Zone, is the first of three to complete its inaugural classes in 2006, with the Eastern and Pacific Zones following closely on its heels. Jennette Coote, Managing Partner of MJ Farms and President of the Alberta Chapter of Canadian Warmblood reflected its success. 'As Chairman of the Canadian Performance Futurity, I am excited by the potential and current level of enthusiasm and participation. As the program matures and more owners and breeders become aware of the benefits, it will grow in scope and importance. This will create closer ties between breeding and riding, and strengthen Canada’s equestrian industry as a whole.'
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: December 15, 2006