- General Information
January 30, 2007
2006 was another successful year for inspections in BC. The National Inspection Tour and Licensing was held at Riverside Stables in Richmond, BC. Linda English very generously donated the use of the facility. Riverside Stables proved to be a highly suitable facility for hosting a licensing, with ample stabling, a lovely indoor with safe footing, an outdoor jumping course and a grass field for presentation on the triangle.
Of seven stallions presented, three were successfully licensed. Von Burggraaf (Burggraaf x Neloma, Ahorn) owned by Ed Bowerman, received the highest score of any stallion in the entire National Tour and was crowned champion of the day. His superb conformation and impressive technique over fences impressed both inspectors and spectators. Reserve champion was the strikingly handsome 3 year old stallion Formation (Formaat x Ovation, Consul) owned by Shawn Bruins-Slot of Kamloops. Also licensed was the dressage specialist Weltwynd (Weltmeyer / Wendekreis) owned by Georgia Clement of Langley.
Su Bright of Aldergrove had a very successful day. Her mare Promise of Peace (Idocus / Nebelhorn) was Champion Mare with a premium and her foal Inner Peace (Ikoon / Idocus) was champion of the Foal Futurity. Also enjoying a successful day was Bob Tapella, whose mare Phancy (Consul x Song of Joy) was Reserve Champion and also premium, and foal Riesland (Raffaello / Consul) was Foal Futurity Reserve Champion.
The feedback from participants and spectators at the licensing was extremely positive. Great thanks must be given to the volunteers who made this day possible: Sandy Alexander, Lisa Poirier, Jenna MacKay, Helen Lindhal Marilyn Powell and Brandy Yeager from our National Office.
Inspections were also held in Enderby and Kamloops over the weekend September 16/17. In Kamloops, Leanne Peniuk and Wendy Cooper very capably organized a good sized inspection with both mares and foal evaluations. Hi-score mare was Eclipse II (Formaat x Ovation, Consul) owned by Shawn Bruins-Slot of Kamloops. Interestingly, this 2002 mare is a full sister to the newly licensed stallion Formation. The following day, Michael Rabe organized and hosted an inspection at his Hanoverian Sport Horse Farm in Enderby with another good selection of mares and foals. Hi-score mare was Keltic Myth (Oxford x Kathmore Oso), owned and bred by Brett and Karen Smith of Grindrod.
Inspectors officiating during the year were: Joan Moore, Sandy Alexander, Marilyn Powell, Michael Rabe, Julie Pilon, Colleen Embree-Jay, Joan Miller and Dana Renix. Thank you to those staunch volunteers.
In my first year serving as inspections coordinator, I became acutely aware of the challenges faced in organizing inspections and the stallion licensing. The most obvious problem was how late participants sent in their paperwork and applications, if they sent it in at all. In almost all cases, I ended up filling out the paperwork myself, the week before or the sometimes even the day of the inspection! In the future, it is essential that participants get their paperwork in earlier, so organizers can plan on how much time, stabling, ribbons, and food needed. Also, participation in the foal futurity was extremely low with only 2 entrants. We need to encourage participation in this rewarding program.
Unfortunately, my academic commitments will not allow me to serve as inspections coordinator again in 2007. However, I look forward to serving as a volunteer again in the future.