The third annual Pacific Cup CVI took place at the lovely Gilroy Gaits in Hollister, Calif. As in the past years, the Pacific Cup CVI offered competition at all levels, 1*, 2*, and 3*, as well as Children's, Juniors, and Seniors. This year there was an especially large entry in the beginning levels, and the Junior events, drawing vaulters and horses from around the U.S. and Canada (New Jersey, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, northern and southern California, Alberta, and British Columbia) as well as vaulters from Mexico, Norway, and Australia.
June 2-6 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show the jumpers will be out in full force to win big bucks. Every night of the week starting at 5:00 PM there will be fierce competition for money culminating in the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday. The pros will be here to jump as high and fast as necessary to take home the prize money so generously donated by our sponsors.
The Biltmore Challenge, held May 1-2 at the historic Biltmore Estate, played host to a Selection Trial for the 2015 FEI Pan-American Endurance Championship for Seniors & Young Riders and the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors. Athletes aiming to compete at these championships eyed top performances in the CEI2* and CEIYJ2* held on May 1.
Owners and fans of Canada's National Horse, the Canadian Horse or Cheval Canadien, have been planning events to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first horses - ancestors of the Canadian Horse - in Quebec. Two stallions and twenty mares were sent over to the French colonies by King Louis XIV of France and landed on what is now Canadian soil in July of 1665. Unfortunately, this anniversary celebration comes at a time when the Canadian Horse breed is in real danger of becoming extinct.
The Livestock Conservancy, an international watchdog for rare and endangered breeds, has just announced that the Canadian Horse's status has changed from threatened to critical. The number of new foals being born and registered has dropped drastically over the past several years, and is now at the point where there will soon not be enough horses of breeding age to maintain the balance between births and deaths. The loss of this breed would be a tragedy, as it represents a living link to the past for Canada and all of North America.
Each year, Dressage at Devon (DAD) selects a foal to follow on its path to the Breed Show at DAD where hundreds of colts and fillies show each year. Each foal is the product of careful breeding and watchful tending as they, hopefully, grow into champions. This year, we will follow Toschufro TT (Totilas x Baba x Don Schufro), an inquisitive, leggy, bay colt with a white star, born on January 1, 2015.