Big wins by Millar, Fagerström, Pegg highlight two weeks of show jumping action at Caledon Equestrian Park

August 8, 2016

PALGRAVE, Ontario — Caledon Equestrian Park wrapped up two weeks of thrilling competition and show jumping action during the Equestrian Festival and Summer Festival CSI2*.


Nina Fagerström and her 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Flower, closed out the Summer Festival CSI2* last week (Aug. 2-7) by beating out a field of 30 in Saturday’s $50,000 FEI Jumper Classic. 

Nina Fagerström and her 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Flower competing for the victory in the $50,000 FEI Jumper Classic. Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography


Seven competitors would move onto the jump-off after a tough first round that saw many struggle with the 10 A-B-C triple combination. 


“It was a very good class I thought,” said Canadian course designer Michel Vaillancourt. “The results were quite perfect as far as the number of clears and everything else and also how the horses fared. We had a few mishaps in the triple combination, and those were rider errors, but otherwise the class went pretty smoothly.”


Fagerström and Flower were the first to go clear in the first round and first to compete in the jump-off, setting a pace that would carry the duo through for the win.


“I think the course designer did a really good job today. It was technical, but fair for the horses, big enough and rode very well,” said the Finnish rider, who now resides in Cumberland, Ont. “He got the right number to the jump-off, so the jump-off was really exciting.” 


“Both of my horses worked really well today, they were both double-clear. Flower was the star of the day and I was the first one to go in the jump-off. I just had to do my course and didn’t have a chance to watch any of the others and make my plan then. I just went as quickly as I could and was really happy she was clear. I knew I was going to be in the top three (before the second ride), but you never know if it’s going to be enough to win.”


Fagerström was also fourth in the class riding MD Equestrian Inc.’s Quel Cadans Z. Jonathon Millar with Millar Brooke Farm’s Daveau and Jay Hayes riding Riva rounded out the top three.

Nina Fagerström accepting the red rosette on her fourth placed mount Quel Cadans Z.  

Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography


Jonathon’s father — and 10-time Canadian Olympian — Ian Millar, claimed victory Thursday (Aug. 4) while riding Emily Kinch’s Teddy du Bosquetiau in the $35,000 FEI Open Welcome, presented by Greenhawk. Millar topped a field of 33 for the win.


Ian Millar and Teddy du Bosquetiau​ winning the $35,000 Open Welcome -Presented by Greenhawk.  Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography



“’Teddy B’ was excellent. There were nine in the jump-off. The course designer made the jump-off course quite difficult to jump and the result was only two clean. Beth (Underhill) led it off clean and was very fast. Everyone had rails trying to beat her and I was able to get it done. It was one of those jump-offs that if I’d gone first and she’d gone second, she probably would have beaten me,” said Millar.


Friday’s $15,000 Modified Grand Prix, presented by McKee-Pownall Veterinary Services, saw American rider Andy Kocher ride his mount E Umonia R to top prize, beating out Ireland’s Daniel Coyle on Susan Grange’s Tienna and Jonathon Millar riding Peter Edgar’s Caprice.


Andy Kocher and E Umonia R jumping to victory.  

Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography








Andy Kocher and E Umonia R accepting the winning award for the $15,000 Modifed Grand Prix - Presented by McKee Pownall Vetrinary Services.  

Photo credit:

Ben Radvanyi Photography





The Summer Festival CSI2* wrapped up Sunday (Aug. 7) with the second annual OHJA Super Sunday event, which provides and opportunity for junior and amateur riders to improve their skills in classes with specific requirements.


The event saw riders compete in four Junior/Amateur divisions , from 1.10m to 1.40m  in the Grand Prix ring with $20,000 in prize money up for grabs on the day.


Jeff Brandmaier, riding Knightwood Stables’ Caliana, won the Junior/Amateur 1.40m division for the third straight year to close out Sunday’s action.

 Jeff Brandmaier on Kightwood stables Caliana accepting the Champion rosette and cooler from OHJA President Evie Frisque, for his win of the Junior/Amateur 1.40m Division.   

Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography


The Equestrian Festival, which ran July 26-31, saw the big jumpers give way to the up-and-comers in the Grand Prix Ring. 


The move to Jumper 1 seemed to suit Sam Pegg and his ride Shaia de Macheco just fine.

 Sam Pegg and Shaia de Macheco competing during the Equestrian Festival Horse show.  

Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography


The pair won all three showcase jumper events on the week claiming top prize in the $10,000 Open Welcome, presented by Leon’s on Friday (July 29), the $10,000 Modified Grand Prix, presented by LD Cairns on Saturday and the $25,000 Grand Prix-presented by RAM Equestrian on Sunday.















Sam Pegg and Shaia de Macheco accepting awards for the $10,000 Open Welcome - Presented by Leon's Furniture (Pictured here with Hilary Donaldson of Leon's Furniture), and the $10,000 Modified Grand Prix - Presented by LD Cairns.  

Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography



After a number of top three finishes on the season, Pegg and Shaia de Macheco finally broke through in the $10,000 Open Welcome-presented by Leon's Furniture on Thursday, July 28, beating out a field of 15 for their first big win at Caledon Equestrian Park in 2016.


“I took a few weeks off — a little bit of rest at home. There were a couple of international shows that everyone else went to and I took two weeks off to let the horses rest,” said Pegg. “We have a great nine year old who was third yesterday and fourth today (Sunday) as well, so a little R&R (did the trick).”


Pegg and Shaia de Macheco — a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood Mare owned by he and brother Michael Pegg — made it two in a row in the $10,000 Modified Grand Prix-presented by LD Cairns on July 30. The duo edged out Hugh Graham and Diamond Mine in the jump off for the win, while Pegg was also third in the class riding Nicole Boisvert’s Vendome DH Z.


The good times kept rolling for Pegg on the final day of the Equestrian Festival in the $25,000 Grand Prix-presented by RAM Equestrian. He and Shaia de Macheco bested a field of 12 in the jump off — finishing less than a half a second ahead of Orangeville’s Kim Farlinger and her mount Caprice VD Brouwershoeve — who placed second. 

Sam Pegg and Shaia de Macheco being presented with the red rosette by RAM Equestrian representatives Bob Northcott and Janice Blakney. 

Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography 


“Kim did a great job, her horse jumped well. She’s always a very fast rider, but I know Shaia has fast foot speed in the turns, so I don’t usually have to leave out strides in front of the jumps, I can just be really fast and she’ll jump on an angle,” said Pegg. “She’s very experienced and we’re lucky to have her.”


“The course designer (Peter Holmes) was great this week. I really liked his courses. I think the horses jumped better as the week went,” he added. 


Pegg also made some waves in the hunter ring during the Equestrian Festival, placing second in the $3,000 TRM Good as Gold Hunter Derby riding Mark Hayes’ Corby, also on July 31.


It was Toronto, Ontario’s Cawthra Burns who successfully piloted her own mount ’ Crush for the Derby win at the Caledon Equestrian Park.    

 Cawthra Burns and Crush accepting the awards from Rebecca Roy of Greenhawk, for winning the TRM Good as Gold Hunter Derby.  Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi Photography 


Robin Hannah-Carlton of Sherwood Farm in St. Catharines, ON had a great showing in the $1,500 Nobleton Feed/Longrun Thoroughbred Hunter Challenge on Saturday, placing first and second on Future Kings and Prodigioso, respectively — both owned by Marilyn Lee Hannah.


Coming up next at  the Caledon Equestrian Park will be the Trillium Zone Classic from Aug. 19-21, followed by the Dressage Summer Classic from Aug. 26-28. The Trillium Championships will run Aug. 31- Sept. 4 before the A circuit returns for the Autumn Classic from Sept. 14-18.


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Results — Summer Festival CSI2* (Aug. 2-7)
Top 5 (Horse/Owner/Rider):


$35,000 FEI Open Welcome Presented by Greenhawk (Thursday, Aug 4)

1)    Teddy du Bosquetiau / Emily Kinch / Ian Millar
2)    Count Me In / Sandy Lupton / Beth Underhill
3)    Zantos II / Mandy Hall / Andy Kocher
4)    Ridley / Susan Grange / Daniel Coyle
5)    Hera Van de Kouterhoeve / Angelstone Partners / Keean White


$15,000 Modified Grand Prix Presented by McKee-Pownall Veterinary (Friday, Aug. 5)

1)    E Umonia R / Andy Kocher / Andy Kocher
2)    Tienna / Susan Grange / Daniel Coyle
3)    Caprice / Peter Edgar / Jonathon Millar
4)    Vendome DH Z / Nicole Boisvert / Sam Pegg
5)    Vittorio 8 / Future Adventures / Ian Millar


$50,000 FEI Jumper Classic (Saturday, Aug. 6)

1)    Flower / Finca Horses Inc. / Nina Fagerström
2)    Daveau / Millar Brooke Farm / Jonathon Millar
3)    Riva / North Ridge & Summerhill Farm / Jay Hayes    
4)    Quel Cadans Z / MD Equestrian Inc. / Nina Fagerström
5)    Corette / Javier Slavador & Angelstone Farms / Keean White



Results — Equestrian Festival (July 26-31)
Top 5 (Horse/Owner/Rider):


$10,000 Open Welcome Presented by Leon's Furniture (Friday, July 29)

1)    Shaia de Macheco / Michael Pegg / Sam Pegg
2)    Stanley Stone / Sher-Al Farm / Kim Farlinger
3)    Delansa / Wim Janssen / Wim Janssen
4)    Braveheart de Muze / Double C Stables / Jacqueline Steffens
5)    Iron Man / Holly Erith / Jennifer Sarsfield


$10,000 Modified Grand Prix Presented by LD Cairns (Saturday, July 30)

1)    Shaia de Macheco / Michael Pegg / Sam Pegg
2)    Diamond Mine / Hugh Graham / Hugh Graham
3)    Vendome DH Z / Nicole Boisvert / Sam Pegg
4)    Emergo / Kim Farlinger Stables Ltd. / Kim Farlinger
5)    Cantabria L'Esprit de Galoubet / Double C Stables / Jacqueline Steffens


$25,000 Grand Prix Presented by RAM Equestrian (Sunday, July 31)

1)    Shaia de Macheco / Michael Pegg / Sam Pegg
2)    Caprice VD Brouwershoeve / Kim Farlinger Stables Ltd. / Kim Farlinger
3)    Cooper R / Jessica Blum / Jessica Blum
4)    Vendome DH Z / Nicole Boisvert / Sam Pegg
5)    Stormin' / Katie Spencer / Hyde Moffatt


$3000 Good as Gold Canadian Hunter Derby Presented by TRM Ireland Good as Gold (Sunday, July 31)

1)    Crush / Cawthra Burns / Cawthra Burns
2)    Corby / Mark Hayes / Sam Pegg
3)    Bayridge / Doug Bannister /Ryan Roy
4)    Posh / Cawthra Burns / Cawthra Burns
5)    Harraby / Caitlin Fell / Sam Pegg





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