Another exciting week of show-jumping action is in the books at Caledon Equestrian Park, with Rachel Schnurr and Tindale Farms' Prince Garbo highlighting the Summer Classic with a win in the $25,000 Grand Prix -- presented by RAM Equestrian.
Rachel and Prince Garbo Negotiating Saturday evenings course for the win.
PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
The victory came Saturday (June 30) evening under the backdrop of the Wines of the World event held annually at CEP.
Schnurr, who hails from Waterloo, ON., and Prince Garbo bested a starting field of 24 riders, coming out ahead of runners up Kim Farlinger and Stanley Stone for the red ribbon and top prize. Sarah Long and Warnike placed third in the class.
RAM Representatives Ross Millar and Bob Northcott presenting winners Rachel Schnurr and Prince Garbo with awards. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
A day earlier, Schnurr and Prince Garbo just missed out on another top-3 finish, placing fourth in the $10,000 Open Welcome, presented by Omega Alpha.
It would be Cannington, Ontario's Sam Pegg riding Shaia de Macheco, who would claim top prize in Friday's Open Welcome. Pegg and Shaia de Macheco topped a starting field of 34 riders and horses for the win. Elissa Reisman and Citizenguard Cadjanine Z placed second, with Michelle Vandal and her mount Hawkwind's Princeton Hit rounding out the top three.'
Patti Hanco fro Omega Alpha was onsite for award presentations to Sam Pegg aboard
Shaia de Macheco. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Canadian Jennifer Ferguson served as course designer for both classes.
The week's competition wrapped up Sunday with a series of stake classes presented by Omega Alpha. Jackie Henderson and Sandman placed first in the $2,000 Junior/Amateur 1.10m Stake. Lesley Martin and Alouette Platiere followed that up with a victory in the $2,000 Junior/Amateur 1.20m Stake, while Sydney Vince and Frieda took home top prize in the $2,000 Junior/Amateur 1.30m Stake.
Sunday also saw Jennifer Athan and Firecracker win the $500 Pony Jumper Classic in the Grand Prix Ring.
Jennifer Athan and Firecracker competing in the $500 Pony Jumper Classic at Caledon Equestrian Park. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Moving over to the hunter rings, also on Sunday, Kristy Carnovale and her ride Viewpoint won the $4,000 OHJA 3-foot JR/AM Handy Hunter Challenge, presented by the OHJA. That was followed later in the day by the Long Run $2,000 Thoroughbred Hunter Challenge, presented by Nobleton Feed Mill and the HBPA, which saw Cindy Phillips-Wood and her mount Northolt take home the red ribbon.
Northolt and Cindy Phillips-Wood competing in the $2000 LongRun Thoroughbred Hunter Challenge. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
The OHJA also sponsored a series of Pony Power classes on Friday (June 29) in the Meilsoe Hunter Ring. Phoenix Kennedy and Peace Keeper claimed top prize in the Small Pony division, while Cinderella Slippers and Rylee Poole-Kohli topped the field in the Mediums. Ella McHardy and Foxlair Tango came out on top in the Large Pony division.
Poole-Kohli won the Children's Pony Hunter Over Fences class riding Foxfire Lacey, while Victoria Watson won the Short Stirrup Hunter Over Fences division also riding Foxfire Lacey.
Perhaps the fiercest competition of the week came in the annual Caledon Equestrian Park’s Golf Cart Decorating competition. The team of Lauren Schickler, Jenna Boucher, Delany Owens and dogs Chappie, Otis and Pepper from Golden Gate Equestrian rode their cart to vitory in that contest. Jillian Nicholls and Taylor Gray from Absolute Equestrian placed second, with Kieley & Addison McQuaker, Tori Gallagher, and Emma & Samy Saunders from Gryphon Farms receiving and honorable mention.
Equestrian Management Group's Craig Collins presenting awards to participants of the 2nd annual Golf Cart Decorating contest. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Coming up this week at Caledon Equestrian Park is the first phase of the Caledon Premier, featuring the $10,000 Open Welcome -- presented by Leon’s on Friday (July 6), the $3,000 Canadian Hunter Derby - presented by Purina on Saturday, and the $20,000 Grand Prix -- presented by Greenhawk on Sunday.
The second Date Night at the Park will run Tuesday, July 3. For just a $2 admission fee, visitors can take in a movie and enjoy an entertaining evening at CEP ahead of the week's competition.
Also look out for the Ontario Equestrian KidsZone launching July 6 at the park. Aimed at kids aged 3-12, the fun physical activity zone will be open to kids and parents during weekend competitions for the remainder of the season.
Visit caledonequestrianpark.com for a full schedule of upcoming events and official results from previous shows.