Another exciting week of show jumping action is in the books at Caledon Equestrian Park with a pair of competitors hailing from Ontario headlining the winners' list.
Millar and AMMO Investments' Heros closed out the week's competition with a big win on Sunday (Sept. 16) in the $25,000 Grand Prix - presented by RAM Equestrian.
Bob Northcott of Arthur Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd presenting Amy and Heros with winning awards. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Heros and Millar, who hails from Perth, Ont., shined on the course by Canadian course designer, Joey Rycroft, beating out a starting field of 33 competitors for the win.
Orangeville's Kim Farlinger and Stanley Stone, owned by Sher-Al Farm, placed second in the class followed by Coeur de Lion II ridden by Hyde Moffatt in third.
Earlier in the week on Friday (Sept. 14), it was Farlinger and Stanley Stone taking top prize in the $10,000 Open Welcome. The pair came out on top in an impressive field of 44 horses and riders. Amy's brother, Jonathon Millar was second in the Open Welcome riding J Hitchcock Van Overis. Carlie Fairty and Erinus rounded out the top three.
Kim Farlinger and Stanley Stone negotiating the $10,000 Open Welcome course for the win. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
The Autumn Classic also featured a pair of medal divisions in the CET Medal and OJHA/CET Mini Medal with classes throughout the week.
Things got started in the indoor ring in Friday in the CET Flat/Gymnastic Phase. Sam Walker and Houdini beat out Anna Bremermann and Count Bellini in second, and third-place finishers Miranda Burruano Quixote for the win in that phase of the competition.
Sam Walker pictured here with Debra Smith of Running Fox for the awards presentation of the CET Medal Flat & Gymnastic Phase. PC:Ben Radvanyi Photography
Walker and Bremermann would also place first and second, respectively in Sunday's CET Medal Jumping Phase, giving walker the overall victory in the division. Mackenzey Nadeau and Wilby were second in the season-long overall results, with Anna Bremermann and Count Bellini placing third overall.
Winning the Jumping Phase and Overall top award for the CET Medal, Sam Walker on centre stage accepting awards from Debra Smith of Running Fox, with Trainer/Father Scott Walker of Forest Hill Farm. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography.
Isabella Brougham and Othello would start things off with a win in the OJHA/CET Mini Medal class on Friday. She was followed by Reese Tobin and Wrangler in second place. Brougham and Othello would also win Sunday's Jumping Phase of the competition, this time with Disco EK and Anisse Perrault placing second.
Diane Ratigan of the OHJA present Isabella Brougham and Othello with awards for their success in the OHJA/CET Mini Medal. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
The pair of wins were enough to move Brougham and Othello into third place in the season's overall standings, but not enough to unseat overall champions Tobin and Wrangler. Perrault and Disco EK placed second to round up the top three finishers on the season.
Reese Tobin and Wrangler take home overall first place in the OHJA/CET Mini Medal seen here with Diane Ratigan of the OHJA presenting awards. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Not to be outdone, there were impressive performances in the hunter rings during the Autumn Classic as well, highlight by three OHJA Handy Hunter classes on Saturday (Sept. 15).
Walker wrapped up his third big class win on the week with the red ribbon in the $3,000 OHJA JR/AM 3'3"/3'6" Handy Hunter Challenge, this time riding Broadway. Meghan McDonald and California were awarded the blue ribbon in second place.
Sam Walker and Broadway riding to the first place award in the $3,000 OHJA JR/AM 3'6" Handy Hunter Challenge. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Next up was the $4,000 OHJA JR/AM 3' Handy Hunter Challenge, which saw Leah LeBlanc and Ivy League take home top prize, followed by runners up Vimy Henderson and Carrick.
Leah LeBlanc and Ivy League presented with awards from Sharon Batista of the OHJA.
PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
It would be Kilby Brunner Deforest and Beaverwoods Pheonix claiming first in the $5,000 OHJA Pony Power Hunter Finals. Ainsley Dawdy and First Date were second.
Kilby Brunner Deforest aboard Beaverwoods Phoenix pictured above receiving the winning award in the $5,000 OHJA Pony Power Hunter Finals. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Coming up this week at Caledon Equestrian Park is the prestigious Tournament of Champions. Highlights include the $20,000 Caledon Cup First Phase - Table A Speed class on Thursday (Sept. 20).
That will be followed by the $35,500 Caledon Cup Phase 2 - presented by HEP, Aviva Insurance and Edge Mutual on Friday (Sept. 21) at 7:30 p.m. in the indoor ring. Food trucks including Crepe Street, What a Jerk and Get Your Own Taters will begin serving at 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free and everyone is welcome.
Saturday's action will feature the $10,000 Low Jr/Am Pan Am Challenge, presented by Horseware. While Sunday will see the $50,000 Caledon Cup Phase 3 - presented by HEP, Aviva Insurance and Edge Mutual in the Grand Prix Ring.
The Grand Prix Ring will also play host the $20,000 Junior/Amateur Pan Am Challenge - presented by Murray Martin, as well as the always adorable and popular lead line class, presented by the Town of Caledon.
Coming up in October 20 and 21, is the Charlotte Dujardin Masterclass hosted by EMG at the park. There are limited VIP tables and tickets still available.
Visit www.caledonequestrianpark.com for ticket info and sales, as well as a full listing of upcoming events and past results.