Conor Swail and James Chawke pull off ‘Irish sweep’ at Classic @ Palgrave Phase 2 CSI3*
The second phase of the Classic @ Palgrave CSI3* at Caledon Equestrian Park — the first ever CSI3* competition at the park — wrapped up Sunday (May 19) with Irish duo Conor Swail and James Chawke absolutely dominating.
Kelly Nichols from Horseware presents Conor Swail and Koss van Heiste with awards for their win of the $36,500 FEI Open Welcome presented by Horseware.
It was Swail starting things off with a win in the $36,500 FEI Open Welcome, presented by Horseware on Thursday, riding Eadaoin Collins’ nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, Koss van Heiste. Perth, Ontario’s Amy Millar and Ericson were second, with fellow Canadian Hyde Moffat and Grafton in third.
Swail followed up that victory by accomplishing the near-impossible in Saturday’s $40,000 FEI Table A Speed class, presented by Pommies Cider Co., by posting identical tying winning times of 65.54 seconds riding two of his three entries in the class — Koss van Heiste and his own mount Pin Up de Hus Z. Amy Millar and Heros were third.
Capping off his great week, Swail added another victory in Sunday’s $10,000 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Stake – presented by Champion Shavings, this time riding Asta Torokvei’s Gamble.
Lindsay and Madeline Sutcliffe were onsite to present Conor with his amazing tie for first place in the $40,000 FEI Table A Speed class, presented by Pommies Cider Co.
Chawke completed the week’s “Irish sweep” placing first and third in Sunday’s $100,000 FEI Grand Prix – presented by RAM Equestrian. Hawke beat out an impressive field of 13 International competitors in the jump-off for the top prize riding Skara Glen's Presence, owned by Skara Glen Stables. He placed third riding Grasshopper.
James Chawke aboard Skara Glen's Presence, owned by Skara Glen Stables was the winner of the $100,000 FEI Grand Prix presented by RAM Equestrian. Photo left to right: Ron Wilson-Grand River RAM Rodeo, Bob Northcott-Arthur Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd, Jane Wilson-Grand River RAM Rodeo, Ross Millar-Ross Millar Group.
While not cracking the winner’s circle on the week, Millar claimed her fourth top-three finish of the week by piloting Daveau to a second-place finish in the Grand Prix. She started out the week placing third in the $1,500 FEI 1.40m Jumper on Wednesday (May 22), behind winners Vanessa Mannix from Calgary and her ride Dooley's Deluxe. Tottenham, Ontario’s Erynn Ballard and Flyboy were second.
The Classic @ Palgrave Phase 2 CSI3* also featured some notable classes over in the hunter rings.
Deborah Weir and Red October took home the red ribbon in the $2,000 LongRun TB Hunter Challenge – presented by Chiefswood Aftercare on Saturday. Meredith Leonard and Prodigioso were second, with Ayla Torigian and Southern Song rounding out the top three.
Deborah Weir and Red October took home the red ribbon in the $2,000 LongRun TB Hunter Challenge – presented by Chiefswood Aftercare.
“The Long Run TB Hunter Classic Series will feature the EAST/WEST Challenge again for another year. Horses competing in the TB Hunter Classic Series on the East and West coasts will accumulate points throughout the season, and the TB with the highest number of points at the end on the season will receive a $500 bonus provided by Chiefswood Aftercare,” reads a release about the series.
“Long Run is one of the first adoption and placement programs for Thoroughbred racehorses in Ontario designed to offer an alternative to owners and trainers - rather than have horses continue to race that are no longer able to compete,” it added.
Visit www.longrunretirement.com for more information.
Friday saw the first class of the season-long OHJA Pony Power Series. Caledon’s own Beatrice Sutcliffe and Wray Acres Amythest were victorious in the OHJA Small Pony Power Handy – presented by Hampton Inn.
The series, “intended to develop skills for the young rider”, will return to Caledon Equestrian Park for the Summer Classic (June 26-30). The finals are scheduled for the Autumn Classic running Sept. 11-15.
Kristjan Good and Salvo won the first of four Robert Meilsoe Grand Championship Hunter Series Cooler up for grabs during the 2019 season.
EMG Representatives Marilyn Carey and Deborah Weir present the Meilsoe award to Kristjan Good and Salvo RSF for series one. (Left to Right: Marilyn Carey, Deborah Weir, Kristjan Good, Cydney Pavan) PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography.
The special coolers in memory of Robert Meilsoe are awarded to the Grand Champion Hunter over each of EMG’s four series, awarded to the hunter with the highest number of points in one respective division over a series. The next one up for grabs will be in the Junior Hunter Divisions (Juniors, Childrens, 3-foot-3, ponies) during the park’s June-July series of shows.
Beginning in 2019 are the always fun and popular Tack Room Awards, sponsored by Ride Every Stride Inc. It was Di Langmuir of Langmuir Equestrian Services taking home the first coveted director’s chair top prize for her impressive setup. The next round will feature a Canada Day theme during the Summer Classic. Judging will take place June 29.
Also back this year are “Pommies and Popcorn” Movie Nights at Caledon Equestrian Park coming July 4 and Aug. 8. Movies will be shown on the park’s outdoor big screen. Parking and admission are free and the event is open to the public. Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. with Pommies Cider Co. offering half-priced Pommies and complimentary popcorn between 6-7 p.m. Visit www.caledonequestrianpark.com for more details and titles as they become available.
For those travelling long distances, don’t forget Hampton Inn and Suites located in nearby Bolton offers Caledon Equestrian Park exhibitors a special rate. Visit www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com and enter “Bolton” in the location search field for more information.
Caledon Equestrian Park would also like to highlight and thank Grand Prix sponsor RAM Equestrian. Designed to market the entire horse community, RAM Equestrian in partnership with the Ontario RAM Truck Dealer Association specializes in designing and executing marketing campaigns tailored to partners’ needs within the horse industry.” Visit www.rossmillargroup.com for more info.
Next on the schedule at Caledon Equestrian Park is the Caledon Spring Jubilee CDI3* & CDEPI Dressage show, running May 31 to June 2.
Show jumping action returns with the Summer Classic between June 26-30. New at this year’s event will be the Youth Children’s 1.20m class. The EC Youth Children’s will follow FEI class specifications without requiring FEI passports or stabling. It’s open to riders from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 12 until the end of the calendar year in which they reach 14.
As always, visit the park’s website for full listing of the season’s event and results for every show.