Central Canadian Dressage Season Kicks Off with a Bang!

The beginning of the National Dressage Circuit in Central Ontario kicks off May 16 - 18, 2003 at York Equestrian Centre in Cedar Valley. This year is an important one for many athletes as they strive for qualifying points for this year's Pan American Games, Young Horse World Championships, North American Young Rider Championships, Canadian League World Cup Finals and the Open European Championships (where Canada has an opportunity to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games).

The spring show at York Equestrian Centre will boast an impressive international judging panel including Axel Steiner FEI "O" (USA), David Trott, FEI "C" (Great Britain) and Gabriel Armando FEI "C" (Argentina). Canadian judges rounding out the panel will be William Tubman EC "M" and Kerri McGregor EC "B".

For the first time this season, there will be a Sport Horse Breeding Division to the show schedule. This will include dressage/sport horse in hand classes, group classes, under saddle classes and a breeders' exposition. This portion of the show will be judged by Lorraine Macdonald FEI "I" (CAN) and Kristi L. Wysocki (USA).

The spring show will also see the first leg of the Junior & Pony Challenge Series, an exciting new challenge where teams of three riders each will compete in either the Junior or the Pony Divisions. Each team member will ride a different level test and a Team Winner will be named at each competition (May, June and August). The final Grand Champion Team Trophies in both Pony and Junior will be named at the August 1-3 show by tabulating the results from all three competitions.

On Saturday evening, freestyles take centre stage at the Dressage Canada Musical Freestyle Gala night. Spectators will be treated to an evening of freestyle competition performances in the main arena. Doors open at 6:30pm and limited box seating is still available as well as general admission tickets.

If you'd like to find out more information about these exciting events, or would like to download a prizelist to take part, visit www.YorkEquestrianCentre.com.

York Equestrian Centre is one of Canada's premier equestrian facilities. The facility first began as the 'International Equestrian Sport Services' (IESS) owned and run by Mr. Hans Pracht and his family. It then was home to the Eglinton Equestrian Club. The expansive facility gain worldwide recognition during 1986 when the World Dressage Championships were held here, the first time this pretigious competition was held outside of Europe. It was the choice equestrian venue if Toronto had won its bid for the 1996 Olympics and was a contender for the 2008 Olympics. The facility boasts 3 indoor arenas (1 Olympic-size), numerous outdoor rings including a Grand Prix jumper ring, cross-country course and hundreds of miles of hacking.

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