Karen Sparks Named CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for June

Ottawa, Ontario — Jump Canada has selected Karen Sparks of Kanata, ON, as the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for June. At the Spruce Meadows “Skyliner” Tournament, held June 23–27 in Calgary, AB, Sparks claimed two major victories.  The 29-year-old athlete won the $5,000 1.30m Ashcor Final Four riding Victoria, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, as well as the $10, 000 1.40m Riddell Family Final Four with Ferraro K, an eight-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding.  Both horses are owned by Brookstreet Stables Corporation.

Run in a unique format similar to the World Championships, the Final Four sees each qualified athlete complete the course first with their own horse, followed by each of the other three qualified horses.  In the $5,000 1.30m Ashcor Final Four, Sparks incurred 10 faults over the four rounds for the win.  In the $10, 000 1.40m Riddell Family Final Four, Sparks had a total of 12 faults over four rounds for the victory.

“My horses did very well at Spruce Meadows,” said Sparks, who trains with nine-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar at Millar Brooke Farm in Perth, ON.  “My young horses were fantastic in the amateur classes during the “Skyliner” Tournament.  Victoria and Ferraro K qualified for the final four in their respective heights and both horses won the Finals.  I am very pleased."

"I am so grateful to have Cavalor support our sport,” continued Sparks.  “It is because of their products that my horses perform so well.”

As the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for June, Sparks receives a gift certificate from title sponsor CAVALOR Inc.

In Canada, Cavalor products are available through Equus Integral (Francis Berger 514 924-4035 and Michel Lavictoire 514 467-8075).  Equus Integral is Cavalor Inc.’s exclusive Canadian distributor and can be reached at info@equusintegral.com.

CAVALOR Inc. is the exclusive North American licensee of the CAVALOR brand and the CAVALOR products from Nutriquine NV. CAVALOR Inc.'s mission is to organize and manage the distribution of CAVALOR products, promote the brand, and establish partnerships to locally manufacture the CAVALOR products, all in North America.  For over 20 years, Nutriquine NV (a Belgian company) has been a pioneer in equine nutrition.  In close cooperation with veterinarians, scientists and specialists of the equestrian sports, Nutriquine has developed, under the brand name CAVALOR, a complete line of supplements, care and feed products to address the diverse needs and requirements of top sport horses and breeding stables. CAVALOR products are distributed and used by many champions in 45 countries around the world.  CAVALOR, when the result counts!  For more information, please call 1-877-775-7507 or e-mail cavaloramerica@cavalor.com.

About Jump Canada
Jump Canada is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level.  Jump Canada is governed by a board, the majority of whose members are elected by the stakeholders in the sport.  For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada.

About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism.  A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry.  Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.

Photo: Karen Sparks (center) was named the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for June by Jump Canada. Photo Credit — Spruce Meadows