Port Authority Named Omega Alpha Canadian Event Horse of the Month for April

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Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Eventing Committee has named Port Authority as the Omega Alpha Canadian Event Horse of the Month for April, based on top ten performances at both the CIC 3* The Fork Horse Trials and CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.

Competing in the CIC 3* The Fork Horse Trials in Norwood, NC, held April 1–4, Port Authority, a Canadian-bred 12-year-old Selle Français/Thoroughbred gelding, owned and ridden by Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch, 21, of Summerland, BC, finished in eighth place against stiff competition. A dressage score of 53.9 put the pair in 22nd place. They added just 0.4 time faults on the cross country course designed by Captain Mark Phillips, and had a double clear show jumping effort to move up the leaderboard finishing on a penalty score of 54.3.

At the end of the month, the pair then competed in their first international four star three day event, CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, held April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, USA. Port Authority and Rhodes-Bosch sat in 15th place following dressage with a score of 52.0. The pair then tackled Michael Etherington-Smith’s (GBR) cross country course where none of the obstacles proved to be a problem. They crossed the finish line with no jumping or time faults, moving them up the leaderboard and into ninth place. Port Authority and Rhodes-Bosch also had a fault free jumping round to finish on their dressage score for fifth place overall, only one of four riders out of 53 starters to do so. In addition to their fifth place finish, Port Authority was also awarded The Best Conditioned Horse Trophy, a prestigious award determined by the Ground Jury and Veterinary officials, and Rhodes-Bosch won The J.D. Reeves Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the highest-placed young rider (18­–21 years of age).  She also received an HSBC Training Bursary for being the best placed, first time, 4-star competitor.  

“I am thrilled with my horse’s performance at the Fork and Rolex,” said Rhodes-Bosch, who was just 16-years-old when she purchased Port Authority as a five-year-old directly from his breeder. “He has always been pretty fantastic, and we were able to take the great results we were getting at home to the Fork and Rolex. I would really like to thank Omega Alpha for sponsoring this award. It is a really nice gesture to recognize Canadian owners.”

Canadian Eventing created the horse recognition program to celebrate the achievements of Canadian owned horses that represent Canada in North American competition. Canadian Eventing is also very pleased to have Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals’ generous support of the horse recognition program. Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals will be providing each owner of the "Horse of the Month" with a generous gift certificate of $200 credit towards the purchase of Omega Alpha products of their choice.

About Canadian Eventing
Canadian Eventing is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for the sport of eventing in Canada from the grassroots to the international level. The Canadian Eventing Committee is comprised of 12 members, including two rider representatives elected by the Elite Riders Association. Directed by the Strategic Plan for Eventing, all Eventing activities are administered by this committee via six sub-committees with the support of an eventing manager based at the Equine Canada office in Ottawa. For more information about Canadian Eventing, visit www.equinecanda.ca and select disciplines then Eventing.

About Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. is Canadian owned and incorporated in 1992, and with the approval of Health Canada, Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals has concentrated its efforts into producing and manufacturing herbal supplements and remedies. As a pharmaceutical company, all herbal supplements and health products manufactured by Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. are done so following rigid standards and uncompromising quality. Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. specializes in formulations for enhancing equine health and performance, using the finest natural ingredients available. For a list of the wide range of products for the optimum health and performance of humans, equines and pets, please visit www.oapharma.com.  

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: Port Authority Bay was named as the Omega Alpha Canadian Event Horse of the Month for April. Photo Credit— Cealy Tetley