Canadian News

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Personal Best Meisner and Paganini at Beaulieu Dressage Classic
Beaulieu Farms located West of Montreal sight of the CDI-W/Y/J/P/YH Beaulieu International Dressage Classic. The sun was shining and a picture perfect day to host the Grand Prix class for the World Cup Qualifier. An impressive mixture of experienced and debut horses comprised the Grand Prix entry.

Winner Cheryl Meisner from Blanchford Nova Scotia, riding John Risley’s handsome stallion Paganini passaged to a personal best score of 68.426% in front of the five international judges Stephen Clarke from England, President of the Ground Jury, Peter Holler (GER), Alison King (HK), Lilo Fore (USA) and Brenda Minor (CAN). Returning form a successful tour in Europe, Evi Strasser presented her new horse Action Tyme to a second place with 65.787% and Belinda Trussell on Anton was a close third with 65.404%.

Cheryl stated: “He was very fresh but really worked with me. This was my personal best Grand Prix score!”

Lee Tubman riding his beautiful 8 year old mare De La Rosa by De Niro hit a double header wining both the Prix St Georges (66.930%) and Intermediate 1 7(0.877%) classes.

Lee commented: “I am very pleased with her consistency. It is great to be back at this site it brings back many nostalgic memories. I am looking forward to the remainder of our competitive season culminating at Devon.”

Beaulieu Farms is steeped in Dressage history, site of the first FEI North American Championships. Previously known as Windedge Farms, then owned by Don Martz, past President of the Canadian Equestrian Federation. The farm is now owned by Carlo and Bea Zimmer who immigrated to Canada from Luxemburg. They run a large breeding operation with show jumper lines and host major Jumper and Hunter competitions.

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Photo –Cheryl Meisner on John Risley’s Paganini scored a personal best in Grand Prix Photo credit: Pierre Pelletier of ProAction

2009 Canadian Para Dressage Championships

Beaulieu Farms located West of Montreal also hosted the 2009 Canadian PARA Dressage Championships held August 5-6, 2009.

Event producer Cara Whitham of Equivents  Inc.has been holding PARA classes at all her competitions and was delighted when PARA Canada approved her application to host the Championships.
Grade 1A Champion Robyn Andrews on Fancianna an Andalusian cross Friesian said “It was awesome to compete at such a great show & showground!”

Grade 111 Champion Madison Lawson riding McGuire said: “I had a lot of fun. It was a very positive experience.”
Sharon Buffitt on Gitane d’Aubrac were Grade 111 Reserve Champion said: ”It has been a great opportunity for the PARA riders in the East to be able to compete at the National PARA Dressage Championships held at Beaulieu Farms. Thank you to all for providing a safe and friendly environment for this competition, it was a great experience.”

Canadian PARA Chef d’Equipe Elizabeth Robinson said: “PARA Equestrian Canada would like to thank Cara Whitham & Equivents for hosting our National Championships. They made it possible for our riders to demonstrate their skills at such a prestigious event.”

This group now will shortly be travelling to Norway to watch the European PARA Championships.

Left to right – Robyn Andrews, her coach Jessica Rheinlander, Canadian PARA Chef d’Equipe Elisabeth Robinson, Sharon Buffitt her coach Arianne Gauthier, Madison Lawson and her coach Elaine Potter. Photo credit: Pierre Pelletier of ProAction Photo –

New Board Members Announced for 2010

Dressage Canada is pleased to announce the four new board members for 2010: Michaela Eisengruber, Courtenay Fraser, Sue Rothgeb and Renée Young. With four positions to fill and four nominations received, all nominations were accepted by acclamation.

Michaela Eisengruber, a resident of Kingston, NS, was born in Germany and emigrated to Canada in 1998. Having competed in Germany, she has been showing at the national level throughout the Maritimes since 2006. Eisengruber, 26, is currently competing her horse Sir Rock at third level, while apprenticing with the Society of Master Saddlers in the United Kingdom to become a Master Saddler.

Courtenay Fraser, 26, rode her first Grand Prix at the age of 23. A native of Langley, BC, Fraser uses this early success as a point of inspiration and continues to strive for excellence as a dressage rider. Her future goal is to ride as a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team at a major international event such as the World Equestrian Games or the Olympics.

As a member of Canada’s dressage community for 25 years, Sue Rothgeb of Green Valley, ON, has been a rider, trainer, coach, judge, volunteer and competition organizer. Rothgeb is currently the chair of the Dressage Canada Board. She has been a volunteer administrator since 1978, serving terms on the Officials, Competitions, Rules and High Performance Committees.

Renée Young, who has had a passion for horses and riding for as long as she could remember, picked up riding at the age of 22. Since that time, Young, now 35, has had the sport of dressage as the main focus of her life. She is an active judge and a Prix St. Georges competitor. She and her husband, Ron King own and operate Blueprint Farm in Carleton Place, ON.

“Collectively, the four board members will bring dressage experience from both the domestic and the international perspectives,” said the chair of the Nominations Committee, Lisa Hossack-Scott. “I am very excited to work with this board. Everyone brings great knowledge with them that will compliment the board.”

New board members will take office starting January 1, 2010, joining current board members Lisa-Hossack-Scott and Kim Goodyear.