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Canadian Show Jumping Team Clinches BMO Nations Cup Title at Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows Masters 2014The Canadian Show Jumping Team comprised of Ben Asselin, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar clinched victory in the $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup held Saturday, September 13, at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary, AB. The win marked the second victory for Canada in the event’s history, having previously won in 2006.  The BMO Nations’ Cup has been held at Spruce Meadows since 1977.

Calgary’s own Ben Asselin posted double clear rounds in his $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup debut to lead Canada to victory riding Makavoy, an 11-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Hors la Loi II x Ahorn) owned by Attaché Stables. Continue reading


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Margaret Johnston 1943-2014

Margaret_Johnston_1943-2014Margaret Anne Johnston passed away on August 8, 2014 in Didsbury at the age of 70 years. Margaret was born September 1, 1943 to Nels and Jessie Petersen. She was raised on the family farm at Harmattan and attended the Harmattan School and Sundre High School. She graduated in 1961 and went on to the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1964. Margaret married Jack Johnson in 1965 and together they had two children Ivy and Donald. They raised Pinto horses and were active in both the Pinto Horse Association and the Didsbury Light Horse Association. Following her separation she moved to her farm west of Didsbury where she resided for the rest of her life. Margaret had an active nursing career at the Didsbury Hospital for 25 years, after which she had a foot care private practice for another 20 years. She remained active in the Light Horse Association and received an award for 50 years of service in 2013. Margaret was instrumental in the development of the Mountain View Special Riding Association and remained active with it for several years. She was an approved steward for the Canadian Equestrian Federation. She enjoyed showing and trail riding for many years, especially with her favourite gelding “Runner”.


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Normandy Passes the Torch to Canada During Handover Ceremony at Close of Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

WEG wrap upWith the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, FRA coming to an end during the Closing Ceremonies on September 7, Canada stepped into the spotlight as the official host country of the eighth edition of the Games, to be held in Bromont, QC in 2018.

As announced by the FEI on June 9, 2014, the Jeux Équestres Mondiaux 2018 (JEM 2018) Bid Committee was unanimously awarded the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, with Bromont and Montreal, QC acting as the official host cities.

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Proposed 2015 Equine Canada Rule Changes Now Available for Review and Comment

The 2015 rule change proposals are now posted on the Equine Canada website for public comment.

The National Rules Committee and the respective discipline rules committees will consider pertinent public comments and modify/correct/withdraw any rule change proposals requiring attention prior to October 15, 2014.

Finalized rule changes will be posted on the Equine Canada website by December 1, 2014, to be effective January 1, 2015.

To send comments or questions regarding Equine Canada rules process, please contact the competitions department at

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Canadian Vaulting Team Portrays Good and Evil to Advance at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

Alberta Vaulters: the road to WEG

The Canadian Vaulting Team put in a stunning Freestyle performance portraying Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for a top 10 placing during the FEI World Squad Vaulting Championship on September 3 at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, FRA.

2014_weg_vaulting_squad-sleeping-beauty The Canadian Vaulting Squad performed a stellar Freestyle to earn their berth into the final FEI World Squad Vaulting Championship Freestyle slated for September 5. Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman Photo

After completing the Compulsory Test on September 2 at the Zenith venue in the city of Caen, the squad was holding 12th place heading into the Freestyle. Their emotional depiction of the good and evil storyline of Sleeping Beauty brought their first round total to 6.783 for 10th place – qualifying them to move on as part of the top 12 squads heading into the round two Freestyle that will determine Team Medals on September 5.

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