TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Twenty-four of the world's best riders
along with their 56 horses are set to begin a week of top show jumping
when the international division officially opens tonight at the
prestigious CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show, Toronto.
Between now and Saturday, November 9th, these select riders will have the opportunity to compete in ten
matinee and evening competitions including the $100,000 Hickstead FEI
World CupTM Grand Prix presented by GroupBy (Wednesday, November 6th), the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open (Friday, November 8th) and Saturday evening's $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.
Current Canadian Champion Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, who just claimed
the Greenhawk Canadian Cup for the fourth consecutive time, will lead
the squad representing the home team. He will be joined by ten-time
Olympian 'Captain Canada' Ian Millar (Perth, ON), two-time Canadian
Champion Ainsley Vince (Burlington, ON), 2008 Beijing team silver
medalist Mac Cone (King City, ON), Karen Cudmore (based in Omaha, NB),
Angela Covert (St. Lazare, PQ), as well as Jordan MacPherson (Toronto,
ON) and Barcelona Olympian Beth Underhill (Schomberg, ON).
The American and foreign riders are always fierce competitors and this
year they have sent a mix of seasoned veterans and exciting 'next
generation' superstars who are rapidly making their ascent up the show
Hotly anticipated visiting riders include two-time Olympic team gold
medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY; Olympic team gold medalist Laura
Kraut (Wellington, FL); and exciting young talent including Belgium's
Jos Verlooy (18), New York, NY's Katie Dinan (20), Brianne Goutal (25,
Palm Beach, FL) and Belgian twin brothers Nicola and Olivier
Philippaerts (25). Kent Farrington (33, Greenwich, CT) returns to
defend his 2012 title in the Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.
The evening performance on Thursday, November 7th offers an exciting double-bill of international show jumping with the
$32,000 MNP International Top Score and the $20,000 Royal Dressage
Invitational Freestyle to Music.
The Royal Horse Show is not limited to competition however, with
family-friendly features including the exciting Jack Russell Terrier
races and Sylvia Zerbini, former star of Cavalia, performing in the
horse show this week.
The show continues through Sunday, November 10th, with closing day's competition free with general admission to the
For complete list of international entries, full horse show timetable
and to purchase tickets online please visit royalfair.org.
About the Royal Horse Show and 91st Royal Agricultural Winter Fair ~ A family tradition since 1922, the Royal Horse Show brings world-class
horses and riders from Canada, the U.S. and overseas, including Olympic
and World champions, to Toronto each November to compete for almost
$800,000 in prize money and prestigious titles. Over 850 horses of all
shapes and sizes participate in show jumping, dressage, indoor
eventing, driving, coaching and so much more, over the ten-days of
competition. Special features such as the President's Choice Animal
Theatre, the aMAZEing Food Journey, AG-tivity Central, Trade-Fair
shopping & educational events round out a day at The Royal. The Royal
remains a highlight of the Toronto fall social calendar, visited by
Royalty, politicians and horse-enthusiasts for generations. For
competition schedules, LIVE webcasting, results and to purchase
tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org.
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Image with caption: "Kent Farrington will return with Uceko to defend his 2012 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge title at the 2013 CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show. The international division runs through November 9th at the Ricoh Coliseum, Exhibition Place. (CNW Group/Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131105_C4595_PHOTO_EN_33025.jpg
SOURCE: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
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