The Greenhawk Canadian Cup, Horseware Indoor Eventing and The Ontario Toyota Dealers Royal Rodeo Headline the Royal Horse Show this weekend.
TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - The 91st Royal Agricultural Winter Fair opens tomorrow, November 1st, and with it, the prestigious CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show.
Opening weekend in the Royal Horse Show boasts a spectacular lineup of
family entertainment and first-rate competition, as well as a very
special tribute "A Salute to Those Who Serve" during Friday night's
official opening ceremony.
"We have multiple-time defending champions returning in both Horseware
Indoor Eventing and the Greenhawk Canadian Cup," said Brian O'Leary,
Chairman of the Horse Show. "Competition will be fierce, and when you
throw in our British guest-riders Oliver Townend and William Fox-Pitt,
it's anybody's game."
Entries for the $75,000 Greenhawk Canadian Cup include ten-time Olympian
Ian Millar (Perth, ON), fellow Olympians Jill Henselwood (Oxford Mills,
ON) and Mac Cone (King, ON), and upwards of 20 others including
three-time defending Canadian Champion Yann Candele (King City, ON).
Ainsley Vince (Burlington, ON), who has represented Canada at three
World Cup Finals and is a past back-to-back Canadian Champion will also
return to attempt to break Candele's winning streak.
Horseware Indoor Eventing blends the skill and accuracy of show jumping
with the thrill and adventure of cross-country riding. Indoor Eventing
features a modified course of rugged cross-country jumps such as
hedges, walls, and a bank, combined with fragile stadium jumps, whose
poles and planks are designed to fall at the slightest nudge of a
horse's hoof. Penalties accumulate over two nights of competition and
at the end the rider with the lowest score overall is declared the
Britain's William Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend will be "catch-riding"
borrowed horses in Horseware Indoor Eventing. Fox-Pitt is currently
the number two ranked rider in the world on the International
Equestrian Federation's (FEI) Longines ranking list, having just won a
major four-star competition in France last weekend. Townend is a past
winner of the four-star Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and
the Burghley Horse Trials. Neither have come to Toronto to sightsee.
They will join a slate of top Canadian eventers in applying pressure to
Port Perry, Ontario's Waylon Roberts, who has won the Indoor Eventing
title more times than not. Canadian teammates Selena O'Hanlon
(Kingston, ON) and Jessica Phoenix (Uxbridge, ON) and even Roberts' own
father, Ian Roberts (Port Perry, ON) will be putting the pressure on!
In addition, The Royal Winter Fair will open with A ROYAL SALUTE TO
THOSE WHO SERVE, during The Royal Horse Show evening performance on
opening night November 1st honouring the Canadian Military and First Responders. The Royal Horse
Show will feature The Toronto Police Services Mounted Equestrian Games
Team Champions who won the North American Police Equestrian Games this
past October. Both Trooper, the 2013 Top Horse, and the RCMP Mounted
Unit, will take part in the ceremony alongside The Governor General's
Horse Guard and the Toronto Police Services Canine Unit.
Opening weekend would not be complete without the thrills and spills of
the Ontario Toyota Dealers Royal Rodeo, Sunday, November 3rd , back once more to keep visitors on the edge of their seats. Bull
riding, bronc riding and barrel racing are just a few of the highlights
of this exciting afternoon. The much loved star of CBC's Heartland,
Amber Marshall will be co-hosting the Rodeo once again.
Special features in the horse show opening weekend include Australian
"horse-whisperer" Guy McLean and the ever-popular Jack Russell Terrier
Following opening weekend, International riders will compete from
Tuesday, November 5th to Saturday, November 9th, in matinee and evening competitions including Tuesday's $32,000 Jolera
International Welcome, Wednesday's $100,000 Hickstead FEI World CupTM Grand Prix presented by GroupBy, Thursday's $32,000 MNP International
Top Score, Friday's $50,000 Weston Canadian Open and the hottest ticket
in town - Saturday night's $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.
All weekday matinee performances in the horse show are FREE with general
admission to the Fair, as is Sunday November 10th. Thursday evening's performance offers an exciting double-bill
featuring International show jumping as well as the $20,000 Royal
Invitational Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle to Music competition.
The complete timetable is available at www.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: "Australia's Guy McLean will be performing November 1-3 in the Royal Horse Show as well as the President's Choice Animal Theatre at the 91st Royal Agricultural Winter Fair which opens tomorrow and runs through November 10 at the Direct Energy Centre. For complete schedules visit www.royalfair.org. Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi (CNW Group/The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131031_C9192_PHOTO_EN_32808.jpg
SOURCE: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
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