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30/ FEBRUARY 2012 THE RIDER


Canadian Ashley Keary Wins Team Bronze at FEI International Jumping Children’s Final


Ottawa, Ontario — Ashley Keary, 14, of Brockville, ON, was a member of the bronze medal winning team at the FEI Children’s International Classics Final 2011 held in Hong Kong January 11–14, 2012.


Riding a borrowed horse for the entire competition, Hot Pot, a 15-year-old bay geld- ing, Keary started the event with a clear round during the warm-up competition on Jan- uary 11. The following day, the pair incurred four faults in the first round to finish in 16th place. In the second round, Keary and Hot Pot once again had four faults for 15th spot.


Riding for Team Chopar- dissimo with Lily Tootill from New Zealand, Taryn Rault from Russia and Simon Fer- nandez-Salvador Fallet from Ecuador, Keary’s two round total was combined with those of the other members of her team. With only the top three scores of each round to count, Keary’s team had a two round total of four faults with a com- bined time of 232.25. Team Happy Diamonds won gold with four faults in a time of 212.52. The silver medal went to Team Happy Sport with a four fault time of 214.80. “Attending the Final was an experience of a lifetime


that I will never forget,” said Keary, who attended the com- petition with her long-time coach, Linda Amell of North Stone Farm. “I have so many great memories and friends. It was a pleasure to represent Canada and receive a bronze medal.


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“This was a learning experience and I think it has improved my riding. I’m hop- ing to do more international shows this upcoming year. I feel very blessed to be able to compete at that level,” added Keary.


On the final day of com- petition on January 14, Brazil’s Sarah Vasconcellos won the individual title riding Cornwall Chiefs. Arianna Ladd of Hong Kong finished with the silver medal riding Mountain Treasure, while South Africa’s Cameron Daw- son won the bronze medal rid- ing Golden Goblet.


Keary earned the right to represent Canada through her placing at the FEI Children’s Final Qualifier held at the La Classique International de Blainville Week 2, held in Blainville, PQ, which was one of two qualifying competi- tions held in Canada in 2011. Complete results for the FEI Children’s International Classics Final 2011 may be found at http://www.fei.org/events/seri


The FEI International Jumping Children’s Final is for show jumping competitors aged 12 to 14. Each country is represented by a maximum of two riders with the excep- tion of the host country, who is entitled to have a number of competitors equal to the num- ber of foreign entries. Foreign riders compete on borrowed horses, supplied by the host country. The competition was created to promote and encourage talented young rid- ers by giving them the oppor- tunity to experience interna- tional competition with sup- port from the FEI.


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Photo: “Keary, 14, of Brockville, ON, was a mem- ber of the bronze medal win- ning team at the FEI Chil- dren’s International Classics Final 2011 held in Hong Kong January 11–14, 2012.”


Equine Canada Bronze


Officials Subsidy Program Pilot makes a difference to Competition Organizers


Ottawa, ON—The Equine Canada Competitions and Officials committees are pleased to announce the suc- cess of the second year of the Equine Canada Bronze Offi- cials Subsidy Program Pilot. With close to $6,000 awarded in 2011 to Bronze level competition organizers to assist them in securing licensed officials for their events; this is a program that has quickly made a significant difference to organizing clubs across the country. Overall over $12,000 has been award- ed. By providing financial support evenly across this country and across all disci- pline and breed competitions, competitors have been assured of competing under the juris- diction of highly trained and accredited judges and course designers at licensed competi- tions.


In 2011, 20 Bronze com- petitions representing the dis- ciplines of hunter/jumper, endurance, driving, dressage, breed sports, reining, event- ing, general performance and Pony Club in seven provinces received funding after under- going an application process adjudicated by members of the Officials and Competi- tions committees.


After successful comple- tion of the two-year Pilot, the program will be reviewed prior to its continuation in 2013.


“Much has been learned about the needs of our lower level organizers,” said Anne


Welch, chair of the Equine Canada Competitions Com- mittee. “It is now time to determine how best to bring this program forward in a sus- tainable way.”


“We have learned a lot from this program and future planning will include incen- tives for using ‘r’ officials and ‘B’ officials for dressage and eventing so that the opportuni- ties Bronze competitions offer under the Subsidy program will help accelerate the hands- on officiating required to gain promotion in their field of endeavour,” said the chair of the Officials Committee, Jill Barton, who has been respon- sible for the program since 2010.


In addition Barton praised her subcommittee, “the program would not have happened without the Cec Watson, Ruth Carlson, Isabel Reinerston and Mary Ruth Moore who have contributed their expertise to this program as well as to the staff in the Equine Canada Competitions Department.”


For a full list of recipi- ents of the Pilot Program as well as program details for 2013 can be found at http://equinecanada.ca/index.p hp?option=com_docman&tas k=doc_view&gid=5496&Item id=88&lang=en.


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