This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.

BARRY FINN: Publisher/ Editor/Advertising Manager

KELLY BOWERS: Advertising Sales

JOHN DAVIDSON: Advertising Sales

GLENDA FORDHAM: Entertainment Columnist

Established in 1970, Published By 1677846 Ontario Ltd.

P.O. Box 10072, Ancaster, ON L9K 1T2 1-877-743-3715 • (905) 387-1900 Email: Web:

The Rider is the Official Voice of the following Associations

Printed on Recycled Paper False Flags and True Principles By Akaash Maharaj 8_08.shtml

There are times to keep one’s own counsel, and there are times to speak out. This is a time to speak out. Needless to say, although I am a for- mer CEO of Equine Canada, the executive arm of the Canadian Eques- trian Team and the national govern- ing body for equestrianism, my Globe and Mail article represents my per- sonal views

In the soaring language of the Olympic Charter, the very first “Fun- damental Principles of Olympism” include “respect for universal funda- mental ethical principles.” But high words cast a long shadow over low deeds.

* * *

mission did not even bother to take the horse out of its stall to examine it further or to test its movement for any signs of discomfort. There is no evi- dence that the horse itself was even aware of the scratch, other than when it was poked repeatedly.

The FEI acknowledged that Fos- ter had no ill intentions. It acknowl- edged that she committed no wrong- ful act. It acknowledged that she failed in none of her responsibilities. It presented no evidence that her horse was in any distress.

choose to not go gentle into that good night.

In a globalised world, we can pro- ject our values into the international system, or we can allow ourselves to become prisoners of the values of oth- ers. We can speak up for the ideals good sportsmanship, or we can stifle the voice of conscience when those ide- als are trampled. We can stand with our athletes, or we can collude with those who treat their dreams as expendable commodities.

Central Ontario Pleasure Driving Association

On Saturday, Tiffany Foster, one of Canada’s Jumping team mem- bers, was disqualified from the Olympics by the International Eques- trian Federation (FEI), after its Vet- erinary Commission discovered a superficial scratch above one of her horse’s hooves.

It nevertheless punished her by casting her out from the Olympics. By wrapping indefensible deci- sions in the false flag of horse wel- fare, the FEI has done more than wrong individual athletes. It has brought its commitment to horse wel- fare into disrepute, and demonstrated a willingness to make its most impor- tant rules the enemies of the most basic standards of justice.

The FEI justified its decision by citing regulations designed to protect horses from abusive competition practices, in which unscrupulous rid- ers scald or inflame their horses’ legs, to force the horses to leap higher in a desperate attempt to avoid striking hypersensitised skin against the fences.

The FEI has conceded that there is no suggestion that Foster acted improperly, neither through malice nor through negligence, neither through omission nor through com- mission. The FEI Veterinary Com-

How is such a state of affairs possible? The FEI regulations state baldly, “there is no appeal against the decision of the Ground Jury to dis- qualify a horse for abnormal sensitiv- ity.” There is explicitly no remedy for those who have been treated unjustly; there are no consequences for those who wield power capriciously. And power without accountability inevitably invites abuse.

The regulations are absolutely legitimate. The FEI’s attempt to apply them to Foster’s situation was absurd.

ty, and an affront to every athlete who has ever carried the maple leaf into competition. In response, Eric Lamaze, perhaps the greatest equestrian athlete Canada has ever produced, chose to announce that he will never again com- pete under Equine Canada’s authority, unless the federation reverses its posi- tion.

After Foster was sent home from the Olympics, Equine Canada, the Canadian Equestrian Team’s governing federation, chose to issue a statement thanking the FEI for its conduct in this affair. Its choice was a public obsceni-

This is more than a fight over the treatment of a single athlete. This is more than a struggle for the future of equestrian sport. This is a battle for the values, the honour, and the very soul of our country’s national sporting system. Lamaze has chosen to risk every- thing to stand with the angels. I believe in my heart that Canadians will not leave him to stand alone.

Clarification of the Statement from Equine Canada Regarding the Disqualification of

Victor, Canadian Show Jumper, from the 2012 Olympics

Many Canadians will shake their heads in sympathy for Foster, then shrug their shoulders in the belief that there is nothing to be done, that the forces arrayed against her and other athletes are simply too powerful, that the interests embodied in internation- al sport organisations are too entrenched. But this is only true if we allow it to be so.

As Canadians, we have a choice, and we have a responsibility to

The Rider welcomes letters on any subject but reserves the right to edit them for brevity and clarity. Letters of 200 words or less are more likely to be published. All letters, including those sent by E-mail, must include the writer’s name, address and daytime phone number. E-mail:

Opinions expressed in this newspaper, including those in Letters To The Editor, are those of the authors and not necessarily those of this publication.

From Our Founder Remembering August 1978

Wow, can’t believe that I have been writing this Remembering col- umn for 8 years.

I guess I am going to be perma- nently behind by at least 500 issues. August 1978 we were still a mag- azine format and priced at $1.00. The Rider drifted back to “The Days Before Yesterday”. The story was about Fairs back in the autumn of 1902 and stated that it was 76 years ago. How time flies. It would now be 100 years ago.

Ontario Combined Driving Association

The Ontario Appaloosa held a sale called Paymaker Sale. Roy and Joan Ionson purchased several well bred horses.

The Belvedere King Size Rodeo circuit had a few Rodeos to go before awarding the 1978 All-Round Cham- pion award along with all events win- ners.

The Ontario Rodeo Association (ORA) were using The Rider to pro- mote their upcoming elections. Look- ing for new board members and start- ing early was an advantage.

The first registered Tennessee Walking horse to earn it’s way into the Top Ten endurance horses received a $500 cheque from the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder’s and Exhibitor’s Association.

Don Blazer wrote in his monthly column about the removal of 40 AQHA judges who failed a simple lit- tle test. Cries of protest came from every where.

August 8, 2012, London, England - Equine Canada has issued the follow- ing further statements regarding the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) hypersensitivity testing protocol. "Equine Canada agrees that the FEI's hypersensitivity protocol is in place to protect the welfare of the horse and the fairness of our sport," states Mr. Gallagher.

"Victor sustained a superficial cut on the front of the left front coronary band," states Canadian Olympic Team Veterinarian for Jumping Dr. Sylvie Surprenant. "In our opinion the horse was fit to compete as he showed no signs of lameness.

take place in order to ensure a balance is reached between the philosophical intent and the real-world application. Canada looks forward to playing a role in those discussions along with other nations within the FEI family," states Mr. Gallagher

Follow us on: Proud Members of

QR Code - Scan with your smart phone

are all registered in Canada as a trademark .

Published 10 times per year. Address all correspondence to: THE RIDER™, P.O. Box 10072, Ancast- er, ON L9K 1P2 (905) 387-1900. Printed in Canada.


The Rider™, The Western Rider™, English Rider™ and Cana- dian Quarter Horse Journal®


The Editor welcomes manuscripts and pictures, but accepts no respon- sibility for such materials while in their hands.

Subscription rates: Canada - $3.50 per copy, $27.50 one year, $45.00 two years; United States: $75.00 one year, $150.00 two years. ADVERTISING -

Advertising is accepted on the

condition that in the event of a typo- graphical error, that portion of the advertising space occupied by the erroneous item(s), together with rea- sonable allowance for signature will not be charged for, but the balance of the advertisement will be paid for at the applicable rate. In the event of a typographical error, advertising goods or service at a wrong price, goods or services need not be sold. Advertising is merely an offer to sell. The offer june be withdrawn at any time.


New photos submitted for possible publication should be large (4x6 in. or more), clear, black and white or colour prints. If you wish your pho- tos returned, you must enclose a

stamped self addressed envelope. We accept no responsibility for unsolicited photos, but make every effort to return them, when request- ed. Email is also an option.


Contents Copyright 2012 by 1677846 Ontario Limited, Interna- tional Standards Serial (1209-3995). Reproduction of editorial or adver- tising content is prohibited without the written permission of the pub- lisher. Second Class Postage paid at Hamilton, Ontario, mailed under Canadian Publications Mail Product Sales Agreement #0469351.

Post Office: Please return to: THE RIDER™, P.O. Box 10072, Ancaster, ON L9K 1P2

However the FEI hypersensitivity protocol is such that if the horse is sen- sitive to the touch, regardless of the cause, the horse is disqualified. While the FEI rules for the hypersensitivity protocol were followed, we believe that there should be a review of this proto- col."

"We feel that further discussion of the hypersensitivity protocol needs to

Cowboys for Christ held services at the Appaloosa Nationals which were held in Billings, Montana. They can be contacted at www.cowboys-

In USA Bill H.R.10587 was receiving a lot of flack as it was designed to remove horses and bur- rows from public land.

The WHAO selected their 1978 Queen. Miss Patty Lee was crowned at Picov Horsemen’s Centre. She received the use of a two horse trailer from Crown Trailers of Paris, Ontario.

Rodeo rider Gerald Reber did very well at several calf roping events, all with the aid of several broken ribs. Sounds like George Hewitt eh!

The Rider had a new Subscription Contest going. This time the draw was for a $1,000 Silver Mounted Circle Y

"Equine Canada wants to make it clear that there is absolutely no accusa- tion of any wrongdoing on the part of our athlete Tiffany Foster or any mem- ber of the Canadian Team. Equine Canada fully stands behind and sup- ports our athlete Tiffany Foster, as well as our entire team. Everyone at Equine Canada and the Canadian Olympic Team are disheartened and extremely disappointed over the premature ending of Tiffany Foster's Olympic dream, and remain fiercely proud of both her incredible sportsmanship and athletic achievements," states Mr. Gallagher. Read more on the FEI’s hyper- sensitivity protocol - testing


Festival Western of St-Tite Que- bec included a registration form in The Rider. The event was held on Septem- ber 8 through September 17.

Western World were moving right along with the show scheduled for October 6 to 9th at the Coliseum at Exhibition Place. The Ontario Rodeo Finals were scheduled as part of the show.

In 1978 we celebrated the 100th. Anniversary of the CNE.

The Canadian Finals Rodeo was announcing it’s events for November, 8-12.

Aidan W. Finn CD President

Ontario Reined Cow Horse Association

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64