JULY 2017 THE RIDER /33 Colleen Loach Leads Canadian Contingent at PEDIGREE® Bromont CCI 3* Three Day Event

Ottawa, ON, June 13, 2017 – Canadian Olympian, Colleen Loach of Dunham, QC, was the top-placed Canadian on the leaderboard at


Bromont CCI 3* Three Day Event, held June 8-11, 2017 in Bromont, QC. Riding her Rio 2016

Olympic Games partner, Qorry Blue d’Argouges, a 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding sired by Mr. Blue and owned by Peter Barry, Loach took second place in the competitive CIC 2* di- vision, which saw a starting field of 26 entries. The duo kicked off

with the dressage phase on June 9, earning a score of 43.40 penalties for an initial placing of fourth. The fol- lowing day, they headed out on the cross-country course, which was designed by FEI 4* Eventing Course De- signer, Derek di Grazia of the Unites States, with sup- port from Canadian course builder, Jay Hambly. A clear cross-country effort moved the pair up to second place


heading into the final show jumping phase on June 11. Another foot-perfect per- formance allowed Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges to finish on their dressage score of 43.40 penalties and take second place – less than one fault behind Boyd Mar- tin of the United States, who won on a final score of 42.70 penalties aboard On Cue.


“I was very happy with performance; we

achieved a personal best dressage score and Qorry was his usual brilliant self in the jumping phases,” said Loach. “Qorry is an excep- tional horse and I am lucky to be entrusted with the ride. I am very grateful for the support of Peter and Susan Barry.” As the highest-placed

Canadian in the CIC 2* di- vision, Loach was also pre- sented with the Stuart Horne Canadian Championship Award. The award program is sponsored by Bridget Coleman in memory of her father, Stuart Horne.

“I always love compet-

ing at home. There is so much positive energy from all my friends, family and the local horse community,” continued Loach. “Bromont is a top-class event and I’m always proud when I do well there. As usual Derek’s challenging, yet fair, course left my horse feeling confi- dent and ready for the next competition.” Alexis Murray, 19,

from Barrie, ON earned the Reserve Championship as the second-highest placed Canadian in the CIC 2* di- vision, having received eighth place on a score of 59.60 with My Principle, her 11-year-old Thorough- bred-cross gelding. After finishing the dressage phase in 19th place on a score of 58.00 penalties, the duo made a big leap up the leaderboard to 11th after adding no jumping and just 1.60 time faults in the cross- country phase. A faultless show jumping performance moved them up the stand- ings once again to their final placing of eighth on 59.60 penalties. Also finishing the CIC

2* division in the top 10 was Annick Niemuller, 19, from Goodwood, ON. Riding FE Black Jack (Blackstone x Severus), a nine-year-old German Sport Horse geld- ing owned by Karl Niemuller, she received a score of 48.30 penalties in dressage for an initial plac- ing of ninth. After navigat- ing the cross-country course with no jumping penalties, but 8.80 time penalties added, Niemuller moved into 10th place on a score of 57.10 penalties. She held on to her 10th place position on a final score of 63.10 penal- ties after four jumping and two time faults in the final show jumping phase. In the CCI 2* division,

Up-and-coming eventing athlete, Shelby Brost, 19,

from St. Albert, AB earned a top 10 finish in the CCI 2* division at the PEDIGREE Bromont CCI 3* Three Day Event aboard Crimson. © Cealy Tetley-

Shelby Brost, 19, from St. Albert, AB was the highest- placed Canadian,


seventh place, as well as the Stuart Horne Canadian Championship title, aboard Crimson (Etta x Cojak), her 14-year-old Thoroughbred


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mare. Brost and Crimson began in 10th place after a score of 50.00 penalties in dressage. They added no jumping, but 9.20 time penalties in cross-country before finishing on a high note with a clear show jumping round, putting their final score at 59.20 penal- ties.

“My overall experi-

ence at Bromont was surreal – I couldn’t be happier,” said Brost, who rode Crim- son to an Individual Gold Medal at the 2016 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Champi- onships


know Crimson like the back of my hand, although she still continues to impress me with her big heart and how competitive she truly is. She was fantastic in all three phases, but on cross-country she couldn’t have been more bold, honest and rideable. She was jumping brilliantly, and always looked through the flags, which to me is huge for her first time around a track that big.” Brost continued, “I am

humbled to take home the Stuart Horne Canadian Championship Award in memory of Mr. Horne. It is impossible not to feel proud when given the opportunity to represent your country at an international event, and to be recognized for it is a dream come true.” The Reserve Cham-

pion title in the Stuart Horne Canadian Championship Award program for the CCI 2* division went to Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, ON and Lancaster. In the CCI 1* division, Jessica Ruppel from Ravenna, ON won the Champion title with Hip- pique Abu, while Bradley Champagne of Guelph, ON was Reserve Champion with Wallaroo W. Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON was the Champion in the CCI 3* division aboard Bogue Sound. For more information

and full results from the PEDIGREE Bromont CCI 3* Three Day Event, visit

Canadian Olympian, Colleen Loach from Dunham, QC was the highest-placed Canadian at the PEDIGREE

Bromont CCI 3* Three Day Event, earning second place in the CIC 2* division aboard her Rio 2016 partner, Qorry Blue d’Argouges, owned by Peter Barry. © Cealy Tetley-

to the Unexpected From Skeptic

By Angela Saieva. I have always been a skeptic and

my first experience with Equi-Bow was no exception. I sat quietly in the info session, arms crossed, very skep- tical. But I’ll admit, I was intrigued. I began researching Equi-Bow

and found some interesting results. I decided to give it a try, but only with the practitioner I met that night, Judith Rathbone of Starline Equine Body- work. Her passion was palpable and her knowledge-base highly impres- sive. I was going to throw my toughest case at her; my mare who’d been caught up in a fence line, misaligning her sacrum in the process. She re- ceived chiropractic work after the in- jury, but still wasn’t back to 100%. Judith came out and quickly no-

ticed something no one else had: her teeth were out of alignment. “How strange,” I thought. Her teeth were floated four months after the accident and were fine. What could have caused this? I rode the mare the day after her

Equi-Bow session and she felt amaz- ing; loose, forward, free. The hooks were in. Fast forward eight months and I’m halfway through the Equi- Bow course, well on my way toward becoming a certified practitioner. I decided to use this mare as one

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of my case studies for Advanced Hind End, thinking she could benefit from the work. Part of the case study re- quirements are a set of “before” and “after” photos to document any changes that may have occurred be- tween the first and last sessions. After taking all of the mare’s “after” photos I had the thought to look at her teeth. What I found I could have never ex- pected; her teeth had made a notice- able shift back toward alignment. I

was floored! This experience truly drove

home the interconnectedness of the body and the importance of looking at the horse as a whole, not just focusing solely on what appears to be the prob- lem.


Angela Saieva, Equi-Bow Student Practitioner, CEMT • www.el- • Facebook: Eleva- tion Equine

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