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2/ JULY 2018 THE RIDER


Navan Fair Celebrates Recent Expansion


Morgan Grant Continued from Page 1.


then when I was going into grade four, we moved to southern


Ontario—to


Granton.” It was there—and later


down in Texas—that Grant discovered tie-down roping and steer wrestling. “I got to meet more


people and got into roping and steer wrestling,” he said. “I high school rodeo’d in the Ontario High School Rodeo Association for four years and when I was 14 or 15 I used to go down and rope with Joe Beaver in Texas. “That was one of the


main reasons I went to school at Sam Houston [State University





Huntsville, Texas] for two years, and Texas A&M [College Station, Texas] for four years, and I got a Petro- leum Engineering Degree from Texas A&M.” From there, the rest


was history: Grant and his family started coming to Al- berta to compete in the CPRA when he was just a


Navan fair has been home to a variety of Cumberland township events like car shows, weddings, community fundraisers, garage sales, dog shows, cattle shows, religious events and Canada Day celebrations. Highlights were the RCMP Musical Ride, and the


For more than six decades, the


(http://teamapproach.ca/tal/clyde.html ).


Guinness World Record 50 Horse Hitch


event


in the heart of Navan, Ontario, which is part of the City of Ottawa. Back in the day, there was an office and an-


The fairground sits on 20 acres


Construction, were the successful bid- ders of 4 tenders received to do the job. http://sandnconstruction.ca/. Fi- nally, last August, construction began with a flurry of activity. And only 13 weeks or so later, on November 11th, Navan Fair had two beautiful brand new wood framed 40 ft x 100 ft build- ings.


open house was held and combined with a barn dance on June 23rd. Over 600 people attended the BBQ hosted by the Navan Lions Club and the Barn Dance where Kyle Dunn provided the music that kept them on the dance floor. (www.kyledunnofficial.com/) Fair President, Andrew Davies, hosted the Opening Ceremonies and the rib- bon was cut by Stephen Blais - Coun- cillor of Ward 19 Cumberland.


plans are to erect another matching building to house cattle. Through the year, both new buildings will house cattle shows, garage sales, garden markets, auctions and other events. They may even protect cars and boats from being ravaged by Ontario’s win- ter weather. As a grand opening of sorts, an


building will be used as an education building, The other will be for draft horse stabling and has been fitted with 40 portable, aluminum horse stalls by Eberstals by Duralume in Milverton, ON. https://duralume.ca/.


Future


directly south of the existing arena where many of the livestock competi- tions take place. They were built using free-span construction to allow for ex- tremely flexible use. Both are well lit with high efficiency lighting, and have improved ventilation providing a healthy environment for animals and people. There is also improved access for people with disabilities. During the Navan fair, one


Both new buildings are located


other seven buildings, each about 100 ft long but four of them had to be taken down in 2015 and 2018 after 50+ years of good service. In 2016, Navan Fair began to obtain plans and permits to replace the missing barns. As part of the permit process, they had to have the existing buildings inspected for endangered birds before demolition but luckily, there were no fine feathered friends found inside the doomed structures. Overall management of the con- struction was handled by Navan Fair volunteers. Local contractors, S&N


Sandy Mitchell Continued from Page 1.


Bermuda. During that time, Mitchell was hard at work developing a purpose-built para-equestrian facility in his adopted home of Canada. In 1989, Win- dReach Farm in Ashburn, ON opened its doors, and has since welcomed thou- sands of visitors and sup- ported a variety of needs and disabilities through its equestrian programs. Addi- tionally, WindReach Farm hosted a FEI CPEDI 3* competition in 2010, help- ing to make international


teenager, entering the Hand Hills Lake Stampede when he was just 16 or 17. He later won three Canadian high-point titles, the Cal- gary Stampede in the tie- down roping in 2014; he then met and married for- mer Miss Rodeo Canada, Gillian Shields, and settled on a ranch outside of Dids- bury, Alberta. Fast forward to the


2018 rodeo season and Grant now sits in the No. 1 position in both the tie- down roping and steer wrestling CPRA Standings, setting him up to make his- tory in the Canadian Profes- sional Rodeo Association if he can keep his momentum up. As the back-to-back Canadian high-point cham- pion, Grant has the chance to be the first CPRA com- petitor to win the title three times in a row (which would mark Grant’s fourth title overall). “This is actually my


first time being in this posi- tion,” Grant said. “It always seems like June is a slow month for me and then July and August I usually pick up—you’ve gone to more


competition an accessible goal for the Canadian para- dressage community. Mitchell was also


heavily involved with the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team. He generously do- nated horses to many high performance para-dressage athletes over the years, in- cluding Ashley Gowan- lock’s


2008 Beijing


Paralympics partner, Don- nyMaskell. “Sandy Mitchell was


a most generous donor to the Canadian Paralympic dressage community,” said Elizabeth Quigg, EC Para- Dressage Committee Chair. “He always wanted to be a


rodeos and you start click- ing with your horse—so to have this advantage of being first, and I’ll hope- fully have my strong July and August; it’ll take a little of the pressure off and I’ll be able to rope more for fun instead of feeling like I need to catch up and have the nerves and the pressure of having to win.” When asked about his


thoughts on making three ti- tles in a row happen, Grant says the competition is looking tough this year. “I think each time you


win [a high-point title], it’s awesome,” Grant reflected. “This year it’s going to be really competitive—Curt [Curtis Cassidy] is on fire, Jesse Popescul, Riley War- ren, Russell Cardoza’s back up here, there’s a lot of re- ally talented guys so I just hope that when it comes down to Sunday at CFR that I’m in a position where I’ll have a chance to win it.”


By Katy Lucas CPRA photo by Mike Copeman Courtesy of FloRodeo.com


part of the Canadian Team, and this award is our way of honouring him. His legacy will live on as a man who truly inspired all our ath- letes.”


On June 18, 2018, the


2017 Para-Dressage Owner of the Year Award was pre- sented in Mitchell’s honour to his grandson, Noah Se- merjian, at a reception at WindReach Farm. Moving forward, the


Sandy Mitchell Para-Dres- sage Owner of the Year Award will be presented an- nually in conjunction with EC’s para-dressage awards.


The title of 2017 Para-Dressage Owner of the Year was awarded to Mitchell posthumously at the para-equestrian facility he founded, WindReach Farm


in Ashburn, ON, on June 18, 2018. L to R: Sarah Cummings, Elizabeth Quigg, Noah Semerjian. Photo Credit: Hunter Currie


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