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sidy can be considered the de-facto leader of the group as she was the first-ever Canadian to enter the ring at an FEI Vaulting World Championship for Juniors back in 2017. Although she didn’t make it to the second round, the experience provided Cassidy with in- valuable lessons moving forward. “I learned that the experience is

the biggest part of the trip,” com- mented Cassidy. “I really recognized that winning is not something that should be prioritized over the love of the sport. My experience being the first Canadian was surreal for me. Representing Canada is an amazing feeling overall and I am ecstatic to be able to do that once again.” Dallyn, 17, also competed at the

2017 Junior Championships alongside Cassidy, as well as in the Pas-de-Deux at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in North Carolina. “Participating in WEG helped me

gain more experience with competing in front of large crowds with the added pressure of a world championship,” said Dallyn. “I have more practice handling nerves, and preparing and fo- cusing on my job – representing Canada to the best of my ability!” For the 2019 Junior Champi-

onships, Dallyn and Cassidy will both be competing on horses borrowed from Rebecca Hewitt of Scotland’s

Talmage Conrad (left) of Lethbridge, AB, will be the first male in history to represent Canada the FEI Vaulting World Championships for Juniors. Photo Credit: Westwind Vaulters

from my coach, lunger, and family, I feel great responsibility to do my ab- solute best job for Canada. I am ex- tremely driven to be a part of the growth and journey of vaulting in Canada.”

attend a junior world championships, which adds a little stress, but I am con- fident that I have put in the hours and will be able to make Canada proud. It has been amazing to see the sport of vaulting grow as it has in the past few

The Road to The Royal is Headed for Toronto

Loyal Royal Pre-Sale Tickets Now Available

Toronto, Ontario – Anticipation is starting to build as the world-renowned Royal Horse Show prepares to return to down- town Toronto, Canada, from November 1 to 10, 2019. Part of the 97th Annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the Royal Horse Show is held at the Coca-Cola Coliseum at Exhibition Place. Showcasing the very best in horse

sport and entertainment, the Royal Horse Shows hosts more than 1,000 horses, offers more than $980,000 in prize money, and welcomes visitors from all corners of the world during its 10-day run.

again close out the Royal Horse Show on Saturday evening, November 9. International show jumping competi-

tion will officially open on Wednesday, No- vember 6. The spectator-favourite $85,000 “Big Ben” Challenge highlights interna- tional competition on Thursday, November 7, followed by the $50,000 Weston Cana- dian Open on Friday, November 8. In addition to international competi-

tion, national pride will abound on opening weekend with the $125,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship. Top-ranked Canadian riders will go head to head over two evenings on November 1 and 2, with the winner being crowned the Canadian Show Jumping Champion. The $20,000

McLain Ward of the United States and HH Gigi’s Girl claimed a stunning victory in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto during the 2018 Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON. Advance tickets for the 2019 Royal Horse Show went on sale on June 6. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

Sign Up To Become A Loyal Royal Pre-sale tickets for the Royal Horse

Show are available starting June 6, and there are numerous ways to get in on the action. To be the first to know what this year’s Royal Horse Show has to offer, be- come part of the “Loyal Royal” ticket pro- gram. In addition to having first dibs on tickets, Loyal Royals also get to pick the best seats in the house!

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Also representing the maple leaf at the 2019 Junior Championships will be Averill Saunders (far right) of Sundre, AB, who vaults alongside Dallyn Shields (second from the right) with the Meadow Creek Vaulting Club, pictured at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Test Event. L to R: Karin Schmidt, Emily Stevenson, Jeanine van der Sluijs, Ryan Bracken, Avery Malone, Angelique Vick, Dallyn Shields, Averill Saunders. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joanne Littlejohn

Reivers Vaulting Group. The two will travel to Scotland and train there to- gether prior to competition to get ac- quainted with their new mounts. Averill has also had an impressive

amount of high performance experi- ence at just 15 years old. She com- peted as the youngest squad member at the FEI World Championships for Seniors in 2016 and also went to WEG 2018 as a squad reserve. The 2019 Junior Championships, however, will be Averill’s first championships com- peting in the Individual division. She will be supported by lunger, Jessica Bentzen of West Coast Vaulters in Parksville, BC, and paired with a bor- rowed horse from Germany. “I have been preparing and train-

ing for this moment for a very long time, and to finally be here and quali- fied is a beyond amazing feeling,” said Averill. “I feel great honour and thrill to finally have the chance to represent my country as an individual. With all of the amazing support and guidance

Averill continued, “It’s an incred-

ible atmosphere to be competing alongside some of the best in the world, and the championships will be a wonderful experience to watch and learn from all of them. Vaulting has given me so many great experiences and friendships, and I’m looking for- ward to seeing all of my friends and making new ones. But the part I’m most excited about is being inspired and to come home with new goals to build on for the future.” Rounding out the Canadian con-

tingent is 17-year-old Talmage, who will compete in the Individual Male 2* division with the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Don Zeno (Dres- sage Royal x Nurzeus), owned and lunged by Klaus Haidacher of Austria. “My goal for this championship

is to vault cleanly and calmly, and make a name for the very few male vaulters in Canada,” said Talmage. “Along with representing my country, I will be the first male from Canada to

years, and I am super excited to be a part of it along with this group of vaulters. I’m excited to see how we will grow together as Canadians throughout this experience.” Speaking to the Canadian Vault-

ing Team that will be traveling to Er- melo, Dallyn concluded, “Even in the past two years, Canadian vaulting has leapt forward in ability, it’s insane! We have also become much more of a community where everyone supports each other and has their backs. I am good friends with the other Canadians who have qualified and am looking forward to representing Canada with them; I think we have a strong, expe- rienced team. Vaulting in Alberta has a close community, so it allows us to get to know each other and build friendships with everyone.” To support the Canadian Vaulting

Team on their way to the 2019 FEI World Championships for Juniors, visit and select “Vaulting”.

couraged to take advantage of the VIP ex- periences available. Premium seating, full access to the Tanbark Club and horse show after-parties, underground parking, sub- scriber-only special events, and exclusive concierge services are available as part of three- to six-night Platinum and Gold VIP subscriptions. Interested in fine dining with a bird’s eye view of the competition? The Royal Terrace offers tables of eight with catering by award-winning restauranteurs Oliver & Bonacini, a curated selection of wine, beer and spirits, concierge service and valet parking. Even better? One lucky Royal VIP subscriber will hear their name called as the winner of a Longines time- piece when a draw is held on Closing Night. Enhance your Royal Horse Show experience with a VIP subscription today!

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enjoy the Royal Horse Show from a private Sky Suite will be available in 2019. Suites accommodating 12 to 30 guests are selling out fast for all performances. Hurry and book a Coca-Cola Coliseum Sky Suite to cheer on your favorite rider by June 13 and save 10%. In 2018, the Longines FEI Jumping

World Cup™ Toronto moved to the final Saturday evening, resulting in a packed house of more than 7,000 show jumping fans in the Coca-Cola Coliseum. Based on the overwhelming popularity and positive feedback, the $210,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto will once

Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge, which combines the exhilaration of jump- ing natural cross-country obstacles as well as traditional show jumping fences against the clock in an indoor setting, takes place on the same evenings. Hunter and dressage riders will share

the spotlight in a double-header of horse sport on Tuesday, November 5, when the $25,000 Knightwood Hunter Derby and the innovative Dressage Derby featuring Canada’s best dressage riders take place. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

also offers fabulous entertainment, includ- ing the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride and the mes- merizing Grande Liberté performances of horsewoman Sylvia Zerbini. Follow the Royal Agricultural Winter

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About The Royal: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is

the world’s largest combined indoor agri- cultural and equestrian event. The 97th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs No- vember 1-10, 2019, at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada. For competition sched- ules, live webcasting, results and to pur- chase

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