Exciting Entertainment and New Competitive Events Highlight the 91st Royal
Horse Show, November 1-10, 2013
This world-class show provides top sport and family entertainment for all.
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The excitement and time-honoured tradition of
the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show returns to the Ricoh Coliseum as part of the
91(st) Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 1-10, 2013. Over 850 horses
of all shapes and sizes are guaranteed to thrill and astound with their grace,
power, beauty and athleticism. The Royal Horse Show is one of just a handful
of the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) prestigious four-star shows
in North America.
A fantastic family event, this year's Royal Horse Show will include feature
performances by Sylvia Zerbini, formerly of Cavalia, and her nine Arabian
horses at Liberte, appearing November 6-9, and Australian "Horseman,
Entertainer and Bush Poet" Guy McLean, appearing November 1-3.
The hugely popular Jack Russell Terrier races return to perform in the Horse
Show as well as at the new President's Choice Animal Theatre.
NEW in the Horse Show ring for 2013 are three divisions created by the Royal
to foster the development of young riders and help promote the Thoroughbred
industry, following the decline in horse-racing in Ontario.
The Pony Jumper Challenge (November 2, matinee) is designed to emulate
competition in Europe, where children are typically exposed to the atmosphere
and challenges of the jumper show-ring much earlier than their North-American
The 1.20m Junior Jumper division (November 7 & 9) takes the concept one step
further, aiming to create growth from the grass-roots level in the under-18
"We want to support the development of young Canadian show jumpers at an
earlier age," explained Brian O'Leary, chairman of the Royal Horse Show. "The
greater horse show community approached the Royal to fill this gap we have in
the development of our up and coming National team riders, and we are thrilled
to promote and encourage their growth at this level."
The third new development: two breed-specific classes for thoroughbreds, who
may or may not come to the Royal following careers as racehorses. Two
performance classes highlighting suitability for dressage or for the
hunter-jumper show rings have been exceptionally well-received by the equine
community - so much so that the Royal will have to run three "flights" rather
than the originally planned for single flight of seven horses.
The Royal has also added a full slate of Horse Show competition for Sunday,
November 10, which will be FREE with general admission to the Fair.
OPENING WEEKEND at the Royal offers an incredible double-bill featuring the
$75,000 Greenhawk Canadian Cup and $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing
Challenge, running first and second rounds of competition Friday and Saturday
The biggest names in Canadian show jumping will be participating, including
ten-time Olympian Ian Millar (Perth, ON), fellow Olympians Jill Henselwood
(Oxford Mills, ON) and Mac Cone (King, ON), and upwards of 20 others including
three-time defending Canadian Champion Yann Candele (King City, ON). Ainsley
Vince (Burlington, ON), who has represented Canada at three World Cup Finals
and is a past back-to-back Canadian Champion will also return to attempt to
break Candele's winning streak.
Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge blends the skill and accuracy of show
jumping with the thrill and adventure of cross-country riding. Indoor Eventing
features a modified course of rugged cross-country jumps such as hedges,
walls, and a bank, combined with fragile stadium jumps, whose poles and planks
are designed to fall at the slightest nudge of a hoof. Penalties accumulate
over two nights of competition and at the end the rider with the lowest score
will be declared the Champion.
This year, Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge welcomes two very special guest
riders to the competition: William Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend, both of Great
Britain. Fox-Pitt is currently the number two ranked rider in the world on the
International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) Longines ranking list, having won
major international competitions across Britain and Europe this summer,
following a second-place finish at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event this
past April. Townend won both the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and
the Burghley Horse Trials in 2009, before being sidelined by injury for about
a year. Townend is on the mend, however, and will be a force to be reckoned
with in Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge.
They will join a slate of top Canadian eventers in applying pressure to Port
Perry, Ontario'sWaylon Roberts, who has won the Indoor Eventing title more
times than not. Whether the most pressure comes from the Brits, or from
Canadian teammates Jessica Phoenix (Uxbridge, ON) and Selena O'Hanlon
(Kingston, ON), or even Roberts' own father, Ian Roberts (Port Perry, ON) -
remains to be seen!
Opening weekend would not be complete without the thrills and spills of the
Ontario Toyota Dealers Royal Rodeo, Sunday, November 3(rd) , back once more to
keep visitors on the edge of their seats. Bull riding, bronc riding and barrel
racing are just a few of the highlights of this exciting afternoon. The much
loved star of CBC's Heartland, Amber Marshall will be co-hosting the Rodeo
The second week of competition at the 91(st) Royal will, as always, welcome an
outstanding lineup of international riders to compete in matinee and evening
competitions including the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup(TM) Grand Prix
presented by GroupBy, the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open and the $75,000 Ricoh
Big Ben Challenge.
The biggest threat to the home squad may come from south of the border. Top US
riders including two-time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward (Brewster,
NY), Olympian Kent Farrington (Chicago, IL), Olympic team gold medalist
Laura Kraut (Wellington, FL) and Olympian Reed Kessler (Armonk, NY) regularly
make the trip north, and are often well rewarded for their efforts.
Hotly anticipated international riders include Belgian twin brothers Nicola
and Olivier Philippaerts, fellow countrymen Francois Mathy Jr. and Jos
Verlooy, Ireland'sConor Swail and Richie Moloney, Dutchman Harrie Smolders and
Great Britain'sTim Gredley.
Wednesday's afternoon horse show (free with general admission) and Thursday
evening will include the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage where two-time
Olympian Jacqueline Brooks (Cedar Valley, ON), Olympian David Marcus
(Campbellville, ON) and Diane Creech (Caistor Centre, ON) will go head-to-head
to produce a new Royal Dressage champion.
All of this action is complemented by a raft of National and World
Championships being contested in the horse show ring across breed, discipline
and level. All of the action from the Ricoh Coliseum is available for
live-streaming online and on-demand by subscription, visit www.royalfair.org
for complete details.
About the Royal Horse Show and 91(st) Royal Agricultural Winter Fair ~ A
family tradition since 1922, the Royal Horse Show brings world-class horses
and riders from Canada, the U.S. and overseas, including Olympic and World
champions, to Toronto each November to compete for almost $800,000 in prize
money and prestigious titles. Over 850 horses of all shapes and sizes
participate in show jumping, dressage, indoor eventing, driving, coaching and
so much more, over the ten-days of competition. Special features such as the
President's Choice Animal Theatre, the aMAZEing Food Journey, AG-tivity
Central, Trade-Fair shopping & educational events round out a day at The
Royal. The Royal remains a highlight of the Toronto fall social calendar,
visited by Royalty, politicians and horse-enthusiasts for generations. For
competition schedules, LIVE webcasting, results and to purchase tickets,
please visit www.royalfair.org.
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Image with caption: "Top-ranked riders Oliver Townend and William Fox-Pitt,
both of Great Britain, will compete in the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing
Challenge opening weekend (November 1 & 2) at the Royal Horse Show. Fox-Pitt
currently sits second in the world in the sport of eventing. (CNW Group/The
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