A Horse Breeder’s Dream – Part 2

PART 2: Marco Learns about halters and lead ropes

Friendly and curious described Marco. It wasn’t long before he was interested in the halter and lead shank when we would put it on his mom. We would let the rope drape over his back or over his nose when he was standing beside her.


One day we left the rope hanging over the fence (with the intention of getting Marco’s interest and maybe starting his halter training). He got Mom to come and check it out just in case


and when she showed no alarm about this new plaything, we were soon saving our rope from sure destruction.


I really don’t like chewed ropes so even when he gave us this cute pose we decided it was time to stop using the rope as a teething ring and move on to learning what it really is for.


You can see the trepidation in this photo. He had to use all his braveness to stay.


Soon he was more than willing to let me rub it on his face and put it over his nose.


We have been helping him learn to give to pressure every time we handle him. Just a little bit here and there.


We ended the lesson with a very relaxed and still curious colt.


From this point on Marco never refused to have a halter put on. In fact, he became one of those “Pick Me” horses. I didn’t have a photographer when we started actually leading Marco but it was pretty unremarkable. He figured out almost immediately that the pressure on the halter quit as soon as he stepped forward or towards the pull and he seems to think he is quite special when he has a halter on.

We have even more photos of Marco to share. Stay tuned.

A Horse Breeder’s Dream – Part 1

A Horse Breeder’s Dream – Part 3

A Horse Breeder’s Dream – Part 4

A Horse breeder’s Dream – Part 5

2016 Canadian College Finals Rodeo Final Performance Results

Congratulations to all the Western Canadian student athletes who competed in the 2016 Canadian College Finals Rodeo Finals proving why they deserve to be head of the class in 10 events – tie down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, barrel racing and bull riding in addition to team roping, goat tying, breakaway roping and pole bending.

Some students prefer collegiate football, drama or even chess, but the young men and women of the Canadian College Finals Rodeo (CCFR) are most comfortable in the dirt. This year, up to 120 student athletes from 18 schools across Western Canada competed during their regular school semesters while maintaining a minimum grade point average and a current membership of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. By supporting the CCFR, you’re supporting the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association – a student run organization that promotes rodeo as an extracurricular activity. Their hard work and your support is what will ensure the future success of the rodeo and agriculture industries in this country.

Finals Results

A Horse Breeder’s Dream – Part 1

PART 1. He enters our lives and our dreams

When you witness a new foal being born into this world and watch as he learns to use those long legs and figures out where the lunch box is you can’t help but wonder what is in store for that little life. You laugh when he finally gets his belly full of warm milk and then  spends some time shuffling those long legs and tentatively bending them further and further until he can lay down and sleep.  You feel a special bond and dream that one day this beautiful little spirit will have a loving and patient human of his own to care for him and participate in his training.

Maggie’s 2013 colt Marco was born on a warm spring day in the back paddock. A beautiful dun colored colt with a cute head,


long straight legs


and a friendly, curious attitude.


Time sinks are what they really are. You run out to check on him after lunch and the next thing you know it is supper time.

It is very interesting to watch how quickly mother nature can prepare a helpless newborn foal to live in a world where being able to run fast beside their mother is their only hope for survival.


Or, at least it was that way, if not so much now but those instincts and the ability to run fast when only a few hours old still remain. Within hours they know how to balance on those long legs


and to watch out for obstacles


and to stay by their mom’s shoulder when she wants them to.


Of course we stop often to find the warm milk that fuels the energy needed for all this to happen.


You might think they are all very similar that first day but in reality they are all different.


Some like Marco are brave and curious.Some are almost impossible to see as they are always on the far side of their mom hiding from “strangers”. Their moms’ have something to do with this but if you get the opportunity to watch different foals from the same mare you soon realize they are all different right at birth. Often similar but still different.

Like us I guess.

There is more to Marco’s story. Check back.

A Horse Breeder’s Dream – Part 2

A Horse Breeder’s Dream – Part 3

A Horse Breeder’s Dream – Part 4

A Horse breeder’s Dream – Part 5

100 Students to Compete in Canadian College Finals Rodeo March 17- 19

Come on out this weekend and watch the best student athletes from 18 post-secondary schools across Western Canada compete for Champion Buckles.

EDMONTON, AB – Get your tickets now for great rodeo action at the Canadian College Finals Rodeo (CCFR) presented by Martin Deerline, in Expo Centre Hall D from March 17 – 19. The best student athletes from 18 post-secondary schools across Western Canada will be here to compete for Champion Buckles in ten demanding events each night – tie down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, barrel racing and bull riding in addition to team roping, goat tying, breakaway roping and pole bending.

Advance single day tickets start as low as $14.00 and are available from now until 4:30 p.m. on each performance at any Ticketmaster outlet, online, or by calling 1-855-780-3000. Ticketmaster convenience and handling fees will apply. For more information see: http://www.northlands.com/ ccfr/

The young men and women competing in the CCFR are motivated athletes – they not only compete during their regular school semesters, they must maintain a minimum grade point average and be a member in good standing of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

About the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association: The CCFR is made possible by the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (CIRA) — a student run not-for-profit organization that promotes rodeo, the western lifestyle, and post-secondary education. Their hard work and your support is an important part in the creation of future agriculture and industry leaders.

For more information:

Trish Filevich

Public Relations Manager, Northlands

Cell:  780-902-2994

Email: tfilevich@northlands.com



Canadian Junior Team Takes Sixth in Nations’ Cup

Canadian Junior Team Takes Sixth in Nations’ Cup at CSIO 4* Winter Equestrian Festival
Ottawa, ON, March 7, 2016 – The Canadian Junior Team took sixth place in the Hollow Creek Farm Junior Nations’ Cup, held March 5 during the CSIO 4* Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

The Nations’ Cup was held as part of a series during WEF 8 that put the spotlight on the rising stars of show jumping. In addition to the Nations’ Cup, a Jumper Welcome and Grand Prix for Children, Junior and Young Riders were held, all sponsored by Hollow Creek Farm.

Canada’s Junior Team earned their hard-fought sixth place in the Nations’ Cup after two challenging rounds set by course designers, Steve Stephens and Ken Krome from the USA. The course featured a total of 15 jumping efforts, which included three one-stride combinations, and a tricky related distance to a full-size water jump, also used in the senior FEI Nations’ Cup on March 4.

Canadian Junior Team members, Jennifer Mattell of Milton, ON, Kathryn Dafoe of Nobleton, ON, Zoe Meloff of Toronto, ON, and Christine Carlsen of North York, ON, completed the Nations’ Cup on a two-round total of 41.

Pathfinder for Canada, Dafoe kicked things off in round one with 12 jumping faults, and two time faults after finishing up slightly above the tight time allowed set at 81 seconds. The time was later adjusted to 84 seconds for round two. Her partner was Eos van de Donkhoeve (Calvaro x Ohio van de Padenborre), a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by KD LAN Solutions LTD. The duo returned to improve their performance in round two, lowering just one rail for four faults.

Next in for Canada in each round was Carlsen aboard Cardoso, her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, sired by Apple Juice. Together they incurred just one rail and one time fault in each of the two rounds, finishing on scores of five faults.

Meloff, partnered with her 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, HHS Charmer (Don Juan de la Bouverie x Diamonds are Trumps), incurred elimination in round one, but persevered to complete the course in round two.

Riding in the anchor position was Mattell, who was one of few to finish under the time allowed in round one, incurring eight jumping faults, and returned to better her score and finish on four faults in round two with Cherokee (Cardento x Creool), a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Joe Mattell.

Following senior Nations’ Cup rules, teams of four riders had the ability to drop one score from each round, bringing Canada’s total to 28 for round one and 13 for round two, for an overall team total of 41 faults for sixth place. The USA claimed the win on three faults, with Brazil following in second on 13 faults. Third place went to Ireland on a team total of 17, with Mexico following in fourth on 26 faults and Ecuador rounding out the top five with 30 faults.

“In a team event like that, there is always a lot of pressure and it’s a different type of atmosphere,” said Beth Underhill, Chef d’Équipe for Canada’s Children and Junior teams during WEF 8 and Jump Canada Young Rider Development Program Advisor. “I think the first round of the Nations’ Cup was challenging, but everyone came back and rode much better in the second round and had very respectable results. That was very encouraging to me that they were able to pull it together as a team and really ride for Canada and fix the mistakes they had in the first round.”

Outside of the Nations’ Cup, Mattell and Cherokee were also successful in the Hollow Creek Farm Junior Welcome on March 3, putting in a faultless performance in a time of 72.03 for sixth place. Dafoe and Eos van de Donkhoeve were also clear in a time of 73.22 for 10th place. On the final day of competition on March 6, Mattell put in a double-clear performance in the Hollow Creek Farm Junior Grand Prix for fourth place on a time of 31.972, less than two seconds off the winning time of 30.017 seconds by Carlos Hank Guerreiro of Mexico.

Canada was also represented throughout the week by the Children’s Team of Madison Hilderman from Calgary, AB, Sam Walker from Nobleton, ON, and Jada Wagner from De Winton, AB. Children’s highlights included Hilderman riding to a second place finish in the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Grand Prix on March 6. Paired with her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Kenzo, sired by Kupido K, Hilderman put in a double-clear performance, stopping the clock at 41.889, just behind the winning time of 39.403 achieved by Luciana Gonzalez Guerra of Mexico. Hilderman also achieved a clear round in the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Jumper Welcome on March 3 for sixth place.

“I think what we were most pleased about was how everyone improved dramatically as the week went on,” said Underhill. “For riders to have their personal best scores on the last day of competition was really gratifying. Thank you to everyone who helped make it all possible. We really enjoyed the week and it was great competition. I hope we can have more of them to give the kids experience at that level.”

On behalf of Canada’s Children and Junior Teams, Equine Canada thanks three Canadian companies who supported the teams during WEF 8. Running Fox provided saddle pads and Canadian Team apparel, Asmar Equestrian supplied athlete apparel, and SSG Gloves donated SSG ‘Digital’ style riding gloves.

For more information on the CSIO 4* WEF, and full results, visit http://pbiec.coth.com.

Canadian Warmblood Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale to Remain in Red Deer

Calgary, Alberta – The Canadian Warmblood Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale organizers are proud to announce the 2016 Sale will remain at the Red Deer Agricentre Westerner Park4847A-19 Street. The sale’s date is October 7-9 2016.

In 2015, this prestigious event sold 36 horses with an average price of $10,270.83. Ten horses sold out of province or out of country, more than 50% sold for over $10,000, and the highest price was $27,000. Brood mares, two year olds, prospects under saddle, and performance horses sold at higher than average sales price.

The Canadian advantage includes a well-established horse industry with respected and experienced breeders, trainers and competitors enjoying success domestically and internationally. Canada is well suited to raising strong, athletic horses, Canadian  warmblood horses are high quality and competitively priced. Currency exchange rates and geographic location gives U.S. buyers a tremendous incentive to visit the sale.

The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders’ Association is modeled on European Societies and offers old world European blood lines and new world vitality. The breed emphasizes refinement and rideability to produce athletic horses that meet the needs of amateur and professional riders in North America.

Canadian Warmbloods carry all the important European bloodlines. Pioneer breeders began importing breeding stock in the 1970s. In 1988 Canada’s Warmblood registry was established and since then, stallions and brood mares from every major bloodline in  Europe have been imported to improve the quality and versatility of the Canadian-bred Rooted in a dream, growing through steadfast dedication, breeders and consignors continually increase the quality and training offered; they are truly developing  performance stock.

For more information, please contact:

Sale Chairperson – Jennette Coote Ph: (403) 556-8046

Sale Office: (403) 630-2551

Email: admin@fallclassicsale.com

Website: http://www.fallclassicsale.com