Melanie McCann: Modern Pentathlon ~ Five Sports, One Athlete

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Modern Pentathlon was introduced as a sport in the early 1900s. The five individual sports were selected to mirror the ancient Greek pentathlon, which consisted of running, javelin, discus, long jump, and wrestling. The events chosen for modern pentathlon represent the diverse attributes of a Napoleonic officer, including:

  • Fitness (running and swimming)
  • Control and concentration (shooting)
  • Agility and speed (fencing)
  • Determination, adaptability and courage (riding and jumping on an unfamiliar horse).

While still familiar to many North Americans, pentathlon has great strength in the military traditions of many European nations. For some of today’s pentathletes who don’t come from a military background, it is the diversity of sports, and challenge to excel in each, that is the draw.

I asked Melanie McCann, one of Canada’s top pentathletes, who has been a student at Westar Farms for 4 years, how she discovered this sport and what she loves about it.

panam14aBorn and raised in Mount Carmel, Ontario, my athletic career began trying every sport out there. Already a competitive swimmer at age 8 together with cross country and track through my school years, it gave me the roots to transition into a sport I had no idea existed. Recruited at a track meet, I took my first fencing lesson in a coach’s driveway and tested out the shooting discipline in an empty school gym, late at night. In 2007 I began learning how to ride which proved to be more difficult then I initially thought it looked. At age 14, I competed in my first Pentathlon event in Guelph, Ontario and now 10 years later continued to work and develop into the Olympian I am today.

 

Q? What advice do you have for kids who might want to get involved in Modern Pentathlon?panam14

I always encourage kids to try as many sports as they can. Sport is a great way to make new friends, grow opportunities and push yourself to be your best version. Dream big and surround yourself with like-minded people. 

 

In 2007, I made the move to Calgary, Alberta where I juggled school and training side-by-side with other elite pentathletes and sport specific coaches. After 3 years in Calgary and a Technical Diploma in Civil Engineering, my focus was completely on qualifying and performing on the Olympic Team in 2012.

 

At 21, the 2010 season was the beginning of my career as a Senior Pentathlete competing at the World Cup level. It was my first full season on the senior circuit and I accomplished impressive finals. I got a taste of the level I need to push myself to in order to be on the podium at the highest level.

 

panam14aWith the support of my coaches, family and teammates, I made my second big move to the city of Ottawa where I now train under National Team Coach, John Hawes. It was important for me to move there, to get the best coaching structure in Canada possible. Becoming a master in five events takes a great deal of coordination of resources, and having access to high level fencing, swimming, riding, shooting and running individuals and facilities is critical.

 

In October of 2011, I competed in my first Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and it was here that I earned my Olympic berth by placing 4th.  I dedicated the next 10 months to preparing for the Olympic Games.  I fulfilled my goal of reaching the Olympics and representing Canada in my sport – Modern Pentathlon. Finishing in 11th made history in Canadian Women’s and Men’s Modern Pentathlon, but I am still hungry for more and committed to another Olympic quest to Brazil in 2016.

 

Q? What was that like ~ the experience of competing in the Olympics?

Competing at the London Olympic Games was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. It was everything I had hoped it would be, and more! It is hard to describe the thrill and pride of representing your country at the Olympics. Walking into those Opening Ceremonies made every day spent training, every early morning or late night, every sacrifice…worth it! I continue to chase my dream of becoming an Olympian for a second time and to see what I am really capable of in Rio 2016. 

 

Q? What is your schedule for this summer and working to qualify for Rio?Melanie+Mccann+Olympics+Day+16+Modern+Pentathlon+cNv3GnYlckEl

My 2015 season is half over but the most important competitions are still left:

World Cup Final (top 36 athletes in the world) Belarus

World Championships – Berlin (early July)

Pan American Games and Direct Olympic Qualifier – Toronto (July 18)

 

I asked Mel this question back in May. She has since completed the World Cup Final, placing 10th

 

Q? Which sport is your favourite and which is the hardest? 

My favouWCF14rite sport has always been fencing. I love how it is like a human chess game and combines a mental game with physical prowess. Although, I have been swimming the longest, it is my weakest event. I am not naturally gifted in this discipline, so I must work very hard to maintain a competitive time in the pool. 

 

Riding has always been one of my favourite events to train, but my most despised event to compete in. I learned to ride at the age of 16 and for many years, got dragged through the mud – literally and figuratively. After several riding performance disasters at World Cups in 2010, I got my National Team designation revoked until I could improve my riding. This was a huge hit to my confidence and I hit rock bottom in the sport, but I was desperate to make a comeback. I knew I physically was a good rider, but Mel and Jeff at Budapest WCmentally, I was terrified every time I mounted. It was at this time that I started my riding training with Jeff McKessock at Westar Farms. Together with coaches I trusted, a sport psychologist, consistent training and determination, I developed into a confident rider and was able to perform again. By the time the 2012 Olympics rolled around, I rode a near perfect round and had the second best riding score in the event. I believe in mind over matter and that hard work will pay off. 

 

Melanie still has the World Championships early in July and then The Pan Am Games in Toronto where a big fan support group will be cheering for her in each event, from fencing, to swimming, then riding, as well at the shoot and run. We all wish her the best as she continues to live her dream.

 

GO MEL GO!

 

You can read more about Melanie and the sport of Modern Pentathlon at www.melaniemccann.ca  (watch the video!!)  and http://pentathloncanada.ca

Two more personal stories of Melanie’s road to success from her mom’s perspective:

 An Olympic Mom’s Story: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1423683036359/1424092353490#a4

as well as how her mom is such a big part of that success:

The Strength Behind My Olympic Journey: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1423683036359/1424092353490#a5

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The Ups and Downs (and Ups) to the Equitation Finals

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
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Makayla rode Huggs ‘N Kisses in the Medium Pony division at the Trillium Championships in 2009.

Like so many young riders, Makayla Barta had dreamed of competing at the Royal Winter Fair, but she hadn’t considered that this might be the year. Starting in the Short Stirrup division in 2008 at age 8, and at eleven making  the transition to the jumper ring the .90 m division, Makayla had found her niche in the sport. She had a very limited 2013 show season, only competing at three local shows as her horse was recovering from a six month layup due to an injury. Being a true competitor she rode what was available, be it school horses at Westar Farms where she has trained for the past 7 years or her own ‘backyard pet horse’. She then spent the fall and winter bringing her horse back to fitness.   Unfortunately, in January of 2014, Makayla sustained a horse related injury, which prevented her from participating any physical activity for three months‎. She gradually returned to riding at the beginning of April 2014, though the Royal wasn’t even on the radar at that point.

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Makayla and Alonzo in the 1.10 m division at Blainville in 2014

Makayla’s long term goal is to make the Young Riders Jumping Team and continue to look up from there. By late April of this year, back on track with a new partner, Alonzo, training was full steam ahead and Makayla was focused on laying the foundation toward that goal. Having been taught that the only way to get better at competing is to compete, Makayla and coach, Jeff McKessock decided that riding in the Jump Canada Equitation Medal and Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) Medal classes, in addition to her jumper divisions, would give her more opportunities to practice in the show ring, particularly after essentially missing the entire previous show season. They were successful right out of the gate and while continuing to push up the ranks of the jumper divisions to the 1.20 m and reach other milestones, such as competing in the FEI Childrens Jumper Eastern Canadian qualifier, where she finished 3rd in Canada, Makayla was having success in both equitation classes.

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Dressage phase CET Atlantic Regional finals. 1st place!

The gymnastics phase at the CET Atlantic Regional Finals. Jumping at 10 pm!

Understanding that the purpose of riding equitation is to demonstrate your skills as a rider, Makayla worked to broaden her skills by seeking specialized training in dressage and jumping. Grand Prix dressage rider Kerstin Blaeske had already been coming to Westar Farms over the winter on a monthly basis to enhance the training of the hunter and jumper riders, so Makayla continued that training, going each week to Kerstin’s Graystone Farm, and riding her dressage horses. Through July and August a full 20′ x 40′ m dressage ring occupied one side of the training ring at Westar with jumps in the other half and all the Westar students had opportunity to school and learn in the regulation sized ring. Kerstin again came and gave sessions to Makayla and the other Westar competitors in the ring and did mock dressage tests with comments and scores. Olympian, Jill Henselwood, who has always been supportive of hardworking up-and-coming jumper riders, also provided assistance and experience. Makayla has been over to Jill and Bob Henselwood’s Juniper Farms to train on various occasions with many other Westar jumper riders right from when she first started competing in the jumper divisions as an 11 year old. She was also fortunate to have a friend and mentor, Rachel Onfrichuk, a former CET Medal finalist and Westar rider, to share her experience of the preparation process for the CET Regional Finals.

All smiles: (l to r) Rachel Onfrichuk, Jeff McKessock, Makayla Barta with Alonzo with the 5th place finish after Jumping Phase at CET Finals at Royal West Horse Show in Calgary

As the Regionals were set for the same weekend as a horse show at Westar Farms, Rachel went to Quebec City as coach, with Makayla’s mom, Heather, as groom. After a first place finish in the dressage phase and the midnight finish to the final, Makayla ended up in second place in the Atlantic Region to qualify for the National Finals which for the first time ever, were to be held in October in Calgary, Alberta, home of the CET Equitation Medal founder,  Barbara Anderson. To top it off, Makayla had also qualified for the Jump Canada Finals at the Royal in November.Still traveling to her weekly dressage lessons with Kerstin in addition to regular training sessions at home at Westar, Makayla and Alonzo  spent a week at Juniper Farms before heading to Calgary for 10 days in late October. She was overwhelmed by the warm welcome and encouragement, along with some serious practice and sharpening up by Juniper students and former CET finalists and winners, Ali Ramsay and Jaclyn Duff, along with rest of the Juniper Team. Ali and Jacklyn were also going to Calgary to compete, so they, along with Jeff and Rachel, and the other CET Atlantic finalists, whom Makayla had been competing with all summer, formed a really supportive team atmosphere that helped Makayla, particularly with the brand new experience of indoor competition. “I had never showed at an indoor venue and it really took me by surprise how different it was. I had to adjust quickly to what seemed like a faster pace in the arena and the overall environment . You need to be able to figure things out on the fly and adapt. Alonzo was fabulous! In Calgary the environment definitely energized him and I had to ride him for about 3 hours a day before I entered the show ring!”

Awards presentation at the CET National Finals with Debra Smith of Running Fox

The Royal West Horses show was such a fun and educational experience and the organizers, John Anderson and Caroline Jones treated the CET finalists like royalty. There were many classes to ride in, in advance of the medal finals that gave Makayla grounding and confidence. I enjoyed  meeting all the new people and competing in all the different events. Everyone I met, other competitors, their families and various international riders, were very nice and encouraging.” She handled any nerves without showing it and with only a misstep or two and finished 9th after the gymnastics phase and moved up to 5th after the jumping for an overall 6th place finish. Pretty good for a 14 year old first timer competing against many seasoned competitors, some 21 years old. 

After the long trip from Calgary back to Ottawa and some well-earned rest, less than a week later, it was time to turn around and head to Toronto for a week of the Royal Winter Fair where the Jumper Equitation Invitational Final was held for CET Medal finalists some who had gone to Calgary and others who had not as well and the Jump Canada Medal Finals. “The most challenging aspect of my experience was the very early 4:00 am mornings‎….I am not a morning person!”  The previous weeks of travel and those early mornings started to catch up with Makayla and Alonzo, both coming down with the ‘Royal cold’ within a day of arriving. Each had to pull out their reserve energy and did so with style and grace, using some valuable lessons learned in Calgary to finish 5th after the gymnastics phase, and moving up two more placings after the jumping,  earning them a place in the final ride-off. The other riders were impeccable and Makayla finished fourth to the cheers of her ringside team and the many Westar family and supporters watching the live feed her at home.

With all she has learned this year, Makayla says “I am totally psyched for next year! My whole experience from the CET Regional finals in Quebec City, to the National Finals at the  Royal West in Calgary and then  The Royal in Toronto was AMAZING!!” 

Makayla has some advice to pass on to other riders: “I would definitely encourage anyone who was thinking about trying to qualify for the Royal to go for it! You need to have absolute confidence in yourself, and in your horse! You need perseverance to overcome any obstacles you encounter along the way, because you will definitely face some.  Be prepared to work closely with your coach. Train with a variety of coaches who are experts in their field, all working towards the same goal. It made a huge difference for me. Be open to all feedback from coaches and/or judges along the way. Even if you feel it is critical, learn from it and make the necessary changes. Ride a lot and on as many different horses as possible…last but not least get lots of sleep and take your vitamins : )”

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Proud coach Jeff with Makayla and Alonzo after the testing of the top 4 competitors and overall awards presentation in the Invitational Medal Finals at the Royal

 “Even though I did not win first place, this has been an amazing journey. I am grateful for all the opportunities and for the people who have helped me reach as far as I did in these competitions. Special thanks goes out to my long time coach, Jeff McKessock, for always trying to find the best in me and for always believing in me; to Rachel Onfrichuk, who gave up her real life, temporarily, to be my fabulous coach in Quebec City‎ and again for standing by me in Calgary! To Kristen Blaeske, who is the best dressage coach you could ever want, and who was always available to help; to Jill Henselwood, Ali Ramsay and Jaclyn Duff, Juniper Farms, whose support was priceless and last, but certainly not least, my parents, for being behind me through it all, getting me to those 4 am warm-ups, standing in as groom, and being my biggest cheerleaders …A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL!”.

 To keep her goal in focus and not lose any competitive opportunities due to our cold Canadian winter, Makayla and Alonzo will be spending some time with Jill, Bob and the Juniper team on the California show circuit in the new year where she’ll be able to further expand her horizons. Makayla is eagerly anticipating what the next stage of the journey will bring.

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Developing Good Riders in Ottawa

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

In my previous blog, I made the case that good equitation equals good riding. It is a skill worthy of being developed for any horsewoman or man.  As we all know, in order to develop a skill we need opportunity to practice.

The Ottawa Valley is extremely fortunate to have both Bronze and Trillium show organizers who recognize the need provide opportunities and rewards to develop good riding through equitation.

At the Bronze level, in addition to the Introductory, Short Stirrups, Pre-Novice, School Horse and Open equitation class opportunities already available on the card, a new Horsemanship Medal has been added.  . Medal classes also continue to be added at the Trillium level. This year the ‘My First Medal’ class joins the Short Stirrups line-up at the year-end finals. This is in addition to the Jumper Medal, Children’s, Modified Children’s and Modified Adult Medals. Personally, I won’t be surprised to see a Pony Medal and Adult Medal included as well in the next year or so.

With respect to rewards, sponsored prizes of equitation classes are becoming more common every year.  For example, this year Vision Saddlery has generously donated a saddle to the high point Trillium equitation rider (from B Equitation over fences right through to Jumper Medal) over the 2014 season and Jen Eastwood Fisher is donating a fine bridle to the high point C Eq. over fences or My First Medal rider.

At Westar Farms we pride ourselves on promoting good riding skills and have always encouraged all our riders to compete in their respective equitation classes. This year we are taking it one step further. On the Saturday afternoon, June 14th, of our Bronze/Trillium show, we are hosting an equitation clinic with Robyn Baechler. A renowned equitation judge, this is an excellent opportunity to hear straight from the horse’s mouth what it takes to display sound equitation skills.  Riders will have a chance to put their learnings into play on the following afternoon, Sunday, June 15th in a special Grand Prix Medal class. Junior and amateur riders in the Bronze hunter classes up to Trillium Jumper Medal competitors will be encouraged to participate and share in the spirit of competition.

So if equitation is so great, why aren’t more Ottawa area riders using equitation competition classes to practice their skills? Especially at the Bronze level? This is the launching pad, the circuit to practice show ring skills, gain experience and develop confidence.

We have established that it isn’t the lack of opportunities.  There are plenty of rewards for tuning your equitation skills, including ribbons, medals, and prizes. I would argue that the bigger rewards are the personal sense of accomplishment and, even more importantly, the improved quality of our relationship with, and ability to inspire the best performance from, our partners — our horses.

It’s time to stop thinking about equitation as four letter word, and time to start improving our riding skills through all available opportunities….and that includes equitation.

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Equitation Is Not a Four Letter Word (Nor Is It the Art of Doing Nothing)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Equitation… people seem to either love it, or hate it. Equitation is defined in the dictionary, as the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship. It has an element of art and it needs a strong dose of practice to be effective.

A subscriber to The Chronicle of The Horse (2009) asked other readers for their definitions and they came up with a variety of responses ranging from describing the mechanics of all the correct angles of body parts, heels down, back straight, chin up etc. to “whatever George Morris says”! Some of the other interesting responses emphasized it as form that follows function; being one with the horse; and invisible aids.

Those who hate it may not fit into what many see as the perfect mould ~ tall, skinny, long legs. Any judge worth their salt isn’t fooled by a shiny package with nothing inside the wrapper. I’ve often said to riders “It doesn’t matter how great you look if you are stopped dead in front of the jump!”. Many successful hunter, jumper and equitation champions don’t fit the mould… think Mclean Ward, Margie Goldstein and our very own, Canadian equitation champion, Jen Hamilton. None of them, tall, slender equestrians, but each graceful, effective and nationally or internationally successful. If you ride well, you are likely a good equitator.

Those who are consistently successful in equitation classes on the flat and over fences likely can emulate many of those classic lines (ears, shoulders, elbows, hips and ankles) but more importantly they have developed ‘feel’, a science of practice, practice, practice and an art of communication and sensitivity. This sensitivity allows them to communicate with the horse’s mouth and back clearly but seemingly invisibly. They are able to maintain balance with their mounts through all phases of the jump and in their flatwork. It may look like the rider is doing nothing, but really they are balanced and attuned to the horse and bringing out the best of its abilities.

There are different standards or ‘equitation expectations’ for different levels of rider experience. A good novice equitator will be able to rise the trot on the correct diagonal, and sit the trot with only minimal leg or hand movement, whereas the seasoned CET Medal star should be able to seamlessly transition from an effortless and straight-horsed counter-canter, through walk, to halt, execute a quality turn-on the-haunches, and then step up into trot to a small bounce exercise.

Other subjective aspects of equitation include the rider’s horsemanship skills. Are they able to demonstrate knowledge beyond the show ring ride? Not often enough, the judge may ask riders, in an equitation class, a question about their horse’s tack (novice) or about rule book specifications (advanced). The turn-out of horse and rider need not be the latest what’s on the fashion runway, but should be well-fitting and appropriate for the age and experience of the rider and the task for which the pair are presenting themselves (hunter or jumper). As they develop confidence gained from show ring mileage, many riders develop their showmanship skills ~ the ability to highlight their talents with flair that sets them apart from the others in the group. While this differs from being ‘a show-off’, it can be a fine line between the two.

To be a good equitator takes many hours in the saddle and around the horse to develop the relationship and practiced habits of a good rider, because really, when it comes down to it, that’s what a good equitator is… a good rider.

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“Know Your Options”

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

In this second video in the series, Jen Hamilton continues to discuss show ring strategy and how to make the best use of the options available in the ring.

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Jen Hamilton Discusses Training vs. Competing

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

We are truly fortunate to have a long term relationship with Jen Hamilton.  Each year when she comes to Westar for our three day clinic, we have the opportunity for many fun and informal conversations about equestrian sports.

It occurred to us that we could share some of her great offerings through the power of video.  Below you will find the first in a series that we’ll be sharing with our Westar Farms fans.  Our aim is to keep these clips short and to the point.  You can look upon each one as a ‘nugget’ of wisdom to add to your growing appreciation of our sport. 

In this first video with Jeff, Jen Hamilton shares one of the questions she asks riders in her clinics, as well as how to turn weaknesses into strengths for the best competition performance.

Click on the video image below to view.

Hamilton Video

For more information on the clinic Jen Hamilton Clinic promo and for registration Jen Hamilton Clinic reg

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‘Clearing the way’ to the Jen Hamilton Clinic

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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March 31 Snow covered sand ring

 

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April 5 More than halfway done

We’ve been preparing the outdoor ring for the clinic coming up Friday, April 25th to Sunday, the 27th.

Brian started plowing the snow April 1 and we’ve been digging trenches, draining water and playing in the mud for the past week. Things are drying up nicely and we can’t wait to get out there.

 

 

Spots are still available in groups from Green to 1.10+ jumpers, each with two 1 1/2 hr. sessions over the 3 days.

Delicious homemade food will be available on site from Luke’s Lunchbox. 

Click here Jen Hamilton Clinic promo for more information about the clinic and here for registration forms Jen Hamilton Clinic reg.

 

 

April 9

April 9 Almost ready for riding!

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Parelli Natural Horsemanship Demo – Jan. 18/13

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Don’t you wish there was a magic method for getting those reluctant loaders on the trailer on show mornings?  Click on this video for inspiration…
Then read more about a Parelli demonstration this Saturday, Jan. 18 at Westar Farms. Free admission

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As horsemen and women we want to communicate with our equine partners and better understand their behaviour. This is a goal for every discipline, be it hunter, dressage, western reining or any one of the wide array of people/horse partnerships.

Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) is a proven method of equine communication . It’s a ‘people-based’ training program meaning that it’s the humans who require the education. We need to be keen observers of horse behaviour to enrich our experience with horses and the quality of the horses’ experience with us.

Ron Pyne is a 3-star Parelli Professional who will be at Westar Farms on Saturday, January 18th at 2 pm. Ron and his students (including Jen Steenbakkers, who is also a Westar student) will be demonstrating some of the Parelli principles through interaction with their horses and a few of ours as well. One of Ron’s goals is to help horse lovers “obtain the savvy they need to get the equine partnership of their dreams.”

Everyone is welcome and there is no admission fee. We particularly encourage young riders from all disciplines, 4H and Pony Clubbers, to attend. Maybe it will help you and your horse with making trailer loading a more relaxed experience. Now if there was just some way to get those braids to magically appear…

In the comments section below – tell us your ‘less than successful’ trailer loading incidents.  It will be interesting to hear your stories.

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We are busy, busy, busy…

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
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Feature class ribbons with neck ribbons for 1st to 3rd.

 

… getting ready for two big events in September! Our final show of the season ~ The Westar Farms ‘Jump Into Fall’ Bronze Show is taking place on Saturday, the 14th. The format of this competition allows us to add some spice into the horse show day with Feature classes in every ring. Spectators are encouraged to show their enthusiasm and cheer for the performances of the hard-working horses and riders!

 

25th anniversary

There is also lots of scrub, scrub, scrubbing… going on to get things ship-shape in advance of our 25th anniversary party, two weeks later on Saturday, the 28th. Family, friends, neighbours, students, former students and members of the horse community are invited to come for a fun evening that will include a pot-luck supper, a live band ~ The little BIGheads as well as rides on the mechanical bull. I bet our Ottawa Valley riders can tame that bull!

Log in to the Westar Farms Facebook page  to let us know if you can make it and what pot-luck you might bring. While you are there, if you like, include a story or share a photo from the past 25 years. We’ll include your photos in the slideshow that will be running throughout the evening.

 

 

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Westar Farms “Horse Lovers’ Weekend”

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

P1030391Our second show of the season is coming up on July 20th and 21st. Let’s hope it’s not another ‘Wetstar’!!  Maybe we can all do a dance to please the sun gods, but bring your insurance raingear… ‘just in case’. We’ve been working on the show rings which actually were in pretty good shape, once the tons of rain that fell that day, dried up!

Rogers TV will be filming again on Saturday in the Jumper Ring!

Through discussion with fellow show managers, we try to set what we feel will be the best schedule to suit competitors, coaches and the show itself. Our goal is always to help the day run as smoothly as possible. Conflicts can arise between rings, however, working with the coaches and athletes we try to foresee these, avoid them where possible and at least minimize them when they are unavoidable.

Competitor numbers do vary from show to show, particularly in the Bronze classes and changes are sometimes necessary so please check the schedule posted on our website ahead of time, but also on the Friday, July 19, once entries close and we know the number of entrants in the divisions. Changes might be made in order to balance out show rings if one looks like it will run considerably later than another. Any adjustments made on show day to will be posted as early as possible and announced multiple times.

Please keep your Sunday morning warm-up to one round over the posted course. Keeping to one round gives everyone the same opportunity to ride a course, keeps things moving so everyone gets a turn, and it saves the footing for show time. Coaches may enter the ring but the riders must proceed to the course, jump their round and then leave the ring to make way for the next rider. Two riders can ride the same horse but each must be on the class list.

If you were at our first show and entered in the Children’s, Children’s Medal, Adult, Adult Eq., Modified Ch/Ad.,  Mod. Ch/Ad Medal or Short Stirrup and you paid full entry fees but between you and your coach felt that you couldn’t compete, you will be given credit toward those classes/divisions at this show.

We look forward to welcoming you on show weekend : )

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