Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Harrie Smolders Wins the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben International Challenge

Last night’s runner-up was the victor tonight, when Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands won the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge with Regina Z to conclude the International Jumping division at the 89th Royal Horse Show. Of the 19 original entries in the class, just five qualified to start in the shorter, taller, jump-off course designed […]

McLain Ward Takes the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open

Two-time Olympic Gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, New York, took top honours with Rothchild tonight, in the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open at the 89th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.   Topping the field of 20, Ward was the 13th to enter the ring, giving him plenty of time to watch, and strategise, before it was […]

Ashley Holzer Marches to Victory Once Again at the Royal

Although Ashley Holzer’s young new mount is named after a Hollywood picture, Breaking Dawn aka “Edward” is far from a seasoned performer. In fact, tonight was his first ever CDI3* Freestyle to Music. But you’d never know it. The pair swept the two-day, $40,000 FEI Dressage CDI3* competition presented by Dominion Regalia, consisting of the […]

Britannia Rules the $100,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the Royal

Scott Brash, of the United Kingdom, set the tone this evening at the Royal Horse Show with the first clean round of the night, which continued through to the very end, besting a prominent international field to come out on top. As the first clean round of ten in the evening, Brash led the way […]

Holzer and Breaking Dawn Delight Crowd at CDI3* Royal

Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON rode Breaking Dawn to first place in the Grand Prix test at CDI3* Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, presented by Dominion Regalia, November 9, 2011. With Breaking Dawn, formerly known as Ultiems Flemming, a bay 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Akribori and co-owned by Holzer and P.J. Rizvi, Holzer scored […]

Luck of the Irish with Lennon at the Royal Horse Show

The luck of the Irish was with Dermott Lennon this evening, as he blazed around the course in the $31,000 Jolera International Jumper Welcome with his young mare Loughview Lou Lou; besting American superstars McLain Ward and Richard Spooner while laying groundwork to defend his 2010Leading International Rider title here at the Royal.   Ward […]

The Royal Welcomes Eric Lamaze ‘Home’

World-class show jumping takes centre stage in Toronto this week, as top riders from three continents and six countries descend on the Ricoh Coliseum to compete for over $365,000 in prize money and the prestigious Leading Horse and Rider titles. Despite the unexpected loss of his incredible mount Hickstead, International show jumper and current Olympic […]

Lamontagne Crowned 2011 Talent Squad Champion at Royal Horse Show

François Lamontagne of St-Eustache, QC, won the Jump Canada Talent Squad Final on Saturday, November 5, at Toronto’s Royal Horse Show. The 10-day international equestrian competition is held as part of the 89th edition of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 4–13 in Toronto, ON. Held over two days, the Talent Squad Final competition […]

Yann Candele Takes First Leg of Canadian Show Jumping Championships

The Honourable David C. Onley opened the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this morning, and with it the 89th Royal Horse Show. But it was defending Canadian Show Jumping Champion Yann Candele of Caledon, Ontario, who, with a little luck and a lot of speed captured the first leg of the Canadian Show Jumping Championships presented […]

Opening Weekend of the 89th Royal Horse Show

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, officially opened the 89th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this morning, and with it, the prestigious Royal Horse Show at the Ricoh Coliseum. The action begins tonight with the initial rounds of both the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championships Presented by Greenhawk, and the $20,000 Good Crop […]