The popular opening weekend feature runs alongside the Canadian Show Jumping Championships at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto.
Royal Horse Show
Ireland’s Daniel Coyle returns to defend his World Cup title; Canadian Show Jumping Championship and Indoor Eventing highlight first weekend.
The equine nutrition company is the new presenting partner of the Mad Barn Indoor Eventing Challenge and the Big Ben Challenge.
The quota for invitations in the hunter divisions has been raised slightly; the new Jr/Am 3’3” division continues to grow in popularity.
Johnstone had held the position since 2015, guiding the Fair through the Covid years to its 100th Anniversary in 2022.
Aboard Viamdios D’Avril, Esdale came out on top after three phases of competition ahead of reserve champion Rayne Dubois.
The victory came aboard Ariel Grange’s Legacy; Canadians Tiffany Foster and Ali Ramsay place 3rd and 4th in the feature event.
Making his Royal debut, the Egyptian rider flew to victory aboard El Conde; Sam Walker was the top Canadian in the class, in 5th place.
A pair of 17-year-olds, Lily Elliot and Esme Chapman, took these prestigious and challenging equitation classes at the Royal Horse Show.
Nicholas now has a new favourite memory of The Royal besides cinnamon buns; Mario delights the home crowd aboard Bardolina.