Karl Slezak and Hot Bobo are on a roll

Fresh off their impressive victory in the CCI4*-S in Kentucky on April 30, the Canadian duo of Karl Slezak and Hot Bobo continue on their hot streak (pun intended), finishing in fourth place in the CCI4*-L at the Tryon Spring International, presented by Fairfax & Favor, in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Focused and feeling fancy, the pair turned out and showed up to continue the streak and Karl won Best Dressed at the FEI jog.

Slezak, a native of Caledon East, ON, and his beloved 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Hot Bobo (VDL Arkansas x Taneys Leader), began the competition on a dressage score of 33.0. This put them in seventh place heading into phase two against a field of 18 athlete and horse combinations in the cross-country.

The pair made quick work of cross-country, with an elapsed time of 10:05, moving them up to fourth place. On the final day, with no rails down for the top three over the show jumping course designed by Marc Donavan, they held on to fourth place with one rail down and finished on a 37.0.

For results from the Tryon Spring International, please click here.


Leonie Bramall and Cricket BD in the Czech Republic.

Leonie Bramall and Cricket BD. (Josef Malinovský photo)

Leonie Bramall back in the ring in Czechia

After a sixteen-year hiatus, Canadian veteran dressage athlete Leonie Bramall represented the maple leaf in FEI competition in the second edition of the CDI3* Olomouc event at the Equine Sports Center, just under 100 kilometres southwest of Ostrava, CZE from May 11–14.

The 59-year-old Bramall, who resides in Isernhagen, GER, aboard Cricket BD (Charmeur x Don Frederico), an 11-year-old Oldenburg homebred gelding she co-owns with ZG Bramall-Dusche GbR, finished in fourth place with a score of 66.935% in the CDI3* Grand Prix on May 12.

The two-time Canadian Olympian and Cricket then danced to the top of the leaderboard two days later, posting a score of 68.872% in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special. Bramall was pleased with their finish in a field of nine athlete-and-horse combinations from seven countries. After such a long break from her last Grand Prix appearance, it’s clear how advantageous experience and the right horse can bring about results.

For more information on the CDI 3* Olomouc event, please click here.

Ali Ramsay and Bonita VH Keizershof Z jumping a fence at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Ali Ramsay and Bonita VH Keizershof Z. (Shawn McMillen Photography)

Ali Ramsay Wins at CSI3* Kentucky Spring Classic

2022 Canadian Show Jumping Champions Ali Ramsay and her 12-year-old Zangersheide mare Bonita VH Keizershof Z (Bustique x For Pleasure) came to win under the Friday night lights in the 1.45m CSI3* at the 2023 Kentucky Spring Horse Show on May 12.

In a field of 54 entries starting in the $37,000 Kentucky Spring Classic, Ramsay of Victoria, BC, along with her long-time partner Bonita were one of fifteen combinations to jump clear over Brazilian Guilherme Jorge’s strategic track at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. With the tight time allowed in the first night class of this week’s tournament in the famous Rolex Stadium, only nine combinations made the cut-off to head into the jump-off.

The pair rode flawlessly and ended in a time of 42.42 to secure their third win together in FEI-rated competition. Just behind them in second place was fellow Canadian Nicole Walker of Aurora, ON, with her own 14-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Excellent B (Berlin x Heartbreaker), who finished the jump-off in a time of 42.57.

For more information on the Kentucky Horse Shows, please click here.