Royal Horse Show Welcomes Top International Riders

first_img Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The 90th Royal Horse Show welcomes an outstanding lineup of international riders to Toronto. They will compete this week in matinee and evening competitions including the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix (Wednesday, November 7), the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open (Friday, November 9) and the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge (Saturday, November 10.)The riders representing the home squad: Ten-time Olympian Ian Millar (Perth, ON), three-time back-to-back Canadian Show Jumping Champion Yann Candele (Caledon, ON), Olympian Jill Henselwood (Oxford Mills, ON), Olympian Mac Cone (King, ON), past Canadian champion Ainsley Vince (Burlington, ON), Angela Covert (St. Lazare, QC) and two riders who jumped their way into the big-money week via the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships: Isabelle Lapierre (Breakeyville, QC) and Neil Badcock (King City, ON).The American riders are always in contention and this year they are fielding some impressive names. The list includes two-time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward (Brewster, NY) and Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut (Wellington, FL). Kent Farrington (Chicago, IL) is no stranger to the international ring. Olympian Reed Kessler (Armonk, NY) and rising star Jessica Springsteen will be making their debuts in the international division this week. Kessler, at 18, competed in London this summer as the youngest rider ever in the history of Olympic show jumping.Hotly anticipated international riders include 2002 World Show Jumping Champion Dermott Lennon of Ireland, fellow Irish riders Conor Swail, Richie Moloney and Shane Sweetnam, and Belgian twin brothers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts. Olivier won the prestigious $1,000,000 CN International Grand Prix this September. London Olympian Daniel Bluman will represent Colombia.The evening performance of Thursday, November 8, offers an exciting combination of international show jumping with the $32,000 MNP International Top Score and the $20,000 Dominion Regalia Royal Invitational Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle to Music competition, where Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer will appear to defend her multiple titles.The Royal Horse Show is not limited to competition however, with family-friendly features such as an enchanting Lit Dressage demonstration (November 8 & 9) and Denim & Diamonds, pairing the elegance of dressage with the excitement of reining during the evening performances on November 7, 8 and 10. Of note: all weekday matinee horse show performances are FREE with general admission to the Fair. Tags: Yann Candele, McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, Jill Henselwood, Ian Millar, Shane Sweetnam, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Royal Horse Show, Dermott Lennon, Ashley Holzer, Laura Kraut, Reed Kessler, Mac Cone, Richie Moloney, Olivier Philippaerts, Neil Badcock, Jessica Springsteen, Nicola Philippaerts, Ainsley Vinc, Angela Covert, Isabelle Lapierre, Conor Swail, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more