National Foal Championship - 2006
Quebec-bred filly, Lexi, earns $4,000.00 for owner/breeder Jean Casselman of Gatineau, Quebec.
Lexi, a beautiful bay filly by Ikoon out of the Thoroughbred mare, Me No Kiss Kiss by Tammany placed the highest in the country in the inaugural Canadian Sport Horse Association 2006 National Foal Championship. The imported sire, Ikoon (by Libero H out of the Nimmerdor daughter, Zalita) has been standing at stud at Ashland Farm in Ontario for the past 2 seasons after a couple of quiet years on the West Coast. Ikoon is one of only 2 Libero H sons approved with the CSHA. Me No Kiss Kiss is a 10 year old Florida bred mare that has had two Thoroughbred foals for the Casselman’s prior to her Canadian Sport Horse filly.
When the CSHA undertook the daunting task of organizing a national competition, the Board of Directors determined that for a truly “National” competition to take place the format for judging CSHA breeding efforts had to meet several criteria. First, it had to have consistent judging across the country and secondly, that judging had to take place within the span of a couple of weeks. Thirdly, the incentive had to be worthwhile for the breeders to travel with foals. Bob Henselwood graciously offered to cover over 5,000 km over 3 weekends in order to get the job done. The effort and planning paid off.
Bob commented, “I thought the CSHA Foal Championship was a great idea and that the quality of the foals was very good across the country, showing a change from the big, well put together model to a more athletic youngster. Breeders are getting the message that it takes athleticism in their youngsters to create value.”
The prize money going back to the breeders was just the impetus that some breeders needed to get out and show off their youngsters. In each Regional Qualifying Competition prize money paid 50/50 to owner and breeder.
The top foals in each Region were:
Sept. 24th – Brooklin, Ontario - Pirate B (Pablo x Gretchen x Dressman) O/B Beasley Farms Sept. 30th – Calgary, Alberta – Wintour (Wyman x Kestrel III x Zarco) O/B Michaela Berlie
Oct 1st – Ottawa, Ontario – Lexi (Ikoon x Me No Kiss Kiss x Tammany) O/B Jean Casselman
Oct. 8th – Langley, B.C. – Fernando (Freestyle x Phantasia III x Pacific Sunset) O/B Sabina Arnoldt
We saw 21 stallions represented by 35 foals. They were Alla ‘Czar, Arius (2), Asher (4), Bergamon, Double Diamond, Freestyle (3), Guaranteed Gold, Hadrian, Ikoon (4), Lando, Foxwind SL (2), Novalis, Pablo, President, Regardez, Rio Grande, Royal Senna, Sempatico M, Tagaelen (2), VDL Ulando H and Wyman.
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First Regional Qualifier – Oshawa
The first regional qualifying class of the CSHA National Foal Championship was held during the Ontario Chapter Breeders Show, September 24th at Heather Brazier’s Thornlea Stables, Brooklin, Ontario. Of the 15 entrants, eight 1st Premiums and four 2nd Premiums were awarded. Beasley Farms’ colt, Pirate B (by Pablo and out of Gretchen by Dressman) garnered the top spot of the day along with his 1st Premium. The sire, Pablo II, a 19 year old Pilot son that currently stands at Rainbow Equus Meadows in California, has over 500 offspring competing in both jumping and dressage and presently has 2 foals with the CSHA. Gretchen is a black mare of Hanoverian breeding and this is her first registered foal with in the CSHA studbook. Silvia and Richard Dixon of Beasley Farm, Schomberg, Ont., being both the breeder and owner of Pirate B received $1000.00 in prize money. According to event organizer, Soo Olafsen, “The winners were so thrilled to get a huge check (literally!) that they displayed it proudly covering the whole window of their truck.”
The final results of this qualifier were as follows:
1st: Pirate B (Pablo x Gretchen x Dressman) O/B Beasley Farms
2nd: Prospect’s Rio Luna (Rio Grande x Asper x Prospect) O/B Maureen Hall
3rd: Aslan (Asher x Opportunity Knocks x Goldschlaeger) O/B Jane Mason
4th: Sirius (Foxwind SL x Sarindala x Allen’s Prospect) O/B Linda Plank
5th: Sahara B (Ikoon x Sapphire B x Futurist) O/B Sylvia & Richard Dixon & Beasley Farms
6th: Tunuka DF (Tagaelen x Dear Walton x Walton Hanover) O/B Rebecca Hertel
7th: Promise Land (Lando DP x Polish Amber x Veronica’s Sir) O/B Deer Run Stables
8th: Propheczy (Alla ‘Czar x Caramilk x Tralos) O/B Kerry O’Driscoll
Bellagio (VDL Ulando H x La Belle Enfant x Friendly Lover) O: Wendy O’Keefe B: Susan Wood
Diamond of Excellence (Double Diamond x Imp the Excellence x Order of Excellence) O/B: Laurie Aditajs
Paloma (President x Citizen Jane x Matter of Honour) O/B: Leslie Powers
Ashlynn (Asher x My Blue Fantasy x Let’s Go Blue) O: Deanna Hollister B: Nancy & Mary Fagan
Second Regional Qualifier – Calgary
The second Regional Qualifier was held on September 30th at Priddis View Farms, south of Calgary, Alberta. It appears that many Alberta breeders were happy to leave money on the table with only 3 fillies showing up on the incredibly beautiful fall day. The $1,000.00 first place and a first premium was awarded to the chestnut filly, Wintour (by Wyman out of Kestrel III) is owned and bred by CSHA junior breeder Michaela Berlie of Slipstream Farm, Okotoks, Alberta. This was the first foal bred by Michaela and she purchased the stallion service to Wyman in the CSHA 2005 Stallion Service Auction. Wyman, a young stallion by Warkanson out of the Weltmeyer daughter, Windhuk, was bred and owned by the Brinkmann family of Equitop Farm, New Norway, Alberta. Wyman was the top placed stallion at his Alberta CSHA Inspection in 2005. Kestrel III is a homebred mare and Wintour is her 2nd CSHA foal.
The final results of this qualifier are as follows:
1st: Wintour (Wyman x Kestrel III x Zarco) O / B : Michaela Berlie 1st Premium
2nd: Aprice (Arius x Compliment)
O/B: Dagmar Fortmuller 1st Premium
3rd: Ariotte (Arius x Shakopedia x Da’White Judge) O: Patricia Hambling B: Dagmar Fortmuller
Third Qualifier – Ottawa
The third Regional Qualifier was held during Autumn At Ashland at Ashland Farm, Ashton Ontario, just outside of Ottawa. The winner of this qualifier was the National Champion Foal, Lexi and her handler was Ron Davidson. Lexi was also Champion Weanling Filly and Overall Weanling Champion of the in hand classes in Ontario for 2006. On accepting her award, owner Jean Casselman said how appreciative she was to the people who encouraged her to have her mare inspected and register the offspring with CSHA. Also at the Ashland Farm Show, Lexi was awarded the Capt. G.T. Mayburry Cup for the Eastern Ontario/Quebec Regional Foal Championship for the in-hand classes. “This is a very special award for us as our handler, Ronnie Davidson and I go back to Elementary school. He grew up at the Mayburry Farm where his father was farm manager and my father and Captain Mayburry were friends. The fact that the Mayburry daughters, Lyn and Phyllis, along with grand daughter, Pam, attended to make the presentation was so very special for us.
Here’s an interesting tidbit, the 2nd place foal, Knowlian WF can trace his roots on the dam’s side to breeding stock of the Canadian Hunter Improvement Society of the 1940s through to the F.S. mare, Lady Arise #859 and Senator Jim, great grand parents of Coaly Isle.
The final results were as follows:
1st: Lexi (Ikoon x Me No Kiss Kiss x Tammany) O/B: Jean Casselman
2nd: Knowlian WF (Ikoon x Morning Glory x Coaly Isle) O/B: Donna Jones
3rd: S.S. Bergren (Bergamon x Laura III x Longchamp) O: Lea Wouters B: Kathleen Richardson
4th: Playful (Ikoon x The Playmate x Play For Time) O/B: Dave & Lu Lancaster
Devil of a Storm (Asher x Ny-A-Sorm x Nias) O/B: Ann & Megan Wright Ashtic Storm (Asher x Atlantic Storm x Nias) O/B: Cheryl Armstrong
Zoey (Royal Senna x Limerick x Lorbason) O: Carol Sharkey B: Nonius Equestrian
Fourth Qualifier - British Columbia
The BC qualifier took place Thanksgiving weekend at Dr. Ray and Judy Wise’s Fairway Farms in Milner. The numbers were light but the quality was certainly there with all of the foals receiving First Premiums. The winner was Sabina Arnoldt, with Freestyle colt, Fernando, the second CSH offspring that she has bred. Fernando’s dam, Phantasia III, is a young F1 mare, bred by Jennifer Arnoldt, and is by that “grand old man” of BC breeding, Pacific Sunset. Pacific Sunset’s CSHA offspring date from 1984 onwards, and his F1 son, Pacific Striker, owned by Bonnie Tolley of Ladysmith continues the legacy. Fernando’s sire, Freestyle, is one of the few Florestan sons in North America and is approved by numerous studbooks, with many champion offspring both at home and abroad. He was winner of his stallion test in Germany and was showing in dressage at the Prix St. Georges level in 2006.
The results for this qualifier were as follows:
1st: Fernando (Freestyle x Phantasia III x Pacific Sunset) O/B: Sabina Arnoldt
2nd: Horatio (Hadrian x Harmony x Menelssohn) O/B: Danette Ball
3rd: Sahara (Sempatico M x Strathmiglo x Katowice) O: Michelle & Diane Bloom B: Martha Drennan
4th: Fabrizio DSF (Freestyle x Pacifica x Pacific Sunset) O: Veer & Gloria Dharney B: Jennifer & Armin Arnoldt
5th: Wazabi (Regardez x Waldrun x Wellington) O/B: Simone Stitch
A special thank you goes out to the hosting facilities - Thornlea Stables, Brooklin, ON; Priddis View Farm, Priddis, AB; Ashland Farm, Ashton, ON; and Fairway Farms, Milner, BC. Your generosity and support for Canadian Sport Horse Breeders is greatly appreciated.