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Cara Whitham Receives 2016 Equestrian Canada Lifetime Achievement Award

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Cara Whitham is the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement award, which was handed out at the Equestrian Canada Awards Reception during their annual convention in Vancouver, Canada, on 8 April 2017.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose contributions to the Canadian equestrian community are considered exceptional by their peers and whose long-term service and dedication have contributed directly to the ongoing growth and development of Canadian equestrian sport and industry.

http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2017/04/12/cara-whitham-recipient-2016-equestrian-canada-lifetime-achievement-award

Whitham is a very accomplished horsewomen. Some of her various achievements include:

  • Being named a short and long-listed rider for the Canadian Dressage Team numerous times
  • Earning Canadian Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Championship titles
  • Being appointed Chef d’Equipe for Canada’s Dressage team during a four-year European tour leading into the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
  • Lending input into a high performance plan that produced Canada’s only Olympic Team Medal in Dressage to date at the 1988 Seoul Olympics
  • Holding a record as the FEI’s only official with FEI 5* judging credentials for both Dressage and Eventing
  • Receiving FEI Dressage Technical Delegate status
  • Being appointed to the Dressage Ground Jury for the 2003 and 2011 Pan American Games, 2005 European Dressage Championships and the 2010 World Equestrian Games
  • Being appointed to the Eventing Ground Jury for the 1998 and 2002 World Equestrian Games, as well as the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Being hired as a television commentator for the 2007 World Equestrian Games, and 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games
  • Being appointed as the Chef d’Equipe for the Costa Rican Gold Medal Team at the 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica.

She also founded Equivents Inc., which organizes CDI-Ws/CDI3* dressage events yearly.

Here our interview with Cara Whitham here:

April 12, 2017 |

Paula Fedeyko of Doc Ridge Dressage – Podcast

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On this episode of the Horse Show podcast, we sit down  with Paula Fedeyko. Paula owns and operates Doc Ridge Dressage, based out of Puslinch, Ontario.  Paula offers training, lessons, part boarding, in barn leases, coaching and sales out of Doc Ridge Dressage.

Not always a horse lover, Paula tells us in this interview how she came about to dressage after not always being a horse lover and spending some time in the hunter and equitation rings. She also spent 2 years in Holland working in the horse industry there both training and showing and she shares one of her embarrassing stories from her time over there. All of this experience in different aspects of the horse world are helping her to achieve her goal of being a great all-around horseperson, not just a great rider.

She currently has two horses: Bosco, who she plans to compete in Prix St. George again once he has recovered from an injury and an up and coming yearling who she hopes will take her to the international stage in the future.

Fedeyko also shares her opinion on the importance of having that connection or bond with your horse and matching the right horse with the right rider and she leaves us with some advice for the horse industry.

You can find out more about Paula Fedeyko and Doc Ridge Dressage at http://www.docridgedressage.com/ or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

February 1, 2017 |

Linda Finstad – Podcast Episode

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Linda Finstad is a professional photographer and owner of A Sharper Image Photography in Edmonton, Alberta.

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In this episode, Linda tells us how she got into horse show photography and gives her advice for aspiring show photographers.

She also talks about the books she has written, including marketing strategies for horse people trying to gain clients, attendees to clinics, etc. as well as her controversial book “Don’t Shoot the Horses”.

You can find out more about Linda at her two websites, www.thehorsewatcher.com, where you can read more about her books and workshops, and www.asharperimage.photostockplus.com, where you can see her horse show photographs.

A big thanks to our sponsors for this episode of The Horse Show Podcast: Holly Oaks, Darcy Lane, Lynn Whetham of Stepright Capital, and Leg Up Equestrian.

October 5, 2016 |

Firefly Stables – Podcast Interview

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Jennifer Bruner is the owner and operator of Firefly Stables, located on the outskirts of Kitchener, Ontario. Jenn has completed the University of Guelph Horse Management Certificate as well as the Coaching and Horsemanship program offered through Kemptville Campus.

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Jennifer coaching students at a horse show.

Firefly Stables offers boarding, horse training, camps and lesson programs. Their lesson program is for children and adults alike, and focuses on the English disciplines of dressage and jumping.

In this episode of the podcast, we chat with Jennifer about her business and what she has to offer, show ring successes both Jennifer and her students have had this year, and Jennifer’s internship with a world renowned horse trainer.

September 13, 2016 |

Paula Fedeyko of Doc Ridge Dressage – Podcast

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On this episode of the Horse Show podcast, we sit down  with Paula Fedeyko. Paula owns and operates Doc Ridge Dressage, based out of Puslinch, Ontario.  Paula offers training, lessons, part boarding, in barn leases, coaching and sales out of Doc Ridge Dressage.

Not always a horse lover, Paula tells us in this interview how she came about to dressage after not always being a horse lover and spending some time in the hunter and equitation rings. She also spent 2 years in Holland working in the horse industry there both training and showing and she shares one of her embarrassing stories from her time over there. All of this experience in different aspects of the horse world are helping her to achieve her goal of being a great all-around horseperson, not just a great rider.

She currently has two horses: Bosco, who she plans to compete in Prix St. George again once he has recovered from an injury and an up and coming yearling who she hopes will take her to the international stage in the future.

Fedeyko also shares her opinion on the importance of having that connection or bond with your horse and matching the right horse with the right rider and she leaves us with some advice for the horse industry.

You can find out more about Paula Fedeyko and Doc Ridge Dressage at http://www.docridgedressage.com/ or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

August 22, 2016 |

Eat Sleep Ride Repeat – Podcast

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Eat Sleep Ride Repeat is the brainchild of Canadian endurance rider Sarah Cuthbertson.  In 2014, Sarah was selected as the sole Canadian rider that year to race Mongolia’s wild horses 1000km across the Mongolian steppe.  She started the blog to not only allow others to read of her adventures leading up to and during the race, she was fundraising as well to help offset the approximately $10,000 entry fee.  Since then, the blog has grown to include an online store where fans can purchase their Eat Sleep Ride Repeat gear, as well as contributors Solstice Pecile and Ashley Tomaszewski.

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In this episode of the podcast, The London Equestrian had a chance to sit down with Sarah and Ashley after they completed their 75 mile and 50 mile races, respectively, and hear the stories of their adventures at the Coates Creek Challenge held this past Canada Day long weekend.

 

 

CTV News coverage of the Coates Creek Race:

 

To learn more about Eat Sleep Ride Repeat, you can follow the blog at www.eatsleepriderepeat.com or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/esrr2017/.

 

July 10, 2016 |

Podcast – Interview with Cara Whitham

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Even if you haven’t heard of Cara Whitham before, you most likely have heard her at one time or another. She is the familiar voice we hear commentating some of the various dressage events on tv.

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Whitham is a very accomplished horsewomen. Some of her various achievements include:

  • Being named a short and long-listed rider for the Canadian Dressage Team numerous times
  • Earning Canadian Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Championship titles
  • Being appointed Chef d’Equipe for Canada’s Dressage team during a four-year European tour leading into the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
  • Lending input into a high performance plan that produced Canada’s only Olympic Team Medal in Dressage to date at the 1988 Seoul Olympics
  • Holding a record as the FEI’s only official with FEI 5* judging credentials for both Dressage and Eventing
  • Receiving FEI Dressage Technical Delegate status
  • Being appointed to the Dressage Ground Jury for the 2003 and 2011 Pan American Games, 2005 European Dressage Championships and the 2010 World Equestrian Games
  • Being appointed to the Eventing Ground Jury for the 1998 and 2002 World Equestrian Games, as well as the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Being hired as a television commentator for the 2007 World Equestrian Games, and 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games
  • Being appointed as the Chef d’Equipe for the Costa Rican Gold Medal Team at the 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica.

She also founded Equivents Inc., which organizes CDI-Ws/CDI3* dressage events yearly.

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In this episode of the podcast, we get a very intimate look into the life of this amazing horsewoman, from her story of how she got into horses (with an unexpected twist!) to what her favourite competitions have been to ride and judge at. She also gives a great message to youth who are interested in getting into the sport or who have just begun their journey.

June 11, 2016 |

Podcast – Raven Morris & Jennifer Moore

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Raven Morris

11 year old Raven Morris has always been around horses. She has been partnered with her Welsh pony “Maggie” since she was three. Raven had a very successful show season in 2015, qualifying for the Provincial Silver Dressage Championships (Western Division) and achieving grand champion status in the Junior division. In this episode of the podcast, Raven talks about her pony, why she likes dressage , which rider she admires most, and what her goals are for the upcoming show season and the future.

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Jennifer Moore

Raven is coached by her mom, Jennifer Moore.  Jennifer runs JAK Equestrian, which operates out of Shakespeare Stables, in Shakespeare, Ontario.  Although she started off in the hunter world, she found her niche in dressage. She also saw success in the dressage ring this past year, winning grand champion in the Freestyle Division.  Not only is she an accomplished rider, but she is also a certified coach as well, coaching since she was 17 years old.  She offers lessons in dressage, hunter, equitation and jumper at their farm.  Jennifer says her favourite thing about coaching is watching the change in her students as they improve.

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For more information on lessons, clinics and shows, please visit the JAK Equestrian website at http://jakequestrian.yolasite.com/

May 29, 2016 |

Podcast – Financial Planning for Equestrians with Lynn Whetham

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Lynn Whetham is a Certified Financial Planner and Managing Partner at Stepright Capital in St. George, Ontario who is also an avid trail rider. She loves to camp and hit the trails in the Ganaraska Forest just outside of Peterborough, Ontario with her horse, Arrow. In this episode of the podcast, Lynn talks about financial planning and why it is important for equestrians and horse owners, what young riders can do for their financial planning and what the most common mistake equestrians and horse owners make with their money.

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More information about Lynn and Stepright Capital can be found on their website (http://stepright.ca/ourteam/lynn-whetham/). If you wish to get in touch with Lynn to discuss your plans, you can contact her at lynn@stepright.ca or 1-866-218-6467.

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April 30, 2016 |
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