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Equine Canada Remembers Marie-Helen Lessard

The Canadian equestrian community is saddened to learn of the loss of Marie-Helen Lessard, 49, and her husband Steven Ratz, 57. On September 28, 2014 they passed away in a traffic accident. Marie-Helen, commonly referred to by her nickname MH,

Marie-Helen Lessard (1965-2014). Photo by Wendy Hudson

In Memoriam: Marie-Helen Lessard

It is with great sadness that the Ontario Equestrian Federation announces the death of Marie-Helen Lessard, a respected competitor, coach, judge, official, horse show organizer and volunteer. Lessard, 49, and her husband, Steven Ratz, 57, were killed in a car

MH Lessard aboard Dreitag Japaloupe at the CADORA Western Ontario Silver Dressage Championships on Sept. 21st. Photo by Jaye Tatone Photography

MH Lessard Killed in Car Accident

Marie-Helen Lessard, 49, owner and operator of Equus 3D Equestrian Centre near Orangeville, Ontario, and her husband, Steve Ratz, 57, were killed in a car crash on Sunday September 28, 2014. The accident occurred on Dufferin County Side Road 10

UAE win FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Horses

The 2014 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Horses, held in Slovakia for the first time, boasted one of the highest completion rates for a seven-year-old horse Endurance competition on a day of extraordinary sport. From a total of 44

Winners of the FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Horses 2014 held in Slovakia. The UAE’s Mansour Saeed Mohd Al Faresi (centre) took gold, ahead of silver medallist Jean Philippe Frances (left) and bronze medallist Aurelie Cambe (right), both from France. Photo by Gilly Wheeler/FEI

Zazinga Zooms to La Prevoyante Score

Zazinga posted a powerful front-running performance to capture Saturday’s $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes, at Woodbine. The long-striding chestnut made her stakes debut a winning one, setting splits of :23.29 and :45.85 in the one-mile turf tilt for Ontario-sired sophomore fillies,

Gary Boulanger guides Zazinga to victory in the $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography

Goodoldhockeygame Scores in Bull Page

Frank Di Giulio Jr.’s Goodoldhockeygame skated up the rail to capture Saturday’s co-featured $125,000 Bull Page Stakes, at Woodbine. It was a breakthrough performance for the Bob Tiller trainee, earning his first-added money score in his first attempt to remain

Patrick Husbands guides Goodoldhockeygame to victory in the $125,000 Bull Page Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography

Strut the Course Conquers Classy ‘n Smart

John Unger’s Strut the Course demonstrated an impressive turn of foot to take Sunday’s $125,000 Classy ‘n Smart Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Barb Minshall and expertly ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva, the four-year-old daughter of Strut the Stage

Eurico Da Silva guides Strut the Course to victory in the $125,000 Classy 'N Smart Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography

Germany Claims 2014 FEI World Single Driving Championships

After four exciting days with seventy-seven drivers from 24 nations at the eighth FEI World Single Driving Championships in Izsák (HUN) at the weekend, Dutch driver Wilbrord van den Broek won individual gold and Germany took team gold for the

Wilbrord van den Broek (centre) won individual gold at the FEI World Single Driving Championships 2014 in Izsák (HUN) with Germany’s Claudia Lauterbach taking silver (left) and compatriot Marlen Fallak claiming bronze. Photo by Claudia Spitz/FEI

FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing: Germany Makes it Five in a Row

An in-form German team reigned supreme at Waregem (BEL), the eighth and penultimate competition in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014. They scored a fifth successive victory in the series and have now extended their lead to 10 points over

The winning German team of Andreas Ostholt, Anna-Maria Rieke, Josefa Sommer and Andreas Dibowski claimed the honours at Waregem (BEL), penultimate leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014. Photo by EventingPhoto.com/FEI

Canadians Shine at Dressage at Devon

Alexandra Dvorak, from Hillsburgh, Ontario, rode to the top of Dressage at Devon’s FEI Young Rider Grand Prix on Fling, a Westfalen gelding on September 27th. Her father and trainer, Olympian Tom Dvorak, purchased Fling in Germany, intending to resell

Alexandra Dvorak took top honours in Devon’s FEI Young Rider Grand Prix aboard Fling. Photo by Hoof Print Images