The third event in the eastern region of the 2011 Jump Canada Young Horse Series was held June 29 to July 3 at Beaulieu’s Summer Classic II in Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC.
In the Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division, Francois Lamontagne of St-Eustache, QC, rode Underground des Hauts Droits to victory. The pair enjoyed two clear jumping rounds but incurred two time faults after crossing the timers in 53.04 seconds to exceed the 52 second time allowed. Owned by Ferme Lamontagne, the seven-year-old Hannoverian gelding was bred in Belgium and is by For Pleasure out of a Nabab de Reve mare.
Nicolas Bayzelon of Carignan, QC, and Lazer HB, placed second after having the first fence of the triple combination down in the opening round of competition. The seven-year-old bay Luxembourg gelding is owned by Francois Bayzelon. Earlier in the season, the pair won the Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division at Concours Hippiques du Parc in Blainville, QC, and placed second place at the Concours Hippique de St-Lazare in St. Lazare, QC. By Landslide and out of a Queran mare, Lazer HB was bred by HB Farm in Ste-Clothilde-de-Horton, QC.
Niko Goyette won the Five-Year-Old Division aboard West Wind. Goyette, who runs Lower Saxony Show Stables in Ottawa, ON, was the only rider to finish the first round of competition fault-free, crossing the timers in 77.42 seconds.
“It was really good fortune that we bought her,” explained Goyette, who owns the bay Holsteiner mare in partnership with Brazilian rider Sergio Campos. “She was really underdeveloped when we first saw her, but I knew right away that I could make something out of this horse. We saw a tremendous amount of potential in her.”
That potential is what led to Goyette’s decision to campaign West Wind, by Amour and out of a Rantares mare, in the Jump Canada Young Horse Series.
“I didn’t know if she would be ready,” said Goyette. “She was really green and inexperienced when I got her, but she evolved and learned quickly. She performed exceptionally well considering her lack of experience. She has been in the ring maybe five times before this. She’s just phenomenal. I really think she has the potential to go all the way.”
With four faults and a time of 87.45 seconds, Capi Rossi, ridden by Alison Moore for owner Mikali Farms in Kanata, ON, took second place. The pair had the sixth fence on course down. The grey Danish Warmblood stallion is by Carano and out of a Solos Landtinus mare.
The sixth fence proved challenging for third place finisher Lamontagne as well. Aboard his horse Captain Quebec, Lamontagne had the second and sixth fence down to finish with a total of eight jumping faults. By Cassini and out of a Sir Dancer mare, the Holsteiner gelding was bred in Germany by Rolfs Ernst Carsten.
Goyette also claimed victory in the Four-Year-Old Division aboard Quintessa Z. The black Canadian-bred Zangersheide mare was bred by owner Alexander Rohling of Cumberland, ON. She is by Quilot Z and out of a Granus mare.
“I have known this mare for years,” said Goyette. “I was there from the moment she was born. She is a big source of pride and joy for Lower Saxony Show Stables and for the Rohling family. She is one of the best horses they’ve ever produced. She is truly one of a kind.”
Quintessa Z will continue to compete in the Jump Canada Young Horse Series and will move up to the 1.15m division before the end of the season.
The purpose of the Jump Canada Young Horse Series is to encourage the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumping prospects. Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according to age and jump at a level suited to their development. This careful development allows the horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels of show jumping competition with confidence. The Jump Canada Young Horse Series also gives prospective buyers for the hunter and jumper markets an opportunity to view a large group of prospects in a competition setting.
The 2011 Jump Canada Young Horse Series is truly national in scope with competitions being held from coast to coast. The National Young Horse Finals will take place at the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament held from September 21-25 in Palgrave, ON.
For more information on the Jump Canada Young Horse Series, please visit http://equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=88&Itemid=3&lang=en
Beaulieu’s Summer Classic II – Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC
Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division
Horse Owner Rider
1. Underground des Hauts Droits Ferme Lamontagne Francois Lamontagne
2. Lazer HB* Francois Bayzelon Nicolas Bayzelon
Horse Owner Rider
1. West Wind Niko Goyette Niko Goyette
2. Capi Rossi Mikali Farms Alison Moore
3. Captain Quebec Francois Lamontagne Francois Lamontagne
4. Giacomo Di Cantero Bea Jarzynska Thijs Clauwers
Horse Owner Rider
1. Quintessa Z* Alexander Rohling Niko Goyette
NOTE – The star * beside a horse’s name denotes that it is Canadian-bred.