Course Discourse Canada

International course designer Dave Ballard reviews select Canadian Grand Prix’s and discusses how the many facets of course design impacted the competition.

One of just 33 Level 4 FEI course designers in the world, Dave has worked at the world’s most prestigious events including the World Cup Final, Pan American Games, and the Olympics.

$150,000 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier Toronto

We are at the end of the road for course walks in 2017. The final walk will take us around the $150,000 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier and the course designer will be Guilherme Jorge (BRA). Gui was the course read more

Shaved Cups Create Unfair Competition

The use of the shaved (shallow) cups is the story that I wish to expand on today. I am extremely concerned with what I have witnessed in some FEI (world standard) classes from 1.20m and up and I wonder what read more

$25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix

The Fall Finale week 11 at Palgrave will be the end of the summer season. In the 10 previous weeks we have had some great show jumping and even with the rain this season the shows were for the most read more

$86,000 Grand Prix – Caledon Cup Phase 3

We are back at Caledon Equestrian Park the $86,000 Grand Prix – Caledon Cup Phase 3. The weather is extremely hot and could play a role in the outcome of this class. There are 30 entries coming forward from the read more

$35,000 Caledon Cup – Phase 2

Welcome to the Caledon Equestrian Park and the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament. This walk will be an extra walk because this will be the first indoor walk since we began 10 years ago. The class tonight will be the $35,000 read more

$25,000 Ram Equestrian Grand Prix

Welcome to Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park and the Autumn Classic. Today we host the Ram Equestrian 1.40m Grand Prix and the prize money is $25,000. Welcome to Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park and the Autumn Classic. Today we host the read more

FEI 2* Groupby Grand Prix

As the Open Welcome on Thursday was an extremely good class, I am expecting no less for the feature class tonight. This will be a course that will be set at 1.45m or 4.9ft. We will see 28 entries and read more

$86,600 Delta Hotel and Dwight Crane Grand Prix

Welcome to Angelstone Farm and another Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix. The class tonight will be the $86,600 Delta Hotel and Dwight Crane Grand Prix. This will be a FEI 3*rated class. The posted height is 1.60m and the speed read more

$86,000 Kubota Grand Prix

I have just returned from four days of fishing on the French River and I am ready to walk the $86,000 Kubota Grand Prix at the Angelstone equestrian venue. This tournament will be a CSI3* event. One of the fun read more

$50,000 FEI Jumper Classic

Welcome to the final summer festival grand prix at Palgrave, Ontario, where we will feature the Caledon Premier 2 CSI2*. This week will have well known Canadian riders and a mix of young professionals and young amateurs riding a couple read more

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