Saturday roundup from the Spruce Meadows Continental CSI5*

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Well-Deserved Win for Bliss HeersSaturday afternoon of the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ CSI5*, presented by Rolex, brought sixty-six horse/rider combinations into the Meadows on the Green for the Canadian Utilities Cup (1.50m). The technical track by FEI Course Designer Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) tested the riders over thirteen obstacles (sixteen efforts) including three double combinations and two liverpools.Six riders representing five nations posted clear rounds advancing to the jump-off. Darragh Kenny (IRL) was first to go and put the pressure on posting a clear ride and quick time of 37.71s. Second-last to go was Bliss Heers (USA) and she laid it all on the line. Jumping a clear round, she posted a time of 36.68s to take the lead. It came down to the wire with world number one Steve Guerdat (SUI) last to go and he was just off the pace, posting a clear round and a time of 36.82s to take second place.“This is really quite emotional for me. A year ago I broke my back and now to win at Spruce Meadows and to beat two Olympic champions is very special,” said Heers of her first career win at Spruce Meadows.Beezie Madden (USA) Wins the AKITA Drilling Cavalry SpeedThe AKITA Drilling Cavalry Charge (1.50m) marked the second leg of the Alberta Power Speed Challenge. This series gives riders the opportunity to ride the same course in four different competitions over the 2019 Summer Series. The horse/rider combination with the best overall ranking over all four competitions wins the Alberta Power Speed Challenge.The course was designed by FEI course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) and made to fit in the International Ring and Meadows on the Green without any alteration to the track. This week thirty-nine horse/rider combinations tackled the track looking to move up the standings in the Alberta Power Speed Challenge.With five horses left to go, Kent Farringon (USA) was sitting at the top of the leader board with a quick time of 77.33s. Beezie Madden (USA) stepped into the ring looking to best her previous week’s time of 79.29s that had landed her in fourth place. Madden’s 9 year-old mare Jiva quickly settled into the course and the pair knocked two seconds off their time to land on 77.23s – taking them to first place.“She’s (Jiva) a very careful horse and sometimes a little shy when going fast over a lot of impressive fences out here. This (Alberta Power Speed Challenge) as been really good for her building her bravery and it showed today.” – Beezie Madden (USA) on her horse Jiva in the AKITA Drillling Cavalry Charge.A Second Win for Arturo Parada Vallejo (MEX)The North American Ring had a full schedule Saturday of the ‘Continental’ CSI5* Tournament starting with the one round Friends of the Meadows Cup (1.45m) in the morning. FEI Course Designer Tom Holden (IRL) laid out the track that thirty competitors put forth their best effort in an attempt to make it to the winner’s circle.Arturo Parada Vallejo (MEX) was on point today aboard the eight year-old Zangersheide gelding, Cassidy Z. The pair put forth a clear quick ride with a time of 67.30s making it their second win of the 2019 Spruce Meadows Summer Series.Full results here. Tags: Leopoldo Palacios, show jumping, Michel Vaillancourt, Canadian Utilities Cup, Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ CSI5*, Arturo Parada Vallejo, Bliss Heers, Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Baku ‘unacceptable’ as Europa League final host, says Arsenal

first_imgArsenal have branded the decision for Azerbaijani capital Baku to host their Europa League final with Chelsea as “unacceptable” as fans struggle with the logistics and cost of attending the game on May 29.The London clubs were given 6,000 tickets each by European football’s governing body for the match at the 68,700-capacity Olympic Stadium, more than 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) from the English capital.UEFA cited Baku’s limited airport capacity as one reason for not reserving more tickets for travelling fans.“We are bitterly disappointed by the fact that due to transport limitations UEFA can only make a maximum of 6,000 tickets available to Arsenal for a stadium with a capacity of well over 60,000,” said Arsenal in a strongly worded statement.“Time will tell if it is even possible for 6,000 Arsenal fans to attend the match, given how extreme the travel challenges are.”Liverpool and Tottenham supporters have also complained about the limited number of tickets given to both clubs for the Champions League final, in Madrid on June 1.And Arsenal called on UEFA to take fans’ considerations more into account when choosing where showpiece European finals are held.“On behalf of our fans, we would like to understand the criteria by which venues are selected for finals, and also how supporter requirements are taken into account as part of this,” added Arsenal’s statement.“Moving forward, we would urge UEFA to ensure that supporter logistics and requirements are a key part of any future decisions for final venues as what has happened this season is unacceptable, and cannot be repeated.“We would be happy to join any future discussions to avoid this situation happening again.”last_img read more

Suspected Dealer Arrested With Coke, Meth, Heroin

first_imgWhile he was detained, Ross attempted to dispose of the heroin and methamphetamine by dropping it beneath the seat in the Trooper’s patrol car. Officers say 34-year-old Adam Ross was stopped close to 4:40pm at mile 99 of the Seward Highway, in Indian. Ross was found with cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. The heroin appeared to have been prepared for sale. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享State Troopers stopped a Kodiak man traveling along with Seward Highway last Monday with drugs which were pre-packaged for distribution.center_img Ross was remanded at the Anchorage Jail in lieu of $40,000 bond.last_img read more

Parker edges a close one

first_imgRichi Hurley is just back from a trip home to England and hadn’t played golf for a few months but it hasn’t affected his golf and he came third with a very steady thirty seven points.  Paul Pavloff took the fourth and last podium place today with thirty five points.  There were no ‘2’s today.1st Allan Parker (9) 39pts2nd Russell Gilroy (17) 39pts3rd Richi Hurley (7) 37pts4th Paul Pavloff (5) 35ptsTuesday, August 30, Mt. Shadow – StablefordWe hadn’t been to Mountain Shadow for a long time as the course had been in very poor condition the last time we played it.  However today it was almost up to its usual standard except for the greens being much slower than before, which seemed to have caught out a lot of our group and there were many three putts today.Again we were joined by our friends from the PFGS and one of their members took the top spot today.  Craig Hitchens was the man who came out on top of what was a day of bad scoring and won with thirty five points.  Frank McGowan took the second place with thirty points and a very surprised Russell Gilroy found that he had taken the third spot with twenty seven points.Once again we had no ‘2’s today.1st Craig Hitchens (14) 35pts2nd Frank McGowan (18) 30pts3rd Russell Gilroy (17) 27ptsThursday, Sept. 1, Burapha – StablefordWe decided to play two flights today here at Burapha, off the blue and white tees to make it enjoyable for everyone.  Again the course was deserted except for ourselves and it was another very fast round of golf.Craig Hitchens.Jon Batty took the honors in the blue flight and won with thirty five points.  Lyle Blaw has just returned for another visit and he came second with thirty.In the white flight Rod Crosswell was playing his first ever game with us and started in style by being a very clear winner with an excellent thirty nine points.  Russell Gilroy was five points behind Rod but he still got the second place with thirty four.  Rodney Nabbe also had thirty four but he lost the count back to Russell and had to settle for the third and last place and once again today we had no ‘2’s.Blue Flight1st Jon Batty (8) 35pts2nd Lyle Blaw (11) 30ptsWhite Flight1st Rod Crosswell (15) 39pts2nd Russell Gilroy (16) 34pts3rd Rod Nabbe (13) 34ptsNote: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak Rd. around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or ring Joe on 089 249 1364. IPGC Golf from the Tara Court Golf SocietySunday, August 28, Green Valley – StablefordOn the way out here today it was looking very much like rain but by the time we got to the course it had cleared up and turned out to be another beautiful day for golf.  We got round in what was probably a record time for golf on a Sunday and completed our round in three hours and fifteen minutes.  Low season is definitely better for golf!Allan Parker.Again the same consistent golfers battled it out for the top spot today with thirty nine points each, two better than last Sunday and again Allan Parker won the count back which went down to the last six holes.  For the second week in a row Russell Gilroy had to settle for the second place.  Both of these players having been playing great golf for the past few weeks.last_img read more

Eagles’ Kelly says McCoy was wrong to question his motives

first_imgn this Dec. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. A person familiar with the deal says the Eagles have agreed to trade star running back McCoy for Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. The person spoke under condition of anonymity Tuesday night, March 3, 2015, because the teams had not announced the deal. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy was wrong to suggest he favors White players over Black players and says he never considers race when he’s building the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster.“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said Thursday. “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”Kelly traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy wasn’t happy about the trade. The two-time All-Pro and leading rusher in franchise history then questioned Kelly’s motives in an interview with ESPN The Magazine earlier this month.“You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good Black players. He got rid of them the fastest,” McCoy said. “But there’s a reason he got rid of all the Black players _ the good ones _ like that.”McCoy referenced Kelly releasing star receiver DeSean Jackson a year earlier, while keeping receiver Riley Cooper.“That doesn’t hurt me,” Kelly said of the comments. “I’m not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don’t elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understood what my beliefs are and I know who I am.”Kelly said he doesn’t plan to address the team about the comments, and he hasn’t spoken to McCoy.“I reached out to him twice and he didn’t accept my call,” Kelly said. “And I talked to his agent and told him I’d love to talk to him at some point, but I haven’t had a chance to touch base with him.”The third-year coach isn’t concerned about perception outside the locker room.“If you start chasing perception then you got a long life ahead of you, son,” Kelly said. “That’s what it’s all about if you’re worried about someone’s perception of what’s going on with you. You control one thing _ you control yourself. And I know how we run this organization, and it’s not run that way.”last_img read more

Mon Valley athlete inducted into college Hall of Fame

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier Celebrated McKeesport High School athlete and former native, Juandell Wilson was inducted into the Yankton College Hall of Fame in South Dakota this summer.The 1968 graduate in his youth played offense and defense for the McKeesport Little Tigers in 1963 and his junior and senior years with the McKeesport Tigers before he attended Yankton College where he played as running back and defensive cornerback for four years for their Greyhound football team.In 1970 the Yankton Greyhounds were voted Midwestern Team of the year in overall sports and Wilson played in one of the few bowl games the College had ever been invited to. Wilson was also selected three years consecutively as the MVP of the team and was voted as the most valuable freshman in his first year. In his junior year he was ranked 4th in the nation (NAIA) in punt returns.An all-around athlete, Wilson while attending Yankton also lettered in track and field for three seasons competing in such events as the long jump, triple jump, 4 x100 relay and the 880 or half mile relay.Participating in pro and semi-pro football, in 1973 he signed as a National Football League free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, was injured and as a result was released. He signed a one-year contract with the New York Stars of the World Football League where he started nine games at defensive cornerback. The next year he signed with the Chicago Wind and was released prior to the season opener.Wilson, the youngest of three brothers comes from a talented athletic family. His oldest brother, Hinton was a professional boxer that was the sparring partner of Light Heavy Weight World Champion Bob Foster. Hinton’s twin, Edgar was a weight lifter and bodybuilder.  The middle brother Charles (deceased) was an All State High School Pennsylvania football player that received an athletic scholarship to Boise Idaho State University and later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh as a registered nurse. Their family by any standard would be considered as patriotic. His father, three brothers and he all served in the armed forces and survived two major wars, the Korean War and Vietnam War.When asked who his role models are he credits his mother. “She raised me and my three brothers as a single parent leaning not on her own understanding but in all ways acknowledging God first.  She instilled moral values in us and raised us with respect and honor and stressed the importance of education,” he pointed out.Wilson holds a degree in Business Administration, Marketing and has dedicated 37 years as a Human Resources Professional. He has retired from the corporate world of Aerospace and International Airports and currently operates an independent consulting company that specializes in soft skills for Human Resources.Wilson is well traveled, corporately experienced and has lived the international life. A family man, he and his wife and daughter have made their home in the Atlanta area for the last 26 years. REMEMBERING HIS ROOTS—Former McKeesport athlete, Juandell Wilson is excited to be inducted into his college Hall of Fame.last_img read more