Canadians Successful at Ocala Florida CCI Three-Day Event

first_imgJessica Schultz, of the United States, won the CCI 1 * division with Lock N’ Load on a score of 46.1.  Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm, BC, and Riddle Master, Caroline Bazley’s seven-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding finished in 11th place. Tied for 13th place after dressage on a score of 63.9, the pair recorded the third Canadian clear cross country performance moving them up to ninth place but with two rails and seven time penalties in show jumping the pair finished on a score of 78.9. 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. Riding four horses in the CCI 1* division was 1996 Canadian Olympian, Kelli McMullen-Temple. With the six-year-old German Warmblood gelding, Axel Rose, owned by the rider and Carl Bouckaert, the pair sat in 11th spot after dressage on a score of 53.2. Temple and Axel Rose moved up to sixth following a fault free cross country performance, and to fourth after receiving just one time fault in show jumping. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! In the CCI 1* division, Canadian Olympian Kyle Carter, originally of Calgary, AB, rode Billie Sue Jensen’s eight-year-old Hanoverian mare, Final Watch, to a fourth place on a score of 52.5 out of 33 starters. Sitting in ninth place following dressage, Cater and Final Watch score a perfect clear cross country and show jumping rounds to finish on their dressage score. 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. Canadian Olympic Eventing Team member Mike Winter of Montreal, QC, and currently based in Newnan, GA, riding Jim Walker’s eight-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Unsteelable, finished in fifth place. Tied for ninth position after dressage, Winter recorded a clean round in cross country and added just one rail, for four faults, in the show jumping test to move up the leader board and finishing with a score of 62.2. Riding Wallenda, her own and Christine Stiller’s six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, McMullen- Temple also finished in 10th with a score of 57.5. Sitting in fourth after dressage with a score of 47.9 added only 7.6 cross country time penalties and two show jumping time faults their overall score. Fergusson of Langley, BC, won the CCI 2*competition, finishing on her dressage score of 44.7, with Uni Griffon, her 10-year-old Canadian bred Welsh Sport Horse gelding. After dressage, Fergusson was standing in fourth place in the field of 17 starters. The pair recorded a clean performance over Mark Phillips cross country course and in the show jumping test to move up to top place standings. Ottawa, ON—Canadians Lisa Marie Fergusson, Mike Winter and Rebecca Howard closed out the international eventing season in North America with top place finishes highlighted by fault-free cross country performances at the CCI 2* and CCI 1* Ocala Three Day Event and Horse Trials, held November 14–16, 2008, at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL. Email* With her second horse, Veelion, the six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, McMullen-Temple was tied for seventh place on a score of 51.4. Despite a fault-free cross country performance, which moved them up to fourth place, one costly show jumping rail dropped the pair to finish in eighth spot with a score of 59.4. SIGN UP Pearl Macgregor of Hunter River, PEI, riding Elizabeth Spangler’s 11-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding, Shadowplay, finished in 11th place with a score of 59.4 which was highlighted by a clear cross country performance.  On her fourth ride of the competition, McMullen- Temple and Valentine, her six-year-old Dutch Warmblood, finished in 24th place with a score of 88.5. Horse Sport Enews “There was a lot of hard work and a little luck that went into this win,” remarked Fergusson.  Uni was fantastic, and we had a lot of fun! Florida was a wonderful event and everything ran very smoothly. As for 2009, I am just going to take it one day at a time. ”last_img read more

Vermont Summer Festival Named Top Ten Summer Event

first_img 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. 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. East Dorset, Vermont – The Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Vermont Summer Festival horse show one of the ‘Top Ten Summer Events’ in the state of Vermont.The Vermont Summer Festival, which this year runs for six consecutive weeks from July 7 through August 15, 2010, is the richest sporting event based on purse held in the state of Vermont, offering more than $750,000 in prize money. New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show, the annual competition attracts the best athletes, including Olympic medalists, from across the country and around the globe to vie for top honors.The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is the largest state-wide private, not-for-profit business organization representing nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Numerous factors are considered by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in naming the Top Ten Summer Events. Events must appeal to out-of-state visitors as well as to Vermonters; appeal to a diverse audience, including children and families; and due to the additional attention a Top Ten Award garners, the event must be able to accommodate an influx of visitors up to twice the normal count.“We hope that this recognition as a ‘Top Ten Summer Event’ will result in visitors to the state, as well as those who live here, discovering our colorful and exciting sporting event,” said Ruth Lacey, Vermont Summer Festival Marketing Director. “Show jumping is incredibly spectator friendly as the scoring is easy to understand, and everyone can appreciate the athleticism of both the horses and the riders.”Each summer, thousands of equestrian athletes and enthusiasts flock to the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, just north of the bustling village of Manchester. Known for its wide variety of area amenities including a large range of lodging options, restaurants to suit every taste, and lots of shopping, Manchester warmly welcomes horse show competitors to the area each summer, making the Vermont Summer Festival a popular destination with its clientele.The first five Sundays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix, culminating with the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Sunday, August 15. Weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake classes, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, and weekly $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Classics are also hotly contested. New for 2010, the Vermont Summer Festival will host a World Championship Hunter Rider qualifying event during week three.Rewarding those exhibitors who consistently enjoy success while making Manchester their ‘home away from home’, the Vermont Summer Festival will once again offer the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Award, sponsored by Sir Ruly, Inc. In recognition of the large number of Canadian competitors that visit Vermont each year, there is the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Championship, presented by Ariat, Int’l. Both awards are based on points earned throughout the six-week Vermont Summer Festival. Additional sponsors such as Purina Feeds, Johnson Horse Transportation, Devoucoux, The Equinox, Essex Classic Shirts and Hand Motors help make the Vermont Summer Festival a worthwhile experience.The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival and to download a copy of the 2010 prize list, please e-mail: [email protected] or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Email*last_img read more

SRA will not punish its own adviser for not reporting lying solicitor

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority will impose no penalty on a firm that did not report the conduct of a junior solicitor which led to her being struck off.  Instead the regulator has written to Capsticks – its own appointed legal adviser – reminding the firm of its reporting obligations.The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal opted to strike off Claire Matthews following a four-day hearing earlier this year, after finding that she lied to colleagues about leaving sensitive documents on a train.But it emerged in the recently-published tribunal judgment that her former employer Capsticks did not report Matthews’ conduct to the regulator. The firm had reported, as required, the loss of the documents, but the tribunal noted that neither Capsticks nor Matthews had voluntarily notified the SRA of the facts and circumstances giving rise to her misconduct.Instead, the tribunal stated that the later investigation of Matthews’ case concerning regulatory conduct was instigated following a complaint made by a person named in the documents. During cross-examination, Capsticks partner Tracey Lucas confirmed the firm had not reported the matter to the SRA on the basis of Matthews’ dishonesty or in any regulatory capacity relating to her conduct.Matthews, who represented herself at the tribunal, submitted that the decision not to report the matter should be considered a factor in finding misconduct allegations not proven.All regulated firms, according to the SRA’s reporting obligations, must report any facts or matters that could amount to a serious breach of rules by any of their staff. Firms must report promptly ‘any facts or matters that you reasonably believe should be brought to our attention’, so that the SRA may investigate whether any breach has occurred.The SRA has confirmed to the Gazette it has contacted Capsticks over the issue but will take no further action. An SRA spokesperson said: ‘There was a delay in Capsticks providing us with the information we needed to investigate a potential misconduct issue. We investigated this issue and wrote to Capsticks to remind the firm of its obligations to promptly report possible misconduct.’Capsticks declined to comment. The firm is appointed as the SRA’s sole legal provider for disciplinary and litigation work. It has worked with the regulator since 2009, remaining on a panel following a tender in 2013 and becoming the sole provider in 2017.The SRA did not use Capsticks for the prosecution because of a potential conflict of interest, instead retaining City firm Fieldfisher.Following the decision to strike off Matthews, the SRA claimed for £55,000 in costs. The tribunal considered the hourly rates claimed – up to £380 for a panel solicitor compared with Capsticks’ usual hourly rate of £130 – were ‘too high’ and that they effectively penalised Matthews for Capsticks being conflicted. The tribunal said costs should instead be £18,000, reduced to £10,000 because of her limited means.The SRA has confirmed it has no plans to investigate Fieldfisher over the tribunal’s remarks, saying the firm did not claim for work not carried out or mislead anyone about the expertise required.The Gazette understands lawyers offering to work pro bono on an appeal have made contact with Matthews, who now works in an NHS call centre. A decision on whether to challenge the tribunal’s decision must be made today.last_img read more

Dubai Tennis Championships: Top Seed Nishikori Stunned By Qualifier Hubert Hurkacz

first_imgPolish qualifier Hubert Hurkacz stunned top seed Kei Nishikori 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday.Hurkacz converted six out of seven break points to beat his Japanese opponent in a little over two hours. The world No 77 faces rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas or Belarusian Egor Gerasimov next.The victory represented the first time ever Hurkacz has beaten a top 10 player and it will also be his first appearance at a quarter-final at ATP Tour level.“Well, (Hurkacz) played good, I think,” Nishikori said after the match. “I didn’t play perfect today, but I think he was playing good serves. Yeah, better than I thought.”The match lasted two hours and three minutes and the Japanese player bemoaned the conditions, feeling they knocked him off his stride. For Hurkacz, he pointed to his success on serve as the key to the upset.Victory Fist. World No. 77 Hubert Hurkacz celebrates win over Kei Nishikori“Kei is unbelievable player,” Hurkacz said after the match. “I had to serve good. That gave me some opportunities to attack after the serve, also win couple of easy points. Against such a great player, it’s very important to have some free points.“I was also, I think, returning quite well. I mean, the match was a little up and down. But, yeah, I’m very happy with the win today.”World No 113 Ricardas Berankis, who stunned eighth seed Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday, continued his fine form with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over American Denis Kudla.The Lithuanian qualifier will face Gael Monfils or Marcos Baghdatis in the last eight.Roger Federer, who is searching for a 100th ATP title, will meet Spaniard Fernando Verdasco later on Wednesday.RelatedIndian Wells Masters: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Cruise Into Third RoundMarch 11, 2019In “Tennis”Nishikori Progresses to Brisbane Final in Stunning FashionJanuary 5, 2019In “Tennis”Australian Open: Djokovic Sets Up Nishikori Clash After Medvedev PressureJanuary 21, 2019In “Tennis”last_img read more

Special school plea

first_imgBy Emma SunPARENTS of special needs children are continuing their fight for a school to be built in the Casey-Cardinia…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Fresh fruit and vegies aplenty

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS IF IT’S handmade or home-grown, expect that it’ll be found at the Cockatoo Country Market. A number…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Hollywood North Ninja coming to Nelson

first_imgStunt performer Carl Fortin, with moves that defy gravity, is bringing his unique skill set of martial arts, parkour and acrobatics to Nelson on August 24 for workshops at Kootenay Martial Arts’ new studio.Fortin starred in one of the world’s first viral parkour videos and has appeared as a stunt performer in more than 30 films and television shows, including Deadpool 2, The Descendants 2, Once Upon a Time, Hannibal, Arrow and Resident Evil.“As well as doing a lot of stunt work in the movie industry, Carl and his wife Serenarun a martial arts school in Squamish with an emphasis on ninja-type training and extensive advanced gymnastics moves,” said Master Dean Siminoff, owner of Kootenay Martial Arts. “They will be instructing the workshops, and our black belts will be assisting them throughout the day as well as learning new methods for our own curriculum.” “We emphasize confidence, leadership skills and dedication through the discipline of taekwondo, no matter what age you are, and Carl is such a good role model for where this training can take you,” Siminoff added. “He started his martial arts training in taekwondo when he was five years old and has achieved so much since then.”The workshops will be a mix of martial arts stunts, creative movement with acrobatics, martial arts trick kicks, parkour and breakdancing in a safe and controlled environment.“We are hosting the event all day to enable parents to drop off their children for the entire work day. All are welcome from age six and up to teen and adults. Anyone who wants to learn safe and thrilling ninja-type moves is welcome to attend. Let your inner Ninja out,” Siminoff says.Watch Fortin’s demo video to get an idea of his amazing abilities. To register, contact [email protected] Martial Arts (KMA) is the largest professional martial arts center in the Kootenays and now has a permanent home with one of the largest and best equipped facilities in BC. Owner Dean Siminoff is the only 6th Degree Black Belt in the Kootenays and one of only 144 in Canada. KMA is a member of the USCDKA and WTF and has more than 20 qualified instructors.last_img read more

Credit card default rates soar as bankruptcy filings pour in

first_imgBy Madlen Read THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – With more Americans filing for bankruptcy again after last year’s hiatus, credit card default rates are spiking. Although the percentage of payments being written off as uncollectible isn’t as high as it was a couple of years ago, the conditions are ripe for it to catch up. Bankruptcy filings keep pouring in, home prices keep falling and energy prices remain high. According to data from Moody’s Investors Service, credit card companies wrote off 4.58 percent of payments between January and May, up nearly 30 percent from the same period in 2006. “In 2007, we expected an increase, as bankruptcy filings returned to more normal levels,” said Jay Eisbruck, managing director in Moody’s Investors Service Asset-Backed Finance Group. He called this year’s resurgence in bankruptcy filings the primary reason credit card default rates have soared. In mid-2005, when home prices were still rising, the default rate was at around 6percent, and in 2004, it was even higher. What ended up bringing the default rate down to about 3percent in late 2005 and early 2006 were changes in U.S. law that made it more expensive and more difficult for individuals to file and qualify for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy filings surged in late 2005 before the law took hold, then dropped off. Now, bankruptcy filings are flooding back in. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the nation’s bankruptcy filings jumped 66percent in the first quarter. That’s causing default rates to soar, because getting bankruptcy protection usually means you’re released of your credit card obligations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more