Sam continued his winning ways in the equitations, this time in Canada aboard Willem. The pair ended up winning all 3 phases of the CET Medal Finals, making them overall winners! Special thanks to Castlewood Farm for allowing us to use Willem, and Missy Clarke and John Brennan for their assistance!
Julie McDonell and Heavenly, owned by MarBill Hill Farm take home reserve champion at The Royal! The pair were Grand Hunter Champion in 2017, securing their spot for this years competition. Therefore the team only competed a few weeks this summer due to conflicting schedules. But that didn’t stop this team from excelling and preforming to a top level! Congratulations Julie!
Congratulations to Kendal who made her return to The Royal Agricultural Fair, for the first time in 17 years! Kendal was aboard MarBill Hill Farm’s Heavenly and competed successfully in the Younger Adult Amateurs. Highlights include a 2nd place finish in their opening class, and a 7th place finish in the Stake Class!
Sam and Waldo made history becoming the 3 male to win the coveted Maclay Finals championship. Sam also became the 4th Canadian rider to ever win. Besting a field of 175 riders, Sam went on to flat phase, where the top 25 riders are brought back to flat then a second round of jumping. The top 6 riders are then taken back for the final testing, where Sam sealed his win! Special thanks to the entire team at North Run for all their assistant, and to Missy Clarke, and John Brennan who not only train Sam, but own the talented Waldo.
Claire had a great show with her own Paramount stepping up to the 1.20m Division. The pair jumped a super double clear round in the indoor at Caledon Equestrian Park, resulting in a 3rd place finish. Looking forward to watching this pairs continued success.
Acardi took home top honours Saturday night in the final Grand Prix of the summer. The class only saw 2 clear first rounds, leaving Acardi as the only horse to finish double clear! Super finish for an awesome summer with this horse producing numerous clear rounds in the grand prix level, including the 2* Grand Prix’s, which was his rider Sam Walkers first year at that level.
Houdini continued his winning ways, winning the OHJA Medal Finals during Fall Festival at Caledon Equestrian Park. The OHJA Medal Finals was held indoors as a night feature class, over a difficult track. Next stop for Houdini is The Royal Agricultural Horse Show, where he will compete in the CET Medal Finals, as well as the hunter derby.
Jorgii Mitri had a super week showing pony Glen Carin in the 0.9m Junior Jumpers. The Pair jumped a clear first round in the $10,000 Pan Am Challenged, their first time in the Grand Prix Ring! This team has worked incredibly hard all summer to improve, and their hard work has paid off!
CET Medal Regionals took place last week at Caledon Equestrian Park, where Sam Walker and Houdini continued their winning ways! The phase consisted of a flat/gymnastic phase, which the pair took home top honours. The next phase was the jumping phase, which proved to be no match, keeping the pair on top with just a ride off between the overall top 6 riders. The ride off had riders go in reverse order, leaving Sam and Houdini to complete the shortened track last. The pair won the 3 phase to secure their spot at CET Finals at The Royal Winter Fair! Very proud of Houdini winning every equitation class this summer, his first summer competing in the equitation divisions!
Claire Wen and her own Paramount had a super week at Caledon Equestrian Park in the 1.10m division. The pair took home a 4th and 6th place during in the 1.10m Junior Jumpers, as well as a 4th place finish in the $2,000 1.10 Stake Class! We at Forest Hill Farm are excited to watch this pairs continued success!
Broadway continues to shine this summer winning the $3,000 OHJA JR/AM Handy Hunter Challenge. Broadway also won a couple Junior Hunters classes, which resulted in him being champion of the division! Super results for this super sales horse before he gets ready for indoors!
Congratulations to the Ride family on the sale of Laconia 7. We are excited to continue watching this super young horses success with her new family!
Super Saturday night for Sam Walker and his own Acardi Du Houssoit Z finishing 4th in the FEI 2* $70,200. The pair jumped a super clear in the first round, where only 5 horses jumped clean over the difficult track! The Saturday night class was part of the Kubota Triple Crown, where during after Phase 2 Sam was positioned 5, with one more phase remaining. Not to be outdone young horse Coralissa, owned by MarBill Hill Farm also had a top 10 finish in the difficult Saturday Night Lights class!
Houdini continues to show his talent in the equitations, this week winning both the CET Medal, and the OHJA Medal! We look forward to watching this horse continue to grow into a top equitation mount!
Super weekend for Heavenly and Kendal Bielby, winning 3 of the over fences classes and taking home the championship cooler! This pair has had super resulted all summer. Kendal also was successful in the adult amateurs with sales horse Marcello, her first time showing the horse!
Coralissa took the win in phase 1 of the U25 series at Angelstone Tournaments. The 8yr old mare piloted by Sam Walker was double clear to secure the win! The combination also went on to finish 2nd behind Olympian Leslie Howard in the Modified Grand Prix! Super first week back showing for both Coralissa and Sam since North American Youth Championships. This pair is scheduled to competed in the FEI 2* event this week at Angelstone Tournaments.
Broadway took home another championship in the Junior Hunters at Caledon Equestrian park this week. Ridden by Sam Walker the pair won 3 over the over fences. This super sales horse continues to be super competitive and consistent in the Juniors.
Acardi Du Houssoit Z piloted by Sam Walker won the FEI Open Welcome at Caledon Equestrian Park on August 9th. The class saw a total of 14 entries with Sam and Acardi being the fastest double clear round. The following day the pair picked up an 8th place with a clear first round in the $35,500 FEI Jumper Classic, super start to the 2* week!
Super Nations Cup day at North American Youth Championships (NAYC), with Team Canada finishing in Bronze Medal position! Sam Piloted MarBill Hill Farm's Coralissa to a clear 2nd round for the team to secure the 3rd place finish! Sam and Coralissa also had an unlucky rail in the Individual Final which still resulted in 7th place individually. Super first time at NAYC for Sam, and young talent Coralissa, one of the youngest horses competing.
Super weekend for our Younger Adult Amateurs, Kendal Bielby Champion with Heavenly while Kathryn Dafoe finishes Reserve Champion with Marcello. Heavenly won 2 of the classes, Marcello also won a class, and finished top 3 in 2 other classes and winners of the Under Saddle!