It has been an action packed summer so far here at Sunnybrook Stables! We kicked off our camp season on June 20th with a wonderful group of young riders. In addition to two daily riding lessons, campers were fully immersed in equestrian culture throughout the two week session, and spent the days learning about the health, management and history of their equine friends. Our first session ended on Canada Day with an informal horse show, where many campers paid tribute to our country by performing a carefully choreographed musical ride in the style of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As always, campers left with certificates, report cards, ribbons and big smiles.
A CHAMPION COMES HOME
Many of our campers had the honour of being taught by Alexandra Meghji throughout the first camp session. Alex represented Canada on the world stage as a Canadian FEI Young Rider, and is a NAJYRC Dressage triple medalist. Alex got her start right here at Sunnybrook as a child rider, and spent many years gaining valuable experience at our Sunnybrook In-House Schooling Shows. Alex rode her favourite pony Poomba to many victories in the Sunnybrook ring before making the decision to pursue international competition on her own horses Unfortunately, Alex’s busy show schedule prevents her from spending all summer with us at Sunnybrook, but we wish her the best of luck as she travels to Colorado this summer to represent Canada at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships! We look forward to having Alex back to coach in the future.
Sunnybrook Steals The Show
Sunnybrook and The Riding Academy at the Horse Palace traveled to Caledon on July 3rd in their debut off-property horse show. Sunnybrook and The Riding Academy presented 5 horse/rider combinations for judging at Teen Ranch in the hunter and equitation rings. Caliya Eastwood rode HP Elementary (otherwise known as Sherlock) in the Novice Equitation and Green Hunter Division. After a good equitation round, the pair went on to bring home 4th place in the Green Hunters. Brad Hampton brought HP Charismatic (AKA Seven) in the Novice Equitation and the Green Hunters as well. Brad pinned 7th out of almost 20 riders in the equitation, and brought home a 6th place in the Green Hunters.
Additionally, coach Julianne Clifford brought along HP Frosting (Fergus) to school hors concours (not for ribbons) in the hack division. Fergus proved himself a very well behaved show horse, and will certainly be seen at future competitions!
Nora Kopaee rode SB Polka Face (Polka) to a second place finish in the Hack division, a very competitive class which showcased both amateur and professional riders alike. This was a big win for a 10 year old child rider at her first horse show ever! Nora and Polka went on to receive a 5th and 7th place in the Short Stirrup Division as well.
Charlotte Ford showed SB Hakunah Matata (also known as Poomba) in the Hack division as well as the Short Stirrup division. After a solid performance in the hack division, Charlotte and Poomba stole the show in the Short Stirrups, pinning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in each of their classes. To top it all off, Charlotte and Poomba were named Champion of the Short Stirrup Division, beating out many seasoned young competitors. It was a very successful show day for Sunnybrook!
Congratulations to all of our riders! It is such a pleasure to see all of your hard work pay off!
Year End Championships
Sunnybrook would like to congratulate our Year End Champions and Reserve Champions!
Novice Champion: Robert Wardle
Reserve Champion: Cecilia Chan
Novice/ Intermediate Champion: Rebecca Turnbull
Reserve Champion: Rebecca Grant
Intermediate Champion: Quinn Daniels
Reserve Champion: Anna Doborwoski
Intermediate/Advanced Champion: Emma Daniels
Reserve Champion: Leanne Kostopolous
Advanced Champion: Rachel McKenna
Reserve Champion: Avery Hollyoak