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.

Jennifer Ferguson, course designer.

$15,000 Horseflight Grand Prix

We are back at Caledon Horse Park for week five, and will be the first of three weeks of showing. The circuit has come back from Ottawa where they had two weeks of very successful competition. The FEI rules were…

$20,000 Greenhawk 1.35m National Grand Prix

$20,000 Greenhawk 1.35m National Grand Prix

We are at Palgrave for the Greenhawk 1.35m Grand Prix. This is the fourth week of the Palgrave summer series and we are looking forward to a good starting line up for the Grand Prix and the $20,000 in our…

$25,000 Summer Classic National Grand Prix

We are back. We return to Caledon Equestrian Park for week 3 of the summer series and the $25,000 Summer Classic National Grand Prix. The special feature of this grand prix will be the inclusion of the Wines of the…

$36,000 Nationwide FEI 2* 1.45m Grand Prix

This week we will feature the $36,000 Nationwide FEI 2* 1.45m Grand Prix at Angelstone. Once again we are having perfect weather for this Saturday night grand prix. There is our usual good crowd on hand and everyone is early…

$20,000 Ride Every Stride Grand Prix

We have moved from Palgrave to the Angelstone Farm for the first event in the summer series. We will begin with a national level $20,000 Ride Every Stride Grand Prix. Our course designer for the week has been Chris Jones…

$35,500 Case I.H. CSI 2* Grand Prix

We are now into week two of the Palgrave Classic Summer series and we have another CSI 2* Grand Prix. The sponsor is Case I.H. and the prize money is $35, 500. There were 20 entries, and with one late…

$35,000 Caledon National CSI2* Grand Prix

$35,000 Caledon National CSI2* Grand Prix

We are about to begin the 2018 summer series at the Caledon Horse Park with the $35,000 Caledon National CSI2* Grand Prix. We are all proud of the work done by the crew and management of EMG in restoring the…

$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…

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…

$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…

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