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.

CSI 2* Kubota $70,200 Grand Prix

We are here at Angelstone for the final week of the 2018 season. The class tonight will be the CSI 2* Kubota $70,200 1.45-1.50m Grand Prix. There will be 32 starters and all will compete. The course will feature the…

Course designer Manuel Esparza.

$70,200 Groupby CSI 2* Grand Prix

We are back at Angelstone for the $70,200 Groupby CSI 2* 1.45-1.50m grand prix. It will be under the lights tonight, and there is a good crowd on hand. There has been some serious rain, but the ring is in…

The Dream of Representing Canada

This year, at this moment, I am aware that the dream of representing your country is not an easy dream. My career did not see my dream of representing my country as a rider in a major jumping event that…

Grand Prix of Caledon

$50,000 FEI CSI2* Grand Prix of Caledon

This walk will arrive after a short break as I went for four days of fishing at the end of the $50,000 FEI CSI2* Grand Prix of Caledon presented by Pommies Cider Co. Our course designer for the week has…

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…

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