Kristine Collins from Port Hope, Ontario, was named Redemption Ride champion with her partner, Foreigner, a five-year-old off-the-track Standardbred gelding.
The pair competed in a three-phase event – dressage test, obstacle course and freestyle – against Hayley Knox of Mount Albert, with Angietotherescue; Alicia Bateman from Kingston, with Real Fool; and Cory Machesney from Wainfleet, with Casimir Glider.
Collins and Foreigner also won the audience choice poll, which was conducted online prior to the finale and through on-site voting the day of.
Each trainer made great progress with their horses, who previous to the 30-day trainers’ challenge, had never been backed. All four horses are available for adoption through Go and Play Stable in Peterborough, Ontario.
The challenge was judged by Jennifer McCartney, Keith Reid and Paul Rutledge, and held at Aim High Stables in Pefferlaw, Ontario, on October 1st. It is the subject of a documentary being produced by Paul Rutledge, Lesley Laurence and Tess Hardy, which will be available for viewing later this year. Check www.redemptionride.com for updates.