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Archive for March, 2012

Selena O’Hanlon & Columbo 4th at Red Hills CIC3*

Olympians Selena O’Hanlon & Columbo rode to a 4th place in a very competitive CIC3* field at Red Hills over the weekend.
The division was won by Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper.

Selena was also the highest placing Canadian in the CIC2* where she placed 8th aboard Foxwood High, her silver medal mount at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Congrats also goes out to Kendal Lehari who won the Advanced division with Daily Edition.

Full results can be found here:

And Eventing Nation has some terrific coverage of all the divisions

Check out Kendal Lehari’s showjumping round:

Here is  Jessica Pheonix being interviewed by‘s Samantha Clark of why Canadians love Red Hills.

Sticks & Stones may break my bones, but it won’t stand in my way for the Olympics!

Pia Fortmuller & Orion

Pia Fortmuller & Orion

For those of you who don’t know Pia Fortmuller, she hails from Alberta and rode to tremendous success in the Young Rider ranks earning gold medals.

Pia has been in Germany for the last couple of years training with Olympic German medalist Heiki Kemmer. One of her top horses is Orion (who some of you may remember as Leslie Reid’s mount for the 2008 Olympic Games), her declared mount for the 2012 Olympic Games.

If you’ve never met Pia, she is absolutely one of the nicest, most gracious and wonderful people you ever could meet. Not to mention a terrific rider!

Pia recently broke her wrist while riding a rambunctious youngster, but being ever the competitor, she didn’t let that slow her down and instead created an ingenious plan to keep her training on track. Read all about it here:

Pia also didn’t let the cast stop her from taking Orion into the CDI Bremen, where she earned some fantastic results! In Pia’s words:

“The summary of the show is as follows : Orion was a Star 🙂 On the saturday we scored a 65.66% in the Grand Prix which qualified us on to the Special on Sunday. In the Special Orion and I performed our best test yet and scored a 67.24%, placing us 11th in a field of tough competitors and giving us another qualifying score for London 2012!
So basically the moral of the story is: If life gives you lemons… make lemonade out of it!”


During the Olympic Excellence Series hosted by the Canadian Olympic Committee last fall, we were asked what 5 words best describe how we want the Canadian Olympic Team to be seen as we walk into the Opening Ceremonies in London, and into our sports venues.
The words chosen were: Proud ~ Unbreakable ~ World Class ~ Fierce ~ Relentless

Pia – you are definitely the epitome of being Fierce & Relentless!!

Best of success to you in your Olympic journey.

Check out the list of 38 horse/rider combinations declared for the 2012 Canadian Olympic team:

And keep track of who is on top of the leaderboard here:
(right now it’s Ashley Holzer with Pop Art)

Must be something in the Durham water

20120309-234733.jpgEventing getting some love from the Scugog Standard.

Did you know that 5 of the athletes on Canada’s 2012 High Performance Eventing list are from the Durham region?

Kendal Lehari & Daily Edition, Diana Burnett & Shigatzi, Jessica Pheonix & Exponential and Waylon Roberts & Blockbuster III.

That can’t be a coincidence. Maybe a secret part of Canadian Eventing’s High Performance plan is bottling the water from the Durham region and passing it out at training camps.

A lot of Canadians can be found competing at Red Hills this weekend – Good luck!

Check some the terrific coverage on

Olympics on Youtube! and Youtube have struck a deal so show livestreaming events direct from London 2012 Olympics. Over 3,000 hours of coverage is purported to be shown.

Wow! That’s a lot of coverage. Terrific news for those who can’t be there live in person or be by a tv 24/7. Maybe not so good for productivity.

But still some amazing news, and really brings the Olympics into the modern era. Youtube, tweeting, blogs…’s going to be awesome this summer!

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