Foster is Best Again in CSI3* The Keg Grand Prix

Langley, BC — As Tiffany Foster exited the Fort Grand Prix Arena sporting a red rosette and a winner’s cooler, a young fan shouted out to her.

“Did you win?” she asked.

Foster shouted back at her, “Yes!”

In fact, Foster ran her FEI winning streak to three Sunday at tbird, besting the CSI3* The Keg Grand Prix aboard Electrique. Foster and the 9-year-old mare won both of the 1.50m classes on offer at the Summer Fort Welcome, and they have won three of their last five international starts. According to Jumpr App, the pair jumps clear at the height 50% of the time.

On this occasion, they outpaced a seven-horse jump-off, crossing the timers of Anderson Lima’s (MEX) short track in 40.56 seconds. Kara Chad (CAN) and Igor GPH finished second (41.31s), with Havana and Kassidy Keith (CAN) third (42.09s).

“I think we’ve landed in that good area where we know what each other is doing…In a relatively short amount of time, I feel like we’ve really gelled,” Foster said. “She’s an amazing horse. She’s such a competitor. I have a tendency every once in a while to sometimes decide to pull in the jump-off, and on her, she’s like, ‘No, I’m going to show you the way. You’ve got to keep going. Let’s go. Come on.'”

Foster and Electrique separated themselves with stride, as the chestnut mare positively ate up the ground on a course filled with long, galloping lines and sweeping turns.

“It’s that great combination of a massive stride, an agile horse and a careful horse,” Foster said. “She’s really competitive, because she turns left, she turns right, she drops strides—she does everything you ask her to do. I honestly couldn’t be happier with her. I just love her.”

Depth certainly defines Foster’s string at the moment. Seventeen-year-old Brighton won earlier in the week in the CSI3* tbird Speed, and 9-year-old Battlecry also jumped double-clear in the CSI3* The Keg Grand Prix. In the coming week at the CSI3* Summer Fort Classic, Battlecry will jump again, and Foster will bring in two additional horses. Another set will compete on the east coast.

“Any time that you have this many amazing horses, you can be a bit strategic in what you do and place them in the right shows and not put them where you don’t think they’re going to succeed,” Foster said. “This year, I’m just getting to know some of [my horses]. I’ve got five that are nine [years old] and under. So, it made really good sense, to do these two weeks here at Thunderbird. This is an incredible place to develop a horse, and this is a really good level of jumping.

“Hopefully I am picking the right things, but I think, so far, so good,” she added. “I hope that next year I’ll be able to go to all the shows all over the world.”

CSI3* The Keg Grand Prix 1.50m
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. Electrique / Tiffany Foster / CAN / 5 Roosters / 0/0 40.56
2. Igor GPH / Kara Chad / CAN / A.J. Postma / 0/0 41.31
3. Havana / Kassidy Keith / CAN / Kassidy Keith / 0/0 42.09
4. Flinton M / Kendall Bourgeois / USA / Cameron Brown / 0/0 43.41
5. Battlecry / Tiffany Foster / CAN / Artisan Farms LLC / 0/044.09
6. Luikan Q / Brian Morton / CAN / Attache Stables / 0/4 42.53
7. Quidamo F / Kara Chad / CAN / Stone Ridge Farms LLC / 0/4 44.67
8. Un Diamant Des Forets / Jim Ifko / CAN / Eventyre Farms LTD / 4 81.22
9. Kadan Van De Mispelaere / Jaehee Jeon / KOR / Brother Fortune Equestrian LTD / 4 82.18
10. Desperado DN / John Perez / COL / John Perez / 4 82.41

Morin Masters MarBill Hill U25 1.40m

Langley, BC — Brooke Morin (USA) jumped her first five-star competition over the summer, but at the Summer Fort Welcome CSI3*, she made a conscious decision to step down from the FEI ranks to the U25 division.

The move paid off, as she and her longtime partner NKH Carrido impressed in the MarBill Hill U25 1.40m Sunday at tbird, besting a two-horse matchup with Charlie Jones (GBR) and Montserrat OS. Last to go, the winning pair crossed the timers of Anderson Lima’s (MEX) short 1.40m course in 36.31 seconds. Jones and Montserrat finished second (37.59s). Dyland Jordan (CAN) and Naxos 27 finished third with two time penalties in the first round (83.58s).

“My trainer (Kyle King) is actually in Michigan right now, so I had a friend help me while he is gone,” Morin said. “I watched Charlie, and he was really fast, so I had to definitely pull out something to win.”

Eric Krawitt (CAN) stepped in to assist Morin and ended up the winning coach. His temporary student bounded around the jump-off, pulling ahead with a bold turn back to the penultimate vertical and a furious dash to the final fence. Never taking up on the reins, Morin put her unwavering trust in her partner on full display.

“He has the best mouth ever. I barely have to touch the reins,” Morin said.

With her coach returning at next week’s Summer Fort Classic, Morin will have both a hot hand and a fresh perspective as she steps back up to the international level.

“I’ve done quite a bit of stuff by myself. It’s different, but it’s interesting hearing what the other trainers have to say, when you have someone else helping you,” she said. “[Krawitt] is amazing; my favorite part is his course walk. He has so much good information to give, so when I’m going around, I just hear his voice in my head.

MarBill Hill U25 1.40m
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. NKH Carrido / Brooke Morin / USA / Strasburg Morin Inc / 0/0 36.31
2. Montserrat OS / Charlie Jones / GBR / Stone Ridge Farms LLC / 0/0 37.59
3. Naxos 27 / Dylan Jordan / CAN / Mariam Ameli / 2 83.58
4. Onyx / Georgia Knight / CAN / Joelle Froese / 4 78.08
5. Ielinea JTL / Jaydan Stettner / CAN / Jaydan Stettner / 4 78.85
6. Laviata / Cashelle Levasseur / CAN / Cashelle Levasseur / 4 79.94
7. First Focus Z / Clara McDanniel / USA / Clara McDanniel / 5 82.48
8. Connador / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co / 8 76.43
9. Fair Play d’Esquelmes / Nyah Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co / 9 82.28
10. Gutascha / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co. / 12 75.99

Another Day, Another Chad Family Win in Maui Jim Grand Prix 1.40m

The ingate was crowded when Bretton Chad (CAN) entered the Fort Grand Prix Arena for the jump-off of the Maui Jim Grand Prix 1.40m.

Bretton’s sister Kara Chad (CAN)—fresh off a win in the CSI3* Uryadi’s Village Winning Round 1.45m—and significant other Charlie Jones (GBR) walked under the tower on horseback with their rooting interest and were animated as they shouted words of encouragement from the end of the arena. It just might have given Bretton a boost, as she kept the winning in the family and rode to a convincing victory aboard 9-year-old CSF Princess Blue.

The pair crossed the timers of Anderson Lima’s (MEX) short course in 39.32 seconds, confidently surging to the top of the leaderboard by nearly three seconds. Only two of the other six combinations jumped double-clear, with Jayme Omand (USA) and Ferrari second (42.07s) and Jones himself third with Fallon V’gas (46.64s). Bretton and CSF Princess Blue were the only combination to complete the jump-off in under 40 seconds.

“It was one of those jump-offs where it kind of comes right up for you. She loves a little pace, so that was right from the beginning—just pick up a great canter and then steer and let her do her thing,” Bretton said. “She loves being active, so that’s really her time to shine.”

Bretton and Jones and partners in both business and life, and Jones was the one who first took note of CSF Princess Blue last year.

“He always has an eye out in England, and we have a lot of good friends there,” Bretton said. “We had a good connection, and they put us in touch [with the owners].”

Bretton aims to step her mare up to FEI competition next week at the CSI3* Summer Fort Classic.

“She hasn’t done many FEI shows yet, so it’s a new level for her and me,” Bretton said. “But she’s feels like she’s more than ready.”

Maui Jim Grand Prix 1.40m
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. CSF Princess Blue / Bretton Chad / CAN / Stone Ridge Farms LLC / 0/0 39.32
2. Ferrari / Jayme Omand / USA / Jayme Omand / 0/0 42.07
3. Fallon V’Gas / Charlie Jones / GBR / Stone Ridge Farms LLC / 0/0 46.64
4. GK Caamp / Braden James / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co / 0/4 41.39
5. Kadans / Tiffany Foster / CAN / Artisan Farms LLC / 0/4 41.75
6. Nindino PS / Tiffany Foster / CAN / 5 Roosters / 0/4 42.91
7. Nadja v/h Dingeshof / Lauren Myers / CAN / Myers Group Investments / 0/8 43.08
8. Chap II / James Chawke / IRL / Meredith Ellis / 4 73.08
9. Aztlan / John Perez / COL / John Perez / 4 75.29
10. Rhapsody / Sarah Lottis / CAN / Kevin Lottis / 4 75.53

Stettner Stars in MarBill Hill U25 1.40m

Langley, BC — Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course in the MarBill Hill U25 1.40m proved a difficult code to crack Saturday afternoon. The speed test saw just a single clear round from its 19 competitors, with the win going to Jaydan Stettner (CAN) and Ielinea JTL.

The pair finished their round with a clear score card, crossing the timers in 67.24 seconds. Stella Chernoff (CAN) and Connador finished second as the fastest four-faulters (4/65.01). Nyah Chernoff (CAN) finished third with Fair Play d’Esquelmes (4/65.32).

“When I got out [on course] and I was riding, I was was quite surprised at how many decisions you really had to make out there,” Stettner said. “I thought it was a pretty hard course, considering there was really only one turn for anybody to make to be quick. Otherwise, it was a foot race, basically. But [my] mare jumped spectacular.”

Stettner has had Ielinea JTL for two years and credits the mare for helping take her riding to the next level.

I’ve had a few horses throughout the years, but she’s the one that expects you to be there with her,” she explained. “So it’s been really nice for me to have to think about that when I’m showing, and it pushes me to be better every time I get on her. And [it’s helping me be better] for the young ones I’m bringing up as well.”

A native of Saskatchewan, Stettner’s early focus was in the sport of figure skating—that is, until her parents moved to a farm, and her father expressed an interest in owning horses.

“My mom said, ‘Well, we’re not buying horses just to feed them and look at them. So somebody’s got to ride!’ And that’s basically how I got into it,” she said.

Now, the 22-year-old is looking to graduate from the University of Regina early with a degree in human justice, so she can fully focus on riding. For now, a U25 win is the highlight of her summer vacation.

“Being here is one of my biggest accomplishments right now, really,” Stettner said. “I’d love to eventually get into the bigger level—1.50m, maybe 1.60m one day...[I have] big goals.”

MarBill Hill U25 1.40m
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. Ielinea JTL / Jaydan Stettner / CAN / Jaydan Stettner / 0 67.24
2. Connador / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co / 4 65.01
3. Fair Play d’Esquelmes / Nyah Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co / 4 65.32
4. Onyx / Georgia Knight / CAN / Joelle Froese / 4 65.61
5. Ecolano vs Romano / Georgia Knight / CAN / Georgia Knight / 4 68.24
6. Naxos 27 / Dylan Jordan / CAN / Mariam Ameli / 4 69.05
7. Lestat OLD / Ashley Arnoldt / CAN / Jennifer Arnoldt / 4 70.36
8. BP Braveheart / Cassie Gorsline / CAN / GBBS International Ltd / 4 70.4
9. First Focus Z / Clara McDanniel / USA / Clara McDanniel / 4 70.87
10. Deister Z / Olivia Stephenson / CAN / Olivia Stephenson / 4 75.6

Field Chases Chawke in Diamond Valley Ranch U10 Young Horse 1.35m

Langley, BC — James Chawke (IRL) had a single target at the Summer Fort Welcome for Alison Locke’s Nacara van Berkenbroeck Z. He met it.

Chawke and the talented 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding prevailed in a thrilling 12-horse jump-off in the Diamond Valley Ranch Under-10 Young Horse 1.35m. The pair crossed the timers of Anderson Lima’s (MEX) short course in 38.23 seconds. Justin Prather (CAN) and Grazie finished second (38.5 seconds), while Ayla Martinoff (CAN) rode Calloway to third (38.61).

“He’s a very nice horse, very competitive, very fast. We’ve just been stepping up a little bit to jump a bit bigger. He’s only jumped a couple 1.35m [classes],” Chawke said. “Our aim this week was to try and win this.”

Chawke has been riding the bay for about a year for Locke, who is based out of California, and has learned that his mount performs best when jumping at speed. Returning fifth in the jump-off with seven combinations behind him, he left nothing to chance.

“He’s naturally very fast. He doesn’t have the biggest stride, actually. To get the lines, you’ve got to go quite fast,” Chawke explained. “[My plan was to] go as fast as I could and just hope it was enough. [With this horse], you know that if you do a decent job, you should be very, very close to [the winning time].”

Diamond Valley Ranch U10 Young Horse 1.35m
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. Nacara van Berkenbroeck Z / James Chawke / IRL / Alison Locke / 0/38.23
2. Grazie / Justin Prather / CAN / Bradon Equestrian Ltd / 0/0 38.5
3. Calloway / Ayla Martinoff / CAN / Ayla Martinoff / 0/0 38.61
4. Aztlan / John Perez / COL / John Perez / 0/0 39.53
5. Kristalstar / Kara Chad / CAN / Kara Chad / 0/0 39.58
6. Montserrat OS / Charlie Jones / GBR / Stone Ridge Farms Ltd / 0/0 40.13
7. My Golden Anna PS / Lisa Carlsen / CAN / Gerard Developments / 0/0 41.56
8. Alouette / Christina Marlin / CAN / Jeanie Marlin / 0/0 41.56
9. Abdra Kadabra vd Heide Z / Robert Blanchette / IRL / Robert Blanchette / 0/0 42.35
10. Fallon V’gas / Charlie Jones / GBR / Stone Ridge Farms Ltd / 0/0 46.78

Chad Tops Charitable CSI3* Uryadi’s Village Winning Round

Langley, BC – Kara Chad (CAN) has had the ride on Easy Boy d’Aubey Z for less than three months. But you wouldn’t have known it watching the pair in the CSI3* Uryadi’s Village Winning Round Saturday at Thunderbird Show Park.

The duo looked like longtime partners as they made light work of the uniquely formatted two-round competition, taking the win with a final time of 38.91 seconds. Katie Kruger (CAN) nearly captured her second win of the week with Goodwill VB, ultimately settling for second (41.39 seconds), while John Perez and Julio de Toxandria Z were third (41.75).

“He’s only nine years old, but he’s super, super talented,” Chad said. “He’s a good jumper [and] loves to be competitive. So, he’s an absolute dream to have.”

The top 10 combinations from the first round returned for the winning round, jumping Anderson Lima’s (MEX) short track in reverse order of standing on a clean slate. Perez made the most of the opportunity, moving up to the podium after returning in 10th place.

Chad, however, needed no such boost with “Eddie”; her clear and quick first round earned her the chance to return last for her second course. She made up the time and pulled away with an efficient rollback to the third fence on course as well as a big gallop to the final three fences, including leaving out a stride to the final vertical.

“He has such a big stride for a little horse. He just jumps everything out of stride, so it’s easy to go fast on him, I guess you could say, and he likes that rhythm a bit more,” Chad explained. “It also helps when you are in these winning rounds to be the last person to go, because you know what you need to do to give the win a go anyway.”

Eddie understood the assignment.

“You’ve got to know your horse,” Chad said, “and I know that as soon as you ask him to open up his stride, you’re like two strides ahead of [where you were!]”

The CSI3* Uryadi’s Village Winning Round featured the Clear the Jump initiative. Every time a horse-and-rider combination cleared the namesake vertical, a donation was made to Uryadi’s Village, a family-style, permaculture-based village for orphaned children in Soddo, Ethiopia. Their mission is to “care for, love, and listen to each and every child, while creating a replicable model for empowerment that encourages local engagement.” Saturday’s event raised more than $34,000. To learn more, visit UryadisVillage.org.

CSI3* Uryadi’s Village Winning Round
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. Easy Boy d’Aubey Z / Kara Chad / CAN / Alexandre Zambaux / 0/0 38.91
2. Goodwill VB / Katie Kruger / CAN / Caledonia Stables / 0/0 41.39
3. Julio de Toxandria Z / John Perez / COL / John Perez / 6/0 41.75
4. Carre d’as Lili / Sebastien Devrainne / FRA / Sebastien Devrainne / 4/0 42.27
5. Castros / Meredith Ellis / CAN / Meredith Ellis / 4/0 42.76
6. Glacier ZF / Shauna Cook / CAN / Zeidler Farm Canada 2017 Ltd / 0/4 38.73
7. Jericho / Laura Jane Tidball / CAN / Thunderbird Show Park Ltd / 4/4 42.11
8. Heartvit ZH / Tracey Epp / CAN / Tracey Epp / 0/4 43.63
9. Igor K / Ellicia Edgar / CAN / Ellicia Edgar / 0/8 42.71
10. Cadeau Z / Mandy Porter / USA / Risen Eq Holdings LLC / 5 83.69

Tulloch Triumphs with Casalito’s Boy in DIHP Canadian Hunter Derby

Langley, BC — Over the summer in Langley, professional Rodney Tulloch (CAN) was tasked with a most difficult assignment.

His client Jaclyn Jarrell was on the hunt for a new horse, but she had specific instructions: Her next mount had to be a “unicorn.” After all, the horse would be taking over for another that was simply irreplaceable.

Jarrell’s longtime partner Bartez—a winner from Thunderbird to Spruce Meadows, the Royal Horse Show and beyond—passed away in December at the age of 22.

“She didn’t ask me to find a replacement. She asked me to find a unicorn,” Tulloch specified. “You could never replace that heart horse.”

But when Tulloch saw Kalima Ngobi’s Casalito’s Boy jump at tbird in June, the resemblance to Bartez was uncanny, from the horse’s build to his white socks and small blaze.

Jarrell ended up leasing Casalito’s Boy, and when she isn’t competing in the Adult Amateur Hunter division, Tulloch gets to show the gelding in some bigger classes. Thursday evening at tbird, the pair won the DIHP Canadian Hunter Derby with a score of 100. Samantha Smith (USA) and Cashew Q finished second (92), followed by Ashley Arnoldt (CAN) and Light My Fiare (91).

“[Casalito’s Boy] is super uncomplicated. He’s really special,” Tulloch said. “He just tries very hard, and he’s interested in everything. I know I can do any inside turn, and that makes it so fun.”

Held in a one-round format, the Canadian Hunter Derby is judged as a handy class. Judges award a base score for the round. A High Performance Bonus and Handy Bonus—each up to 10 points—are then added to that number to comprise the final score for the round. Tulloch and Casalito’s Boy finished eight points ahead of their closest competitor; the field was tightly bunched behind them.

“I just have so much faith in the horse,” Tulloch said.

DIHP Canadian Hunter Derby – Open
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Score

1. Casalito’s Boy / Rodney Tulloch / CAN / Kalima Ngobi / 100
2. Cashew Q / Samantha Smith / USA / Lauren Brummett / 92
3. Light My Fire / Ashley Arnoldt / CAN / Jennifer Arnoldt / 91
4. Silver Lining / Chelsea McNeil / CAN / Cindy Ferrie / 88
5. Momma Cita / Ruby Wall / CAN / Ruby Wall / 87.5
6. Oliver van de Leeuwerk / Allison Lagan / CAN / Brittany Qualls / 87
7. Wayfinder / Nicole Bourgeois / USA / Hilary Sosne / 86
8. Old Times LS / Samantha Smith / USA / Red Gate Farm LLC / 85

Kruger Executes in CSI3* tbird 1.40m Challenge

Langley, BC – The CSI3* tbird 1.40m Challenge came down to a match race Thursday afternoon at Thunderbird Show Park.

Having the advantageous position of following her lone opponent in Laura Jane Tidball (CAN), Katie Kruger (CAN) knew exactly what she’d have to do to claim the second international victory of her career.

But her winning strategy was not to try to outdo her competition; it was to simply commit to her own plan.

Kruger and her longtime partner Goodwill VB executed the only double-clear performance of the competition to take the win; the pair crossed the timers of Peter Holmes’ (CAN) short course in 44.94 seconds. Tidball and Jericho finished second with a score of four faults (44.62 seconds). Ashley Papalia (CAN) and Comme tu Veux Z—fresh off a win of their own in Wednesday’s CSI3* Happy Welcome—finished third after incurring a single time fault in the first round.

I had walked [jumps] one to two in the nine [strides], and we were watching LJ, and she did the 10,” Kruger said. “But my horse has a huge step, so we thought the nine would be easy. We walked a few lines that we wouldn’t normally walk so that I had an idea of what was possible. I rode them exactly how we walked, and it just showed up nicely for me.”

Kruger and now 17-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion have been partnered for nearly seven years, and they have climbed the ranks from the amateur jumper divisions up to the four-star level. At the 1.40m height, this pair jumps clear 62% of the time, according to Jumpr App.

“He has taught me so much…He is like a pure gift,” Kruger gushed. “Every day I get to ride him, I am so grateful. He’s just taught me to enjoy every moment and have a little fun with it, because he’s got a good sense of humor, and he has really helped me have a better sense of humor about it, too.”

It was during tbird’s August series in 2021 that Kruger recorded her first FEI win. Adding a second proved to taste just as sweet.

“I’m pretty darn excited,” she shared. “I did not ride as well as I wanted to yesterday, and so it feels pretty great to have a great round today.

“The [tbird] facility is amazing. The ring is beautiful. It’s beautifully maintained. The jumps are gorgeous,” Kruger added. “My horses love the field. It’s just— it’s our favorite place to be.”

CSI3* tbird 1.40m Challenge
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. Goodwill VB / Katie Kruger / CAN / Caledonia Stables / 0/0 44.94
2. Jericho / Laura Jane Tidball / CAN / Thunderbird Show Park Ltd / 0/4 44.62
3. Comme Tu Veux Z / Ashley Papalia / CAN / Ashley Papalia / 1 82.35
4. Heartvit ZH / Tracey Epp / CAN / Tracey Epp / 4 78.73
5. Glacier ZF / Shauna Cook / CAN / Zeidler Farm Canada 2017 Ltd / 4 80.49
6. Carre D’as Lili / Sebastien Devrainne / FRA /  Sebastien Devrainne / 5 82.01
7. Castros / Meredith Ellis / USA /  Meredith Ellis  / 8 82.23
8. Didi 42 / Laila Klinsmann / USA / Laila Klinsmann / 8 85.92
9. Quidamo F / Kara Chad / CAN / Stone Ridge Farms LLC / 9 86.54
10. Pasquinelle / Emily Fitzgerald / CAN / Emily Fitzgerald / 23 100.05

Chernoff Saves Best for Last in MarBill Hill U25 1.35m

Langley, BC — The Summer Fort Welcome’s U25 division kicked off Thursday with the MarBill Hill U25 1.35m jump-off class—and a win for Stella Chernoff (CAN).

In a seven-horse jump-off, Georgia Knight (CAN) and Ecolano vs Romano were holding onto a commanding lead of more than five seconds when Chernoff entered the ring, last to go. Aboard a developing mount in Gutascha, Chernoff edged Knight at the wire, crossing the timers of Peter Holmes’ short course in 42.33 seconds. Knight settled for second (43.53 seconds), with Brooke Morin (USA) and NKH Carrido third (48.75).

With two rides in the jump-off, Chernoff was determined to improve upon the mistake she made aboard her first mount, Connador. Her knowledge and familiarity with the track pushed her ahead, as she chose to ride smart early in the course and take more risks at its end.

“I knew I had Jump 4 down on my first horse, so I kind of wanted to stay out a little bit more to that one. I didn’t do the same thing, make the same mistake [on Gatascha],” Chernoff explained. “Then [it was just about ] putting [Gatascha] into another gear and galloping to the last jump.”

Navigating the show circuit is a balancing act for Chernoff, who is also pursuing studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. That has made developing a partnership with Gutascha a bit of a slower process, but maintaining patience has proved fruitful.

“It’s pretty new,” Chernoff said of her relationship with the 12-year-old mare. “We got her last year, but I was away at university, so I pretty much just started riding her this May.”

$5,000 MarBill Hill U25 1.35m
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. Gutascha / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co Ltd / 0/0 42.33
2. Ecolano vs Romano / Georgia Knight / CAN / Georgia Knight/ 0/0 43.53
3. NKH Carrido / Brooke Morin / USA / Strasburg Morin Inc / 0/0 48.75
4. Ielinea JTL / Jaydan Stettner / CAN / Jaydan Stettner / 0/4 42.19
5. Fair Play D’Esquelmes / Nyah Chernoff / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co Ltd / 0/4 43.79
6. Fenelon WF / Kassidy Keith / CAN / Kassidy Keith / 0/4 44.47
7. Connador / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co Ltd / 0/4 44.55
8. Lestat OLD / Ashley Arnoldt / CAN / Jennifer Arnoldt / 1 79.15
9. Fay / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co Ltd / 4 74.91
10. Levando V / Samantha Schulze / CAN / Samantha Schulze  / 4 76.35

“Easy” Win for Tiffany Foster and Brighton in CSI3* tbird Speed 1.45m

At 17 years old, Artisan Farms’ Brighton is still at the top of his game. Tiffany Foster (CAN) and her longtime mount put the strength of their 10-year partnership on display Wednesday at Thunderbird Show Park, recording a confident win in the CSI3* tbird Speed on the opening day of international competition at the CSI3* Summer Fort Welcome.

Foster and “Brighty” topped a field of 19, crossing the timers of Peter Holmes’ (CAN) 1.45m track in 60.75 seconds. Robert Blanchette (IRL) and Chardonnay finished second (61.13 seconds), while John Perez (COL) and Desperado DN finished well back in third (67.61 seconds).

“This horse is so fast, I save a half-second over every jump just because I know that his footspeed is really fast, and he’s a super efficient jumper,” Foster said. “The jump itself is really fast. I think it’s probably one of the fastest horses in the air that I’ve ever seen—definitely that I’ve ever ridden.”

Indeed, Brighton is a speed specialist. While he has recorded a win at the CSI4* 1.60m Grand Prix level, the remainder of his wins have come at 1.50m or below. The bay gelding has now recorded 28 FEI victories in his career, with all but one of those wins coming with Foster in the irons. According to Jumpr App, the pair has jumped clear at the 1.45m height at a rate of 60 percent since 2015.

“I try really hard with him, especially in the last few years, [to] aim him for classes that I think he can be competitive in, that are going to be easy for him,” Foster said. “He’s such a competitive horse, so you’d like to enter him in every single class, because you always know that you have a chance to win. But I try to pick things that I think are going to be easy for him, and I think that’s kept his heart in the game as long as it has.”

The class was decided early. Blanchette and Chardonnay set a stiff early test, taking a clear lead as fourth to jump. That gave Foster and Brighton a target, jumping just two positions later. Foster used her extensive knowledge of her horse to her advantage, knowing that if she had the right plan, she could execute it. The plan included a bold turn back to the plank on course. Executed proficiently, none of the remaining competitors could match it.

“With horses, it’s ‘best laid plans…,’ but with [Brighton], a plan is actually really easy to execute, because it’s like he thinks with me,” Foster said. “So, I opened up that turn [and] got a good shot on the plank. I knew for him, it was smarter to do the nine [stride option] than the eight to the last jump. But I knew if I took a slice on the plank, I could open up the nine, and it could be fast.”

Foster, who grew up showing at tbird, is now closer than ever to home, basing her operation at a newly constructed farm down the street to the venue.

“It’s been awesome, because this year was the first year that we’ve kind of been able to base here in Langley properly at our own facility,” Foster shared. “Thunderbird was great, and they let us [stable] here for a couple of years, but it’s obviously different when you have your own place and your own arena to work in, paddocks for the horses, walker for the horses, everything for the horses…The horses have been super happy, and it’s been so nice to be home.”

CSI3* tbird Speed 1.45m
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. Brighton / Tiffany Foster / CAN / Artisan Farms, LLC / 0 60.75
2. Chardonnay / Robert Blanchette / IRL / RTS LLC / 0 61.13
3. Desperado DN / John Perez / COL / John Perez / 0 67.61
4. Gallup / Shauna Cook / CAN / Gallup Syndicate / 0 68.3
5. Cunningham 4 / Christopher Lowe / CAN / Christopher Lowe / 0 72.35
6. Igor GPH / Kara Chad / CAN / Fordville Farm Inc / 4 64.94
7. Easy Boy d’Aubey Z / Kara Chad / CAN / Alexandre Zambaux / 4 66.21
7. Electrique / Tiffany Foster / CAN / 5 Roosters / 4 66.21
9. Cadeau Z / Mandy Porter / USA / Risen Eq Holdings LLC / 4 66.58
10. Havana / Kassidy Keith / CAN / Kassidy Keith / 4 67.14

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