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Year of Progress Leads Munro to MarBill Hill U25 League 1.35m Victory

Last summer at Thunderbird Show Park, Dylan Munro (CAN) and Face to Face were jumping 1.20m. This year, they won the MarBill Hill U25 League 1.35m to kick off the U25 division at the Summer Fort Classic.

Last to go in a six-horse jump-off, the pair came away with a comfortable victory. Their winning time was 41.4 seconds. Leadoff pair Olivia Stephenson (CAN) and Deister Z finished second as the only other combination to jump double-clear (42.49 seconds). Sahana Ganesan (USA) and Fast Lucca finished third (4/42.49).

“I love him to death,” Munro said of Face to Face, better known as “Frank.” “He’s been an amazing horse for me. He got me from showing in the 1.20m here last summer to jumping the U25 [classes] now at 1.40m. I’m just thrilled for that horse.”

Dylan Munro (CAN) and Face to Face. Photo ©tbird/Quinn Saunders

Anderson Lima’s (BRA) track proved to be challenging, but Munro did not pay attention to his competitors’ struggles, producing one of two clear rounds—the other being his stablemate, Jessie Prpich (USA)—in the final five riders. In the jump-off, he took a similar approach.

“Honestly, I didn’t even watch the horses that jumped off beforehand,” Munro said. “I was talking to Coach Kelly [Koss-Brix, who stepped in to help when trainer Ben Asselin had to leave the show early]. She was really helping me out, and I’m very appreciative of everything she’s done for me. I knew there weren’t many clear, but I just went in there and gave it a good shot.”

Munro and Frank began the short course with purpose, making up time early between the first two fences before more carefully measuring the fences in the latter half of the jump-off.

“I really thought I was quick going from [Jumps] One to Two there. I just had a nice pick-up, right off the bat there, and then I had to check a bit into the double. It worked out.”

Dylan Munro (CAN) and Face to Face stand for the winner’s presentation. Photo ©tbird/Quinn Saunders

 $5,000 MarBill Hill U25 1.35m

  1. Face to Face / Dylan Munro / CAN / Jonathan Asselin / 0/0 41.4
  2. Deister Z / Olivia Stephenson / CAN / Gareth Graves / 0/4 42.49
  3. Fast Lucca / Sahana Ganesan / USA / Sahana Ganesan / 0/4 42.49
  4. Fay / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch & Cattle Co. Ltd / 0/4 42.9
  5. Pasquinelle / Emily Fitzgerald / CAN / Emily Fitzgerald / 0/12 55.87
  6. Kazou van de Kwakkelhoek / Jessie Prpich / USA / Telsec Farm Calgary Ltd / 0/EL
  7. Capitale 6 / Charlie Jones / GBR / Morning Star Sporthorses, LLC / 4 71.81
  8. Ittolo / Jarne Francken / UA / Kerri Volek / 4 72.12
  9. Cella / Taylor Winther Blair / CAN / Taylor Winther Blair / 4 74.15
  10. Concelo / Ava Wong / CAN / Ava Wong / 4 75.53

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2022

The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup returns to Langley for 2022 during the Odlum Brown BC Open tournament in June. After having to cancel the event for the past two years due to Public Health Orders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to hosting this esteemed event once again at tbird!


Get Your Tickets to Watch the Nations Cup at tbird!

Major League Show Jumping kicks off the 2022 circuit atThunderbird Show Park


Major League Show Jumping or “the League” in short was created as a unique opportunity to elevate 5* Show Jumping in North America. In partnership with some of the top hosting venues in Canada, the USA and Mexico, equestrian athletes compete on 8 teams composed of 6riders from May through December.

Not only does Major League Show Jumping bring an established series of world-class competition to North America, it also allows riders the equal opportunity to earn World Ranking points as those competing inEurope.

“I am so excited to have the addition of the MLSJ to the NorthAmerican Circuit! It will be great to have more 5* events and afew new venues to compete at.”


Don’t Miss Out!

CSI5* Major LeagueShow Jumping is coming to tbird for the CanadianPremier from May 24-29. Here’s how you can join in on all the action:

Saturday May 28
$200,000 CSI5* Team Competition & $75,000 CSI5*Canadian Individual 1.45-1.50m

Sunday May 29 – 2 pm
$218,000 CSI5* Grand Prix 1.55m


ShowPlus Protection

Protect Your Passion

All competitors, horse and rider, are now protected at tbird through ShowPlus protection in case of injury.

ShowPlus is the first protection program of its kind, helping show organizers shield their competitors from the uncertainties that come with equestrian sport.Since its inception in 2020, ShowPlus has administered their automatic protection program benefits to over 80,000 horses and riders.

Registered horses and riders at participating shows are eligible to receive veterinary and/or medical reimbursement in case of injury during competition.With increased focus and awareness by premier equestrian sport organizers on the importance of equine and rider welfare and access to care, ShowPlus has been rapidly adopted throughout North America.

To learn about your specific benefits at tbird, visit

Entries Opening for 2022 Show Season

We’re excited to welcome you back to tbird for the 2022 show season. Mark your calendars for our entry open dates to be sure you don’t miss entries. All entries can be submitted at via your account. Looking forward to seeing you!

FEB 15
April Season Opener,Canadian Premier & BC Open

MAR 22
Summer Fort Welcome, Classic & Festival

MAR 29
West Coast Classic, WesternFamily, Harvest Celebration & BCHJA Fall Finale

Accepting Entries on