Greg Kuti and Prudence Capture $5,000 Hunter Derby in Ottawa

first_imgGreg Kuti of Schomberg, ON, riding Prudence won the $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby held Saturday evening, August 14, during the CSI2* National Capital Show Jumping Tournament at the Nepean National Equestrian Park in Ottawa, ON.The $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby attracted stiff competition as a total of 35 entries vied for victory, as well as an Antares ‘Spooner’ saddle, donated by Antares Canada Inc., which was awarded to the winner.The $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby consisted of a series of fences with no related distances, and competitors had the choice of completing the course at a height of either 3’ or 3’6. Held on the grass grand prix field at the Nepean National Equestrian Park, riders had to navigate their mounts through a roll back turn, a jump on the peak of a steep bank, and through a grob ditch.The judges were looking for the horse that exemplified the style, movement and manner that typifies hunter competition. Following the first round of competition, the judges invited eight horse-rider combinations back for a second round of competition. The riders’ second round scores were added together with their first round scores to produce the winner.“I am looking for form, pace, quality and performance,” said senior judge Peter Van Guysling of New York. “The horse has to be a good jumper, and have a good attitude. It has to be a horse you would want to fox hunt on and enjoy.”Senior judge Christine Renwick of Ottawa, ON, agreed.“The fox hunt is what the hunter discipline is based on,” said Renwick, who actively rides with the Ottawa Valley Hunt.That horse proved to be Prudence, an eight-year-old chestnut selle francais mare piloted by Kuti and owned by Carolynne Jardine. Jardine purchased Prudence last fall from Eric Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable in Schomberg, ON. The pair scored an impressive 85 out of a possible 100 points in the first round, and went on the match their score in the second round for a total of 170 points.“It was so much fun!” exclaimed Kuti, who operates Chor-Be Farm in Schomberg, ON. “It feels so good to win, especially at such a fantastic venue: it is one of the last premiere facilities in North America.“The course designer, Tracy Howard, did a great job; she was creative but kept it simple,” continued Kuti. “I am so proud of Prudence, she is just a very special horse; a real lady. This was our first hunter derby, but we hope to do more.”Kuti was also proud to lay claim to the Antares saddle, saying, “The Antares is one of the nicest saddles in the entire world to ride in.”David Marion, President of Antares Canada Inc., said of sponsorship of the $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby, “I wanted to do something to support the event. “It was nice to donate a prize for an amateur division, as they do not always get recognized, and support the sport from the ground up. Plus, Greg’s round was perfect; he really deserved to win the Antares saddle. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.”Placing second in the $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby was Taylor’s Design, owned and ridden by Taylor Mulligan. The pair came close to catching Kuti, posting scores of 84 in the first round and 83 in the second, for a total of 167.Landing in third position was Winston, ridden by Carly Campbell- Cooper and owned by Triple C Stables of Elora, ON. Receiving a score of 82 in the first round and 84 in the second round, the pair finished only one point behind the runner-up with a score of 166.The Jump Canada Hunter Derby is a new event introduced by Jump Canada to give recognition and build support for hunter competition.“I’m thrilled that we were chosen to host this event,” said Ainsley Hayes, National Capital Show Jumping Tournament Event Manager. “We have one of the best grand prix fields in North America, so why should the jumpers get to use it exclusively? There was a huge turn-out, which shows that the Hunter Derby is a growing trend. People are really excited about it.”The two-week National Capital Show Jumping Tournament runs from August 11-15 and 18-22 at the Nepean National Equestrian Park, conveniently located at the 417 Queensway and Moodie Drive. The second week of competition will feature the CSI2* $32,000 Brookstreet Open Welcome on Thursday, the $15,000 ATCO Jumping Derby on Friday, and Saturday’s CSI2* $118,000 Angelstone Productions Grand Prix, Presented by Brookstreet, and Blue Rodeo concert.For more information on the National Capital Show Jumping Tournament, please visit$5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby– Final ResultsRider/Hometown/Horse/1. Greg Kuti/Schomberg, ON/Prudence2. Taylor Mulligan/Merrickville, ON/Taylor’s Design3. Carly Campbell-Cooper/Elora, ON/Winston4. Alexa Law/Toronto, ON/Chagall5. Jean-Nicholas Goyette/Ocala, FL/Cotopaxi6. Kimberly Lewtas/Orangeville, ON/Jinjovan We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

British aid budget to boost trade in Africa- PM Theresa May

first_imgBritain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is greeted by school children waving flags during a visit to the ID Mkhize Secondary School in Gugulethu near Cape Town, South Africa, August 28, 2018. Rodger Bosh/Pool via REUTERS Britain will use its international aid budget to boost its national interest and deepen trade ties with Africa, Prime Minister Theresa May told South African media.The PM will also visit Nigeria and Kenya as part of a three-day visit to Africa alongside a group of business delegates.Children wait for the visit of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of her visit to the ID Mkhize Secondary School in Gugulethu, South Africa, August 28, 2018. Rodger Bosch/Pool via REUTERSShe recommited to maintaining the overall British aid budget at 0.7 percent of economic output but added that she will be “unashamed” to use it in a way that helps Britain.The target has previously come under fire from many of May’s own lawmakers who say it is a blunt tool that is too high and should be spent elsewhere or in Britain itself.May says she wants Britain to become the biggest investor in Africa out of the countries in the Group of Seven nations, overtaking the United States, by using the aid budget to help British private sector companies invest on the continent.“I am unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid programme works for the UK,” May said in her speech.“Today I am committing that our development spending will not only combat extreme poverty, but at the same time tackle global challenges and support our own national interest. This will ensure that our investment in aid benefits us all, and is fully aligned with our wider national security priorities.”Related South Africa budget expectations Talk Africa:Tackling Africa’s budget deficitcenter_img South Africa steps up aid relief for victimslast_img read more

Joint Chamber To Host Public Luncheon On Pebble Mine Project

first_imgThe luncheon will take place on April 4, from 12-1 p.m., to RSVP visit the Kenai or Soldotna Chamber of Commerce website. The event will take place at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. In a release from PLP they stated that this formally begins the permitting process under the rigorous National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process and other permitting efforts associated with the project. According to the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) their permit application was accepted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in January. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai and Soldotna will be hosting a joint Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with guest speaker Mark Hamilton, VP for External Affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership.center_img This is the first year since 2015 that a representative from the Pebble Partnership has addressed the Kenai Chamber. Kenai Chamber of Commerce President Johna Beech: “We are pretty excited, they have a new project plan and they are in the permitting process now.” last_img read more

The sports stories we want to remember from 2014

first_imgPennsylvania’s Mo’ne Davis delivers in the first inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)BOSTON (AP) – Meb Keflezighi strode alone down Boylston Street, past the patched-up sidewalks and re-opened restaurants that line the path to the Boston Marathon finish line. On his race bib he had the names of those killed there by a pair of homemade bombs, and on his shoulders he would soon drape an American flag.An Eritrean by birth, Keflezighi came to the United States to escape war and poverty in his African homeland. He did more than that: A year after the terrorist attacks shattered a scene of so much joy, Keflezighi became the first American man to win the world’s most prestigious marathon in more than three decades.Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory with an American flag after the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa).Keflezighi crossing the finish line, to the chants of “U-S-A!” and a few moist eyes, was one of the feel-good sports moments of 2014. In a year that included reports of corruption and the arrest of athletes, there were plenty of inspiring moments in sports.Lauren Hill, center, poses for a photo with her teammates after practicing with the NCAA college basketball team at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)Like Division III basketball player Lauren Hill, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer before her first game, who summoned the energy to play a few games. Philadelphia 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis brought her braids to the Little League World Series. Boston College baseball player Pete Frates inspired us all to dump ice water on our heads.Other stories brought cheers within the world of sports: LeBron James returning to Cleveland and Derek Jeter leaving Yankee Stadium for the last time with a game-winning hit; American fans chanting at the World Cup, “I believe that we will win!”; Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning the Daytona 500 at the track where his father died, and then winning Martinsville to claim one of the prized grandfather clocks his dad had scattered around the house.Here are some other stories that helped remind us why we watch:This undated photo provided by publisher Harper Collins shows the cover of the book “Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name.” Harper Collins told The Associated Press on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, that the memoir will be released next March by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Davis, an honor roll student from Philadelphia, became a sensation last summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, when she was just 13. (AP Photo/Harper Collins)THROW LIKE A GIRL: Davis broke one barrier after another when she helped her inner-city team get within one victory of the U.S. championship in the Little League World Series. After making the cover of Sports Illustrated, Davis had her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the World Series.“You knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere,” first lady Michelle Obama told her on Twitter.LOU GEHRIG’S LEGACY: Like Hill, Frates had more that he wanted to accomplish while fighting a terminal illness. Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Frates helped the ice bucket challenge go viral in a trend that stretched from Kermit the Frog to ex-President George W. Bush and is credited with raising more than $100 million to combat ALS.FRIENDLY RIVALS: When Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was injured in the fourth quarter of the annual game against archrival Michigan, some of his teammates gathered around him to offer support. So did Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner, setting aside one of college football’s biggest rivalries to deliver some words of encouragement. “It’s like having a little brother get hurt,” the Michigan QB said. “I didn’t like to see that at all.”BASEBALL AND HOT DOGS: A stray and injured dog who wandered into the Brewers complex at spring training became an instant celebrity with the team and the fans back in Milwaukee. When no one came forward to claim Hank – named for Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, he broke camp with the ballclub and a Brewers executive took him in back in Milwaukee. The team began selling merchandise with his likeness – including his own bobblehead, with some of the proceeds going to the Wisconsin Humane Society.IN SICKNESS AND HEALTH: Dominic Moore took a year off from hockey after his wife was diagnosed with liver cancer. She died just nine months later. He returned as a fourth-liner on the Rangers and scored the Game 6 winner against Montreal to put the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals.“I’ve had a lot of good examples of perseverance over the years, and none more so than my wife, Katie,” Moore said after winning the NHL’s Masterson Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. “So this award is very meaningful, and I’m very grateful.”O CANADA: On the night a Canadian soldier was killed while guarding the national war memorial in Ottawa, Pittsburgh fans sang an emotional rendition of “O Canada” before the Penguins game against Philadelphia.GOOD PROGNOSIS: The sports world also rallied around Chad Carr, the 4-year-old grandson of former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, who had the same kind of inoperable tumor as Hill. The Carrs said this month that the tumor, which had been expected to kill him within a year, had shrunk by 90 percent.PRINCESS LACEY: Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old girl who with a football-sized cancerous tumor in her abdomen, was befriended by Michigan State forward Adreian Payne and the rest of the Spartans basketball team. She took the court with Payne on senior night and helped the Spartans cut down the nets at the Big Ten tournament, less than a month before she died of cancer.“I learned so much, just seeing her fight every day,” Payne said after being honored at the John R. Wooden Award gala. “She taught me to preserve through anything and just be strong.”___Were there other stories that made you feel good about sports in 2014? Share them on Twitter with @AP_Sports and @jgolen.last_img read more