Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!
Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows currently under way.
Thunderbird Summer Fort Festival
With the start of the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy mere hours away, horse lovers the world over will be turning their eyes to France today. But the competition hasn’t started quite yet, so in this week’s Horse Circus I’ll tell you what to watch while you wait in anticipation for the games to start.
Just 35 minutes from Vancouver in British Columbia, sits the 85 acres Thunderbird Show Park. This venue was ranked the number two venue in North America by the prestigious North American Riders Group for three years running, coming in just behind the incomparable Spruce Meadows. And over this week and the last, Thunderbird serves as home to several grand prix show jumping competitions and many more world-class events.
The highlight last weekend came on Sunday with the $100,000 CSI***-W Facet Advisors World Cup qualifier. California’s Vinton Karrasch took top spot aboard his new mount, Coral Reef Follow Me II in the competition. Here is the team in action.
The week’s CSI** Summer Fort Festival competition is also off to a good start with a fantastic jump off win by Hardin Towell aboard Lucifer V in the $10,000 The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Open Welcome on Wednesday.
Still to come this weekend are the $50,000 Dianne Tidball Legacy Grand Prix today, the $10,000 Noel Asmar Equestrian Classic on Saturday, and the $55,500 Bryan Anderson Memorial Grand Prix on Sunday.
The competition promises to be a showcase for the beautiful Thunderbird facility, which Jane Tidball, daughter of the facilities’ founders, describes this way: “When a horse comes to our property, we want it to be like a vacation for them. They can go out and work in the show ring but we also want them to be able to go on shady trials and be treated like royalty.” Sounds amazing!
Those in who can make it to Thunderbird this weekend will find that entry into the grand prix events is quite affordable – only $10 per carload! If you aren’t in the area, you can always live stream the events to get a glimpse of all Thunderbird has to offer here: Live Stream Tbird. And see you soon with coverage of Normandy!