You asked, we answered. Tbird takes a new project on every year, and this year we are proud to announce the silica footing in the Pacific Park Jumper Ring! The silica footing is now in all of the Thunderbird rings. Silica creates a soft, springy footing for the horses, helping to reduce the force of impact while jumping. We created a giant mud bath this winter while digging up the entire ring. We put in the drainage, grids, and base of rock and sand, then the silica on top. So now the soggy mess that is the entire valley, will eventually dry out and we will have a beautiful new ring.
We are always expanding and this year is no exception. We have also been working on a new Tbird experience, CAMPING! Yes, now you can join us in never leaving Tbird grounds. Thank you to Claudia Cojocar who has been running this new exciting development. Not only can you come compete, but you can have luxury camping by the lake as well! It will be a first come first serve, so book your spot soon.
We are excited to be welcoming everyone back this year and to show you all the work that happens during the off season! Happy showing!!
Posted on Apr 26, 2017 by Tbird
Tbird at the Longines Final!!
The Longines FEI World Cup Final in Omaha was a whirlwind of jumping, friends, and of course horses! In April the top 37 riders from all over the world who have been competing all year in the Longines qualifiers, all came together in Omaha to compete for that final prize of the World Cup Final. This was the first time the Final visited the USA in 39-years, the last time was in 1980 when it was staged in Baltimore.
Tbird sent reporter Kate Petterson down for the event and she had a lot of fun interviewing the top riders and of course making sure to get some tips from George Morris during his course walk. It was a real coming together event for the show jumping industry. Canada was represented by Calgary’s Chris Surbey and Keeane White of Ontario. Interestingly, Canadian Mario Deslauriers still holds the title for the youngest rider to ever win the World Cup Final. In 1984 at just 19 years old, he won it while also riding the youngest ever winning horse, 7-year-old Aramis.
The Longines Final has four rounds over three days. The first day of the final is a Table C class over 1.60m obstacles, the next is a Table A class with a jump-off. Riders who are eliminated or retire from any previous days are not able to continue. The final day of competition is a Table A class with two Grand Prix rounds at a 1.50-1.60. The top 30 riders from the previous two days are able to continue. Top 20 riders from the first round come back to compete in the final round. The winner is the rider that after all of the rounds has the least amount of penalties.
The gruelling three-day competition finished with USA’s, McLain Ward taking home the World Cup Final title after winning all three legs aboard the amazing 11-year-old mare, HH Azur. Second went to Romain Duguet of Switzerland while Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden rounded out the top three. Surbey was the top placed Canadian finishing 18th with White in the 20th spot.
We are so excited at Thunderbird to be part of this exciting series and to be welcoming back top riders from all over the world for our own World Cup Qualifier in August.
Posted on Apr 26, 2017 by Tbird