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O’Neill Comes Full Circle at Thunderbird to Win $145,000 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver Presented by Facet Advisors

O’Neill Comes Full Circle at Thunderbird to Win $145,000 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver Presented by Facet Advisors


Langley, BC — Aug. 26, 2018

Uma O’Neill (USA) held her breath as the final horses jumped the first round of the $145,000 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver, presented by Facet Advisors, and she did not exhale until final competitor Eduardo Menezes (BRA) pulled a rail. Then, she was exuberant.
 

Uma O'Neill & Clockwise of Greenhill Z win the $145,000 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver, Presented by Facet Advisors.  Photo by: Kathy Russell Photography

O’Neill, 23, and her own Clockwise of Greenhill Z won the class as the only pair to produce a clear first round over the Alan Wade (IRL)-designed 1.60m course. She and the 11-year-old Zangersheide stallion did not have to jump-off and recorded the first World Cup qualifying victory of their respective careers Sunday at Thunderbird Showpark in Langley, BC.

“I’m ecstatic,” O’Neill said. “I just went out and gave it everything I could today, and asked a little bit extra of myself and my horse, and it really paid off.”




Uma O'Neill & Clockwise of Greenhill Z win the $145,000 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver, Presented by Facet Advisors.
Photo by Cara Grimshaw Photography/tbird


Defending Champion Conor Swail (IRL) and Rubens La Silla, who also won Thursday’s $75,000 CSI4*-W Maui Jim Welcome, finished second as the fastest 4-fault round (76.90 seconds). Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado (MEX) and Tino la Chapelle finished third on 4 faults in 75.87 seconds.

“I was very, very pleased with [my horse’s] performance today,” Swail said. “It was just one of those things. It’s very easy to make a small mistake. I’d say it was more my mistake than [my horse’s], unfortunately, but it’s fantastic to get second place. Congratulations to [Uma] for her clear round.”

O’Neill excelled with a superior effort from her mount, who fought through the challenging Longines triple combination and a six-strided line to an oxer that followed. She and her mount jumped second in the field of 30, and their clear round held—albeit with some anxiety for the rider—throughout the remainder of the class.

“There were a lot of little tests out there,” Wade said. “[The course] was solved very early on— second horse in—so we knew it was solvable. There were a lot of riders with 4 faults that, I believe, felt that if they had a second chance, they would have gone clear. But that’s one of the great things about show jumping: You get one chance, and you have to take it. We got a lot of excitement and anxiety from people knocking poles late [in the class]. It doesn’t all have to be about speed [in a jump-off]. It is showjumping after all. I think it was good sport.”

O’Neill was especially emotional to record her win at tbird, which was where she was when her winning partner was imported four years ago.

“We got him as a 7-year-old,” she said. “We actually got him imported as when we were [at a tbird show] in August. He is such a good stallion. I just love him.”


Uma O'Neill & Clockwise of Greenhill Z win the $145,000 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver, Presented by Facet Advisors.  Photo by Kathy Russell Photography

The emotion was similarly felt by Thunderbird President Jane Tidball, who hosted an immensely successful World Cup event for the fourth time. Thunderbird also hosted its first ever five-star Nations Cup in May.

“It’s our 45th anniversary,” she said. “I think my mom and dad, George and Dianne Tidball would be incredibly pleased to have a World Cup event here at Thunderbird—which, we’ve had a very successful one. I always think of them when things go well. I’m sure they are all keeping an eye us down here.”

The North American League continues with the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ New York on September 30, 2018.

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Star-Studded Cast of International Riders

Star-Studded Cast of International Riders Arrive at tbird for Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver

Langley, BC — Aug. 22, 2018

Thunderbird Showpark begins the Summer Fort Festival with heightened excitement, as 75 athletes representing 13 countries passed inspection for CSI4*-W competition, which will culminate with the $145,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver on Sunday, Aug. 26.

The Road to Göteborg Starts at Thunderbird Show Park

The Road to Göteborg Starts at Thunderbird Show Park

The 2018/2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League kicks off at the Summer Fort Festival this August!

Langley, BC, August 16, 2018 — Next to an Olympic medal, the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ title is the single greatest honour an individual athlete can aspire to in the sport of show jumping.

The Inaugural Vancouver Grand Prix

May 20, 2018

The Inaugural Vancouver Grand Prix

Vancouver – The downtown core of Vancouver B.C. got an exciting introduction to show jumping on Sunday. Right in the heart of the city, hosted by Thunderbird Show Park, the inaugural Vancouver Grand Prix brought the sport of show jumping straight to the people. With 500 tonnes of silica sand footing shipped in for the event, it was an opportunity for the city of Vancouver to experience the awe of show jumping up close.

Nineteen riders competed in the 1.40m Vancouver Grand Prix in a 90x175 foot ring. The field featured riders from Canada, USA, Ireland, Israel, and Netherlands. The riders brought their horses into the downtown location on Saturday and had the chance to ride around and help the horses adjust to their very different surroundings. On Sunday afternoon, the excitement in the crowd developed as the horses made their way out for competition. For many, it was their first time being so close to a horse.

The first round was over a course of ten jumps including a difficult combination out of a tight corner. Course designer Kirsten Rodel did a fantastic job of using the small space of the ring. The course gave the opportunity for riders to take risks, such as taking a jump on an angle. Rodel asked for just enough power from the horses where they couldn’t always get the pace because of the small space. The lines proved to tricky for the riders because if they missed their entry to the line, they were forced to add a stride or risk getting tight through the corner. Out of the 19 riders in the first round, 11 went clear and returned for the jump-off.

American Kyle King, riding Christian, an eight-year-old Westphalian stallion, took the win from the jump-off. Ashlee Bond and Cornancer were the closest to his time of 29.91, coming in second with 30.65. In third was Kristen Senger, the top placed Canadian rider, with a time of 33.0.

The event was hosted by Thunderbird Show Park. The first of its kind in Vancouver, bringing the sport of show jumping to the downtown core. It was a free event and for most spectators, their first exposure to the sport. Thunderbird will be host to the third leg of the Longines FEI Nations Cup in Langley on June 3rd where we look forward to cheering on teams Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, and Ireland.


1. CHRISTIAN - KYLE KING USA

2. CORNANCER - ASHLEE BOND USA

3. CLARION SN - KRISTEN SENGER  CAN

4. ALL FAITH MF - CHRIS SURBEY  CAN

5. CANTINO 9 - JAMES BRENNAN  IRL

6. DENISE - TRACEY EPP CAN

7. CHICAGO - TRACEY EPP CAN

8. AURA - LAUREN CROOKS USA

Photography by Cara Grimshaw for Tbird

Conor Swail and Flower Win the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping in Langley

August 27th, 2017

Langley B.C. -  It was Conor Swail of Ireland and Flower again! The power due pulled two clears to take the win at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping at Thunderbird Show Park. This was the fourth win for the pair at Thunderbird, and the third this week. Flower, a talented 12-year-old-mare, owned by Swail and his student Vanessa Mannix is quick and careful, and as Conor has remarked before – she is very quick across the ground.


Conor Swail & Flower. Ph: Moi Photography

Second place was Canadian Chris Surbey who rode Daylight VDL, a fairly new match for him he did a fantastic job with two clears as well, but finishing behind Swail with a time of 45.48. In the press conference Surbey remarks on how even though his horse is bigger and takes bigger strides, it is slower off the ground than Flower. Swail and Flower’s time in the jump off was 41.86 which is almost four seconds faster than Surbey’s. Surbey was one of two Canadians who represented Canada in the Longines FEI World Cup Finals back in April and is looking to be heading back there again.


Chris Surbey & Daylight VDL Ph: Moi Photography

Another Irishman, Alan Wade was the course designer, he did fantastic job with seven out of 26 coming back in the jump off. Wade utilized the big grass field and set some big verticals with room for options on the turns. Flower’s agile and strength off the turns could be seen as she tore around the jump off. The course had the variety of both technical questions as well as demanded strength and skill from the horses. One common spot for issues was the big Longines oxer coming into the triple combination, a few horses dropped a leg to catch the rail. There were a lot of rounds with just those disappointing four faults, many being top riders in the sport who were top contenders for win.

It was the perfect setting for Swail and Flower as the pair have had success all week at Thunderbird Show Park. Swail and Flower now look towards the next qualifier in the west coast series for the North American League of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping.


Conor Swail & Flower. Ph: Moi Photography

1. Flower – Conor Swail (IRL)
2. Daylight VDL – Christopher Surbey (CAN)
3. Luebbo – Jamie Barge (USA)
4. Dolinn –  Sayre Happy (USA)
5. Wicked – Jenn Serek (CAN)
6. Armani Sl Z – Eugenio Garza Perez (MEX)
7. Abunola – Leah de Martini (USA)
8. Pumped Up Kicks – Jennifer Gates (USA)
9. Concetto Son – Laura Jane Tidball (CAN)
10. Samson II – Zazou Hoffman (USA)
11. Zilversprings – Elizabeth Gingras (CAN)
12. Navalo de Poheton – Andrew Kocher (USA)

Conor Swail the Master of the Speed Wins the Maui Jim Welcome

Langley B.C. – In tonight’s opening class for the Summer Fort Festival at Thunderbird Show Park Conor Swail and Flower take the win with a speedy time of 64.48. The twelve-year-old, bay mare is a spitfire and as Swail commented after his class, that although he had the same strides in the lines, “she is quick off the ground” which gives her those speedy times.

Taking second was one of the rare occurrences in show jumping, a tie! Eric Navet and Eugenio Garza Perez both tied for second with a time of 65.63. American Mandy Porter held the lead for the majority of the class with third into the ring getting a time of 65.69. But it was first Eugenio and then Eric to come edge her out for a fourth-place finish.

Being a speed class the riders had to navigate that forever tricky question of how fast to go, while still being careful enough to keep the rails up. But with thirteen clear it was a fantastic show of these talented horses and riders.

The course was perfect for a speed round, with lots of angles and places for riders to challenge the turns and then reach for the gallop. Those angles got a lot of riders with cutting it just too close and there were many four fault rounds. Swail was also able to use Flower’s impressive agility and power to save time on the corners as she turned on a dime and sprung from those turns with power.

It was a beautiful start to the week of jumping leading up to Sunday’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping. Swail confirmed in his interview after the class that he will be taking Flower in the qualifier, so we look forward to seeing them both again on Sunday.

 

1. Flower – Conor Swail
2. Victer Finn DH Z – Eugenio Garza Perez
3. Basimodo – Eric Navet
4. Milano – Mandy Porter
5. Samson II – Zazou Hoffman
6. Wahrhaftige CR – Ben Asselin
7. Camerone – Lindsay Archer
8. Ninou – Jeff Campf
9. Clockwise of Greenhill Z – Uma O'Neill
10. Cair Paravel – Bryna Closson
11. Calypso van de Zuuthoeve – Laura Hite
12. Mai Tai – Karrie Rufer

For further information please contact Emily Penn

Show Jumping In Stanley Park

As summer winds down, we're just getting started at Thunderbird. International jumping begins Wednesday with the $35,000 CSI3* Maui Jim Welcome, Friday features the $35,000 CSI3* Steel-Craft Doors Speed and Sunday afternoons main event is $135,600 CSI3* Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier presented by Facet Advisors.
 
In addition to great jumping at the park, Thunderbird is taking over downtown Vancouver! Come down to Stanley Park on Wednesday morning to watch Canadian rider, Ben Asselin, and last year's World Cup winner, Karl Cook, put on a jumping demonstration. We'll also be joined by Vancouver Police Mounted Unit as we show off the sport of show jumping and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The event is free and runs from 7 to 9 am in front of the Brockton Pavillion by the Totem Poles.



 

For directions and additional information about Stanley Park, visit the City of Vancouver's website here

If you're looking to spice up your World Cup Sunday, "The View Winery Rosé Party" is the spot for you. For the first time ever, we're giving fans the chance to watch Olympic caliber show jumping "in style" while sipping award winning frizzante sparkling wine in a private VIP tent overlooking the main event. In addition, we're giving away the ultimate prize package which includes $200 in clothing from BRUNETTE the Label and a case of the gold winning wine- silver lining, from The View winery- valued at $480. Tickets are only $20 and include parking, admission, covered seating, sparkling wine, canapes and entry into a raffle for a fantastic prize package.

Tickets can be purchased online here

Written by Kate Pettersen 

International Show Jumping in Langley

International Show Jumping in Langley Olympic Equestrian’s Come to Thunderbird Show Park, Langley B.C. 


On Sunday August 27th Thunderbird Show Park hosts the third annual Longines FEI Show Jumping Qualifier. The only event of its kind in British Columbia, the voted number two top equestrian facility in North America hosts top horses and riders from all over the world as they compete in the international series.

Margie Goldstein-Engle Wins the $130,000 Atco Nations Finale at Thunderbird Show Park

Margie Goldstein-Engle Wins the $130,000 Atco Nations Finale at Thunderbird Show Park

June 4, 2017


Langley B.C. It was a beautiful day and the perfect setting for American rider, Margie Goldstein-Engle and her big, bay stallion, Royce to take another win at Thunderbird Show Park. Coming off her win with Royce in Friday’s Nation’s Cup, Engle rode a perfect first round, and then came back for a second clear round in the jump off.

With a class of 31 starts Engle was 23rd in for the first round. Nicolas Pizarro was the first clear in the class after both Keean White and Jennifer Gates had faults. Next to join Pizarro in the jump off was Eugenio Garza Perez as he managed to navigate the tricky expectations of the course. Heather Caristo-Williams had a successful ride on her horse after it's antics at the Nations Cup, finishing with just one time fault. Canadians Ian Millar and Tiffany Foster both rode in the class, Ian finished with eight faults and after two rails Tiffany decided to retire.
And there wasn't another clear until Engle came in at 23rd. But she wasn't the last to go clear, the Irish were in it, and Connor Swail, Daniel Coyle, and Andrew Bourns all went clear. Last in the ring was Mexician rider, Antionio Maurer who made it seven in the jump off.

The first-round course really used the space of the grass ring. With room for big gallops but also some serious questions. Peter Holmes had perfect planning and with a tight five stride to a one stride with a very wide oxer coming out, it was a tough ride that created lots of rails. Riders needed to back their horses off enough to fit the five, but not too much that they didn't land so close off the first jump in the combination that they couldn't clear the wide oxer coming out.

That same line to combination was featured in the jump off, creating even more expectation for the horses in their ridability to come back off a long gallop, roll-back to the line. Pizarro was first back and set the tone with a clear round. He was followed by Perez who had one rail and a time of 42.14. From there it became a battle of speed. Engle was third in and lay down a fantastic ride with a time of 38.70. Using Royce's big stride, she galloped the bigger stretches but balanced him back perfectly for the 1.60 verticals that were just waiting for a horse to flatten out. Engle had to wait as the three Irish team riders all went out to beat her time. But they just couldn't catch her. Swail put in another quick, accurate ride, but just not quick enough, he timed in at 39.11 for a second-place finish. Coyle also another clear round but still not fast enough, he took third with 39.47. Bourns and Maurer finished up the class but no one came close to Engle's time. And with that it was another win for the American rider, after winning on Friday's Nations Cup, she and Royce took the win in the $130,000 Atco Nations Finale.


Results:

1. Royce - Margie Goldstein-Engle USA
2. Flower - Conor Swail IRL
3. Cita - Daniel Coyle IRL
4. CHS Inception - Andrew Bourns IRL
5. Galileo de Laubry - Antonio Maurer MEX
6. La Petite Fleur - Nicolas Pizarro MEX
7. Victer Finn DH Z - Eugenio Garza Perez MEX
8. Luebbo - Jamie Barge


For further information please contact Emily Penn at emily@tbird.ca.

Team USA Take First Place in the Langley FEI Nations Cup

Girl Power! Team USA Take First Place in the Langley FEI Nations Cup

June 2, 2017

Langley B.C. – It was a win for the girls in the 2017 FEI Nations Cup at Thunderbird Show Park. Team USA was Heather Caristo-Wiliams, Catherine Nicole Tyree, Adrienne Sternlicht, and Margie Goldstein-Engle. The four top women rode exceptionally with a team that balanced young and experienced riders. Teams USA, Canada, Ireland, and Mexico all had their best teams as they were vying for those vital last points to qualify for the Nations Cup finals in Barcelona. With Team Canada taking second place, they will also be heading to those finals for the first time in two years.

Team USA had the lead after the first round with only four faults carrying forward after dropping Caristo-Williams score of 22. Team Canada sat in second with 14 faults, followed by Mexico and then Ireland. Canada was represented by Tiffany Foster, Chris Surbey, Keean White, and Ian Millar. Riders found the course challenging and with a tight time allowed. In the first rotation, there were only three clear rounds, American’s Sternlicht and Goldstein-Engle and Ireland rider Daniel Coyle. Canadian, Tiffany Foster was very close to clear with only one time fault.

Course designer Peter Holmes did a great job of creating enough suspense that coming into that second round anything could still happen. There was a water jump to a tall vertical that created quite a few rails, as well as the second to last jump was a hanging plank. The Longines triple combination was tight and moved straight into another tall vertical. Holmes went big and wide and every jump was a serious question for horse and rider.

Coming back in reverse order for the second-round riders had a better handle of the harder elements of the course. There were more clear rounds, including three of the four Canadian riders. Ian Millar showed his experience as the anchor rider coming in with a clear round on Dixson. By dropping White’s five faults Canada needed USA to get eight faults in their last ride to take the win. USA’s anchor, another rider with lots of experience in the role, Margie Goldstein-Engle, was last in for USA, she had one rail down but left the rest up, which was all USA needed for the win.

For further information please contact Emily Penn at emily@tbird.ca.

Nations Cup Day

The sun is shining and the buzz around Thunderbird Show Park bright and early on Nations Cup Day is electric. All week, horses and riders have been showing their national pride decked out in team swag. For those who haven’t experienced one, there’s something unique and special about a Nations Cup. It’s a chance for riders who compete in a predominantly individual sport to be on a team, experience camaraderie and enjoy fierce competition with an even bigger support group cheering them on from the in-gate.

Tiffany Foster has jumped and won all over the world but still says her best riding experience and team experience was coming back from a tough first round at the Pan Am Games on home soil. “There was no negative sentiment or a feeling that my teammates weren’t behind be,” said Foster. Her teammates picked her up and challenged her to have a great second round and as we know, she did. 

Today’s class marks one of only three North American Nations Cup League this season and course designer Peter Holmes says we can expect it to be a challenging course with full height and spreads.

“Canada, USA and Mexico are all trying to qualify for finals. I try to pay attention to what horses and riders are showing and design for the level of competition. It used to be a test of how big you can jump but now it’s become more of a precision sport where focus and precision is so important. The best riders are able to slip around and make it look easy while being efficient.”

And as you’ll see this afternoon, Holmes has kept up with his promise of a top international level course. We’ve been tipped off that the biggest challenge for the riders will be a demanding triple combination and the water jump, both of which come up early in the track.

As for the field, defending champions Mexico will look to take back-to-back wins while Canada is looking to punch their ticket to Nations Cup finals in Barcelona. The Americans have a few young guns who have put forth great results internationally over the past few months and the Irish boast veteran experience with a competitive youngster who has been on fire.

As always, I’m incredibly impressed with what the team at Thunderbird can do and this week is no exception. It’s going to be an amazing weekend of show jumping at the Odlum Brown BC Open and if you haven’t already, mark it in your calendar and get out here. 

Kate Pettersen

Top International Equestrian Competition in Langley

Langley B.C. - On June 2nd come to Thunderbird Show Park to witness Canada’s only FEI Nations Cup League Event. Show jumping, otherwise known as “horse jumping” is typically an individual competition, but the Nations Cup is a rare opportunity to see it as a team competition and cheer on Team Canada.

The Nations Cup event is a team event where countries choose four riders to represent them. There is only one qualifying event in each country and Canada’s is right here in Langley. This impressive event will feature teams from Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, and more. The teams will all come together to compete for their country's chance to compete at the international equestrian championship in Barcelona, October 2017.

Our Sport
Equestrian show jumping is where horse and rider pairings compete through a series of twelve to sixteen obstacles in heights ranging from 1.50-1.60 metres. Riders must complete the course within a time allowed and leave all the obstacles untouched to have a “clear” round. The team with the most clear rounds wins. Show jumping competitions are unique in the professional sporting realm because men and women compete as equals. It is also rare for a sport that has competitors ranging in ages of over 50 years, but in show jumping, it’s a test of skill and whether you’re 20 or 70, it doesn’t matter.

Admission to this event, held at Thunderbird Show Park, is free, parking is $10 per car and the public is invited to experience this one-time window into the world of a fascinating Olympic sport.

Event Details:
The FEI Nations Cup™
Where: Thunderbird Show Park
Location: 6975 248th St, Langley, BC (just minutes off of Highway 1)
Date: June 2, 2017
When: 3:00-6:30pm

Our Facility
Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, one of North America's premier equestrian centres, is hosting the only FEI Nations Cup™ horse jumping equestrian competition in Canada in 2017. Thunderbird Show Park was started by George and Diane Tidball who were inducted into the BC Hall of Fame in 2017 for their outstanding contributions, not only to the equestrian community and building BC’s top equestrian facility but also for their business contributions. George Tidball was the first Canadian to open a McDonald's outside of the US back in 1967.

Event Highlights:
• Horse jumping is the only Olympic sport where men and women compete equally
• Chance to watch Olympic athletes in action
• Exciting and rare opportunity to see horses jump 1.50 to 1.60 metres high
• Stadium seating available for easy viewing of the entire course
• Live music by local band
• Pony rides and face painting for the kids
• Beer garden for the adults
• Summer evening in the country
• Enjoy dinner from the concession or food trucks on site or bring a picnic dinner
• Limited availability VIP tickets include sit down dinner, course tour, and meet and greet with riders

Event Hashtags: 
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Tbird at the Longines Final

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.