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We have started a new tradition at Thunderbird, as all traditions, it isn’t really a tradition until it has happened at least a few times, so maybe less of a tradition, more of development? Have you spotted one of these posters kicking around in Langley?
















You will notice the common theme from June’s FEI Nations Cup to the upcoming Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier.

Well it’s pretty, but these artistic creations are actually based off of photos. But here’s the catch, one of our tbird. favs is featured in this latest poster, but can you guess who?

Free tbird. hat to the first person to reply! email your answer to emily@tbird.ca

The View Winery Rosé Party

The View Winery and BRUNETTE the Label Partner with Thunderbird Show Park to Present the Ultimate Equestrian Experience

August 15th, Langley B.C.

One of North America’s top equestrian facilities, Thunderbird Show Park welcomes clothing partner, BRUNETTE the Label, and The View Winery for the ultimate Rosé Party. On August 27th, this unique experience will offer VIP seating to watch Olympic level show jumping with top riders from around the world, all while experiencing the new Distraction Frizzante sparkling wine released from The View Winery and the recently launched rosé collection from BRUNETTE THE LABEL. This exciting event will coincide with the Longines World Cup Show Jumping event at Thunderbird Show Park. The only event like this held in B.C., the Longines World Cup Qualifier is part of an international series that riders all over the world must compete in to qualify for the finals in Paris, France.

This is a wedge, dress, and fancy hat type of event where you can come sample wine and watch horses compete over 1.60 metre obstacles. The View Winery Rosé Party is $20 a person, you can purchase a ticket at the following link: Tbird Rose Party Tickets. This entry fee will include parking, prime VIP seating, a wine sample, canapes, and entry for a draw to win $200 in clothing from BRUNETTE the Label or a case of the gold winning wine, Silver Lining, from The View Winery, valued at $480. Free entry is available to those dressed up or in a fancy hat! But with limited spaces available priority will be given to anyone with a ticket purchased as well as free entry won’t include entry to the draws.

Event Details: $135,600 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier – The View Winery Rosé Party
Where: Thunderbird Show Park
Location: 248th Street and 72nd Avenue, Langley
Date: August 27th, 2017
When: 2:00 pm

If you wish to come watch the competition with your family, there is also free stadium seating, pony rides, live music, shopping, food trucks, and of course, horse jumping! Please come join us for this unique event.  

Event Hashtags: Please use #FEIWorldCup #TbirdRoséParty

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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.


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: 
Please use #SupportYourNation #thunderbirdshowpark #FEINationsCup

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Changes at Tbird 2017


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!!

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.