International & National

The three-year-old Clydesdale mare, Puzzle, owned by Willow Way Farms near Ohaton, Alberta, captured the title of Supreme Grand Champion at the World Clydesdale Show held in Madison, Wisconsin from October 25 to 28, 2018.

Sixty charges of animal cruelty have now been laid against Patricia Moore by Evansburg RCMP, who announced the new charges in a statement on January 9. The previous day, Alberta SPCA, RCMP officers, and a veterinarian removed 65 horses and six dogs from the acreage west of Edmonton, the result of a continuing investigation into reports of starving and emaciated horses.

In the early morning hours of Friday, December 21, 2018, a barn fire at First Line Training Centre in Milton, Ontario, claimed the lives of five horses. Thirty-seven Standardbreds and one pony were in the barn when the fire started at around 1:40 a.m. Two died in the fire, and three were euthanized due to their injuries after assessment by a veterinarian. The uninjured horses were taken to the nearby Mohawk Racetrack for housing.

A Bentley, Alberta woman sustained severe head trauma from being kicked by a horse on December 28, 2018. Deserie Rieu, 35, suffered a brain bleed and was initially intubated due to a swollen airway when she was struck by a hoof on the right side of her face. She also lost several teeth and her cheekbone, jaw and palate were fractured.

Tim Stockdale, the British Jumping athlete who was a member of Team GBR at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, has passed away after a short battle against cancer. He was 54. He was a passionate supporter of all aspects of the Jumping discipline, both as an athlete and as a trainer, and was proud to have jumped on British teams in the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2002 in Jerez (ESP), the FEI European Championships 2009 on home soil in Windsor (GBR), and more than 50 FEI Nations Cup™ competitions.

Ottawa, ON, Nov. 23, 2018 – After successfully leading the Equestrian Canada (EC) Jumping Talent ID program for three years as the Youth Development Program Advisor, Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill is stepping down from the position to focus on her riding, students, and business.

Ottawa, ON, Nov. 27, 2018 – Canadian Show Jumping Team horse, Ole, passed away at the age of 22 on November 23, 2018 following a long and happy retirement. Born in 1996, the Dutch Warmblood gelding (Burggraaf x Dukaat) was an iconic horse for the Canadian Equestrian Team.

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