The Caledonia Classic horse show has been running for at least ten years in Edmonton, and has become an important event in the season for our hunter/jumper competition scene in the north.
Amateur rider and Calgary vet student Madison Ricard makes a point of attending every year, because “it’s a very well run show, and the community of people involved are really great; everyone is so friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand no matter who you are… Plus, the prize money is excellent too.” True words, especially this year.
We caught up with Lynn Macyk to discuss this show, which kicks off this Friday at Amberlea Meadows for the May long weekend.
What are you excited about this year?
“Not to jinx it, but everyone is tentatively looking forward to good weather!
We are also happy to be welcoming some new and old faces that haven’t attended the show before or in some time. Several riders from Calgary are making the trip too, and we are looking forward to some great competition.”
What has changed this year?
“Well, some of our sponsors are doing some really unique things. For example, the Halina Family, a longtime supporter of this show, wanted to make sure the smaller divisions got some better rewards. We decided to spread some of their sponsorship dollars out more evenly through a $250 hi-point award for top combinations in a variety of jumper classes running from .65m to .90m. It’s important to support the grassroots of the sport!
Also, since we got approval to run this as a Gold show all the way through, it gave us some more flexibility to make this a rewarding competition from start to finish for all of our competitors. It’s a nice change.”
How will the rings be run?
“We are going to try running the bigger hunters on the grass, and the smaller hunters on sand. The smaller jumpers up to .90m will be on grass, and the Grand Prix jumper ring starts at the 1.00m height. This will leave quite a few rings open to warm up and really move around.”
Let’s talk footing:
“Even though it’s been pouring, the footing is looking really great. A lot of work was put into that last year and it’s holding up very well.”
“So far we are still accepting late entries to this show.”
Remember, Jump Alberta will also be featuring at this show:
- How to Ride a Jumper Derby presentation with Joey Rycroft
- Jump Alberta Hunter Medal classes sponsored by CWD
- Jump Alberta Rider Recognition Program (classes 2b &18b)
Keep an eye out for fellow competitor Gillian Trimbee, our North Alberta media coordinator, who will be grabbing photos of riders participating in our events at this horse show.
For more information on the Caledonia classic, please visit their website here.