For the second consecutive year yearling purebred and half-Arabian colts and fillies will compete for Canadian National Championship trophies and roses. Prize money amounting to $40,000 will be offered in four yearling Canadian National Championship classes. As in 2012, qualifications have been waived and a full Top Ten is to be awarded, with prize money for Champion, Reserve and the entire Top Ten. The Canadian Yearling Halter Championship finals will be presented as the first classes of the evening sessions Monday through Thursday. Sessions are scheduled to start at 7 pm Central nightly. The entire show will be broadcast via live streaming on www.ArabianHorseGlobal.com making it possible to watch the classes at any location worldwide on any internet receiving device.
The prize money sponsorship program for Canadian National yearling halter competition was conceived of and brought to fruition by Murray and Shirley Popplewell of Rae Dawn Arabians, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Scottsdale, Arizona. Popplewells have been enthusiastic advocates for the addition of yearling classes to the Canadian Nationals for years. “The classes were very well received last year in North America and around the world,” noted Murray with satisfaction. “They provide North American Arabian horse breeders with an outstanding new option for showcasing their best yearlings!”
Last year’s winning Canadian National Halter yearlings went on to success at the U.S. National Championships in October. Sultan ORA, owned by Carlos and Christiane Roizner was 2012 Canadian National Champion Yearling Colt/Gelding and then took the Reserve Champion title at the U.S. National Championships. Beni TG, owned by Todd and Glenna Weegens was National Champion HA Yearling Filly at both National Championship shows, as was Holly Wood Dillin’s HA Gelding, WC Dream On. Owners and trainers alike applauded the new classes.
“Canadian Crane and Mr. and Mrs. Murray Popplewell have taken a huge step towards being proactive for the future of Arabian horses, not only in Canada, but throughout the world,” stated Arabian horse trainer, Andy Sellman. “It’s easy to stand by and talk about making things happen but this pair has been effective in providing a venue to show our wonderful young horses at the Canadian Nationals that is extremely attractive to breeders, owners and trainers alike. I offer my most sincere gratitude to these guys for contributing to the long term well-being of Arabian horse shows in North America!”
Yearling Championship sponsors, Canadian Crane Ltd were represented by their operations manager, Foad Sabet, and his wife Esther during the final weekend of the 2012 Canadian show. They were hoping to be able to visit the show in 2013 as well. “We were delighted to participate in and contribute to the show,” noted Sabet. “We met world traveled owners and trainers with extraordinary bloodstock and just regular folks from all walks of life … all enjoying their passion for Arabian horses. What impressed Esther and me the most was the wide diversity of the competitions and the unfailing friendliness, kindness and consideration of the people we encountered during the show.”
“Last year was the first year the yearling classes were offered,” says Gerald McDonald, Canadian Show Commission Chairman. “It is a significant offering and we are looking for an impressive turnout in the classes again this year. We hope the success of these classes will encourage additional sponsorship at Canadian Nationals for other divisions … like Arabian reining.”
*** Good news for travelers to Brandon from America and Canada next year. As of September, 2013, West Jet will offer direct flights from Calgary to Brandon, making the flight to Winnipeg and the long drive an unnecessary addition to their trip for visitors and exhibitors!
The 2013 Canadian National Championships will be held at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba from August 12th through the 17th. Entries close Friday, June 28th.
Special thanks to class sponsors Rae Dawn Arabians and Canadian Crane Ltd.