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Had to Be Ivory Sails to Victory in the Picov Maturity

Bryn Robertson (green shirt), with wife Carol (white cap) and daughter Kim, accepts the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Trainer of the Year Award from Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario president Bob Broadstock (New Image Media Photo)
Had to Be Ivory, owned and bred by Hillsburgh's Carol and Jaime Robertson and trained by Bryn Robertson, won the 9th Picov Maturity easily under Josh Scott - New Image Media Photo
AJAX DOWNS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2022 –  On the day that he was presented with the Canadian Quarter Horse Association’s 2022 AQHA Trainer of the Year award, trainer Bryn Robertson of Hillsburgh, ON sent out champion HAD TO BE IVORY to win the $29,880 Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs.
Had to Be Ivory, the 2019 Horse of the Year making his first start as a 7-year-old, was quick out of the gate at the start of the 300-yard dash and caught front runner Countrys Comin Bac in time to win handily by three-quarters of a length in the fast time of 15.214 for a 102 speed index Carneros, owned by Milena Kwicien of Burlington and ridden by Brian Bell, was up for second by a nose over nine-year-old Countrys Comin Bac, owned by Ralph Pearson.  
Sent off as the 4 to 5 favourite against a strong field of eight other older horses, Had to Be Ivory paid $3.90 to win. Bred in Ontario, Had to Be Ivory is owned and was bred by Robertson’s wife Carol and daughter-in-law Jaime. The9th running of the Picov Maturity was the son of Ivory James’ 17th win in 23 career races. He now has earnings of over $292,000.
Scott, who was riding Had to Be Ivory for the first time, said the gelding had trained well coming into the Maturity and was sharp and ready for the Maturity. “He was leaning a little bit in the gate but I corrected him and he stood like a statue,” said Scott. “After that, he just exploded out of there and I just let him go.”
Robertson, a longtime member of the Quarter Horse racing scene in Ontario, prepared Had to be Ivory at the family’s Hillerin Farm this winter. “My son, Mike, he gallops him at home, his wife Jaime helps out and my wife Carol feeds the horses. It’s a family affair.”
Robertson received the CQHA Award for his contributions to the Quarter Horse breed in Canada, encompassing all disciplines of sport in addition to racing.
*Two Trial races for the $50,000 Princess Derby were also held on the June 1 card at Ajax Downs and both were won by 3-year-old fillies owned by Milena Kwiecien, trained by Jason Pascoe of Pontypool, and ridden by Ismael Mosquiera.
EYE LIVE FOR CANDY won the first Trial and set the fastest time of the two splits of 17.951 for 350 yards, edging John Wilson’s Oh My Gawd by a neck. The second Trial was won by Ontario-sired SW SNOWMAGICALLYKOOL, a daughter of Kwiecien’s stallion Maryland Magic, who won by a neck in a time of 17.968, the second-fastest time of all fillies in the Trials, over Don Reid’s JTC Lil Moonbar.
The $50,000 final of the Princess Derby, with the 10-fastest qualifiers, will be held on a special Father’s Day card of racing on Sunday, June 19.
*Racing at Ajax Downs continues on Wednesday, June 8 with a first race post time of 1:30 p.m. For more information on racing dates and the special event Sundays, visit and follow us on social media @AjaxDowns.
Full live stream of June 1 races at Ajax Downs: 
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2022 Canadian National Amateur Team Tournament


Please note: Once you have submitted your Team Registration you will need to send an eTransfer to to remit your $40 Team Registration fee.

IMPORTANT: Please note the following in your transaction details: Your First & Last Name and the letters “CNATT”

We ask that you complete the transaction within in 12 hours of submitting your registration. As the first ten slots per each geographic Canadian province or region will be assigned by first come first serve.

Veuillez noter : Une fois que vous avez soumis votre inscription d’équipe, vous devrez envoyer un virement électronique à pour verser vos frais d’inscription d’équipe de 40 $.

IMPORTANT: Veuillez noter ce qui suit dans les détails de votre transaction : votre nom et prénom et les lettres “CNATT”

Nous vous demandons de compléter la transaction dans les 12 heures suivant la soumission de votre inscription. Les dix premiers créneaux horaires de chaque province ou région géographique canadienne seront attribués selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi.


2022 CNATT Rules
    1. All AQHA rules apply – All Team members must be current members of both AQHA and CQHA.
    2. There will be 10 teams made up of 10 team members, all team assignments will be determined by lottery only.
    3. All amateurs must pay the $40 entry fee. If this fee is not paid by May 1, the exhibitors spot will be given to the next exhibitor on the waitlist
    4. The first 10 Amateurs in each of the following provinces or regions will be assigned to a team automatically: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, PQ & the Maritime Region .
    5. The remaining 30 spots will be allocated by national lottery – These Team lottery’s will be a LIVE STREAMED SOCIAL EVENT!
    6. ALL POINTS ARE BASED ON THE AMATEUR EXHIBITOR, AND NOT THE HORSE/RIDER COMBO. If an exhibitor shows multiple horses in a class, (i.e., trail) their highest score will be recorded. All AQHA rules apply.
    7. Teams can earn points at ANY AQHA sanctioned event hosted within Canada from May 1, 2022 to December 31st, 2022.
    8. If an exhibitor is eligible through AQHA to show multiple level classes, only their placing which awards then the most number of points will be counted.
    9. Points will be calculated as follows:
      • 1st– 10 points
      • 2nd– 9 points
      • 3rd– 8 points
      • 4th– 7 points
      • 5th– 6 points
      • 6th– 5 points
      • 7th– 4 points
      • 8th– 3 points
      • 9th– 2 points
      • 10th– 1 point
      • Every AQHA Amateur class you enter at a Canadian AQHA sanctioned event will earn your team one half point (1/2) just for participating (rule VIII will apply). It is hoped that this will be an incentive to try something new!
      • Final team points will be calculated on each team member’s 10 best shows for each individual class they show in if they compete in more than one class.
    10. Teams will be chosen at random, but it will be the committee’s prerogative to ensure that teams are balanced with members from across Canada, and the final teams will be up to the committee’s discretion.
    11. It will be the exhibitor’s responsibility to ensure that all placings posted are correct and to bring any discrepancies to the attention of the committee. If a discrepancy occurs, it will be the show manager’s official report that will be used to determine the correct placings.
    12. Team members can earn additional points for their team by posting
      about their team’s sponsoring stallion on their social media platforms.
      They will earn one (1) point for every five (5) posts they make per platform.
    13. All discrepancies must be brought to the attention of the committee before September 26, 2022. Any issues brought forth after this date will not be addressed.
    14. In the event of a tie, the team winning the greater number of events, then greater number of seconds, etc. will determine the winner.
    15. Get out there, meet new people, and have fun!!!

Q – What if I only show in AQHA amateur walk trot classes, am I still eligible to register for a spot on a team?

A – YES!!! AQHA amateur walk trot classes are eligible! ANY AQHA approved Amateur class, offered in ANY level, at ANY Canadian sanctioned AQHA event happening from May 1st to December 31st is a class that can earn you points for your team!

Q – What if I only show in one event, will I still be an asset to a team if I register?

A – YES!!! If you are an Amateur who specializes in one AQHA event, you are an asset to your team! Your best ten (10) placings in your event will be calculated towards your team’s overall point calculation. Remember that each class you enter however does earn your team a half point even if you do not place (Rule VIII – 8 does apply) so please consider this as an incentive to try something new as well. ALSO, there will be non-horse activities hosted by the Canadian AQHA affiliates and regions throughout the show season. Each of these activities is another opportunity for you to have fun, socialize with your team members and other amateurs, and earn your team points!

Q – There are only a few Canadian AQHA sanctioned events in my area or that I plan to show at in 2022, would my participation be of value to my team?

A – YES!!! Many Canadian AQHA circuits and sanctioned events offer multiple sets of AQHA points, each set of AQHA points (one set of points per AQHA judge/ show) is an actual AQHA show, and only your top 10 placings in your best 10 shows will be calculated. If you only attend a couple of Canadian AQHA events in 2022 it is likely that you will still accumulate 10 shows or close to it. PLUS, there will be non-horse activities hosted by the Canadian AQHA affiliates and regions throughout the show season. Each of these activities is another opportunity for you to have fun, socialize with your team members and other amateurs, and earn your team points! 

Q – I show more than one horse, do I need to declare which horse I am showing in which classes?

A – NO!!! All AQHA rules apply, so if you are eligible to compete on more than one horse in a given class, you may. Only the placing that earns you the most points will be calculated. All points are calculated by class per exhibitor not on a horse/rider combination.

Q – If I register, I see that I will be assigned a team by lottery, can I change teams if I would rather be on my friend’s team or have someone else take my place?

A – NO! Team swapping or substitutions/replacements will NOT be allowed. The whole reason for assigning teams via a lottery is to help you meet new people and connect with other Canadian amateurs. The goal of the tournament is to provide an opportunity for amateurs to have fun and develop and strengthen the Canadian quarter horse community, the competition and awesome awards is just the icing on the cake!

  1. Tous les règlements de l’AQHA s’appliquent.
  2. Tous les amateurs doivent payer les frais d’inscription de 40 $. Si ces frais ne sont pas payés avant le 1er mai, la place de l’exposant sera donnée au prochain exposant sur la liste d’attente.
  3. Les 10 premiers amateurs dans chacune des provinces ou régions suivantes seront automatiquement assignés à une équipe : BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, PQ et la région des Maritimes.
  4. Les 30 places restantes seront attribuées par la loterie nationale – Ces loteries d’équipe seront un ÉVÉNEMENT SOCIAL DIFFUSÉ EN DIRECT !
  5. TOUS LES POINTS SONT BASÉS SUR L’EXPOSANT AMATEUR, ET NON SUR LE COUPLE CHEVAL/CAVALIER. Si un exposant présente plusieurs chevaux dans une classe (par exemple, trail), son score le plus élevé sera enregistré. Toutes les règles de l’AQHA s’appliquent.
  6. Si un exposant est autorisé par l’AQHA à présenter les classes L1 et L2, seul son meilleur score sera enregistré.
  7. Les équipes peuvent gagner des points à TOUT événement sanctionné par l’AQHA organisé au Canada du 1er mai 2022 au 31 decembre 2022.
  8. Si un exposant est éligible par l’intermédiaire de l’AQHA pour présenter plusieurs classes de niveau, seul son classement qui attribue le plus grand nombre de points sera pris en compte.
  9. Les points seront calculés comme suit :
    • 1er- 10 points
    • 2ème – 9 points
    • 3ème – 8 points
    • 4ème- 7 points
    • 5ème – 6 points
    • 6ème- 5 points
    • 7ème – 4 points
    • 8ème- 3 points
    • 9ème – 2 points
    • 10ème- 1 point
    • Chaque classe amateure de l’AQHA que vous inscrivez à un événement canadien sanctionné par l’AQHA rapportera à votre équipe un demi-point (1/2) juste pour sa participation (la règle VIII s’appliquera). On espère que ce sera une incitation à essayer quelque chose de nouveau!

    • Les points finaux de l’équipe seront calculés sur les 10 meilleurs shows de chaque membre de l’équipe pour chaque classe individuelle dans laquelle ils concourent s’ils concourent dans plus d’une classe.

  10. Les équipes seront choisies au hasard, mais le comité aura la prérogative de s’assurer que les équipes sont équilibrées avec des membres de partout au Canada, et les équipes finales seront à la discrétion du comité.
  11. l incombe à l’exposant de s’assurer que tous les classements affichés sont corrects et de porter toute divergence à l’attention du comité. Si une divergence se produit, c’est le rapport officiel du gestionnaire de l’évènement qui sera utilisé pour déterminer le classement correct.
  12. Les membres de l’équipe peuvent gagner des points supplémentaires pour leur équipe en publiant sur l’étalon parrain de leur équipe sur leurs plateformes de médias sociaux. Ils gagneront un (1) point tous les cinq (5) messages qu’ils publient par plateforme.
  13. Toutes les divergences doivent être portées à l’attention du comité avant le 26 septembre 2022. Toute question soulevée après cette date ne sera pas traitée.
  14. En cas d’égalité, l’équipe qui remporte le plus grand nombre d’épreuves, puis le plus grand nombre de secondes, etc. déterminera le gagnant.
  15. Sortez, rencontrez de nouvelles personnes et amusez-vous ! !!

Q – Que se passe-t-il si je ne participe qu’aux classes de trot au pas amateur de l’AQHA, suis-je toujours éligible pour m’inscrire pour une place dans une équipe ?

A- OUI !!! Les cours de trot au pas amateur de l’AQHA sont admissibles! N’IMPORTE QUELLES classes amateurs approuvées par l’AQHA, offert à N’IMPORTE QUEL niveau, à N’IMPORTE QUEL événement canadien sanctionné par l’AQHA qui se déroule du 1er mai au 31 décembre est un cours qui peut vous rapporter des points pour votre équipe !

Q – Que se passe-t-il si je ne participe qu’à un seul événement, serai-je toujours un atout pour une équipe si je m’inscris ?

A- OUI !!! Si vous êtes un amateur spécialisé dans un événement AQHA, vous êtes un atout pour votre équipe! Vos dix (10) meilleurs classements dans votre épreuve seront pris en compte dans le calcul global des points de votre équipe. N’oubliez pas que chaque classe dans laquelle vous participé rapporte cependant à votre équipe un demi-point même si vous ne vous classez pas (la règle VIII – 8 s’applique), veuillez donc considérer cela comme une incitation à essayer quelque chose de nouveau également. AUSSI, il y aura des activités non équestres organisées par les affiliés canadiens de l’AQHA et les régions tout au long de la saison des expositions. Chacune de ces activités est une autre occasion pour vous de vous amuser, de socialiser avec les membres de votre équipe et d’autres amateurs et de gagner vos points d’équipe !

Q – Il n’y a que quelques événements sanctionnés par l’AQHA canadienne dans ma région ou auxquels je prévois de participer en 2022, ma participation serait-elle utile à mon équipe ?

 A- OUI !!! De nombreux circuits canadiens de l’AQHA et événements sanctionnés offrent plusieurs ensembles de points AQHA, chaque ensemble de points AQHA (un ensemble de points par juge/compétition AQHA) est un véritable spectacle AQHA, et seuls vos 10 meilleurs classements dans vos 10 meilleurs spectacles seront calculés. Si vous n’assistez qu’à quelques événements canadiens de l’AQHA en 2022, il est probable que vous accumulerez encore 10 spectacles ou presque. DE PLUS, il y aura des activités non équestres organisées par les affiliés canadiens de l’AQHA et les régions tout au long de la saison des expositions. Chacune de ces activités est une autre occasion pour vous de vous amuser, de socialiser avec les membres de votre équipe et d’autres amateurs et de gagner vos points d’équipe !

Q – Je participe avec plus d’un cheval, dois-je déclarer quel cheval j’expose et dans quelles épreuves ?

A- NON !!! Toutes les règles de l’AQHA s’appliquent, donc si vous êtes admissible à concourir sur plus d’un cheval dans une classe donnée, seul le classement qui vous rapportera le plus de points sera calculé. Tous les points sont calculés par classe par exposant et non sur une combinaison cheval/cavalier.

Q – Si je m’inscris, je vois qu’une équipe me sera attribuée par tirage au sort, puis-je changer d’équipe si je préfère être dans l’équipe de mon ami ou que quelqu’un d’autre prenne ma place ?

A- NON ! L’échange d’équipe ou les substitutions/remplacements ne seront PAS autorisés. La seule raison d’assigner des équipes via une loterie est de vous aider à rencontrer de nouvelles personnes et à vous connecter avec d’autres amateurs canadiens. Le but du tournoi est de fournir une opportunité aux amateurs de s’amuser et de développer et de renforcer la communauté canadienne du quarter horse, la compétition et les superbes récompenses ne sont que la cerise sur le gâteau !

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2022 CQHA Trainer of the Year

Bryn Robertson of Hillerin Farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario

Bryn Robertson lives with his wife Carole on their 150-acre farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario.

Just a teenager when he met Carol, a horse-crazy girl from Islington, Ontario who was riding horses before he was. Bryn learned to ride through Carol and the pair immersed themselves in various events including barrels and pole bending, showing, and winning prizes across the province. They joined many other horse owners and raced in quarter mile dashes for fun on farms north of Toronto including Circle M Ranch, owned by Al Greco.

Hillerin farm was originally purchased by Carole’s parents; they have called it their home for now well over 50 years. The couple raised three children who are still heavily involved with horses as are many of their grandchildren including Cody Sabila CQHA’s 2021 Rising Star award recipient, for many years they raised and owned dozens of top Barrel and Race Horses.

Originally from Wales, Bryn was just 3-years-old when he arrived in Canada with his parents soon after his father fought in World War II.

“There were 1,800 people on a boat coming to Canada,” said Bryn. “The crazy thing is, we went over a mine in the ocean and it blew a hole in the boat and we had to go back to France for it to be patched up. It took two weeks to get to Canada.”

The Robertsons made a permanent move to racing Quarter Horses before the new millennium and raced their first horse under trainer Wayne Proctor at Picov Downs’ J-track in 2000. Bryn watched and studied other trainers and achieved his own license in 2004. Working initially with horses purchased at sales and more recently with horses bred at his farm with Carol, son Mike and daughter-in-law Jaime, Bryn has trained numerous champions and several Horses of the Year.

His stars include the mare Had to Be Fandango, stakes winner of over $145,000 who has gone on to produce 2019 Horse of the Year Had to Be Ivory and one of 2020’s top juveniles Had to Be Relentless.

Bryn’s purchase in 2011 of One Famous Glass at a sale in Oklahoma changed his life as the sorrel gelding became one of Ontario’s top horses for almost a decade. Named 2013 Horse of the Year, One Famous Glass recently retired with 20 wins, including numerous stakes victories and earnings over $294,000.

Bryn’s ability to keep his horses healthy, happy and in top form for most of their career has made him one of the province’s most accomplished conditioners.

Robertson has excelled at every aspect of the industry, from breeding to racing, and making sure that his horses have the right home to start their second careers. He has dedicated his life to horses, not just as trainer but as a horseman as well. Putting the good of the horse ahead of anything else Bryn understands that if the horses are taken care of, then they will take care of you.

Bryn Robertson has had some of the top horses ever to run at Ajax Downs. He has had 3 Horse of the Year winners, multiple champions of all ages, and currently his horses own 2 track records. Mr. Robertson prides himself on breeding the best he can and that all started the day he purchased Hadtobefandango. Who has gone on to produce three extremely productive horses and all three have been recognized as champions by Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc (QROOI). And all three have proudly been born on his Hillerin Farm. Since 2013 he has trained at minimum 6 champions from QROORI. Mr. Robertson also trained and bred 2018 and 2019 AQHA Canadian Champion Had to Be Ivory. In 2019 he has 3 horses nominated for AQHA Canadian Champion, 2 of them he bred and both were from his broodmare Hadtobefandango.

With all the success that Bryn has had he has never forgotten his roots and is always willing to help in his community. Each year at the Erin Fall Fair he takes one of his horses so that he can showcase quarter horse racing to the community. In 2019 he and his wife Carol were honored with induction into the Erin Fall Fair Hall of Fame.

As per Equibase Bryn Roberts is listed as a “Best Racing Class Achieved Multiple Stakes Winning Trainer” with 741 career starts, 154 wins, 117 seconds, and 115 thirds and total lifetime earnings of $1,982,719.00

Written with excerpts from Jennifer Morrison’s The Robertsons: Living the Quarter Horse dream


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2022 CQHA Race Horse Breeder of the Year

Wesley Oulton is an active participant in Alberta’s Quarter Horse racing industry. In 2021 his AQHRA breeder stats were: 54 starts: 7 wins, 7 seconds, 10 thirds for earnings totaling $170,736CND

He was the breeder of the 2021 (25th Anniversary) Canada Quarter Horse Cup (RG3) Futurity winner: Wave Burner, whom is a fourth generation bred horse from his breeding program. Wave Burner’s great grandmother (A Dare You Dash) participated in the futurity’s inaugural running in 1997.

Owner of the stallion First Timber, he is only one of six stallions with progeny earnings of over $1 Million to stand in Western Canada, all accomplished while standing in Alberta. First Timber has been awarded the AQHRA Champion Sire each year since 2014.

Oulton is an AQHA 40 year breeder who bred and owns AQHA’s  2020 Canadian Racing Champion Eyesa Timber, which also helped him win the 2020 AQHA Canadian Hi-Point Breeder award. Wes has also been awarded the AQHRA Champion Breeder in each year consecutively since 2018.

Breeder of two nominees for 2021 AQHA Canadian Racing Champion: O First Sweet Heart and Wave Burner, the extent and acclamation of Wes’ breeding program is seen through Wave Burner. This gelding is a fourth-generation product. His grandmother was bred to one of the first stallions Wes stood in Alberta, El Rey Burner, producing the own daughter Sass N Dass. After a successful racing career, she was bred to First Timber and produced a daughter, First Prize Sass,  Wave Buner’s dam. The Gelding won the the Canada Cup Quarter Horse Futurity in a remarkable time of 20.4 seconds in 6″ of mud on the Century Mile Track.

Wes Oulton has spent years both developing and advancing the sport of Quarter Horse Racing in the Province of Alberta and North America.  He has volunteered countless hours on various boards and committees, including Horse Racing Alberta, Alberta Running Quarter Horse Association, and the AQHA.

First Timber continues to stand in Canada as the highest money earning Canadian Quarter Horse Stallion in Canadian history, proudly owned by Wesley Oulton and standing at Rolling O Ranch.

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2022 CQHA Performance Horse Breeder of the Year

Sandy Land Stables - Barry Foote

Barry Foote established Sandy Land Stables in 1980 with the vision of breeding quality AQHA Quarter Horses using a well bred band of brood mares and importing semen from the top Quarter Horse stallions in the world. Progeny from his breeding program are now showing internationally in both Western and English events. 

It has been proven that it takes great mares to consistently produce world caliber foals. The mares assembled by Sandy Land Stables are of that quality and are now producing third generation fillies who are being added to the band.

A member of AQHA for 40 years contributing to the production of top quality quarter horses and supporting the breed in many ways, through support and sponsorship of local quarter horse shows as well as sponsoring and attending the QHAA hosted Canadian National Quarter Horse Show in Red Deer, AB where many of his horses have had a great deal of success over the years including many National and Reserve National Championships and Futurity Champions. 

Barry has repeatedly supported and hosted 4-H members by offering up his facility for club events as well as giving clinics and lessons to youth and adults. He has always been a large supporter of youth involvement and education with horses.  Giving riding lessons from his facility every winter for many years teaching all levels of youth and adults from people who had never ridden before to those competing at quarter horse shows. Barry thoroughly enjoys helping people achieve their goals and abilities with their horses. 

One of the first mares Barry Foote started his breeding program with was Katies Solo a daughter of Swift Solo. Katie was an appendix quarter horse who Barry showed successfully to get her AQHA papers. 

Foote, being presented the Trophy Buckle for the 2022 CQHA Performance Breeder of the Year on March 26, 2022 by CQHA President, Dr. Gilles Seguin at the AQHA / CQHA Canadian Summit and Awards Banquet in Brandon, MB.

Katie went on to raise many foals who went on to compete with the best in the world. Barry Foote purchased Dynamically Designed when she retired from showing. She had an incredible show career winning multiple Canadian National Championships and Canadian National Superhorse titles under the guidance of Dean Ross. ‘Maggie’ went on to produce many more Canadian National Champions, Reserve Champions, and World Show qualifiers. Barry purchased ‘I’m Poppin Hot’ at the AQHA World Show sale and she has been

one of his top producing mares. She produced a filly “I’m Poppin Good” who has gone on to produce AQHA Champions and significant point earners. 

Barry Foote bred a stallion So Dignified who was by Diversified out of Katie Solo. Jigger sired many babies in the area including a Manitoba Superhorse 50/50 Futurity Champion. Barry Foote also stood working bred stallion Zans Hot Spur and between the two stallions and his mares consigned foals to local futurities including the Manitoba Superhorse 50/50 futurity. 

Barry bred Only Invitational who was purchased and taken overseas to Germany where he has been the number one Quarter Horse stallion in that Quarter Horse market and was the leading halter sire in the World for a time. 

Barry has utilized shipped semen as well as embryo transfer processes to successfully breed his mares over the years. Barry is well respected by everyone involved in the horse world locally and internationally. 

Barry’s current mare band includes daughters of Invitation Only, Machine Made, Too Sleepy to Zip, Zippos Mr Good Bar, RL Best of Sudden, No Doubt I’m Lazy, and VS Code Red. Barry has some of the best top quality bred mares in all of Canada. Barry has plans to breed to LL Cool Bay and Machine Made this spring. 

Barry Foote has shown one of his yearlings in the Gold Rush Futurity lunge line class at the Canadian National Quarter Horse show every year which he has won or taken reserve championships multiple times. Barry has also shown in the states winning lunge line classes there as well including the Emerald Futurity. 

Barry’s breeding program is well respected and he showcases his horses with confidence and people are always excited to see the baby’s he brings out. 

Barry has dedicated his life to producing the best bred Quarter Horses without ever receiving any recognition and there isn’t anyone more deserving of the Performance Horse Breeder of the Year award then Barry Foote. 

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Special Membership Meeting

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is providing it’s membership with official notice of  Special Membership meeting to review and vote on the proposed by-law changes for the Canadian Quarter Horse Association. This meeting will be hosted live and in person, Friday March 25th, 3pm GMT-6 at the Keystone Center in Brandon, Manitoba, with the option for members to join the meeting virtually through the Zoom streaming platform.


The CQHA’s governance committee, under the guidance of committee chair, Dr. Wayne Burwash and with legal consultation from the Ontario firm of Sport Law, has drafted a comprehensive set of by-laws that address the current needs of the association, and will support it as it develops programs and services to support the Canadian Quarter Horse Industry on into the future.

Please take a moment to download the document and review it prior to the meeting. If you have questions or concerns, please submit them in writing to

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First Canadian to Win the AQHA Racing’s Gordon Crone Special Achievement

On the evening of January 12th, 2022 the who’s who of the Quarter Horse Racing industry met in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to celebrate at their annual AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony. For Canada’s Ross Brigden of Medicine Hat, Albert, this would be a night worth the trip to “The Sooner State”.

Brigden was awarded the prestgious American Quarter Horse Association’s Gordon Crone Special Achievement award. The award is given yearly to an outstanding man (it’s female counter part is the Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award) within the American Quarter Horse racing industry to recognize his achievement within in the industry throughout the year. The award is voted on by the AQHA Racing Committee.

An AQHA member since the 1970’s Brigden, is a long-time supporter of Quarter horse racing. An AQHA director-at-large, he was elected to the AQHA Racing Council in May 2021, (this marked his third term serving on the Council) and he has twice been the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association’s president. The retired trainer in his career saddled graded stakes winners Katies Sign and A Special Martini, and trained the earners of nearly $1 million. He has bred the earners of nearly half a million dollars, including stakes winners Snoboat and Princess Of Zoom.


When interviewed just days after being honoured with the award by the Mediciane Hat News, Brigden said it’s an honour to be the first Canadian to receive it. “For a Canadian to win it, that’s pretty good, I’m happy. . .There’s a lot of good people that probably deserved it. . . [The Committee] voted on it, I was fortunate enough to win it and it makes you feel great, no doubt about it.”

To read the full interview please click here.

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AQHA International Invites You to the 2022 AQHA Canadian and European Summits

Re-posted from the AQHA website: Connect with fellow AQHA members and affiliates in your region by attending a membership summit in Manitoba, Canada, or Vienna, Austria.

The AQHA International Department is excited for the upcoming 2022 AQHA Canadian and European Summits. An AQHA International Membership Summit is conducted every other year for each membership region. During the summit, AQHA provides updates on Association business activities that are most impactful for international members, as well as updates regarding international member programs that add value to engagement with AQHA and its affiliates.

Topics of discussion during the summits include, but are not limited to, international department-specific and general AQHA news, task force updates, rule changes, funding structures, educational seminars and any other information that’s pertinent to the region.

In addition to the business summits, AQHA International hosts an educational day on a topic important to the region, such as judge education, show steward education or show management.

Summits are free for current AQHA members or $55 USD for non-members.

2022 AQHA Canadian Summit
AQHA International is pleased to invite our Canadian provincial affiliates and AQHA members to attend the 2022 AQHA Canadian Summit, March 25-27 in Brandon, Manitoba.

This event will take place at the Keystone Centre. Click here to reserve your spot for this event! Please RSVP by February 1, 2022.

AQHA is happy to offer a discounted rate with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Brandon, Manitoba. Click here to reserve your room by February 25, 2022.

Tentative Summit Schedule:

  • March 25 – Evening Reception
    • Join us for the Brandon Wheat Kings vs. Prince Albert Raiders hockey game! Purchase your tickets now for $25 to sit in the American Quarter Horse Viewing Lounge in the Keystone Centre.

  • March 26 – Business Summit Day and Canadian Quarter Horse Association Awards Banquet
  • March 27 – Education Day
    • Topic: Equine Health Management

2022 AQHA European Summit
To our friends, affiliates and members in Europe, we hope you and your families are safe and well during this escalated period of the pandemic. AQHA International is optimistic about hosting an in-person AQHA European Summit in Vienna, Austria, in April 2022, in conjunction with the Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations (FEQHA).

AQHA will continue to monitor international travel restrictions. If travel and limited group meeting restrictions stay in place, AQHA will investigate modifying the 2022 AQHA European Summit to a virtual format. An update will be shared in early 2022 as to whether this event will take place in person or virtually.

Stay tuned to the AQHA International website, social media and newsletters for updates and additional information about the upcoming summits in the European and Canadian membership regions. 

If you have any questions, please contact

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Canadian Results from the 2021 NRHA Futurity

Congratulations to all the Canadians that made their mark on the 2021 NRHA Futurity.

Canada was well represented, in the ring and behind the scenes, CQHA Director Brad Bowie was an official announcer, and AQHA/ NRHA Judge & CQHA Director Lyle Jackson was there as an official.

Canadian owners, breeders, trainers, and non pro riders showed off their talents, taking home some nice size cheques, and all will have memories to talk about on into the future.

Here are the Canadian results from the 2021 National Reining Horse Association’s Futurity:

(L to R) CQHA Directors Brad Bowie & Lyle Jackson

Patrice St-Onge

Congratulations to Patrice St-Onge, Valleyfield, Quebec native, and owner of St-Onge Reining Horses located in Gainesville, Texas; St-Onge and Hostetler Performance Horses, the cosigners of the 2021 NRHA Futurity Prospect Sale High Seller "MMB Voodoo Gun"

The 2019 colt had been in training with St-Onge. He is sired by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Shiners Voodoo Dr, out of Silk Guns.

Breana Carsey and her family, purchase the colt with plans to develop him with trainer, Shawn Flarida.

Jesse Beckley for
Canadian Owner Norma Siebert

Congratulations to Jesse Beckley of Cranbrook, British Columbia and TrashyInYurDreams on winning the Level 2 & 3 Open Championship with a score of 222.5 which placed them fifth in the Level 4 Open.

TrashyInYurDreams is a 2018 sorrel stallion sired by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of This Chicsdundreamin, the team went home with earning of $120,652USD for owner Norma Siebert of Langley British Columbia.

Click the Image to watch the Run!

Jade Whitmarsh Canadian Bred, Family Owned

2021 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship's inaugural Bob’s Custom Saddles Intermediate Non Pro Showdown Championship title went to Cochrane, Alberta's Jade Whitmarsh.

Whitmarsh, rode Canadian bred 2013 Stallion. Sired by NRHA’s $13 Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz, out of Solitary Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x full sister to Hollywoodtinseltown). He is owned and was bred by Marie Whitmarsh.

The pair finished in a three-way tie for the top score with a 210.5 triggering a run-off. As the final horse to go in the run-off Jade and "Cruz" bested their original run by five points, and claimed the Bob’s Custom Saddles Showdown Championship and took home $5,000USD!

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Reyzed On Crush

Congratulations to Canadian Breeder Sandy Corriveau, of Eckville, Alberta. Rayzed On Crush was the the Level 1 Reserve Championship with a score of 214, winning $4,326 for rider Raphael Bourdeau and owner Brian Kelly of Adh-Mor Ranch of Ponoka, Alberta.

Reyzed On Crush is by sired by Canadian stallion PS Mega Shine Chic out of Dual Rey Olena Play.

The pair was also sixth in Level 2 taking home $5,458.24USD for that run.

Open Futurity Finals - Prime Time Open
5 Trashy Guns 424 Duane W Latimer CAN XCS Ranch LLC Gunnatrashya
CR Guns Fancy
72 71½ 71½ 71 71 0 214 848.26
6 Ziggy Rocks 360 Duane W Latimer CAN Roxanne Koepsell Whizkey N Diamonds
Shes Got Good Guns
71½ 70½ 72½ 71 70½ 0 213 698.57
7 Mabnum Shining Gun 272

Patrice St-Onge

Watch the run

CAN St-Onge Reining Horses Inc Colonel Shining Gun
Miss Magnum Pine
64½ 65½ 65 65½ 65 3 198½ 598.77
Open Futurity Finals - Level 1
2 Reyzed On Crush 402 Raphael Bourdeau USA Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
Dual Rey Olena Play
72 71 71 72 71 214 4,326.14
14 PT Seventy Eight 299 Shelby Mitchell  Geri Greenall Platinum Vintage
Payin On Time
68½ 69½ 69½ 69 69 207½ 1,274.90
25 Plum Got Spangled 200 Haley R Franc CAN Story Book Stables Star Spangled Whiz
Plum Reyning
68½ 68 67 67 68 203 766.91
Open Futurity Finals - Limited Open Level 2
1Trashinyurdreams256Jesse Beckley
Watch the run
CANNorma A SiebertGunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
6 Reyzed On Crush 402 Raphael Bourdeau USA Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
Dual Rey Olena Play
72 71 71 72 71 214 5,458.24
20Mizzen Whiz Ya426Jesse BeckleyCANNicole L Driscoll Cathy DriscollGunnatrashya
Mizzen Whizzen
21Wannaflashya278Barbara BouchardCANMartin AudetGunnatrashya
Unquestionably Crome
30Plum Got Spangled200Haley R FrancCANStory Book StablesStar Spangled Whiz
Plum Reyning
32Mabnum Shining Gun272Patrice St-OngeCANSt-Onge Reining Horses IncColonel Shining Gun
Miss Magnum Pine
Open Futurity Finals - Level 3 Intermediate Open
1 Trashinyurdreams 256 Jesse Beckley CAN Norma A Siebert Gunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
74 74 74½ 73½ 75½ 222½ 32,236.02


Open Futurity Finals - Level 4 Open
4 Trashinyurdreams 256 Jesse Beckley CAN Norma A Siebert Gunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
74 74 74½ 73½ 75½ 222½ 73,409.13
22 Trashy Guns 424 Duane W Latimer CAN XCS Ranch LLC Gunnatrashya
CR Guns Fancy
72 71½ 71½ 71 71 214 10,810.74
25 Ziggy Rocks 360 Duane W Latimer CAN Roxanne Koepsell Whizkey N Diamonds
Shes Got Good Guns
71½ 70½ 72½ 71 70½ 213 10,208.87
26 All Guns On Crush 159 Dany Tremblay CAN Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
All Guns On Deck
72 71½ 70 69½ 70½ 212 9,906.29
Bob Custom Saddles NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Showdown
1 North Sail Solitaire 1065

Jade Marie Whitmarsh

watch the run

CAN Marie H Whitmarsh Topsail Whiz
Solitary Gunner
68½ (72½) 70½ (72) 70½ (72) 71 (71) 69½ (71½) 210½ (215½) 5,000.00
7 Lil Gunin Whiz 1064 Brooke Leneatha Whitmarsh CAN Marie H Whitmarsh Lil Gun
68 68 68½ 69 69 205½
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 4
22 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille


CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 4,167.69
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 3
13 Its All Gun 733 Andre De Bellefeuille CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 3,244.63
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 2
9 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille

watch the run

CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 2,987.40
27 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
69 67½ 66½ 69 68½ 205 851.14
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Prime Time
9 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille

Watch the Run

CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 3 213½ 449.99
16 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
69 67½ 66½ 69 68½ 3 208 225.27
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 1
14 Sudberryz Custom Sno 757 Kash Lang CAN Kash Lang Electric Snow
Cactus Berry
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 3
6 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 4
18 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
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2021 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund Scholarship Recipients Announced

November 16, 2021 — Calgary, AB — The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2021 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June.

$2,000 Leadership Award to Melissa Gablehaus 

Melissa is in her fourth and final year in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Calgary. She is very passionate about equine medicine and the equine industry. Melissa grew up being a very active member in 4-H, where she was the club and district president, as well as spending a significant amount of time volunteering, planning community events, and mentoring younger members. Melissa did her undergraduate studies at Mount Royal University in the Bachelor of Science program. Throughout veterinary school, she was the secretary of the UCVM Equine Club and the president of the UCVM Pathology Club, as well as the animal interaction representative. Outside of school, Melissa volunteered for several years with VetPD, which is a program that provides continuing education for veterinarians. This opportunity allowed Melissa to participate in a variety of topics within equine medicine and surgery and to take part in the hands-on portions of these conferences. Melissa also volunteered with Aggie Days and the Giddy Up program through the Calgary Stampede.

Outside of her academic commitments, Melissa enjoys riding and competing on her American Quarter Horse, Docs Stitch N Velvet. When she is not in school or spending time with Stitch, she spends the remainder of her time on her fiancé’s dairy farm. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she plans on working in a mixed animal clinic, with a special interest in equine medicine.

$2,000 Leadership Award to Melissa Gablehaus
$1,000 Encouragement Award to Jocelyn Leclaire

Jocelyn is a third-generation Clydesdale enthusiast and breeder from the Didsbury, Alberta. She grew up on her family’s “funny” farm northwest of town, where we owned cows, sheep, goats, a llama but best of all, horses. My two sisters and I were all expected to know the importance of all things horse from a very young age. My family foals approximately 10 Clydesdale mares a year, attends exhibitions and  preps the show string, all of which we were expected to and happy to help with. Horses have taught me the most important lessons I have ever learned, determination, compassion, respect, friendship, and trust, to name a few. The importance of horses in my life is immeasurable. I cannot imagine a career where I did not enjoy their presence, hence why I am pursuing veterinary medicine. After beginning my practice, I would like to specialize in equine reproduction. I am genuinely grateful for the Shannon Burwash Memorial award’s contribution to my education, as it is one step closer to pursuing my childhood dream.’

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Holly Frijters

Holly  will be attending the University of Alberta in the Fall of 2021 to start her undergraduate program of Bachelor of Science in Animal Health, with a Major in Companion and Performance Animals. Holly’s goal is to further study veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary or potentially abroad and eventually become an equine vet working with high performance horses. Ever since Holly was a young girl, horses have been her passion. She competitively show jumped for nearly thirteen years. Through her many years of working with these animals, Holly developed a strong appreciation for horses and the high standard of care they deserve. With her education, Holly wants to further her knowledge and give back to the animals and community that greatly influenced her life and career aspirations. Holly’s passion for horse and animal care is evident in her work experience. Holly’s work as a stable hand included caring for over 30 horses and meeting their individual daily needs. Holly also assisted in the training of young horses and developing their personal skills. Most recently Holly worked as a technician assistant at the Southern Alberta Veterinary Emergency (SAVE) hospital where she got to firsthand experience veterinarians doing their amazing work. All of these experiences have help to solidify Holly’s dream of becoming a vet herself.

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Holly Frijters

Since 2016, there have been two different categories of scholarship awards:  

  • The Leadership Award is for students advancing past their second year of studies ($2,000 award).
  • The Encouragement Award is for first- or second-year students (2 X $1,000 awards).

“Again this year, we were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants,” said Dr. Wayne Burwash. “This is the seventh year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon’s passing in 2013, and we have now awarded $27,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to all the recipients and best wishes for rewarding careers involving the horse.” 

Shannon Burwash with "Oprah" (Lopin Foran Invite) Credit: Holy Nicole Photography

Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. These scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post-secondary education and becoming involved in the horse industry in their future. 

Help CQHA expand scholarship support with a donation to the Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund for Equine and Agricultural Studies

Our overall goal was to raise $125,000 so the fund can keep generating annual awards to deserving students into the future. Dr. Burwash is most appreciative of all the generous donors who have enabled us to reach this important milestone.  As of 2019, the fund reached its target goal of $125,000, but welcomes further donations so that it may increase the number of scholarships awarded annually.

To Donate:   

  • Online:  Visit choose “Donate” at the top, right hand side of webpage, then click on the link for “Donate to an Existing Fund”, and then search the drop-down menu for “Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund for Equine for Equine and Agricultural Studies” (listed alphabetically). VISA and MasterCard are accepted.
  • By Phone:  To pay by credit card over the phone, call 403-802-7700 during office hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please do NOT leave your credit card number on voicemail.
  • In Person: The Calgary Foundation, Kananoff Centre, #1180,105 12th Ave., SE, Calgary during office hours.
  • By Mail: Make cheques payable to The Calgary Foundation, indicating “Shannon Burwash Memorial Award” in the memo section.  Mail to:The Calgary Foundation, 1180 – 105 12 Avenue SE., Calgary, AB T2G 1A1
  • Tax receipts for Donations: A Canadian tax receipt will be issued for donations over $25.


For more information, contact Ms.Jesica Zutz  Awards Program Advisor, The Calgary Foundation at T: 403-802-7711 or E: jzutz@calgaryfoundation.or