Equestrian

A young rider guides a horse at tbird, rated as the best facility for developing new talent in Canada by Dayton Gorsline, Jumping Youth Development Program Advisor for the Equestrian Canada (EC) Jumping Talent ID Program. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Langley Thunderbird Show Park rated best in Canada for encouraging young talent

‘I don’t know if everyone out there appreciates how good it is’

 

Kim McDougall works as steward for Equestrian Canada. She has been hired by Thunderbird Canada to ensure safety of animals and spectators at the Summer Fort Series. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Langley woman serves as steward at tbird’s top events

Retired flight attendant now works with high fliers of a different sort

 

Thunderbird Show Park is returning with its three-week Summer Fort Series. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

$100,000 on table in Langley for ATCO Cup Sunday

Equestrians coming from North America and Europe

Thunderbird Show Park is returning with its three-week Summer Fort Series. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Langley’s Kyle King won the $100,000 CSI3* ONNI Grand Prix 1.50m at Thunderbird Show Park on Sunday, Aug. 14. (tbird/Quinn Saunders)

VIDEO: Langley’s Kyle King wins $100,000 ONNI Grand Prix at tbird

‘I pulled on the reins a little later’

  • Aug 15, 2022
Langley’s Kyle King won the $100,000 CSI3* ONNI Grand Prix 1.50m at Thunderbird Show Park on Sunday, Aug. 14. (tbird/Quinn Saunders)
Langley City rider Gillian Fraser and FF Christiana won the ‘Ranch Rail’ open and amateur events at the Region 17 Arabian Horse Association competition at Thunderbird Show Park on Sunday, July 24. Close to 200 competitors fro0m B.C., Alberta and the U.S. took part in the first post-COVID regional competition for North America’s largest Arabian horse association. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Arabian horses and riders vie for awards at Langley event

Regional competition attracts close to 200 competitors from B.C., Alberta, and the U.S.

Langley City rider Gillian Fraser and FF Christiana won the ‘Ranch Rail’ open and amateur events at the Region 17 Arabian Horse Association competition at Thunderbird Show Park on Sunday, July 24. Close to 200 competitors fro0m B.C., Alberta and the U.S. took part in the first post-COVID regional competition for North America’s largest Arabian horse association. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Langley’s Kyle King and Dustin 254 won the $20,000 Grand Prix 1.40m Sunday afternoon (July 3) at Thunderbird Show Park. (tbird/Quinn Saunders)
Langley’s Kyle King and Dustin 254 won the $20,000 Grand Prix 1.40m Sunday afternoon (July 3) at Thunderbird Show Park. (tbird/Quinn Saunders)
Aldergrove-based riders (from left) Maklaine Rogers, Elle Settle, (with Zeus), Claire Settle, Katie Foss have been chosen to represent the Zone 3 Equestrian team in Equestrian Vaulting at the 2022 Games in Prince George July 21-24. (Gina Settle/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove-based riders (from left) Maklaine Rogers, Elle Settle, (with Zeus), Claire Settle, Katie Foss have been chosen to represent the Zone 3 Equestrian team in Equestrian Vaulting at the 2022 Games in Prince George July 21-24. (Gina Settle/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Thunderbird Show Park CEO Jane Tidball congratulates Kassidy Keith on taking the MarBill Hill U25 League 1.40m riding Havana. (tbird/Quinn Saunders)

Aldergrove’s Kassidy Keith wins at tbird

Rode Havana to victory in MarBill Hill U25 League 1.40m

  • Jul 4, 2022
Thunderbird Show Park CEO Jane Tidball congratulates Kassidy Keith on taking the MarBill Hill U25 League 1.40m riding Havana. (tbird/Quinn Saunders)
Langley’s Tiffany Foster is the number-one ranked woman rider in the world, according to the Longines FEI Jumping Rankings for May. (Langley Advance Times file)

Langley’s Tiffany Foster ranked number one in the world

Longines FEI Jumping Rankings released for May

Langley’s Tiffany Foster is the number-one ranked woman rider in the world, according to the Longines FEI Jumping Rankings for May. (Langley Advance Times file)
The annual Milner Hunt is one of the more popular events for local riders, hosted by Milner Downs. Aldergrove-based Horse Council of B.C. is happy to support this and many other events and initiatives across the province. (Special to Black Press Media)

Still advocating for horse and rider

Decades later, the Aldergrove-based Horse Council of B.C. continues the work of its founders

  • Jun 19, 2022
The annual Milner Hunt is one of the more popular events for local riders, hosted by Milner Downs. Aldergrove-based Horse Council of B.C. is happy to support this and many other events and initiatives across the province. (Special to Black Press Media)
Ireland’s Andrew Bourns and Seatop Blue were the winners of the 2022 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Canada at Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park on Sunday, June 5. (Photo by tbird/Quinn Saunders/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Ireland wins Nations Cup of Canada at Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park

Canada’s fourth-place finish clinches spot at Nations Cup finals in Spain

Ireland’s Andrew Bourns and Seatop Blue were the winners of the 2022 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Canada at Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park on Sunday, June 5. (Photo by tbird/Quinn Saunders/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Team Mexico won the Junior Nations Cup at Thunderbird Show Park with Langley’s Mark Laskin as the newly appointed Mexican Chef d’Equipe. (Photo by tbird, Quinn Saunders/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley’s Mark Laskin returns to show jumping with Team Mexico

Top international competition continued at Thunderbird Show Park

Team Mexico won the Junior Nations Cup at Thunderbird Show Park with Langley’s Mark Laskin as the newly appointed Mexican Chef d’Equipe. (Photo by tbird, Quinn Saunders/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Over the two weeks of the Odlum Brown BC Open, which culminates with the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup, the team at tbird is hosting upwards of 1,100 horses. (Ronda Payne/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Technology updates at tbird simplifies rider experience

COVID pushed Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park to incorporate new, beneficial tools

  • Jun 4, 2022
Over the two weeks of the Odlum Brown BC Open, which culminates with the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup, the team at tbird is hosting upwards of 1,100 horses. (Ronda Payne/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Township Mayor Jack Froese extends a welcome to all riders, support crew, and spectators attending the world-class equestrian competition – the Nations Cup – happening Sunday, June 5 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)

MAYOR’S LETTER: Welcoming the world to discover Langley

Jack Froese greets show jumpers and fans from around the globe coming for the Nations Cup at tbird

  • Jun 4, 2022
Township Mayor Jack Froese extends a welcome to all riders, support crew, and spectators attending the world-class equestrian competition – the Nations Cup – happening Sunday, June 5 at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)
Rails on jumps can be knocked off, so the horses and riders aren’t injured if they don’t clear a jump. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

No expertise required to enjoy show jumping

Langley equestrian centre offers some of the basic terms related to the sport

Rails on jumps can be knocked off, so the horses and riders aren’t injured if they don’t clear a jump. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Multiple family-friendly activities, including pony rides and facepainting, are incorporated into the 2022 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup. And the existing playground and the returning food trucks are also family favourites at tbird’s many horse events throughout the spring and summer months. (Langley Advance Times files)

Longines FEI Nations Cup is fun for the family

Jumping competition at Langley show park also features live music, beer garden, pony rides, and more

Multiple family-friendly activities, including pony rides and facepainting, are incorporated into the 2022 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup. And the existing playground and the returning food trucks are also family favourites at tbird’s many horse events throughout the spring and summer months. (Langley Advance Times files)
Much goes on behind the scenes to make sure it is an unforgettable experience for all involved. (Langley Advance Times files)

Nations Cup: Behind the scenes of Langley’s big equestrian event

Respecting everyone’s space, time key to positive experience – say organizers

  • Jun 3, 2022
Much goes on behind the scenes to make sure it is an unforgettable experience for all involved. (Langley Advance Times files)
Much work goes into preparing the tbird for a two-week event of this magnitude, culminating in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup on June 5. (Ronda Payne/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s premiere equestrian centre ready to entertain, delight

What’s new: More seating, prizes, horses – it’s more of everything as tbird opens to the public again

  • Jun 2, 2022
Much work goes into preparing the tbird for a two-week event of this magnitude, culminating in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup on June 5. (Ronda Payne/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Ireland’s Daniel Coyle and his mount, Farrel, won the World Cup at tbird, the last big in-person event at the local show park in August 2019. Their strong showing demonstrated the importance of the horse-and-rider team. (MOI Photography,tbird/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Nations Cup: Making of a great equestrian rider

Together horse and rider make a powerful jumping team, and rider must bring A-game to elite contests

  • Jun 1, 2022
Ireland’s Daniel Coyle and his mount, Farrel, won the World Cup at tbird, the last big in-person event at the local show park in August 2019. Their strong showing demonstrated the importance of the horse-and-rider team. (MOI Photography,tbird/Special to Langley Advance Times)