Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend

Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend

September 17, 2009 19:50 ET

Canada's Best Equestrian Athletes Compete in Ottawa

A New Generation Joins Canada's Champions at the Equestrian All-Star Grand Prix!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - Top world ranked Canadian equestrian athletes will compete in the Equestrian All-Star Grand Prix, part of the Agri-Sport All Star Weekend taking place at Scotiabank Place, Oct 2 & 3. Among the world-class champions competing are Olympians Jay Hayes, Beth Underhill, John Anderson, and 2008 Silver Medal winning Olympic Team members Mac Cone and Jonathan Asselin.The man to beat is local hero Ian Millar of Perth, Ontario who will also be competing. Millar was a member of the 2008 Olympic team and has participated in more Olympic Games than any Canadian athlete in any sport.

Hot on his heels will be a new generation of riders including his own family, Amy and Jonathan Millar. Other up-and-coming young talents vying for the top spot include David Arcand and Paul Halpern from Quebec, Tamie Phillips of Alberta, Gary Brewster from British Columbia and Keean White and Yann Candele from Ontario. In addition to the Millars from Perth, other local favourites set to compete include Kanata's Karen Sparkes (daughter of local hi-tech mogul Terry Mathews) and Lauren Hunkin of Kemptville.

Premiering in Ottawa this fall, the Equestrian All-Star Grand Prix is set to raise the bar on family entertainment. Get ready to cheer local riders and favourites in this high-action sport as the horses soar over six-foot obstacles to beat the clock and cross the finish line with all jumps standing. This premier showcase of Canada's elite high-performance equestrian athletes and gold medal sport entertainment takes place Saturday, October 3rd.

All Star Grand Prix Invitation List of Confirmed Riders

David Arcand, QC

Jonathan Asselin, AB

John Anderson, AB www.rockymountainshowjumping.com

Gary Brewster, BC www.garybrewster.com

Yann Candele, ON http://www.lothlorienfarm.com/

Mac Cone, ON

Karen Cudmore, Nebraska USA http://www.glencarry.com/heartland/index.html

Paul Halpern, QC www.stable54.com

Jay Hayes, ON www.hayesco.ca

Lauren Hunkin, ON www.synergyfarmsinc.com

Amy Millar, ON www.millarbrookefarm.com

Jonathon Millar, ON www.millarbrookefarm.com

Ian Millar, ON http://www.millarbrookefarm.com/

Tamie Phillips, AB

Mark Samuel, ON

Karen Sparks, ON

Beth Underhill, ON www.bethunderhill.com

Keean White, ON www.angelstonefarms.com/about.php

Angela Covert - Lawrence, QC - /www.eastoodequine.com/index.htm

Ticket Information:

Oct. 3, 11 a.m. Kubota Canada Show Jumping Challenge

Tickets: $26.25 (includes access to 2 p.m. SuperDogs show)

Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Grand Prix Event

Tickets: $68.25 and $47.25

VIP Gold Circle Pass $295 includes Exclusive Backstage Pass and Party

Individual and multi-event packages for the Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend (all events: $141.75 and $105 or Saturday only: $78.75 and $57.75) are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Rideau Centre and Place d'Orleans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location and at the Scotiabank Place box office.

Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend, produced by Grand Prix Productions brings together two major sport events in the agri-sports industry - Professional Bull Riding (PBR) and Equestrian Grand Prix Show Jumping indoors to Scotiabank Place. Canada's best athletes including Olympic champions will compete in an action-packed, two day family sports entertainment event Oct. 2- 3. Also included is a special matinee performance of the popular President Choice Superdogs. Proceeds from event VIP packages and other fundraising initiatives will benefit local charities, including the Canadian Cancer Society the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and the RCMP Foundation.

Grand Prix Productions is a premiere promoter and producer of Equestrian Events in Canada. Founded by Sandra Fraser, creator/producer of the highly successful Kubota Cup Canadian show jumping series, an eight-city Canadian Tour that ran for four years and received significant attention and accolades. In bringing PBR Canada, SuperDogs and Equestrian Grand Prix Show Jumping to a shared audience of Agri-Sports enthusiasts and the general public, Grand Prix Productions aims to enhance and showcase Grand Prix show jumping competitions, along with the promotion of the Olympic sport and its athletes to a broader audience base.

Contact Information

  • Knock on Wood Communications + Events
    Crystal Parsons
    613-236-8453 ext 502
    Crystal@kowpr.com