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PostSubject: Arabian Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada   Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:58 am

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Telus Battle of the Breeds

In the TELUS Battle of the Breeds, different breeds of horses are judged based on their abilities to perform unusual obstacle challenges in the Meadows on the Green Ring. The events include Compulsory Skills, Jeopardy Jumping, Barrel Racing, Trail Riding, and Precision Driving. Eleven breeds are represented by four horse/rider combinations. Two team members must compete in each event. The team with the most cumulative points is named breed champions. It has been Team Appaloosa that has claimed supremacy over the rest, for the past two years and will look to complete a natural hat trick.

This year’s entries include the reigning champion Appaloosa team, and teams Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, Saddlebred, Warmblood, Standardbred, Morgan, Arabian, Paint Trakehner, Connemara, Canadian Horse, Welsh Cob and the long-earned Mule. The only event of its kind in North America, the TELUS Battle of the Breeds guarantees a packed audience. (65,000 plus on each day of the event and televised to 134 countries) oman]For the 15th year in a row, horse and mule owners from across the province will be fighting it out to prove their breed is tops when it comes to versatility.
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Telus "Battle of the Breeds" Champions



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[ 1991 Team Arabian


1992 Team Arabian


1993 Team Arabian

1994 Team Thoroughbred

1995 Team Arabian

1996 Team Canadian Sport Horse

1997 Team Thoroughbred

1998 Team Appaloosa

1999 Team Appaloosa

2000 Team Morgan

2001 Team Morgan

2002 Team Appaloosa

2003 Team Appaloosa

2004 Team Paint

2005 Team Welsh Cob and Pony

2006 Team Connemara

2007 Team Pony

2008 Team Mule

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The TELUS Battle of the Breeds is a team competition. Each breed that enters fields a team of four horse and rider/driver combinations. There are five components which cross a broad range of disciplines: Compulsory Skills, Prescision Driving, Barrel Racing, a Trail Competition, and Jeopardy Jumping. Each team has two horse/rider combinations competing in each component. The team members' scores are added together and they share a placing.[/color]





Compulsory Skills test each horse's responses to basic aids, similar to a dressage test. Each competitor has the choice of riding or driving the test. This is the only competition in the Battle of the Breeds which is judged. The other components are won by collecting the most points in the fastest time, to keep the Battle as fair as possible.









Precision Driving

The Precision Driving course consists of a series of cones and obstacles, similar to a cones course at a combined driving competition. The course is timed and drivers try to go as fast as they can! The horse and driver combination must negotiate the obstacles and keep their track between the pairs of cones. Each cone has a golf ball placed on top of it - if the horse or the cart's wheels knock the golf ball off of the cone, time penalties are added to the score. Fun obstacles are also used, such as a water obstacle and a cone which the driver must knock the ball off with their whip.[/color]





Barrel Racing

Instead of being set up in the familiar three-barrel pattern, the barrel race uses four barrels and is run in a cloverleaf pattern. This is to level the playing field, so to speak, between horses and breeds that would normally do barrel racing, and those that would not. After everyone has run once, the top six teams run again for prizes.









Trail Competition

The Trail Competition at Spruce Meadows is like no other!! Competitors have 90 seconds to complete as many obstacles as they can. Each obstacle is worth points - the more difficult the obstacle, the more points awarded for its completion. After 90 seconds are up, competitors can choose whether or not to do the bonus obstacle. In the past, the bonus obstacle has been a large blue ball that must be pushed between jump standards; in 2006 the bonus was a smaller ball that had to be hit through with a polo mallet. Competitors who are successful get an additional 100 points added to their score; however, if they haven't completed the obstacle when the buzzer sounds, 100 points are subtracted from their score.









Jeopardy Jumping is set up similar to the trail course, but with jumps instead of trail obstacles. Each jump is worth so many points, depending on its degree of difficulty. Competitors are not given a course to follow - instead, they must make one up that allows them to accumulate the most points in a given time limit. Horses that have refused three times are not allowed to accumulate any more points and are excused from the ring. At the end of the time limit, they can choose whether or not to do the bonus obstacle, a large, solid, purple Telus jump. If they are successful, 100 points are added to their score. If not, the 100 points are subtracted from their score





The exposure for Arabian breed is huge. There are also demonstrations of the breeds being shown to the general public. I have had the pleasure and enjoyment of showing my Arabian horses at this event. If you want a place to check out then you should come and see it for yourself. While this event is taking place there are show jumpers from around the world riding their horses. The prize money is past the one million mark. The shopping includes 200 different booths full of merchandise. There are deals to be had. You can sit and enjoy different music from around the world and even enjoy an international meal. I love Spruce Meadows and I hope you will too.

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PostSubject: Re: Arabian Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada   Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:45 pm

I see people are checking this out. However, I don't know what you think about this "Battle of the Breeds". I would like to hear some of your thoughts and imput about the breed promotion. Are any of you going to come out in September to watch this event? Or better yet do demos, or try out for the team?
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PostSubject: Re: Arabian Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada   Sat May 09, 2009 3:38 pm

I think it's pretty cool. I would like to see more of this. It would let people see that Arabs aren't crazy goofballs like so many people think.

If it was in the Northwest, I think it would be fun, but it's way too far away for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Arabian Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada   Sun May 10, 2009 10:22 pm

Just to tell you. You can watch the event on CBC, TV live. Live from Spruce Meadows. Look for it in September of 2009.
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PostSubject: Re: Arabian Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada   Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:58 am

The arabian team ended up in 8th place. Due, to a change in the team and a youngster having to fill in for another horse. The team that one (paint)has been the same team for 5 years. We hope to bring up a solid team for 2010.
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PostSubject: Re: Arabian Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada   Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:54 am

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