VandenBrink bred horse wins Indoor eventing at Royal Winter Fair

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Waylon Roberts riding West River, the 2008 mare by Westporte out of Rivalia by Graf Royal won both rounds of the Horsewear Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal Agricultural Winter fair.  The speedy combination won with a 16.4 second lead over the two rounds.  West River is 3rd generation of our breeding program.

Photo and video credit Tracy Hanes

The following is the video of their Second Round

West River is owned by Skye Levely and also has significant successes with Skye’s daughter Caileigh including a 6th placed finish at the Jaguar Bromont CCI* making her the highest placing Junior and Canadian rider.

VandenBrink fillies perform well at the CWHBA Open Breed show.

We took the girls (2015 fillies) out to the CWHBA Open Breed show to be shown in the CWHBA Foal Futurity as well as the Open Foal class.   It was great to be able to show in front of different judges at the same venue.  Sirique came in 2nd place and Bonfilia in 3rd place in the Foal Futurity in front of the judging panel of Christian Poschung, Andrew Dalnoki and Jill Stephen.   Sirique had a blast flying around the very large ring at a canter and gallop but didn’t show much trot which hurt her scores.  Under judge Lorraine McDonald in the Open foal class she tied for 2nd, and was declared Reserve Junior Champion.

We’ve decided to retain both these fillies at this point in time as potential broodmare prospects for our own herd.  Sirique is by Sir Gregory out of Unique by Gribaldi.  Her mother is an exceptional individual and very good producer.  Bonfilia is by the late Bon Balou, out of our mare Rivalia, a powerhouse mare who produces good movement as well as a powerful athletic jump.

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SOLD – Riversong

tomasoldRiversong is now SOLD, congratulations Rebecca from Ohio.  Riversong, is a 2014 filly, by Sir Gregory, out of Riverdale by Kadans.   She is out of a family of very good dressage horses, and was awarded overall grand champion at the CWHBA Open Breed show in 2014, after winning the foal futurity, the open foal class, and junior champion.DSC_0491 copy (2) toma

SOLD – Bon Vivant


Bon Vivant is now sold. Congratulations to Joanne from St. Lazare Quebec. Fortunately I don’t have to say goodbye anytime soon. He’s staying with us until his two year old year to grow up in our young horse development program. We are now offering boarding service for foals born at our farm.

Bon Vivant and Special Edition receive excellent scores and comments at their foal inspection.

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Had a great time at the Clinic and Inspection at Elite Equine in Fenwick. It was a long and very hot day, but nice to have 2 of the babies inspected. We’ll be going to the Orangeville inspection with the other two. The boys scored well with very positive comments from the inspectors. Bon Vivant (Bon Balou/Viva Voltaire/Maraton) (chestnut) showed off his athleticism by leaping through the air, and cantering and walking very well, but unfortunately didn’t show much trot. He really didn’t want to follow mom and decided to take the ring time being an adorable goofball. He received an overall score of 7.75 including a 9 for General Impression and Development and 8s for Conformation and Breed and Sex Type.  Special Edition (Special D/Redwine/Gribaldi)(bay) stuck with mom like he was supposed to which makes it much easier to show the gaits.  He ended up with an amazing score of 9.  His mom is back in foal to the same stallion.  Both foals are for sale. 

VandenBrink Stallion Wins Lieutenant Governor’s Cup Qualifier

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His Querido (aka Hans) wins the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup Qualifier on August 30th at RCRA.  He placed 2nd in the Governor General’s Cup Qualifier.  These are qualifying classes for the Royal Winter Fair for 3 year old Canadian Bred Sport Horses judged on Conformation and Movement.  The LG cup is shown under saddle and then lined up with saddles removed to assess conformation.  For the GG Cup the horse is presented in hand.  The Judge was Peter Grey.  His Querido is by His Highness out of Querida by Quattro B.  We’re going to the Royal!!

Introducing our 2015 foal crop

SpecialDAngie Colt by Special D out of Premium, and National Champion Mare Restique (Redwine/Gribaldi) (photo Karen Tremblay)

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Rivalia Filly Filly by Bon Balou out of Premium mare Rivalia (Graf Royal/Kadans) (photo Julie Tremblay)

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VandenBrink Warmbloods breeds FEI level Eventer

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I knew the first time I free jumped West River she loved it and was a natural talent:) I love this picture. This is West River during her cross country at the Jaguar Bromont CCI* last weekend. Her rider/owner Caileigh Levely-Connolly rode her to a 6th place finish in a very large class. She was highest place Canadian and also won the highest place young rider award. West River is 3rd generation of our breeding program. Congratulations to Caileigh and all the connections, and thank you for believing in this talented mare and developing her to her potential. (photo credit Skye Levely). (link to her show jump round)