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2014 Breed Sport Canada Horse of the Year Awards

2014 Arabian Horse of the Year - Sur Teddy’s Magna +++//

Equine Canada has named Sur Teddy’s Magna +++//, more affectionately known as Teddy, the 2014 Arabian Horse of the Year. Owned and ridden by Lorraine Prowse, the 18-year-old gelding has proven himself a fierce competitor, winning more National titles than any other horse in North America. Teddy and Prowse have been competing together for more than 15 years after first partnering when Teddy was three and Prowse was just 15.

They won their first National title in 2005 and have gone on to earn 87 more, including 23 National Championships and 18 Reserve National Championships, competing in Sport Horse Under Saddle, Working Hunter, Hunter Hack, Training Level Dressage and First Level Dressage on the Arabian circuit.

While most people know for his impressive accomplishments in the show ring, it is his heart that truly makes him special. Prowse describes him as a “once-in-a-lifetime horse” who “gives everything he’s got to please.”

2014 Arabian Horse of the Year - Sur Teddys Magna - Lorraine Prowse
2014 Recipient: Sur Teddy's Magna +++//

2014 Half Arabian Horse of the Year - Sweet and Saucy

Equine Canada has named Wanda Leubner’s Sweet and Saucy as the 2014 Half Arabian Horse of the Year. The 19-year-old mare has won four National Championships and 20 Regional Championships in her lifetime, including the 2014 Canadian National Champion Ladies Sidesaddle. Leubner and Sweet and Saucy also compete in Show Hack, Country English Pleasure and Country Pleasure Driving.

Leubner fondly describes her partner as a “horse of a lifetime” and says she has been “blessed” to own and show this incredibly gifted horse.

2014 Half Arabian Horse of the Year - Sweet and Saucy - Wanda Leubner

2014 Recipient: Sweet and Saucy

2014 Morgan Horse of the Year - HSH Smooth Operator

Equine Canada has named HSH Smooth Operator as the 2014 Morgan Horse of the Year. Also known as Phenton, this talented nine-year-old gelding has made a name for himself as a top competitor on the Trillium Hunter Jumper Association circuit in Ontario.

With owner and rider Emily Gaynor in the irons, Phenton was victorious in the 1.0m Junior/Amateur Mini Prix and finished second in the 1.0m Junior/Amateur Jumper division at the 2014 Trillium Championship. Gaynor says Phenton has made her “dreams come true.

2014 Morgan Horse of the Year - HSH Smooth Operator - Emily Gaynor 

2014 Recipient: HSH Smooth Operator

2014 Welsh Pony of the Year - Barkway Topaz

Equine Canada has named the 2001 Section B mare Barkway Topaz as the 2014 Welsh Pony of the Year. Bred by CJ Smalley, she was imported from the United Kingdom by Kirsten Brunner of Beaverwood Farm in Hillsburgh, Ont. at six months of age.

An excellent broodmare, Topaz has also garnered attention as a top show horse. Getting her start in the short stirrup division, she then competed in medium hunters before turning to the pony jumpers with Brunner’s young daughter, Kilby Brunner DeForest. Qualifying for the prestigious Royal Winter Fair their first season out in 2013, the pair returned to compete at the Royal in 2014, with Brunner DeForest being the youngest competitor in the ring at just 10 years old.

No one-trick pony, Topaz also competes and wins in combined and pleasure driving events with Brunner at the reins. Her athleticism, versatility and amazing temperament make this little mare an outstanding example of what the Welsh breed is all about.


 2014 Welsh Pony of the Year - Barkway Topaz - Kirsten Brunner 

2014 Recipient: Barkway Topaz

Award Criteria:
  • Horses must be Canadian owned and registered to accumulate points
  • Owners and Riders must be Equine Canada Sport Licence holders in good standing
  • Horses must be entered in their National Breed Association awards program where applicable
  • Points will be accumulated according to National Breed Association point tables
  • Only the top five USEF/EC sanctioned events to be counted, with a minimum requirement of two Equine Canada sanctioned events
  • Horses must have won at least one championship within the top five shows
  • Each breed representative on the Breed Sport Canada Committee will submit the name of their award winner to the Committee and Wendy Gayfer at Equine Canada by December 31st.