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JUMP CANADA FINALIZES THE NEW COMPETITIONS POLICY- May 9, 2011

Open Letter from the Chair of Jump Canada:

In March of 2010, Jump Canada established a Task Force to review its current competition policy, to update it for future years, and to address the continuing need to stay current with the existing status of the sport in Canada.

The Task Force was charged with examining all aspects of the current Jump Canada Competitions Policy (JC CP) and recommending any changes to the current policy that would better serve our sport.  The Task Force was chaired by Bob Henselwood.

Subsequently, the Jump Canada Board held a productive open house at the Equine Canada Convention in January of 2011 in Ottawa to consider and discuss the Task Force recommendations on competition exclusivity.  The Board then followed up with a lengthy and highly productive consideration of the Task Force report and recommendations during its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Saturday, January 29, 2011.

The Jump Canada Board wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the time and efforts of the original Task Force members.  While none of the Task Force recommendations were specifically adopted, the Board did agree to create three working groups to further study, revise and build upon some of the recommendations.  All conflicts of interest on the Jump Canada Board and within the working groups, whether real or perceived, were acknowledged and addressed professionally and appropriately.  The three working groups then diligently pursued their mandates and reported back to the Jump Canada Board at Board meetings held in March and May of 2011.

Throughout the process, the Jump Canada Board has kept the best interests of the sport and the industry in mind.  Following a long, thoughtful and inclusive process, the Jump Canada Board has agreed upon a new direction with regard to the approval of EC Gold and Platinum Competitions and the granting of exclusive dates.  As a result, there will be a reduction in the number of exclusive dates granted across the country starting in 2012.  It is hoped that a more dynamic, open and vital industry will emerge as a result.  Approvals for these changes, in principle, have been received from Sport Council and the Equine Canada Board.

The revised Jump Canada Competition Policy will be in effect for the 2012 competition season.  The Jump Canada Board has undertaken this task very seriously and, thanks to its Board members, the working groups, and to the original Task Force, Jump Canada was able to meet the tight timelines required to implement the new policies.

As Chair of Jump Canada, I would like to thank and congratulate all of the groups involved in this arduous and daunting task.  Jump Canada is confident that the resulting policy will be beneficial to the sport and to the Jump Canada community as a whole.

The link to the new JC CP is available here: 2012 Jump Canada Competition Policy 

John Taylor
Chair, Jump Canada Board


The Jump Canada Board held a productive open house at the Equine Canada Convention in Ottawa to deal with the Task Force exclusivity recommendations.  The Board then followed up with lengthy and highly positive consideration of the Task Force report and recommendations during its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Saturday, January 29th.

The Board wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the time and efforts of the Task Force members.  While none of the Task Force's recommendations were specifically adopted, the Board did agree to create three working groups to further study, revise and build upon some of the recommendations.  All conflicts of interest on the Board, real or perceived, were acknowledged and dealt with professionally and appropriately.  It is anticipated that the working groups will report back to the Board no later than the next Jump Canada Board meeting in May.

“I am very pleased with the progress that has been made with regard to these important issues and I am thankful for the positive and respectful process that has occurred,” stated John Taylor, Chair of Jump Canada.


In February 2010 Jump Canada established a task force to examine the JC Competition Policy currently in effect. The task force was particularly asked to look into the policy on exclusivity of dates for Gold shows. In November at the JC Board meeting held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair the task force presented their recommendations and research to the Board.

Taskforce Report

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This is the report of an independent task force. While the JC Board has received a presentation of the report, the JC Board has not yet commented, approved or in any way endorsed the report. The Board has reserved judgment, revision and response until such time as it has received feedback from the industry. The Board will conduct an open forum meeting at the EC Convention in Ottawa in January 2011.  The Board will then meet again to reconsider the report and to consider all feedback that has been received.

We encourage all interested parties to send their feedback to the Jump Canada office – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The feedback will be sent to the JC Board members for their consideration.

Jump Canada would like to thank the task force members for their work and effort on behalf of the sport.

John Taylor
Chair Jump Canada



Jump Canada Establishes Competition Task Force

Jump Canada has established a task force to review its current Jump Canada Competition Policy, to update it for future years and to answer the continuing need to keep it current with the existing status of the sport in Canada.

The task force is charged with examining all aspects of the current Jump Canada Competitions Policy and recommending any changes to the current policy that they consider would better serve our sport. The task force will examine the competition policies of other countries.

Particular attention shall be paid to the current policy dealing with date exclusivity and date renewal. The relationship that FEI sanctioned events play relative to national tournament sanctioning shall also be examined as well as the effect that major games have on important FEI and Equine Canada competitions. A focus on establishing a forward looking, multi-year calendar will also be maintained.

“We are reviewing the competition policies of other countries and comparing them to the Jump Canada Competition Policy,” said Jump Canada Competitions Task Force chair, Bob Henselwood. “Our goal is to bring the Jump Canada policy in to alignment for the best interest of the sport in Canada.”

Members of the task force will be in contact with competition organizers, riders, competitors and officials across the country over the next few months for input and background.

The Task Force will bring forward recommendations to the Jump Canada Board no later than the Board meeting at the RAWF in November, 2010.  An interim report to the Jump Canada Board in September is also planned.

Members of the Jump Canada Task Force Committee

Bob Henselwood (Chair) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: (613) 794-9586
Anne Hodgson (Quebec) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: (450) 458-4002
David Ballard (Ontario) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: (905) 691-0748
Jon Garner (Alberta) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: (403) 974-4203
Brenda Riddell (Alberta) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: (403) 619-5144
Nancy Wetmore (Ontario) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: (416) 417-8424
Chris Sorensen (Ontario) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: (614) 205-1599