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Our Competitive Philosophy
Ribbons and prizes are nice, but “winning” shouldn’t be the goal of the day. When you really look at how the day will work, there will only be one red ribbon for each class. And there can be quite a few people in each class! So, how can we define success differently for the competition day so that we can ALL be successful, even if only one person gets a red ribbon? Success can be:
  • Doing one’s best and finding good habits and strategies for managing the nerves that come up on a show day
  • Completing a dressage test that you’ve been working hard to prepare, or navigating a hunter course to the best of your ability
  • Developing a stronger relationship between yourself and your equine athlete
  • Listening to feedback from your coach and improving from one class to the next
  • Enjoying the spirit involved in being part of a team, and cheering on your fellow team-mates and competitors

Let’s celebrate all the hard work, preparations, and successes - regardless of the colour or number of ribbons received. You are ALL champions to Maplewood!

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In-House Show Series

In-house schooling shows are unrated competitions designed for those looking to get into the spirit of competition without all of the stresses and financial commitments of competing away from Maplewood. The primary goals of schooling shows is to have an opportunity for demonstrating what you have been working on in your lessons in a semi-formal environment. Participants receive feedback from the coaches regarding your performances on the day and you’re provided with opportunities to compete in a fun atmosphere with friends and peers while getting to know some other Maplewood students. Schooling level competitions are inviting for horse and rider and will feature classes is both dressage and hunter. Participants do not need special clothing or equipment and can be taking lessons in the Pleasure, Recreation, or Competitive streams. The In-House Series is the most economical option for competing while still providing an opportunity to compete for ribbons, prizes, and year-end awards.

Dates for 2024:

  • Show #1 - April 7: Spring Into Summer
  • Show #2 - July 28: Mid-Summer Fun Show
  • Show #3 - Nov 3: Hallowe'en Haunted In-House
  • Show #4 - Dec 22: Gingerbread In-House

Requirements to compete in the In-House Show Series:

  • One bi-weekly lesson per week at Maplewood
  • Approval from your coach
2024 Prize List
2024 Entry Form (for Maplewood Boarders and Students only!) - click here!
In-House Show #1 Schedule - posted
In-House Show #2 Schedule
In-House Show #3 Schedule
In-House Show #4 Schedule
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Challenge Show Series
We are happy to offer the Challenge Series again this year! Two shows are hosted at Maplewood, three shows are hosted at Riverview and this year we are happy to welcome Rustic Rose as a host for one show as well! Classes are held in both dressage and hunter and provide opportunities for newcomers through to advanced riders to participate and receive feedback from the judges. Points accumulate over the series for year-end awards at the last show.

Dates for 2024:

  • Show #1 - April 21 at Maplewood
  • Show #2 - May 26 at Riverview
  • Show #3 - July 7 at Maplewood Equestrian Centre
  • Show #4 - August 18 at Riverview
  • Show #5 - September 29 at Maplewood
  • Show #6 - Oct 27 at Riverview
2024 Challenge Prize List for Maplewood - click here!
2024 Registration form - click here!
April 21 Challenge Show Schedule
July 7 Challenge Show Schedule - updated July 5
July 7 Challenge Show Schedule - if indoor only
Sept 29 Challenge Show Schedule to be posted once the show is closed for entries and the schedule is completed.

Requirements for Maplewood students to compete in the Challenge Series:

  • One lesson per week in the Competitive lesson program (2 lessons per week during the show season are recommended)
  • A quarter lease is recommended for the prep season (but not mandatory)
  • Compete in, or volunteer at, at least one Maplewood In-House Show
  • Volunteer to groom for the Show Team at a minimum of 2 OVPSC/Trillium or Silver Dressage shows
  • Participate in at least one Maplewood clinic
  • Ontario Equestrian membership
  • OADG membership
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OVPSC/Trillium Shows
Bronze level competitions are sanctioned schooling level competitions at the regional level that allow competitors to begin to specialize within a discipline while still keeping the main focus on education and learning with results as a secondary focus. Bronze level competition series offered to our show team are OVPSC hunter shows. In bronze competitions, year end results will be based off of results from all of Ottawa. Silver level competitions are sanctioned competitions at the provincial level that allow competitors to further their specialization within a discipline. Silver level competition series offered to our show team are THJA hunter shows. In silver competitions year end results will be based off of results from all of Ottawa and all of Ontario, there is also a potential to qualify for the championship competition which is typically based in Toronto. Maplewood school horses will compete at the Bronze hunter shows, but to compete at the Silver hunter shows, competitors will need to own their own horse or have a full lease.

Requirements for Maplewood students to compete in the Bronze hunter shows:

  • 2 lessons per week in the Competitive lesson program during the competition season. (A Half lease is recommended, but not mandatory).
  • A quarter lease or half lease is recommended (but not mandatory) for the prep season.
  • Compete in, or volunteer at, at least two Maplewood In-House Shows
  • Volunteer to be a groom/coach's assistant for the Show Team at a minimum of 2 Challenge Series shows
  • Participate in at least 2 Maplewood hunter clinics
  • Memberships in: Ontario Equestrian, Equestrian Canada (Bronze Sports License)
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Silver/Gold Dressage
Silver level competitions are sanctioned competitions at the provincial level that allow competitors to further their specialization within a discipline. Silver level competition series offered to our show team Silver Dressage, organized through OADG. In silver competitions year end results will be based off of results from all of Ottawa and all of Ontario. There is also a potential to qualify for the championship competition at the end of the season. Gold level competitions are sanctioned competitions at the national level. In Gold competitions year end results will be based off of results from all of Ottawa, Ontario and Canada. Gold level competition series offered to our show team are Gold Level Dressage. There is a potential to qualify for the championship competition which is typically based in Toronto. Maplewood school horses will compete at the Silver dressage shows, but to compete at the Gold dressage shows, competitors will need to own their own horse or have a full lease.

Requirements for Maplewood students to compete in the Silver dressage shows:

  • 2 lessons per week in the Competitive lesson program during the competition season. (A Half lease is recommended, but not mandatory).
  • A quarter lease or half lease is recommended (but not mandatory) for the prep season.
  • Compete in, or volunteer at, at least two Maplewood In-House Shows
  • Volunteer to be a groom/coach's assistant for the Show Team at a minimum of 2 Challenge Series shows
  • Participate in at least 2 Maplewood dressage clinics
  • Memberships in: Ontario Equestrian, Equestrian Canada (Silver Sports License), OADG, CADORA Ontario

If you're a Maplewood student or boarder and want to travel off-property to do some schooling, the link to book this is:

Off-Property Schooling

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Prize Sponsor
We are proud to have our dressage competitors as members of the OADG for the Challenge Series in order to accumulate points towards the year-end awards for the Schooling Show awards with OADG. OADG has also generously sponsored prizes for the Challenge Series!
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Prize Sponsor
We are grateful for the prizes sponsored by Greenhawk Equestrian Sport for both the Challenge Series and the In-house Show Series. Our Champion and Reserve Champions from each of these shows are grateful for the prizes received! It's definitely worth the drive to Kanata to shop there!
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Prize Sponsor
We are lucky to have such a great equestrian store in the east end of Ottawa who provides support for our competitors in the Challenge Series and the In-house Show Series by supplying wonderful prizes for our Champions and Reserve Champions!
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Prize Sponsor
Pleasant Ridge is an equestrian supply store in the Toronto area, but they also have a wonderful website with fast shipping for all of your horse and rider needs and wants. Pleasant Ridge is a new sponsor in 2024 and we know our Champions and Reserve Champions will enjoy the prizes that they have provided!
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Yoga with Kassandra - Prize Sponsor
Kassandra has a wildly popular online yoga practice. She is also an equestrian and is running in-person clinics designed for other equestrians. Yoga with Kassandra is a new sponsor in 2024 and is providing some amazing prizes for our shows!
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Prize Sponsor
The Coop in Embrun is more than a great place to get feed for your horses! We are excited to have Coop Embrun join us this year as a sponsor of prizes for our shows!
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Prize Sponsor
It is important for equestrians to build and maintain their overall athletic abilities, so it is a perfect combination to have Goodlife Fitness (thank you to the location on Tenth Line!) sponsoring an incredible prize for our first Challenge Show of 2024!
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Coffee Sponsor
Jessica has been a part of Maplewood for about a decade now! And every show season, Jessica keeps us stocked with coffee beans and tea in order to support our shows. Thank you for your generous contributions!
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Prize Sponsor
Mama Maplewood is a creator of custom equestrian products and happily donates her time and energy to creating custom embroidered products and other items for the Champions and Reserve Champions of the Challenge Series and In-House Show Series!
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Trophy, Prize, and Jump Sponsor
Russell Equine is our "house vet" and they take care of all of the Maplewood school horses, which is why these amazing horses are able to do all that they do! Russell Equine is also a generous supporter of our In-House Show Series by sponsoring one of the year-end trophies!  Russell Equine has also sponsored a jump in 2023, which you should see built and in the grass ring as soon as we can complete it!
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Canadian Tire - Rockland
Trophy Sponsor
Shop in-store or online for pickup! With everything you need for getting set up for a horse show: portable tents, coolers, wagons for carrying all the tack and equipment, comfortable outdoor chairs, and, of course, the big rolling tool chest that we all use for a tack trunk! A big thank you to the Canadian Tire in Rockland for sponsoring one of the year-end trophies!
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Trophy Sponsor
Fireplaces, kitchen design and install, and BBQs are their specialties, and they are a great local company! We are also very grateful to have Romantic Fireplaces sponsoring one of the year-end trophies for our In-house Show Series!
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Trophy Sponsor
One lucky year-end award winner is able to have their name added to one of the trophies for the In-house Show Series which is sponsored by Power Law. It is wonderful to have another local company supporting the activities of equestrian athletes at Maplewood!
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Jump Sponsor
Plantagenet Physio and Cumberland Physio have sponsored a jump for 2023.  Keep watch for the new jump to be built and set up in the grass ring!  And for those equestrians who may need to get a little physio, feel free to check out the services in either location!
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