© Sylvia Jacquard
Jim Baker, owner of Sutton Hill Training and Boarding Stables, stands with his mare Tapestry, who tied for top score at the Maritime mare breed inspection on Oct. 5. The Canadian Warmblood Horse Association held the event in Port Williams.
By Sylvia Jacquard
Special to KingsCountyNews.ca
It was a red-letter day for Jim and Barb Baker, owners of Sutton Hill Training and Boarding Stables in Port Williams on Oct. 5. The Bakers hosted the Canadian Warmblood Horse Association’s largest mare breed inspection ever held in the Maritimes and their mare, Tapestry, tied for the highest score.
This was the first time that the couple had one of their mares inspected for inclusion in the CWHA registry.
“We were very excited for the favourable showing. We couldn’t have asked for better,” said Barb.
The 13-year-old horse tied with FPH Riverdance, owned by Julie Fulton of Fulton Performance Horses of New Glasgow.
The other notable award of the day was the choosing of the Futurity Foal. This year, it was Sangria, owned by Leslie Melvin of New Brunswick.
The event saw the inspection of 15 mares and two foals from across the Maritimes by CWHA judges Charmaine Bergman and Gayle Hakes from Saskatchewan. This brings the number of Maritime entries in the National Stud Book to almost 50.
“Your horses are getting better,” Bergman told the assembled owners and trainers in her closing remarks.
The Bakers were asked by members of the Maritime chapter executive to host the event, the first time that it was held in the Valley in many years.
“This was the first time that we had hosted an event like this, so we didn’t really know what to expect. The organizers did a wonderful job and we enjoyed meeting all the participants and their beautiful horses,” said Barb.
The event, held on a crisp, sunny day, also brought out about 25 members of the public to experience the judging and see the horses.
The Maritimes chapter has been in existence for five years. Bergman felt that it “has a great opportunity to grow. With their good show venues and close location to the U.S., the Maritimes is a great place to be breeding horses.”
The purpose of the Association is to further warmblood breeding in Canada to international standards. Warmblood horses, on the basis of their temperament, character and rideability, are bred for Olympic and related Equestrian sports.
The Bakers bought the property in 2005 and named their stables after the homestead’s original owner, R.D. Sutton, a provincially-known apple grower.