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Archive for September, 2011

Welcoming Rider’s Regalia to the Karl Slezak Eventing Team

Karl Slezak Eventing is happy to announce that Rider’s Regalia has signed on as a new sponsor of the team!

Rider’s Regalia is located in Newtonville, Ontario and is a supplier of KEP riding helmets, BR, Horsenut, USG, Ken-Taur and Fits Breeches amongst other things.

“Here you can find all of the products that you and your equine friends will ever need. All the products offered are of the higest quality, in a variety of price ranges to suit every budget. We offer a wide variety of products, from saddles and bridles, to clothes for both horse and rider, and well as those everyday stable items that you may need!” -Rider’s Regalia


If you are in the area, please check them out!
Rider’s Regalia
3014 Elliott Rd
Newtonville, Ontario
L0A 1J0


By phone:
905 786-9883 (between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. est)


VDL Ulando H: An Incredible Prospect for the Future

Karl and VDL Ulando H receiving their 6th place ribbon at Plantation Field

Karl and Ruth Armstrong’s VDL Ulando H completed their first CIC** together this weekend at Plantation Field International Horse Trials with a very strong 6th place finish in a competitive field of 28 horse and rider combinations.


They were 10th after dressage on a score of 61.40. “Scores were high all around on dressage day but I was thrilled with his placing especially in such a talented field. There’s room for improvement, especially with 3 major bobbles in 3 different movements during the test but now that we’re getting to know each other we’ll work on improving those finer details”, says Karl.

It was cross-country day that proved to be the most exciting for this pair. VDL Ulando H jumped around a very challenging course filled with complex CIC** questions full of confidence and felt incredible as he crossed the finish line. He proved himself at this event as a a true cross-country competitor ready to take on the upper levels.  His performance on Sunday was just as impressive as he jumped around double clear to move into 6th place.

Karl has high hopes for this new mount and has him aimed for Fair Hill CCI** this fall. ”  VDL Ulando H is an incredible horse who shows unbelievable potential to compete among the best. I am very grateful to Ruth Armstrong for the ride on Ulando who is quickly becoming recognized by fellow professionals as a future eventing star”

Karl and VDL Ulando H show jumping their way to a 6th place finish in the Plantation Field CIC**



1-2 finish at the O.H.T.A Championships at Wits End

It was a very exciting week for Team Slezak at the Ontario Provincial Championships. Karl and Yoshi, Janelle and Pat Fitzgerald’s Braveheart and Emily and Phatima all represented the team with phenomenal finishes but it was Janelle and Braveheart who stole the show!

Finishing in 7th place after dressage in the Open Training division this pair climbed the ranks with a flawless cross-country performance to move into 3rd. Show Jumping day proved to be an even greater success for Janelle and Braveheart who jumped around clear and within the time to move into the winning position. Congratulations also go to Janelle and Braveheart for winning the Eventing Canada Cross-Country Safety and Style award this year.

Just 0.5 points behind Janelle and Braveheart were Karl and Yoshi who finished in 2nd place as reserve champions at this event in the Open Training! Congrats also go to Emily and Phatima who finished in 8th place on their dressage score this weekend in the Sr. Pre-Training division.

Notably- all three horse and rider combinations had clear cross-country and show jump rounds at this event.

Thank you to our sponsors, supporters and owners who come out to cheer us on at each and every event!!

NEXT STOP: Plantation Field Horse Trials.

Janelle Caldwell, Braveheart and owner Pat Fitzerald at Wits End after an exciting win in the Open Training division at the OHTA Championships

Great Success for Team Slezak at Richland Park

A total of 5 riders and 6 horses from the Karl Slezak Eventing team headed down to Kalamazoo, Michigan from August 25th-28th to compete at Richland Park Horse Trials. It was a phenomenal outing for the entire team with every horse and rider completing their weekend with a clear cross country round and personal best in the dressage.

Karl and VDL Ulando completed their 2nd intermediate horse trials together finishing in 7th place amongst a very competitive field. Janelle Caldwell and Braveheart finished 7th in the Open Training, Sean Mitchell finished 5th in the Training Horse division with Alana Lee and Emily Gilbert and Phatima finished 5th in the Novice division.

Special congrats to Katlyn Hewson who had an incredible weekend on her two horses in the Preliminary division. Katlyn and Heartbreaker won the Preliminary Horse-A division and Katlyn also finished 2nd on her Irish Sport Horse, Jacks Irish Z in the Preliminary Horse-B division.

Thank you to all of the owners, supporters and family members who came out to support and cheer us along!!!


Phenomenal weekend for Katlyn Hewson and Jacks Irish Z and Heartbreaker at Richland Park 2011