A National show jumping series being showcased at seven major Canadian equestrian venues from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast this year is about to revive the excitement and glory of the sport while providing Canada's exceptional human and equine talent a new forum at which to compete " /> A National show jumping series being showcased at seven major Canadian equestrian venues from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast this year is about to revive the excitement and glory of the sport while providing Canada's exceptional human and equine talent a new forum at which to compete " /> A National show jumping series being showcased at seven major Canadian equestrian venues from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast this year is about to revive the excitement and glory of the sport while providing Canada's exceptional human and equine talent a new forum at which to compete ">
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Canadian Show Jumping Series Set to Debut

A National show jumping series being showcased at seven major Canadian equestrian venues from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast this year is about to revive the excitement and glory of the sport while providing Canada's exceptional human and equine talent a new forum at which to compete.  The Kubota Cup Canadian Show Jumping Series will focus national attention on Canada's well known riders, including series spokesman "Captain Canada" Ian Millar, as well as the young, hot talent rising up through the ranks of the sport.  Canadians across the country are being invited to come "Along For The Ride" as the Kubota Grand Prix arrives in their community, and then to find out the rest of the story as presented in a 13-week television series airing on the CanWest Global Television Network this fall.

The Kubota Cup Canadian Show Jumping Series will be making an appearance at seven major equestrian venues across the country.
Photo © Yavuz

The Kubota Cup makes its debut - fittingly - in the middle of the country, at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon on April 2.  From there it goes west to Edmonton, then on to the Pacific coast where the Western Division Champion will be crowned in Vancouver. The Eastern division begins in the Nation’s capital, touches down in "horse country" north of Toronto, visits Quebec, then arrives on the Atlantic Coast where the Eastern Division Champion will be named in Halifax.

Kubota Canada Ltd. has signed a multi-year sponsorship with the horse shows in the seven cities. Up for grabs in this inaugural year is a total $325,000 in prize money. At the end of the year a Crystal Trophy and a new Kubota RTV Utility Vehicle will be awarded to the Western Kubota Cup Champion and the Eastern Kubota Cup Champion.  John Gilliland, National Marketing Manager for Kubota Canada Ltd. says, "We're developing something that will help create a strong Canadian rider group, one that will learn from and compete with the Ian Millars in show jumping an develop into our future Olympians."

While the Kubota Cup promises to draw large numbers of local fans to each of the grand prix competitions, it will reach a huge audience across Canada through the national television series being produced by Generator Productions of Toronto.  However, it won't be in the form of traditional television show jumping coverage.  The 13-week series on Global will tell fascinating "inside" stories about the riders, their horses, the owners and the sport of Show Jumping. It will also be about the people who welcome the sport into their communities.

In describing the philosophy behind the Kubota Cup, Series' founder and manager Sandra Fraser says, "My personal dream is to see a series of Show Jumping Grand Prix across Canada which will allow our athletes to earn a respectable living and to receive recognition as top-level Canadian athletes on the world stage." 

"We think Kubota will be a tremendous asset for our national tour," adds Series spokesman Ian Millar.  "I very much look forward to competing in their competitions."

SCHEDULE OF KUBOTA CUP EVENTS

Western Division
1.The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon, MB - Kubota Cup Grand Prix, Saturday, April 2
2. Edmonton Northlands Horse Show, Edmonton, AB - Kubota Cup Grand Prix, Saturday, June 4, 2005
*3. Twin Oaks Derby, Richmond, BC - Kubota Cup Derby, Sunday, August 14, 2005
*(Western Kubota Cup Championship)

Eastern Division
1. Kubota Capital Classic Horse Show, Ottawa, ON - Kubota Cup ‘Big Ben Memorial’ Grand Prix, Sunday, July 17, 2005
2. Kubota Bromont International Horse Show, Bromont, QC - Kubota Cup Grand Prix, Saturday, July 30, 2005
3. Kubota Collingwood Classic, Collingwood, ON - Kubota Cup Grand Prix, Sunday, August 21, 2005
*4. Maritime Fall Fair, Halifax, NS - Kubota Cup Grand Prix, Saturday, October 15, 2005
*(Eastern Kubota Cup Championship)

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