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Changes to the Canadian Performance Futurity Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2009

2009 has brought several changes to the Canadian Performance Futurity (CPF) program. The original concept of top competition for four and five-year-old horses is still in place with some improvements and modifications of the implementation.

Sadly, the Breeds and Industry Fund of Equine Canada has had to step back this year in large part due to the market meltdown in late 2008. We are working to secure several smaller sponsors at this time and are thrilled to welcome on board the Quebec Equestrian Federation who are funding a Quebec Bred Bonus for winning horses born in Quebec.

This program will work much as the current Canadian Warmblood bonus which is in place offering significant cash awards to owners of registered CWHBA horses. Other sponsorships are being persued and will be announced as they are confirmed.

Congratulations, and a warm welcome to Ferme Beaulieu Farms who successfully bid to host the eastern CPF classes for the next 2 years.  The Eastern Dressage classes will be held at the Beaulieu Dressage Classic at the beautiful Beaulieu Farms in Ste-Justine-de-Newton on August 29, 30. Following that, the Hunter and Jumper classes will be held as part of the Quebec Autumn Classic horse show also atl Beaulieu Farms during  September 10 - 13.

The Pacific Zone welcomes back long time supporter, Thunderbird Show Park, as host of the Hunter and Jumper classes at their 'new' last week of August Gateway Finale show beginning August 27.  New on board for 2009, and host of the Dressage divisions, is the unique Southlands Riding Club in Vancouver. The CPF classes will be included as part of the B.C. Dressage Championships being held September 4 - 6, with anticipation of greater exposure to the dressage community and access to FEI judges. The Committee would like to thank Thunderbird Show Park for having hosted the dressage division in the past years, despite the obvious difficulties of setting up the ring in conjunction with an international jumper show.

The Prairie Zone CPF classes will continue at the previous venues with Amberlea Meadows hosting the Dressage on July 30. The Hunter and Jumper classes are again offered in conjunction with the Alberta Hunter Horse Society Year-end Show (AHHS), September 4 - 6. It is a pleasure to welcome back the management of these fine facilities and show committees who have embraced this program from its inception.

After much consideration, the CPF Committee is pleased to announce that we will be adding a 5-year-old Young Horse Eventing class to our list of classes!. This class is scheduled to commence in 2010, with an interested sponsor already in discussions. At this time, this class will be offered at an Ontario venue, and negotiations are underway to confirm Prairie and Pacific locations.

With these changes made to the program, and in response to requests from participants, we are further pleased to announce a simplified buy-in procedure for late entries. The new procedure is, NO late penalty up until 3 years, and a one-time $50 late fee on top of the nomination fee schedule for older horses, 4 or 5 years. The committee anticipates that the addition of the new Eventing class, and moving some of the classes to Quebec will increase the participation in the program resulting in greater payouts for all.

Obviously, the loss of  a major sponsor will decrease class pay-out by about 1/2 in 2009, however the nominations still add strength to the classes and significant prize-money for young horse classes. It is important to remember that the program is also designed to show-case young horses, and that a fair amount of promotion is undertaken on behalf of the program winners. We hope that this advertising will increase market place demand for these horses.

Your nomination renewal should arrive shortly in the mail. On behalf of the entire committee, I would like to wish you Good Luck this show season.

Jennette Coote
Chair CPF Committee



The Canadian Performance Futurity is open to Canadian registered and bred horses. More on the Canadian Performance Futurity, including information for nominating horses, can be found on pages on this web site:  www.CanadianPerformanceFuturity.com.