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|For Immediate Release Nov 10, 2005|
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Media Relations and Communications, Equine Canada
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Sue Grange Named 2005 Jump Canada Owner of the Year
Ottawa, Ontario - Susan Grange, owner of Lothlorien Farm in Cheltenham, ON, has been named the 2005 Jump Canada Owner of the Year.
Following a hiatus from her competitive career on the North American circuit, Grange reentered the show jumping industry as an owner and breeder of international level jumping prospects. Some of the horses are selected and purchased while others are carefully bred at Lothlorien Farm. Grange runs the farm as a business and all the horses are for sale.
In the past year, Grange's contribution to the sport of show jumping has been immense. Partnered with Canadian Equestrian Team members Ian Millar and Chris Pratt, Lothlorien Farm horses have been incredibly successful. Millar, an eight-time Olympian, currently works with three of Grangeís horses, including In Style, at his Millar Brooke Farm while all the other horses are all ridden by Pratt at Lothlorien Farm.
Riding the 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, Rivendell (Piano II), Pratt has enjoyed a successful 2005 season at the Grand Prix level. Most recently, the duo won the $100,000 John Deere World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at the CSI-W Tournament of Champions held on September 25 in Palgrave, ON. The win marked Pratt and Rivendellís second consecutive World Cup Qualifier victory as they also won the $50,000 Collingwood Festival World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at Collingwood, ON in August. Pratt is honoured to work with Grange and feels that she is an owner well deserving of recognition.
As a tribute to her dedicated support of Canadian show jumping at both the international and grass root levels, Grange was presented with a Waterford crystal bowl as well as a Jump Canada award in a special ceremony held November 9 during the evening performance of the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.
About the farm
Lothlorien Farm is nestled in the rolling hills of Caledon in the town of Cheltenham and was purchased in 1975 by Grange (previously MacNamara). For several years, the farm was private, with Sue being the sole rider. It was the home of the "Cheltenham Gold Cup Horse Show" from 1977 to 1989. This horse show drew riders from all over North America with the big attraction being the World Cup Qualifier.
Today, Grange and her husband, John, operate Lothlorien Farm. Comprised of 500 acres, a large amount is farmed and planted with various crops while the remainder is dedicated to the horses. It has several paddocks and run-in sheds, riding trails, a walker, treadmill, track, two indoor arenas, a sand ring and a grass grand prix ring with several natural obstacles. There are a total of 36 horses at the farm at the present time including broodmares, stallions and young horses.
In November of 2003, Grange purchased an additional farm in Wellington, FL, known as Lothlorien South. Lothlorien is considered to be one of the top private hunter/jumper barns in Canada.
About Jump Canada
Jump Canada is a committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, hunter equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level. Jump Canada is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are elected by the stakeholders in the sport. For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit www.jumpcanada.ca.