Show Jumping tournament this weekend

August 12, 2015   ·   0 Comments

This weekend, the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournament returns to the Orangeville Agricultural Society (OAS) Event Centre, celebrating 31 years.

Beginning tonight (August 13), the CS12* tournament promises to celebrate Ontario this year, bringing with them the Summer of Pan America’s Market, Equine Education, and of course, their world class Show Jumping.

The tournament is run by Hayes Co., a family-run business that has been organizing show jumping tournaments for over 30 years. Their shows have been held in many areas, from Sutton, to Collingwood, and even Ottawa. With all the recent excitement surrounding Mono’s involvement in the Pan American games, Hayes Co. is looking to keep the excitement going in the equestrian field through this year’s event.

“We’re excited to bring the Headwaters community together to create a festival of food, music, shopping, education, and world class show jumping all at one venue and to encourage tourism to the area with our event,” said Jay Hayes.

The location for the show has changed over its 30 years, but the show has continued to grow and see successful results.

According to a recent press release, world-class show jumping combined with warm hospitality has been the trademark of the Hayes Co. family. The organization is led by Jay Hayes, a two-time Canadian Olympian, and his wife Shawn, who together act as Co-Presidents of the CS12* Orangeville Show Jumping Tournament. Together, they work with their three daughters, Lauren, Ainsley and Reagan, who they say play vital roles in the both the organization and success of the competition.

This year’s show will run until Sunday, and will see a number of great events throughout the weekend, including the opportunity to see top competitors from across the country compete on the Kubota Canada Grand Prix grass jumping field. Participants in the competition will include numerous Pan American athletes, including Canadian Pan Am Gold medal team member, Ian Miller.

According to Hayes Co., this will be Mr. Millar’s first appearance since his Pan Am win.

Thursday will feature the $10,000 Premier Marine Open Welcome, which begins at 4 p.m., as well as an evening performance in the Champions Pub. Friday will kick off with the KidZone, which runs from 12 to 6 p.m. and will include face painting, a jumpy castle, field games, a craft corner and miniature ponies. Throughout the day, there will also be the Pommies Dry Cider Happy Hour in the Champions pub, and the $5000 Mitton Lewtas Family Canadian Hunter Derby will take place at 4 p.m. in the Kubota Grand Prix Ring. Following that class, the Prospectors Cabin will run until 7:00 p.m.

Saturday will mark the beginning of the Equine Education weekend, which will see seminars from leading equine experts like Dr. Eliana Cohen. Ms. Cohen, who is a registered psychologist, will be making a special presentation on the mental preparation of an athlete before a competition. Local winery, Adamo Estate Winery, will also be present, and the $56,000 CS12* Zucarlos Grand Prix will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday will feature the Summer of the Pan America’s Market, as well as the $10,000 Highland Meadows Sunday Prix at 2:00 p.m.

Hayes Co. will also be encouraging attendants to check out the local offerings in Orangeville throughout the weekend, as the show will draw participants and viewers from all across the province.

“Orangeville has a well-kept secret; an abundance of fantastic restaurants, hotels, resorts, shopping and hiking, [and] the list goes on,” said Ainsley Hayes. “We want to put a spotlight on that.”

General admission tickets are sold daily or as a weekly package, and are available online at Tickets are $10 per person, and children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit their website or email at

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