It’s that time of year once again, with the first round of the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge set to take place tonight at The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Nine Canadian riders will face off against the lone American and a little red pony mare. That’s right, Farrah fans! Sinead Halpin and Forrest Nymph will look to dethrone Waylon Roberts, who has won this an astounding seven times.
The riders slated to duke it out for $20,000 in prize money are Jessica Phoenix, Waylon Roberts, Kendal Lehari, Holly Jacks, Selena O’Hanlon, Ian Roberts, Peter Barry, Colleen Loach, Sinead Halpin and Tik Maynard. And lucky for us, our longtime Canadian correspondent Denya Massey will be in attendance to bring us all the action on both nights.
Last year Kendal Lehari and Daily Edition won the first round only to be bested by Waylon and Bill Owen on the second night. So we’re looking forward to a Kendal vs. Waylon showdown, a husband vs. wife battle between Sinead and Tik, plus a father vs. son skirmish between Waylon and Ian.
This year’s course is designed by Canadian team coach Clayton Fredericks, who kindly provided some insight on his intentions for the challenging indoor track, which combines show jumping and cross country elements in an exciting race against the clock. Click below to hear his thoughts in this video interview with Denya:
Will a new rider rise to the occasion to take the win from seven-time champion Waylon? Stay tuned tonight and tomorrow for all the action from the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at The Royal!