After nearly a century of existence, the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Ontario, has earned its prestige. As usual, the Canadian crown jewel of the North American indoor circuit, now in its 95th year, brought out the best horse and rider combinations on the continent, including top-ranked riders McLain Ward—who won the $35,000 International Accumulator Challenge on Thursday, November 9 with HH Callas—and world #1, Kent Farrington.
Another American who earned top honors in Toronto: Beezie Madden, who doubled down on her victory in Thursday night’s $35,000 Brickenden Trophy with Coach by winning the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open with Breitling LS the following night. Madden & Coach would also close out the top-12 placings on Saturday, November 11 in the $87,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge, sharing the Royal’s Leading International Rider title with 29-year-old Hardin Towell who, aboard Lucifer V, beat out Ward, Farrington, and the rest of the top-class field to win the class. Second-place finisher François Lamontagne, riding Chanel du Calvaire, was honored not just with a place on the podium, but also the year’s Moffat Dunlap Leading Canadian Rider Award.
Nightly competition at the Royal was met not just with sold-out crowds (Saturday’s lineup brought a total of 6,000 spectators to Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum!), but also glamorous eveningwear and consistently top-class sport. Meghan Basco was there to capture the course walk highlights for NF Style.