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Three Weeks of International Competition Kick Off at tbird's Summer Fort Welcome CSI3*


Jog day at Thunderbird Show Park. Photo ©tbird/Quinn Saunders


Langley, BC — The depth of talent at Thunderbird Show Park will be showcased over the course of the next three weeks in Langley, as tbird kicks off a three-week stint of international competition Aug. 10–14 with the Summer Fort Welcome CSI3*.


The schedule has expanded to offer a 1.35m division in addition to its 1.45m and 1.50m features, and that has drawn a competitive pool of both up-and-coming talent and established veterans. Thirty-six athletes presented 64 horses at Tuesday's inspection, and competition kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 10 with the CSI3* Two Phase 1.35m, CSI3* Happy Welcome 1.40m and CSI3* tbird Speed 1.45m.


The headlining athlete is a familiar name, as tbird's winningest rider Conor Swail (IRL), now the World's fourth-ranked show jumping athlete on the prestigious Longines Rankings, returns to his home away from home with the experienced Gamble and a newer mount in Clear Concept.


Uma O'Neill (NZL) returns to tbird with Clockwise of Greenhill Z, with whom she won the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver at tbird. The New Zealand Olympian will also bring forward 8-year-olds Messi and London's de Muze for their respective tbird debuts.


Also among the accomplished group are Alicia Gadban-Lewis (CAN) and Vanessa Mannix (CAN), the respective winner and runner-up from the 2021 Canadian Show Jumping Championships; Matthew Sampson (GBR), winner of the 2022 RBC Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows; Nations Cup veteran Ben Asselin (CAN); and five-star veteran and tbird's local U.S. rider, Kyle King.


The nine-class international schedule will conclude Sunday, Aug. 14 with the CSI3* ONNI Group Grand Prix at 2:00 pm PT. Tickets are on sale now at tbird.ca/tickets.


Featured Classes


Wednesday, August 10

  • CSI3* Two Phase 1.35m

  • CSI3* Happy Welcome 1.40m

  • CSI3* tbird Speed 1.45m

Thursday, August 11

  • Amy Brattebo Real Estate USHJA National Hunter Derby

  • CSI3* Maui Jim Challenge 1.40m

Friday, August 12

  • CSI3* tbird 1.35m

  • CSI3* Steel-Craft Doors Cup 1.50m

Saturday, August 13

  • CSI3* Sandhack Realty Classic 1.35m

  • CSI3* Winning Round 1.45m

Sunday, August 14

  • Maui Jim Grand Prix 1.40m

  • CSI3* ONNI Group Grand Prix 1.50m

Catch all the action from the Fort Grand Prix Arena live on tbird TV.