Leading North American showjumpers Yann Candele and Mario Deslaurier are preparing to relocate in coming weeks.
Candele, a three-time Canadian Show Jumping Champion, is moving to Mill Creek Stables in Ontario, and Deslauriers is to join Hunter’s Moon Farm in New York.
Beginning this spring, Candele will base his business, Normandy Hills, at Mill Creek Stables in Cambrdige, Ontario. In addition to welcoming horses and riders for training, Candele will focus on young horse development and sales. 2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze will support Candele by identifying quality prospects in Europe, while Mill Creek Stables owner Phil Henning will work with Candele to invest in sales horses.
“The goal is to invest my time in both students and quality young horses, and develop them to their full potential,” said Candele, 42. “I’ve been competing at the highest level for the past few years, and now I have the opportunity to give back to the sport by concentrating on training and coaching.”
Candele continued, “It will take time to rebuild a string of horses for the top sport, and I look forward to coming back and representing Canada in the near future. I would also like to help students of mine to get to that level. That is why a quality training facility is so important to me, and Mill Creek is providing that. We will start with quality and build up.”
Candele has a long association with Mill Creek Stables. While working for Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable from 1999 to 2006, Candele frequently campaigned horses for Henning. The Normandy native represented France at the 2004 World Cup Final in Milan, Italy, riding Mill Creek Sweet Dream, and was also a member of France’s Nations’ Cup team at the 2001 CSIO Spruce Meadows “Masters” tournament in Calgary riding Mill Creek Chardo.
After gaining his Canadian nationality, Candele was a member of the fifth-placed Canadian Show Jumping Team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, and was also the traveling alternate for the 2012 London Olympic Games. In November, Candele claimed his third consecutive Canadian Show Jumping Championship title at Toronto’s prestigious Royal Horse Show, having won in 2010 riding Pitareusa and in 2011 and 2012 with Game Ready, both owned by Susan Grange.
“We’ve had a great relationship over the years, and we’re excited that Yann will be basing his business at Mill Creek Stables,” said Henning. “Mill Creek will be working with Yann and Eric to find some promising prospects. We’ve enjoyed great success in the past, and look forward to more success in the future.”
A state-of-the-art show jumping facility, Mill Creek Stables features 50 stalls. A spacious indoor arena, indoor walker and treadmill are just some of the property’s amenities. The outdoor arena, designed by 1976 Olympic course designer Robert Jolicoeur, is a combination of grass and all-weather footing and features natural obstacles including open water, bank, and devil’s dyke.
• Olympian and 1984 World Cup winner Mario Deslauriers is joining the full service hunter/jumper at Hunter’s Moon Farm in April, alongside current trainers Pamela Polk and Kevin Kirk. Located 28 miles from New York City on Long Island’s prestigious Gold Coast, Hunter’s Moon Farm is a 60-acre facility offering training and boarding services for riders of all levels.
Deslauriers is originally from Bromont, Quebec, and began riding at a young age with his father, Roger. During the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Deslauriers was part of a three-way jump-off for the individual bronze medal. He has competed in over 100 FEI World Cup Qualifying competitions, and as a two-time Canadian Show Jumping Champion, Deslauriers has represented Canada at every major international event. After changing his citizenship, Deslauriers represented the United States at the 2010 World Cup Final and the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
“We are thrilled to have Mario training at Hunter’s Moon Farm,” said manager Jennifer Griffin. “I have known Mario for many years, as we are both originally from Canada, so it is familiar and comfortable from the start. He and his family have made their life in New York City and Long Island, so the location of Hunter’s Moon is convenient for them, and overall it’s a great fit for everybody.”
Deslauriers is also excited about the new partnership and is looking forward to a bright future. “We had been thinking about this for a while, and when I came in contact with Jennifer, I thought it was a great idea for us to team up,” he said. “I think Hunter’s Moon Farm has a great facility and it’s a great location, so we are very excited.
“Right now, we are focused on letting people know about the change, as well as finding some new horses and getting some new clients and establishing a new relationship at Hunter’s Moon Farm.”
The private facility at Hunter’s Moon Farm features a state-of-the-art stable with updated stabling and individualized turnout. There is a large outdoor ring with show quality jumps and Travel Right footing. Hunter’s Moon Farm also has direct access to the Muttontown Preserve with miles of trails.