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The romance of driving has taken on a new twist through the local Klondike Driving Chapter. This small but enthusiastic group of drivers based around Edmonton are hosting a fun horse driving event this weekend, Aug. 14-15, at the Beaumont Agricultural grounds. The event is dubbed the Klondike Klip Klop Klassic.

The Klondike Driving Chapter welcomes spectators Aug.14-15 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please no dogs for safety reasons. Admission is free, food is available. Come on out and participate, view the variety of horses and driving vehicles, and chat with the drivers. And of course, visit with the horses.

One of the club’s members, Barb Richard, has competed with her 15-year-old registered Arabian for eight years. The introduction to driving came through a neighbour who invited her to volunteer as an obstacle timer at a competition. 

After making a harness purchase and discovering it was not complete or safe, she looked for a mentor to help her down the carriage lane. There is now a multi-generational interest in the family since introducing her daughter Beckie to the sport through grooming (assisting on the driving vehicle). Richard says she, “really loves having the family help and especially the grand kids cheering her on during a competition.” 

A nurse by profession, Richard has always been motivated by learning. When she discovered there were very few coaches in the province, she earned an Equine Canada, Certified Driving Coach, Level 1 accreditation. Motivated by the course, Richard has gone on to promote driving with a focus on safety for driver and horse. 

Leadership is being shown by many of the Klondike Chapter members by hosting learn-to-drive clinics; sharing of driving knowledge is helping to revitalize driving in the Edmonton area. This provides opportunities for new drivers to get some experience and the event this year is a fun Klip Klop Klassic featuring the three parts of a horse driving trial.

Horse driving trials showcase the best attributes of driver and horse based on rules laid out by Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. It consists of three parts:

• The driven dressage portion tests the obedience, freedom and regularity of the team (horse and driver) as they complete a pre-set pattern. They are judged on safety of the harness and rig as well as the overall appearance of the team. 

• The marathon is a cross-country course incorporating five natural or man-made ‘obstacles’ that must be driven in the correct sequence. This is a timed event where penalties are assigned for too little or too much speed, accuracy of completing the obstacles and driving protocols. The marathon is exciting to watch as it is the ultimate test of fitness and stamina of the horse, driver, groom and equipment.

• The cones course consists of 16 to 20 pairs of traffic cones with tennis balls balanced on top. The driver is given a limited clearance between the cones and penalties occur for knocking over the cones or dislodging the balls. Similar to the marathon and dressage portions, the driver must complete the pattern showing accuracy and skill. 

From Edmonton, go south on Hwy 2 to the Nisku exit (Sec Hwy 625), east to Beaumont, north on Sec Hwy 814 to 50th Street and west about 2 kilometres. Watch for the signs.

The Equine Canada Statement of Principle supports adherence to humane treatment of horses in all competitions and is strictly followed.

By Shirley McFall
Klondike Driving Chapter


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Hi everyone.

My name is Theo and I am an 11-week-old large-breed male puppy who is looking for a loving home.

I was abandoned in the country along with my six brothers and sisters.   We are all now in NASAP foster homes waiting to be adopted.

My foster Mom thinks I am part mastiff and part shepherd – whatever the mix, I will grow up to be a big handsome dog! I already weigh 20 pounds!

I am a friendly, happy puppy, well socialized and ready to be everyone’s friend. I am not scared or skittish and, even though we were abandoned, we were obviously not neglected beforehand and are used to being handled.

If you are looking for a well-adjusted puppy and are ready for him to grow into a large dog, then please call NASAP on 780-922-0250 and ask about me. I will need training of course so that I can mature into a well-mannered adult and I will need further socialization and plenty of exercise as I grow up.

My adoption fee is $300 and that covers the cost of my future neuter. The adoption package also includes a free post-adoption vet check. I have had my first shots and I have been wormed.      

So remember, the name is Theo, and I am all ready to find my new family. Just make that phone call and I could be yours to take home!

Love, Theo xoxo

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For more than 40 years, Edmonton School of Ballet has helped dancers reach their potential and achieve their goals. 

The long list of alumni employed as dancers, educators and choreographers around the world is a testament to the quality of training and support offered by the highly qualified, experienced staff. 

The most recent graduates to embark on their professional careers are Corynne Barron (So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 12) and Jacinthe Burton (Alvin Ailey School in New York). A variety of programs run in the facility, offering a variety of options in dance training. 

Edmonton School of Ballet offers classes in junior grades and progressions ballet (syllabi created by Mrs. Margaret Flynn), Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance ballet, jazz, modern, Flamenco, tap and hip hop. Classes run weekday evenings and a variety of classes are offered on Saturdays as well. Students aged three through adult are welcome. Fall classes begin on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Vimy Ridge Academy Professional Dance Program, available to students from Grade 7 through 12, is a more intensive program, which combines academic education and dance training under one roof. This not only is more convenient than trying to drive to various activities, but also more beneficial to the students. They are able to focus first on academics and second on their dance training, all before they leave school. Program acceptance is based on an audition.

For the experienced dancer who wishes to continue training, but as a qualified instructor, Edmonton School of Ballet teacher training program is the right choice. This is a full-time program, available by audition only. Students take classes in ballet, ballet pedagogue, modern, music, national dance, dance history and anatomy, to name just a few. For those teachers who wish to take specific courses of study, but cannot commit to a full-time education, a variety of classes are offered in 10-week units. 

For more information, to book an audition, or to register, contact Edmonton School of Ballet by phoning 780-440-2100 or 780-450-2100, toll free 1-866-440-8205, email admin@esbdance.com or online at http://www.esbdance.com. 

Feel free to visit the school in person on the 3rd floor, Vimy Ridge Academy, 8205 90 Ave., in Edmonton.

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September marks the beginning of the Festival City Winds adult community band program’s 16th season. The society has grown from a band of about 30 amateur musicians with an average of two years’ playing experience, to a network of three community concert bands (novice, intermediate and advanced) as well as classes for absolute beginners. 

The attraction is in the power of music to connect people from all walks of life through the experiences of learning, rehearsing, and performing together. A community band provides each member with the chance not only to be a part of a musical experience larger than themselves, but to learn from and grow with others while fulfilling the responsibility of supporting others. 

In December and May, all three bands collaborate to perform in their main formal concerts at the Robert Tegler Centre at the Concordia University College of Alberta, but the participation of so many musicians makes more community outreach opportunities available. Each band contributes to joint concerts with school bands and other community bands, as well as performances for charity fund-raisers, and other community events. 

Highlights of the past season were the Advanced Band’s performance with guest artists Dr. Po Yuan Ku, alto saxophone and Paul Buckingham, tuba, in a joint concert with Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia under the direction of Dr. John Hooper and the Intermediate Band in concert with the Catholic All City Junior High School Honour Band, Taina Lorenz, conductor. The coming season will feature a focus on special clinics and workshops with guest instructors and performers. 

For more information about the Festival City Winds program, visit http://www.festivalcitywinds.ca email inquiries to info@festivalcitywinds.ca or call the artistic director and principal conductor, Wendy Grasdahl, at 780 455-8289.

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Dancing has long been respected as a means of achieving personal grace, dignity, confidence, and of course physical strength and fitness. That is just a small part of the experience dancers can expect today.

Ballet at Celtic Ceilidh is based on the Royal Academy of Dance system. The curriculum is structured progressively to ensure that the level of technical expertise required is within the grasp of the student and that safe dance practice is assured. 

Students are encouraged to achieve their personal best in the understanding, appreciation and performance of ballet in every class. 

Students can be confident that they are receiving a comprehensive, well-structured and relevant ballet education at Celtic Ceilidh which includes skill development in classical technique, free movement, character and pointe at various levels of study. 

Complementary to the world of ballet, Celtic Ceilidh dancers enjoy the study of traditional Highland and Irish dance, culture and music.

The wonder of Celtic dance is that it is consistent worldwide. A dancer from Edmonton can join up with a dancer from Australia, Africa or Scotland and find a common language without speaking a word. The Ceilidh dancers travel to train, perform and compete making new friends from all over the world. They also take part in exams and numerous multi-cultural and charitable events.

Celtic Ceilidh offers classes in Highland, Irish, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and stretch for students from pre-school to adult. If you are interested in more information about dance classes, please call 780-490-4544.

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Fencing: Attack! Perry! Post!

Modern Fencing has been around since the early 19th century but “dueling” has a history that goes back for centuries prior to this. 

Whether you remember fencing as part of a Shakespearian play, French duel, or Pirates of the Caribbean, we all have grown to know fencing as the sport for gentlemen, heroes or villains.  

At the Edmonton Fencing Club, fencing is a safe and fun sport to get active, get your mind and body working together, relieve stress, or compete, if you are interested. Our goal is to provide the sport of fencing to everyone in Edmonton and our classes provide the opportunity for the young and the not so young to fence at any desired level, whether that be recreational, competitive, or high performance. 

The Edmonton Fencing Club is home to Head Coach Jujie Luan, an Olympic Gold medalist plus four-time Olympian including 2008. We are also proud to have YiXun Mao as assistant coach. Mao’s specialty is sabre, and he has coached the Chinese Olympian and national winners, including silver in Team Sabre in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and silver in the 2008 Olympics. There are no better coaches to teach the art of fencing, and we are thrilled that they dedicate their knowledge and time to students at the Edmonton Fencing club.

The Edmonton Fencing Club, located at 9937 60 Ave., is hosting an open house on Sept. 4 from 12-4 p.m. We are the only fencing club in Alberta to have 10 electric fencing pistes and the largest club in Canada with 400-plus members last season. Thirty per cent of our membership is adult fencers. 

For more information, call 780-434- 3000 or visit the Edmonton Fencing Club website at edmontonfencing.com or email to edmontonfencingclub@yahoo.ca.

Come and see why fencing has become so popular and prepare to have fun. Attack! Parry! Post! 

For class information click here

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