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Ottawa, ON — Greg and Irene Aziz, owners of Iron Horse Farm, located in Caledon, ON, have been recognized as the 2009 Jump Canada Owner of the Year.
The Aziz family — parents Greg and Irene, and daughters
Karina and Natalie — became involved with horses in 1995 and Iron Horse Farm
purchased its first show jumping horse in 1999. Greg and Irene Aziz became
interested in international show jumping to assist in furthering the careers of
Karina and Natalie’s coaches, and their involvement grew from the initial
Since July of 2008, international show jumping horses Top Gun and Cantero Z have been under the care and training of Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill.
In 2009, Underhill and Cantero Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding sired by current world champion horse Cumano, won the $50,000 Ocala International Grand Prix at the Ocala Jumping Classic I and placed second in the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Grand Prix at HITS Ocala VI.
With Top Gun, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Corland, Underhill was named to the Canadian Show Jumping Team for the $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup held at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament in Calgary, AB, on September 12. The pair also finished third in the $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix during the Spruce Meadows ‘National’ Tournament in June and second in the $100,000 Summer Festival Grand Prix in Palgrave, ON, in August.
“We are very honoured to receive the Jump Canada Owner of the Year award,” said
Greg Aziz. “We intend to be involved with show jumping for years to come.
We would like to see our daughter realize her goal of riding at the highest
level of the sport.”
In a special ceremony held prior to the start of the $100,000 CN World Cup Grand Prix at the Royal Horse Show on November 11, the Aziz family were presented with a Waterford crystal bowl and a Jump Canada Award in recognition of Iron Horse Farm’s contribution to the success of Canadian show jumping.
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