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2024 Symposium

The Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Sport Horse Association is pleased to present the third annual Countdown to a Century Symposium featuring a Masterclass with Irish equestrian, Andrew Bourns.

Meet Andrew Bourns

Born into a farming family in Ballinasloe in County Galway, Irish rider Andrew Bourns has been working with young horses since he was a teenager. Now based out of Wellington, FL Bourns competes at the top level of show jumping including Longines Major League teams and representing Ireland on Nation’s Cup teams in Europe, Wellington, FL, Langley, BC.


Bourns started his riding career competing ponies, which are highly competitive divisions in Ireland and Europe. He won a silver medal in the 14.2 ponies at the European Championships and was in the top five individually in Europe in the pony classes, and that was followed by competing two times in the Junior European Championships and the Young Rider European Championships, always on horses that were owned by his family.


Bourns Sport Horses Inc. was born out of necessity. “I really liked riding, but we only had field hunting horses and farm horses, and for me to get to the higher level of the sport, I had to find a way for it to make money. The best way we found to make money out of it was to buy younger horses, produce them, educate them, and then sell them to people who were ready to compete at a higher level. For me, my drive was always trying to be the best at it. If it was a 1.10m horse, I wanted it to be the nicest 1.10m horse in the world. My dad drove the truck and my mom was the groom. We did it all together and grew the business together. Because the business formed the way it did, the underlying principle of the business and our sports program always was, and is, the welfare of the horse and ensure they're happy, healthy, and sound at all times. The better we are at that, the better we are at everything else”. 


The CSHA-AB Chapter is so very pleased to have Andrew Bourns for our Countdown to a Century Symposium clinician this year. Andrew has many insights to share in the development of young equine athletes.

Photo Credit: Ashley Neuhof

Andrew Bourns

Event Details

There will be 3 groups of four demo riders. 

  • The first session will consist of  Beginner Green jumpers - starting to jump courses 0.80/0.90m. No upper age limit, but ideally horses that are 4 or 5 yrs old (NO 3 yr olds).

  • The second session is the Developing jumper - Show experience 1m to 1.20m. No upper age limit, but ideally 6 to 8 yrs. NO horses under 5 years old.

  • The third session is the Grand Prix jumper - show experience 1.35 m and up. No upper age limit, but NO horses younger than 6 years old.

Countdown to a Century Symposium Series Master Class

Featuring Andrew Bourns
Canadian Sport Horse Association Countdown to a Century Symposium Series Master Class
Canadian Sport Horse Association Countdown to a Century Symposium Series Master Class
Featuring Andrew Bourns
Jun 18, 2024, 3:30 p.m. MDT
Rocky Mountain Show Jumping,
1405 226 Ave W, De Winton, AB T0L 0X0, Canada

Event Sponsors

Canadian Sport Horse Central Inspection

Sunday September 01, 2024
Tartan Farms, Calgary, AB

The Alberta Chapter is presenting a Central Inspection at Tartan Farms September 01, 2024

The day will begin at 9:30 AM. If you have a mare or stallion you would like to present for breeding approval/registration, please complete the following paperwork and submit to the National Office

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Membership Application

Registration Application

DNA Form

Mare Inspection Application

Stallion Nomination Application

Stallion Inspection Application

Stallion Veterinary Exam

All applications for inspection along with applicable fees must be received by the National Office NO LATER than August 01.

Contact the National Office for any application process queries or clarification  -

Contact the Chapter for more information of the event itself -

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CSHA Inspection





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