A member of the North and Central American and Caribbean division of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series, Thunderbird Show Park has announced the cancellation of the 2021 CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada, originally scheduled to run during the venue’s Odlum Brown BC Open tournament on 6 June 2021.The cancellation comes as a result of a Provincial Health Authority announcement made 19 April, extending British Columbia’s current health order in response to the ongoing global pandemic.“With the announcement from the Provincial Health Authority extending and adding to the current restrictions, it is with great regret we are unable to host the Canadian Premier and Odlum Brown BC Open,” said Chris Pack, President of Thunderbird Show Park. “Instead, we’ll pivot and plan for a 3-week tournament series in June and July, adding an extra week before our West Coast Classic and Western Family tournaments, and a three-week tournament series as planned in August.”With five decades of history hosting high performance sport, Thunderbird Show Park, located in Langley, BC, hosted its first Nations Cup event in 2016 and its first CSIO5* in 2018. By the end of that year, the venue was awarded the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ for a three-year term. The most historic team event in show jumping, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada has provided some memorable moments in Langley, among them a hometown victory for Team Canada in 2019. That team consisted of Lisa Carlsen, Mario Deslauriers, Nicole Walker and Tiffany Foster, who grew up showing at tbird.“We’d like to thank Longines as well as the BC Open’s title sponsor Odlum Brown for their continued support of our venue,” Pack said. “The BC Open and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Canada have become highlight events on our calendar at tbird, and we all greatly look forward to their return in 2022.”Thunderbird Show Park has not hosted competition since the venue’s CSI2* Harvest Welcome in October 2020, which was the only FEI competition in Canada last year. The venue plans to add events to its calendar later this summer, pending further easing of restrictions.“We know this is the right choice for our community, and we appreciate everyone’s continued support,” Pack said. “We will release more details about entering the new third week in July in the near future.”For more information on Thunderbird Show Park, including the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada, visit tbird.ca. Tags: Thunderbird Show Park, Odlum Brown BC Open, tbird, Canadian Premier, CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada, Provincial Health Authority, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP
Today, Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk, has released her first new collection of music in 12 years, Hello Happiness, via Diary Records/Island Records, the new label formed by Major Lazer founder and Grammy-nominated producer Switch and artist/songwriter Sarah Ruba Taylor. The new release—her first since 2007’s Funk This—comes on the heels of this week’s announcement that Chaka Khan will head out on an extensive co-headlining tour with Michael McDonald this summer.As the album’s announcement press release notes, “Hello Happiness is an album which sets Chaka Khan’s timeless vocal to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production. With an eye on the future and a respect for the past, Chaka Khan has delivered an album with the contemporary edge to entice newcomers to her world class talent and the quality to excite long-term fans.”Jam fans will also notice a familiar name on the album’s songwriting credits. Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman is credited as a co-writer on Hello Happiness track “Don’t Cha Know” for the organ, synth, and clavinet work he contributed to the recording.You can stream Chaka Khan’s new album below:Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness – Full Album Khan first collaborated with Switch and Ruba Taylor as a potential featured artist on a different project. Inspired by the power of both her voice and personality, the duo suggested working on an original Chaka Khan album—something which she didn’t have in mind. However, she was soon convinced when she heard some of Switch and Ruba Taylor’s songs, which coincidentally were influenced by Chaka Khan but written for their own project.Khan released the album’s first single, “Like Sugar”, in June of last year as a limited edition release for 2018’s Record Store Day. The Kim Gherig-directed music video that came along with it received extensive acclaim and nabbed two recognitions at the U.K. Music Video Awards. You can watch the music video for “Like Sugar” below:Chaka Khan – “Like Sugar”[Video: Chaka Khan]For more information about Chaka Khan’s new album and upcoming tour dates, head to her website here.