Evi Strasser: A Canadian Dressage Icon.

Evi Strasser has been at the top of Canadian dressage for decades. I had a chance to ask her some questions before she rode for Canada at the CDIO Nations Cup at the Global Dressage Festival. 1.You are on the Canadian Team in the Nations Cup CDIO this weekend.   Tell me how you feel about it?

I have many times represented Canada at Major Games: Olympics, Pan Am Games , World Championships and 4 World Cup Finals and have won Medals for Canada. It is always an honour to be named to the Canadian Team to  ride on the Nation’s Cup Team , needless to say I’m ecstatic!

Evi and Deja vu Tyme in the Nation’s Cup Grand Prix test.

2.You will be riding Deja vu Tyme. Tell me about him.

Deja Vu Tyme came to us as a  unrideable 8 Year old but in no time he turned the corner and learned all in 3 Years to become a extremely talented Grand Prix Horse.

Evi and Deja vu Tyme in the Nation’s Cup Grand Prix Special test.

3.All of your horses have the Tyme  in their names. Can you tell me something about the history of why you do that?

The name Good Tyme Stables came from my daughter Tanya’s Dad. He was in the Film Business and since it is all is about time in the film industry he thought Time was a good name. He ordered all the name plates, blankets and saddle pads. We live in Quebec and most of the people there are French speaking and the person who did the order thought Time was written with a Y and the whole order order came back with the wrong spelling; Tyme instead of Time.  We all decided that was a great branding of the name Good Tyme Stables. It is unique.  So we kept it and that’s how it came to be.

4.How many horses have you brought to Wellington this winter? Are some of them younger horses that you are bringing along? Have you been competing with all of them?

For the Florida Season we have 20 Horses with all my horses and my Clients horses. Yes, I brought all my upcoming horses for training but I was concentrating this Year on the Grand Prix Horses.

Evi and Deja vu Tyme in the Grand Prix Special.
Evi is happy with Deja vu Tyme after the Grand Prix Special

5.You once loaned a horse to Charlotte Dujardin to ride in the show in Central Park, New York. Can you tell me how that came about?

Carl Hester is a good friend of mine and we have competed in many Shows and Games together so when Charlotte Dujardin could not take her Olympic horse Valegro, Carl asked if she could ride one of my Grand Prix horses since they knew they could ride the way they were trained and as the horse had to replace the World’s Best Horse Valegro. I decided to give them my most spectacular horse Renaissance Tyme. It was not an easy decision since I would have  loved to ride him myself for this event. But  it was such Honour that the Double Olympic Gold Medalist would ride my amazing Renaissance Tyme. They were sure that he would be the Perfect Horse for Charlotte. And he was! They both looked spectacular and performed the Free Style which gained Charlotte and Valegro the Olympic Gold medal.  It was just breathtakingly beautiful. But to top it all off, the Pope was in New York and we got a picture with the Pope in the background and Charlotte riding Renaissance Tyme at Central Park. Who can say they have a picture with the Olympic gold medalist on their horse and behind them the Pope in Central Park? It was just such an amazing time.

6.You usually buy younger horses and train them up the levels. Several of your horses have gone on to great success with other riders? Can you tell me about some of them?

All the horses I buy for myself are around 3 Years old. I love bringing them along and  training them to the top level. Once in a while I have to let go of my best horse since I’m financing all my horses and shows by myself. For sure it is not easy to let them go but if they  go to World Class riders and go on to Olympics , WEG and World Cups then it is very rewarding. To name a few: Hiscox Artemis,( aka Photo Tyme) was ridden by Richard Davison in the London 2012 Olympics and also twice at World Cup Finals, Kyra Kirkland rode Andiamo Tyme to 8th place in the European Championships, Show Tyme was ridden by Kristy Oatley, at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Patrik Kittel, of Sweden rode Santana, to a European Championship Top 15. Quantum Tyme was the reserve for the 2008 Olympics and was in the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Well there were many more and for sure I would have loved to keep them all .

I am now going to share with you some photos that Evi kindly sent to me for inclusion in this post. Thank you Evi for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions and thank you also for these lovely photos.

Evi riding Quantum Tyme
Quantum Tyme voted crowd favorite at Falsterbo CDIW
Evi and Story Tyme
Evi and Disney Tyme

A star of the future home bred First Tyme

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Diana says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview! I learn so much from you and all the wonderful people and horses that you share. The photos are brilliant. 😀 And the stories behind the horses and the naming of hem so very interesting! Excellent post! ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Diana. I’m so glad you found the post interesting.

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  2. David says:

    Evi must be highly regarded to allow other riders ‘borrow’ her horses. A whole lot of trust too.

    A few questions, if I may ask:

    I know in dressage, you have tighter dress and tack requirements compared to showjumping. The horseshoe and Canadian Maple Leaf emblem, is that Evi’s home barn emblem? And, the flag emblem on the saddle pad, is that strictly reserved for those who compete, or have competed, on the international level? Are sponsor emblems allowed on their saddle pads, ear bonnets, waist coats, etc.?

    My daughters are allowed to wear red hunt jackets provided there is no emblem of any kind, including the flag. On any other hunt jacket, they are allowed to wear a flag emblem or sponsor emblem.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      In dressage you can only have the maple leaf on your saddle pad if you have represented Canada in a major competition such as WEG or Olympics or Pan Am Games. Same applies o the sleeve emblem on the tail coat. If you are competing as an individual you can have a sponsor’s name or logo on your saddle pad. As for the helmet the British have a union jack in the center of their helmets. I think that some jumpers have a mapleleaf on their helmet but so far I’ve not seen that in dressage. The dressage rulings forbdressnbave recently been relaxed quite a bit

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      1. David says:

        Thanks, Anne.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I should also add that Carl Hester is the Master when it comes to dressage and horsemanship. If he asked me to loan him or Charlotte Dujardin ( multiple Olympic medals on different horses) who trains with him, a horse I would be honored. He knows Evi and she knows him and how he trains and rides so it was a very safe loan.

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  3. Rupali says:

    Wonderful shots Anne. I knew nothing about horses and such competitions. You introduced me to a new world.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Rupali. I’m glad you found it interesting.

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  4. Tanooki says:

    How lucky you were to get to ask questions for the top dressage👀✨ All these beautiful horses looks so proud too!

    Have a great weekend, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! You have a great weekend too!

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