Graphic by Sarah Greer.

The Canadian High Performance Advisory Group, a recently-formed task force for Equestrian Canada, is spearheading a fundraising effort to the tune of $250,000 to propel the federation forward towards this fall’s FEI World Championships. Aided by a significant $100,000 donation from Kelly McCarthy-Maine and Shane Maine, the fundraiser now moves to its next phase: an online auction that will begin on Friday, June 17.

If you want to bid on some cool items and opportunities, you can join the auction Facebook group here (note: the group will remain in “preview” mode until bidding opens). The group is also seeking donations still — you can reach out to admin Kathleen Wilson if you’d like to donate an item/service.

We took a peek through the offerings for the auction and picked out a few exciting and unique opportunities we’d definitely like to bid on:

A three-lesson/three-day “bootcamp” clinic with Canadian rider Kendal Lehari at her Uxbridge, Ontario home base

Photo by JJ Sillman.

Get Holly Jacks-Smither for the day!

Holly Jacks-Smither and Candy King. Photo by Abby Powell.

A lesson on two-time Canadian Olympian Hawley Bennett-Awad’s super 5* mare, Jollybo

Hawley Bennett and Jollybo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Five video analysis training sessions for one horse/rider combination from British-based Canadian rider Mike Winter

Mike Winter and El Mundo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

A lesson on Canadian Olympic mount Qorry Blue d’Argouges, who partnered with Colleen Loach in Rio, Tokyo, and also in Tryon for the 2018 World Equestrian Games

Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Haul-in lessons, warm-up at an event, and even a one-day clinic from Karl Slezak

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

A full month of training with multi-Olympian Jessie Phoenix

Photo by Cealy Tetley.

In addition to these rider-specific opportunities, there are also some great items (a Tipperary cross country vest, a D’yon bridle, and much more), services (equine massage, BEMER sessions, weight-loss support, etc.), and show/schooling passes (and even tickets to a soccer game!) to have a look at, with more to be added.

[Check out the “Pratoni Let’s Go” Auction Page here and get ready to bid!]