1999-2002 - Many wins and championships in Manitoba and Saskatchewan with Dena Metcalfe and Jim Ifko in both  

hunters and jumpers. e.g. Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Ebon Summer Classic, Heart of the Continent Horse Show.

Dena started Oxford in the low jumpers at Heart of the Continent Horse Show in Winnipeg, Manitoba

and Ebon Summer Classic in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and they both had fun.

This built a very strong foundation for OXFORD's future jumper career.


2002-2005 - Many wins and championships with Jill Swain in Maritimes, Ontario, and Quebec.


October 15-17, 2004 - Competed at the Maritime Fall Fair in the Modified Open Division (4'6"-4'9") equivalent to US Level 8

Oxford placed 2nd and 5th out of 19 horses from Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Oxford also placed 3rd in the $10, 000 Farmers Dairy MO Grand Prix!

Congratulations to rider Jill Swain & Oxford!

October 2nd, 2004 - Reality Feeds MGPA Jumper Series Champions!

After a series of classes at this years Maritime Grand Prix Association jumper shows, Jill Swain aboard Oxford

took home the championship BR dress cooler, monetary award & a Pessoa Saddle!

September 23rd, 2004: Oxford wins the Grand Prix and is Reserve Jumper Champion jumping EC Level 5 (4'6")  Equiv to US Level 7

at the Hants County Exhibition - Canada's Oldest Exhibition

September, 2004: Oxford has 3 clear jumping rounds and was in the ribbons showing up to USAE Level 7 height (4'6")

at the HITS on the Hudson Horse Show in New York's beautiful Catskill Mountains.

August 20-21st, 2004: Oxford once again awarded Level 5 and Overall Jumper Championship at the 2004 Annapolis Valley Exhibition.

Oxford awarded Equine Canada 2003 Level 5 Jumper Zone Champion.

Oct 17-19th, 2003: Oxford competes confidently showing tremendous scope over 4'9"   Equiv to US Level 8    in the Modified Open Jumper Div.

2003 Maritime Fall Fair

Sept 20-21st, 2003: Oxford won two classes including the Grand Prix (showing EC Level 5 Equiv to US Level 7) at the Hants County Exhibition -

Canada's oldest Exhibition

August 14th-16th, 2003: Oxford Jumps to Victory at the 2003 Annapolis Valley Exhibition winning all three Level 5 classes

including the Invitational Grand Prix  - Equivalent to US Level 7



Oxford awarded Equine Canada 2002 Level 5 Jumper Zone Champion

Oxford also received a jumper performance award from CWHBA  at the highest level.




2012 - Oxford was not shown due to the birth of Dena's second son.

2011 - 10 wins and 4 championships at Provincial Exhibition in Brandon, MB with Dena Metcalfe Viallet.

Dena says that Oxford is the perfect horse for new moms.

2010 - Dena competed at a few winter schooling shows and then Oxford had the summer off while Dena gave birth to her first son, Jack.

Jack has already sat on Oxford.

2009  Champion Combined Working Hunter Federation Equestre du Quebec


2008 Top Ribbons - The Royal Winter Fair - Combined Working Hunter

2008 Pépinière Horse Show Champion - Combined Working Hunter

2008 St-Lazare Horse Show Reserve Champion - Combined Working Hunter

2008 Beaulieu Classic I Horse Show Champion - Combined Working Hunter

2008 Beaulieu Classic II Horse Show Champion - Combined Working Hunter

2008 Bromont International I Horse Show Champion - Combined Working Hunter


2007 Top Ribbons - The Royal Winter Fair - Combined Working Hunter

2007 Maritime Fall Fair - 1st place Open Hunter Classic

2007 Vermont Summer Festival Circuit Champion - Regular Working Hunter  *********

2007 Bromont International 2 - Champion - Combined Working Hunter

2007 Beaulieu's Summer Classic 2 - Champion - Combined Working Hunter


2006 Top Ribbons The Royal Winter Fair - Combined Working Hunter

2006 Tournament of Champions Reserve Champion - Great Canadian Hunter Challenge

2006 Reserve Zone Champion - Combined Working Hunter

2006 Vermont Summer Festival Circuit Champion - Regular Working Hunter  **********

2006 Saratoga Horse Show Champion - Regular Working Hunter  *********

2006 Winner $2,500 Merial Hunter Classic, Pépinière Horse Show - Open Hunter

Tournament of Champions 2006 - Winning the Handy Hunter Class (photo by Shoot Photographic)

Reserve Champion 2006 Great Canadian Hunter Challenge


Royal Winter Fair 2006 - 2nd place Combined Working Hunter Class #100

10+ Championships or Reserve Championships 2006


Stallion Performance Test 2000:


10 for character,    9 for temperament,    9 for jumping


Five of the top sires in the world are in the first 3 generations of Oxford's pedigree

(Burggraaf, Landgraf, Voltaire, Furioso II, Cor de la Breyere).

Oxford's powerful and correct movement, modern type, and "hunter form with jumper scope"

make Oxford an excellent choice as a sire for great versatility (hunter/jumper/dressage/eventing).


Letter from Jeannine de Luca DVM    (thank you Jeannine for your kind words)


Hello Everyone!                                            2003

This fall I took a trip to Holland with some friends and visited Oxford's birthplace, friend's and relatives at

Team Nijhof  in Geesteren.

Jeannette Nijhof spent a great deal of time speaking about Oxford as he was one of her personal favorites.

Oxford has a striking similarity to his sire Burggraaf in his expression, head, neck, and size, but I found his

wonderful temperament and more refined body (from the withers back) to be more reflective of his

grandsire, Voltaire. (photos)  Both Voltaire who is now in his twenties, and Burggraaf (also aged),

are considered foundation stallions of the Netherlands and will live out their lives as they should, pampered,

and  surrounded by people who love them.

In 1999, Pat Metcalfe, purchased Oxford as a 3 year old from Team Nijhof and imported him for her own

breeding program at Quo Vadis Stable in Manitoba. Oxford had passed all of his keurings in Holland including

the 1999 finals in Hertogenbosch.

Oxford's training continued in North America and over the next two years he showed quite successfully in

hunter divisions while simultaneously managing a career as a breeding stallion. The fact that he did so well in

the hunter ring as a young stallion gives you some idea about his classic form over fences and his docile nature.

His first crop of foals are just beginning training this year, but many of them have already enjoyed success on

the line. Oxford was listed in the U.S. as the 6th leading sire of offspring in hunter breeding classes.

He has sired many foal futurity winners & show champions. This year he was the sire of the record high-selling foal

at $13,000 (photo) and highest priced yearling ($13,500) at the CWHBA sales. Oxford's foals are being sold

for excellent money all over North America. He has been nominated to the IJF (International Jumper Futurity),

so his yearlings are eligible for nomination and large purses as young horses.  Oxford is a nominated CWHBA

Foal Futurity stallion, so his foals are also eligible for good purses in the Foal Futurities. Oxford is fully approved

CWHBA & AWR (both full members of the World Breeding Federation). 

Upon joining the Grand Prix ranks he should be fully eligible for approval with the NAWPN.

The decision to bring Oxford to Nova Scotia was based on several factors. First, Oxford needed a rider to continue

his education and take him another step up from the hunters to the jumpers. Second, as a breeding stallion he also

needed new exposure. As it worked out, the situation that ensued seems to have benefited everyone involved.

First, Paul and I were set up and willing to stand Oxford at our farm. This meant we would collect him, do the

necessary reproductive work and transport his semen to breeders where and when ever needed. We were also

excited to have this very fertile stallion with a wonderful pedigree for use in our own breeding program.

Jill Swain, a very talented and accomplished local rider, was willing to train Oxford and bring him along in the

jumper ring. The cost of training and showing also factored in to the equation and lets face it "mileage" can be

gained much more feasibly in Nova Scotia as compared with other provinces. N.S. is fortunate to have a series

of MGPA jumper training shows as well as several CEF shows during the show season. All these things seemed

to work out quite smoothly, Oxford won his first Grand Prix this summer at the Lawrencetown Exhibition,

and was 2002 CEF Level 4 Jumper Champion in his zone.  The season climaxed when Oxford qualified for and

showed in the 6 year old development jumper class at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. In fact, things went so

well that Oxford will be standing at our farm again during the 2003 season.

While at the Royal, Paul & I finally met Oxford's owners Pat Metcalfe and her daughter Dena. We got along

famously and had fun preparing Oxford for his big class. All the work was well worth it, as we and a full

exhibition arena watched Oxford "hunt" over the big course. There was a lot of "ooooing and ahhhing" 

as he cantered elegantly around the ring and jumped about a foot over everything. He showed bravery

and scope and remained focused and rideable. The course posed many tests for these young horses and

unfortunately only left 2 clear rounds.  It was hard to believe this was only his first season in the jumper ring.

Oxfords power is becoming more evident all the time, he has no problems with height, and if anything tends

to over jump a bit.  Like most horses at this stage, he just needs 'mileage'.

At the Royal, Oxford also got to spend time in the CWHBA booth, and had a great time visiting with everyone

that stopped by or watched him in the 'breed ring'.  The big ham was right in his element getting pats from

the audience, and showing off how he gently takes treats from my mouth with his lips (not what you would

expect from a breeding stallion!).  He certainly is a good ambassador for Canadian and Dutch breeding programs alike.

If it isn't obvious, Paul & I really have become attached to this wonderful stallion and feel fortunate to work

with him. No doubt, we will miss him when he eventually moves on in his career to begin more serious

campaigning in the jumper circuit. We certainly will have many reminders of him and will enjoy watching

his offspring evolve in years to come.

Oxford is among the most fertile stallions we have worked with. Mares bred to Oxford have had very high

conception rates using fresh transported semen. In fact, semen that was examined after 8 days in the fridge

was still found to have10% motility. His excellent fertility has also resulted in several successful embryo transfers.

In Nova Scotia alone, Oxford already has 2 ET babies on the ground (photos) and 5 more arriving in 2003.

Frozen semen will also be available for the 2003 breeding season. Thus far, one mare has been bred with

Oxford's frozen semen and she conceived on the first breeding.  Many breeders and their veterinarians

have remarked on the exceptional quality of Oxford's semen (usually arriving with 80-90% motility). 

We were pleased to hear from Pat that OXFORD's fee will remain at $1500 Cdn for 2003.


Jeannine DeLuca DVM

East Coast Equine Reproduction Center     (link)