Trio brings their neigh game

TODD SAELHOF, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

There's no foaling Spruce Meadows' prized young horses -- they know their names newly given to them in an annual contest.

Feu de Joie, Vesuvius and Enigma proved to be testy -- fiery, energetic and puzzled by all the attention they received yesterday when they were introduced to the masses at the equine facility.

The trio was the focus of an annual Sun-sponsored campaign to name Hannoverian foals born at Spruce Meadows earlier in the year.

And one of the three contest winners, Airdrie's Claudette Fedoruk, said naming one of them Feu de Joie -- or Fire of Joy -- came easy given the chestnut colt's appearance and disposition.

"It really fits -- he represents a Fire of Joy," said Fedoruk, who played the name game with son Justin, 4, and daughter Jailen, 6, just hours after seeing the Feu de Joie -- a display that sees 100 soldiers fire their guns sequentially -- at Spruce Meadows during the North American competition in early July.

"The foal has a spot shaped like a flame on his nose, and we had just seen the Feu de Joie."

Plus, the entry fit the contest mandate of needing to name the foal with the same first letter as the sire's handle.

Federweisser is the father of April 9th-born Feu de Joie just as Viva Voltaire is dad to May 26th-born Vesuvius.

Another ball of fire, the chestnut filly Vesuvius was named by California's Lauren Russell after the explosive volcano in Italy that buried the city of Pompeii.

"People here tell me she's fiery," said 17-year-old Russell, who entered the contest online and is an excited first-timer to Spruce Meadows.

"I didn't know what the foal was like, so I had to pick a bunch of names that applied to different temperaments."

England's Valerie Stanworth chose the name Enigma for the April 10th-born bay colt sired by Escudo simply because of the name game.

"I thought this contest was a puzzle, so I put the name down on the e-mail and it won," said Stanworth, who's ecstatic about her return trip to Calgary after visiting Spruce Meadows for the North American in July.

The three winners, two of whom were flown to Calgary earlier this week, will have their name on the foal's stall plaque, be treated to Masters' action and receive a commemorative Spruce Meadows jacket.


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