Ottawa, ON—Canadian Olympian Bonny Bonnello of Calgary, AB, has been named the Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for April. At the Kentucky Cup Dressage CDI3* Lexington, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 20–22, Bonnello earned an impressive personal best score of 68.638% in the Grand Prix test to take third place riding Pikardi (Point Maker x Daimont), a 13-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding that she co-owns and Jean Bell. In the Grand Prix Special held the following day, the pair scored another personal best with 70.292% for second place.
“I am truly honored to be chosen as the Dressage Canada Athlete of the Month for April. My thanks go out to Red Scarf Equestrian for sponsoring this fabulous award and giving encouragement and recognition of accomplishments to Canadian riders,” said Bonnello, who represented Canada in dressage at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. “My journey leading up to the Kentucky Cup CDI has been full of excitement and hard work. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be invited to train with Robert Dover over the winter months in Florida. And now with help from Robert we have made great improvements which have proven to be successful.”
Due to their outstanding results, Bonnello and Pikardi have also been named to the 2010 European Tour with stops at CDI4* Wiesbaden, GER, May 21 – 24; CDI4* Lingen, GER, June 4 – 6; CDIO Rotterdam, NED, June 16 – 20; and CDIO Aachen, GER, July 13 – 18, 2010. “I was thrilled to be on that podium twice at Lexington and that just makes me work harder, and I embrace the opportunity to compete in Europe,” added Bonnello.
Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month is a recognition program that celebrates the achievements of Canadian dressage riders who represent Canada in national and international competition at the FEI Pony, Children, Junior, Young Rider, Advanced, Grand Prix and Young Horses classes.
Red Scarf Equestrian is the generous sponsor of Dressage Canada Athlete of the Month. Red Scarf Equestrian will be providing Bonnello with a generous gift certificate that can be used towards the purchase of elegant equestrian luggage, travel bags and accessories that are all made in Canada. For more information about Red Scarf Equestrian, please visit www.RedScarfEquestrian.ca.
About Dressage Canada
Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules and qualifying criteria, sport development, and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd.
About Red Scarf Equestrian
Red Scarf Equestrian is proud to offer a line of equestrian luggage and travel bags that deliver exceptional quality and extraordinary value. This line is a refreshing change as it speaks of elegance and simplicity. It works to protect your expensive and valuable apparel, boots and accessories. In a world of clutter, you can't afford not to buy quality. Red Scarf Equestrian is proudly made in Canada. For more information about Red Scarf Equestrian, please visit www.RedScarfEquestrian.ca.
About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.
PHOTO: Bonny Bonnello of Calgary, AB, has been named the Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athletes of the Month for April Photo Credit— Shawn Hamilton, CLiX Photography