Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program Recipients Headed to the Pan American Games

Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) recipients Belinda Trussell with Anton (left) and Megan Lane with Caravella (right) will compete for Canada in the Big Tour at the Pan American Games (Left photo: CLiXPhoto.com; Right photo: Rob Madronich)
Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) recipients Belinda Trussell with Anton (left) and Megan Lane with Caravella (right) will compete for Canada in the Big Tour at the Pan American Games (Left photo: CLiXPhoto.com; Right photo: Rob Madronich)

Toronto, Canada — All four members of Canada’s recently announced dressage team for the 2015 Pan American Games have something else in common that they can boast about: they are former recipients of the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP). Team members Brittany Fraser, Megan Lane, Belinda Trussell and Chris Von Martels all benefited from the funding that C-DAAP provides for the support and advancement of Canada’s high-performance dressage athletes in their pursuit of excellence.

The non-profit organization offers 100 percent of its net proceeds from fund-raising events to the riders to offset the cost of training and competing for high performance to compete against the world’s best. In fact, more than $130,000 has been awarded to seven riders since 2012 to help them achieve their goals with another $80,000 slated for distribution this summer. “I am thrilled to see all four C-DAAP recipients represent Canada at the Pan Am Games,” said C-DAAP’s founder, Deborah Miculinic. “It shows how important it is to provide our riders with the necessary programs and funding so they can compete at the very top of their sport. Congratulations to each of these riders on achieving such a remarkable accomplishment.

The Canadian Pan American Games Dressage Team’s Small Tour riders, Brittany Fraser with All In (left) and Chris Von Martels with Zilverstar (right), are Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) recipients (Left photo: Horse Junkies Unlimited; Right photo: Jessica Mendoza)
The Canadian Pan American Games Dressage Team’s Small Tour riders, Brittany Fraser with All In (left) and Chris Von Martels with Zilverstar (right), are Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) recipients (Left photo: Horse Junkies Unlimited; Right photo: Jessica Mendoza)

You can bet they will make Canada proud and we will be certainly cheering them on!” Miculinic added, “C-DAAP depends on the generous support of organizations like Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals, Reser’s Fine Foods and many others for financial support and product donation for our fundraisers. Without these generous sponsors, we would not be able to support the riders to the extent that we do.” The funding criteria for 2015/2016 have been established with guidelines available at www.cdaap.ca. The deadline for applications is July 31 and recipients will be announced on August 17.

For more information about C-DAAP, visit www.cdaap.ca. Check out C-DAAP’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CanadianDressageAAP.




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