Ottawa, Ontario — Dominique Shone, 17, of Langley, BC, will represent Canada at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore from August 14-26, 2010. The Youth Olympic Games will see 3,000 athletes representing 205 nations competing in 26 sports. The show jumping events, the only equestrian discipline included, will take place at the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre.
The organizing committee will supply horses capable of jumping courses of up to 1.20m for the 30 international competitors. The athletes will draw for the horse that they will ride for the duration of the team and individual competitions.
In the Team event, there will be six teams representing each continent — Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and South America. Shone will join five riders from the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands to form the North American Team.
“I am really excited to go to Singapore and attend the Youth Olympic Games,” said Shone, who currently trains with U.S. Equestrian Team member, Rich Fellers. “To prepare, I am riding and jumping as many different horses as I possibly can.” Shone has experience competing at the international level on borrowed horses. In 2007, she rode a borrowed horse named Belico to a second place finish in the Farewell Competition at the FEI Children's Final in Jalapa, Mexico, where the courses were set at a height of 1.20m
For additional information, including the competition schedule, on the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, please visit www.singapore2010.sg.
About Jump Canada
Jump Canada is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level. Jump Canada is governed by a board, the majority of whose members are elected by the stakeholders in the sport. For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada.
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.