Dressage Canada Update - 2001 Can-Am Challenge Canadian Squad Members

Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that six horse and rider combinations have been named to the Canadian squad for the 2001 Can-Am Challenge competition at the prestigious Dressage at Devon. The competition, which takes place September 28-30, will see teams from Canada and the USA compete at the Advanced Level.

Canada's representatives for 2001 were selected based on 2001 competition scores. The horse and rider combinations selected are:

Joanne Mintz of Gormley, riding Koriedon, a Dutch warmblood gelding. The pair achieved an average score of 68.9% to lead the standings.

Jessica Costello, of Mount Albert, riding Litmanen, an 8 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Judy Elliott. This pair were a close runner-up in the standings with and average score of 68.1%.

Tom Dvorak (pictured), of Hillborough will ride Kadans, a 9 year old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Sheri Dumonceaux.

Jaimey Irwin, of Stoney Creek, will compete with the Westfalian gelding Waldano "20".

Cindy Ishoy, of Binbrook, riding Proton, a 7 year old Wurttemberger gelding owned by Epona Farms and Cindy Ishoy.

Victoria Winter, of Toronto, riding Diva, a 7 year old Oldenburg mare owned by Cindy Ishoy.

"This is a very strong and experienced group of riders", says Chef d'equipe Liz Steacie. "We have great horses, and I am confident that we will have a very good showing. Even though this is a "friendly" competition, it's a great chance for our riders to experience a team competition."

The horses and riders will travel next week to the competition venue located in Devon, Pennsylvania. The Can-Am Challenge competition begins on September 28 with Prix St. Georges test.

The 26th edition of Dressage at Devon, being held September 25-30, is considered by many to be the premier North American Equestrian Show of its kind. The six day event combines a world class dressage competition and a complete breeding show with an exciting international Fall Festival and special activities for the entire family.

2001 Swarovski World Cup Dressage Canadian League Standings as of September 17, 2001

The top 5 horse and rider combinations will compete in the Grand Prix at the Swarovski World Cup Dressage Canadian League Final at the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, Ontario, November 7-8, 2001. The top 4 placed horse and rider combinations from the Grand Prix will then go on to compete in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Below are the current declared riders & their standings as of September 17, 2001. There is still one more competition where declared riders & horses may obtain qualifying scores: CDI*** Devon PA, September 25-30, 2001.

1. Dior/Andrea Taylor (BC) 47.5 pts
2. Andiamo Tyme/Neil Ishoy (ON) 42. pts
3. Davis Cup/Nancy MacLachlan (ON) 38.5 pts.
4. Korona/Shannon Dueck (BC) 37 pts
5. Prymetyme/Evi Strasser (PQ) 30 pts.
6. Latour/Jon Costin (ON) 25.5 pts
7. Justintyme/Evi Strasser (PQ) 19.5 pts
8. Winchester/Belinda Trussell (ON)1 9 pts

Dressage Canada Announces Team Administrator

The Board of Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that Ms Kimberly Goodyear has accepted the position of Team Administrator for the 2001/2002 competitive years. Ms Goodyear will work with other members of the Team Advisory Council, the high performance subcommittee of Dressage Canada, to develop and prepare Canadian dressage riders for international competitions.

"I am delighted that Kim has agreed to take on this position," said Dressage Canada Board member and Acting Team Administrator Liz Steacie. "Kim is superbly qualified to manage our Dressage Teams, and she is such a positive person that I know she will inject tremendous energy into our endeavors." Ms Goodyear takes over from the Acting Team Administrator effective September 12, 2001.