Jaimie Holland will represent Canada at the sixth annual 2010 FEI Young Rider World Cup Finals, which will be held at the CDI-W Frankfurt in Germany on December 15-19, 2010. Holland, 21, of Caledon, ON, was identified by the FEI as the Canadian representative for the World Cup based on her 2010 results at FEI competitions. She will be competing against the top young riders from around the world. Riders will get a taste of truly international, world-class competition at this competition, where they will contest the FEI Young Rider Team, Individual and Freestyle tests. "It is an honour to be an ambassador for Canada at a prestigious competition like the FEI Young Rider World Cup Final. Both Fleurina and I have worked really hard this past year with our coach Tom Dvorak,” said Holland “This competition will be an amazing experience for both of us and we hope to do Canada proud!”
Holland is unable to go over early to train as she is a full time student at McMaster University and has to juggle her final exams around the trip.
Holland and her 12-year-old Westphalian mare, Fleurina (Florestan x Nouveau Roi) won all the Young Rider tests at the Gold Coast Opener held in West Palm Beach, FL, on January 21-24, 2010, and at CDI-W/Y/J/P Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge held February 12-14, 2010. In the Young Rider dressage competition at the 2010 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, held July 28 to August 1st in Lexington, KY, the pair won gold in the Freestyle test, bronze in the Individual test and the overall team silver medal.
The judging panel at this year’s competition will include Dr. Dieter Schüle (GER—FEI 5*), Freddy Leyman (BEL—FEI 4*), Maria Colliander (FIN—FEI 4*), Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED –FEI 4*), Dr. Wojtek Markowski (POL—FEI 5*) and Gustaf Svalling (SWE—FEI 4*).
Canada has been represented in past FEI Young Rider Dressage World Cup Finals by Alexandra Duncan, Amy Jager and Jessica Rhinelander with our best placing in 2006, when Duncan of West Vancouver, BC, placed fourth on her mare Elektra.
For more information on the FEI Young Rider World Cup Final, please visit the FEI website, www.fei.org