Jump Canada Announces Young Rider Team for European Tour

Ottawa, ON - Ben Asselin, Bretton Chad, Kara Chad and Alexandria Smith will represent Canada at CSIOY Bonheiden, BEL, held May 17–20, 2012 and CSIOY Lamprechtshausen, AUT, held May 24–28, 2012.  Asselin, 18, of Calgary, ON, will ride two horses on the tour—his Junior Division gold medal mount from the 2010 North American Junior Young Riders Championships, Lolita, a 14-year-old Oldenburg mare, and Rush, an 11-year-old Belgian Sport Horse. Both horses are owned by Attache Stables.

Eighteen-year-old Bretton Chad of Calgary, AB will ride Stone Ridge’s 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Lasall, and 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Tjengo.

The youngest member of the tour, 16-year-old Kara Chad of Calgary, AB, will also ride two Stone Ridge owned horses—Calle 11, a 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding, and Alberto II, a nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding.

Smith, 19, who currently resides in San Juan Capistrano, CA, will ride her own 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion, Albatros 86, on the tour.

“I am very excited about the Young Riders tour to Europe in May,” said Jump Canada chef d’équipe, Mark Laskin. “We hope this will become an annual trip and that it will be an important part of our development system. There is nothing that can substitute for Nations’ Cup experience. It is an entirely different level of pressure when you’re walking into the ring with a Canadian flag on your chest representing your country.”

Laskin added, “This is a first step in that development and has relevance to competing on a senior international Nations Cup team for Canada. I'm looking forward to working with the next generation of Canadian show jumpers.”

To assist in making this tour possible, Equine Canada has received two very generous anonymous donations helping facilitate this forward thinking initiative to develop our next generation of Canadian show jumpers.

There is currently only one FEI team event held annually in North America—the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC)—where junior and young rider teams represent their provinces or regions in a competition similar to a Nations’ Cup.

Additional details about the two competitions may be found for CSIOY Bonheiden, BEL at www.jumping-bonheiden.be and www.srclamprechtshausen.at for CSIOY Lamprechtshausen, AUT.

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 recognized by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organization representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.

Photo of Ben Asselin taken last year.