Toronto, Canada— National pride is riding high at Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as the Canadian maker of botanical horse health supplements salutes three Omega Alpha Ambassadors— Brittany Fraser, Megan Lane and Belinda Trussell— for being named to the Canadian Pan American Games Dressage Team. Omega Alpha also enjoyed cheering ambassador Jacqueline Brooks, who is among the equestrians entrusted to ride with the Pan Am flame as it continues its international journey towards Toronto, Canada for Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 10.
The 2015 Pan American Games will continue through Sunday, July 26. Brooks, a two-time (2008, 2012) Olympic dressage rider for Canada and head trainer at Brookhaven Dressage outside of Toronto, exchanged the Pan Am flame on June 13 with show jumping rider Beth Underhill at OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park, which will be the site of the dressage and show jumping competitions. The Omega Alpha Ambassador was one of the only riders among more than 3,000 torchbearers to participate in The Pan Am Games Torch Relay, a 41-day journey that shared the Pan Am spirit with more than 130 communities while building excitement leading up to the Games.
Omega Alpha Ambassadors Trussell and Lane are seeded first and second, respectively, on the Canadian Pan American Games Big Tour leaderboard. Trussell qualified for selection to the Canadian Dressage squad based on a 72.438% average with long-time Grand Prix partner, Anton. Lane joins her on the Pan Am Dressage team having qualified on a 72.022% average riding Caravella. “These particular Pan Am Games were a huge goal for me,” confessed Trussell. “I've never competed in a Games on home soil and am so excited to do it in front of fellow Canadians. My goal is to win gold. It will be hard— there are some great teams, including the U.S., Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.
We will all need 'personal bests' and I'm going to try my hardest.” What Trussell won't do is let the stress of competition get to her four-legged teammate: “Horses under stress can have stomach upsets, diarrhea, and feel nervous. To compete at the top you need a happy, healthy horse. So I won't go to a show without Omega Alpha supplements, because my horses need to feel great and perform at their best. I use stomach remedies Biotic 8, Gastra FX, and RegenerEQ, and have seen horse after horse improve with these products. Just recently, I had a horse in training that started to play with his tongue. After a week on RegenerEQ, he completely stopped. I am sure he was suffering from stomach ulcers and RegenerEQ helped. It was amazing to see.”
“I don't think it's a coincidence that most of the Canadian Dressage team has Omega Alpha on hand,” Lane agreed. “Preparing for the Pan Ams is essentially similar to other shows, but having Omega Alpha products is a great advantage. When you're competing at the top you're always looking for ways to make horses as happy and healthy as possible, and Omega Alpha has benefited my daily program because I know my horses have the best products— and as a result, perform to the best of their abilities. For that, I rest assured, and so do my horses!”
Trussell and Lane will be joined on the Canadian Dressage Team by Brittany Fraser, who has also relied on Omega Alpha products to bring her and All In to the top of the Pan American Games Small Tour ranks with Prix St. Georges qualifying scores averaging above 73%. The 2015 Pan Am Games will prove especially meaningful for all three Omega Alpha Ambassadors and teammates, providing them with an opportunity to also qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
To learn more about how Omega Alpha quality health products can help improve and maintain your horses’ health and happiness, visit www.OmegaAlpha.ca or call toll-free, 1-800-651-3172.