Palgrave, Ontario, Canada — Internationally successful dressage rider Shannon Dueck has only been working with Elizabeth Ferber’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Cantaris (Complement x Egida) for three seasons, but after 2015 CDI 3* Palgrave— held this month at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Palgrave, Ontario— the two have together become top contenders for the Canadian dressage team for the 2015 Pan American Games.
“He was excellent,” said Dueck of her gifted dressage mount after the 2015 CDI 3* Palgrave show. “We had high scores in the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I, and we had a win in the Intermediate Freestyle.”
The pair’s impressive, technical routine in the Intermediate Freestyle earned them the blue ribbon with a score of 73.175 percent. “It was very exciting to come out on top, ahead of the top contenders for the Canadian team,” said Dueck, who rides for Canada but is currently based in Loxahatchee, Florida.
Dueck and Cantaris are now competing again at the Ottawa Dressage Festival on May 28-31 at the Wesley Clover Parks. So far, the duo has already earned a 70.95 percent in the Prix St. Georges. This show is the last qualifier for the 2015 Pan American Games. The 2015 Games will be held in Dueck’s own Canada— in Toronto, Ontario— on July 10-26. “If we make the team, I’ll have to figure out logistics,” said Dueck, her enthusiasm showing as she works on strategizing the future’s possibilities. “I have a barn in Florida to take care of— but I’ve got great help, so I’m sure we’ll be able to sail with that. I have to keep ‘Chester’ going,” she added.
Chester, as he is known around the barn, generally spends summers in Massachusetts with his owner, Elizabeth Ferber, and her trainer, Marie Louise Barrett. But the training camp for the Pan American Team begins July 1st, so if the pair qualify, they will begin training together full-time.
Dueck won her first Pan American Games medal in 1999, when she captured an individual silver medal with her self-trained horse Korona, placing just behind American athlete Debbie McDonald on Brentina. Since then, Dueck has brought several horses to the International dressage rings, and has represented Canada at the World Championships, the World Cup, and the Open European Championships. Her facility in Loxahatchee, Florida, offers a full range of services including instructing, training, and boarding.
Although her focus is on Chester for the moment, Dueck currently trains and competes several horses including the Irish Draught stallion Steeped In Luck, owned by Keith Douglas.
For more information about Shannon Dueck and Dueck Dressage as she makes her way toward qualifying for the Pan American Games, visit http://www.dueckdressage.com or call 561-723-1374.