Canadian Ariana Chia Returns from Holland with Sights on 2010 NAJYRC

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Ariana Chia, a local rider from West Winnipeg, returns from Europe’s premier dressage auction in Holland, with a new steed by her side and her sights set on the Young Riders at the North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships (NAJYRC). Following her 1st place finish in the Technical Division at the 2009 Canadian Junior and Young Rider National Dressage Championship, Chia plans to spend the coming months training with her new mount Wetherby, as well as her current horse, the six year old Dutch mare Wishtadanz. She will be training in Wellington, Florida, with the goal of qualifying for the Young Rider Team at the NAJYRC. Earlier this year, partnered up with Kirschman Farms' grey stallion Odilon, Chia rode as the anchor for the Canada West Junior Team, ranking 5th individually and 4th in the freestyle championship at the NAJYRC held in Lexington, Kentucky.

Wetherby, a six year old Dutch Warmblood Gelding, was acquired at the Equine Elite Horse Auction, in Weert, Holland. The annual auction, a spectacle complete with Las Vegas-style revue, attracts worldwide buyers, and is the premier dressage auction in Europe.

“It’s my ultimate goal to bring dressage to the forefront of the Manitoba equine community and equestrian sport to the forefront of Manitoban and Canadian professional sport,” said Chia, “and I’m looking forward to working with Wetherby to hopefully achieve that goal.”

Competing since she was 7 years old, Chia is currently in training and preparation for the upcoming show season in Wellington, Florida, from January-April 2010. She is also fundraising and working to raise awareness to preserve the Brumbies (wild horses) in Australia.

Instrumental in fulfilling her competitive goals, Chia would like to thank her corporate partners – including, but not limited to, Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s largest network of independent travel consultants.

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