Canadian Eventing Names Eventing Squad for the 2010 World Equestrian Games

Sunday, June 20, 2010
Posted by Julie Cull, Equine Canada


Ottawa, ON — Following a successful spring training and competition program, the Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee is pleased to announce the names of the Canadian Eventing Squad for the World Equestrian Games, being held September 30–October 3, 2010. Selected according to the qualification thresholds and selection procedure, nine rider/ horse combinations have been named to the Squad.  The 2010 World Equestrian Games will be held in Lexington Kentucky, USA.
Named to the Squad (in alphabetical order) are:
Hawley Bennett-Awad, Langley, BC - Gin & Juice, 2000 brown American Thoroughbred -Rider & Linda Paine          

Diana Burnett, Blackstock, ON - Manny, 2000 bay Canadian Thoroughbred cross - Rider & Eventing Canada

Kyle Carter, Calgary, AB  - Madison Park, 1998 bay American Thoroughbred - Rider & Jennifer Carter

Rebecca Howard, Salmon Arm, BC - Riddle Master, 2001 bay Canadian Sport Horse - Caroline Bazley    

Michelle Mueller, Port Perry, ON - Amistad, 1999 chestnut Canadian TB cross -Julie-Anna Pring

Selena O’Hanlon, Elgin, ON - Colombo, 1994 bay Swedish Warmblood - Elaine & Michael Davies

Jessica Phoenix, Uxbridge ON - Exponential, 1998 bay Canadian thoroughbred - Rider

Stephanie Rhodes Bosch, Summerland, BC - Port Authority, 1998 bay Canadian bred - Selle Français Rider & Patricia Bosch

Ian Roberts, Port Perry, ON - Napalm,  1996 grey Irish Sport Horse - Rider, Kelly Plitz & Tracey Newman                                                                                          
For rider biographies, please visit the Equine Canada web site at www.equinecanada.ca.  

The WEG Squad will participate in a training sessions and preparatory competitions throughout the summer leading up to the final training camp, which will take place in September prior to the Games. The final team of up to six rider /horse combinations and alternates will be named in September.

The team trains under the leadership of David O’Connor, International Technical Advisor.  Eventing Chef d’équipe, Graeme Thom; stable manager, Debbie Furnas; team veterinarian, Dr. Christiana Ober; and team farrier, Randy Pawlak will accompany and provide support to the team throughout the Games.

The Canadian Eventing Committee is grateful to Sport Canada, Podium Canada and all of its sponsors, supporters, suppliers and friends for their continued support of the Canadian Eventing Team in its quest for excellence at the 2010 World Equestrian Game.  

The Olympic sport of eventing encompasses three separate tests: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping held consecutively. Each test ridden by the rider and horse in combination is scored individually but added together for the final results. The rider/horse combination with the fewest number of penalty points over the three days wins the competition.  

At the 2010 World Equestrian Games each eligible nation may compete three or four rider/horse combinations in the team competition (with the best three scores to count towards the final classification) plus one or two combinations in the individual competition. Nations which are unable to field a team may send one or two rider/horse combinations to compete in the individual competition.

Provisional Schedule for the World Equestrian Games Eventing Competition
Thursday, September 30 - Dressage  Day 1
Friday, October 1 - Dressage  Day 2                                       
Saturday, October 2 - Cross Country
Sunday, October 3 - Show Jumping Victory Ceremony  — Team and Individual

For specific times and competition details and results consult the Organizing Committee website www.alltechfeigames.com or the FEI web site www.horsesport.org.

About Canadian Eventing
Canadian Eventing is a committee of Equine Canada responsible for the sport of eventing in Canada from the grassroots to the international level. The Canadian Eventing Committee is comprised of 12 members, including two rider representatives elected by the Elite Riders Association. Directed by the strategic plan for eventing, all eventing activities are administered by this committee via six sub-committees with the support of eventing manager based at the Equine Canada office in Ottawa. The national team athletes and program, led by International Technical Advisor David O’Connor, are monitored by the High Performance Committee. For more information about Canadian Eventing, visit www.equinecanada.ca—Sport—Eventing.

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