Team Canada – Ontario Wins Dressage Team Gold
Friday, July 24, 2009
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Alexandra Dvorak who trains with her father Olympian Tom Dvorak said of her horse Fling, “He completes me! I really love him." Maura O’Sullivan who finished third overall was thrilled with her horses as well. All junior riders were in awe of the Kentucky Horse Park and the organization of the event in general which have made it a unique and world class experience. Trainers for the Canadian Juniors Jamie and Tina Irwin, Ruth Koch and Albrecht Heidemann, and Tom and Ellen Dvorak all have solid programs.
Region Three is in the southeastern United States, all had the chance to be at Gladstone for the National Junior Championships where they bonded as a team. “It was a great setting to be a team and we are also really close friends in and out of the horse world.” said Ellen Wall. I love being here it is a lifetime experience. This is my first year making the team and we are so excited to be here.”
Deimler who trains with Karen Lipp and clinics on a regular basis with Michelle Gibson made a point to mention her teammate’s trainers for Ellen Wall, Annaliese Vogt Harber, and for Lauren Knopp Sasha Newman, and for Katrin Dagge the Barteaus.
The Bronze Medal team of Region 1 thrived in spite of emergency surgery of the trainer of the top two riders, Nicole DelGiorno and Melanie Montagano on Ga Deva.
Roberta Williams stepped in to help warm them up, and DelGiorno on Lamborghini Dane finished second overall with a 66.486.
Fellow teammates Alison Coyle and Bariton, and Kaitlin Blythe and Daverden rounded out the third place finish.
DelGiorno added that the Young Riders competition provided an opportunity to see so many disciplines at such a high level.
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