On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Equestrian Canada (EC) named the 10 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in equestrian at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
Both eventing and jumping will field teams of four athletes, while two individuals will represent Canada in dressage. The Canadian Eventing Team earned their Olympic berth after finishing sixth at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. The Canadian Jumping Team received a team berth after winning the gold medal on home soil at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games last July. Although the Canadian Dressage Team did not earn a team berth, spots for two individuals were secured through qualification criteria set by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).
The Canadian Equestrian Team’s final preparations for Rio over the next few weeks will include training camps in Florida and Germany. In addition, jumping athletes will compete at the prestigious CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival, which began July 11 and will continue through to July 17 in Aachen, Germany.
At the Games, equestrian sport will kick off with eventing, August 6-9. Dressage will follow on August 10, 11, 12 and 15. Jumping closes out the equestrian portion of the Games on August 14, 16, 17 and 19.
Historically, Canada has achieved impressive results at the Olympic Games, earning a total of six equestrian medals. Most recently, Eric Lamaze claimed the individual gold medal in jumping at Beijing 2008. His teammates, Mac Cone, Jill Henselwood and “Captain Canada” Ian Millar also helped secure the silver medal for the Canadian Jumping Team. Millar also set a record at London 2012 by becoming the first athlete in any sport, from any nation, to compete in 10 Olympic Games.
A total of 200 horse and rider combinations from 43 countries will compete at Rio 2016. Overall, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 315 athletes.
About Equestrian Canada
Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. With over 18,000 sport license holders, 90,000 registered participants, 12 provincial/territorial sport organization partners and 10+ national equine affiliate organizations, EC is a significant contributor to the social, physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of the equestrian industry across Canada.
The equestrian team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
|Megan||Lane||Collingwood, ON||Caravella||Megan Lane & Cathy Lan|
|Belinda||Trussell||Stouffville, ON||Anton||Robyn Eames & Mark Trussell|
|Researve: Karen||Pavicic||Surrey, BC||Don Daiquiri||Karen Pavicic & Jayne Essig|
|Rebecca||Howard||Marlborough, UK||Riddle Master||Blithe Hill Farm|
|Colleen||Loach||Dunham, QC||Qorry Blue d’Argouges||Peter Barry|
|Selena||O’Hanlon||Kingston, ON||Foxwood High||John & Judy Rumble|
|Jessica||Phoenix||Cannington, ON||A Little Romance||Donald Leschield|
|Reserve: Kathryn||Robinson||Kettering, UK||Let It Bee||Kathryn Robinson|
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|Tiffany||Foster||North Vancouver, BC||Tripple X III, Victor||Artisan Farms LLC|
|Eric||Lamaze||Schombery, ON||Fine Lady 5, Check Picobello Z||Artisan Farm LLC, Artisan Farm LLC & Torrey Pines Stable|
|Amy||Millar||Perth, ON||Heros||AMMO Investments|
|Reserve: Kara||Chad||Calgary, AB||Bellinda||Stone Ridge Farms Ltd.|
|Chef d’Équipe - Eventing||Clayton||Fredericks||Ocala, Fla., USA|
|Chef d’Équipe - Jumping||Mark||Laskin||Langley, BC|
|Chef d’Équipe - Jumping||Dr. Volker||Moritz||Germany|
|Chef d’Équipe - Jumping||Christine||Peters||Ottawa, ON|
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