In 1952, Canada fielded its first Olympic Equestrian Team in Helsinki.
Since then, the sport has grown and international competition has been
a regular occurrence, often with considerable results.
The Canadian Equestrian Team, a committee of Equine Canada, is
responsible for developing, selecting and training all international
teams in the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Federation
Equestre Internationale (FEI). These eight include the three Olympic
disciplines of dressage, show jumping and three day eventing, as well
as driving, endurance, para-equestrian, reining and vaulting.
Fundraising, marketing, public relations and other
programs which benefit the Team are all managed by the CET. And, to
ensure that Canada always has world-class equestrian athletes, the CET
offers developmental support to the Young Riders program.
The CET sends Canadian riders across the globe to
compete in individual and team categories at the Olympic Games, PAN
American Games, World Equestrian Games, World Cups, North American
championships, and Young Riders.
Funding for the Canadian Equestrian Team, the eight
National Equestrian Discipline Teams and the programs that support the
development of these teams is acquired through the generous
contributions of our government partners Own the Podium, the Canadian
Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Sport Canada and
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, as well as the discipline committees
of Equine Canada, the kind contributions of corporate sponsors and
suppliers, plus individual donors and the athletes. Funds that are
raised through provincial and Equine Canada membership fees and sport
and horse licenses do not fund the Canadian Equestrian Team.