|DC Levy Program Travel Assistance Support Announced for Jessica Rhinelander||| Print ||
April 9, 2009 — Dressage Canada and the Domestic Development Committee (DDC) are pleased to announce that the Dressage Canada Levy Program distributed funds to Jessica Rhinelander under the Travel Assistance Support.
Rhinelander of St. John's, NL, represented Canada at the fourth annual FEI Young Rider Dressage World Cup Final, held December 17–21, 2008, in Frankfurt, GER, riding Allende, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Andrea Rhinelander.
Identified by the FEI as the Canadian representative for the World Cup based on her 2008 results at FEI competitions, Rhinelander competed against the top young riders from around the world, including Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.
Attending the Final, Rhinelander got a taste of truly international, world-class competition where she rode the FEI Young Rider Team, Prix St. Georges and Freestyle tests.
“The opportunity to compete at the Young Rider World Cup in Frankfurt Germany this past December was a dream come true,” said Rhinelander, who in preparation for the Final also trained with Dutch Olympian, Ellen Bontje. “The financial challenges of gaining international competitive experience weigh heavily on athletes and their families. The difficulties of staying in school, accessing good training and quality competitions can often seem overwhelming. The financial support of the DC Levy Fund help to lessen this burden while offering the athlete the support and motivation to continue to train and compete. Thank you Dressage Canada for this fantastic opportunity and for your support.”
“This is a first for Canadian dressage riders competing internationally and the entire committee was happy to support this application, especially coming from a Young Rider,” said Lisa Hossack-Scott, a member of the DDC.
Commenced in 2008, all Equine Canada sanctioned Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Dressage competitions collect and remit $7.00 per horse entered in the competition to Dressage Canada. The revenues generated from this levy program are used to support a number of domestic, provincial and national programs all of which will be designed to foster the development of dressage riders, coaches, officials, owners and the industry at large.
For more information on the Levy program in 2009 and how to apply for Levy money, please visit the Dressage Canada Levy Program section of Equine Canada website.
About Dressage Canada
Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the National governing body for Dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of Dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules & qualifying criteria, sport development, publications & awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site.
About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is a member-based association that represents, promotes and services Canada's equine community and industry. Its core areas of activity involve sport, equine health and welfare, education and safety, governance and marketing, representation and communication. Equine Canada is recognized by Sport Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Coaching Association of Canada as the national organization representing equestrian sport and equine interests in Canada. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit equinecanada.ca.