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July 7, 2009 — The Dressage Selection Committee for the 2009 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is pleased to announce the selected athletes who will represent Canada at the Championships, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY July 21-26, 2009.
The Junior riders will be represented by a total of nine athletes and their horses. This represents all the junior riders who achieved or exceeded the qualifying technical average score of 64%.

Team Ontario will include the following riders:
Rider Home Town
Zachary Ball Mountain, ON
Sarah McIlwham
Alexandra Dvorak
Hillsburgh, ON Fling
Alexandra Dvorak
Megan Lane Collingwood, ON Caravella
Megan Lane
Maura O'Sullivan Toronto, ON Pik Czar Terrence O'Sullivan

Team Canada West will include the following riders:
Rider Home Town Horse Owner
Ariana Chia Winnipeg, MB
Jennifer Kirschman 
Sylvie Fraser Armstrong, BC
 Magic Chelsea Balcaen
Monica Houweling Delta, BC
Stentano Monica Houweling
Devon Luca Pitt Meadows
Jyl Sander
Devon Luca

One additional rider and horse from Quebec, Anne Mylaine Messier riding Marzipan, exceeded the qualifying technical average score and will therefore compete at the Junior Championships as an individual.

Showing the strength of young rider development in dressage in Canada, a total of seven Young Riders and their horses achieved or exceeded the qualifying technical average of 64%, and all seven have been named to represent Canada at the Championships at the Young Rider level.

Team Canada East will include the following riders:
Home Town
Annie-Pier Venne L’Assomption, QC Step Up Annie-Pier Venne
Jaimie Holland
Caledon, ON
Jaimie Holland
Amy Jager
Puslinch, ON
Jive Amy Jager
Daisy Kosa Toronto, ON Robic Katharine Renison
Amy Jager achieved a qualifying technical average with a second horse, Key West, and in the event it becomes necessary, she will be entitled to substitute Key West as her Team horse. The following Young Rider also achieved the qualifying technical average and will be entitled to participate in the Championships as an individual:

Home Town
Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar Bluffton, AB
Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar

“It was such a pleasure to preside over a selection process that ultimately allows all riders and horses who achieved the qualifying technical average to participate in the Championships,” said Claire Milton, chair of the Selection Committee. “The event is such an important milestone in the development of our future international athletes, and we are confident that we are sending a very strong contingent to the 2009 Championships. We wish them all the very best.”

For further information, please contact Christine Peters, Manager Dressage Canada, Telephone: (613) 287-1515 ext. 138 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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