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Race for Dressage WEG Team Berths Heats Up as Two Canadians Earn Qualifying Scores on Easter Weekend | Print |
April 7, 2010 — The Florida show season may be over, but Canadians are still competing elsewhere and earning their qualifying scores for the World Equestrian Games team.  Wendy Christoff of Delta, BC earned her third score above 65% at the CDI3* Burbank aboard Pfalstaff, her 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Palladium.  The duo earned 65.830% in the Grand Prix on April 1.

Overseas in England, Cheryl Meisner debuted her new mount, Liebling II, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Lorentin x Konigspark xx) recently purchased by her sponsor, John Risley.  Competing at CDI3* Addington, Meisner and Liebling II earned 65.192% in the Grand Prix, their first qualifying score.  The pair also competed in their first freestyle at this CDI, scoring 67.15%.

Riders must earn four scores of 65% or higher in the Grand Prix test at CDI3* or higher to qualify for a team spot—one of these scores can be carried forward from 2009 and the balance must come from 2010.  Scores in the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle will be used as a tie-breaker if necessary.

Currently, there are two fully qualified Canadian riders for the WEG Team — Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON and Belinda Trussell of Newmarket ON, both of whom are Canadian Olympians. Holzer has been earning consistent scores over 70% with her 2008 Olympic mount Pop Art, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll.  Trussell is campaigning Anton, a 10-year-old German bred gelding (Antaeous x Saxony) owned by Robyn Eames. Their recent success in Florida includes three scores over 70%. 

Christoff is planning on competing at the CDI3* Rancho Murieta in California this upcoming weekend, April 8-11.  Currently, Christoff and three other Canadians— Victoria Winter and Proton, Shannon Dueck and Ayscha and Olympian Jacqueline Brooks and Balmoral—have earned three out of four qualifying WEG scores.

WEG-declared riders will also have the opportunity to compete at the CDI3* Lexington in April before the competition season starts at home. The Kentucky Horse Park, site of the World Equestrian Games, will hold a WEG test event for all disciplines, and the dressage portion will run from April 20–22. This event provides riders the opportunity to accustom themselves and their horses to the venue, as well as earn another qualifying score. 

Following Lexington, a maximum of six WEG-declared combinations will be given the opportunity to show and train in Europe.  The tour includes CDI4* Wiesbaden, GER, May 21 – 24; CDI4* Lingen, GER, June 4 – 6; CDIO Rotterdam, NED, June 16 – 20; and CDIO Aachen, GER, July 13 – 18, 2010.

For a current listing of WEG standings, please visit the Dressage Canada website at the following link: http://equinecanada.ca/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=833&Itemid=371&lang=en.


Support Canadian Riders’ WEG Dreams

There are still a number of WEG ticket packages available. Each package contains tickets directly behind “C” for four dressage events and is $875 (CDN) each. Dressage Canada also has a few select hotel rooms available at the official Canadian hotel — the Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington, KY. This is the hotel where all the Canadian athletes will be staying. The room rate is $329/night plus taxes and the hotel rooms are booked for arrival on Sept 26th for seven nights.

For more information, visit the Dressage Canada website (equinecanada.ca/dressage) and click on the “WEG 2010 Ticket Package Special” advertisement.

Inaugural Dressage Canada Hall of Fame Tickets Available for Purchase

Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that tickets for the inaugural Dressage Canada Hall of Fame are available for  purchase through the Dressage Canada website at the following link: http://equinecanada.ca/dressage/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=117&Itemid=496&lang=en.

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 amateurs and professionals through the following programs: coaching education and programs; officials’ education and programs; rules and qualifying criteria; sport development; and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd

About Equine Canada

Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit equinecanada.ca.