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October 1, 2010 — The sixth annual Dressage Canada National Youth Championships, sponsored by Rising Stars Youth Dressage and Dressage Canada, were held August 27-28, in Chilliwack, BC.

In the exciting head-to-head competition, Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar, 21, of Bluffton, AB, and her horse, Oslo, a 14-year-old Canadian-bred Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Contango, were the champions of both the FEI Young Rider Technical division and the Freestyle. The pair were champions of the FEI Junior division at the 2007 National Youth Championship and went on to win Team Gold at the 2007 North American Junior and Young Riders Championships.  

Seidel-Wassenaar and her second mount, Bonafide, a 12-year-old Canadian Warmblood sired by Bonaparte were reserve champions in the FEI Young Rider division and Freestyle.

In the FEI Junior division, Esmee Ingham, 17, of West Vancouver, BC, riding her horse, Norseman, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood sired by Flaminko, was the Technical and Freestyle champion. Ingham was a member of the Gold medal winning team at the 2010 North American Junior Young Rider Championships as well as winning individual Bronze in the FEI Junior Freestyle. 

Monica Houweling, 17, of Delta, BC, riding her horse Stentano, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Modora, was reserve champion in the FEI Junior division and in the Freestyle.

The FEI Pony division and Freestyle class were won by Ehren Volk, 15, of Victoria, BC, and her 14-year-old Welsh Paint cross mare, Daisy Duke.  Elexis Ortlieb of South Edmonton, AB, was the reserve champion in the FEI Pony division with her 21-year-old gelding, Harrison. 

In the FEI Children division, Elizabeth Fraser, 13, of Armstrong, BC, and Sylvie Fraser’s 20-year-old Morgan, SummerSel Coletta, won the Technical and Freestyle divisions. Angelica Kilberg, 13, of Surrey, BC, and Ben Vermeulen’s 17-year-old Trakehner, Martell, were the reserve champions in both the Technical and Freestyle divisions.

“We are very proud to boast the highest number of declared and qualified riders in the show this year since it was started in Ottawa six years ago.” said show manager Susan Holtby. “We had riders in all four categories and for some of our riders it was the first time riding in front of a three FEI judge panel.” 

“It is a milestone in their riding careers” adds co-manager Wendy Christoff.

Started in 2005, the Dressage Canada National Youth Championships provides a terrific platform for Canada's emerging talent. The head-to-head format proves to be an exciting competition as riders sharpen their skills over the competition season, collecting valuable qualifying scores in order to represent their region. The Championships provide excellent training for the future as the qualifying system is structured in a similar fashion to that used for high performance senior athletes.

In the four regions of Pacific (British Columbia and Yukon), West (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North West Territories and Nunavut), East (Ontario and Quebec) and Atlantic (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador), the rider/horse combinations must achieve a minimum qualifying score of 60% in the Team, Individual and Freestyle tests in order to compete at the Championships.

Successfully qualified competitors make the journey to compete against one another in what proves to be a very competitive environment. Past National Youth Championships competitors have gone on to represent Canada on the international stage at the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships as well as the FEI Young Rider World Cup Finals including Megan Lane (2009 NAJYRC Gold, Silver and Bronze and 2010 NAJYRC Silver and Bronze medalist), Jamie Holland (2010 NAJYRC Gold and Bronze medalist), Amy Jager (2008 NAJYRC Bronze medalist) and Danielle McKinnon (2008 NAJYRC Bronze medalist) to name just a few.

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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.

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