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Dressage Canada Announces 2008 Olympic Team | Print |
June 6, 2008 — Dressage Canada is pleased to announce the rider / horse combinations that have been selected to represent Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games.

The Canadian Olympic Dressage team, subject to approval from the Canadian Olympic Committee, will consist of the following combinations:
 Hometown  Horse  Owner
 Ashley Holzer  Toronto, ON  Pop Art  Ian and Moreen Nicoll and Rusty Holzer
 Jacqueline Brooks  Mt. Albert, ON 
 Gran Gesto
 Brinc Ltd. and Anne Welch
 Leslie Reid  Langley, BC  Orion  Patricia Hatch
 Travelling Reserve—Christilot Boylen  Toronto, ON  Gachino  Pedro Hermosilla and Christilot Boylen

2008 will mark the third time that Holzer has been named to a Canadian Olympic dressage team. Holzer also represented Canada at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where she was a member of Canada’s Bronze medal winning team with Reipo. Riding her Dutch Warmblood stallion Imperioso, Holzer then represented Canada at the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens, Greece. Now in 2008 with Pop Art, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Amsterdam x Cabochon) owned by Ian and Moreen Nicoll and Rusty Holzer, the pair achieved an average qualifying score of 72.723% on the Florida CDI circuit to again earn a berth on Canada’s Olympic Dressage Team travelling to Hong Kong in August 2008. Holzer is currently ranked ninth in the Federation Equestre International (FEI) World Dressage Rankings.

Brooks and Gran Gesto (Grannox x Goldstern), a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Brinc Ltd. and Anne Welch, were one of the first rider / horse combinations to earn the three required qualifying scores for Olympic selection, achieving an average of 68.084% on the Florida CDI circuit. Although this is the first time Brooks has been named to an Olympic Team, the pair is experienced international competitors having been members of Canada’s Silver Medal winning team at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Brooks and Gran Gesto have been competing at the Grand Prix level since 2004 and were named to the 2006 World Equestrian Games team and represented Canada at the 2007 World Cup Finals.

Leslie Reid, who was a team member of the 1996 Atlanta and 2004 Athens Olympic Games, will once again attend the Olympics this time with her new Grand Prix mount Orion, Patricia Hatch's 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Jazz x Consul). Orion, in his first year of Grand Prix competition, and Reid, who calls Langley, British Columbia home, earned their qualification scores at the 2008 USA West Coast dressage CDI competitions finishing with an average of 67.278%. Reid has also represented Canada at the 1991, 1999 and 2003 Pam American Games, earning individual Gold and team Silver at the 2003 Pan American Games.

The traveling reserve will be multiple Olympian Christilot Boylen originally from Toronto, ON, and now living in Rottingen, Germany. Boylen, whose Olympic career began in 1964 when she attended the Tokyo Olympics at the age of seventeen, and thus becoming Canada’s very first Olympic Dressage competitor, has the distinction of having attended seven Olympic Games in the past 44 years (in addition to attending the 1980 Alternate Olympic Games). Boylen and her mount Gachino (Gardez x China Town), a 14-year-old Baden-Wurttemberger gelding, owned by Pedro Hermosilla and Boylen, achieved their qualification scores for the team selection in Europe where they finished with an average of 67.000%.
"I am happy that we have a strong and experienced team representing Canada at the 2008 Olympics," noted Dressage Chef d’équipe Alastair Buchanan.

The equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games will be held August 9–21, 2008, at the world famous Hong Kong Jockey Club in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, with the cross country portion taking place at Beas River. Dressage kicks off on August 13th with the first of two days of competition in the Team Grand Prix medal class, and ends August 19th with the Individual Medal Grand Prix Freestyle class.

The judging panel will include:

Ground Jury President Mr. Gotthilf Riexinger (GER)
Member 2: Mr. Gary Rockwell (USA)
Member 3: Mr. Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
Member 4: Dr. Jean Michel Roudier (FRA)
Member 5: Mr. Leif Tornblad (DEN)
Member 6: Ms Minako Furuoka (JPN)
Member 7: Dr. Barnabas Mandi (HUN)
FEI Delegate Member 8: Mrs. Mariette Withages (BEL)

The following countries have qualified teams for the Olympic Games: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA.
In addition, the following countries have qualified composite teams (3 individuals qualified from the same nation from the Olympic rankings to make up a team): Denmark, France, Russia and Spain.
The following nations will be represented by individual competitors: Austria, Belarus, China, Finland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and South Africa.  The 2008 Olympic Games will see 13 nations competing for team medals as well as 49 riders vying for individual medals.

The official website for the 2008 Olympic equestrian events in Hong Kong is

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.

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