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Cecil Pring Named Dressage Canada Volunteer of the Month for July | Print |
Dressage Canada is pleased to honour Cecil Pring of Port Perry, ON with the title of Dressage Canada Volunteer of the Month for July.
 
Chris von Martels and Naima Moreira Laliberté Named Dressage Canada's Red Scarf Equestrian Athletes of the Month for July | Print |
An extraordinary performance by Chris von Martels at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and Naima Moreira Laliberté's incredible showing at the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) earlier this month, have resulted in both athletes being named as Dressage Canada's Red Scarf Equestrian Athletes of the Month for July.
 
Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships Looking for Horses to Lease | Print |
Equine Canada is proud to host the 2015 Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) at Wesley Clover Parks’ world-class facilities from September 25-27, 2015. This is the first time that this event is being held in the Province of Ontario.
 
NAJYRC Daily Wrap Up for July 19, 2015: Canadians Close Out NAJYRC on High Note | Print |
Equine Canada is pleased to provide daily coverage on Canadian results from the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), taking place July 14-19 in Lexington, KY.

Held annually, NAJYRC is a world-class equestrian competition that provides junior and young riders between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to represent their country in a team format. This year's event includes the FEI disciplines of dressage, endurance, eventing, jumping, para-equestrian, and reining and will welcome a total of 222 athletes from Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Team Silver & Individual Gold Across the Board for Para-Dressage Riders

In the first-ever para-equestrian competition held at NAJYRC, Team Canada, comprised of veteran, Madison Lawson of King City, ON, and future stars, Sara Cummings of Cranbrook, BC, and Nel Godin-Keating of Dartmouth, NS, was awarded with the team silver medal. Combining the scores from the Team Test on July 16 and the Individual Test, held July 18, the Canadians earned a team total of 380.191. The United States won gold with a total of 393.02.

All three team riders also earned individual gold medals throughout the week.

Lawson, 21, who was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, rode her new horse Lawrence (Lynx x Ferro), a 14-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding she co-owns with her mother Nathalie Lawson. The pair won gold in the Grade IV Individual test with a score of 65.298%. In the Freestyle, held July 19, Lawson and Lawrence earned 71.400%, for the gold medal.

Godin-Keating, who was competing in her first international team event, also rose to the top of the podium, earning back-to-back gold medals in the Grade 1a Individual Test with a score of 61.902%, as well as in the Freestyle (62.400%). Her partner was Mr. Itchy (Oxnead Allstar 591 x Sticky Lane Cassandra), a 17-year-old Haflinger gelding she owns with Lorraine Keating.

Also racking up two individual gold medals was Cummings and West Bay, her 11-year-old Swiss Oldenburg cross gelding. The duo scored 61.464 % in their Individual Test in Grade II and 63.350% for their Freestyle.

"This is a great start," said Mary Longden, National Team Coach. "We need to be encouraging young riders with a disability in Canada to recognize the opportunities and plan to start competing internationally at NAJYRC. I hope that young riders aim to represent Canada next year and in the future. I am really proud of Canada's three riders. They really rode as a very cohesive team."

More Medals for Canada's Young Dressage Stars

Naima Moreira Laliberte of Outremont, QC will return home with a gold medal under her belt from the Young Riders Freestyle test. Riding Belafonte (Belissimo x Wendekreis), an 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Fiducie Naga Trust, Moreira Laliberte handily won the class with a score of 71.825%.

"I'm really thrilled with my Freestyle performance," said Moreira Laliberte. "It is the best end to the week that I could ever imagine. We improved with every test."

Rounding out the top 10 in the Young Rider division on a score of 67.100% was Rakeya Moussa of Edmonton, AB and Merlin Nemorensis (Clintino x Larinero), Mohammed and Susan Moussa's 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Representing Canada on the podium in the Junior Freestyle was Camille Carier Bergeron of Mascouche, QC. Paired with Delfiano, a 12-year-old German-bred gelding sired by Del Piero and owned by Gilles Bergeron, Carier Bergeron rode to a bronze medal finish in the Junior Freestyle, scoring 71.375%.

Scoring 69.850% for sixth place was Vanessa Creech-Terauds of Caistor Centre, ON and Denzel BC, Melladee Marvin's 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Alexandra Meghji of Toronto, ON followed in eighth (69.150%) riding Iliado II (Idilio II x Ibiza), a 10-year-old Andalusian gelding owned by Diana Belevsky.

Eventing Bronze for Brost

Shelby Brost of Red Deer, AB, finished on her dressage score of 46.2 for the individual bronze medal in CH-J* eventing. After posting an eighth place dressage score riding Crimson (Etta x Cojak), her 12-year-old Thoroughbred mare, Brost moved up to fifth following a clean cross-country ride. A clear jumping round secured the pair's bronze medal finish.

"Crimson really felt great," said Brost. "She is a new mare to me, and she tries so hard. I was quite confident going in knowing that we are a good team and that she would take care of me."

Riding Princess Sophia, her seven-year-old Holsteiner-Trakehner cross mare sired by Riverman, Ailsa Morrison of Belle River, ON, earned a 15th place finish with a score of 53.7. In 17th place, with 54.9, was Annick Niemuller riding her seven-year-old German Sporthorse gelding, FE Black Jack (Blaxkstone x Severus).

Rounding out the top 20 for Canada was Tosca Holmes-Smith of Chase, BC, and Paddington, Ali Holmes-Smith's 20-year-old Welsh Quarter Horse cross gelding, with a three phase total of 58.1. Paddington was also awarded the Horsepower Trophy that recognises an outstanding horse in any championship division that best demonstrates determination, courage, class and heart. Paddington has competed successfully for 16 years and said his farewell to competition at NAJYRC, as this was his last competition before retirement.

"It is really cool that Paddington got to win an award like this at his last event," said Holmes-Smith.

Canadian Jumpers Make their Move in Individual Final

Jacqueline Steffens of Harriston, ON rode Double C Stables' Quercus van Generhese (Darco x Zeoliet) to eighth place individually in the Young Riders division after five rounds of competition. Riding the 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, Steffens finished with a total of 23.15 faults. Teammate Veronica Bot of Burlington, ON, rode her nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Calato's Charles (Calato x Lord) to 12th place overall with a score of 32.54.

In the Junior Division, Jessica Blum of Gormley, ON finished in eighth individually after riding her 10-year-old Westphalian gelding Cooper R (Celano x Corlando) to a five round total of 23.05.

Equine Canada congratulations the entire Canadian contingent on all of their success at NAYJRC 2015.

For more information and complete results for NAJYRC, please visit www.youngriders.org.
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Naima Moreira Laliberte of Outremont, QC earned the Individual Gold Medal in the Young Riders Dressage Freestyle aboard Belafonte at NAJYRC.

PHOTO CREDIT - Susan J. Stickle


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Shelby Brost of Red Deer, AB took Individual Bronze in the CH-J* Eventing at NAJYRC after finishing on her dressage score with Crimson.

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Camille Carier Bergeron of Mascouche, QC rode to an Individual Bronze Medal finish at NAJYRC in the Junior Dressage Freestyle, paired with Delfiano.

PHOTO CREDIT - Susan J. Stickle

 
NAJYRC Daily Wrap Up for July 17, 2015: Canadian Dressage Riders Add to Medal Count | Print |
Equine Canada is pleased to provide daily coverage on Canadian results from the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), taking place July 14-19 in Lexington, KY.

Held annually, NAJYRC is a world-class equestrian competition that provides junior and young riders between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to represent their country in a team format. This year's event includes the FEI disciplines of dressage, endurance, eventing, jumping, para-equestrian, and reining and will welcome a total of 222 athletes from Canada, the United States and Mexico.

More Medals for Canadian Dressage Riders

Riding Delfiano, a 12-year-old German-bred gelding sired by Del Piero and owned by Gilles Bergeron, Camille Carier Bergeron of Mascouche, QC earned the silver medal in the Junior Individual test on a score of 70.079%.

"What an exciting day," said Carier Bergeron, who also medaled in the Junior Division at the 2014 NAJYRC. "I'm really happy and grateful to have won the silver medal. I'm very thankful to my wonderful horse Delfiano for allowing to me do so well at my second NAJYRC. I am really happy that our hard work has paid off. My thanks must go to my parents for their incredible support, my coach Albrecht Heidemann, Equine Canada, the Fédération équestre du Québec, our chef d'équipe Leslie Steele, all the NAJYRC sponsors and my personal sponsor Ogilvy Equestrian."

Finishing in fourth, with a score of 68.868%, was Alexandra Meghji of Toronto, ON, riding Iliado II (Idilio II x Ibiza), a 10-year-old Andalusian gelding, while Vanessa Creech-Terauds of Caistor Centre, ON rode Denzel BC, Melladee Marvin's 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding to 10th place with 67.000%.

Earning the bronze medal for her ride in the Young Riders Individual test was Naima Moreira Laliberte of Outremont, QC, and Fiducie Naga Trust's Belafonte (Belissimo x Wendekreis), an 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion. The duo received a score of 68.447%.

"When it does not totally go your way, you must find a method in the ring to make it work. With challenging horses, that is what you do," said Moreira Laliberte. "Belafonte has certainly taught me to be a better rider."

In seventh place with 66.763%, was Hannah Beaulieu of Maple Ridge, BC, and Nancy Olson Beaulieu's 17-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding, Cortison (Cortez x Lane Court xx). Close behind in eighth was Rakeya Moussa of Edmonton, AB, with a score of 66.053% with Merlin Nemorensis (Clintino x Larinero), Mohammed and Susan Moussa's Oldenburg gelding.

In addition to the top results for Canada's dressage riders, the chef d'équipe of the teams from British Columbia/Alberta and from British Columbia/Quebec, Leslie Steele of Pitt Meadows, BC, was named the winner of the Albers Award in honor of long-time U.S. Region 1 chef d'équipe, Patsy Albers.

"I'm very happy," said Steele. "You can't do it without the help of the organizing committee, as they save us by making sure we do the right things. I also have a great group of kids and two wonderful teams."

Canadian Junior Jumps to Third in Farewell

Ashlee Steffens of Harriston, ON, rode Double C Stables' Braveheart de Muze (Shindler de Muze x Toulon), a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, to a third place finished in the Farewell jump competition.

Team Ontario Eventing Riders Sitting in Third After Dressage

Team Ontario, comprised of Ailsa Morrison of Belle River, ON, Alexis Murray of Barrie, ON, Annick Niemuller of Goodwood, ON, and Autumn Smith of Seagrave, ON, are currently third in the CH-J* Team with a score of 146.1 after dressage. In seventh with 161.7 is the combined team from Team British Columbia and Alberta, which includes Tosca Holmes-Smith of Chase, BC. Renee Kalkman of Fort St. John, BC, and Shelby Brost of Red Deer, AB.

The top Canadian score in the CH-J* individual standings after dressage goes to Emily Thompson of East Gwillimbury, ON, riding Paddington, Ali Holmes-Smith's 20-year-old Welsh gelding, with a score of 45.9, which currently has the pair tied for fifth place heading into cross-country.

Canadian Endurance Rider Savanah Wilson Finishes in Ninth

Riding Cheryl Van Deusen's 11-year-old Arabian gelding, Hoover the Mover (Ebony Masterpiece x Muslin), Savanah Wilson of Kemptville, ON, finished in ninth place overall in a time of 7:22:20 during the NAJYRC-CH 4* FEI Championship endurance competition on July 16, 2015.

In Store for Day Four of NAJYRC

In addition to the exciting cross country for the CH-J* division, the Individual Test for the para-dressage riders is on the schedule. The Individual Final for jumping and the Freestyle for dressage will also cap off a very busy day four.

For more information and complete results for NAJYRC, please visit www.youngriders.org.

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Camille Carier Bergeron Mascouche, QC earned the silver medal in the Junior Individual test with a score of 70.079% aboard Delfiano.

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Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program Supports Canadian Dressage Riders Aiming for 2016 Olympics | Print |
Canada's dressage talent is highly competitive, and the country's top dressage riders are known for their international successes. Canadian high-level dressage athletes put 100 percent of their efforts into improving their skills and scores and developing winning relationships with their horses.
 
NAJYRC Daily Wrap Up for July 15, 2015: Golden Start for Canadian Dressage Riders | Print |
Equine Canada is pleased to provide daily coverage on Canadian results from the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), taking place July 14-19 in Lexington, KY.

Held annually, NAJYRC is a world-class equestrian competition that provides junior and young riders between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to represent their country in a team format. This year's event includes the FEI disciplines of dressage, endurance, eventing, jumping, para-equestrian, and reining and will welcome a total of 222 athletes from Canada, the United States and Mexico.
 
Canada’s Chris von Martels Claims Individual Bronze Medal | Print |
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Chris von Martels of Ridgetown, ON, claimed the individual bronze medal in dressage freestyle competition held Tuesday, July 14, at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games. Dressage competition took place July 11, 12, and 14 at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Caledon, ON.
 
FEI Provides Statement on Final Eligibility Decision for Individual Dressage Final at TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games | Print |
The FEI published the following statement on July 13 regarding the Dressage Individual Final, taking place July 14 at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park as part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.
 
Canadian Dressage Team Claims Silver Medal at Pan American Games | Print |
Following a hard fought battle with the United States, the Canadian Dressage Team claimed the silver medal on Sunday, July 12, at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games. Dressage competition is taking place July 11, 12, and 14 at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Caledon, ON.
 
Canadian Dressage Team Ready to Start Pan Am Competition | Print |
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The Canadian Dressage Team comprised of Brittany Fraser of New Glasgow, NS, Megan Lane of Collingwood, ON, Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, and Chris von Martels of Ridgetown, ON, will open the equestrian competition at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games.  Dressage competition is taking place on July 11, 12, and 14 at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Caledon, ON.
 
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