|Erynn Ballard Named CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for October||| Print ||
November 9, 2009 — Jump Canada has named Erynn Ballard the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for October.
Ballard of Hillsburg, ON, was named the Leading International Lady Rider at the CSI 2*-W Pennsylvania National held in Harrisburg, PA, while her horse, Robin Van Roosendael, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Looking Back Farm, took home the title of Reserve International Horse as a result of their great results throughout the competition held October 8-17, 2009.
Ballard and Robin Van Roosendael started the competition by jumping double clear and placing fourth overall in the $25,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump. The next day, riding Olivia Mickus’ eight-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding, Simply Ahorn, Ballard was again clear to finish seventh in the $25,000 National Open Jumper Speed class.
Ballard wrapped up the competition with another excellent performance with Robin Van Roosendael. The pair placed second to 2004 Olympian Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil riding Let’s Fly in the $75,000 Prix De Penn National Grand Prix.
“This is the first time that I have been named the Leading Lady Rider at a horse show, and anything like that looks good on Canada and highlights the success of our programs,” said Ballard, 29. “After having a break this summer, Robin has really stepped up for me. Since Harrisburg was a World Cup, we are aiming to represent Canada at the 2010 World Cup Final.”
Ballard added, “I would like to thank Cavalor for sponsoring the 'Athlete of the Month' program.”
As the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for October, Ballard receives a gift certificate from title sponsor CAVALOR Inc.
About Jump Canada
Jump Canada is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level. Jump Canada is governed by a board, the majority of whose members are elected by the stakeholders in the sport. For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit http://equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada.
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.