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October 4, 2010 — Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to announce the riders and horses representing Canada in the team and individual Para Dressage competition at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Lexington, KY October 5–9, 2010.

Named to compete in the Team competition (in alphabetical order) are
Lauren Barwick    Aldergrove, BC
  Lauren Barwick
Eleonore Elstone
  Langley, BC
  4   Why Not G
  Kelleigh Kulscar and Eleonore Elstone
Ashley Gowanlock
  Vancouver, BC
  Alexander (Sandy) Mitchell
Jennifer McKenzie
  Maple Ridge, BC 
  Sunbury Lodge Voodoo
  Jennifer McKenzie
Named to compete in the Individual competition (in alphabetical order) are
Sharon Buffitt
Pointe-Claire, QC
   Gitane d’aubrac     Ecurie d’aubrac
Tara Kowalski
Chilliwack, BC
   MJ Fatal Atracson
    Dr. Philippa Keegan and Rachael Tipper
Madison Lawson
Bonfield, ON
    Madison Lawson
The scores of the four horse rider combinations named to the team will count towards the Team awards.

The Canadian Para-Equestrian team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games will be led by Elizabeth Quigg-Robinson (chef d’équipe), Amie O’Shaughnessy (Team Manager) and Andrea Taylor (National Team Coach).

The WEG Para Dressage competition will take place October 5–9, 2010. The Individual Team competition runs October 5, which will be followed by a two-day Individual Championship on October 6th and 7th. The Individual Freestyle competition will also run over two days on October 8th and 9th. Complete details about WEG Para Dressage maybe found at www.alltechfeigames.com.

About Para-Equestrian Canada

Para-Equestrian Canada is the Equine Canada committee responsible for developing programs for athletes with a physical disability, and implementing the Para-Dressage high performance program. Para-Equestrian is one of Canada’s most successful international disciplines, achieving an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games, as well as two individual bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games.

About Para-Equestrian Sport

Para-Equestrian sport provides riders with a physical disability the opportunity to compete against other riders with similar abilities. Riders are given a “Grade” based on their functional ability, and are judged on their riding skill against other athletes of the same Grade.  There are five grades of competitions in dressage, with Grade 1A representing the more severely impaired riders, and Grade 4 representing the least severely impaired riders. Many Para-Equestrian athletes also compete alongside able-bodied competitors in Equine Canada competitions. At the grass roots level, Para-Equestrian encompasses a number of different disciplines, while the international stream focuses only on Para-Dressage.  For more information, please visit www.equinecanada.ca/para-equestrian .

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 www.equinecanada.ca