Clayton Frederick aims for WEG return

Sarah Carless

Australian event rider Clayton Fredericks has announced he hopes to return to top level competition, Clayton Frederickswith the aim of making the Australian eventing team for the World Equestrian Games in 2018. 

With the end of his tenure as the International Technical Advisor to Equestrian Canada for its eventing team coming to an end, the Australian, who won the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in 2007 and won a team Silver medal at the Olympic Games in 2008 for his country and was also part of the team in London four years later, was looking ahead to his future challenges in a blog post on his website. 

With the announcement that the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, Fredericks said he was excited at the challenge of re-establishing himself myself at the top level 

He said: “With the recent announcement of Tryon as the WEG venue it has added some extra motivation to be qualified and in contention for what will be a home games for all involved at Fredericks Equestrian. I have the support of fantastic group of Australians living in North America with an exciting group of young horses and am really looking forward to the future challenge.”

Looking back at his tenure with Equestrian Canada, which is reviewing its High Performance Eventing programme, he commented: “The last 4 years have certainly been interesting but years that I would not change. Since I took over the role in 2013, Canada has finished a team at every Championship, which is a testament to the grit and determination of everyone involved. While I may be stepping away from this role in an official capacity I still hope to provide support to the Canadian riders who have supported me. I look forward to continuing to coach and help develop an exciting group of Canadian up and coming riders in their ambition to make a Senior team.”

Fredericks also announced that Canadian Olympian Colleen Loach would be joining his team at Fredericks Equestrian in the role of Assistant Trainer. “Colleen’s skills and experience in developing young horses will be a valuable addition to our team and likewise I hope the support we can offer at Fredericks Equestrian will help Colleen become a regular on future Canadian teams,” he said. 

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