Equestrian Canada Announces 2019 Eventing National Team Program Athletes

The Equestrian Canada (EC) Eventing Committee has announced the Eventing National Team Program (NTP) – High Performance Squad for 2019.

Rankings are based on results from FEI 2*, 3* and 4* CCI competitions and CIC 3* competitions in 2018.

The National Squad consists of horse-and-athlete combinations committed to and capable of producing individual performance results at 3* and/or 4* long or short competitions, and who show the ability to contribute to a top-six team result at major games.

Athletes are listed in alphabetical order.

· Hawley Bennett-Awad & Jollybo

· Lisa Marie Fergusson & Honor Me

· Colleen Loach & Qorry Blue d’Argouges

· Selena O’Hanlon & Foxwood High

· Jessica Phoenix & Pavarotti

The Development Squad consists of combinations committed to and capable of progressing to National Squad. Horse-and-athlete combinations named to the Development Squad are those which have achieved targeted performance results at eligible international competitions in the previous 12 months.

· Waylon Roberts & Lancaster and Kelecyn Cognac

· Shelby Brost & Crimson

· Dana Cooke & FE Mississippi

· Sabrina Glaser & Rembrandt

· Holly Jacks-Smither & More Inspiration

· Brooke Massie & Serendipity

· Jessica Phoenix & Bogue Sound

· Karl Slezak & Fernhill Wishes

· Mike Winter & El Mundo and Shannondale Arlo

The Eventing NTP is led by Technical Advisor David O’Connor, and supported by the EC Eventing High Performance Advisory Group and EC Eventing Manager, Fleur Tipton. The 2019 program consists of training camps and individual training sessions for targeted athletes and horses, as well as competition coaching support.

The focus of the 2019 program is to achieve team qualification at the 2019 Pan American Games, (August 2-4, Peru), and individual qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at eligible competitions.

“We have a skilled group of horses and riders that comprise our High Performance program,” said Dr. Rob Stevenson, Chair of the EC Eventing High Performance Advisory Group. “Through our partnership with data analytics company, EquiRatings, I do think that we have a better understanding of our High Performance Squad and targeted athletes. We are very pleased to continue under the technical leadership‎ of David O’Connor. His experience, understanding of the athletes, and commitment to our team’s success will give us the best possible opportunity to attain our targeted results. Through this partnership, we plan to both strengthen and broaden the depth of our Squads. This is a good time for eventing in Canada, and we are looking forward to a productive year in 2019.”

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