The Equine Canada Eventing High Performance Committee has announced the names of the Canadian Eventing Team who will compete in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, Aug. 28-31. Selected according to the qualification thresholds and selection procedure, four rider-and-horse combinations are named to the team.
Aug. 13 update: Jessica Phoenix, originally named to the Canadian team with A Little Romance will now ride her original reserve horse, Pavarotti, instead.
"This past Friday A Little Romance was completing her last gallop prior to leaving for the [World Games] when she pulled a shoe, causing her foot to abscess," said Phoenix in a statement. "Don and Anita Leschied and I feel it's in A Little Romance's best interest to withdraw her from the WEG as she heals from this injury. We want to thank Equine Canada for their diligence, assistance and support in handling this situation and for giving A Little Romance the opportunity to represent Canada. This horse has an amazing future ahead of her, and we are excited to see her back in competition in the near future."
Named to the team (in alphabetical order):
Peter Barry (Dunham, Quebec) on Kilrodan Abbott, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the rider and Susan and Dylan Barry
Hawley Bennett-Awad (Langley, British Colombia) on Gin & Juice, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare owned by the rider and Linda Paine
Selena O'Hanlon (Kingston, Ontario) on Foxwood High, an 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by John and Judy Rumble
Jessica Phoenix (Cannington, Ontario) on Pavarotti, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Don J. Good
In addition to selecting the Canadian Eventing Team members, the committee announced an accompanying list of horse and rider combinations as alternates for World Games eventing.
Named as non-traveling alternates (in alphabetical order):
Selena O'Hanlon on Bellaney Rock, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the rider and Eventing Canada