The Olympics in Hong Kong draw ever closer, and the Canadian equestrian teams have all been chosen. The dressage team, Ashley Holzer, Jacqueline Brooks and Leslie Reid, was announced June 6, and the show jumping and eventing teams were named the following week.
The show jumpers include:
- Mac Cone with Sara Houstoun and Larry Evoy’s Ole
- Jill Henselwood with Juniper Farms’ Special Ed
- Eric Lamaze with Torrey Pines and Ashland Stables’ Hickstead
- Ian Miller with Susan Grange and Lothlorien Farm’s In Style or Redefin.
Jonathan Asselin is the reserve rider with Attache Stables’ Rayana Chiara.
“I am excited to have such a seasoned and talented group of riders to represent Canada in Hong Kong,” remarked Terrance Millar, chef d’équipe of the Canadian show jumping team and chairman of the Jump Canada High Performance Committee.
The eventing roster also contains plenty of experienced competitors and is as follows:
- Kyle Carter with his own and Nicole Shinton’s Madison Park
- Sandra Donnelly with her own Buenos Aires
- Selena O’Hanlon with Elaine and Michael Davies’ Colombo
- Jessica Phoenix with her own Exploring
- Michael Winter with the Kingpin Syndicate’s Kingpin.
Alternates include Hawley Bennett with her own and Gerry Bennett’s Livingstone, Diana Burnett, with her own and John Lennox’s Manny, Lesley Grant-Law with her own and Anthony Grant’s Timber Spirit and Samantha Taylor with her own Livewire. Michael Winter has an alternate horse in Wonderful Will, owned by the rider and Elliott Schwartz.
Following a preparatory outing at the Florida Horse Park, in Ocala, Fla., July 12-13, the team and alternates will participate in a training camp with David O’Connor and pre-export quarantine in Ocala prior to the July 25th departure for Hong Kong.