Canadian Eventing names Eventing Team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games

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The Equine Canada Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee is pleased to announce the names of the Canadian Eventing Team who will compete in the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, FRA, August 28 – 31, 2014. Selected according to the qualification thresholds and selection procedure, four rider/horse combinations are named to the Team.

Named to the Team (in alphabetical order) are:

Rider / Hometown / Horse / Owner

Hawley Bennett-Awad / Langley, BC / Gin & Juice, 2000 brown, American Thoroughbred / Rider & Linda Paine
Selena O’Hanlon / Kingston, ON / Foxwood High, 2003 bay, Canadian Sport Horse gelding / John & Judy Rumble
Jessica Phoenix / Cannington, ON / A Little Romance, 2005 dark bay, Canadian TB /Trakehner mare / Donald Leschied
Kathryn Robinson / Kettering, GBR / Let it Bee, 2001, black German bred, gelding / Rider

In addition to selecting the Canadian Eventing Team members, the committee announces an accompanying list of horse/rider combinations as alternate/substitutes for the Eventing Team for 2014 WEG.

Named as non-travelling Alternates (in alphabetical order) are:

Rider /Hometown /Horse / Owner

Peter Barry / Dunham, QC / Kilrodan Abbott , 1999 bay, Irish Sport Horse gelding / Rider, Susan & Dylan Barry
Selena O’Hanlon / Kingston, ON / Bellaney Rock, 1999 chestnut, Irish Sport Horse gelding / Rider & Eventing Canada
Jessica Phoenix / Cannington, ON / Pavarotti, 2002 bay, Westphalian gelding / Don J. Good

The team trains under the leadership of Clayton Fredericks, International Technical Advisor.  Eventing chef d’équipe, Graeme Thom; team veterinarian, Dr. Christiana Ober; team manager, Fleur Tipton; stable manager, Debbie Furnas; team farrier, Randy Pawlak; team therapist, Jo Ann Wilson; and team medical officer, Dr. Rob Stevenson, will accompany and provide support to the team throughout the Games.

The Canadian Eventing Committee is grateful to Sport Canada, and its sponsors, suppliers, supporters and friends for their continued support of the Canadian Eventing Team in its quest for excellence at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

The Olympic sport of eventing encompasses three separate tests: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping held consecutively. Each test ridden by the rider and horse in combination is scored individually but added together for the final results. The rider/horse combination with the fewest number of penalty points over the three phases wins the competition.

Provisional Schedule for the World Equestrian Games Eventing Competition

Thursday, August 28   Dressage Day 1
Friday, August 29    Dressage Day 2
Saturday, August 30    Cross Country
Sunday, August 31     Show Jumping  and awards ceremony – Team and Individual

For specific times and competition details and results consult the Organizing Committee website www.normandy2014.com, or the FEI web site www.fei.org.