The Canadian Eventing Committee has announced the recipients of the 2013 Canadian Eventing Athlete Development Scholarships. Congratulations to Young Riders Leah Breakey of Carstairs, AB and David Ziegler of Beiseker, AB.
Breakey, 20, competed her own Master Plan, the 17-year-old Canadian bred Oldenburg gelding, in their first CCI 2* competition at the Galway Downs Three Day Event Temecula CA, USA November 1-3, 2013 where they finished 20th. In 2013 Breakey also competed Donna Figile, an 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare, at the one star level. Breakey’s 2014 goal with Master Plan is to compete in the CH Y2* 2014 North American Young Riders Championships July 15-20, 2014.
Ziegler, 21, and his own Critical Decision, the 18-year-old Olbenburg gelding, came second place in the Open Intermediate division at the April, 2013 Plantation Field Horse Trials in Unionville, PA USA, with a final score of 32.2. In 2014 the pair placed 8th at the CIC 2* Carolina International Horse Trials March 20th. Ziegler who also competes in international level dressage with Peninsula Top Man, is currently based in Pennsylvania, USA preparing to compete in the CIC 2* Fair Hill International Horse Trials April to complete his qualification for the qualify for the 2014 CH 2* North American Young Riders Championships.
The Canadian Eventing Development Scholarship Program is designed to recognize and encourage Canadian riders in the pursuit of international competition, this year’s program offered scholarships of $1,000 to both of these outstanding athletes. The assessment criteria included past eventing experience, competition results, future competition plans and goals, and dedication to the sport including support and promotion of the sport of eventing in Canada.