Canadian Equestrian Team Nominated For Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

On Saturday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Equine Canada (EC) announced the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) athletes who have been nominated to represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games, taking place July 10-26, 2015 in Toronto, ON.

The excitement of equestrian sport at the Pan Am Games will kick off with dressage, which runs on July 11, 12 and 15. Eventing will follow July 17-19, with jumping closing out the equestrian portion of the Games on July 21, 23, and 25.

Dressage and jumping will be held exclusively at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park, a publicly-owned, world-class facility in Caledon, ON. The dressage and jumping phases of eventing will also take place in Caledon, while the highly-anticipated cross-country phase will be hosted by one of Canada’s premier eventing facilities, Will O’Wind Farm in Mono, ON – which will be named the Pan Am Cross-Country Centre during the Games.

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games will prove especially meaningful for the dressage and jumping teams by providing the opportunity to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The Canadian eventing team has already secured Olympic qualification through their sixth place finish at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Historically, the CET has had great success at the Pan Am Games, most recently bringing home three medals from Guadalajara 2011. Both the dressage and eventing teams earned team silver, while Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON won the individual gold medal in eventing.

In addition, legendary jumping athlete, Ian Millar of Perth, ON, (known as “Captain Canada”) has had immense success, having won nine medals across nine Pan Am Games – more than any other jumping athlete. Millar is also a ten-time Olympian, giving him the record for the most Olympic appearances of any athlete in any sport.

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games will also go down in the history books with a record, as Canada is expecting to field its largest-ever Pan Am Games team, comprised of over 700 athletes. This level of Canadian representation, along with the exciting experience of a “home games” is sure to offer an unforgettable experience for Team Canada athletes volunteers, spectators, and fans alike.

Canada will be fielding teams in all three equestrian disciplines featured at the Pan Am Games – dressage, eventing and jumping. The team members are as follows:

Dressage athletes:

First

Last

Hometown

Horse

Owner

Brittany

Fraser

New Glasgow, N.S.

All In

Brittany Fraser & Marc-Andre Beaulieu

Megan

Lane

Collingwood, ON

Caravella

Megan Lane & Cathy Lane

Belinda

Trussell

Stouffville, ON

Anton

Robyn Eames

Chris

von Martels

Ridgetown, ON

Zilverstar

Chris von Martels & Lisa von Martels

Reserve:

Diane

Creech

Caistor Centre, ON

Robbie W

Doug Leatherdale

Reserve:

Karen

Pavicic

Surrey, B.C.

Don Daiquiri

Karen Pavicic & Jayne Essig

Eventing athletes:

First

Last

Hometown

Horse

Owner

Colleen

Loach

Dunham, QC

Qorry Blue d’Argouges

Peter Barry

Jessica

Phoenix

Cannington, ON

Pavarotti

Don J. Good

Waylon

Roberts

Port Perry, ON

Bill Owen

Waylon Roberts & Kelly Plitz

Kathryn

Robinson

Kettering, United Kingdom

Let It Bee

Kathryn Robinson

Jumping athletes:

First

Last

Hometown

Horse

Owner

Yann

Candele

Caledon, ON

Showgirl

First Choice 15

Watermark Group

Watermark Group

Tiffany

Foster

North Vancouver, BC

Tripple X III

Artisan Farms LLC

Eric

Lamaze

Schomberg, ON

Fine Lady 5

Coco Bongo

Rosana du Park

Artisan Farms LLC

Artisan Farms LLC

Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines Stable

Ian

Millar

Perth, ON

Dixson

Susan & Ariel Grange

Reserve:

Elizabeth

Gingras

Edmonton, AB

Zilversprings

B Gingras Equestrian Limited

Support Team:

Position

First

Last

Hometown

Chef d’Équipe – Eventing

Clayton

Fredericks

Ocala, Fla., USA

Chef d’Équipe – Jumping

Mark

Laskin

Langley, B.C.

Chef d’Équipe – Dressage

Alison

Martin

North Vancouver, B.C.

Technical Advisor – Dressage

Dr. Volker

Moritz

Germany