Equine Canada Announces National and Elite Eventing Squads

Equine Canada has announced the athletes who have been nominated to the Canadian National and Elite Eventing Squads.

2016 Canadian Eventing Elite Squad (in alphabetical order)
Athlete / Hometown

Rebecca Howard / Salmon Arm, BC (currently residing in Marlborough, GBR)
Holly Jacks / Orangeville, ON
Selena O’Hanlon / Kingston, ON
Jessica Phoenix / Cannington, ON
Waylon Roberts / Port Perry, ON (currently residing in West Grove, PA)

2016 Canadian Eventing National Squad (in alphabetical order)
Athlete / Hometown

Peter Barry – Dunham, QC
Hawley Bennett-Awad / Aldergrove, BC
Kyle Carter – Calgary, AB (currently residing in Sparr, FL)
Lisa Marie Fergusson / Langley, BC
Lesley Grant Law / Toronto, ON (currently residing in Ocala, FL)
Colleen Loach / Dunham, QC
Kathryn Robinson / Kettering, GBR
Karl Slezak / Tottenham, ON

The 2016 Eventing national team program will focus on supporting Canadian Squad athletes at the following upcoming key team competitions:

  • CCI 3* Barroca d’Alva – Alochete, POR
    Feb. 25-28, 2016
  • The Carolina International – Raeford, NC
    March 24-27, 2016
  • The Fork International – Norwood, NC
    April 6-10, 2016
  • Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event – Lexington, KY
    April 28 – May 1, 2016
  • Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event – Allentown, NJ
    May 11-15, 2016
  • Bromont CCI 3* – Bromont, QC
    June 9-12, 2016
  • Luhmühlen CCI 4*/CIC 3* – Luhmühlen, GER
    June 16-19, 2016

Additional competitions may be added based on individual athlete training strategies.

“Our objective has been to develop a program that encourages our athletes to work within a team environment, while supporting their individual programs to maximize performance objectives,” said Ozzie Sawicki, program High Performance Advisor. “We will continue to support current elite athletes who have their sights set on Rio, while also engaging athletes with longer-term goals set on the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

Elite and National Squad athletes have the opportunity to access a number of program benefits to support their training and competition plans. The Eventing High Performance Squad criteria are reviewed twice per year, with athletes notified of their status in December and June.