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Canadian Eventing names Team for the 2007 Pan American Games
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Following a successful spring training and competition program, the Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee has announced the names of the Canadian Eventing Team who will represent Canada in the 2007 Pan American Games (PAG), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 14-29.

Selected according to the Qualification Thresholds and Selection Procedure, five rider/horse combinations are named to the team and nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee. Named to the team (in alphabetical order) are:

Rider Hometown Horse Owner
Kyle Carter Calgary, AB Madison Park Rider & Nicole Shinton
Sandra Donnelly Calgary , AB Buenos Aires Sandra Donnelly
Jessica Phoenix Uxbridge ON Exploring Jessica Phoenix
Waylon Roberts Port Perry, ON Paleface Kelly Plitz
Michael Winter Toronto, ON King Pin King Pin Syndicate

The team entries will be nominated by Equine Canada to the Canadian Olympic Committee by the deadline of 12p.m. (ET) on Monday, June 18 for final definite entries.

In addition, the Canadian Eventing Selectors announce an accompanying list of horse/rider combinations, which were chosen at the discretion of the Selectors to serve as alternate/substitutes for the PAG Eventing Team. If for any reason one of selected horse/rider combinations is unable to travel to the PAG, then it may be possible, although subject to strict regulations, to replace a named substitute to the team. Named as alternates (in alphabetical order ) are:

Rider Hometown Horse Owner
Hawley Bennett Langley BC Livingstone Hawley & Gerry Bennett
Selena O'Hanlon Elgin, ON Colombo Elaine & Michael Davies
Penny Rowland Orangeville, ON Windswept Don J. Good
Samantha Taylor Richmond, BC Livewire Samantha Taylor

The team and alternates will participate in an Open Training Camp in The Plains , Virginia , USA from June 25-29, before moving to Ocala, Florida for the 10 day Pre-Pan Am Training Camp and quarantine period, prior to the July 12 departure for Brazil.

The team trains under the leadership of David O'Connor, International Technical Advisor. Eventing Chef d'Equipe Graeme Thom, Team Manager Janette Leask, Team Veterinarian Dr. Christiana Ober, Team Farrier Christopher Volk will accompany and provide support to the team throughout the Games.

The Canadian Eventing Committee is grateful to Sport Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee and all of its supporters, sponsors and friends for their continued support of the Canadian Eventing Team in its quest for a top two team placing at the 2007 Pan American Games.

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