Canadian Eventing Names Team For The 2008 Olympic Games
Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Canada is one of only five nations in the world sending teams to compete in all three Olympic and the one Paralympic equestrian disciplines.
Named to the Team (in alphabetical order) are:
The Team entries will be nominated by Equine Canada to the Canadian Olympic Committee by the deadline for final definite entries by noon (ET) Monday July 14, 2008.
In addition to selecting the Canadian Eventing Team members, at the discretion of the selectors the committee announces an accompanying list of horse/rider combinations to serve as alternate/substitutes for the Eventing Team for the 2008 Olympic Games. If for any reason one of selected horse/rider combinations is unable to travel to the Olympic Games, 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:
*Michael Winter and Wonderful Will is the named alternate to Michael Winter and King Pin.
Following a preparatory outing at the Florida Horse Park, in Ocala, Florida July 12-13, the Team and alternates will participate in a Training Camp and Pre-Export Quarantine in Ocala, Florida, USA, prior to the July 25th departure for Hong Kong.
The team trains under the leadership of David O'Connor, International Technical Advisor. Eventing chef d'équipe, Graeme Thom; team manager, Janette Leask; stable manager, Debbie Furnas; team veterinarian, Dr. Christiana Ober; and team farrier, Christopher Volk, will accompany and provide support to the team throughout the Games.
At the 2008 Olympic Games, the team competition consists of a minimum of three and a maximum of five competitors with the best three scores to count for the team classification. Following the first round of show jumping, which determines the team medal winners, the top 25 competitors will jump a second round to determine the individual medalists.
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