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Canadian Eventing Names Team For The 2008 Olympic Games
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Following a successful weekend outing at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida, the Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee has announced that Samantha Taylor and Livewire have been selected as the fifth rider/horse combination to join the Canadian Eventing Team which will compete in the Olympic Games August 9-12, 2008.  The equestrian events for the 2008 Olympic Games will be held in Hong Kong, China. Samantha and Livewire replace Jessica Phoenix and Exploring who were sadly were withdrawn from the Team on July 3rd, 2008.

The Eventing Team nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games (in alphabetical order) are:

Rider, hometown Horse Owner
Kyle Carter, Calgary, AB Madison Park, 1998 bay American TB Rider & Nicole Shinton
Sandra Donnelly, Calgary, AB Buenos Aires 1997 bay Canadian WB Rider
Selena O'Hanlon, Elgin, ON Colombo, 1994 bay Swedish WB Elaine & Michael Davies
Samantha Taylor, Richmond, BC Livewire 1998 grey Canadian TB Rider
Michael Winter, Toronto, ON King Pin, 1996 chestnut Irish Sport Horse King Pin Syndicate

The Team 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'equipe, 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.


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