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Canadian Eventing names Squad for 2010 World Equestrian Games
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Following a successful spring training and competition program, the Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee is have announced the names of the Canadian Eventing Squad for the World Equestrian Games, being held September 30-October 3, 2010. Selected according to the qualification thresholds and selection procedure, nine rider/ horse combinations have been named to the Squad. The 2010 World Equestrian Games will be held in Lexington Kentucky, USA.

Named to the Squad (in alphabetical order) are:

Rider Hometown Horse Owner
Hawley Bennett-Awad Langley, BC Gin & Juice 2000 brown American Thoroughbred Rider & Linda Paine
Diana Burnett Blackstock, ON Manny 2000 bay Canadian Thoroughbred cross Rider & Eventing Canada
Kyle Carter Calgary, AB Madison Park 1998 bay American Thoroughbred Rider & Jennifer Carter
Rebecca Howard Salmon Arm, BC Riddle Master 2001 bay Canadian Sport Horse Caroline Bazley
Michelle Mueller Port Perry, ON Amistad 1999 chestnut Canadian TB cross Julie-Anna Pring
Selena O'Hanlon Elgin, ON Colombo 1994 bay Swedish Warmblood Elaine & Michael Davies
Jessica Phoenix Uxbridge ON Exponential 1998 bay Canadian thoroughbred Rider
Stephanie Rhodes Bosch Summerland, BC Port Authority 1998 bay Canadian bred Selle Franšais Rider & Patricia Bosch
Ian Roberts Port Perry, ON Napalm 1996 grey Irish Sport Horse Rider, Kelly Plitz & Tracey Newman

The WEG Squad will participate in a training sessions and preparatory competitions throughout the summer leading up to the final training camp, which will take place in September prior to the Games. The final team of up to six rider /horse combinations and alternates will be named in September.

The team trains under the leadership of David O'Connor, International Technical Advisor. Eventing Chef d'équipe, Graeme Thom; stable manager, Debbie Furnas; team veterinarian, Dr. Christiana Ober; and team farrier, Randy Pawlak will accompany and provide support to the team throughout the Games.

The Canadian Eventing Committee is grateful to Sport Canada, Podium Canada and all of its sponsors, supporters, suppliers and friends for their continued support of the Canadian Eventing Team in its quest for excellence at the 2010 World Equestrian Games

The Olympic sport of eventing encompasses three separate tests: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping held consecutively. Each test ridden by the rider and horse in combination is scored individually but added together for the final results. The rider/horse combination with the fewest number of penalty points over the three days wins the competition.

At the 2010 World Equestrian Games each eligible nation may compete three or four rider/horse combinations in the team competition (with the best three scores to count towards the final classification) plus one or two combinations in the individual competition. Nations which are unable to field a team may send one or two rider/horse combinations to compete in the individual competition.

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