Equestrian Canada Announces 2017 Eventing High Performance Squad

The Equestrian Canada Elite Eventing Squad: Colleen Loach, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Jessica Phoenix, Selena O'Hanlon and Rebecca Howard.

The Equestrian Canada Elite Eventing Squad: Colleen Loach, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Jessica Phoenix, Selena O’Hanlon and Rebecca Howard.

Equestrian Canada has announced their 2017 Eventing High Performance Squad, which includes an Eventing Elite and Eventing National Squad. These classifications are defined as:

Elite: Intended for rider and horse combinations with proven form at the CCI/CIC 3* and CCI 4* levels who are capable of being competitive at the Olympic level.

National: Created for athlete and horse combinations with proven form at the CCI 2*, CCI/CIC 3* and/or CCI 4* level who are capable of being competitive at the major games level, including the FEI World Equestrian Games.

The 2017 Elite Squad is as follows:

Hawley Bennett-Awad / Aldergrove, BC (currently residing in Temecula, CA)
Rebecca Howard / Salmon Arm, BC (currently residing in Wiltshire, GBR)
Colleen Loach / Sherbrooke, QC (currently residing in Anthony, FL)
Selena O’Hanlon / Kingston, ON
Jessica Phoenix / Cannington, ON

The 2017 National Squad is as follows:

Peter Barry / Dunham, QC
Kyle Carter / Calgary, AB (currently residing in Sparr, FL)
Rachel McDonough / Etobicoke, ON
Kathryn Robinson / Kettering, GBR
Karl Slezak / Tottenham, ON
Waylon Roberts / Port Perry, ON (currently residing in West Grove, PA)
Michael Winter / Cirencester, GB

“The 2017 Eventing High Performance Squad includes strong representation of experienced and developing athletes and horses,” said Dr. Rob Stevenson, Chair of the EC Eventing High Performance Advisory Group in a press release.

“Though many are focused upon the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, some athletes and horses will be looking a bit further to Tokyo 2020. Congratulations to these athletes. We aspire towards a program that others will want to join, from the grassroots to the highest level. We plan to have a program that will support their ambitions. As well, we appreciate the horse owners for their continued commitment to these athletes.”

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