We announced Canada’s new talent spotting initiative Eventing No Boundaries last month, and the program is just beginning its rollout, with the Mustang Powder Horse Trials serving as the first targeted event. Sandra Donnelly and Lynne Larsen were on site at Chase Creek acting as talent spotters alongside Ozzie Sawicki, the program’s primary facilitator.
“We are in the initial stages of rollout, with the formal announcement of the program goals and expectations expected shortly,” Lynne said. “It was a successful weekend for our first Canadian show, with Ozzie being kept busy all weekend in discussion with many of the competitors, coaches and parents with questions, thoughts and good input from all.”
The program format will continue to be adjusted at events this year, which have not yet been announced, with the official launch coming in 2015. The Canadian Eventing Athlete Development Committee at Equine Canada hopes this new initiative will succeed in finding and developing talent from the pool of riders currently competing for Canada.
Stay tuned to Equine Canada’s website for more information on Eventing No Boundaries as it becomes available, and we’ll also keep spreading the word on this new talent spotting program. Go Canadian Eventing!
Update: Lynne Larsen has confirmed that there is no age limit for the Eventing No Boundaries program. “At this stage in the game, we are just looking at raw talent,” she said. Bromont is also a targeted event under the rollout format, and there will be an information and education session for all Canadian riders at the event. Ozzie Sawicki will also be available to answer questions.