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.”