Equestrian Canada Names 2021 High Performance Squads

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Equestrian Canada this weekend sent out a list of riders selected to the High Performance National and Development Squads. Canada will have the ability to send two individual athletes to Tokyo, should the Olympics proceed this summer.

The following horse and rider pairs were named to the National Squad, defined as “Athlete and horse combination with proven form at 4* and/or 5* long or short competitions in the previous 12 months that demonstrates that the combination is capable of being competitive at the 2020 Olympic Games”:

  • Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo (Jollybo Syndicate LLC & Hawley Bennett-Awad)
  • Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me (Lisa Marie Fergusson)
  • Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration (Bruce Smither & Holly Jacks Smither)
  • Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges (Peter Barry) & Vermont (Peter Barry)
  • Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti (Jessica Phoenix) and Bogue Sound (Amara Hoppner)
  • Waylon Roberts and Lancaster (John & Michelle Koppin, Waylon Roberts)
  • Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes (Kirk Hoppner & Karl Slezak)
  • Michael Winter and El Mundo (Jonathan Nelson, Emma & Michael Winter)

The following riders were named to Canada’s 2021 Development Squad, defined as “combinations committed to and capable of progressing to National Squad” with qualifications at 5*, 4* or 3*-level events:

  • Shelby Brost and Crimson (Shelby & Wayne Brost)
  • Mélissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando (Mélissa Boutin)
  • Kyle Carter and Reddy or Not (The Christy Edwards Farm)
  • Dana Cooke and Mississippi (FE Mississippi Syndicate LLC) and Whole Lotta Rosie (Kingfisher Park)
  • Lesley Grant-Law and Lady Chatterley (Lesley Grant-Law, Jackie & Steve Brown)
  • Holly Jacks-Smither and Candy King (Holly Jacks-Smither)
  • Jamie Kellock and Summer Bay (Jamie Kellock)
  • Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye (Peter Barry, Amanda Bernhard & Colleen Loach)
  • Brooke Massie and Serendipity (Brooke Massie)
  • Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best (The Bentley’s Best Group), Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Deborah Davies & Jane Stephenson), Wabbit (Jim Phillips & Jessica Phoenix), and Watson GS (Charlotte Schickedanz & Jessica Phoenix)
  • Brandon McMechan and Oscar’s Wild (Brandon & Glenn McMechan)
  • Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge (Patricia Pearce)
  • Michael Winter and Center (Emma & Michael Winter) and Gilexio (Rachel Lippiatt)

To learn more about Canada’s Eventing High Performance Program, click here.