Equestrian Canada has named the individuals who will be nominated to travel to the Tokyo Olympics next month, filling the two spots allotted to the country. Two additional reserve pairs – neither of which will be traveling reserves since Canada is not taking a full team – have also been named.
Nominated to travel to Tokyo (and pending approval from Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC’s) Team Selection Committee) are:
- Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges (Mr Blue – Hardie du Bourg, by Count Ivor)
17-year-old Selle Fraicais gelding owned by Peter Barry
- Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti (Pavarotti van de Helle – Fidelia, by Foxiland xx)
19-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Jessica Phoenix
Named as Reserve combinations are:
- Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes (Chacoa – KEC Galway Bay, by Gildawn Diamond)
12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Kirk Hoppner and Karl Slezak
- Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo (Jumbo – Polly Coldunnell, by Danzig Connection)
17-year-old British Sport Horse mare owned by Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo Syndicate LLC
The final selections for all equestrian athletes representing Canada in Tokyo will be released in early July, according to the Equestrian Canada announcement.