Canadian Eventing Committee Announces Correction to WEG Team

The Canadian Eventing Committee announces a corrected list of named Team riders and alternates for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) 2014 to be held in Normandy, FRA, August 28-31, 2014.

Named to the Team (in alphabetical order) are:

Rider / Hometown / Horse / Owner
Peter Barry / Dunham, QC / Kilrodan Abbott, 1999 bay, Irish Sport Horse gelding / Rider, Susan & Dylan Barry

Hawley Bennett-Awad / Langley, BC / Gin & Juice, 2000 brown, American Thoroughbred / Rider & Linda Paine

Selena O’Hanlon / Kingston, ON / Foxwood High, 2003 bay, Canadian Sport Horse gelding / John & Judy Rumble

Jessica Phoenix / Cannington, ON / A Little Romance, 2005 dark bay, Canadian TB /Trakehner mare / Donald Leschied

In addition to selecting the Canadian Eventing Team members, the Committee announces an accompanying list of horse/rider combinations as alternate/substitutes for the Eventing Team for 2014 WEG.

Named as non-travelling Alternates (in alphabetical order) are:

Rider / Hometown / Horse / Owner
Selena O’Hanlon / Kingston, ON / Bellaney Rock, 1999 chestnut, Irish Sport Horse gelding / Rider & Eventing Canada

Jessica Phoenix / Cannington, ON / Pavarotti, 2002 bay, Westphalian gelding / Don J. Good

Kathryn Robinson, Kettering, GBR, formerly named to the WEG Team, was deemed ineligible when it was unfortunately discovered, subsequent to the Team being announced on June 20th, that Ms. Robinson had not declared herself as a candidate for selection to WEG by the mandatory deadline specified in the WEG selection criteria. As such, she was not eligible for selection. Equine Canada regrets that this situation occurred but believes it is of paramount importance that all Equine Canada disciplines implement team selection processes that are consistent, fair and transparent.

More specifically, the Canadian Eventing Committee wishes to assure Ms. Robinson and all members of the public that her ineligibility for the 2014 WEG Team is, in no way, a reflection of Ms. Robinson’s capability or that of her horse, Let it Bee. The Committee would like to thank Ms. Robinson for her willingness to represent Canada and looks forward to her participation as a Canadian athlete in future Major Games.

The Canadian Eventing Committee is grateful to Sport Canada and its sponsors, suppliers, supporters and friends for their continued support of the Canadian Eventing Team in its quest for excellence at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

The Olympic sport of eventing encompasses three separate tests: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping held consecutively. Each test ridden by the rider and horse in combination is scored individually but added together for the final results. The rider/horse combination with the fewest number of penalty points over the three phases wins the competition.

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