The Ontario Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce it has selected the discipline coaches and chef d’equipe who will lead Ontario’s Jumping, Reining and Dressage riders at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, which take place Oct. 3-5, 2014 in Blainville, QC.
Named as Team Ontario Dressage coach and chef d’equipe is Krista Pollack of Stouffville, ON. A certified Level 2 English coach, Pollack was the 2008 OEF Coach of the Year and the 2013 Equine Canada Coach of the Year. She has successfully competed and trained her horse to Grand Prix and is currently competing on another horse at the Prix St. George level.
Leading the Jumping team will be Rick Bishop of Wellington, ON., a Level 2 English coach who has been coaching Jumper students at both Trillium and A shows for over 20 years. Coached and mentored by the legendary Ian Millar, Bishop is ready to help the Ontario riders soar.
Returning as coach of the Reining team is Brenda Robson of Lowbanks, ON., a Level 1 Western Coach who has been coaching since 1992. Robson has developed as a focused Reining Coach and is working towards her Coach Specialist certification. She brings the experience she gained at last year’s competition where her riders took home team bronze and individual silver.
“We are pleased to welcome these three talented individuals to the team and know they are going to do a great job helping our riders be their best,” says Dianne Graham, executive director of the OEF. “We would like to thank everyone who applied to coach our riders at this year’s competition. This is a great opportunity for coaches to broaden their horizons and give back to the sport.”
For more information about the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, click HERE. Riders who are interested in being considered for the team have until Aug. 18 to submit their applications.