Ottawa, ON, Feb. 25, 2019 – The Equestrian Canada (EC) Eventing Committee is pleased to announce the Eventing National Team Program (NTP) – High Performance Squad for 2019. Rankings are based on results from FEI 2*, 3* and 4* CCI competitions and CIC 3* competitions in 2018.
The National Squad consists of horse-and-athlete combinations committed to and capable of producing individual performance results at 3* and/or 4* long or short competitions, and who show the ability to contribute to a top-six team result at major games.
Athletes are listed in alphabetical order.
The Development Squad consists of combinations committed to and capable of progressing to National Squad. Horse-and-athlete combinations named to the Development Squad are those which have achieved targeted performance results at eligible international competitions in the previous 12 months.
The Eventing NTP is led by Technical Advisor, David O’Connor, and supported by the EC Eventing High Performance Advisory Group and EC Eventing Manager, Fleur Tipton. The 2019 program consists of training camps and individual training sessions for targeted athletes and horses, as well as competition coaching support. The focus of the 2019 program is to achieve team qualification at the 2019 Pan American Games, to be held Aug. 2-4 in Lima, PER, and individual qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at eligible competitions.
“We have a skilled group of horses and riders that comprise our High Performance program,” said Dr. Rob Stevenson, Chair of the EC Eventing High Performance Advisory Group. “Through our partnership with data analytics company, EquiRatings, I do think that we have a better understanding of our High Performance Squad and targeted athletes.”
Dr. Stevenson added, “We are very pleased to continue under the technical leadership of David O’Connor. His experience, understanding of the athletes, and commitment to our team’s success will give us the best possible opportunity to attain our targeted results. Through this partnership, we plan to both strengthen and broaden the depth of our Squads. This is a good time for eventing in Canada, and we are looking forward to a productive year in 2019.”
The NTP provides a pathway that supports the progression of targeted Canadian athletes in the Train to Compete and Learn to Win stages of the Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED) framework to achieve international podium performances. It is aligned with EC’s high performance strategy and supported by funding partners, Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
For more information on EC Eventing, visit www.equestrian.ca/sport/eventing.