Ottawa – Three area equestrians will make up Team Canada’s driving entry for the International Federation for Equestrain Sports World Singles Championship in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, September 21 – 24.
Carole Dailley of Cambridge, Kirsten Brunner of Hillsburg and Courtney MacGillivray of Limehouse qualified at one or more of the selection trial qualifying events in Canada, the United States or Europe. All have international competition experience.
Unlike the three Olympic Disciplines (Jumping, Eventing and Dressage), the other FEI Disciplines (Driving, Endurance, Reining and Vaulting) do not receive funding from Sport Canada for international competition. Each discipline raises its own money to send horses to world championships. Money is also used to cover the shipping of carriages, harness and care supplies, as well as transporting the riders/drivers and grooms.
This year Drive Canada has embarked upon a Sponsor Recognition Program, and with the cooperation of Equine Canada is able to offer income tax receipts. Various levels of support include official, high quality team clothing and heart-felt appreciation from Canada’s best drivers at the opportunity to represent our country at the world championships.
In another equestrain event, Annie-Pier Venne of Smithville placed fifth with Warashan, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding at the FEI Junior Freestyle competition at the Blainville Dressage International. This was an internationally-sanctioned competition held at the Blainville (Quebec) Equestrian Park and was open to riders aged 14 to 18.