Marcus, 31, of Campbellville, was officially nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team for dressage on July 5. The following day, he and Chrevi’s Capital contested the event, earning a score of 68.96% for a fourth place finish in the international dressage competition. Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro, considered a top medal contender for Great Britain at the upcoming Games, won the Grand Prix while Marcus’s teammate, 1988 Canadian Olympic Team bronze medalist Ashley Holzer, placed second.
Following a day of training on Saturday, Marcus, a former McMaster University student, and Chrevi’s Capital returned to the competition arena on Sunday (July 7) for the Grand Prix Special. The pair earned a score of 67.16% from the five-member panel of international judges to place third.
Having placed second overall in the Canada Olympic qualification process behind Holzer, Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital flew to England on June 24. Since then, they have been based at Hartpury College, living in the school’s dormitory.
The time in Hartpury also gave the three-member Canadian Olympic Team for dressage of Holzer, Marcus and Jacqueline Brooks, as well as alternate Diane Creech, an opportunity to work together as a group.
Following the conclusion of competition in Hartpury, the Canadian Olympic Team for dressage begins a training camp at a private facility, Natalie Allen’s Edge Hill Stud, near Stratford-Upon-Avon. The team members then move to the Olympic competition venue on July 28 and will compete in the dressage portion of the 2012 London Olympic Games held August 2 to 9 in Greenwich Park.