Ottawa, Ontarioâ€”Alexandra Duncan of West Vancouver, BC, will represent Canada at the third annual FEI Young Rider Dressage World Cup Final, to be held December 13â€“16, 2007, in Frankfurt, GER.
For the second year in a row, Duncan was identified as the Canadian representative for the World Cup based on her 2007 results at FEI competitions. She will be competing against the top young riders from around the world, including Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Riders will get a taste of truly international, world-class competition during the Final, where they will contest the FEI Young Rider Team, Prix St. Georges and Freestyle tests.
â€œI’m very excited to be back here again and delighted to be representing Canada again year,â€ remarked Duncan, the 2007 individual silver medalist in North American Young Ridersâ€™ Championships. â€œIt was an experience of a life time last year and taught me a lot as a rider. This year I will learn even more and take more risks in the ring.â€
Duncan is presently in Europe with Elektra, her 12-year-old Holsteiner mare, training with Dutch Olympian, Ellen Bontje.
â€œElektra has been going great, and she is in great shape from the trip,â€ noted Duncan. â€˜I have more of an idea this year of what European competition is like, so I will feel a little more comfortable.â€
Last year Duncan and Electra finished in fourth place overall FEI Young Rider Dressage World Cup Final. Canada also took part in 2005 for the inaugural competition where Julie Watchorn, of Schomberg, ON, took third place in the consolation round aboard Quintesse.
The judging panel at this yearâ€™s competition will include Mariette Withages-Dieltjens (BELâ€“ FEI I), Katrina WÃ¼st (GER â€“ FEI I), Ghislain Fourarge (NED â€“ FEI I) Minako Furuoka (JPN â€“ FEI I) and Stephen Clarke (GBRâ€“ FEI I).
For more information on the FEI Young Rider World Cup Final, please visit the FEI website, www.horsesport.org