Ontario’s riders brought home the hardware at the 2013 Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, which took place from Sept. 13-15 in Calgary, AB. and saw riders from across Canada vying for a place on the podium.
Ontario took home gold medals in team competition in both Jumping and Dressage and also secured a bronze in Reining. In individual competition, Ontario’s riders also made it to the podium, scoring enough points to secure a silver medal for Ontario in the overall standings. Individual medals included:
Junior Gold – Vanessa Creech-Terauds of Caistor Centre, ON.
Junior Bronze – Georgia Wade of Fonthill, ON.
Senior Bronze – Natalie Tourikian of Richmond Hill, ON.
Senior Silver – Jesse Pecore of Stoney Creek, ON.
Junior Bronze – Christine Carlsen of North York, ON.
Senior Bronze – Jacqueline Chevalier of Tecumseh, ON.
Team Ontario also included Toronto residents Zoe Meloff and Ariane St. John, who rode in the Junior and Senior Jumper divisions, respectively; Junior Reiner Brianna Pecore of Stoney Creek, ON. and Senior Reiner Ann Pavlic of Dorchester, ON.; and Senior Dressage rider Peter Chiddy of Caledon, ON.
“We are thrilled with how our riders performed,” says Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation. “The competition just keeps getting better and Team Ontario rose to the challenge.”
Guiding the Jumping team was Danny Foster of Milton, ON., a Level 3 Hunter/Jumper coach with 40 years coaching experience. Foster was also selected as the chef d’equipe for Ontario. Returning for the second year as the coach of the Dressage team was Simone Williams, a Level 3 Dressage coach from Navan, ON., who has over 20 years experience coaching up to the Grand Prix level. Brenda Robson was the Reining coach and brought to the team over a decade of coaching experience as a Level 1 Western coach.
The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a collaborative event between the national and provincial sport organizations and is key in the development of the next generation of national, international and world champions.
Team Ontario was funded by the OEF and sponsored by industry partners Bruce Agra Dehy, Bucas Ltd., EquineLUX, Intercity Insurance Services, Picov’s, SSG Gloves and Tipperary Equestrian.