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EC Recognizes Performance Advantage Symposium Volunteers

first_img Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to recognize all eight demonstration riders from the Dressage Performance Advantage Symposium, held Oct. 20, 2017 at the Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, ON, with the Volunteer of the Month title for October 2017. The honorees, who agreed to demonstrate the second and fourth level movements while being assessed by international dressage experts, are as follows:Laurel Adams – Guelph, ONAnouk Desaulniers – Gatineau, QCAlexandra Dvorak – Hillsburgh, ONLoren Hopkins – Guelph ONDaisy Kosa – Cayuga, ONLynsey Rowan – Holland Landing, ONMegan Shea – Toronto, ONMelanie Thomson – Campbellcroft, ONThe riders were evaluated in front of an audience of 150 participants by Canadian Olympian, Christilot Hanson-Boylen, retired FEI 4* Dressage Judge, Lorraine MacDonald and FEI 5* Dressage and Eventing Judge, Cara Whitham.“[The Symposium was] a rare opportunity to lesson and be judged by some of the best that Canada has to offer,” said Thomson, who rode at second level with Anna May McCloskey’s eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Gatsby. “I am looking forward to more educational opportunities like this in the future”In addition to riding in the symposium, Desaulniers graciously agreed to be the case study for the event along with her horse, Soulstar St-Rose, a seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by Soliman de Hus. This included sharing all fitness and performance results and massage therapy assessments with the audience throughout the day.Each rider handled the pressure with confidence and professionalism. Their demonstrations delivered great value to the audience, providing relatable advice and take-home exercises to improve performance in the ring.“The symposium offered an opportunity to update knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are important to coaches, riders, trainers, judges, sponsors, and supporters,” said Kosa. “The importance of a rider facilitating the horse to stretch in a stable connection and balanced rhythm was a key takeaway for me.”Adams, who rode at the fourth level partnered with Deagan, Anita Berkis’ 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, added, “It was an incredible opportunity to get coaching and feedback from two of Canada’s top judges and one of Canada’s top trainers, all at the same time. It was wonderful to work with and watch so much talent in one day.”If you know of a volunteer who deserves recognition, nominations are quick and easy through the EC website. The next deadline to submit the name of a volunteer who has made a difference to the sport of dressage will be November 27, 2017. Questions and comments on the Dressage Volunteer of the Month Award can be directed to Christine Peters at [email protected] Tags: Performance Advantage Symposium, Equestrian Canada, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email*last_img read more