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NB Equestrian Athletes bring home silver and bronze medals from the inaugural Atlantic Canada Equestrian Championships
Fredericton, NB – August 31, 2017 – “We are thrilled with the performance of our Training and First Level Dressage teams during the first phase of these inaugural Atlantic Canada Equestrian Championships,” said Deanna Phelan, President of the New Brunswick Equestrian Association. “The riders and their horses had to qualify for positions on the provincial team and then train together as a team with coach Donna McInnis.
“All of the team members improved significantly throughout the season,” said McInnis. “Some had the highest scores of the season at the Championships. It was a positive experience overall,” she continued. “Being a part of a team helps the riders to set both individual and team goals, to learn to put the needs of the team ahead of their personal goals, and to find a pathway forward in their development.”
Teams of riders and horses from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island competed in dressage at the Agriplex in Crapaud, PE. Dressage is one part of the Atlantic Equestrian Championships being hotly contested in four equestrian disciplines: dressage, horse trials, jumping and reining. This was the first of the four competitions and was held under the auspices of Dressage PEI.
After two days of intense competition Team NB garnered two medals - silver in First Level and Bronze in Training level competitions. Team PEI took home gold medals in both the Training and First Levels and Team NS captured the silver medal in Training Level.
Competing for New Brunswick were:
Training Level Erin Leonard - Royal Runner Jasmine Poirier - Esperanza Faith Easton - On the Spot Katie Hess - Bona Amiko