NB Equestrians Win 2 Gold Medals, 1 Bronze at Atlantic Canada Equestrian Championships – Horse Trials

Fredericton, NB – October 2, 2017 – Two Team New Brunswick athletes brought home individual gold medals in the horse trials portion of the Atlantic Canada Equestrian (ACE) Championships, held at the beautiful Strathgartney Equestrian Park in Bonshaw, Prince Edward Island, September 30.

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NB Equestrians Win 2 Gold Medals, 1 Bronze at Atlantic Canada Equestrian Championships – Horse Trials

 

Fredericton, NB – October 2, 2017 – Two Team New Brunswick athletes brought home individual gold medals in the horse trials portion of the Atlantic Canada Equestrian (ACE) Championships, held at the beautiful Strathgartney Equestrian Park in Bonshaw, Prince Edward Island, September 30.

 

In this, the third of four ACE championship events, riders from the three Maritime provinces competed in three disciplines — dressage, jumping, and cross-country. When the final scores were tallied, Ingmara Wheeler of Fredericton, NB, and her horse Spartek, won gold in the entry-level division, while Hampton’s Jessica Urquhart and Bellissimo came out on top in the pre-training division. Also notable was Suzanne Stevenson’s bronze-medal pre-training performance aboard Piccolo Mondo.

 

“We are extremely proud of our medal winners. They worked hard to achieve these results,” said Deanna Phelan, President of the New Brunswick Equestrian Association. “All of the New Brunswick athletes came together this weekend in a show of sportsmanship and teamwork.”

 

Competing for New Brunswick in the horse trials portion of the ACE Championships:

· Pre-Training Level — Suzanne Stevenson, Piccolo Mondo; Jessica Urquhart, Bellissimo; Emilie Murphy, Belle of the Ball

· Entry Level — Ingmara Wheeler, Spartak; Faith Easton, On the Spot; Samantha Atkinson, Huephoric

 

The riders were trained prior to the competition by Dr. Rob Stevenson, former Olympic eventing team member, Equestrian Canada Competition Coach Specialist and owner of Foshay South in Hampton, NB.

 

Nova Scotia and P.E.I. won gold and silver team medals, respectively.

 

This is the first year for the ACE Championships, which is pivotal in the development of equestrian’s up-and-coming athletes throughout Atlantic Canada. The event features four disciplines. Dressage kicked off the championships, August 26 and 27, at the Crapaud Agriplex, in PE. Here, New Brunswick earned two team medals – silver in first-level competition and training-level bronze. Reining, the second ACE event — and the only Western discipline in the championships — was held at the Sumac Slide event in Trenton, NS. Here, Fredericton’s Paige Campbell placed fifth in the one-handed division.

 

Jumping, the fourth and final ACE competition, takes place next weekend, October 7 and 8, in conjunction with the NBEA Bronze Championships at the Princess Louise Show Park in Sussex, NB. ACE competitors will vie for team and individual honours in the 1-metre and 1.10-metre divisions.

 

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