Of the 10 athletes named to represent Team Canada in equestrian sports at the Rio Olympics, three call the Lake Simcoe area home.
The athletes were nominated Thursday, July 14, by the Canadian Olympic Committee and Equestrian Canada to represent Team Canada in the three equestrian disciplines at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Both eventing and show jumping will field teams of four athletes, while two individuals will represent Canada in dressage.
The teams include:
Eventing - Jessica Phoenix, of Cannington, on A Little Romance
Show Jumping - Eric Lamaze, of Schomberg, on Fine Lady 5 or Check Picobello Z
Dressage - Belinda Trussell, of Stouffville, on Anton
The other team members are:
Rebecca Howard on Riddle Master
Colleen Loach on Qorry Blue d’Argouges
Selena O’Hanlon on Foxwood High
Reserve: Kathryn Robinson on Let It Bee
Yann Candele on Showgirl or First Choice 15
Tiffany Foster on Tripple X III or Victor
Amy Millar on Heros
Reserve: Kara Chad on Bellinda
Megan Lane on Caravella
Reserve: Karen Pavicic on Don Daiquiri
At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Equestrian sport begins with eventing, Aug. 6-9. Dressage follows on Aug. 10, 11, 12 and 15. Show jumping takes place on Aug. 14, 16, 17 and 19.
An earlier announcement had named Phoenix as a reserve member of the eventing team. After a successful legal appeal, she was made a full member. She is now crowd-funding to raise $10,000 to help with her trip to Rio. If you can help this tremendously talented local athlete – and her horse, A Little Romance – compete on the world stage, please go to www.gofundme.com/jessicaphoenix