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New Brunswick Dressage Team Named for CEC 2012

Four dressage riders and their horses have been named to the dressage team that will represent New Brunswick at the upcoming Canadian Equestrian Championships in Bromont, Quebec in September.

The two Junior members of the team are Haley Greenbank of Fredericton, riding Denali owner by Michelle DeGarie, and Lexie LeBlanc of Shediac with her horse Slip ‘n’ Slide. The two Senior members of the team are Tiffany Hamilton Saint John, riding her horse Ducati and Renée DeGarie of Quispamsis, riding her horse Bosko. Level 1 coach and “r” level dressage judge, Donna McInnis will acompany this team as the dressage coach.

Two reserve horse/rider combinations have been named in case a member of the team is unable to make the trip to Quebec. Senior reserve rider is Colleen Carroll-Nisbett with Beausoleil and the Junior is Alyssa Gaudet and Diamanté.

Twenty-three horse/rider combinations formally declared their interest in being selected to team in early May. Since then, they have been competing and collecting scores from First Level tests. Riders submitted their top two results for First Level Test 2 and top two for First Level Test 3. The final averaged standings for the team members are as follows:

Sr Rider: Tiffany Hamilton – Ducati (75.14%)
Sr Rider: Renée DeGarie – Bosko (64.38%)
Jr Rider: Lexie LeBlanc – Slip ‘n’ Slide (69.92%)
Jr Rider: Haley Greenbank – Denali (67.20%)

Sr Reserve Rider: Colleen Carroll-Nisbett – Beausoleil (61.25%)
Jr Reserve Rider: Alyssa Gaudet – Diamanté (64.93%)

This will be the first dressage team fielded by New Brunswick to attend the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, staged by the Quebec Equestrian Federation. The three-day competition will be held in Bromont, Quebec from September 21st – 23rd. Teams from across Canada will be vying for championships in dressage, show jumping, and reining. Bromont is a world-class facility, having served as the site for the 1976 Olympic equestrian events, and is currently a finalist in its bid to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

Much fundraising work has been on-going. In addition to the dressage team, New Brunswick is also fielding a four-member team for show jumping. It is an expensive venture to transport and accommodate the horses and riders as well as the support team of discipline coaches and chef d’équipe. We invite interested individuals and companies to consider sponsorship and help the New Brunswick Equestrian Association and Dressage New Brunswick support these fine athletes as they represent our province. Contact DNB for more info at dressagenb@gmail.com

Congratulations to our team members on their accomplishments and best of luck in Bromont. We’ll be cheering for you!