With a much more compact schedule for these Olympics, it’s been a challenge to keep on top of everything!
So here’s a quick blog to show some love to our Canadian Showjumpers who arrived earlier this week.
This year’s team is Eric Lamaze, Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster and Amy Millar with Kara Chad as the travelling reserve and commandeered by chef d’equipe Mark Laskin. I think they looked pretty stoked about Rio!
The horses flew out from Liege, Belgium where they have been based following their fantastic performances last month in Aachen, Germany.
Amy Millar’s Heros
I see what you did there….Tiffany Foster’s Tripple X III and groom Caroline Holberg
I think Yann might be just a little excited about Rio?
Stables suitably “Canadian-ified”
A pretty happy looking group!
From left to right: Franca Maas (groom for Bellinda), Martina Natali (groom for Fine Lady 5), Caroline Holberg (groom for Tripple X III), Yann Candele, Kara Chad, Amy Millar, Karen Hendry Ouellette (Jump Manager), Virginie Castleman (groom for First Choice 15)
Arriving a few days earlier meant that everyone can get settled in, and take in a few sights before getting into serious competition mode.
Groom Caroline Holberg taking Tripple X III for a leisurely stroll around the Deodoro grounds.
The jog took place this morning (August 12) prior to the Grand Prix Speciale kicking off. And all Canadian horses passed with flying colours….although some took the word “flying” a little too literally!
But first….let’s take a selfie
Phew! Got the beans out before actually trotting up.
August 13 – Training Session
August 14 – 1st Qualifier (Individual)
August 16 – Jumping – Team Round 1 (Individual 2nd & Team Qualifier)
August 17 – Jumping – Team Round 12 (Team Final and Individual 3rd Qualifier)
August 19 – Jumping Individual Final