Canada Announces its Riders for 2009 Sydney CDI3* Invitational

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OTTAWA, Canada, Apr. 21–Rochelle Kilberg and Simone Williams will represent Canada at the Sydney CDI 3*/CDI–Y International Dressage Derby in Sydney, Australia, May 7–9. The event, hosted at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre at Horsley Park, site of the 2000 Olympic Games, is the only CDI3* held in Australia each year.

Williams, of Navan Ontario a Level 3 dressage coach, and Wunder Ein, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Wolkenstein II owned by Williams and her parents Robert and Margaret William, have competed successfully throughout North America together since 2004. In 2008, Williams and Wunder Ein had their breakout-year and successfully moved up the Grand Prix level. They won the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI-W CNE Classic, in Toronto, and finished second in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI-W Blainville (Quebec) International Classic.

“I am looking forward to representing Canada at the upcoming Sydney CDI 3*; riding an unfamiliar horse at the international levels is always a fun and rewarding experience,” said Williams. “I really appreciate the owners in Australia who make this possible.”

Riding Martell, Ben Vermeulen’s 16-year-old Russian Trakehner gelding, Kilberg of Surrey, British Columbia was the 2008 British Columbia and Pacific Regional Grand Prix Champion. From 2003 to 2007, Kilberg also competed at all CDI competitions in California riding Lanzar, a Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florian also owned by Vermeulen, and West-Bay, her own Oldenburg gelding sired by Walldorf. Kilberg and West-Bay were 2003 Canadian Dressage Team Pan-Am Games trials finalists.

“I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to represent Canada and am looking very forward to the Australian dressage experience,” said Kilberg.

The international judging panel at the Sydney CDI 3* will include Maribel Alonso Quinzanos of Mexico as president, Andrew Gardner of Great Britain, Janine Rohr-Cicurel of Argentina, Chang-Kyoo Yang of Korea, Alison King of Hong Kong, Helen Hughes-Keen of New Zealand and Australians Mary Seefried, Susan Hoevenaars, Jill Cobcroft, Virginia Creed, Maria Schwennesen and Ricky McMillan.