Stillpoint Farm in Florida, Dove Hollow Farm in California Named Canada Dressage Training Centers
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OTTAWA, Ontario, Dec. 24–Stillpoint Farm in Wellington, Florida, and Dove Hollow Farm in Olivenhain, California have been named official southern training centers for Canada’s 2010 World Equestrian Games hopefuls.
Robert Dover, a six-time Olympian for the United States who was named Technical Coach Advisor to Dressage Canada this year, is based at Stillpoint Farm.
Stillpoint was built eight years ago by Arlene “Tuny” and David Page. Tuny was 2006 World Cup Finals competitor for the U.S. and a trainer and competitor. It is also the year-round base for U.S. Olympian Lisa Wilcox, Israeli WEG competitor Oded Shimoni and others.
“I could not be more thrilled and grateful to the owners and managers of Dove Hollow and Stillpoint Farms for their wonderful generosity in becoming Team Canada’s official winter training facilities,” Robert Dover said in a statement by Dressage Canada.
“These are two world-class locations which will allow our riders to prepare in perfect conditions, regardless of the weather, for the World Equestrian Games qualifiers this winter/spring.”
Dove Hollow, where trainer Laurie Doyle is based, has a 200 ft. x 75 ft. (61 x 23m) covered arena and two regulation- sized outdoor dressage arenas with mirrors and excellent sand footing on the 40-horse premier training center on five acres (2 ha).
Stillpoint Farm is on 10 acres (4 ha) with 34 permanent and up to 20 portable stalls, and full-sized indoor and outdoor training arenas.
“Being international athletes, we welcome being in a situation where we can host Canada’s top dressage talent and Dressage Canada,” Tuny said.
The first official training session for Canadian WEG declared riders has been scheduled for Jan. 16–17 at Stillpoint Farm.
Most top Canadian riders compete in Florida or California in the winter. Among the top ranked riders, Ashley Holzer and Shannon Dueck live fulltime in the U.S. and compete on the Florida winter circuit.