Canadian WEG team: Ashley Holzer & Pop Art, Belinda Trussell & Anton, Bonny Benello & Pikardi, Victoria Winter & Proton
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OTTAWA, Ontario, Aug. 9–The Canadian dressage team for the World Equestrian Games has been announced by Dressage Canada.
The team announced by Dressage Canada is:
Ashley Holzer of Toronto and Pop Art, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll, earned an average qualifying score of 72.329 per cent.
Belinda Trussell of Newmarket, Ontario and Anton, a 10-year-old German-bred gelding owned by Robyn Eames, earned an average qualifying score of 69.595 per cent.
Bonny Bonnello, of Calgary Alberta, and Pikardi, a 13-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding co-owned by Bonnello and Jean Bell, earned an average qualifying score of 66.932 per cent.
Victoria Winter of Toronto and Proton, a 16-year-old Baden-Wurttemburger gelding owned by Cindy Ishoy, earned an average qualifying score of 66.745 per cent.
An official squad of Ashley, Belinda, Bonny and Shannon Dueck, who is based in Loxahatchee, Florida, made a two-month swing of Europe that included competitions at Wiebsaden, Lingen and Aachen in Germany and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Ashley, a three-time Olympian, suffered from food poisoning in Aachen but still rode in the freestyle, while Shannon dropped out of the tour when her nine-year-old Ayscha had a recurrence of an ovary problem that occurs when the mare is in season. Bonny did not make the tour but won at Blainville.
Cheryl Meisner, who initially competed Paganini but then took over the ride on Liebling II from Carl Hester of Great Britain when the gelding was bought by her longtime sponsor John Risley as a WEG prospect. The partnership did not work out in the short time frame and the horse went back to Carl and the pair have been named to the British team for Kentucky.