Canadian Olympic Qualifying Standings as of May 23, 2016, compiled by dressage-news.com
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May 23, 2016
Megan Lane and Caravella have climbed into second place behind Belinda Trussell and Anton on Canada’s Olympic rankings less than six weeks to the deadline to qualify for the country’s two individual starting spots in Rio de Janeiro, according to calculations by dressage-news.com.
Megan and the 15-year-old KWPN mare were boosted in the standings by results in the Grand Prix and the Special at the Ottawa Dressage Festival last weekend with one more competition on the calendar for eastern Canada and two events in the western provinces before the July 3 deadline.
Belinda and Anton, that competed for Canada at both the 2010 and 2014 World Games and earned an Olympic start place through their result at last year’s Pan American Games raised their average to 74.472 with the Ottawa scores to remain atop the standings.
Megan, who will turn 26 years of age the day after the deadline, and Caravella have an average of 70.523 to jump the combination to second place from fourth.
Caravella was ridden by Megan in medal-winning performances at the 2010 and 2011 North American Young Rider championships and rode on Canada’s team at the 2014 World Games in Normandy and the Pan Ams a year later.
The pair finished at the top of the geographic group that includes Canada–but excluded the United States which had already earned a team start in Rio–that earned the country a second individual start at the Olympics in August.
Competition is close for two places available to Canada among the lineup of 60 combinations allocated for dressage at the Rio Games.
Chris von Martels on Divertimento is on 70.220 for the third spot in the latest rankings followed by Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri with 69.890. Chris plans to campaign in Europe in June to improve his average.
The Canadian Olympic standings as of May 23, 2016 as compiled by dressage-news: