Tina Busse-Irwin, One of Canada’s Top Pan American Games Prospects, Injures Hand in Horse Accident, Husband Jaimey Takes Reins of Laurencio This Week

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Tina Irwin on Laurencio at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 20, 2019–Tina Busse-Irwin, one of Canada’s top Small Tour riders and a leading prospect on her Laurencio for the Pan American Games, was injured when kicked by a horse. Her husband, Jaimey, will compete the horse this weekend at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

“So I didn’t have the best day yesterday,” Tina, 38, reported on her Facebook page. “I got kicked with both hind legs, in my left hand and right hip.  Luckily the drs say that there are no broken bones, but I have to see a hand specialist next week to confirm.

“I feel very fortunate to walk away from this incident, it could have been much different!”

Tina and Laurencio, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, have started six times at Global this winter circuit, winning once and placing second three times.

At the Pan Ams in Lima, Peru in July Canada will be seeking to earn one of two team places available for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Teams at Lima include both Big and Small Tour combinations. Several nations will have teams there, including Brazil, Colombia and Mexico as well as Canada. The United States with its Tryon World Equestrian Games team silver medal performance has already qualified for Tokyo.