Canada’s Top Riders Offer Month’s Free Virtual Training to Support Nation’s Dressage

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July 21, 2020

Canada’s top riders are offering one month free virtual lessons to help engagement and development in the nation’s dressage during the coronavirus pandemic.

Equestrian Canada announced that each selected participant will be matched with an athlete by random draw. Participants will receive weekly lessons during August, conducted through online platforms.

Among the top riders providing lessons are Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu, Chris von Martels, Jill Irving, Lindsay Kellock, Megan Lane and Belinda Trussell.

Chris von Martels and Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu came up with the idea.

Applications can be made by using the application form and submitted by email to Christine Peters, Senior Manager, Dressage Olympic/Paralympic Program, at cpeters@equestrian.ca no later than July 27. 

“During these challenging times, I feel it is even more important to support one another and to stay motivated and focused,” Chris said. “We have so many talented and enthusiastic dressage riders in Canada who are facing different roadblocks due to the pandemic: no shows, fewer clinics and perhaps financial challenges, to name a few.

“Our virtual training initiative is a great chance to learn from some of Canada’s top Grand Prix competitors–for free! I am personally very excited to participate in this adventure and hope that I can share some of my experience and passion for the sport with you.”