Canada’s Revised Olympic Dressage Team Qualification Procedures Posted

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Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, the top ranked Canadian combination. File photo. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Oct. 21, 2020

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Revised Olympic dressage team qualification procedures have been posted by Equestrian Canada with prospects for the three-member team for the Tokyo Games required to earn scores between Jan. 1 and June 13, 2021.

Rider and horse combinations must have at least three Grand Prix and three Grand Prix Special scores from 2021, though consideration may be given to the overall average of scores obtained in 2020.

The average of Grand Prix scores will count for 80% of the qualifying results and the average of Grand Prix Special scores count for 20%.

At least one Grand Prix and one Grand Prix Special score have to be obtained after April 1.

Naima Moreira-Laliberté and Statesman. File photo. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The selection criteria provides for the highest ranked combination to be named to the team.

However, the performances of the two other pairs nominated for the team plus up to another two reserve combinations will be reviewed “in an effort to identify and nominate the best possible team.”

The Canadian Olympic Committee has set the ranking average for the team of at least 70%.

The federation said the objective of the Canadian team is to place in the top eight.

Under the format for Tokyo, 15 nations have qualified teams all of whom will compete in the Grand Prix. The top eight teams will advance to the Grand Prix Special to music which will decide team medals. Individual medals will be decided by the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Successful combinations will be notified no later than June 18.

Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien. File photo. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

When horse sports were halted around the world in mid-March, the combinations highest ranked in Canadian selection events were (in order):

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu, 32, and All In, 15-year-old KWPN gelding
Naïma Moreira-Laliberté, 24 (on Oct. 30), and Statesman, 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Lindsay Kellock, 30, and Sebastien, 14-year-old Rhinelander gelding.

Other prospects include Megan Lane/Zodiac MW, Jill Irving/Arthur, Jaimey Irwin/Donegal V, Jacqueline Brooks/Westwood, Tina Irwin/Fancy That, Evi Strasser/Disney Tyme, Diane Creech/Chrevis Christo, Denielle Gallagher/Wilson Pickett and Naïma Moreira-Laliberté/I Do Kiss.

Between Jan. 1 and Mar. 30, six CDIs of the required levels of 3*, 4* or 5* are scheduled at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellingtom, Florida and in California one at Temecula and one at Burbank.

From April 1 through June 13, CDIs are listed for Wellington and Ocala, Florida and Tryon, North Carolina on the U.S. East Coast; Sacramento and Del Mar in California and, in Canada, two events in Cedar Valley and one in Ottawa.