Laurence Blais-Tétreault Named Canada’s Junior Equestrian of Year

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Laurence Blais-Tétreault competing at the 2012 North American Junior Championships. © 2012


Laurence Blais-Tétreault on Tuersday was named Canada’s Junior Equestrian of the Year and awarded the Gillian Wilson Trophy for her performance in dressage at the 2012 North American Junior Rider Championships.

Laurence of Montreal and reiner Haley Franc shared the award for “outstanding contributions to equestrian competition and… has exemplified exceptional talent, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport.”

Laurence, Equine Canada said in annoucing the award, “has quickly made her mark at the top of her division in international dressage competition and also topped her Junior competitors at NAJYRC.

“In 2012, she made her debut on the Quebec Junior Team at Championships, assisting the team to overall gold riding Pissarro, a 15-year-old Westfalen gelding. The pair was then awarded the bronze medal for their Individual Championship Test where they scored 67.684 per cent, and on the final day of dressage competition, they performed a flawless test to win the gold medal in the Freestyle, scoring 73.575 per cent.”

Ian Millar, known the world over as Cap’n Canada, was named Equestrian of the Year.

The 2012 London Olympic Games were a record-setting event for Ian who became the first athlete ever to participate in a world-record 10 Olympic Games, finishing in ninth place in the overall standings as Canada’s top jumper rider.

The winners of the awards will be honored at the Annual Awards Gala at the Delta Ottawa City Center on Feb. 8 during the Equine Canada Annual Convention.