Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu to Compete All In Three Months After Birth of Boy, Aiming for Canada’s Tokyo Olympic Team
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Aug. 16, 2019
By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu plans to compete All In a month from now and three months since the birth of Theo Fraser Beaulieu beginning a campaign to earn a place on Canada’s 2020 Tokyo Olympic team.
Brittany, who gave birth to Theo on Fathers’ Day exactly two months ago, will enter the CDI at Dressage at Devon on Main Line Philadelphia Sept. 24-29 and may opt to start a week earlier at Saugerties, New York.
The last competition before Brittany, 30 years old, took a break from competition on All In, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding, were victories in the top rated CDI5* Grand Prix and Freestyle, one of the richest dressage competitions in the world, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida in February. At the time of the CDI5*, the duo were the top ranked Canadian combination on the world standings and logged their highest ever scores.
The partnership is currently Canada’s most experienced championship combination, on the 2015 silver medal team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and on the 2018 World Equestrian Games team.
Brittany said she has been back riding for more than a month, taking it slowly but getting stronger each day.
“It felt so amazing to get back in the saddle,” she said.
All In, that she competed at CDI Small Tour in Florida almost six years ago before moving up to Grand Prix after the 2015 Pan Ams, stayed in Florida until the middle of April, ridden by her longtime coach Ashley Holzer, a four-time Olympian for Canada but who now rides for the United States.
She took the horse back to the Montreal stables of Naima Moreira Laliberté where he had what she said was a “deserved” six weeks off.
“Naima started him back for me which was very helpful!”
Brittany started back when Naima left for training camp for the Pan American Games where on Statesman she was on the team that won gold and a berth at the Tokyo Olympics.
“All In is feeling very well rested and I can’t wait to get him back in the ring,” she said.
She would love to earn a start at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April, she said, “but Tokyo is my main goal.
“This would be All In’s only Olympics because he will be 15 next year,” Brittany said.
“I had my highest scores in Florida this year so I am hoping to pick up where I left off. I will work with Ashley over Pixieo (live video) in preparation for Devon.”