Canada’s Naima Moreira Laliberté Remaining in Europe to Compete Statesman at Indoor Winter Events

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Nov. 24, 2022

By. KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Naima Moreira Laliberté is “excited to experience” the European indoor winter circuit in Europe where she will start her world championship horse Statesman at Madrid and London World Cup events over the next three weeks. She will miss the 2023 Wellington, Florida winter circuit where has competed for more than a decade.

The 26-year-old Naima, who was on Canada’s Pan American Games team that won gold in 2019 to earn the nation a start at the Tokyo Olympics where she was reserve, has been working since last spring with Jordi Domingo Coll at his equestrian center in Barcelona, Spain. Her family’s KML Inc. bought Statesman, a Hanoverian gelding, from Jordi in 2018.

Naima rode Statesmann, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, as one of two Canadians competing as individuals at the world championships in August. The nation did not enter a team.

She is enjoying her time in Europe–“it is lovely here,” she told DRESSAGE-NEWS.com.

“I’m excited to experience the indoor events. As of now I will remain in Europe for the upcoming season.”

She began her partnership with Statesman at CDI events in Europe, including the Under-25 team competition at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany in the summer of 2018.

In addition to the Pan Am success the following year, Naima was on Canada’s Nation Cup teams in Wellington winning silver in 2020 and bronze in 2021. The pair was on Canada’s Nations Cup team at Aachen in 2021, following the Tokyo Games.

Since starting international dressage, she led Canada’s Quebec team to gold at the North American Junior Championships in 2012, gold again at the 2013 NAJC, silver on the championships Young Rider team in 2014 and at the 2015 Young Rider championships, all on different horses.

By the time she acquired the ride on Statesman, Naima had competed at the Under-25 team competition in Wellington in 2018, did so again in 2019.

Early this year she brought out Inspire, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding, first in Wellington and then in Europe including a double victory in Spain, in May.