International & National

Team members, Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, ON; Lisa Carlsen of Okotoks, AB; Mario Deslauriers of Bromont, QC; and Nicole Walker of Aurora, ON reached their goal of Tokyo qualification on a team total of 30.21 after two days and three rounds of competition. Brazil won a decisive team gold on a score of 12.39. Mexico made a strong move up from their fourth place standing on day one to take team silver with 22.97, while the United States lost their leading foothold to land in the bronze medal position with 23.09.

August 4, 2019, Lima, PER – After a foot-perfect performance in the final jumping phase, Canadian Eventing Team members, Dana Cooke, Colleen Loach, Jessica Phoenix and Karl Slezak claimed the bronze medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in Peru on August 4. Following a challenging cross-country day, the Canadian Eventing Team moved from their dressage standing of second down to the bronze medal position on a team total of 183.7. This would prove to be their final score and placing after three consecutive clear rides over the jumping course, which featured 11 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts set by FEI 4* Course Designer, Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.

June 26, 2019 – CannaHorse announced it will launch the world’s first-ever legal cannabis brand dedicated to horse health, providing a plant-based solution to traditional pharmaceuticals. Created for horse people, by horse people, CannaHorse will launch four product lines, created from specific formulations of cannabis using key cannabinoids and terpenes to treat ailments common in equine medicine. Product lines will be targeted to address concerns like pain and inflammation, anxiety/calming, exercise and surgical recovery, and overall wellness.

Equine Guelph’s education partner, Merck Animal Health, recently launched its national Equine Biosurveillance Pilot Program to fill an unmet need in Canada. Although there are some initiatives at provincial levels, there was currently no nationwide equine biosurveillance program in the country, until now.

July 31 2019, Lima, PER – Tina Irwin of Stouffville, ON made a return trip to the Lima 2019 Pan American Games podium on July 31 in Peru, adding an individual silver medal to her team gold in dressage.

July 29, 2019, Lima, PER – After fierce competition for the top of the podium, on July 29 the Canadian Dressage Team took Pan Am gold for the first time in 28 years and earned Canada’s berth to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games during the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.

The Canadian horse is once again listed as critical by the Livestock Conservancy based in Pittsboro, NC. This means the breed is in danger of extinction.

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