Monday, September 28, 2009

Megan Lane Named Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for August


Junior rider, Megan Lane of Collingwood, ON, has been named the Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for August.

Lane, 18, won the individual silver medal in the FEI Junior Freestyle dressage test, an individual bronze medal for her performance in the Junior Individual test, and was a member of the Ontario Junior Dressage gold medal winning team at the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Riders’ Championships, held July 21-26 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

Riding her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Caravella, Lane along with her team members Zachary Ball of Mountain, ON, Alexandra Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON, and Maura O'Sullivan of Toronto, ON, scored a decisive win with a Team total score of 196.433, almost six points ahead of the silver medal-winning team from USA — Region 3.

Lane then went on to perform in the Junior Individual test, winning the individual bronze medal with a score of 65.842%. For the Freestyle test Lane was tied with American Heather Ots, as both received a total score of 68.000% from the panel of five judges. The general impression marks were used to break the tie, and it was Lane who received higher marks, and was awarded the silver medal.

"The Championships were the highlight of my summer," said Lane. "My teammates were amazing people and riders. They made it so much fun to be there. Our success was an extraordinary bonus."

The judging panel at the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Riders’ Championships included Maribel Alonso (FEI—O, MEX), Axel Steiner (FEI—O, USA), Lois Yukins (FEI—I, USA), Joan Macartney, (FEI—I, CAN) and Brenda Minor (FEI—C, CAN).

Exclusively for Junior Riders, aged 14–18, and Young Riders, aged 16–21, the NAJYRC gives up-and-coming riders the opportunity to represent their country as a team, and prepares them for future international competition. The Championships were hosted at the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, giving these young athletes a taste of what’s to come next year for their senior counterparts

Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month is a recognition program to celebrate the achievements of Canadian dressage riders who represent Canada in national and international competition at the FEI Pony, Children, Junior, Young Rider, Advanced, Grand Prix and Young Horses classes.

Red Scarf Equestrian is the generous sponsor of Dressage Canada Athlete of the Month. Red Scarf Equestrian will be providing Lane with a generous gift certificate that can be used towards the purchase of elegant equestrian luggage, travel bags and accessories that are all made in Canada. For more information about Red Scarf Equestrian, please visit www.RedScarfEquestrian.ca.

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules and qualifying criteria, sport development, and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site.

About Red Scarf Equestrian

Red Scarf Equestrian is proud to offer a line of equestrian luggage and travel bags that deliver exceptional quality and extraordinary value.  This line is a refreshing change as it speaks of elegance and simplicity.  It works to protect your expensive and valuable apparel, boots and accessories.  In a world of clutter, you can't afford not to buy quality. Red Scarf Equestrian is proudly made in Canada. For more information about Red Scarf Equestrian, please visit www.RedScarfEquestrian.ca.

About Equine Canada

Equine Canada is a member-based association that represents, promotes and services Canada's equine community and industry. Its core areas of activity involve sport, equine health and welfare, education and safety, governance and marketing, and representation and communication. Equine Canada is recognized by Sport Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Coaching Association of Canada as the national organization representing equestrian sport and equine interests in Canada. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.