Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dressage Canada Announces Southern Training Centres


Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that Arlene ‘Tuny’ Page, owner of Stillpoint Farm in Wellington, FL, and Laurie Doyle, owner of Dove Hollow Farm in Olivenhain, CA, have graciously allowed the Canadian Dressage Team to use their facilities for training sessions throughout the season. Both locations will be official southern training centres for Canada's World Equestrian Games (WEG) hopefuls to work with the Technical Coach Advisor Robert Dover.


“I could not be more thrilled and grateful to the owners and managers of Dove Hollow and Stillpoint Farms for their wonderful generosity in becoming Team Canada's official winter training facilities. These are two world-class locations which will allow our riders to prepare in perfect conditions, regardless of the weather, for the World Equestrian Games qualifiers this winter/spring,” said Dover. “My thanks go out again to Tuny Page and Laurie Doyle.”


Spanning five acres, Dove Hollow boasts three dressage arenas, one 200’ x 75’ covered indoor and two regulation sized dressage arenas both with mirrors and excellent sand footing on their 40 horse premiere dressage training centre.


“I think that we should help each other out,” said Doyle. “Canada is our northern neighbour and we love having Robert out to Dove Hollow. It is a win-win situation for everyone.”


Stillpoint Farm is situated on 10 acres with 34 permanent and up to 20 portable stalls. Page has owned the facility for eight years and takes pride in having some of the world’s best riders and horses at her top-notch training centre, which has both full-sized indoor and outdoor training arenas.


“Stillpoint Farm is the year round base for international dressage riders Lisa Wilcox, Arlene Page and Oded Shimoni,” said Page. “Being international athletes, we welcome being in a situation where we can host Canada’s top dressage talent and Dressage Canada.”


The first official training session for Canadian WEG declared riders has been scheduled for:


January 16–17, 2010
Stillpoint Farm http://stillpointfarmdressage.com
Wellington, FL (561-371-3511)


This training session is strongly encouraged for Canadian WEG declared riders based in the East and training in Florida. The session will provide private training for Canadian WEG Declared riders, and riders are welcome to bring their personal trainers/coaches to their personal sessions.




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 at www.equinecanada.ca/dressage or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd.


About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests.


For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.