New FEI venue with elite team in Canada could help develop nation’s riders: Organizers

Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood Hight in 2014
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Wednesday 04 October - 16h57 | Ian Clayton

New FEI venue with elite team in Canada could help develop nation’s riders: Organizers

Canada’s newest International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) venue, located in the Maritime province of New Brunswick on the country’s east coast, is set to become an important site for eventing riders in the country and across the border in neighbouring regions through its high-level competition, organizers hope.

 - New FEI venue with elite team in Canada could help develop nation’s riders: Organizers

Foshay International, in the southern part of the province which shares a border with the state of Maine, expects to host CI* (1.05m) and CI** (1.10m) Eventing next year, over the Labour Day weekend from August 30-September 2, 2018.

And the rise of the venue will provide more opportunities for participating riders to develop elite skills, says Rob Stevenson, chair of the Equestrian Canada High Performance Advisory Group, who has a longstanding family connection to the Foshay area.

“It is through my involvement with the national team and the FEI that I have come to realize the impact of so few international eventing competitions in Canada,” Stevenson told Eventing Nation. “There is a clear association between success in international competitions leading to further success at the highest levels of the sport. When we consider the developmental pathway for equestrian athletes in Canada, there is a large gap.”

“I believe that to succeed at the international levels, we need to compete consistently at the international levels,” Stevenson added. “I believe that we need to connect our developing riders with FEI events for them to excel on a global scale.”

Among the world class members of the Foshay organizing team are technical delegate Sue Ockendon and Jay Hambly, cross country course designer. As Equestrian Canada noted, earlier this year Hambly was named to the eventing lead course building team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics: “Hambly’s role will be to help bring Tokyo 2020 Course Designer, Derek di Grazia’s vision to life. Di Grazia, an FEI 4* Eventing Course Designer who hails from the United States, is very familiar with Hambly’s work, as he has designed many courses for the prestigious Bromont CCI 3* in Quebec, where Hambly has been the lead course builder since the age of 21.” 

And at Foshay, as EN describes, Hambly is even looking at elements such as fallen trees from hurricanes in his jump design.

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Below: Foshay International organizers Deanna Phelan, president of the New Brunswick Equestrian Association; Jay Hambly, cross country course designer; Sue Ockendon, technical delegate; and Rob Stevenson. (Foshay International/Eventing Nation) 

 - New FEI venue with elite team in Canada could help develop nation’s riders: Organizers


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