Alexa’s goal this year is to qualify for the Pre-Junior Championship (NAPJC), which is a jumper class, with Imago. This event takes place over multiple days in August as part of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Michigan and features both team and individual competitions for 14-16 year old riders with fences up to 1.30m.
Sydney has high hopes for 2022, and is currently training in Aiken with planned competitions throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. She will be competing on Commonwealth again this year and is currently searching for a second competitive mount with the goal of another successful A-circuit summer season and a focus on qualifying for the Canadian Nationals at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in November.
Isobel Bruun has been riding since she was a toddler at Larking About Stables in King City. She first started showing on the A-circuit in the Hunter class and captured the Junior Future Hunter Champion title six years ago. Riding has been a passion of Isobel’s from a young age and she has grown up spending winters competing in Aiken with her mother, grandmother and younger sister, Lila. Isobel also hopes to compete at the 100th anniversary of the Royal Horse Show this fall.
This year Isobel has two young horses with her in South Carolina and Florida – Rock Steazy and Hitchcock. Her goal is to work on accuracy with Steazy, and get Hitch, a 9-year-old, to ride more accurately in the Hunter category. In their first show together in early February, she and Steazy, the younger of the two horses, were Champions in the older Children’s Hunter category and placed first in the combined classic across two days.
All three students find the accommodations offered through the High Performance Phys-Ed Program to be an incredible support system while training and competing away from school. Isobel appreciates the flexibility and makeup tests and Alexa found a recent assignment on confidence and goal setting very applicable to the mindset necessary for equestrian training. Sydney also appreciates the support of her CDS community and the HPPP in helping her to achieve her Canadian and international goals for equestrian sport and competition.
We wish them well in their upcoming competitions!
CDS has a long history of accomplished equestrians, starting with co-founder and past parent Moffat Dunlap, who along with other past CDS parents and grandparents, either played important roles with the Canadian Equestrian Team or competed in the equestrian events in the Olympics.