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Canadian Paralympic Committee  – Ottawa, ON, July 25, 2016 – Equestrian Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are proud to announce the four athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in para-dressage at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September.

Para-dressage is one of Canada’s most successful international equestrian disciplines and many of the athletes nominated for Rio have a long and accomplished competition record. Since equestrian sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games program in 1996, Canada has earned a total of five individual medals, including gold and silver at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games by Lauren Barwick.

”Congratulations to our para-equestrian nominees,” said Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. ”It’s exciting to see the four accomplished athletes who have been nominated this year. It really shows that Equestrian Canada has put in a lot of work in preparing riders to be competitive at the Games.”

The athletes nominated to the Canadian Para-Dressage Team are as follows:





Robyn Andrews

St. John’s, N.L.


Robyn Andrews

Lauren Barwick

Langley, B.C.


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Ashley Gowanlock

Surrey, B.C.

Di Scansano

Wendy Christoff

Roberta Sheffield

Lincolnshire, UK

Double Agent

Roberta Sheffield

The nominated athletes will be supported by team coach Andrea Taylor (Surrey, B.C.).

“I’m really excited about the para-dressage athletes who will be representing Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” said team coach Andrea Taylor. “They have all worked extremely hard to earn a spot on the team. Everyone sees them at their competitions on the stepping stones toward a successful result in Rio, but they don’t see them putting in all of the many hours, both on and off the horses, at home. Between competitions they focus on bringing together what works best for them and their horse – mentally, physically, and strategically – resulting in the most tried and true path to the podium. I wish them all the best in Rio.”

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are set for Sept. 7 to 18. Para-dressage gets underway Sept. 11 and runs through to Sept. 16.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, congratulations to the equestrian athletes and coaches who will wear the Maple Leaf and represent all Canadians in Rio,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “As you fine tune your preparations over the next few months, know that you have the strength of Team Canada – 35 million strong – behind you.”


Athlete and coach biographies are available at Bios and high resolution photos can be downloaded at 

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For more information, please contact:

Jessie Christie

Manager, Communications & Media Relations

Equestrian Canada


Tel: 613-287-1515 x 133 / Cell: 613-619-9049

Alison Korn

Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications

Canadian Paralympic Committee


Tel: 613-569-4333 x 243 / Cell: 613-298-4927

Lauren Barwick photo: Shannon Brinkman / Equestrian Canada