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Ottawa, ON, Dec. 8, 2021 — Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce the selection criteria that will be used to select the Canadian para-dressage team for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Championships that will take place in Herning, Denmark from Aug. 6 – 14, 2022.

Herning (DEN) plays host to the FEI World Championships 2022 for the disciplines of dressage, jumping, vaulting and para-dressage. The discipline of para-dressage returns to the FEI World Championships for the fourth time since being introduced to the event in 2010 in Lexington, USA. The 2022 Worlds will also be the first qualifier of the triennial for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games for the disciplines of dressage, para-dressage and jumping.

The Danish city has a history of hosting FEI, running a qualifier for FEI Dressage World Cup annually, and in 2013 hosted a multi-discipline equestrian event in with the staging of the FEI European Championships for jumping, dressage and para-dressage.

Five-time Paralympian Lauren Barwick owns Canada’s only medals won in para-dressage at the FEI World Championships, capturing the silver freestyle test grade II and bronze in the championship test grade II, while riding Off to Paris in 2014 in Normandy, FRA.

“Canada has been building our program since 2016 and we have been seeing improvements in team culture and in performance. The 2022 Worlds will be the first of the major global championships leading into Paris 2024, and we will be looking to move forward from our 2020 Tokyo results” said James Hood, EC’s Director, High Performance and FEI Relations “Para-dressage saw a 2.68 point improvement from Worlds 2018 into the 2020 Paralympics and the goal is to continue to improve at an accelerated rate. The Para-dressage program is one of our medal targets for 2024 and 2028 and we thank our funding and performance partners at Sport Canada, Own The Podium and the Canadian Paralympic Committee for their ongoing support.”

Selection Criteria

Declarations for the FEI World Championships 2022 must be submitted on or before Friday, December 31st, 2021. Failure to submit the required information and documents by this deadline will make the declaration incomplete and invalid. Athletes not declared on or before December 31st, 2021, will not be eligible.

For any questions, please contact

Christine Peters
Senior Manager, Dressage Olympic/Paralympic Disciplines

Jamie-Ann Goodfellow
Program Coordinator, Para-Dressage

For more information on the FEI World Championships 2022, please click here.