Belinda Trussell Named Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for August

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Ottawa, Ontario, September 16, 2014 — Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, has been named the Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for August.

Trussell, who was the anchor rider for the Canadian Dressage Team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, FRA, earned the Team’s highest Grand Prix test score of 71.614% on August 26.

Riding Anton (Antaeus x Melit), Robyn Eames’ 14-year-old German-bred gelding, Trussell’s top score helped the Team to a ninth place finish on a total combined score of 211.714 at the Games.

In addition to the team result, Trussell emerged from the d’Ornano Stadium as the top-placed Canadian, finishing in 26th place individually, securing her spot among the top 30 invited to move on to the Grand Prix Special on August 27.

In the Grand Prix Special, her lively performance earned solid marks for many individual movements, including a 7.9 for a piaffe, and an 8 for a passage. She was awarded a final score of 72.409% for her overall performance, which was good for 22nd place.
 
Normandy marked Trussell’s third FEI World Equestrian Games, and her second with Anton, who she also competed with at the 2010 Games in Kentucky, USA.
    
“The World Equestrian Games were a highlight in my career,” said Trussell. “Having Anton back in the ring and achieving close to a personal best at a Major Games was a dream come true.”

“Thank you to Red Scarf Equestrian for sponsoring the Athlete of the Month. It is an honour to receive this award and to represent Canada at international competitions,” she added.

The Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month is a recognition program that celebrates the achievements of Canadian dressage riders who represent Canada in national and international competition in the FEI Pony, Children, Junior, Young Rider, Advanced, Grand Prix and Young Horse classes.

Red Scarf Equestrian is the generous sponsor of Dressage Canada Athlete of the Month. Red Scarf Equestrian will be providing Trussell with a generous gift certificate that can be used towards the purchase of elegant equestrian luggage, travel bags and accessories that are all made in Canada. For more information about Red Scarf Equestrian, please visit www.RedScarfEquestrian.ca.
 
About Red Scarf Equestrian
Red Scarf Equestrian is proud to offer a line of equestrian luggage and travel bags that deliver exceptional quality and extraordinary value.  This line is a refreshing change as it speaks of elegance and simplicity.  It works to protect your expensive and valuable apparel, boots and accessories.  In a world of clutter, you can’t afford not to buy quality. Red Scarf Equestrian is proudly made in Canada. For more information about Red Scarf Equestrian, please visit www.RedScarfEquestrian.ca.

PHOTO — Cealy Tetley

Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, has been named the Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for August.

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