|Blainville, QC October 2, 2014 — Tomorrow kicks off the fourth Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC), where seventy participants have travelled across Canada to represent their province. This year’s Championships are hosted by the Fédération équestre du Québec (FEQ) and are being held at the Blainville equestrian Park from October 3-5.
Officially announcing the beginning of the Championships, President of Equine Canada Al Patterson said, “These Championships are a great opportunity to extend your education and develop as athletes in your sport.
All teams, officials, organizers and volunteers gathered for the Opening Ceremony in the Grand Hall in the park’s arena. The crowd cheered as each province was officially welcomed to the CIEC. As each province had their flag mounted to declare their oaths as athletes and trainers, and the beginning of the event, the patriotism in the hall grew.
British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick brought over four dressage and four jumping participants for teams of eight. Newfoundland’s team of four is comprised of two dressage riders, one jumper and one reiner. With nine team members, Nova Scotia will have three dressage riders, three jumpers and three reiners representing their province. Ontario’s team of 11 includes four dressage riders, four jumpers and three reiners. The host province Quebec has three jumpers, three dressage riders and four reiners to complete their team. To round out the provinces, Saskatchewan has a full team of 12 with four participants for all three disciplines.
“It’s a fantastic venue and I know that it will be a theatre of great performances. Good luck to all the provinces,” commented Paul Côté, President of the FEQ and CEO of the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Bromont.
The CIEC starts October 3rd at 9:00 a.m. EDT with Dressage, then the Jumper Welcome class will begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT and the first runs of Reining start at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships brings together Junior and Senior teams in jumping, dressage and reining. Riders compete as teams and as individuals. Jumping courses are set at 1.10m, dressage competitions use Level 1 tests, and the reiners will be performing three official reining patterns. The three top individuals and teams in each discipline are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. In addition, a Championship trophy is awarded to the provincial team with the highest cumulative number of points across all disciplines.
For more information, orders of go and results for the CIEC, please visit www.cec-en.ca.
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|Equine Canada President, Al Patterson and FEQ President, Paul Côté declare the opening of the 2014 CIEC.
Photo Credit – Eve-Lyne Ouellet Photography