|Ottawa, Ont. April 8, 2015 – Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, Ont. has been honoured with the title of Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for March, based on her medal-winning performances recently achieved in Wellington, Fla.
Riding Anton (Antaeus x Melit), a 15-year-old Sachsen gelding owned by Robyn Eames, Trussell helped Team Canada 1 bring home the silver medal from the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations’ Cup CDIO3*, held during the final week of the prestigious Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), March 24-28.
“Canada was phenomenal in the Nations Cup. We placed second and third behind USA Team 1 and managed to be ahead of USA Team 2,” explained Trussell, who has represented Canada at multiple major events, including the 2004 Olympics, three FEI World Equestrian Games, and the 2004 FEI Wold Cup Finals. “This shows our depth as a nation and the skill of our riders and horses. I am so proud of our team. We are gearing up for a very competitive Pan American Games.”
Trussell was also awarded the individual bronze medal in the nations’ cup after achieving an impressive score of 75.475% with Anton in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
In addition, Trussell made her mark in the Small Tour during the final week of the AGDF, riding her 12-year-old Westphalian gelding, Tattoo (Tuareg x Ramiro’s Son), to a second place finish after earning a Pan Am qualifying score of 70.500% for second place in the CDI Intermediate I.
“Thank you to Red Scarf and Dressage Canada for choosing me for this award for March,” commented Trussell. “It was a great ending to the Florida season with both my horses. Anton achieved two personal best scores in the Nations’ Cup and Tattoo and I continue to grow as a partnership.”
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.
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Photo Credit – Susan J. Stickle Photography