“By Introducing a Championship format competition to all levels of the sport, there will be more participation by a greater number of competitors”, said John. “A World Equestrian Games format will be offered at the 1.10, 1.20, 1.30, and 1.40m levels. Exhibitors at these levels will be able to ride in team and individual competition, compete for $50,000 in prize money, medals and $100,000 in Athlete development awards so generously presented by the AEF. Riders will have the opportunity to participate in a competition that typically is offered only to the world class level of our sport” added John.
Building on the success of last year’s event, the AEF was extremely receptive of using funds donated to them from Alberta Sport Connection to help develop athletes’ and support them with their equestrian careers. “The program was such a success last year that when it was offered to us in an expanded matter, we were extremely happy to support in its growth” said Sonia Dantu, executive director. “The vision of supporting athlete development is and will remain a long standing goal of our organization and a program like this offers all levels of athletes an opportunity that is usually available to a select few in the sport”, she added.