The following Canadian vaulters will represent the maple leaf at the quadrennial equestrian event later this summer (in alphabetical order):
• Shaina Hammond
• Averill Saunders
• Talmage Conrad
18-year-old Averill Saunders from Sundre, Alberta has been vaulting since she was nine and representing Canada on the international stage for the past seven years, most recently at the 2021 Junior World Vaulting Championships where she became Canada’s first female individual to ever make the top 15.
Dual citizen Shaina Hammond is 21 years old and splits her time between Parksville, BC and Utah, USA. She has been vaulting for 10 years and competing internationally for six. She is a three-time US National champion and began representing Canada in 2018.
Lethbridge, Alberta’s Talmage Conrad started vaulting at the age of twelve. Now 20 years old, he’s been competing on the international stage since 2016. He represented Canada at the Junior World Championships in the Netherlands in 2019 where he achieved a top ten finish. Conrad now trains with the West Coast Vaulters on Vancouver Island.
“We are thrilled to have three vaulting athletes heading to Herning this summer,” said Director, High Performance James Hood. “The sport has been growing in pockets in Canada and continues to evolve with the changing health and safety standards in the different provinces. It is exciting to see a contingent of younger athletes stepping up to represent Canada. All have been competing internationally for some time and have the maturity and skills to make a statement at the Worlds this year.”
Vaulting was recognised by the FEI in 1983 and has been a central part of the FEI World Equestrian Games since its inception in 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be on display at the championships in Herning. The Canadian vaulting team has competed in three championships – 1998 in Rome, Italy, 2014 in Normandy, France and most recently 2018 in Tryon, USA.
Support for the triad will be provided by Chef d’Équipe Kathleen Saunders and team leader James Hood.
“Averill, Talmage and Shaina will be settling in Europe before anyone else to acclimatize to their local horses and build connections that will help their performances in August,” said Hood. “We are all looking forward to seeing what they will accomplish and have confidence their passion and competitive spirit as a team will make Canada proud.”
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