Calder Claims Season Opener at Canterbury Horse Trials
Florida Young Canadian equestrian athlete Andrina Calder,
15, of Toronto, ON, got the new year off to a strong start by winning
the Preliminary Young Rider division at the Canterbury Horse Trials
in Newberry, FL.
first event on the 2004 competition calendar for three day eventing,
the Canterbury Horse Trials were held January 10 and 11, with riders
competing in the dressage and show jumping phases on Saturday followed
by Sundays demanding cross-country phase. Calder was off the
lead by one point following the opening phase of dressage, but a
penalty-free stadium jumping round later in the day moved her to
the top of the standings.
Calder and HerzPrinz, winners at Canterbury Horse Trials.
Photo credit Anna Calder
was quite cold, so he was a bit fresh for dressage, said Calder
of her horse, HerzPrinz, a12-year-old American Trakehner gelding.
Overall, I was happy with it. There were a few points I didnt
like, but it was our first test of the season. It was all about
getting back into the routine of showing.
into Sundays third and final phase of cross-country, Calder
led the division that is open to riders aged 21 and under. Incurring
only minor time penalties, Calder remained at the top to claim victory.
thought the cross-country rode well, remarked Calder, who
last competed at the Canterbury Horse Trials in 2002. It was
a great event to start the season, and it really helped me to get
my confidence back after not showing HerzPrinz for five months.
Canterbury Horse Trials marked a triumphant return to the show ring
for Calder and HerzPrinz. Following the pairs individual and
team victory in the CCIY/J* division of the North American Young
Riders Championship last August, HerzPrinz enjoyed a well-deserved
rest before returning to his regular training.
was so happy, Ive missed it so much, smiled Calder.
HerzPrinz felt great. He was so excited, he knew what was
coach, 2003 Pan American Individual Gold Medallist Darren Chaicchia,
also enjoyed a successful weekend at the Canterbury Horse Trials
competing at the Intermediate level. Chiacchia won a division riding
South Bound and took second place in another Intermediate division
riding San Salvador. Chiacchia also enjoyed two more victories at
the lower levels with his young horses.
addition to coaching Calder to the top of the Young Rider Preliminary
division, Chiacchia also saw students Kate Luce enjoy a fourth place
finish riding Belltree Sampras while Lydia Holdsworth placed ninth
on Hoopla. Michael Larson also competed in the Novice division with
win at Canterbury Horse Trials continues an impressive winning streak.
In addition to their double victory at the 2003 North American Young
Riders Championship, she and HerzPrinz enjoyed victories last
season in the Young Rider Preliminary Division of the Over The Walls
Horse Trials in Hardwick, MA, in August, and the CCIY* division
of the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, VA, in May. In April,
she claimed the Young Rider Open Preliminary division at the Beaulieu
North American Classic with an incredibly low score of 29.9 penalty
points while her first victory of 2003 came in March when she topped
the Young Rider Open Preliminary division at the Rocking Horse Spring
Horse Trials in Altoona, FL.
trains full-time with Chiacchia at his Independence Farm with bases
in Ocala, FL, and Buffalo, NY. For further information on Andrina
Calder, please visit www.youngeventrider.com.