Belinda Trussell and her 14 year old Oldenburg gelding, Royan ll, head back to Canada next week to compete in the country's Olympic trials, to be held at the end of June and beginning of July in Ontario and Quebec.
The 32 year old Trussell arrived in Germany in January to train with compatriot Christilot Boylen in preparation for the World Cup and quickly made her mark in a number of competitions over the next few months.
At Dortmund she achieved 8th place with a 67.8%, followed with a 66.1% and 6th place in the Grand Prix Special at Saumer, France. Trussell's placings continued to steadily rise and at Barzago, Italy, her final competition before departing, she achieved second place in the Grand Prix with 67.6%.
“I am so fortunate to have been able to stay in Europe to train and compete these past few months,” noted Trussell. “I have been so encouraged by the positive response to Royan and myself and hope to return here many times over the next few years.”
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