Megan Lane is this year’s Royal Invitational Dressage Cup winner. The Canadian 2016 Olympics debutant, who hails from Collingwood, Ontario, scooped the top prize of $20,000 during the contest which was held at the Royal Horse Show on Thursday 10th November 2016.
It was a big day for both Lane and her 15-year old mare Caravella as the two ensured that their first ever appearance at the Royal Horse Show became a winning one.
The Royal Invitational Dressage Cup is a national competition for which horse riders from across Canada are invited to participate. This year’s horse show was part of the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair organized in Toronto, Ontario.
During the competition, the 25-year old Lane and her Canadian-bred mount showcased their freestyle in front of a full house in the Ricoh Coliseum. In this section of the contest, riders are given a chance to perform choreographed movements to the tune of a chosen musical track.
Lane rode Caravella to a composition by Joost Peters, a Dutch freestyle designer. Her freestyle’s main highlights were magnificent flying changes, piaffe as well as one-handed pirouettes. This is the exact same freestyle she’d performed when she was part of the Canadian team that won silver medal at the Toronto Pan American Games last year.
Lane managed to score an impressive 76.75% to grab victory, later describing her experience on the Thursday night as an “amazing ride” and adding that it has been her lifelong dream to participate at The Royal contest.
Caravella has been Lane’s partner for more than seven years now, her competitive debut with the horse having been in the junior divisions of the contest back in 2009. The last one year or so has been great in Lane’s career, with the 2015 Pan American Games and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier in summer 2016 adding new glowing feathers to her rider’s cap. She also triumphed in the Grand Prix which was contested on Wednesday 9th by getting 71.63%, winning the Butternut Ridge Trophy sponsored by Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic.
Lane, who trains with fellow competitor at the Royal Invitational Dressage Cup and Canadian Olympic veteran Christilot Boylen, says that the next challenge she’ll be striving to shine in will be reaching the World Cup finals in Omaha, Nebraska, United States in the spring of 2017.
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