Megan Lane:Competing for the Worlds

Megan Lane is the fourth Canadian rider who is competing in Florida this winter,at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival,  with the aim of being selected to the Canadian dressage team  for the World Equestrian Games, in Tryon NC, this September. I have asked all the riders the same seven questions. Here are Megan’s answers.

What age were you when you started riding? I was three years old. My Mum rode and when I was three I was given a pony to ride. So I’ve been riding all my life really.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a professional rider? I think I have always known that was what I wanted to do.

What other big championships or competitions have you ridden in?  I rode in the Junior and Young Rider Championships in 2007 and 2009. I rode for Canada in the  World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in 2014, the Pan Ams in Toronto in 2015, and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Tell me about the horse you are competing with this winter season in Florida that you are you hope to qualify for the Canadian Team for WEG.  Well….I have three Grand Prix horses. A sort of triple threat I guess.  I have Caravella. I own her and have had her since I was doing the Young Riders. She is my veteran and she took me to WEG in Normandy and Rio for the Olympics.

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Megan and Caravella

The second horse is San D’Or. This is his second year at the Grand Prix level. He is owned by Deer Ridge Equestrian. I have been riding him since he was 3 and he is 12 now.

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Megan and San D’Or

The third horse I’m riding is Zodiac. He’s also owned by Deer Ridge Equestrian. I’ve been riding him for 5 1/2 years now and have brought him up to the Grand Prix level.

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Megan and Zodiac

What is the most difficult thing for you in a competition season like this, leading up to WEG selection?  The co-ordination. It’s great to have three horses but you cannot ride more than two at the grand Prix level in a CDI (Concours Dressage International). So the difficulty for me it so plan a show schedule that will give all three horses a chance to be seen and to get qualifying scores.

If you had not become a professional rider what other career might you have chosen?  Honestly…..I have no idea. But I love the environment and so environmental studies might have been a direction I could have gone in.

If you could ride any horse living or dead , in any discipline  who would it be?  Valegro. (Charlotte Dujardin’s Olympic gold medal winning horse) or Weingold (Isabell Werth’s horse that with Isabell is at the top of the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) rankings.

Thank you Megan. All the best of luck to you and Caravella, San D’Or and Zodiac for the rest of the competition season. 

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Megan and Zodiac leave the ring with a smile after the Grand Prix test!

13 Comments Add yours

  1. anne leueen says:

    Thank you Tina. I very much appreciate this comment .

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  2. Tina Schell says:

    A beautiful rider on a gorgeous horse. And beautifully capture Anne.

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  3. Lovely interview. 🙂 xxx

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  4. Alli Farkas says:

    I like how she doesn’t ride on the curb. That’s so rare in elite dressage riders. It’s there if she needs it, but it’s not the tool of first choice.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well spotted Alli! I also noticed that and she is the same on all three horses. It is nice to see. She is not relying on it and just has such a light touch with it.

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  5. doar nicole says:

    Zodiac, what a lovely name for a horse, makes one think of the stars. Which… Megan and Zodiac somehow really are! 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Ah! That is such a lovely thought. Thank you for this comment!

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  6. Kelly MacKay says:

    San D’Or is a beautiful animal.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes! I think all three horses are lovely and also very talented.

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      1. Kelly MacKay says:

        Agreed, all are beautiful 🙂

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  7. Red Letters says:

    Fascinating interview! Thank you for sharing.
    Hayley 😊💜

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