Olympian Belinda Trussell, is one of the Canadian dressage riders who usually spends the winter season training and competing in Wellington Florida. But what about this year and the havoc Covid has caused? Canada’s border with the USA is still closed to non essential travel. I asked Belinda three questions. Here are her answers:
1. Will you be competing in Florida this winter?
Most likely no, I still have a small flame burning for Florida, but with the current situation and conditions it does not look likely
2. How did you arrive at this decision?
Many factors… I have a family, 2 kids and my husband, in Canada. Usually we plan visits once a month so we can see each other when I am in Florida. Because of the pandemic, Canada has a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon returning home from any international travel. That makes it impossible to go back and forth. My daughter is not comfortable travelling right now, and as her Mom, I need to respect her concerns. I don’t want to be away from them for too long, and without the possibility of travel it makes it really difficult. I also have concerns about the virus and am worried about being sick away from home and away from family. Or vice versa, if one of my family members got sick in Canada and I could not get home to be with them.
3. Do you have any concerns about not going?
Yes! The decision has been occupying my mind all year! Florida offers so much for us. The weather of course is ideal for training, the amount of shows offered to develop the horses is incredible. I love riding among top riders and top horses so I continue to develop my eye and strive to be a better rider and trainer. I will miss all those things!
My next blog post will have Megan Lane’s answers to the Florida questions! Will Megan be staying home or going to compete in Florida?