By Dan Plouffe
Christine Wiggins of Ottawa, ON, emerged as the Eastern Division winner while Sarah Wallace of Calgary, AB, topped the standings in the Western Division of the 2011 Jump Canada Emerging Rider Series, Presented by Bayer Legend.
In the $3,000 Eastern Division Emerging Rider competition held at the Summer Classic in Palgrave, ON, Wiggins guided Zanzibar, Horse Dreemz Inc’s seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, to a second-place finish. The duo also finished third in the Emerging Rider class at the Jumping Internationale de Blainville Week 1 in Blainville, QC, to secure their Eastern Division title. They finished the season with a total of 20 points.
“I am so excited to win the Eastern Division of the Emerging Rider Series,” said Wiggins, 26, who has been working with Zanzibar for over a year. “Over the winter I worked on my flat work, and my coach Becky Nuth really helped me with my transition to the jumper ring. One of my goals is to move into the Talent Squad and the Emerging Rider Series is helping me achieve my plans for the future.”
The Jump Canada Emerging Rider Series, Presented by Bayer Legend, is open to riders of all ages who have never competed in the Jump Canada Talent Squad Series or the North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships. Each division winner is invited to attend the first weekend of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as a spectator and will have the opportunity to walk the courses with the Chair of Jump Canada’s High-Performance Committee or a Canadian Equestrian Team member and attend the Talent Squad Seminar.
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