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Jul 27, 2016

Even if you haven’t heard of Cara Whitham before, you most likely have heard her at one time or another. She is the familiar voice we hear commentating some of the various dressage events on tv.

Whitham is a very accomplished horsewomen. Some of her various achievements include:

  • Being named a short and long-listed rider for the Canadian Dressage Team numerous times
  • Earning Canadian Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Championship titles
  • Being appointed Chef d’Equipe for Canada’s Dressage team during a four-year European tour leading into the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
  • Lending input into a high performance plan that produced Canada’s only Olympic Team Medal in Dressage to date at the 1988 Seoul Olympics
  • Holding a record as the FEI’s only official with FEI 5* judging credentials for both Dressage and Eventing
  • Receiving FEI Dressage Technical Delegate status
  • Being appointed to the Dressage Ground Jury for the 2003 and 2011 Pan American Games, 2005 European Dressage Championships and the 2010 World Equestrian Games
  • Being appointed to the Eventing Ground Jury for the 1998 and 2002 World Equestrian Games, as well as the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Being hired as a television commentator for the 2007 World Equestrian Games, and 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games
  • Being appointed as the Chef d’Equipe for the Costa Rican Gold Medal Team at the 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica.

She also founded Equivents Inc., which organizes CDI-Ws/CDI3* dressage events yearly.

In this episode of the podcast, we get a very intimate look into the life of this amazing horsewoman, from her story of how she got into horses (with an unexpected twist!) to what her favourite competitions have been to ride and judge at. She also gives a great message to youth who are interested in getting into the sport or who have just begun their journey.