A Conversation With Canadian Olympic Dressage Competitor Christilot Hanson-Boylen

On Sunday, January 31st 2021 we welcomed Christilot Hanson-Boylen on www.ZoomerRadio.ca. We explored Christilot's 1964 journey to the Tokyo Olympics and spoke with her about her lifetime dedication to the sport of Dressage.

Winner of the Equestrian Canada Lifetime Achievement Award, Christilot Hanson-Boylen has had an amazing career over some 50 years. Among her many achievements, she has competed for Canada in Dressage at the Olympics on 5 occasions where she achieved top 10 placement 7 times in team competition and 3 times as an individual. Christilot won gold medals in the Pan American Games on three occasions. In terms of coaching, Christilot holds the highest level of coaching certification. She also gave some solid advice to parents of children desiring to compete. 

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As a rider at 60 years old, I believe that all can benefit from the secret of riding. I myself, raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride at 94 years old. I believe that the same can be true for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.  

I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.

If you are interested in sharing your experiences of horses, whether of riding or not, in the past, or more recently, on my show on Zoomer Radio, please contact me at ByTheLoveOfHorses@redscarfequestrian.ca  Susan Jamieson



By The Love Of Horses is written by Doug Allen, a student of history at the University of Toronto, who believes in the need to be versed in country things. Doug’s father travelled extensively by horse on the Canadian prairies and his uncle as a small boy wept at the passing of a family horse. He is writing a novel set in Winnipeg, Canada exploring the nature of indigenous and non-indigenous relations and what it means to come home.





Listen to the Podcasts of previous shows:   https://www.zoomerradio.ca/podcasts/by-the-love-of-horses/




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