The six-time Olympian made her mark in the small tour during the Ottawa Dressage Festival, earning impressive personal best scores aboard Rockylane (Rock Forever x Rica), her 10-year-old Westphalian mare.
“I have been developing Rocky over the last year and the Ottawa CDI competition was a milestone in her career,” noted Boylen. “She was able to show a small bit of her enormous talent. I just enjoy her every day and am grateful for the opportunity to develop her.”
Boylen and Rockylane took second place in the Prix St. Georges on a score of 70.746% on May 19 before moving on to claim back-to-back wins in the Intermediate I (72.632%) on May 20 and Intermediate I Freestyle (77.000%) on May 21.
“As always, there is a huge and dedicated team surrounding every athlete (four legged and two legged). Without their support, a rider alone cannot shine,” Boylen explained. “In my case I must thank my daughter Billie, who has been taking care of Rocky, Deer Ridge Equestrian for providing me with amazing training facilities, and all the dedicated professionals who do a fantastic job in helping us to move forward. I also worked with Equestrian Canada’s Jessica Dilliott in Ottawa, which was a great addition to my normal routine.”
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