Phoenix breaks collarbone during training
Jessica Phoenix short-listed for spot on Team Canada.
WILFRID -- Uxbridge native Jessica Phoenix and her horse Exponential were short-listed for Canada's eventing squad for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. July 2010
June 7, 2012
Wilfrid equestrienne and Olympic hopeful Jessica Phoenix has broken her collarbone following a nasty spill during a training session.
Ms Phoenix and Exponential, her Olympic thoroughbred, fell Wednesday (June 6) during routine jump schooling while preparing for a competition in Bromont, Quebec.
When reached for comment via e-mail Thursday morning, Ms Phoenix said that both she and her horse are "still good to go to the London Games, which open July 27.
"I should be back riding in a couple weeks and Exponential still looks great," she wrote.
While Canada's Olympic eventing team won't formally be named until later this month, Ms Phoenix is considered a virtual lock after a gold-medal performance at the Pan-Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico last October. She -- along with her new horse Pavarotti -- led the three-day competition from start to finish. And not only did the win mark just the second time that a Canadian has claimed the individual gold medal in eventing in the history of the Pan Am Games, it also helped Team Canada capture the silver medal.
That spectacular performance lead Equine Canada to name Ms Phoenix the 2011 Equestrian of the Year.
Ms. Phoenix is the "complete athlete," Equine Canada noted, "athletic, focused, and always ready to learn and give back to her sport."
Though she was named to Team Canada for the 2008 Games, Ms Phoenix was forced to withdraw after her horse, Exploring, suffered an injury just weeks before they were scheduled to depart for Beijing.
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