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Megan Lane (Posted On: Monday, July 20, 2009)

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Megan has been part of the horse world since the age of three spending countless hours on a daily basis caring for and riding horses.

From an early age, she has caught the eye of trainers and judges in the show ring as evidenced by the many boxes filled with championship ribbons on many different mounts.

Remarkably, although she has a record of significant achievements, she remains unaffected by her successes and goes about her training in a humble and quiet manner. She embraces the long hard hours in the barn, caring for the horses and being a groom for herself and others. The horses are a shining example of her care.

Her focus is on the horse. She loves the training and is patient and clear with the horse. There is clear evidence of the strong connection and concentrated focus between Megan and the horse when watching her ride. 

Her work is a daily priority and she has spent many years working either with a trainer or by herself. She is self starter, highly coachable and is able to retain and implement her lessons on her own. She sits on the horse in a naturally balanced manner. Her correct form, deeply intuitive nature and effective riding allow the horse to become more expressive.

Megan has been very fortunate to be coached by many talented trainers from an early age and is grateful for all their insights. We would like to thank Jacqueline Brooks, Jaimey and Tina Irwin and Jackie Beck as the most significant influences on her riding career to date. Their talent, knowledge and guidance throughout the years have shaped her career.

Megan had the opportunity to spend a month training in Verden, Germany. She received one of the highest marks in both jumping and dressage when presented to a panel of international judges and was encouraged to come back to study.

Megan continues to train on a daily basis but for the moment - on her own. Her goals, although high, are attainable with the proper support system in place. Her immediate goal is to represent Canada at The Junior Young Rider Championships again this year. Her long terms goals are significantly higher.

A new duo that is a force to be reckoned with.

This year, the Collingwood native, Megan Lane has high hopes for a great competition with her new horse Caravella, taking place July 20th to 26th. The prestigious North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) gathers only the top qualified young athletes, ages 16- 21 to compete. This year they will be held at the Kentucky Horse park in Lexington, Kentucky. The objective of the NAJYRC is to expose riders to a similar atmosphere as that of the Pan-American Games, World Games and Olympics, which could possibly be in these athletes futures.

 "I am very excited for this years championship," says Lane. "Last year was such a great learning experience, and I am very fortunate to have had the chance and to have qualified once again."

"Coming into show season I didn't know what to expect from my new 8 year old Dutch Warmblood mare Caravella. We have only been working together for 3 1/2 months and a good partnership between horse and rider in dressage is key. We have been training hard and are both well prepared, so I'm really looking forward to the performances."

Megan participated in this event last year in Colorado riding the small yet very successful Dolany. The duo qualified with very high scores which enabled them to compete as the highest ranked Canadian horse/rider combination. This year Canada has qualified two strong teams of four Junior riders who have a chance to bring home the title!

These young competitors offer sponsorship benifits to anyone who would be willing to support these dedicated young athletes, including Collingwood's own Megan Lane.

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