Pathway to Paris 2024 Olympics: Windsor-Essex Equestrian Lindsay Traisnel selected for Santiago 2023 Pan American Games

Equestrian athlete Lindsay Traisnel and 12-year-old Selle Français gelding, Bacyrouge, will represent Canada in Eventing at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. The PanAm and Parapan American games will be held from October 20 to November 5, 2023, and is a stepping stone for athletes on the pathway to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Traisnel, 38, grew up in Windsor-Essex in a non-horsey family and began riding at age nine at a local lesson barn where she was introduced to eventing. Eventing is often described as an equestrian triathlon and combines three different events–dressage, jumping, and cross-country. 

Photo credit: Mike Burnett

The cross-country is an exciting and challenge phase with solid and natural obstacles such as wooden logs, stone walls, ditches, and water to test the speed, stamina, and jumping ability of the horse and rider partnership. Bacyrouge, owned by Patricia Pearce, is aptly called “Dreamy” around the barn.

“He’s just so…dreamy to ride! Dreamy is a great jumper and is built to gallop!” says Traisnel. The pair have been successful at international qualifier events including Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Bromont Horse Trials, American Eventing Championships, and Tryon International. 

When not competing, Traisnel operates Windsor-Essex Equestrian Centre (WEC), a busy riding lesson and boarding facility with her husband Xavier Traisnel, also a four-star eventer and licensed high performance equestrian coach. The couple balances the demands of international competition, running their own business, and raising their two young daughters, Élise and Chloé. 

“We have a great community here. We’re close to the Windsor-Detroit border, which is ideal for travelling to U.S. shows,” says Traisnel. In the coming weeks, she and Dreamy will travel to Ocala, FL, for the Canadian Team training camp, and will fly from Miami to Santiago, Chile.

Trainel’s family and the WEC family are organizing a fundraising campaign to support Lindsay and Dreamy’s journey to the PanAm games and their pathway to the Paris 2024 Olympics. Donations and prizes are welcome and much appreciated.

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