Megan Lane

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Biography


    April 5, 1991 Megan Lane was born and raised in the small town of Collingwood, Ontario. Little did anyone know that this young athlete would go forth to represent Canada on the international stage with goals of one day riding for her nation in the Olympics.

    From a very young age Megan Lane displayed an amazing ability to ride. When Megan was arriving at horse shows in a car seat, she was taking home prizes. A local veterinarian was so impressed with her natural talent, he gave her a little black pony to ride and she never looked back. 

    Lane’s show career began at the age of 5 when she began training and competing on the Hunter/Jumper circuit. At the age of 8, Megan’s focused shifted to the sport of dressage. When competing on the Ontario Trillium dressage circuit she caught the eye of the judges and shocked the crowds by winning adult classes on small ponies.  Immediately noticed for her style and personality in a sport that rarely attracts such young riders, Megan was proving to be a contender.

       

    Megan’s talent was recognized by an owner who bought several young ponies for her to train. Three of Megan’s ponies went on to winning careers, including events at Toronto’s Royal Winter Fair. From there, Megan’s career developed with the help of top professional coaches and trainers, including Jaki Beck, Jacqueline Brooks, Tina and Jaimey Irwin, Ute Busse and Belinda Trussel. Megan also spent a month training with the Hannoversche Reit-Und Fahrschule riding academy located in Verden, Germany. She achieved exceptional scores and the riding school encouraged her to continue training at a serious level.

    In a world where horses often cost in the six figures and performance rewards are most often given to the largest and most distinguished of  horses, Megan’s story takes on a fairy tale cast.  In 2001 she stumbled across a little stout horse destined for the meat market after a career as a low level school horse.  Dolany, or Lucky as he was so aptly named, formed a partnership with Megan that resulted in a series of National Level Championship wins.  In many of the classes, Megan was the youngest rider and Lucky was the smallest horse.  In 2008, Megan was ranked as the top junior rider and represented Canada in the North American Junior Rider Championships. This is a premier equestrian competition for riders ages 14-21 to compete under the FEI (Federation Equestrian International). The pair placed in the top 11 and exemplified that the quality of a horse is not to be bounded by strict borders of pedigree.

    In the spring of 2009, Megan  purchase an 8 year old Dutch Warmblood mare, Caravella. An ex-hunter horse with basic dressage training,  together they had only three months to prepare for the upcoming show season and qualify for the national Junior Team.  In spite of challenging conditions, the the pair achieved impressive results. At the end of the season Lane was once more chosen to compete for Team Ontario in the 2009  North American Championships with Caravella.

    The championships were held at The Kentucky Horse Park in July.   The top junior and young riders from across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico the Caribbean Islands are invited to this prestigious event and the spotlight is on the athletes who are to become the future of  equestrian sports.

     Megan and Caravella rode with a clean test, helping her Junior team to capture the elusive gold medal. The duo continued to be on the podium performing two more competitive rides earning the bronze and silver medal for Canada in the individual and freestyle tests.

    In 2010 Megan Lane qualified a third time for the North American Championship event with Caravella, but this time returning as a Young Rider combination. This time the pair captured 2 silver medals in the Team and Individual tests, as well a bronze medal in the Freestyle. Being a six time medalist in two years has rarely been repeated in the history of Canada’s young riders.

    Although Megan has experienced many triumphs, she remains humble about her accomplishments but determined to continue down the road of success. With trainer Robert Dover and her horse Caravella, Lane is competing Grand Prix and is the youngest Canadian rider declared for the 2012 London Olympics. With unrelenting focus in training and competiton, Megan Lane remains loyal to her goal of medalling for Canada at the Olympics.


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