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Sara Sellmer: Born to Run

Like many parents, Sara Sellmer’s wanted their daughter’s education to be well-rounded, so along with ballet and piano, they enrolled her in riding lessons. That awoke a passion for horses in the young British Columbia girl and before long, her dad Wolf was hauling her and a little Quarter Horse to shows in a two-horse trailer behind a wood-panelled Jeep. Next came an Appaloosa jumper pony. When Sellmer discovered eventing through Pony Club, she was hooked. Although she has competed in the hunter, jumper, and dressage rings, eventing is her discipline of choice and in 2015 she was ranked 5th in Canada in the FEI standings (she is currently 15th). “I love the community in eventing,” says Sellmer, 35. “I’m a huge cross-country fiend. I like it and it suits me and my lifestyle.” She also appreciates that event horses have to be well-trained for three phases and that a…

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