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Samantha Buirs: Riding the Momentum of Success

Coming off a banner year in 2010 aboard Total Touch, her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, the 24-year-old added some impressive stats to her resumé, including wins in the $50,000 Thunderbird Legacy Grand Prix and the $20,000 West Coast Classic Grand Prix (for the third year running). She finished second in the $75,000 Keg Steakhouse World Cup Qualifier at Thunderbird, and capped off the year by being chosen to represent Canada on the all female Nations Cup team at the CSIO4*-W Buenos Aires in November, where they placed second. Riding on a team with Angela Covert-Lawrence, Lauren Hunkin and Lisa Carlsen was “the best experience of my life – so far,” said Samantha, a native of Langley, BC. “We had a huge, very successful fundraiser which made it possible for me to go to Argentina and compete with the team. I was with the best of the best Canadian competitors. I…

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