Difference Makers: Tom Dvorak & Norbert van Laak

Canadian dressage has benefitted greatly from Tom Dvorak's emigration from Germany in 1982. He first represented Canada on the Young Riders team in 1985, where they earned the silver medal. He has competed as a Canadian team member at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and the 2007 Pan American Games, where the team earned silver and Tom finished fourth individually. In 2011, he was the anchor rider for Canada aboard Viva's Salieri W at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the team earned the silver medal. Viva's Salieri W, an 11-year-old Canadian-bred Hanoverian stallion by Viva Voltaire, is owned by Dressage Canada's 2011 Owners of the Year, Augustine Walsh and Christine Eppinger. “He is a special horse; every day he is ready to give 110 per cent and I love riding him,” Tom has said of the horse he began training as a four-year-old.…

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