Fearless Firsts: Dasha Ivandaeva

Dasha Ivandaeva has high hopes for the future. The top-placed Canadian eventer at the 2013 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships CCI**, this year the 17-year-old will be facing a number of firsts as she tackles the advanced/three-star division aboard her 11-year-old grey Polish Warmblood cross, Autorytet, and works towards the preliminary level with the 11-year-old warmblood mare, Scout, owned by Jessica Stringer. Dasha admits that her introduction to horses as a 12-year-old came in a roundabout way. “I had absolutely no interest in horseback riding until my best friend dragged me along to one of her lessons,” she remembers. “I was playing tennis at the time and after watching, I was intrigued. When I got on the horse for the first time it just seemed to fit. Now, I am making my name in this sport and coincidently, my friend is making her name in the…

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