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U25 Speak Out About the Future

A look at how under-25s (U25) Nikki Walker, April Simmonds, and Tanya Strasser-Shostak perceive their respective sports and where they are headed.

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Is there enough support for young riders in terms of training and a clear path to the top? Nikki Walker, 24, jumping: As a jumper rider, in the past couple of years it has been very promising to see the U25 division develop across the country. Canada has also seen a lot of success with young riders at the NAJYRC and in Nation’s Cups. I know this has taken a lot of organization from different committees within Equestrian Canada and it is great to see our riders and the whole equestrian community step up to the plate. When it comes to training, it is no secret that there are huge financial barriers and no easy path to the top level of our sport. That being said, the best riders in Canada, and on the FEI world rankings list, have worked incredibly hard to overcome these challenges and I believe that…

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