Belinda Trussell began to ride seriously after her family moved to the Philippines when she was 10. By 1988, she had won the Canadian National Dressage Championship and placed ninth individually at the North American Young Riders’ Championships. In 1994 Trussell became a Canadian citizen and in 2002 she was the youngest member of the Canadian Dressage Team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. She went on to compete at the 2003 European Dressage Championships in Hickstead, England and helped the Canadian Dressage Team earn a berth for Athens 2004 where she competed with Royan II. Trussell returned to the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010 and 2014. At the latter she was Canada’s highest-placed individual in dressage, finishing in the top-25 aboard Anton. Anton and Trussell carried that success into the 2015 season, having already earned three first-place international finishes, including a win at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. At that competition the pair were also key members of Canada 1, which brought home a silver medal in the Nations’ Cup.
Family: Has two children, Matthew and Sophie with her husband, Mark… Getting into the Sport: First became interested in horses at age 6 during a stay in Atlanta where there was a small barn in her neighborhood… She spent her riding and grooming her friend’s horse, Pixie… Outside Interests: Bachelor of Arts in Commerce from the University of Toronto… Went to George Brown College to study Culinary Arts; though she wanted to be a chef but realized she hated cooking… Odds and Ends: Spent her childhood living in exotic places such as Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines… Owns and operates Oakcrest Farms, a distinguished Canadian dressage facility, where she coaches a diverse group of clientele…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
OG: 2004 – 36th (individual), 9th (team)
WEG: 2014 – 22nd (individual), 9th (team); 2010 – 26th (individual), 7th (team); 2002 – 44th (individual)