Biography:

Colleen Loach’s passion, combined with her determination, has set her on the path of achieving her equestrian goals. In 1999 she was named the Quebec Eventing Athlete of the Year after competing for Canada at the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). In 2001  she helped Canada secure the NAJYRC team bronze medal in front of a home crowd in Bromont, QC. She has continued to compete at the international level, earning wins at the 2007 CCI 2* Bromont Three-Day Event, the 2013 CIC 2*Dreamcrest Horse Trials in Ontario, and the 2014 CIC 2* The Fork Horse Trials in North Carolina. Her accolades resulted in Loach being named to the Canadian Eventing Team Long List in 2014 and 2015. She made her Pan Am Games debut at Toronto 2015, where she helped Canada win the team eventing bronze medal. She made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016. Loach currently works for Canadian Olympian Peter Barry, who also owns her top  mount, Qorry Blue D’Argouges.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents David Loach and Maureen Hallam… Younger brother Brent… Getting into the Sport: Started riding at a very young age at her parents’ farm… Began taking jumping lessons at age 10… Odds and Ends: Enjoys hiking, going to the gym, hanging out at a local spa… Nickname: Bean…