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Tina Irwin

Tina Irwin
  • Born: 01/29/1981
  • Age: 33
  • Height: 167cm
  • Weight: 52kg
  • Birthplace: Germany

Club:

Dressage Canada

Languages spoken:

German, English

Idols (in sport or other):

Isabelle Werth

Favourite activities outside of sport:

Spending time with family.

Sibling(s) Name(s) (date of birth):

Sarah Busse-Turner (17/03/83)

Training Location(s):

Germany

Coach(es):

Holger Muenstermann, Jaimey Irwin

Senior national athlete since:

2002

Org./ charities supported:

Toronto Cadora and Toronto Cadora Youth

Other sports participated in:

Basketball, volleyball, soccer

Favourite movies / TV shows:

Grey’s Anatomy

National titles (include event, year):

Hagen, Germany
1981

Tina was born in Hagen Germany and immigrated to Canada after her first birthday with her family. Tina started riding as a young girl with her mother, Canadian Grand Prix Dressage rider Ute Busse. Tina’s succesful show career began on the pony Coco, with whom she won many regional and provincial Championships in her junior career.

Tina and Amicelli in Wellington
Tina was a working student for Canadian Olympic rider Evi Strasser, and after graduating high school went to train in Germany with Klaus Martin Rath at Germany’s famous Schafhof. She also trained with Holger Münstermann in Werl Germany. Holger continues to be her coach now. Tina has been long and short listed for the Canadian Dressage team since 2003. Her most recent accomplishment is being short listed at the Grand Prix level for 2008 with Amicelli.

Throughout her Young Rider years, Tina has shown four different horses at the FEI Young Rider Level. It wasn’t until the year of 2000 that Tina gave up her German citizenship to become a Canadian citizen and compete for Canada. In 2001 Tina represented Canada at the North American Young Riders Championships with Grandetto, a 6 year old Oldenburg gelding. In 2002 Tina competed Amicelli at the NAYRC and was Canada’s top placing combination. Tina and Amicelli were recipients of the Dr. Brian Mills award, which is awarded to the top placing Canadian pair at the Championships. The pair also went on to win double silver medals at the Coupe de Americas in Blainville Quebec in the same year.

Tina and Amicelli at the Grand Prix CDI in Devon
After Tina’s Young Rider years she moved up to the Advanced level and competed Amicelli at the Prix St George and Intermediare 1 level very successfully, receiving top scores and consistently being on the long/short list for the Canadian Dressage Team. At the end of 2005 Tina and Amicelli made their Grand Prix debut. Tina has the great accomplishment of training Amicelli from a 4 year old up to the Grand Prix level, making him her first Grand Prix horse. In 2005 Tina married her husband, Jaimey Irwin with whom she runs their successful Dressage training and sales business together, Stoney Lake Equestrian.

Tina competed Taenzerin, a talented 12 year old Trakhener mare in 2006 at the Prix St George and Intermediare 1 level winning with up to 70% and also winning Advanced Championships. Amicelli and Tina declared for the World Cup in the same year. Tina and Amicelli were 2006 Ontario Reserve Champions at the Grand Prix level.

Tina’s Taste
Favorite Color: Pink
Music: Pop. Dance. No Country!
Food: Thai, Italian, anything chocolate
Pastimes: Playing with my dog Tula. Being on the computer.
TV Shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order, Hell’s Kitchen, How Clean Is Your House?, What Not To Wear
Pet Peeves: Being late!
Books: That Winning Feeling, Murder Mystery
Amicelli and Tina continued to achieve great success at the Grand Prix level Nationally and also Internationally, competing throughout Canada and the USA at large CDI competitions. They also competed on the prestigious Wellington Florida show circuit during the winter months of 2007 and 2008. They placed second in the Grand Prix in 2007 at the Paxton Farm CDI, and won the FEI Test of Choice class in Wellington Florida at the Grand Prix in 2007. They have taken part in the Grand Prix Quadrille at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto with more than 3,000 spectators, and also rode in the Grand Prix Quadrille for the fight against Breast Cancer in Wellington Florida in 2007. Team Canada won the Challenge of the America’s which Tina and Amicelli were members of. Amicelli and Tina have been added to the FEI World Ranking list, and have qualified for their USDF Gold medal. Tina also competed Querida at the Prix St George level in 2007, a 10 year old Oldenburg mare with much talent for the Grand Prix.

In 2007 Tina was the chef d’equipe for the Gold medal winning Canadian Junior Team at the NAJYRC in Lexington V

Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2010:

2010 was a year of great accomplishments for Tina, including top finishes at the Prix St Georges with Winston, with scores up to 73%! Tina is an 8 pin recipient for 2011 with Winston. This prestigious award is earned by earning eight scores of 8 for Rider in the collective marks. Tina and Amicelli rounded out the 2010 show season with 5th and 6th place at Saugerties, NY CDI in the Grand Prix and Freestyle, followed by 2nd and 4th place finish at Dressage at Devon CDI in the Grand Prix and Special. Tina is Long-listed with Amicelli for 2011.

Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2009:

In 2009, Tina was invited to compete at the World Dressage Masters CDI 5* held in Wellington Florida in January. Only two Canadians were invited to represent their country at this invitation-only competition. This was the first time that this large competition has taken place in North America and top riders from around the world were competing, including Anky van Grunsven, Steffen Peters, Edward Gal, and Hans Peter Minderhoud. In February 2009 Tina and Amicelli placed 4th in the Wellington Spring Classic CDI in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2008:

In 2008 Tina continued with an impressive list of accomplishments, including riding Amicelli to the win of both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the Blainville CDI (a World Cup Qualifier!) The duo also placed 5th in the Grand Prix at the prestigious Dressage at Devon CDI and placed 7th in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Later that year Tina and Amicelli made their Royal Winter Fair debut in the CDI. They are short listed at the Grand Prix level for both 2008 and 2009.

Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2007:

Tina competed Taenzerin, a talented 12 year old Trakhener mare in 2006 at the Prix St George and Intermediare 1 level winning with up to 70% and also winning Advanced Championships. Amicelli and Tina declared for the World Cup in the same year. Tina and Amicelli were 2006 Ontario Reserve Champions at the Grand Prix level.

Amicelli and Tina continued to achieve great success at the Grand Prix level Nationally and also Internationally, competing throughout Canada and the USA at large CDI competitions. They also competed on the prestigious Wellington Florida show circuit during the winter months of 2007 and 2008. They placed second in the Grand Prix in 2007 at the Paxton Farm CDI, and won the FEI Test of Choice class in Wellington Florida at the Grand Prix in 2007. They have taken part in the Grand Prix Quadrille at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto with more than 3,000 spectators, and also rode in the Grand Prix Quadrille for the fight against Breast Cancer in Wellington Florida in 2007. Team Canada won the Challenge of the America’s which Tina and Amicelli were members of. Amicelli and Tina have been added to the FEI World Ranking list, and have qualified for their USDF Gold medal. Tina also competed Querida at the Prix St George level in 2007, a 10 year old Oldenburg mare with much talent for the Grand Prix.

In 2007 Tina was the chef d’equipe for the Gold medal winning Canadian Junior Team at the NAJYRC in Lexington Virginia. 2008 sees this pair competing for a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team, having declared for the Beijing Olympics. A new Equine TV show featured Tina on their hit series “Equi Stars” in the Spring of 2008 in Florida, which premiered on the USA Sports channel CSS.

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