Olivia D’Errico Accepts Trophy for Team Canada Juniors at Bromont

Olivia D’Errico Accepts Trophy for Team Canada Juniors at Bromont

I arrived almost too late to see them…Olivia and her nine-year-old mare, She’s the One.  The CEC final was scheduled for 2pm, so Dave and I took our time driving to Bromont and stopped for brunch, although we were careful to avoid the Champlain Bridge; we took the Mercier and Hwy 138 instead.  Good thing…because not 40 minutes after we’d arrived and my cousin, Rico, found us, his lithe, lovely, determined daughter Olivia was up next.  I don’t think it was quite 1pm yet.  Whew!  They did a beautiful job; clearly, She’s the One, a Dutch Warmblood, understands her job:  she gives nice air-time and brings all four hooves under just as she should, nicely symmetrical.  The oxer was the surprise, and I thought the turns were sharp.  Rico told me that the ones to come would be sharper, but that She’s the One could turn on a dime and not to worry.  Olivia has a beautiful seat, poised and taut, yet comfortable; is focused and clear-minded on course. It’s almost as if she says to her mare “Take me there” and the mare answers:  “Don’t worry…I’ll take you there.”  They were a lovely duet, full of intention fulfilled, and bursting with the potential for greater things.  I couldn’t have been prouder.  Olivia has inherited the good looks of both her gorgeous parents and, I’d like to think, the steely determination of the D’Errico’s, which translates as:  “I want this and I will make it happen. Period. Get out of my way.”  To boot, it’s no accident that Rico himself was a fine rider and could have excelled at jumping if he’d wanted to, and that Martine’s family belonged to Blue Bonnets’ horse racing.  Olivia’s gracious grandmaman, Madame Beaulieu, said to me as we walked towards the stablery:  “Yes, she’s won the Jeux Equestre of Quebec…but this…this was Canada…this was national!”  Yes, the Quebec team outdid itself, but there were competitors from PEI, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia, among others.  THIS  is competition…this is what makes the sport great.  I asked Olivia if she was aiming for the Olympics:  she replied humbly “Oh yeah…maybe…it’s a long way off.”  Not so far off, my girl.  One of the two links that follow are in French, but I must translate one little bit for you:  Olivia’s near-future aims include Jump Canada, the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the Toronto Royal Winter Fair…and from there, my dear, just a few strides to the Olympic team.  It’s only every four years; you’ve got loads of time to prepare (she’s only 17, after all).  Olivia will be jumping in Wellington, Florida next.  I’ll keep you posted–and Rico and Martine, I will be in touch  .International Bromont : a victory for young riders | Parc Équestre Bromont

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