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ELIZABETH GINGRAS


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Edmonton, Alberta

December 21, 1981

Edmonton, Alberta

Full-time athlete

Eric Lamaze

Torrey Pines Stable

 

Elizabeth Gingras of Edmonton, Alberta, loved horses from an early age thanks to her mother, Patti, an avid equestrian who would often take her young daughter to the farm with her. Having learned to ride at the age of six, Gingras excelled in the sport until she broke her back in 2001, sidelining her for three years. In 2004, she returned to ring and her international show jumping career has flourished.

Gingras is now one of Canada’s most promising riders with dozens of top grand prix finishes earned in both North America and Europe to her credit. In 2013, she won the $35,000 HEP Open Welcome during the CSI2* Summer Tournament in Palgrave, Ontario, aboard George, a horse that represented Canada at the 2012 London Olympics with Gingras’s former coach, Jill Henselwood.

A turning point in Gingras’s career came in 2014 when she was named to her first Canadian Show Jumping Team, jumping double clear in her Nations’ Cup debut at CSIO3*-W Bratislava, Slovakia, riding Zilversprings. Upon her return to North America, Gingras scored a top three finish in the $1 Million Zoetis Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII in Saugerties, New York, with Zilversprings and, for good measure, won both the $33,500 FEI Open Jumper and the $100,000 Spirit of the West Cup at the inaugural CSI3* Royal West Show Jumping Tournament in Calgary, Alberta. Continued success in 2015 led to Gingras and Zilversprings being named the traveling alternate for Canada’s gold medal team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

At the beginning of the 2016 season, Gingras began training with 2008 Canadian Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze. Based in Wellington, Florida, in the winter and Brussels, Belgium, for the remainder of the year, Gingras is now competing against the best in the world week in and week out. Her consistent results have led to several Nations’ Cup appearances for Canada on both sides of the Atlantic.

A coach herself, Gingras sold her training business, New Heights Equestrian, in order to focus on her own international career. Married to Geoff Nygren, Gingras enjoys running and Pilates. Her father, Brian Gingras, is also an important supporter of both his daughter and the Canadian show jumping team, and was recognized as the Jump Canada “Owner of the Year” in 2012.


Horses

Zilversprings
2004 grey Dutch Warmblood gelding by Silverstone x Emilion
Owner: B Gingras Equestrian Limited

Avalon 280
2006 black Westphalian gelding by Arpeggio x Potsdam
Owner: B Gingras Equestrian Limited

Coup de Chance
2006 grey Belgian Warmblood gelding by Cardento x Darco
Owner: B Gingras Equestrian Limited

Captain
2007 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding by Verdi x Ahorn
Owner: B Gingras Equestrian Limited

Daylight VDL
2008 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Stakkato
Owner: B Gingras Equestrian Limited

Ima van d’Abdijhoeve
2008 bay Belgian Warmblood mare by Contact van de Heffinck x Heartbreaker
Owner: B Gingras Equestrian Limited

 


Elizabeth Gingras

 


Starting Gate Communications is one of the world’s largest full-service public relations companies specializing in equestrian sport, particularly the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, show jumping and three day eventing. With a wide variety of promotional services offered, Starting Gate Communications can spread the news about everything from horse show results to breeding information to product development. Simply put, if your business includes the horse industry, we will get you the recognition you deserve.
 

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