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Garry Roque

Birthplace: Bermuda
Birthdate: April 14, 1960
Hometown: Caledon East, Ontario

Garry Roque recently began riding for Canada following a successful eventing career representing Bermuda.  After learning to ride as an eight-year-old, Garry completed his first three day event at the 1981 North American Young Ridersí Championship.

Garry was a member of the Bermuda team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden, and went on to compete at the 1991 Pan American Games where the team captured a silver medal.  His partner was Casemate, an Appaloosa Canadian Sport Horse that might explain Garry's fondness for Canada. 

Although he has lived in Canada since he was a teenager, Garry only obtained his Canadian citizenship in 1997 and has since been campaigning in the hopes of earning a spot on the Canadian Eventing Team.  Leatherhead, the former mount of Frank Merrill, joint master of the Eglinton-Caledon Hunt, is now enjoying a career in eventing.  One up-and-coming horse that Garry is especially excited about is Hakuna Matatta, a thoroughbred-Hannoverian cross that he and the owner bred themselves.

Garry was named the Ontario Leading Male Rider of the Year in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

HORSES

Waikura
1991 bay New Zealand-bred gelding, 16.2hh 
Owner:  Gustav Quast 

Leatherhead
1991 dark bay Canadian thoroughbred gelding, 17.1hh by Avies Copy 
Owner:  Christine Merrill 

Hakuna Matatta
1994 grey thoroughbred-Hannoverian stallion, 16.2hh 
Owner:  Sharon Patchett-Lomere

 

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