One of the Dressage World’s shining stars, Belinda Trussell has represented Canada at the Olympic Games, the World Cup, The World Equestrian Games, the European Championships and the Pan American Games.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Belinda spent her childhood living in diverse places as Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Atlanta, Georgia. In 1987, Belinda moved to Toronto, Canada where she competed in 3 North American Young Riders Championships.
In 1994, Belinda moved to Germany to train with Christilot Boylen and Udo Lange. In the following years, Belinda trained numerous horses and riders to the FEI level. It was during this time her name became synonymous with excellence both in the schooling ring and the show ring.
In 2002, Belinda acquired the 12 year old Oldenburg, Royan. Within five months, she went to represent Canada at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. In 2003 and 2004 Belinda and Royan represented Canada at the European Championships and the World Cup Final. Royan helped fulfill Belinda’s Olympic Dream as the pair were members of the Canadian Team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Following the Olympics, Belinda acquired a dark bay Sashsen Gelding named Anton. Developing an instant connection, the pair moved up through the levels winning ribbons, championships and accolades in North America. In2010, Belinda and Anton made the Canadian Team and represented Canada at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Following Kentucky they continued their road to success representing Canada at the 2014 World Chamionships in Normandy France. Belinda won her first international medal the following year winning the Team Silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. She also set a Canadian record for the highest score ever achieved by a Canadian in the Grand Prix Special.
Anton won the prestigious, Horse of the Year award in 2016.
In 2016, Belinda and Anton were the top Canadian combination competing in the Rio Olympic Games. Anton set Canadian records in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Special.
Visit Belinda’s website: belindatrusselldressage.com