Cathy Wedge

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Cathy Wedge
Born Catherine Wedge
(1950-12-29) 29 December 1950 (age 64)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Known for 1978 Equestrian Team Gold

Catherine "Cathy" Wedge (born 29 December 1950) is a Canadian equestrian who rode several times on the Canadian Equestrian Team between 1971 and 1978.

Early years[edit]

Catherine Wedge was born on 29 December 1950 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.[1] She began to ride at the Saskatoon Pony Club when she was eight.[2] Wynona Mulcaster was the unpaid instructor at the club from 1945 to 1973 and influenced Wedge's career.[3]

Career[edit]

Wedge entered international competition in 1969, when she won the Working Hunter Championship at the Seattle International Horse Show. At the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia she won gold in the three-day team event riding her horse "Sumatra". She was named to the Canadian Olympic team for 1972, but could not compete due to a broken leg. In 1974 she won the Canadian three-day-event on "City Fella".[2] In 1975 Wedge received serious arm and leg injuries in a competition in Massachusetts shortly before an event in Bromont, Quebec where she was scheduled to be part of the Canadian team. The coordinator of the event called her "the most artistic rider we had".[4]

Cathy Wedge, 173 centimetres (68 in) and 57 kilograms (126 lb), represented Canada in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.[1] She again rode "City Fella".[2] She placed 23rd in the mixed three-day individual equestrianism event, and her team placed 6th in the mixed three-day team equestrianism event.[1] Wedge rode "Abracadabra" in the Canadian team that won gold at the 1978 Eventing World Championship.[3] "Abracadabra" was the second horse of team captain Elizabeth Ashton.[5]

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