Andrea Taylor - Equestrian
Birth date: March 10, 1971
Birth place: Richmond, BC
Hometown: Surrey, BC
Residence: Surrey, BC
Occupation: Full-time athlete and coach
Andrea Taylor began riding at age six and went on to become a successful junior rider. She was a member of the gold medal team at the 1989 North American Young Riders’ Championship and, in 1990, achieved her “A” level with the Pony Club.
Training primarily with Olympian Leslie Reid, Taylor won many Canadian Championships at various levels of dressage. Dior, a Hanoverian gelding she bought as an unbroken three-year-old in California, was her partner for many of these awards.
From 1996-2000, Taylor and Dior went to Germany to train with Udo Lange and Christilot Hanson-Boylen. In 1999, they made their Grand Prix debut with impressive results that included winning the Grand Prix at Herroldberg and placing fifth in the Baden-Wuerttemburg Championship. Taylor and Dior were named as members of the Canadian Dressage Short List from 2000 until 2004.
Taylor was also one of two riders chosen to represent Canada at the 2000 CDI Trivett Classic International Derby held every spring in Sydney, Australia. Riding borrowed horses, Taylor helped Canada claim the team bronze medal as well as win the Leading Foreign Rider Award.
In her role as Para-Equestrian Canada National Team Coach, Taylor guided the team at the 2007 World Championships as well as the 2008 Paralympic Games, where rider Lauren Barwick secured individual gold and silver medals.
Taylor is a Level 3 NCCP Dressage Coach.