Send Joni Lynn Peters to Rio 2016

$11,750 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 42 months
Joni Lynn Peters epitomizes many riders’ dreams: buy a barely started young horse, train it to the highest level of sport, qualify for the Canadian Team, and compete at the Olympics.

She’s a living example of Thoreau’s quote, ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.’

Joni’s horse partner - Travolta – is a Canadian success story. She purchased Travolta as a 3 year old at the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association Auction. He was bred by John Van Den Bosch (Bosch Farms) in Alberta and is sired by Olympic Ferro. When Joni bought him, Travolta had 30 days training. She’s done all the rest. See Travolta in action 

Travolta isn’t the first horse Joni’s trained to the highest levels of horse sport…. but he’s the best!

Joni started her horsey life in Canadian Pony Club in northern BC, then pursued her passion for three-day eventing. A strong competitor, she was short listed for the Canadian Three-Day Event Team before switching disciplines to pursue dressage (on her former event horse!)

Joni has won many dressage championships, and been long and short listed for the Canadian Eventing and Dressage Teams multiple times from 1995 onward. She’s been fortunate to train with top coaches in France and Germany, and represent Canada in competition overseas.

Always keen to share her knowledge, Joni is a popular and talented coach for both eventing and dressage disciplines. 

Now at the pinnacle of her sport, Joni has a sound, well-schooled horse, and knows how to win. She and Travolta have been competing Grand Prix for 5 years and were short-listed for the 2012 London Olympics. They are now short-listed for the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, with the exception of some wonderful sponsors and occasional funding from organizations such as Horse Council BC, Joni’s competitive pursuits are entirely funded by her coaching.

To pursue her dream, Joni and Travolta must compete throughout western Canada and the USA from January to June, 2016. After that, the Canadian Dressage Team will be selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.

Qualifying for the Olympics is expensive! Living and competition costs, fuel, and leasing a new truck will cost about $40,000. This campaign will help pay these costs, and all funds raised will go directly to Joni.

Will you support Joni’s dream?

I’ve known Joni since her Pony Club days and used to compete at three day events with her. Having given up on my Olympic dreams long ago (I now ride wilderness trails in a western saddle!) this fundraiser is my way of vicariously living the dreams I won’t achieve. I hope you’ll join me.

Full disclosure: It’s quite possible that Joni and Travolta may not make the Canadian Team, but with your support, Joni will be able to pursue her lifelong dream of representing Canada at the Olympics.  

If you have any questions, please email me (link above). Or connect with Joni on Facebook.
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Here’s a final update of what started when you dug into your pocket and generously supported Joni’s Olympic dream less than a year ago …

With your support, Joni competed in six Olympic Qualifiers: four in California and two in Canada (one in Alberta, and one BC).

In late January 2016, Travolta and Joni were Grand Prix Reserve Champions at their first outing of the year – the LA Winter CDI. They were in world class company, only beaten by Olympian Steffen Peters of the USA.

Back in Canada, they placed 2nd at both the Black Tie CDI in Calgary and the Thunderbird CDI in Langley. The Langley CDI was particularly special as Joni and Travolta competed in front of their home crowd, had their best rides, received their best score ever, and Joni’s elderly parents were there to watch and support her.

In Joni’s words, ‘It was truly an honour and a privilege to participate in these Olympic trials. I had begun to accept that it wasn't going to be possible; however, with the overwhelming support through the Go Fund Me campaign, it become possible. It not only gave me a never-to-be-forgotten competition experience, but it was a great testament of the philanthropy and generosity of the horse community . I have much to reflect on and be thankful for; to carry me in my pursuit of passion!’

‘Travolta continues to have lots to teach me and there are the World Equestrian Games in 2018 to look forward to... ;)

I 'm also very excited to be training out of Fairweather Farms in Kelowna - a top quality dressage-oriented facility with professional management, first rate footing, large rings, friendly atmosphere and all the grass a horse could dream of! I'm currently accepting students and horses for training, with clinic dates coming in the new year. '

For more information or to contact Joni personally, go to www.jonilynnpeters.com.

Thanks again for your wonderful support of Joni’s Olympic dream. She couldn’t have pursued it without you.
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Joni and Travolta hit the front cover of The Province (plus a full pic inside)!

See the article here: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-athletes-chase-rio-olympics-dreams
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Wondering what Joni and Travolta have been up to? They're still competing at qualifying shows. Follow them here: http://www.jonilynnpeters.com/category/blog/
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Whoop, whoop... Joni and Travolta were Grand Prix Reserve Champions at the recent CDI-W in Burbank California, behind Steffen Peters (who happened to score new personal bests for his horses!) What a great start to Joni and Travolta's 2016 quest :) They'll be competing again in another few weeks, so please spread this campaign and donate when you can.
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Jana Seale
41 months ago
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Thank you Tania for starting this campaign!!! Job well done. Very proud to be a part of it, and so proud that so many good people stepped up to show their respect and admiration for Joni. Big Smiles!

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Angelique Duffield
41 months ago
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Good luck Joni and Travolta. So thrilled to see your story today as the "In Focus" feature in Kelowna Now. https://www.kelownanow.com/good_stuff/good_people/news/In_Focus/16/01/14/In_Focus_Joni_Lynn_Peters_Equestrian/

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Konra Young
41 months ago
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Wishing you all the best, congratulations!

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Mara Coote Freeman
41 months ago
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Yah you reached the Goal --- Good luck Joni -- go qualify for Rio!!!!

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Cynthia Opsal
42 months ago
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Wishing you and Travolta great success in getting to Rio. Dressage is a beautiful discipline and you and your lovely horse are the epitomy of showing how it's done! All the best,

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Patti Gerhardi
31 months ago

Will this campaign continue or will you start a new one so Joni can continue for 2018? Thanks and warm wishes to Joni, and her Folks!

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Kerry Sills
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Jill O'Neill
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Janet Munson
38 months ago

Good luck!

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Anna Matwychuk
38 months ago
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I loved watching you ride at the KRC and helping you groom Travolta. One day, I hope I can compete in the Olympics in dressage, too! Good luck! Anna M.

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Tony Seale
38 months ago
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Liisa Palla
38 months ago
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Go Joni...Go!

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Anonymous
38 months ago
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Jana Seale
41 months ago
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Thank you Tania for starting this campaign!!! Job well done. Very proud to be a part of it, and so proud that so many good people stepped up to show their respect and admiration for Joni. Big Smiles!

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Angelique Duffield
41 months ago
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Good luck Joni and Travolta. So thrilled to see your story today as the "In Focus" feature in Kelowna Now. https://www.kelownanow.com/good_stuff/good_people/news/In_Focus/16/01/14/In_Focus_Joni_Lynn_Peters_Equestrian/

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Konra Young
41 months ago
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Wishing you all the best, congratulations!

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Mara Coote Freeman
41 months ago
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Yah you reached the Goal --- Good luck Joni -- go qualify for Rio!!!!

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Cynthia Opsal
42 months ago
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Wishing you and Travolta great success in getting to Rio. Dressage is a beautiful discipline and you and your lovely horse are the epitomy of showing how it's done! All the best,

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Patti Gerhardi
31 months ago

Will this campaign continue or will you start a new one so Joni can continue for 2018? Thanks and warm wishes to Joni, and her Folks!

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