At 27 years of age, Cody Sturgess is an up-and-coming Three-Day Event Rider that is Currently on the National Team List for Canada. He is also a Certified Competition Coach.
In 2015, Cody and his Mare Imperial Melody, Completed the Prestigious Rolex Kentucky CCI** Three Day Event held in Lexington, Kentucky. He was the only Canadian to finish the Event ending up in 34th place individually in the torrential rain conditions.
Cody has his sights set on winning Gold for Canada at the upcoming World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in 2014, the Pan American Games in Toronto, ON in 2015 and the Olympics in 2016 in Rio.
In 2011, Cody received Quest for Gold government funding for Three-Day Eventing for his demonstrated commitment to high performance in the sport. Awards are granted based strictly on the top five competition results from the previous year.
During his 13-year career, Cody has trained with the best in the world including: Dressage Judge Lesley Beckett, Show Jumper Beth Underhill, and Olympic Eventers, Bruce Davidson, Ian Roberts and currently Jessica Phoenix and Clayton Fredericks.
In 2009, Cody was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. Although this diagnosis has changed his life, it certainly hasn’t slowed his pace or drive towards his Olympic dream.
A talented rider, Cody’s competitive spirit is contagious. As a coach he brings a wealth of expertise and inspiration to his students, inciting them to improve, instilling a strong work ethic, and empowering them to succeed. He is a positive mentor and role model for other up-and-coming riders.
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Be a part of Cody’s Olympic dream!
There’s little or no government funding or grant support available to riders at this level or in this age group. As Cody moves forward in his quest for the Olympics, the cost of competing – fees, travel, training and so on – will increase significantly.
Financing the dream
Cody’s love of horses and horse riding spills over into all sides of his life. With his Mother, he is the co-owner of a Private Farm in Port Perry, Ontario. Sunnyvale Farm is a private boarding facility and family farm. Home to 20- some horses, the facility serves as his primary training ground and does not offer a source of income for Cody.
If Cody wishes to pursue his Olympic dream, he will need to find several other alternatives to support him. These include: fundraising, donations, sponsorships, and financial support from various organizations.
Currently, Cody is not in a financial position to be able to meet the financial commitments of this sport.
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