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Robin Hahn

Robin Hahn of Belle Plaine has been associated with horses all his life. He rode his first pony two miles to school and back, and in the 1940's competed at horse shows in and around Regina.

In 1950 he bought "Colette", which he took east to train with the three-day event team. Although Robin and Colette did not compete in the 1956 Olympics in Stockholm, Robin travelled with the team and played an important role as a groom and assistant trainer. The Canadian Team won the Bronze medal. In Winnipeg in 1967, on a horse called "Warden" Robin placed fifth at the Pan American Games. In the 1968 Olympics in Mexico he was Canada's leading rider, placing ninth overall, on a horse called "Taffy".

In 1971 he was the captain of the Gold Medal Team at the Pan-American Games in Cali, Columbia.

Having taken on the responsibility of co-ordinating the three-day event at the pre-Olympics in 1975, Robin was appointed captain of the Canadian Olympic Team to ride at Bromont in 1976. He competed on a horse called "L'Esprit".

Robin Hahn has served the sport as a Director and Zone Chairman of the National Equestrian Federation of Canada, and both as an F.E.I. and a Canadian Horse Show Association Judge. He has worked with the Canadian Coaching Association, and was the National Testing Chairman of the Canadian Pony Club for several years.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, Sept 13, 1980.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

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Gina Smith

The climb to the top was long and hard. In 1968 Gina joined the Saskatoon Pony club. Twenty years later she was competing at the Olympics in Seoul. Born on November 11th, 1957, Gina became a team member for Saskatchewan at the National Pony club rally in Montreal in 1974. The following year she was on the Canadian Pony club team that competed in the Inter-Pacific Pony club exchange. By 1979, Gina was National Dressage champion at the Medium level. That same year, while continuing to compete, she also started coaching.

In 1982, she received a scholarship to train in Germany with Johann Hinneman for seven weeks. She continued training in Germany and in December purchased a horse called "Malte III". While overseas she competed in many international shows and she continued training. She performed well in the Olympics trials and was selected to go to Seoul. She was a member of the Dressage team that won a bronze medal. In September 1988 she was named Sask Sport female athlete and also named female Athlete of the Year.

She was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Cathy Wedge

Cathy was born in Saskatoon in 1950 and began riding with the Saskatoon Pony club at the age of eight. In 1969, she entered her first international competition winning the Working Hunter championship at Seattle's International Horse Show. As a member of the three day event team she captured the Gold medal at the 1971 Pan-American Games in Cali, Columbia.

In 1972, she was named to Canada's Olympic team, but a broken leg prevented her from making the trip. In 1974, Cathy won the Canadian three day championship. Riding injuries kept her out of the 1975 Pan-Am Games but in 1976 she made the short list for the Montreal Olympics. Her horses "City Fella" and "Jugger" placed 1st and 3rd at the final Olympic trials. At the Montreal Olympics, Cathy with "City Fella" worked together to place 5th in the Three day event.

Cathy was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and was selected to the Saskatoon Hall in 1986.

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