Chelan Kozak grew up in Abbotsford, BC, and first joined the Pony Club at age 14. She began her eventing career by riding a 14.3 purebred Arab named Azrasan. In 1988, while grooming for two-time Olympian Nick Holmes-Smith, her interest in eventing blossomed.

She was first named to the Canadian Eventing Team in 1991 and, at 25 years of age, was the youngest member of Canada’s eventing team at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in the Hague, Holland. At her first major international competition, she and her fellow Canadians placed tenth in the team competition. Individually, Chelan placed 37th.

Also in 1994, Chelan finished 10th at the CCI*** Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event and won the Carimati Cup, awarded to the highest place foreign rider.

Her spot on the team at the 1994 World Equestrian Games also qualified Chelan to represent Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games. In preparation for Atlanta, she and Soweto competed at the 1996 CCI**** Badminton Horse Trials in Great Britain, turning in a 44th place finish in a field of 77. They were one of just eight horse/rider combinations to go clear on stadium jumping day. Chelan recently capped off the 1998 season by placing eleventh in the CCI*** Fair Hill International Three Day Event, qualifying her for the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. Since that time Chelan has been concentrating on her two up and coming horses Duchess of Clayburn and Rhodes Scholar.

Chelan lives in Abbotsford, BC, with her husband, Jason Koningen and her two dogs Letterman and Sable. A Level III certified coach, Chelan rides and coaches full-time and spends a couple of months most springs training in California and Arizona.