Although the Canadian League World Cup Finals are still several months away, declared riders have been busy collecting valuable points at shows in both Canada and the U.S.
Currently leading the standings with 41 points, as of June 24th, is Shannon Dueck and her longtime partner Korona, a 17hh Dutch Warmblood gelding. Dueck started off the season with a bang, placing 6th in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 72.55 per cent, and 9th with 65.167 per cent in the Grand Prix at the Palm Beach Derby CDI3* in Loxahatchee, FL, March 4-6.
The pair went on compete successfully at the Zada Enterprises LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI3* in Wellington, Fl, March 17-20, where they placed 7th in the Grand Prix after receiving a score of 67.583 per cent and 4th in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 73.225 per cent. Dueck and Korona just keep improving as the season continues, as shown by their latest results at the Raleigh CDI3* in Raleigh, NC, June 3-5, where they finished the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 71.257 per cent, for a second place finish, and rounded out the top five in the Grand Prix, receiving 64.50 per cent.
Following close behind in the Canadian League standings, with 33 points, in second position is Jacqueline M. Brooks and Gran Gesto, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Brinc Ltd. And Anne Welch. The duo also began the season on a high note, when they received 3rd in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 68.60 per cent at the Gold Coast Opener CDI3* in Wellington, FL, January 21-23, where they also placed 7th in the Grand Prix, receiving a score of 64.50 per cent. At the Palm Beach Derby, Brooks and Gran Gesto finished with 71.15 per cent in ninth place in the Grand Prix Freestyle, and 12th in the Grand Prix with a score of 63.292 per cent.
The pair’s latest performance was at the Zada Enterprises WEF, where they finished 7th in the Grand Prix Special with a score of 70.725 per cent, and received 8th in the Grand Prix with 67.208 per cent.
Both horse/rider combinations are past Pan American Games medal winners with Dueck and Korona having won Individual Bronze in 1999, while Brooks and Gran Gesto won Team Silver in 2003.
Following the Dressage Canada Canadian League World Cup criteria, a rider/horse combination may start in a maximum of 5 qualifying competitions which can include CDI3*, CDI-W and qualifying National shows. The best 4 results achieved in qualifying events are used. Standings are updated throughout the year as declared riders collect points.
Traditionally held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, this year’s Canadian League World Cup Finals will take place Nov 9-10. The Grand Prix test will kick off the Finals on Wednesday at approximately 4 p.m. and is free to watch with the purchase of a general admission ticket. The popular Freestyle competition is scheduled as part of Thursday’s evening performance at approximately 7:45 p.m.