Strong Results for Boylen & Trussell at CDIO** Saumur, France
Christilot Boylen and Belinda Trussell both made the journey to compete at the CDIO** held in Saumur, France at the famous Cadre Noir Ecole d'Equitation National April 30 - May 2, 2004 .
Boylen competed in the small tour with Alec Murray's Don Valentino and rode to scores of 65.25 (13th) in the Prix St. Georges and 65.50% (5th) in the Intermediare I. Both classes had an impressive field of 23 horses from 9 different countries including Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Great Britian, Netherlands, Japan, Russia, and Spain.
The Grand Prix division saw classes swell to over 30 competitors. Trussell and Royan II put in a solid performance earning 65.375% and landing her in 15th position. Trussell narrowly edged out her fellow teammate Boylen riding Christa-Dora Pabst's Lucky Lemon who rode to a 65.292% (17th). This was an extremely competitive class with a difference of only .875% between 10th and 17th place.
The Grand Prix Speciale saw Canada move up the leader board with Boylen being awarded 5th place honours by the judges with a score of 66.40% and Trussell immediately following in 6th place with 66.120%.
The judging panel included Jacques Van Daele (FEI “I” BEL), Claire Bardon de Cardenal (FEI “I” FRA), Jan W.M. Peeters (FEI “O” NED), Mariette Withages (FEI “O” BEL), Isabel Judet (FEI “O” FRA), Bernard Maurel (FEI “O” FRA), Wojciech Markowski (FEI “O” POL) and Jean-Michel Roudier (FEI “I” FRA).
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Boylen & Trussell Compete at CDI*** Olfen, Germany
Canadian Grand Prix riders Belinda Trussell and Christilot Boylen both were in the competition ring at the CDI*** in Olfen Germany, held April 16 - 18, 2004. The international show saw over 14 nations represented in large classes in both the small and large tours.
Belinda Trussell and Royan II continue to improve on the European show circuit. The CDI*** Olfen was the first show for the duo since the world Cup Finals and Trussell explained that they continue to work on different strategies in order to develop more brilliance in the competition arena.
"Royan is a wonderful horse who continuously tries his best", exclaimed Trussell. "With such a sensitive animal I must find the balance not to ask too much and keep his brilliance. The next few shows I will try different strategies to find the perfect balance between brilliance without mistakes."
In the Grand Prix, Trussell and Royan II placed 21st in the field of 53 riders with a score of 65.63%. They then went on to the Grand Prix Freestyle where they climbed to 5th position scoring 69.88 %. "I was thrilled! It was a huge achievement to qualify for the freestyle with so many horses in the Grand Prix, and to finish 5th among those horses and riders was fantastic. " The class was won by Germany's Hubertus Schmidt and Pretender on a score of 75.48 %.
For Christilot Boylen, it was the first competitive start since October of 2003. A shoulder injury prevented competition until January 2004, and in February Lucky Lemon experienced a setback caused by an injury while out hacking. The injury meant training was put on hold until the end of March. "She still needs to catch up on training and will probably need a few competitions to regain last year's form", commented Boylen. With two mistakes in the Grand Prix, their score of 66.58% placed the pair 14th in the highly competitive class of 53 riders.
Boylen also showed Don Valentino in his first International competition. Don Valentino, owned by Alec Murray of Ancaster, Ontario finished a very impressive 6th in the Prix St. Georges scoring 68.17% in the field of 23.