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Evi Strasser and Quantum Tyme Top Grand Prix, Diane Creech and Wiona Win Prix St. Georges
Ottawa, Ontario – The international division of the CDI3* Ottawa Summer Dressage Classic running until June 25 at the Nepean National Equestrian Park in Ottawa, ON opened on Friday with a Grand Prix victory for Evi Strasser and Quantum Tyme. Strasser of St. Adele, QC, earned a score of 66.875% riding Quantum Tyme, her 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding. The victory marked her second time to the winner's circle on Friday as she also won the FEI Six-Year-Old Division with Romance Tyme, a flashy Oldenburg stallion by Rotspon.
"I am accomplishing exactly what I wanted to accomplish with this competition," said Strasser, who is using the CDI3* Ottawa Summer Dressage Classic to prepare for the 2006 World Equestrian Games that will take place in August in Aachen, Germany. "Quantum Tyme is very fit and while he is an experienced Grand Prix horse, now we are polishing and putting the final touches on our competition performances."
Cheryl Meisner of Halifax, NS, made her journey to Ottawa worthwhile by finishing second with Paganini, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Lobster Point Farms.
"I was really happy, I think that was one of our best tests," said the 24-year-old athlete who also placed sixth with Hesperos, a 12-year-old German Trakehner gelding. "I was also happy with my test with Hesperos considering that I only had 25 minutes to warm-up him up after riding Paganini and usually I would take an hour. But having two Grand Prix horses is a good problem to have."
Tom Dvorak and the elegant black mare, Westside Lady, took third place scoring 63.375%. Dvorak enjoyed a victory earlier in the day when he topped the FEI Five-Year-Old Division with Viva's Salieri, bred and owned by Augustin Walch of Stratford, ON. As his name would indicate, the strikingly handsome liver chestnut stallion is by Viva Voltaire out of a Salieri dam. Interestingly, Westside Lady was purchased from Walch by her owner, Susan Platz.
Nancy MacLachlan of Terra Cotta, ON, took fourth with her 10-year-old Ukranian-bred gelding, Ariston, while Jessica Costello and Litmanen, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Judy Elliott, rounded out the top five.
A total of 22 horses challenged the Prix St. Georges, but it was Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON, who emerged the winner with a score of 68.80%. Her mount, Wiona is a nine-year-old Hannoverian mare sired by Weltmeyer who is owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale.
"I was really happy, she is getting more consistent and more mature," raved Creech, who has been done all of Wiona's training and has been showing her at the Prix St. Georges level for three years. "It takes a long time to develop a horse, to develop the partnership. In the test she was focused and did a really good job. She knew what I wanted her to do, and she was more than willing to do it for me."
Creech, who was born in the United States, grew up in Germany, and has been living in Canada for the past 10 years, will be returning to Germany on July 5 to train and compete with Wiona and Devon L, a six-year-old Hannoverian gelding by De Niro that will represent Canada at the FEI Young Horse World Breeding Championships in Verden, GER.
Brockville's Andrea Bresee took second place with Raffles, a 12-year-old Canadian-bred mare owned by Gina Smith and Faith Berghuis. Bresee, who trains at Franklands Farm with Smith, an Olympic Bronze Medallist, earned a score of 67.95%.
Another Canadian Olympian, Evi Strasser and Foto Tyme, her seven-year-old Westphalian gelding by Florestan I, earned a score of 67.70% to place third. Strasser also placed seventh with a score of 64.10% riding her Oldenburg gelding, Royal Tyme.
Tom Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON, and Fortissimo, a 10-year-old Canadian-bred gelding owned by Alyson Carpenter, took fourth place with 66.45% while Gillian Sutherland and Great Tyme, her nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding, rounded out the top five with 64.95%.
Other winner's included Jessica Rhinelander who took both first and second place in the FEI Junior Team test. Riding Dostoevksy, Rhinelander earned 67.167% while her performance with Allende earned her second place with 65.417%. Tara Dougans and Jacardo won the FEI Young Riders' Team test with 64.089% while Ottawa's own Briannon Johnson was the runner-up with La Valse.
For the second day in a row, Vivian Cornell, 13, of Kingston, ON, and her 15-year-old American Trakehner mare, Heidschnucke, won the FEI Children's competition. Tatianna Turcotte and Serenity's Dream On won the FEI Pony division with a score of 62.368%.
The CDI3* Ottawa Summer Classic runs until Sunday, June 25, and admission is free. Highlights on Saturday include the Intermediaire I beginning at 1:45 p.m. followed by the Grand Prix Freestyle at 4:30 p.m. Sunday features Freestyle competition, which sees riders choreograph required movements to the music of their choice, including the Intermediaire Freestyle at 1:30 p.m.
CDI3* Ottawa Summer Dressage Classic - Ottawa, ON
CDI Grand Prix - Final Results
Rider Hometown Horse Score
1. Evie Strasser,St. Adele, QC,Quantum Tyme 66.875%
2. Cheryl Meisner Halifax, NS, Paganini 65.417%
3. Tom Dvorak Hillsburgh, ON, Westside Lady 63.375%
4. Nancy MacLachlan Terra Cotta, ON, Ariston 62.417%
5. Jessica Costello King City, ON, Litmanen 62.333%
6. Cheryl Meisner Halifax, NS, Hesperos 60.625%
7. Karin Davis Australia, Mighty Heights 59.042%
CDI Prix St. Georges - Final Results
Rider Hometown Horse Score
1. Diane Creech, Caistor Centre, ON, Wiona 68.80%
2. Andrea Bresee, Brockville, ON, Raffles 67.95%
3. Evi Strasse,r St. Adele, QC, Foto Tyme 67.70%
4. Tom Dvora,k Hillsburgh, ON, Fortissimo 66.45%
5. Gillian Sutherland, Unionville, ON, Great Tyme 64.95%
6. Cheryl Meisner, Halifax, NS, Lucky Strike 64.75%
7. Evi Strasser, St. Adele, QC, Royal Tyme 64.10%
8. Liz Steacie, Brockville, ON, Mikayla 63.85%
9. Lee Tubman, Smithville, ON, Marquis 63.55%
10. Ute Busse, Breslau, ON, Lindor's Finest 63.45%