Palgrave, Ontario – Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, scored victory in his first competition on Canadian soil this season, winning the Grand Prix at CDI-W CornerStone Spring Into Dressage. The official test event for the 2015 Pan American Games, CDI-W CornerStone Spring Into Dressage was held June 5 to 8 at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Palgrave, ON. Marcus and his 2012 Olympic mount, Chrevi’s Capital, topped a starting field of 14 entries to win the $5,000 Grand Prix, presented by Butternut Ridge, with a score of 69.98%. Close behind was fellow Canadian, Megan Lane, who scored 69.90% to place second riding Caravella.
In addition to winning, Marcus also fulfilled the Canadian selection criteria for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Normandy, France, at the end of August. Riders needed to achieve four scores over 68% in the Grand Prix in CDI competition, one of which must have been in May or June of 2014. With their respective scores, Marcus and Lane have become the first two Canadian athletes to successfully fulfill the criteria.
“It was a great day for us,” said Marcus, whose mount, Chrevi’s Capital, is a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Weinberg) owned by Deborah Miculinic Kinzinger of Butternut Ridge. “I have been concentrating on preparing the Grand Prix coming into this competition. For us, this Grand Prix score was an important part of fulfilling the final phase of our WEG criteria, so that has been a real focus and I’m really pleased with how it went. I couldn’t have asked for more than what Capital produced yesterday. I thought that Capital and I put in a clean, harmonious, correct, powerful test, and that is exactly what I was looking for.”
Marcus added, “This puts us one step closer to representing Canada at WEG, and I am very excited about that. It was also the first competition that Butternut Ridge has sponsored. I want to sincerely thank my owner, Deborah, not only for her support of me and her horses that I ride, but of this class as well.”
A stone bruise resulting from a rock becoming wedged in Chrevi’s Capital’s shoe prevented the pair from competing in the $12,000 Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Butternut Ridge.
“Coming off our success in the grand prix, I was really looking forward to competing in the Freestyle, especially as it’s an incredible show and the competition was being sponsored by Deborah’s own Butternut Ridge,” said a disappointed Marcus. “The good news is that it’s very minor, and Capital will be completely fine. That’s life with horses!”