Blanville, Quebec - The first day of Classique Internationale De Blainville (Jumping Blainville) concluded today at the beautiful Parc Équestre De Blainville. Equestrians in the Open Jumper classes competed for top accolades in their respective divisions. Blazing through times in the Open Jumper Speed 1.35m class was Gabrielle Cousin aboard Aramisse Des Pins. Cousin and her top mount earned the blue ribbon after tripping the timers in 64.028 seconds. In the Open Jumper 1.45m class Chirstine McCrea and Twister conquered the jump-off course stopping the clock in 43.039 seconds.
Today's courses were designed by Linda Allen and presented a nice opening track for the riders. The course for the 1.45m class featured a tight oxer-vertical double combination and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. For the jump-off riders began over a large oxer going towards the gate and then made a sharp left turn to a second oxer before galloping to a single vertical at the far end of the ring. They then made a sharp left turn to the double combination and finished over a single vertical to final oxer.
Yann Candele and Redefin, owned by Susan Grange, were the first to advance to the jump-off after completing a clear first round. The pair had an unfortunate rail at the single vertical and their four fault score held up for the second place position as they stopped the clock at 42.810 seconds.
Next to show over the short course was Christine McCrea with Twister, owned by Candy Tribble. The pair had a beautiful, clear opening round and they continued their excellent effort during the jump-off. Twister soared over each fence and his large stride ate up the ground. The duo galloped across the finish line in 43.039 seconds and jumped to the top of the leaderboard to score the day's big win.
Jonathan McCrea was the final rider to show in the jump-off with Colarado, owned by Candy Tribble. They also accrued faults at the single oxer for a four-fault score in a time of 44.495 seconds, earning the third place honors.
"Today there was a nice welcome course; it was not too big and it put you all over the ring," noted McCrea. "There was a double and a triple and overall it was a good opening class."
McCrea has been riding the ten-year-old stallion for two years in the grand prix classes. "He's a really big horse and he has a really big stride," she commented. "He is not the easiest horse for me to ride because his stride is so big. I have to always be thinking about that with him because I get to the jump a lot quicker than I realize sometimes. He jumps with great technique and he is very careful and very scopey. I really love him."
McCrea is currently aiming to compete in this week's $60,000 World Cup Qualifier during her first trip to Jumping Blainville. "Everybody is so nice here and they are all very welcoming," she said. "It is a very traditional horse show environment. I have never shown here before but I will probably be coming back."
Earlier in the day, riders had the opportunity to test their horse's speed in the 1.35m Open Jumper Speed class. The top prize was awarded to Gabrielle Cousin and Aramisse Des Pins who stole the show when they galloped through the timers in 64.02 seconds with all the rails in their cups.
Kevin Maxie scored the second place honors aboard Legende De B'neville, owned by Ron Nolan, after stopping the clock at 67.38 seconds with a clear effort. It was a close battle for the top as the third place finisher, Jonathan McCrea and Windsor Show Stables' Viktor VDL, broke the beam at 67.62 seconds. The fourth place award was presented to David Arcand and Tarzan, who had a clear round in 67.81 seconds.
Cousin is currently recovering from an injury and only began jumping two weeks ago. She was thrilled with today's result and excited to be back in the ring. "My horse was super, the course went really well and it was nice and easy," she commented. "I didn't have to work with my horse too much because she was so happy to come back and be jumping. She was running all by herself."
The pair often competes in the grand prix classes and Cousin is excited to show in the bigger classes at the end of the week, where she hopes to repeat today's victory with her talented mount.
The 1.25m Open Jumper class was also held this morning in the Grand Prix Ring. Top honors were awarded to Paul Halpern and Austerlitz, owned by Kellie Anne Langston, who had a double-clear round in 37.43 seconds. The second place prize went to Melissandre Lincourt who was aboard Southshore Farm's Rainy Day. The pair left all the fences standing during the jump-off and stopped the clock at 38.31 seconds. Kevin Maxie and Julian, owned by Ron Nolan, finished in the third place position with a double-clear effort in 38.572 seconds.
The exciting action in the Open Jumper classes at Jumping Blainville will continue tomorrow in the Grand Prix Ring beginning at 8 a.m. This week's highlight events include the Open Welcome Stake on Friday, July 16 and the Speed Derby on Saturday, July 17. The competition will come to a close on Sunday, July 18 after the conclusion of the thrilling $60,000 World Cup Qualifier.
For more information about Jumping Blainvillle or to download a copy of the prize list please go to www.classiqueblainville.com.
Photo Credit: Christine McCrea rode Twister to an exciting victory during the opening day of Jumping Blainville.Photo © 2010 Lindsay Y McCall for PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.
Photo Credit: Gabrielle Cousin and Aramisse Des Pins earn the victory in the 1.35m during the opening day of Jumping Blainville.Photo © 2010 Lindsay Y McCall for PMG.