Leah Wilson Opens CDI-W Blainville Dressage Classic with a Double Win - CDI-W Blainville Dressage International


Blainville, Quebec --- The CDI3*-W Blainville Dressage International opened on Wednesday at the Blainville Equestrian Park, located north of Montreal, QC. Held June 27 to 30, the Blainville Dressage International is sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and features top international dressage competitors including Olympic, World Championship and Pan American Games veterans.

The superstars of tomorrow were showcased on Wednesday with international divisions of competition for Young Riders, Junior, Children and Pony riders. In the Young Rider Team test, Leah Wilson of Caledon, ON, emerged victorious from the 12-horse field. Wilson had competed in an international dressage event held one week earlier in Ottawa where she swept all three tests that comprise the Young Rider division riding Westside Lady. While she continued to dominate in Blainville, this time it was Dostoevsky, her Russian Warmblood gelding, that carried her to victory. Affectionately referred to as 'Ivan', Dostoevsky put Wilson at the top of the leader board with a score of 66.741%, just edging out his stable mate, Westside Lady, who earned 66.519% from the panel of international judges.

PhelpsPhoto: of Leah Wilson and Dostoevsky at Dressage ay Devon 2006

The Blainville Dressage International acts as the final opportunity for competitors aged 16-21 to qualify for the 2007 North American Young Riders' Championship in Lexington, Virginia, this August. Wilson, who qualified the past two years but was unable to compete hopes the third time is the charm.

Placing third was Cecile von Martels of Ridgetown, ON, who scored 65.630% for her performance riding Downtown, her flashy chestnut Westphalian gelding. Nova Scotia native Brittany Fraser hails from New Glasgow and commutes to Ottawa to train with Level 3 coach Ruth Koch. She made all the air miles worthwhile by placing fourth riding Furio, her 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding. Rounding out the top five was Julie Watchorn of Schomberg, ON, riding her long-time partner, Quintesse, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. Watchorn also took seventh with Dobble Tyme.

In the FEI Junior division for riders' aged 14-18, Jade Deter of Kemptville, ON, claimed victory. Riding Mastermind, her 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, Deter earned a score of 67.583% to win over Jamie Holland of Caledon, ON, who scored 64.833% riding Fleurina, her nine-year-old Westphalian mare. Quebec competitor Annie-Pier Venne of L'Assomption earned third place with 63.750% riding Step Up while Anne-Mylaine Messier of St-Luc took fourth with Aldebaran.

In the FEI Children Team test, Kerry Houlahan and Fresco scored 61.398% to take the win over Kaitlin Bourgon of Elgin, QC, and the colourful paint gelding, Finding Nemo. The ponies always attract their fair share of attention and Tatianna Turcotte was a popular winner in the FEI Pony Team test. The Mount Royal resident earned 62.895% riding Serenity's Dream On, her Connemara pony.

In the national division of the show, husband and wife team of Lisa and Chris von Martels dominated the Prix St. Georges test, the same level of difficulty that the Pan American Games are contested at. Lisa von Martels emerged the winner over 23 other horse-rider combinations, scoring 65.833% riding Gtangelo. Her new husband, Chris von Martels, finished second with 63.583% riding Floris.

The featured event of the Blainville Dressage International is the spectacular 'Musical Freestyle Extravaganza' held Saturday, June 30. Completely sold-out the past nine years, the 'Musical Freestyle Extravaganza' sees riders competing under the lights to music that they have selected for themselves, giving the illusion of dancing.

In addition to the CDI3*-W Blainville Dressage International taking place from June 27-30, the Blainville Equestrian Park also plays host to the two-week Blainville Jumping International from July 4-8 and July 11-15. Blainville hosts the longest running World Cup Qualifying events in Canada for both dressage and show jumping.

Located just north of Montreal, Blainville Equestrian Park features a variety of attractions that ensure all family members enjoy their visit. For more information, please visit www.classiqueblainville.com or contact Blainville International at tel: (450) 434-8202 ext. 108, e-mail: classiqueblainville@videotron.ca.

CDI Young Rider Team Test - Final Results
Rider Hometown Horse Score

  • 1. Leah Wilson/ Caledon, ON/ Dostoevsky/ 66.741%
  • 2. Leah Wilson/ Caledon, ON/Westside Lady/ 66.519%
  • 3. Cecile von Martels/Ridgetown, ON/Downtown/65.630%
  • 4. Brittany Fraser/New Glasgow, NS/Furio/64.889%
  • 5. Julie Watchorn/Schomberg, ON/Quintesse/64.370%
  • 6. Danielle McKinnon/ Aurora, ON/Noma Tender/63.704%

National Prix St. Georges - Final Results
Rider Hometown Horse Score

  • 1. Lisa von Martels/ Ridgetown, ON/ Gtangelo/ 65.833%
  • 2. Chris von Martels/ Ridgetown, ON/ Floris/ 63.583%
  • 3. Diana Rose/ United States/ Daddy Cool/ 63.333%
  • 4. Lauren Hopper/ United States/Mephisto/ 63.000%
  • 5. Gina Smith/ Brockville, ON/Frappuccino/ 63.000%
  • 6. Ester Mortimer/ Guatemala/ Key West/62.583%

Related Links
Leah Wilson's Own Private NAYRC at 2004 Dressage at Devon
Team Canada for the 2005 North American Young Riders Championships

 


Jacqueline Brooks Is On A Roll - Wins Grand Prix


Blainville, Quebec - Jacqueline Brooks won the Grand Prix on Thursday at the CDI3*-W Blainville Dressage International taking place June 27-30 at the Blainville Equestrian Park, located north of Montreal, QC.

Hot off her win one week earlier at CDI3*-W Ottawa Summer Dressage Classic, Brooks of Mount Albert, ON, faced some stiff new competitors at Blainville including 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalists Cindy Ishoy and Ashley Holzer. The big-name competition only seemed to motivate her further as Brooks rode a brave and dynamic test with Gran Gesto, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Anne Welch and Brinc Ltd. In spite of making an uncharacteristic error by going off-course, Brooks still earned the winning score of 67.333%. Four years ago, Brooks and Gran Gesto were members of Canada's Silver Medal Team at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Photo Credit - Cealy Tetley

Ishoy of Binbrook, ON, located near Hamilton, placed a close second with a score of 66.792%. Ishoy's consistent ride with Proton, her 13-year-old Baden Wurttemberger gelding, was highlighted by a world-class extended walk, energetic extended trot, and well-balanced and precise canter pirouettes.

Holzer, a Toronto native who now makes her home in New York City, made the short trip north with her horse, Pop Art, as well as several of her students. While Pop Art displayed excellent passage, the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding was not co-operative when it came time to perform his piaffe, an elevated trot on the spot. The final score of 66.375% put the duo in third position.

Tina Busse-Irwin of Lakefield, ON, took fourth place riding Amicelli, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding by the thoroughbred stallion, Amigo xx. Nova Scotia native Cheryl Meisner and Nancy MacLachlan of Terra Cotta, ON, both received a score of 62.417% from the panel of international judges with the tie being broken in favour of Meisner, who had higher collective marks riding Paganini, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Lobster Point Farms.

In the FEI Young Rider division, Leah Wilson of Caledon, ON, was the winner for the second day in a row riding her Russian Warmblood gelding, Dostoevsky. The pair earned 66.583% to stay ahead of Brittany Fraser of New Glasgow, NS, who scored 64.000% riding Furio.

Jade Deter of Kemptville, ON, also came out on top for the second consecutive day in the FEI Junior division. Featuring riders aged 14-18, Deter and Mastermind, her 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, had the winning score of 65.333%. Annie-Pier Venne of L'Assomption, QC, and Step Up finished runner-up with 63.167%. Another Quebec native, Tatianna Turcotte of Mount Royal continued to dominate the FEI Pony division, winning the Individual test riding her Connemara pony, Serenity's Dream On.

In the Prix St. Georges, held as part of the CDI3*-W division sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), Jacqueline Brooks emerged victorious with Balmoral, an eight-year-old Canadian-bred gelding. Although she was one of the unlucky few who competed during a downpour as a strong storm moved through the area, Brooks did not let it disturb her concentration. Her score of 70.950% placed her firmly at the top of the 23-horse field.

Neil Ishoy came the closest to beating Brooks, earning 69.550% riding Lone Star. An eight-year-old Hannoverian gelding by the well-known thoroughbred sire, Laurie's Crusador xx, Lone Star's impressive trot work had two judges from the five-member panel placing him first.

Quebec's Linda Robert of Terrebonne took third place with an impressive performance riding Wedding Surprise, owned by Daniel Barolet of Rosemere, QC. A 14-year-old black Hannoverian gelding, Wedding Surprise carried Robert to a final score of 68.050% to stay ahead of Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, who earned 67.700% riding Grand Marnier, a 10-year-old Hannoverian gelding owned by her husband, Mark Trussell. Rounding out the top five was Daphne Haagmans of Barrie, ON, who earned 66.050% riding Nimos, her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

The featured event of the Blainville Dressage International is the spectacular 'Musical Freestyle Extravaganza' held Saturday, June 30. Completely sold-out the past nine years, the 'Musical Freestyle Extravaganza' sees riders competing under the lights in front of thousands of spectators to music that they have selected for themselves, thereby giving the illusion of dancing.

In addition to the CDI3*-W Blainville Dressage International taking place from June 27-30, the Blainville Equestrian Park also plays host to the two-week Blainville Jumping International from July 4-8 and July 11-15. Blainville hosts the longest running World Cup Qualifying events in Canada for both dressage and show jumping.

Located just north of Montreal, Blainville Equestrian Park features a variety of attractions that ensure all family members enjoy their visit. For more information, please visit www.classiqueblainville.com or contact Blainville International at tel: (450) 434-8202 ext. 108, e-mail: classiqueblainville@videotron.ca.

CDI-W Grand Prix- Final Results
Rider Hometown Horse Score

  • 1. Jacqueline Brooks/ Mount Albert, ON/ Gran Gesto/ 67.333%
  • 2. Cindy Ishoy/ Binbrook, ON/ Proton/ 66.792%
  • 3. Ashley Holzer/ New York, NY/ Pop Art/ 66.375%
  • 4. Tina Busse-Irwin/ Lakefield, ON/ Amicelli/ 63.250%
  • 5. Cheryl Meisner/ Blandford, NS/ Paganini/ 62.417%
  • 6. Nancy MacLachlan/ Terra Cotta, ON/ Ariston/ 62.417%
  • 7. Victoria Winter/ Oakville, ON/ Gotcha/ 54.833%

CDI Prix St. Georges - Final Results
Rider Hometown Horse Score

  • 1. Jacqueline Brooks/ Mount Albert, ON/ Balmoral/ 70.950%
  • 2. Neil Ishoy/ Binbrook, ON/ Lone Star/ 69.550%
  • 3. Linda Robert/ Terrebonne, QC/ Wedding Surprise/ 68.050%
  • 4. Belinda Trussell/ Stouffville, ON/ Grand Marnier/ 67.700%
  • 5. Daphne Haagmans/ Barrie, ON/ Nimos/ 66.050%
  • 6. Jaimey Irwin/ Lakefield, ON/ Dover/ 65.000%
  • 7. Tom Noone/ United States/ Just for Fun/ 13 65.000%
  • 8. Chris Sanders/ Port Stanley, ON/ Van Gogh/ 64.950%
  • 9. Tom Noone/ United States/ Incognito/ 64.550%
  • 10. Ute Busse/ Breslau, ON/ Maximus/ 64.350%
  • 11. Liz Steacie/ Brockville, ON/ Mikayla/ 63.450%
  • 12. Ruth Crawford/ Brockville, ON/ Sambuka 62.950%




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