Canadian Eventing Riders Continue to Excel at Spring Events

Friday, May 28, 2010
Posted by Julie Cull, Equine Canada

Ottawa, ON — Peter Barry of Dunham, QC and Joelle Baskerville of Calgary, AB contested top finishes in the 2010 edition of the Jersey Fresh Three Day Event, held May 5–9, 2010, in Allentown, New Jersey, USA, while Jessica Ruppel of Ravenna, ON and Stephanie Castonguay of Hudson, QC topped the leaderboards in the international divisions at the inaugural edition CIC Will O’Wind Horse Trials, held May 15–16, 2010, in Orangeville, ON.  
Competing in the CIC 3* division at Jersey Fresh, Barry and his partner Kilrodan Abbott, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, owned by Peter and Susan Barry finished with a final score of 73.4. The pair posted a dressage score of 55.0, which put them in third place. Adding only 8.4 cross country time faults following a flawlessly ridden performance over John Williams’ (USA) cross country course, Barry and Kilrodan Abbott added four jumping faults and time faults during show jumping to move up the leaderboard to finish in second place.

“Kilrodan Abbott was simply great,” said Barry. “He started doing advanced horse trials this year and he felt really good at Jersey Fresh. We are going to focus on our dressage and show jumping this summer and aim for the CCI 3* Fair Hill International Three Day Event in the fall.”

Phillip Dutton, of the United States, claimed the CIC 3* win aboard Tru Luck with a score of 65.4.

In the CCI 2* division, Baskerville, 19, finished in third place with her own nine-year-old Thoroughbred Hungarian Warmblood cross mare, Malibu. A dressage score of 54.8 had them in fifth position, but with just 1.2 time faults on cross country, they moved up to third which they held after a fault-free show jumping round. The pair posted a final score of 56.0.

American Jennie Brannigan, riding Cambalda, won the CCI 2* division with 44.3.  
At the inaugural running of international competition at CIC Will O’ Wind Horses Trials hosted by Anne and Geoff Morgan, Canadian Eventing National Team Long Listed rider Ruppel, 27, and her long-time partner, Naughty by Nature, a Canadian-bred 14-year-old Appaloosa gelding, won the CIC 2* division.  The pair added only 0.8 cross-country time penalties over Jay Hambly’s cross country course to their dressage score of 49.9 to finish the competition on a score of 50.7.

“The weather was perfect, the cross country course was really well built and the footing was wonderful despite all the rain we had earlier in the week. The organizers did a great job running the whole event,” said Ruppel. “My horse was absolutely fantastic, and we are planning to compete in the CCI 3* Bromont Three Day Event in June”

Penny Rowland of Orangeville, ON, and H.S. Flying Finn, the rider’s nine-year-old Hungarian-bred gelding, finished in second place on a final score of 63.7, and also took home third place with Amazing Grace, her nine-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred mare, on a score of 71.6.

Shandiss Wewiora, 26, of Oakville, ON, and Jorge Bernhard’s nine-year-old Canadian-bred Irish Sport Horse gelding, Fionn McCuhal, finished in fourth place on a score of 74.6. Fifth place went to Kim Crawford of Arva, ON, and her horse Choco de Pomme, an 11-year-old Selle Français Thoroughbred cross gelding.

In the CIC 1* division, Castonguay, 20, and Tyne Be Merry, the rider’s nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, finished in first place on a score of 77.5. The pair only added 7.2 cross country time penalties and four jumping faults to their dressage score of 66.3 for the win.  

“I'm quite excited about how Merry performed this weekend. He has come a long way in a year, and we had a really solid run cross country,” said Castonguay. “We are now getting ready for CCI Bromont.”

William Dow, 17, of Flesherton, ON, and his 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, Middleton, finished in second with 87.7. Third place went to Liza Igochine, 16, of King City, ON, and Hottamolli, Larissa Piminova’s nine-year-old Hanoverian Thoroughbred cross mare  while Alexandre Cousineau-Denis, 18, of Knowlton, QC, riding On Target, Ferme Tandem’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding finished fourth. Rounding out the top five was Adrianne Usher-Jones, 21, of Ottawa, ON, riding Filou, the rider’s 12-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse gelding.

About Canadian Eventing
Canadian Eventing is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for the sport of eventing in Canada from the grassroots to the international level. The Canadian Eventing Committee is comprised of 12 members, including two rider representatives elected by the Elite Riders Association. Directed by the Strategic Plan for Eventing, all Eventing activities are administered by this committee via six sub-committees with the support of an eventing manager based at the Equine Canada office in Ottawa. For more information about Canadian Eventing, visit www.equinecanda.ca and select disciplines then Eventing.  

About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism.  A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry.  Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.

Photo: Competing in the CIC 3* division at Jersey Fresh CCI 3* Three Day Event, held May 5–9, Peter Barry and his partner Kilrodan Abbott finished second with a final score of 73.4. Photo Credit—StockImageServices.com