Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks Shines in the CDI-W Palm Beach Dressage Derby
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hot off the heels of their successes Friday, Brooks and D Niro took home their second top-ten finish Saturday competing under the lights in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle earning a final score of 71.950% giving them fourth place. Creech and Devon L finished sixth with a final score of 70.950%.
Canadian riders also displayed their talent in the FEI Prix St. Georges Friday afternoon with three athletes taking top ten positions. Canadian veteran Christilot Boylen and Drentano, her own 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by De Niro, took home second place with a final score of 69.386%. Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon of Suffern, NY onboard Argo-Conti Tyme, a 12-year-old Oldenburg stallion sired by Argentinus and owned by Evi Strasser, scored 68.246% for a fourth place finish.
Evi Strasser of Ste. Adele, QC did double time in the FEI Prix St. Georges. Strasser guided Rigaudon Tyme, her 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Rosario to a sixth place finish with a score of 66.623% and also rode Super Tyme, her eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding to a 12th place finish. In the Young Rider division Julie Channell of Boucherville, QC, finished her first day of competition with a first place finish in the FEI Young Rider CDI-Y riding Furstin Anastasia, a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare sired by Furst Heinrich and co-owned by Danielle Blanchard and Drew Channell. Day two proved to be just as successful for the pair taking their second first place finish Saturday in their FEI Young Rider individual test.
In the Intermediate 1, Canadian riders continued to impress taking four of the top-ten spots. Boylen and Drentano took home fourth place with a score of 69.956% edging out Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon and Argo-Conti Tyme, who finished in fifth with a score of 68.904%. Strasser continued her string of successes aboard Rigaudon Tyme and Super Tyme. Strasser and Rigaudon Time took sixth with a score of 67.939%, and finished in tenth place aboard Super Tyme.
The weekend's competition wrapped up Sunday with the FEI Grand Prix Special and the FEI Intermediate Freestyle. Dvorak and Viva's Salieri W started the morning off strong earning a fifth place finish with a score of 66.941% in the Grand Prix Special. Strasser finished her week long competition with a bang winning first place in the FEI Intermediate Freestyle with a final score of 72.208%.
The esteemed judges for the event were Canada's own Elizabeth McMullen, a FEI 5* judge from Palgrave, ON. Additional judges were Kurt Christensen of Denmark (FEI 4*), Andrew Ralph Gardner of Great Britain (FEI 5*), Gary Rockwell of the USA (FEI 5*), Jane Weatherwax of the USA (FEI 4*), Lone Dichmann of Denmark (FEI 4*), William Warren of the USA (FEI 3*) and Lois Yukins of the USA (FEI 4*).
About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival: The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 8 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations' Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $400,000 in prize money for the six international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. For more information about the AGDF Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W please visit http://www.globaldressagefestival.com/.
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