Freestyle Victory for Jacqueline Brooks at CDI-W Blainville

Monday, June 29, 2009

Jacqueline Brooks of Mount Albert, ON, won the Grand Prix Freestyle held Saturday night, June 27, at the Blainville Equestrian Park in Blainville, QC.  In front of hundreds of appreciative spectators attending the Freestyle Gala, Brooks and her 2008 Olympic mount, Gran Gesto, powered their way to victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle, which acts as a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup Final. Under the spotlights, Brooks rode to her signature music from the feature film ‘Alexander’. One of the freestyle’s highlights is a full circle of one tempi flying changes, which Gran Gesto performed with ease.  “How great is that!” said Brooks, who was rewarded with a score of 72.55% from the panel of five international judges. “After the Olympics, I’ve been working to get him to the next level, and I’m really proud of him for stepping up.”

Despite technical difficulties which delayed the start of her music, Cheryl Meisner of Blandford, NS, and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Paganini, owned by John Risley, laid down a strong performance to dramatic music by the Croatian pianist, Maksim. Meisner’s score of 71.85% put her into second place.

Brooks also placed third in the Grand Prix Freestyle with the 10-year-old Canadian-bred gelding, Balmoral. Performing to an ethnic soundtrack, the pair received a mark of 69.700%.  “I’m really excited about his results tonight, too,” added Brooks.

The Grand Prix Special was postponed from Friday to Saturday due to heavy rain and thunder. Earlier Saturday, Ute Busse of Breslau, ON, rode Lindor’s Finest, a 12-year-old gelding by the Thoroughbred sire, Eastern Ruler, to first place in the Grand Prix Special. Courageous extensions and a strong canter tour earned Busse and Lindor’s Finest, co-owned by Busse and Sylvia Carleton, a score of 64.833% from the five-member panel of FEI judges.

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