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Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell Tops Scoreboard at CDI3* WEF Dressage Classic in Florida | Print |
Belinda Trussell & Anton (SusanJStickle.com)March 19, 2010 – Belinda Trussell of Newmarket, ON, earned her second score above 70% in as many weeks at the CDI3* Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington FL, being held this weekend March 18-21, 2010.  Riding Anton, a 10-year old German-bred gelding (Antaeous x Saxony) owned by Robyn Eames, Trussell scored 70.638% to win Thursday’s Grand Prix class of 30 entries.

“I was very happy with all the Canadian riders who conducted themselves with a great deal of class and sportsmanship,” said Technical Coach/Advisor Robert Dover. “Belinda's score of over 70% for the 2nd show in a row defines her as another rising star for Canada following in the footsteps of Ashley Holzer. I also feel confident that everyone is getting a strong handle on how to best warm up and present their horses.
Belinda Trussell & Anton (SusanJStickle.com)
“I am already looking forward to the next CDI in Lexington as well as the European Tour,” added Dover. “Our riders and horses are on the move up the ranks and I believe everyone is seeing their progress, especially the judges!”

The class had a considerable Canadian contingent, as riders are competing for a spot on the Canadian team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this fall.  Victoria Winter of Toronto, ON and Proton, a 16-year-old Baden-Wurtemburger gelding (x Patriarch) owned by Cindy Ishoy, earned 68.809% for fifth place. In sixth was Shannon Dueck of Loxachatchee,FL with 66.340%.  Dueck was riding Ayscha, her 9-year-old Oldenburg mare by Welt Hit II.  Jacqueline Brooks placed in the top 10 with both her mounts, Gran Gesto and Balmoral. Aboard her 2008 Olympic mount Gran Gesto, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Grannox x Goldstern) owned by Brinc Ltd and Anne Welch, Brooks placed seventh with 65. 702%. Brooks scored 65.362% for ninth  place with Balmoral, a 10-year old Canadian Hanoverian gelding (Belcanto x Consul), owned Brinc Ltd and Anne & John Welch.

The Grand Prix Freestyle runs on Friday, March 19, 2010.

The judging panel for the CDI3* WEF includes Kurt Christensen (FEI I—DEN) Stephen Clarke (FEI O—GBR), Lisolette Fore (FEI I—USA), Janet Foy (FEI I—USA) and Jacques Van Daele (FEI I—BEL).
 

Support Canadian Riders’ WEG Dreams

There are still a number of WEG ticket packages available. Each package contains tickets directly behind “C” for four dressage events and is $875 (CDN) each. Dressage Canada also has a few select hotel rooms available at the official Canadian hotel — the Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington, KY. This is the same hotel where all the Canadian athletes will be staying. The room rate is $329/night plus taxes and the hotel rooms are booked for arrival on Sept 26th for 7 nights.

For more information, visit the Dressage Canada website (equinecanada.ca/dressage) and click on the “WEG 2010 Ticket Package Special” advertisement.

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the National governing body for Dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of Dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateurs and professionals through the following programs: coaching education and programs; officials’ education and programs; rules and qualifying criteria; sport development; and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd

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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 equinecanada.ca.