|Belinda Trussell Wins GPF at CDI3* WEF & Achieves Another Personal Best Score||| Print ||
March 23, 2010 — Belinda Trussell of Newmarket, ON, is riding high with Anton, a 10-year old German-bred gelding (Antaeous x Saxony) owned by Robyn Eames. After winning Thursday’s Grand Prix, the duo won the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI3* Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL on Friday, March 19, 2010, achieving another personal best score with 73.900%. They have proven they are in the top ranks of their sport, and are looking ahead to the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky in September.
“Once again, the Canadian riders proved their strength in the Freestyle tonight after having had six of the top twelve places in the Grand Prix yesterday, including the winner, Belinda Trussell riding Anton,” said Technical Coach/Advisor Robert Dover. “I was also gratified that each of the Canadian riders exited the main arena pleased with their progress and performance. This was, for quite a few of them, only the first or second time performing their new freestyles.”
Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON placed third in the Freestyle with Balmoral, a 10-year-old Canadian Hanoverian gelding owned by Brinc Ltd and Anne and John Welch. They scored 71.550%, the most Brooks has earned with Balmoral at the Grand Prix level in a CDI.
“What a fun night! Balmoral has really found his confidence in the ring and was really easy to ride through his freestyle,” said Brooks. “It is really exciting to receive scores over seventy from all five judges and I'm so happy for Balmoral that he is enjoying his job so much. It's been a great ending to our Florida season and I am looking forward to the test event in Kentucky next month.”
The Freestyle saw a total of seven Canadian riders in the top ten. Shannon Dueck of Loxahatchee, FL, and her nine-year-old Oldenburg mare Ayscha, sired by Welt Hit II, earned 68.850% for fifth place. Victoria Winter of Toronto, ON and Proton, a 16-year-old Baden-Wurtemburger gelding (x Patriarch) owned by Cindy Ishoy, were just behind with 68.600% for sixth. Bonny Bonnello of Calgary AB, and Pikardi (x Pointmaker), the 13-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding she co-owns with Jean Bell, placed seventh with 68.250%.
Also earning 68.250% was Jaimey Irwin of Stouffville, ON with Dover, his 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (DeNiro x Castro). Chris Von Martels of Ridgetown, ON rounded out the top ten with 67.750% aboard Naomi, Sonja Zugel’s 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Zeoliet x Bold Indian).
On Saturday, WEG-declared combinations not competing in the Freestyle rode in the Grand Prix Special. Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON was the top placed Canadian aboard Devon L, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (DeNiro x Wolkenstein II) owned by Douglas Leatherdale. Creech earned 67.917% for fourth place. Brooks was sixth with 66.917% riding Gran Gesto, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Grannox x Goldstern) owned by Brinc Ltd and Anne Welch. Ute Busse of Breslau, ON earned 65.042% for tenth place aboard Lindor’s Finest (x Eastern Ruler). Busse co-owns the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding with Sylvia Carlton.
The CDI3* WEF wraps up the Florida season for the Canadian WEG-declared riders in the east. The next competition is the WEG test event, CDI3* Lexington, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Dressage will take place from April 19–22, 2010. West coast riders show again at the end of March at CDI3* Burbank, March 31–April 3, 2010.
The judging panel for the CDI3* WEF included 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.
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