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August 17, 2007 --- Jacqueline Brooks of Mount Albert, ON racked up five wins in the Advanced and Grand Prix divisions at the CDI -W/Y/P/CH/YH CNE Classic, held August 8-11 in Toronto, ON. Brooks’ success in the Grand Prix division came aboard Gran Gesto, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Grannox and owned by Anne Welch and Brinc Ltd. The duo put in a solid performance in the FEI Grand Prix to take the class on a score of 65.500%.

In the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, they were awarded 72.050% for their performance to music from the ‘Alexander’ movie soundtrack.

“Gran Gesto has lots of experience at this venue,” said Brooks, who has competed at the Royal Winter Fair in the Canadian World Cup League Final many times over the years. “He came into the Freestyle at the CNE Classic with the same attitude as he did at the Royal, and he performed so well. Stephen Clarke, one of the judges, even awarded him some scores of nine, which was really exciting.”

Earning double second place finishes in the Grand Prix division was Tina Busse-Irwin of Lakefield, ON, who had just returned from completing her duties as Chef d’equipe for Canada’s Junior and Young Riders’ Teams who had great success at the 2007 CN North American Junior/Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC). Back in the saddle, Busse-Irwin earned success of her own riding Amicelli, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Amigo XX, co-owned by Wendy Beresford and Ute Busse. The combination earned a score of 66.050% in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle.

Jon Costin of Puslinch, ON rounded out the top three in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, riding to a score of 65.400%, partnered with his 11-year-old Hannoverian gelding Wholio, by Warkant. Jessica Costello of King City, ON took third place in the FEI Grand Prix, riding Judy Elliott’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Litmanen, by Facet. Nancy MacLachlan of Terra Cotta, ON placed fourth with Ariston, her 11-year-old Ukranian-bred gelding by Tuis, before taking top honours in the FEI Grand Prix Special, coming in just ahead of Merrickville, ON native Susanne Dutt-Roth and her 11-year-old stallion Rheirattack, by Rhodos. Costello and Litmanen rounded out the top three in the Special.

In the Advanced division, Brooks racked up three more wins, this time riding the eight-year-old Hannoverian gelding Balmoral, owned by John and Anne Welch, Jean and Nick Vinios and Brinc Ltd. With a score of 68.850%, the duo got off to a great start, winning the FEI Prix St Georges (PSG), before moving on to the FEI Intermediare I (I1), where they were at the top of the standings on a score of 67.150%. They closed out the division in the FEI I1 Freestyle, where their performance to music from the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean earned a score of 70.500% for the win.

“This was Balmoral’s first time at this venue, which can be pretty intimidating, but he was great, and wasn’t worried at all,” commented Brooks, adding that throughout the Canadian season, each of her horses has only had one Freestyle where they haven’t won. “It’s really reassuring to have this success and know that I am on track with my goals, especially since I want to move Balmoral up to the Grand Prix level, and am aiming for the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Gran Gesto It’s great to have the next year to train and build on this success.”

Ute Busse finished in the top three in all three classes, paired with Lindor’s Finest, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Eastern Ruler. They started out with a score of 65.250% for second place in the FEI PSG, and added another blue ribbon to their collection in the FEI I1, ending with a third place finish in the Freestyle, earning 67.170% to come in just behind Jaimey Irwin of Lakefield, ON, who scored 67.450% with Wendy Beresford’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Dover, by De Niro. Armand Valkenborg of Sainte-Marthe, QC placed third in the FEI PSG with Oakwood Stables’ eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood Gelding Seigneur, by Jazz, while Daphne Haagmans of Barrie, ON was the third place finisher in the FEI I1, with her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Nimos, by Jet Set D,. The duo also placed fourth in the Freestyle on a score of 66.650%.

In the Young Horse Division, Dutt-Roth competed with her up and coming mount, Wanda Jamieson’s Hannoverian gelding Di Stefano, by De Niro, in the FEI Young Horse Five-Year-Old division, winning both the Preliminary (72.200%) and the Final (74%). Valkenborg earned second in the Preliminary on a score of 70.400% with Vince, Peter Barry’s Dutch Warmblood gelding Vince by Phin Phin, also taking third in the Final, scoring 66.600%. Gillian Duke of Wellesley, ON rode Largent, her Hannoverian gelding by Londonderry to a score of 69% in the Preliminary for third place, before taking second in the Final, achieving a score of 71.400%.

Lee Tubman of Dunnville, ON and Burlington, ON native Whitney Harris were the sole competitors in the FEI Young Horse Six-Year-Old division, where Tubman and the Hannoverian mare De La Rosa, also by De Niro took both the Preliminary and Final, scoring 71.800% and 77.600%, respectively. Harris scored 65.400% and finished up on 69.800% with her Trakehner gelding Klouseau, by Charly Chaplin.

The competition also featured a host of classes for the younger generation. Julie Watchorn of Schomberg, ON made her long trip back from the NAJYRC in Lexington, VA, where she helped the Canada’s Coast to Coast Young Riders’ Team finish in fourth position, well worth it when she took top spot in the FEI Young Rider Team class. Riding her NAJYRC mount, the 11-year-old Hannoverian gelding Dobble Tyme, Watchorn also took second in the YR Individual class, as well as the YR Freestyle, where she earned her highest score of the competition with 66.900%.

Katharine Martin of Burlington, ON was also highly successful, taking second place in the YR Team with Elizabeth Bishop’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Optimist, by Balzflug. The pair went on to win both the YR Individual, and the YR Freestyle, where they scored 67.150%. Lindsay Kellock of Cedar Valley, ON scored third place in each of the classes, partnered with her 10-year-old Hannoverian gelding Milestone, by Mattgold.

The FEI Junior division saw Annie-Pier Venne of L'Assomption, QC take both the Junior Team and Freestyle classes riding her 11-year-old Westphalian stallion Step Up, by Rouletto. The duo also finished third in the Junior Individual, which was won by Jennifer Horr of Fenwich, ON aboard Solero. Anne-Mylaine Messier and her 12-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding Aldebaran, by A'Pan, took second place in the Junior Team, Junior Individual and Junior Freestyle Classes. 

Just three entries contested the FEI Children’s division with the results varying with each of the two classes. In the Team class, Vivian Cornell of Kingston, ON emerged the winner with Kathy Cornell’s 16-year-old Trakehner mare Heidschnucke, by Topaz 11. Kerry Houlahan of Smiths Falls, ON was the runner up aboard Maple Lane Equestrian Trailers’ eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding Fresco, by Flower King, while Elgin, Quebec’s Kaitlin Bourgon rode Laura Mee Fournier’s 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare Seoul, by Salut 84 to third place. Houlahan and Fresco took over the lead in the Individual class, with Bourgon finishing second, and Cornell in third.

Cornell also contested the FEI Pony division, riding her 11-year-old Welsh medium pony gelding Secret Agent Man to win all three classes. Paige Mayville of Harrow, ON was the runner up with her large pony, the 12-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Ravenclaw.

Hosted by Equivents Inc., the CDI -W/Y/J/P/CH/YH CNE Classic boasted an international judging panel, consisting of American FEI ‘O’ level judges Stephen Clarke and Linda Zang, along with Maria Colliander (FEI ‘I – FIN), Janet Foy (FEI ‘I’ – USA), and Lorraine MacDonald (FEI ‘I’ – CAN).

“It’s so great of Equivents to provide so many CDI competitions in Canada this year. The CNE Classic is especially great, it’s an exciting venue.” praised Brooks. “Being downtown Toronto, it is really fun and there is a lot to do. It also makes it easy for friends and family to come watch, which is always nice. You usually find big indoor shows in Europe, so to have two at home this year is really good for the Canadian horses.”

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