Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jacqueline Brooks will Ride for Canada at Exquis World Dressage Masters in Florida

Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON, and Balmoral (Belcanto x Consul), a 10-year-old Canadian-bred Hanoverian owned by Anne & John Welch and Brinc Ltd., will represent Canada at the $145,000 Exquis World Dressage Masters, scheduled for February 4–6, 2010 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, in Wellington, FL, USA. 

Brooks and Balmoral qualified for a starting position in the Masters, by achieving a minimum of 64% in a Grand Prix at two different CDI3*–5*/CDIO competitions, and was awarded an invitation to the competition by the Exquis World Dressage Masters (WDM) organizing committee. Brooks joins Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, and Pop Art; Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, and Anton; and Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON, and Devon L, as the Canadian representatives at the prestigious CDI5* competition in Florida.

A maximum of 20 rider/horse combinations, including Steffen Peters (USA) on Ravel, Isabell Werth (GER) on Satchmo and Anky van Grunsven (NED) on Salinero, will compete in the Grand Prix test with prize money of $14,500. Riders then advance to either the Grand Prix Special test with a purse of $43,500 or the $87,000 Grand Prix Freestyle.

The international judging panel will include Dr. Wojtek Markowski (FEI O—POL), Gary Rockwell (FEI O—USA), Axel Steiner (FEI O—USA), Victoire Mandl (FEI I—AUT) and Freddy Leyman (FEI I—BEL).

In addition to this competition in Florida, Exquis World Dressage Masters (WDM) CDI5* will also have events in Munich, Germany and Hickstead, England each with €100,000 (US$145,000) in prize money for 2010 and 2011.
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 amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules & qualifying criteria, sport development, publications & awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at or Facebook at

About Equine Canada

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