Friday, July 30, 2010

The CET Medal: Toronto bound

Bromont, July 30th, 2010 – The International Bromont slowly closes its eighth day of competition with the second CET (Canadian Equestrian Team) Medal event, presented by Burkman Capital, won by Gabrielle Pelchat on Varcos.

The CET (Canadian Equestrian Team) Medal is a combination of show jumping and equitation: even if time and jumping faults count, the rider’s technique is what makes the difference. « A rider who gets a jumping fault can still get ahead of another rider with a clear round if the latter’s equitation is not as good», explains Philip Rozon, an FEI judge who was a spectator at the CET Medal.

Sanctioned by Equine Canada, the National Federation, the CET Medal’s first objective is to prepare better riders. The athlete must demonstrate precision and control in the way he brings his horse to the fences. According to Paul Bélanger, Level 3 Instructor and coordinator of Classic riding division of the ‘Fédération Équestre du Québec’ « The winner is the rider who has better analyzed the course », he also says: « An event such as the CET Medal makes the riders realize the importance of better controlling their horses in order to execute a quality jump ».

Following the over fence section, eleven riders were called back for a flat phase: the second part of this event can actually change all the rankings. At this time, only the rider’s position and the control of the horse count; time and faults are not a factor anymore.
The two CET Medal classes held at the 2010 International Bromont allowed riders to accumulate points to qualify for the Quebec/Maritimes final in Breakeyville. The best 4 riders will then have a chance to participate at the Canadian final in Toronto. However, only riders who are members of the Equine Canada CET Medal Program are able to get points and be invited to those finals.

The International Bromont’s second week continues with the VIA Rail Double Slalom and the Modified Grand Prix tomorrow, Saturday July 31st, culminating with the not to be missed Grand Prix on Sunday.

1. Gabrielle Pelchat / Varcos
2. Vickie Robert / Lovat Scout
3. Lorelei Meunier / D-Walonik
4. Josée-Anne Tremblay / Now or Never
5. Stephanie Morier / Tidam
6. Ashley James / Rapsody
7. Anna Chmielowski / Fly Away
8. Charles Daigneault / Lawili-Z

Source: Alexandra Hill, International Bromont - -

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