Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Covert-Lawrence and Candidate du Marquet Top Young Horse Series

The third event in the eastern division of the 2010 Jump Canada Young Horse Series took place on Friday, July 9, during the Jumping Internationale de Blainville I held in Blainville, QC.

Angela Covert-Lawrence of St. Lazare, QC, and Candidate du Marquet dominated the Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division. The pair jumped double clear and had the fastest time in the jump-off to secure the win. Owned by Emmanuelle Bolduc, Candidate du Marquet is an eight-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood mare by Canadian River and out of a Randel Z mare that Covert-Lawrence began riding this past winter. 

“She was super,” said Covert-Lawrence, who rewards her mare with bananas, which she says are her favourite treat. “I got the ride on her in February during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, and by the end of the circuit we were competing in the Seven and Eight-Year-Old classes.” 

In the two events in the Jump Canada Young Horse Series held earlier this season in the eastern division, Covert-Lawrence and Candidate du Marquet won at the Concours hippique de Pépinière in St. Lazare, QC, and placed second in the Beaulieu's Summer Classic II in Ste-Justine-de-Newton, QC. 

“The best thing about her is her consistency,” continued Covert-Lawrence. “In addition to the Young Horse classes, she has done four smaller grand prix events this year - three $25,000 grand prix and one $10,000 class - and has gotten a ribbon in every one. At the international shows, the grand prix classes are too much for these horses, so the seven and eight-year-old competition becomes the big class of the week for them. At Blainville, I geared her towards this competition all week. It was great to win, and it was nice that they did a special presentation for the young horses in the grand prix ring on Sunday.” 

Laurie Bucci also guided Joe Louis to double clear rounds but incurred one time fault to finish second. Owned by Bucci Stables, Joe Louis is a seven-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding by Con Capitol. 

Landing in third position was Melissa Marcotte aboard Well Time de Villa d'Arto, her seven-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding. Well Time de Villa d'Arto, sired by Indoctro and out of a Voltaire mare, had a total of seven faults in the jump-off. 

Francois Lamontagne of Saint-Eustache, QC, dominated the Six-Year-Old Division riding Independence Day 3E, a bay Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by Mudstyle Inc. Independence Day 3E was bred in Canada by KingRidge Stables of King, ON, and is by Polyfax out of an Emilion mare. The pair produced the fastest double clear performance to take the win. 

Taking second position was S Class ridden by Melissandre Lincourt for owner South Shore Farm. S Class is a chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare by Mermus R by an Indoctro mare. 

The top-placed horse in the Five-Year-Old Division was Empire 181, a grey Hannoverian gelding guided to victory by Paul Halpern of St. Lazare, QC. Owned by Wynbrook Farm, Empire 181 is by Embassy I out of a Foxhunter dam. 

Hyde Moffatt of Brantford, ON, guided Morrison to second place for owners Burmonds and Wetmore. Morrison is an imported bay Irish Sport Horse gelding by Desert Knight and out a Cavalier Royale mare. 

Francois Lamontagne took third place riding Galatée du Roset. Owned by Cathleen Mathers, Galatée du Roset is a bay Swiss Warmblood mare sired by 2004 Olympic champion horse, Baloubet du Rouet, and out of Gaelle du Roset by Misterman. 

The purpose of the Jump Canada Young Horse Series is to encourage the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumping prospects. Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according to age and jump at a level suited to their development. This careful development allows the horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels of show jumping competition with confidence. The Jump Canada Young Horse Series also gives prospective buyers for the hunter and jumper markets an opportunity to view a large group of prospects in a competition setting.

The 2010 Jump Canada Young Horse Series is truly national in scope with competitions being held from coast to coast. The Jump Canada National Young Horse Finals will take place at the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament held from September 22-26 in Palgrave, ON. 

For more information on the Jump Canada Young Horse Series, including rules and registration forms, please visit 

2010 Jump Canada Young Horse Series – Blainville, QC 

Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division 
1. Candidate du Marquet Emmanuelle Bolduc Angela Covert-Lawrence 
2. Joe Louis Bucci Stables Laurie Bucci 
3. Well Time de Villa d'Arto Melissa Marcotte Melissa Marcotte 
4. Arise Z Francois Lamontagne Francois Lamontagne 
5. Sly Bonaventure Farm Lauren Patava 

Six-Year-Old Division 
1. Independence Day 3E* Mudstyle Inc. Francois Lamontagne 
2. S Class South Shore Farm Mélissandre Lincourt 

Five-Year-Old Division 
1. Empire 181 Wynbrook Farm Paul Halpern 
2. Morrison Burmonds and Wetmore Hyde Moffatt 
3. Galatée du Roset Cathleen Mathers Francois Lamontagne 

NOTE – The star * beside a horse’s name denotes that it is Canadian-bred.

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