Sunday, July 25, 2010

CSI** Bobcat at the International Bromont: American Christine McCrea Takes Top Honours!

Bromont, July 23, 2010 - The $32,000 Bobcat 1.50 m CSI** test was one of the highlights of the day at the 35th Edition of the International Bromont. 25 rider-horse teams took to the course, including Canadian champion Kean White, Yann Candele, Russian Ljubov Kochetova, Olympic equestrians Jill Henselwood and Jay Hayes, Éric Flameng from Belgium, along with American Lisa Deslauriers. Representing the rising stars, David Arcand, François Lamontagne and Vanessa Paschini were also in the running. Pursuant to a 4-rider jump-off, American Christine McCrea took top honours, with Alberta’s Jenna Thompson and Jennifer Serek hot on her hooves in 2nd and 3rd places. Lisa Deslauriers took 4th position.

Comprising of 12 obstacles and 15 jumping efforts, the course designed by FEI-recognized Catalina Cruz held a few technical difficulties, namely a triple combination, as well as the onset of certain obstacles located on broken lines or exiting turns. The time allowed was 78 seconds. Russian Ljubov Kochetova performed a flawless run, but suffered a two-point penalty for exceeding time. The 8th competitor, Christine McCrea from Connecticut, would finally grant us a fault free run. Lisa Deslauriers then signed off on a flawless performance, thus declaring a jump-off. Alberta natives Jennifer S. Serek and Jenna Thompson joined in the group of fault free runs. Belgian Éric Flameng might have made it to the second round, if not for an unfortunate fallen rail at the last obstacle! Among the upand-comers, Vanessa Paschini with her new mount Esther 138 compiled 4 penalty points, and François Lamontagne with Tango committed 2 faults for a total of 8 points. David Arcand suffered a 4-point jumping penalty with his horse Santos Utopia. Angela Covert-Lawrence from St-Lazare) could do no better.

With 7 obstacles and 8 jumping efforts, the 2nd round promised to be just as challenging. Highly technical, the course demanded strategic maneuvering from the riders, who had to negotiate the obstacles with the possibility of high canter close to none. Christina McCrea upped the stakes with a 44.19 seconds faultless run. Lisa Deslauriers (wife of Mario Deslauriers) took great risks, and saw herself penalised with 2 jumping faults. The winner of this test in 2008, Jennifer Serek signed off with a 48.01 seconds time. Jenna Thompson would ultimately take second place with a stopwatch at 45.11 seconds.

The 35th Edition of the International Bromont forges ahead on Saturday July 24th with the Cheval Blanc Speed Derby, set to start at 15:30. Jump into the action and witness a page of equestrian history!

35th Edition of the International Bromont, from July 21st to August 1st, 2010. Information: Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, 450 chemin de Gaspé, Highway 10, Exit 78, 450 534-0787,,

1st Christine McCrea / Baloubet Junior Z 0-0, 44’19
2nd Jenna Thompson / Zeke 0-0 45’11
3rd Jennifer S.Serek / Éléonora 0-0 48’01
4th Lisa Deslauriers / Diablo 0-8 48’44
5th Ljubov Kochetova / Stakkador 2, 82’63
6th Yann Candele / Game Ready 4, 71’06
7th Angela Covert Lawrence / Unica Van de Roshoeve 4, 71’72
8th Jill Henselwood / Bottom Line 4, 72’48
9th Yann Candele / Redefin 4, 72’80
10th Vanessa Paschini / Esther 138 4, 73’40

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