Saturday, July 31, 2010

David Arcand Raises the Crowd and Wins the Via Rail Double Slalom at the International Bromont !

David Arcand and Nocturne de Ravel
Bromont, July 31, 2010 – The very popular $25,000 Via Rail Double Slalom made quite an impression on this second-to-last day of the International Bromont. The concept is simple: a team made up of two riders performs the same course in parallel. The fastest will earn a spot in the quarter-final, then on to the semi-final, to at last reach the podium. But riders beware: a fallen rail will add 3 penalty seconds to the running time! David Arcand took top honours in this year’s Via Rail Double Slalom with style.

16 riders divided into two teams, the blue shirts against the white, delivered a hard-fought battle to reach the quarter-final, the semi-final and the final. There were excellent confrontations right from start, but David Arcand breezed easily to the quarter-final, as François Lamontagne got the best of Émmanuel Geoffroy from Québec. If not for an unfortunate lowered rail on the part of Geoffroy, a tiebreaker would’ve been required to call a winner! Kayla Robert performed a fine run alongside Jay Hayes, hedging him by one second. Lisa Deslauriers, Mélissandre Lincourt, Justin Prather and Christine Boisseau all reached the quarter final, announcing an exciting performance to come.

Taking to the course against Stéphanie Verville, David Arcand reached the semi-final with a 20-second lead out of a spectacular comefrom-behind run. With his 2009 title on the line, François Lamontagne jeopardized Kayla Robert’s chances by achieving a faultless run in 27.92 seconds! Lowering two rails, Mélissandre Lincourt is defeated by Lisa Deslauriers. Who of David Arcand, François Lamontagne, Lisa Deslauriers and Justin Prather, all reputed for great speed, will be the fastest in the final? With a mere seven hundredth of a second too slow, François Lamontagne bowed down to David Arcand, who aptly took advantage of tight turns to ultimately compete against Justin Prather in the final. With a flawless run and a stopwatch at 28.85 seconds, David Arcand raised the
crowd with a brilliant victory, and gathered $7 500 in prize money.

The 35th Edition of the International Bromont forges ahead later today with the 1.45m Modified Grand-Prix, closing off on August 1st with the eagerly awaited 1.60 m Grand-Prix test, a qualifier for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2011 European Championship.

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, info@internationalbromont.org, www.internationalbromont.org.

Results :
1st David Arcand / Nocturne de Ravel
2nd Justin Prather / Mona Lisa
3rd tie : Lisa Deslauriers / Flubber et François Lamontagne / Unik Circa 
5th tie : Mélissandre Lincourt / Rainy Day, Kayla Robert / Rojak, Stéphanie Verville / Caretina, Christine Boisseau / ETI Albator

Source : Laure Chazerand, Fédération équestre du Québec, Communications Coordinator, lchazerand@feq.qc.ca, Cell. 514 209-8105.

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