Friday, June 15, 2012

Dressage@Blainville: Jacqueline Brooks takes the lead of the CDI3*

Blainville, June 15, 2012 – The CDI3* Grand Prix of Dressage@Blainville generated a lot of enthusiasm today when three riders vying for a spot on the Olympic team competed in the Adequan i.m. ring.

The first three riders in the ring, David Marcus, Jacqueline Brooks and Diane Creech, are among Equine Canada top 5 for the Olympic selection. "Equine Canada will only choose four riders plus an alternate for the London Games. Those four riders will then have to measure up to the international elite. More than ever, we expect the rider/horse duos to deliver a flawless performance", explains Linda Pepin, the event organizer. 

A dazzling performance
Ontario rider Jacqueline Brooks and her mount D Niro executed a perfect ride earning a final score of 69,064%, thus getting ahead of their opponents, the duos of Diane Creech – Devon L and David Marcus – Chrevi’s Capitol by 1,468 % and  3,149% respectively.

"Jacqueline and D Niro have presented the only totally clean test in Grand Prix today (June 14th). With the Olympic selection; that can make a difference", indicated FEI judge Lorraine Stubbs. Judge Brenda Minor added, “It was difficult to determine who would be the winner at the outset and it was very exciting to judge.” Both judges agree: one of the best moments of Jacqueline Brooks’ performance was without a doubt her piaffe. "The piaffe was regular and expressive, and reliable too. It was one of the best movements of D Niro" indicated both officials.

Today’s event, the Special Grand Prix, will be the last event towards the Olympic team selection. It will be the riders’ ultimate chance to impress the panel of international judges assembled at the Blainville equestrian park.  The test will start at noon in the Adequan i.m. ring.

The Simons Freestyle Gala: a stylish event
Spectators are invited to a magical experience Saturday night in Blainville where the rider/horse duos of international level will take over the Simons ring to reveal their dancing talents. The freestyle is one of the highlight of the dressage event presently held in Blainville. Visitors can purchase tickets at a cost of $25 at 450-434-5261 or at 450-510-0600.

Founded by Linda Pepin in 2010, Dressage International is a non-profit organization, unique to Quebec. With its mission of developing excellence in dressage, both in Quebec and in Canada, Dressage International makes it a point to offer large-scale events that provide athletes, sport enthusiasts and the public at large with an exceptional and memorable experience.

Source: Alexandra Hill, communication, Dressage International.