Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dressage@Blainville: the road to the Olympics

David Marcus & Chrevi's Capital. Credit Photo: Susan J Stickle. 

Montreal, June 12, 2012 – Dressage@Blainville will feature the sport’s elite on June 14, 15 and 16 at the Blainville equestrian park. This competition will indeed select the members of the Canadian team going to the London Olympic Games. 

"Almost all the riders who are actually leading in the rankings will be in Blainville", declared proudly Linda Pepin, President of Dressage International and show manager. She also indicated that, "David Marcus, Jacqueline Brooks and Diane Creech, three Olympic hopefuls, will be participating."

For Gina Smith, London’s Canadian Team Manager, competing at the Blainville event is indispensable. " Blainville is a fantastic venue for our riders to make their final qualifying rides before the team selection.  Our athletes love the show organization and high energy atmosphere at Blainville which will prepare their horses for what they will be facing in August.", stated Mrs. Smith before concluding : " Blainville offers everything, and it is a perfect venue for people to see the progression from the lower levels of dressage to the best we have in Canada at the International level."

Three riders, vying to qualify for London, will have to impress a panel of five International judges in the Grand Prix on Thursday June 14 and the Special Grand Prix on Friday June 15. To insure their results will count for the selection, each rider/horse team must score higher than 67% in both events.

A gala all in elegance
Dressage@Blainville will end on a touch of magic:  the Gala of the Kürs Simons, presented Saturday June 16 starting at 6 p.m., with the registered rider/horse teams competing to outdo each other with charm. Although the event does not count for the London selection, it nevertheless counts for style: some of the most notorious riders will perform to enchant the public’s heart and soul.  David Marcus, Olympic contender, and Tom Dvorak, Medalist at the Pan-American Games, will compete with Meagan Lane and Jaimey Irwin, both promising riders on the International scene.

Juniors and Young Riders try to stand out
In a competition dominated by the road to London, Junior and Young Riders competing at the FEI level, vie to find their way to Kentucky. In fact, Dressage@Blainville will allow them to cumulate precious points towards participation at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC), to be held from July 16 to 22, 2012.

Quebec Young Riders, who won a team silver medal in 2011, will try to surpass themselves. Rider Tanya Strasser, who scored an outstanding 75 % at Dressage@Bromont in her freestyle test, hopes to see her hard work rewarded by the panel of European and Canadian judges at Dressage@Blainville.

Junior Riders have a lot of potential for 2012, particularly with riders Laurence Blais-Tétrault and Naima Moreira, and they hope to put together a team for the NAYJRC.

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 alex@dressageinternational.org www.dressageinternational.org