Canadian Dressage Snowbirds Post Top Scores at First 2015 FEI Competition

Written by Dressage Canada - In Dressage - Monday, January 12, 2015

Megan Lane and San D'Or Photo: SusanJStickle

Ottawa, ON - Canadian snowbirds posted top scores at the first FEI competition of the 2015 season at the Global Dressage Festival 1 presented by Adequan, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 8-11, 2015.

In the CDI-W division, 2014 World Equestrian Games team member Karen Pavicic of Surrey, B.C., rode her games mount, Don Daiquiri, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Don Cardinale that she co-owns with Jayne Essig, to a fifth place finish in the Grand Prix Freestyle, scoring 71.675%. Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, Ont. rode her 2012 Olympic mount, D Niro (D-Day x Napoleon 625), a 16-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Brooks and Brookhaven Dressage Inc., to a ninth place finish with a score of 70.525%.

In the CDI1* Small Tour, Megan Lane, 2014 World Equestrian Games team member, from Loretto, Ont., rode San D'Or (Sandro Hit x Cocktail), Deer Ridge Equestrian's nine-year-old Westphalian gelding, to third place in the Prix St. Georges test with a score of 69.211%. The pair was also second in the Intermediate I test with 70.842%.

"At GDF I, we had a great start to the much anticipated Florida show season. I always look forward to competing in Wellington. The shows are so well organized and the venue and competitors are world class," said Lane. "San D'Or had a super debut. I have been riding and training him since he was purchased by Deer Ridge Equestrian as a three-year-old, and he still continues to amaze me with his willingness and ability."

"Under the coaching of Christilot Boylen, our goal this year with San D'Or is to pursue a spot on the Canadian Team for the Pan American Games," added Lane. Christilot Boylen at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Photo: Betsy LaBelle

"I was really pleased to see how relaxed and strong he was at this early stage of competition. San D'Or, without a doubt, has more confidence every time we come down the centreline. He loves the spotlight, and continues to be happy in his work, which is a big priority of mine as we progress through the levels. That was my focus going into this first show, and finishing near the top of a very competitive class is the best of both worlds."

Canadian Shannon Dueck, who is based in Florida, finished in fourth (68.737%) in the Prix St. Georges test with Cantaris (Compliment x Eiger I), Elizabeth Ferber's 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Riding Douglas Leatherdale's Robbie W, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Rubin Royal, Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, Ont., placed fifth with 67.947%.

In the Intermediate I test, Creech and Robbie W were third with 70.026%, while Dueck and Cantaris were fourth scoring 69.737%.

The ground jury for the event consisted of Maribel Alonso de Quinzanos MEX FEI 5*, Kurt Christensen DEN FEI 4*, Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode NED FEI 5*, Anne Gribbons USA FEI 5*, Natalie Lamping USA FEI 4*, Magnus Ringmark SWE FEI 4*, Gary Rockwell USA FEI 5*, Christof Umbach LUX FEI 4*, Freddy Leyman BEL FEI 4*, Kjell Myhre NOR FEI 4*, and Kristi Wysocki USA FEI 3*.

Complete results for the Global Dressage Festival I presented by Adequan may be found here: