The second CDI of the season is underway at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and there's plenty of Canadian action to follow.
Competition kicked off this morning with the CDI Prix St. George. Four Canadians were in the field, including Jessica Rhinelander making her CDI debut on Dimanche. Jessica purchased this talented 9-year-old KWPN gelding as a youngster, and has brought him up through the levels herself. Definitely a pair to keep your eye on! The maple leaf was flying on the judges' panel as well, with Canada's newest 4* judge Lee Tubman doing the honours at B.
Canadians finished 1-2 in this very competitive class with Jaimey Irwin and Donegal V taking home the blue ribbon on a total score of 70.746%. With 69.605%, Lindsay Kellock was close behind in second place on Royal Prinz, a 2001 Oldenburg stallion owned by Teresa Simmons.
***Update Sunday, January 29 ****
The rest of the weekend proved just as busy and successful for Canadian competitors. So much I wanted to comment on, from Jaimey Irwin and Lindsay Kellock sweeping the top spots in the PSG and I1, to 14-year-old Ava MacCoubrey winning the FEI JR Individual, to Laura Graves' 80%+ performance and Jacqueline Brooks' new freestyle choreography...but I ran out of time! Sorry!
One thing I do want to ask: Is it just me or are scores trending higher this year? And if so, is it because judges are more generous or the quality of performance has improved? I don't have the knowledge or an educated enough eye to see the difference between a 70% Grand Prix test and a 75% one. Perhaps someone who does know can weigh in in the comments section.
CDI results are all listed below; for the sake of time I haven't even touched on the many Canadians who shone at the National show. Please check out all their results here.
FEI Prix St. George January 26
1st Jaimey Irwin & Donegal 70.746%
2nd Lindsay Kellock & Royal Prinz 69.605%
5th Evi Strasser & Rigaudon Tyme 68.026%
8th Jessica Rhinelander & Dimanche 66.491%
FEI Grand Prix January 27
7th Brittany Fraser & All In 71.020%
12th Jill Irving & Degas 12 69.680%
13th Megan Lane & San D'Or 69.640%
16th Jacqueline Brooks & D Niro 68.700%
FEI Young Rider Team January 27
3rd Alexandra Meghji & Rigo 64.579%
FEI Jr Team January 27
3rd Ava MacCoubrey & Pablo 66.432%
FEI Intermediate I January 27
1st Lindsay Kellock & Royal Prinz 70.132%
2nd Jaimey Irwin & Donegal 69.649%
5th Jessica Rhinelander & Dimanche 67.588%
6th Evi Strasser & Rigaudon Tyme 66.930%
FEI Grand Prix Freestyle January 27
4th Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu & All In 73.838%
8th Jacqueline Brooks & D Niro 70.702%
10th Jill Irving & Degas 12 69.548
FEI Grand Prix Special January 28
5th Megan Lane & San D'Or 70.000%
FEI Young Rider Individual January 28
2nd Alexandra Meghji & Rigo 66.579%
FEI Jr Individual January 28
1st Ava MacCoubrey & Pablo 68.526%
FEI Intermediate I Freestyle January 29
1st Jaimey Irwin & Donegal V 75.475%
5th Evi Strasser & Rigaudon Tyme 68.950%
6th Jessica Rhinelander & Dimanche 68.300%
8th Lindsay Kellock & Royal Prinz 67.600%
FEI Young Rider Freestyle January 29
1st Alexandra Meghji & Rigo 68.708%
FEI Jr Freestyle January 29
2nd Ava MacCoubrey & Pablo 70.917%
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I'm a middle-aged, overweight, rusty re-rider who refuses to let any of that get in the way of my passion for dressage.