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Classique International De Blainville (Jumping Blainville) Wrap-up, July
Rebecca Walton for
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Blainville, QC - July 20, 2010 - It was a hometown victory on Sunday at
Jumping Blainville when local rider Francois Lamontagne showed his top mount
Anton to an exciting win in the $60,000 World Cup Qualifier. Sunday's class
was this week's highlight event and it did not disappoint when four riders
advanced to the jump-off and made a dash for the cash. Lamontagne's stunning
double-clear round was the fastest of the evening and it was just enough to
push Ljubov Kochetova and Aslan into second place to lead the victory
Ljubov Kochetova was the first the first rider to complete a first round
effort with Aslan and the first to tackle the jump-off course. The pair had
a consistent gallop throughout the course and Aslan made an incredible
effort over each fence. They galloped through the timers in 38.59 seconds to
set the pace and eventually earn the second place prize.
Next in the ring to show over the short course was hometown hero Francois
Lamontagne and his stellar mount Anton. The duo picked up a quick pace to
the first fence and never held back. As they nimbly made their way over each
of the obstacles the pair lengthened their gallop to the final fence and
soared over it with ease. They stopped the clock at 37.06 seconds to take
over the lead and eventually win the class.
"The course for today was big and I was not sure how my horse would do
because we do not have much experience at this level," commented
Lamontagne. "He is a smaller horse and he doesn't have the biggest
stride. He goes with his heart and if you really want it he's going to give
it to you."
Lamontagne began showing Anton in the 1.15m classes three years ago and he
has worked hard to bring him to this level. Next week plans to compete at
the International Bromont Horse Show and he hopes to compete in more FEI
classes. "I think I am able to compete at that level with this horse, but at
the same time I do not want to go too fast and put too much pressure on my
The young rider is a Quebec native and is thrilled to have a victory in his
hometown. "It's really special for me to win here because there are a lot of
people that know me," he smiled. "I spend many weeks here in the summer,
it's my backyard."
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Jumper Highlights: Wednesday - Saturday
It was a beautiful day at the Equestrian Park of Blainville as the second
week of competition got underway during the Classique Internationale De
Blainville (Jumping Blainville) on Wednesday. Christine McCrea took home the
day's top prize in the Grand Prix Ring as she rode Twister to a stunning
double-clear victory in the 1.45m Open Jumper class. Also earning a blue
ribbon was Gabrielle Cousin who showed Aramisse Des Pins to the top of the
1.35m Open Jumper speed class.
Yann Candele and Redefin, owned by Susan Grange, were the first to advance
to the jump-off after completing a clear first round. The pair had an
unfortunate rail at the single vertical and their four fault score held up
for the second place position as they stopped the clock at 42.810 seconds.
Next to show over the short course was Christine McCrea with Twister, owned
by Candy Tribble. The pair had a beautiful, clear opening round and they
continued their excellent effort during the jump-off. Twister soared over
each fence and his large stride ate up the ground. The duo galloped across
the finish line in 43.039 seconds and jumped to the top of the leaderboard
to score the day's big win.
Jonathan McCrea was the final rider to show in the jump-off with Colarado,
owned by Candy Tribble. They also accrued faults at the single oxer for a
four-fault score in a time of 44.495 seconds, earning the third place
"Today there was a nice welcome course; it was not too big and it put you
all over the ring," noted McCrea. "There was a double and a triple and
overall it was a good opening class."
McCrea has been riding the ten-year-old stallion for two years in the grand
prix classes. "He's a really big horse and he has a really big stride," she
commented. "He is not the easiest horse for me to ride because his stride is
so big. I have to always be thinking about that with him because I get to
the jump a lot quicker than I realize sometimes. He jumps with great
technique and he is very careful and very scopey. I really love him."
Earlier in the day, riders had the opportunity to test their horse's speed
in the 1.35m Open Jumper Speed class. The top prize was awarded to Gabrielle
Cousin and Aramise Des Pins who stole the show when they galloped through
the timers in 64.02 seconds with all the rails in their cups.
Kevin Maxie scored the second place honors aboard Legende De B'neville,
owned by Ron Nolan, after stopping the clock at 67.38 seconds with a clear
effort. It was a close battle for the top as the third place finisher,
Jonathan McCrea and Windsor Show Stables' Viktor VDL, broke the beam at
67.62 seconds. The fourth place award was presented to David Arcand and
Tarzan, who had a clear round in 67.81 seconds.
The 1.25m Open Jumper class was also held this morning in the Grand Prix
Ring. Top honors were awarded to Paul Halpern and Austerlitz, owned by
Kellie Anne Langston, who had a double-clear round in 37.43 seconds. The
second place prize went to Melissandre Lincourt who was aboard Southshore
Farm's Rainy Day. The pair left all the fences standing during the jump-off
and stopped the clock at 38.31 seconds. Kevin Maxie and Julia, owned by Ron
Nolan, finished in the third place position with a double-clear effort in
Thursday marked the second day of competition at the Classique
Internationale De Blainville (Jumping Blainville) and the top jumper riders
once again returned to Grand Prix Ring to showcase their talented
mounts. The highlight event of the day was the 1.35m Open Jumper class where
the top accolade went to Keean White and Concas. The pair had the fastest
clear effort during the jump-off and took home the top prize. Later in the
day the Junior Amateur 1.30m Speed class was held in the Grand Prix Ring
with blue ribbon going to Liam Dumont-Walker aboard Lilius, who sped through
the timers in 66.047 seconds and left all the rails in the cups.
Margie Gayford was the first rider to successfully tackle the first round
course and advance to the jump-off with Winston, owned by Wingberry
Farm. The pair was able to leave all the fences standing as they found their
way over the track in a time of 44.216 seconds. Their clear effort set the
pace and would eventually hold up for the second place prize. Kelly Robinson
also had a successful short course with Cimarron Farms' Caberlay, but their
time of 44.299 seconds would fall just short of Gayford's pace and earn them
the third place ribbon.
Keean White and Concas, owned by Elm Rock, LLC, went late in the class and
the opportunity to watch the other horses and riders compete proved
fruitful. The new pair entered the ring with confidence and were able to
leave all the rails in their cups, qualifying for the jump-off. They picked
up a quick pace for the short course and soared over each fence easily. The
duo galloped through the timers in 43.269 seconds with a double clear effort
to take over the lead and win the day's top prize.
"This is the first class that I have shown Concas in because we only got him
three weeks ago," noted White. "My plan for the jump-off was just to be
efficient and stay on the gallop. He's such a fast horse on his own and he's
quick in the air; today was a great day."
Concas was purchased as new horse for Leah DeMartini, who will take over the
reins in a few weeks. "I'm just feeling him out at this horse show and I may
show him in Saturday's Speed Derby or Sunday's World Cup Qualifier," said
White. "He's a simple horse and all you need to do is find a good gallop and
The Junior Amateur 1.30m Speed class was held next in the Grand Prix Ring
under the afternoon sunshine. Felix-Antoine Moulin set the early pace over
the challenging course as the third rider in the class with Cormack. The
pair left all the fences intact and stopped the clock at 74.516 seconds,
which held up for the third place award. Seven riders later it was Liam
Dumont-Walker and Lilius who jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a
clear round in 66.047 seconds. Fares Kabbani tried to catch the duo's time
with Oriander but fell short when they crossed the finish line in 71.44
seconds for the second place prize. Dumont-Walker and Lilius set an
unbeatable time with their clear effort and were awarded the first place
honors at the end of the class.
Earlier in the day Paul Halpern earned his second 1.25 Open Jumper victory,
this time riding Tonic, owned by Stratford-Fox Run. The pair dominated the
speed class with a clear round in 57.78 seconds. Stephanie Mathers-Verville
was award both the second and third place ribbons for her efforts with
Caetina and Nala Gesmerat, respectively.
Lauren Hunkin had a stunning victory aboard Larry 0146 during the FEI Open
Welcome class at Jumping Blainville. The pair edged out Christine McCrea and
Baloubet Junior Z during the two-horse jump-off with the fastest clear
effort in a time of 31.96 seconds. Friday's exciting event was held this
evening at the Blainville Equestrian Park under a beautiful blue sky with
the world's best riders.
McCrea was the first rider to complete a successful first round course and
advance to the jump-off with Baloubet Junior Z, owned by Candy Tribble. The
pair picked up a quick pace to the first fence and made a tight turn to the
double combination. They increased their gallop to the final fence and
soared over it with ease, completing a clear round in 32.65 seconds.
Twenty horses later Hunkin entered the ring for the first round with Larry
0146, owned by Synergy Farm, and they were the only other pair that was able
to leave each fence standing and stopped the clock without fault. Hunkin
mimicked McCrea's tight turn to the combination and opened her horse's
stride to the final two fences. Larry 0146 leapt over the last obstacles and
galloped across the finish line in 31.96. The pair's incredible clear effort
took them to the top of the leaderboard and they led this evening's victory
"Today's first round was a really tough track," explained Hunkin. "It was
wide, it was technical and to be honest I was a little bit concerned about
the width of the oxers. I didn't start off quite the way I wanted to at
number one but eventually I got into a rhythm with him and I got a whistle
from a friend in the crowd to pick up the pace for the time allowed after
fence 10. Larry fights for me every time he goes in the ring."
Jumping Blainville is one of Hunkin's favorite competitions and she travels
from Kemptville, Ontario, with Synergy Farm to compete each year. "I love
Jumping Blainville," she said. "The park is beautiful and it is right in the
middle of town so we get a nice crowd during the weekend. The ring is
fantastic and the organizers do everything they can to make sure we have a
As Jumping Blainville winded down the week, Saturday's highlight competition
was the Speed Derby. The Derby took place in the Grand Prix Ring of the
Blainville Equestrian Park beginning promptly at 3:00p.m. Melissandre
Lincourt and Rainy Day took home the win completing the course in 101.04
seconds. Winston and Margie Gayford missed the top prize by only a second
earning them the second place honors. Tomorrow will mark the final day of
competition at Jumping Blainville and will feature the $60,000 World Cup
Qualifier in the Grand Prix Ring as the feature event.
Melissandre Lincourt was the first rider to complete the course leaving all
of the fences standing. Lincourt was aboard Rainy Day, owned by Southshore
Farm. The pair was quick and accurate as they made their way through the
course, even taking a sharp turn up the bank. They crossed the finish line
in 101.04 seconds without any additional time added to take over the lead
and eventually win the class.
Margie Gayford made an excellent effort to catch Lincourt's time with
Winston, owned by Wingberry Farm. They also left all of the rails in their
cups but they stopped the clock just one second passed the leaders in 102.11
seconds for the second place award.
Lincourt was very happy with Rainy Day's performance because this is her
first time showing the young mare. "I have only ridden her twice this week,
once in the 1.25m and once in the1.35m," she explained. "She has been
jumping clean but she is a little out of shape because she just finished her
quarantine. Today, I wanted to jump, clean, safe, not too fast, and very
accurate. There wasn't a place where I was supposed to run as fast as I
could; I wanted to keep it under control pretty much."
Rainy Day was very fast over the course and proved that she could cover the
ground without picking up a fast gallop. "She kicks really high when she
jumps so I have the capacity to turn her a little quicker than some other
horses," noted Lincourt. "Coming to the combinations I slowed down and gave
her a good gap, but I would turn as tight as I could when we landed and she
wasn't losing any time in the air." Lincourt is very excited about the
future possibilities with Rainy Day and hopes to eventually show her at the
grand prix level.
The 1.40m Open Jumper class was held just before the rain started at the
Blainville Equestrian Park. Two riders qualified to compete in the jump-off
and it was Laurie Bucci aboard Lidalgo B that led the victory gallop. Angela
Covert-Lawerence was the first to show over the short course with Candidate
Du Marquet, owned by Emmanuelle Bolduc. The pair has an unfortunate rail
coming into the double combination and also had three time faults for a
seven fault score. Bucci knew that all she had to do was leave all the rails
in their cups and that is exactly was she did. The duo crossed the finish
line in 45.379 seconds and also accrued three time faults, but their clear
effort earned them the day's top prize.