Articles: Press Release
Super Mario Deslauriers Achieves Victory with Paradigm in $150,000 CN
U.S. Open Jumper Championship presented by Cosequin
Photo Credit: Mario Deslauriers (CAN) and Paradigm, winners of the $150,000
CN U.S. Open Jumper Championship, presented by Cosequin, at the Winter
+estival. Photo ?? 2007 Peter Llewellyn/PMG Pictures.
Jennifer Wood of
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Wellington, FL - March 11, 2007 - Riding last in a three horse jump-off,
Mario Deslauriers kept the Canadian flag flying when he and Paradigm raced
to the win in the $150,000 CN U.S. Open Jumper Championship CSIO 5*,
presented by Cosequin. Todd Minikus (USA) finished second with Pavarotti,
while Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Coeur were third.
Today's track offered the most difficult challenge seen so far at the Winter
Equestrian Festival (WEF). The course designer for the week of the CN
Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin is Jose "Pepe" Gamarra of
Bolivia. The course had wide, rolling turns through 13 numbered
obstacles. The open water was used, as was a triple combination and a tight
time allowed of 74 seconds, which was then increased to 80 seconds after the
third rider. Twelve horses had four faults, while 13 had time faults. There
were nine retirements and one fall.
"When I walked the course, I thought maybe five or six would be clear,"
Deslauriers expressed. "I think it's the biggest we've jumped so far this
year here. You needed a little scope today. The time allowed was very
tight. The ground is a little slippery, so to make the tight turns is a
little difficult. It was fair, but at the same time, difficult. It was a
Todd Minikus and Pavarotti, owned by Todd Minikus Ltd, were the first to
clear the opening course. They rode out of the eighth position in the
order. Three horses later, Pessoa and Coeur, owned by Double H Farm, breezed
through for a clear round.
Lisa Silverman (USA) and Obelix R had no jumping faults, but stopped the
timers in 83.02 seconds for one time fault. Eighteen-year-old Brianne Goutal
(USA) and Casar (DE) had a great effort, but they just missed joining the
jump-off with four faults. Their speedy time of 76.06 seconds was good
enough to hold on to fifth place.
Minikus was the first to return for the jump-off and opted for a wider turn
from the first to the second jump. Pavarotti slipped in the turn to the
third jump and gave a huge attempt to clear the next fence. He made the
short, turning rollback from fence eight to nine and galloped home clear in
a time of 47.59 seconds.
"Unfortunately, I had to go first, and it's not like I've got slow and
slower following me," Minikus joked. "I was a little slow to number two and
slipped so bad turning back to jump three. My horse did an amazing job. He
felt like he actually left the ground from his knees at that vertical. I did
eight to the train [fence], and Mario left one out there. It's maybe not
normally my style to be cautious. I was hoping they might make mistakes, but
they didn't. What are you going to do?"
With the big horse Coeur, Pessoa made short turns, but tried to make up time
down the last line by leaving out a stride. Coeur got to the fence early and
just caught the front rail with his hind feet. Pessoa had the time in 46.98
seconds, but had four faults.
"My horse is a little bit of a slow horse with a big jump. The conditions
today with the slippery turns everywhere, you had to be cautious. For me,
the only place to really make time was in that last line because it was on a
straight line," Pessoa explained. "I thought it was possible to do the seven
[strides]. I got a little bit surprised at how big his stride is. When I
landed off the vertical and I went for the seven, he responded really
well. I got there even in a short seven, and he didn't have time to pick up
the hind end clear. On the rest, he jumped really well. I'm pleased with his
performance. We're getting to know each other, and it looks good for the
weeks and months to come."
Deslauriers and Paradigm, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding that
Deslauriers owns himself, were the final combination in the
ring. Deslauriers knew he would have to be quick to catch Minikus, but
careful enough to be clean. The big chestnut galloped through the turns and
with the momentum over fence eight, Deslauriers chose to go around a fence
in a rollback to fence nine. He sped through the last line and stopped the
clock just ahead of Minikus in 47.03 seconds.
"I watched Rodrigo go, and his horse is a big mover. One-two-three was very
quick for me. I hit that second oxer on the go. I tried to stay on the same
track, but he turned inside after the train (fence eight). I left one
[stride] out to the train and there was no way for me to turn inside. I
tried to keep going and coming out of the turn forward," Deslauriers
recalled. "My horse is quick, I know that. I knew it was close, but I
couldn't have told you how close."
Footing was the main concern of the riders in today's class, but as Minikus
put it eloquently, "At this point, I think that discussing the footing is an
over-exercised issue. I'm sure it will be taken care of, and it needs to be
taken care of. We jump for a lot of money next week, so I hope everybody's
on the job. You'd hate to let these horses go this far through the circuit
and not have a fair chance on the last week when it's really important."
Hunter Harrison is the CEO of CN, this week's title sponsor, and owner of
Coeur. Harrison thought today's class was "a wonderful competition." He
added, "Besides the surface, I think it's a wonderful competition, and I
think it's a sign that Wellington is rising to the next level. With a couple
of changes here and there, we could be competing with the best venues in the
Harrison smiled about his reaction to Coeur's rail at the last jump. "I was
not thrilled!" he exclaimed. "My daughter Cayce rode Coeur up until her
accident last year. He just came off an injury, and Rodrigo's only had three
or four classes on him. I'm elated to be sitting here at this table. That's
a big accomplishment."
The final week of WEF in Wellington, the CN Worldwide Wellington Finale,
CSI-5*, begins on Wednesday, March 14, and runs through Sunday, March 18,
2007. It is a member event of the CN Worldwide Global Champions Tour and
will feature the $300,000 CN Worldwide Florida Open, now the richest
show jumping event in the United States, on Saturday afternoon.
Results of 106 - $150,000 CN US Open Jumper Championship
CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*
March 7 thru 11, 2007
T/A: 80.00 T/A: 48.00
1 2343 PARADIGM MARIO DESLAURIERS CAN 0.00 77.97 0.00 47.03 $50000
2 2841 PAVAROTTI TODD MINIKUS USA 0.00 78.08 0.00 47.59 $30000
TODD MINIKUS LTD
3 1148 COEUR RODRIGO PESSOA BRA 0.00 78.67 4.00 46.98 $20000
DOUBLE H FARM
4 559 OBELIX R LISA SILVERMAN USA 1.00 83.02 $12000
5 54 CASAR BRIANNE GOUTAL USA 4.00 76.06 $10000
6 2761 HOOLIGAN DE ROSYL DANIEL DEUSSER GER 4.00 76.07 $7500
7 1957 INTEGRITY BEEZIE MADDEN USA 4.00 76.75 $5000
ABIGAIL S. WEXNER
8 3077 SAPPHIRE MCLAIN WARD USA 4.00 77.85 $3500
BLUE CHIP BLOODSTOCK/WARD
9 2757 STAPP'S AEROCBIC WILL SCHELLEKENS NED 4.00 79.14 $3000
BROUWERS & SCHELLEKENS
10 2287 ANTHEM LAURA KRAUT USA 4.00 79.75 $2500
11 2169 CIM CHRISTO GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA 5.00 80.46 $2000
12 1468 HICKSTEAD ERIC LAMAZE CAN 5.00 80.77 $1500
TORREY PINES & ASHLAND STABLES