30/ JULY 2018 THE RIDER Jessica PhoenixMakesMagic at the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event

Ottawa, ON, June 12, 2018 – Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON emerged victorious in the CIC 2* division at the renowned MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event, held June 8- 10, 2018, in Bromont, QC. Phoenix and Bentley’s

Best (Hirtentanz 2 x Eichen- dorff),

an 11-year-old

Trakehner gelding owned by The Bentley’s Best Group, began the competition locked in a tie for third with 30.00 penalty points after the dressage phase on June 8. The pair broke into second after completing a double-clear run of Derek di Grazia’s (USA) challenging cross-country course the fol- lowing day. Phoenix remained calm and collected on June 10 to earn another double-clear in the show jumping phase, secur- ing the win on her dressage score of 30.00 penalties. “It feels great for Bent-

ley’s Best to have had such a wonderful weekend,” said Phoenix. “He felt so solid in all three phases, and it’s so much fun to be able to win in front of the hometown crowd and have my whole family cheer us on. It really means a lot.” In the long format CCI 2*

division, Dana Cooke, who re- sides in Mooresville, NC, rep- resented Canada on the leaderboard with Kingfisher Park’s eight-year-old Dutch Sport Horse mare, FE Missis- sippi (Cassini II x Legaat). She started the competition in

eighth place, but double-clear cross-country and show jump- ing rounds boosted Cooke to a third-place finish on her dres- sage score of 33.60. “It was probably my best

performance in general, as well as on FE Mississippi,” said Cooke. “It was her second 2* and she’s only eight. She stepped up in every phase, so I’m pretty happy with her. There’s a reason we call her Miss Perfect, even though her name is FE Mississippi!” FE Mississippi was also

selected by the ground jury as the CCI 2* Best Presented Horse, groomed by Tesla Parker (USA). Holly Jacks-Smither of

Hillsburgh, ON was the top Canadian out of 40 strong en- tries in the CCI 1* division. She piloted her eight-year-old British Sport Horse gelding, Candy King (Grafenstolz x Moothyeb), through double- clear cross-country and jump- ing rounds to finish on her dressage score of 27.20 penal- ties for second place. “Bromont is always a re-

ally good test,” said Jacks- Smither. “Candy King had colic surgery when I first got him, so it’s been a long road. He was so settled (in the show jumping phase), I was very proud of him.”

Canadian Olympian

Colleen Loach of Dunham, QC also had an impressive record at Bromont, riding a total of four horses to a top-10 finish in the

PHOTO – Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON and Bentley’s Best topped the CIC 2* division of the MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event, held June 8-10, 2018, in Bromont, QC. PHOTO CREDIT – Cealy Tetley

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the World Equestrian Games, Lamaze is choos- ing her classes carefully. He will now rest the mare for two weeks before bringing her out to contest the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ tournament from July 4 to 8. “I love coming to Spruce Meadows, we have real competition here,” said Lamaze, who

also prepares more experienced combinations for major championships.” As Fine Lady 5 is his intended mount for

CCI 1* division. She earned fourth place on Peter Barry’s seven-year-old Dutch Warm- blood gelding, Foreign Qual- ity (Warrant x Calvados) on an even score of 30.00; sixth with Barry’s six-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Vermont (Van Helsing x Heraldik XX) with a score of 31.20; seventh on her own six-year-old Hanoverian gelding, FE Golden Eye (Goldfever x Contendro I) with a score of 32.30; and eighth on Britt Roden’s nine-year-old Thor- oughbred-cross gelding, Rune Stone (sired by Amorex) on a score of 32.40. The Canadian commit-

ment to excellence was also recognized in the efforts of Loach’s groom, Janie Lussier. She was presented with the Best Groom Award in light of her exceptional efforts ready- ing Loach’s four mounts for competition, each of whom were impeccably presented and boasted maple leaf quar- ter marks. “I am very touched by

this,” said Lussier of her award. “It was definitely a team effort. I want to thank everyone who helped over the last few days: Brooke Massie; Britt Roden and Nick Moyer; Colleen’s mom and my groom number two, Maureen Lemay; Osama Alansari; and Marie-Gabrielle Bronsard.”

MARS Incorporated Bromont Three Day Event – Top 20 Canadian Re- sults

CCI 3* Placing / Athlete / Horse / Owner / Final Score 11th / Holly Jacks-Smither / More In- spiration / Bruce Smither and Holly Jacks-Smither / 76.50

CIC 2* Placing / Athlete / Horse / Owner / Final Score 1st / Jessica Phoenix / Bentley’s Best / The Bentley’s Best Group / 30.00 11th / Dasha Ivandaeva / Autorytet / Daria Ivandaeva / 47.60 12th / Samantha Elsenaar / Banbury Sky / Samantha Elsenaar / 48.40 16th / Jessica Phoenix / Humble GS / Charlotte Schickedanz / 73.40

CCI 2* Placing / Athlete / Horse / Owner / Final Score 3rd / Dana Cooke / FE Mississippi / Kingfisher Park / 33.60 4th / Shelby Brost / Crimson / Shelby Brost / 33.70 11th / Brandon McMechan / Oscar’s Wild / Brandon McMechan / 45.20

CCI 1* Placing / Athlete / Horse / Owner / Final Score 2nd / Holly Jacks-Smither / Candy King / Holly Jacks-Smither / 27.20 4th / Colleen Loach / Foreign Quality / Peter Barry / 30.00 6th / Colleen Loach / Vermont / Peter Barry / 31.20 7th / Colleen Loach / FE Golden Eye / Colleen Loach / 32.30 8th / Colleen Loach / Rune Stone / Britt Roden / 32.40 9th / Katlyn Hewson-Slezak / Fernhill Choco Royale / Katlyn Hewson- Slezak / 35.50 14th / Shelby Brost / Bo Brown / Shelby Brost / 38.60 16th / Jessica Phoenix / Wabbit / Jes- sica Phoenix / 40.90 18th / Jessica Ruppel / Hippique Abu / Jessica Ruppel / 41.30 20th / Holly Jacks-Smither / Finely Brewed / Holly Jacks-Smither / 43.10

is the all-time leading money winner at the Cal- gary venue. “It’s the only venue in Canada that I come to. This facility has been very good to me. And I love competing in front of our fans. It feels like home.” Lamaze will now have a week off from

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competition before returning to Calgary for the back-to-back Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’ and ‘North American’ tournaments. For more information on Eric Lamaze,

Eric Lamaze (right) hoists the $385,000 CSI5* ‘Continental’ Grand Prix trophy with Linda Southern Heathcott of Spruce Meadows. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media

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