|Blainville, QC October 3, 2014 — The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a sanctioned Equine Canada competition. This team event offers athletes the opportunity to test their skills against their peers from across Canada.
Quebec Starts Off the Competition On a High Note
The athletes showcased their working gates at the trot and canter, lengthening of stride and leg yields. Taking first place was Juliette C. Barolet of Team Quebec aboard Linda Robert’s 14-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding Docaprio L. The pair articulated each movement with finesse and demonstrated their abilities beautifully for their final score 71.081%. Close behind from Team Ontario was Jessie Palmer and Mercedes Bendz, her eight-year-old Thoroughbred Cross mare, with 69.459%. In third with 68.784% was Mathilde Caron-Jacques of Team Quebec and Dancing Queen, her 10-year-old Thoroughbred Oldenburg cross.
“I wasn’t expecting to get first place,” said Barolet. “I’m so proud of my horse and I couldn’t have planned for a better ride. It’s really fun being with the team. It’s really nice having the support.”
Place / Rider / Hometown / Horse / Score
1st / Juliette C. Barolet / Rodemère, QC / Docaprio L / 71.081%
2nd / Jessie Palmer /Odessa, ON / Mercedes Bendz / 69.459%
3rd / Mathilde Caron-Jacques / La Prairie, QC / Dancing Queen / 68.784%
4th / Carson Beinder / Port Coquitlam, BC / Magic Breeze* / 67.297%
5th / Loni Atwood / Gander, NL / Whisper III / 66.351%
6th / Courtney Palleson / Surrey, BC / Brio Du Domaine* / 66.081%
7th / Maggie Zinck / Mcleod Hill, NB / Figaro CB / 65.405%
8th / Lisa Schultz / Surrey, BC / Dances In Andante* / 65.27%
9th / Madelaine Russell / Dieppe, NB / Tango / 64.865%
10th / Erica Mackeen / Tatamagouche, NS / Sorrel Sunrise / 64.73%
“Juliette was wonderful. We are so proud of her and the horse. The horse was on the job today. It was a really good day for her,” commented Team Quebec’s chef d’équipe, Marie-Claire Savard.
In the lead for first place in the team competition is Team Quebec with 139.865%. Team British Columbia has 132.567% for second and Team New Brunswick is in third with 130.270%.
Tomorrow, dressage will begin the day at 8:00 a.m. EDT as the same riders will come back to the ring to perform the First Level Test 3. On Sunday, they will return to complete the weekend with a second chance to take on the First Level Test 3.
|Juliette C. Barolet and Docaprio L at the 2014 CIEC in Blainville, QC.
Photo Credit: Eve-Lyne Ouellet Photography
Race Against the Clock for the CIEC Jumper Welcome Class
Taking on Herbert Loeffler’s course were 27 jumpers for the CIEC Welcome. The course demanded control and skill with two combinations throughout the course and multiple track options. With a double clear round and a jump off time of only 38.49, Stéphanie Bourassa of Team Quebec took home first place riding Whisper-O, her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Accuracy and speed kept them in first place after being only third in the ring. Team mate, Emmanuelle Roscio was a half second behind with her six-year-old RPSI mare, EWSZs Jolita, who clocked in at 38.72 in the jump off for second. A double clear round and a jump off time of 40.88 earns Abigail Bibbings of Team Ontario and her 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Mayreau, third place.
“I came out with the goal to go clear and have fun,” remarked Bourassa on her first experience at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships. “Finishing first is really cool and so exciting. Being a part of a team is so fun. Everyone is nice and support. The team spirit is fantastic.”
Place / Rider / Hometown / Horse
1st / Stéphanie Bourassa / Laval, QC / Whisper-O
2nd / Emmanuelle Ruscio / Laval, QC / EWSZ’s Jolita
3rd / Abigail Bibbings / London, ON / Mayreau
4th / Paige Hodson / Casa Rio, SK / Run Forest Run*
5th / Alex Jamael / Mactaquac, NB / Raphaella M
6th / Sam Walker / Nobleton, ON / Winnipeg Jet
7th / Molly Smith / Island View, NB / Ballorig
8th / Nicole Osmond / Widsor, NS / Halentino
9th / Nikki Snazel / Uxbridge, ON / What Ever Man
10th / Heather Brodsky / Saskatoon, SK / Alias*
“It was a great round for Stéphanie. They rode the course really well. I’m sure they will come out tomorrow and be really strong again. She has that competitive spirit,” said Team Quebec’s chef d’equipe, Marie-Claire Savard.
Currently with 29 points Team Quebec is in first place for the team competition. Team Ontario and New Brunswick are tied for second with 20 points, and Team Saskatchewan has 18 points for third.
The jumpers will complete the CIEC Speed round on day two of the competition at 8:00 a.m. EDT. On October 5th, the jumpers will finish the event with the CIEC Mini Prix Jumper class.
|Stéphanie Bourassa and Whisper-O at the 2014 CIEC in Blainville, QC.
Photo Credit: Eve-Lyne Ouellet Photography.
Sliding stops and spins generated excitement as 15 reiners took on their first run in the Blainville Equestrian Park arena. Demonstrating controlled spins, long lopes and skilful slides, Geneviève Côté of Team Quebec and Captain Whizy Jack, Audrey Ann Bergeron’s six-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, earned 70.5 points for first place. Kimberly Audet and Meghan Côté of Team Quebec, Rhonas Thomson of Team Nova Scotia and Amanda Peters of Team Ontario gave it their all as they went out to complete their run. With different strengths they each earned competitive scores and tied for second with 69.5 points.
Excited to be at her inaugural CIEC, Côté said, “My run was good, and I’m so proud of my horse. It’s different being at a competition in a team environment. We are all a team with the jumpers and dressage riders, and that’s really cool.”
Place / Rider / Hometown / Horse / Score
1st / Geneviève Côté / St-Jean Chrysostone, QC / Captain Whizy Jack / 70.5
2nd / Kimberly Audet / Fleurimont, QC / Dun It In Whiz / 69.5
2nd / Meghan Côté / St-Jean Chrysostone, QC / Top Meg Boogies / 69.5
2nd / Rhonas Thomson / Trenton, NS / Sumac Royal Theory / 69.5
2nd / Amanda Peters / Port Perry, ON / Clays Peppy Train / 69.5
6th / Stéphanie Aubut / L’Ange-Gardien, QC / Smart Custom Star / 69
7th / Kathy Furtado / Pefferlaw, ON / She’s A Great Deal / 68.5
8th / Hannah MacQuarrie / New Glasgow, NS / Robs Last Twisth / 68
8th / Raelyn Serhan / Hudson Bay, SK / A Gun Deal* / 68
10th / Carol Weiler / Saskatoon, SK / Rowdy Flashy Lass* / 67.5
Ecstatic to have her team’s athletes in top positions, Team Quebec’s chef d’equipe, Marie-Claire Savard said, “I was so impressed. They are terrific girls and they performed good patterns. I am so happy for them all.”
Team Quebec is currently in the lead for the team competition with 140 points, with Team Ontario close behind with 138 points and Nova Scotia in third with 137.5 points.
Tomorrow they will return to the arena at 12:15 p.m. EDT for their second run and finish their weekend with a third pattern on Sunday.
|Geneviève Côté and Captain Whizy Jack at the 2014 CIEC in Blainville, QC.
Photo Credit: Dieter Wahr Equine Photography