|Ottawa, Ont. Feb. 25, 2015 – Lesley Grant-Law kicked off her 2015 eventing season as the top-placed Canadian in the CIC2* division at the Pine Top Advanced CIC2*, CIC1* Horse Trials, held Feb. 20-22, 2015 in Thomson, Ga.
Grant-Law, who is currently based in Ocala, Fla., took second place in the CIC2* aboard What Law, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding sired by Mill Law she co-owns with her husband, Leslie Law.
| The pair started out by earning a score of 43.1 penalties in dressage, which put them into an early third place. After completing show jumping with one rail for an added four penalties, they held onto their third place position on a two-round total of 47.1 penalties.
To wrap up the event on Feb. 22, Grant-Law and What Law took on Pine Top’s freshly designed cross country course, conceived by renowned Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event course designer, Derek di Grazia. They incurred no jumping penalties, and added just six time penalties for a final score of 53.1, moving them up to a final second place position.
Finishing close behind Grant-Law in fourth place was Ian Roberts of Port Perry, Ont. and Faolan, Kelly Plitz’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding sired by Captain Clover. After completing their dressage test with 53.5 penalties, they had just one rail down in show jumping, bringing their score to 57.5 penalties. A foot-perfect cross country phase allowed them to finish on their show jumping score.
In fifth place was Stuart Black, a Canadian who currently resides in Weatherford, Texas. Black finished on a score of 60.7 riding Tre’ du Kernat (Jeff D’Or X Remus Des Isles), an eight-year-old selle francais gelding owned by Orin Tre’ Book. Katlyn Hewson of Minden Ont. rounded out the top 10 after riding Fernhill Cascum Marco (Shannondale Sarco ST Ghyvan X Sails Away), her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, to a final score of 72.5 penalties.
Paired with Arctic Law, Karl Slezak of Tottenham, Ont. scored 80.8 penalties for 14th, while Matthew Kidney of Woodlawn, Ont. finished in 22nd place (105.3) riding Iceman.
In the CIC1* division, Shawn Ferguson of Caledon, Ont. took sixth place aboard Cruising Guy (Loughehoe Guy X Cruising), his seven-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. The pair were tied for third place after earning 46.3 penalties for their dressage test. They dropped to 12th place after incurring 12 jumping penalties in show jumping, but make a remarkable comeback after adding no jumping and 15.6 time penalties in cross country for a final score of 73.9 penalties.
More information and complete results from the Pine Top Advanced CIC2*, CIC1* Horse Trials results can be found here.