Impressive Showing for Canadian Eventers at CIC Poplar Place in Georgia

Ottawa, Ont., March 23, 2015 — Canadian eventers braved the wet conditions and put on an impressive showing at the Poplar Place Farm March Horse Trial, March 19-22, in Hamilton, Ga., with seven Canadians cracking the top 10 across the CIC1*, CIC2* and CIC3* divisions.

Cody Sturgess of Port Perry, Ont. was the highest ranked Canadian in the CIC3* division, finishing

seventh aboard his 12-year-old Thoroughbred mare, Imperial Melody. The pair were sitting in 14th following a difficult stadium round, but rallied with a double clear cross country performance.

“Unfortunately we had two rails in the stadium jumping,” explained Sturgess. “We had changed her bit to get ready for Rolex and it just didn’t work. The only way you’re going to know what works and what doesn’t is to try, so now we’ll go back to the drawing board.”

He added, “The cross country was brilliant. We had the only double clear of the CIC3*. I’m sitting on one of the best cross country horses in North America. She’s a really good galloper and a great jumper. I’m incredibly fortunate. She performed amazingly well considering all the rain we had made the footing deep, heavy and slick.”

In the CIC2* it was Katlyn Hewson of Minden, Ont., taking home top honours for Canada. She and Fernhill Cascum Marco, her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, put in solid performances across all three phases to finish fourth.

Canadians Karl Slezak of East Caledon, Ont., Lesley Grant-Law, currently based in Ocala, Fla., and Kyle Carter, also based in Florida, also competed in the CIC2* division, with all three finishing in the top 10.

Emily Thompson of East Gwillimbury, Ont., was the top-ranked Canadian out of all divisions at Poplar Place after finishing second in the CIC1* division aboard Paddington, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Connemara cross gelding owned by Lisa Thompson. Sitting in first heading into cross country, Thompson ended the final phase with no jumping faults, but unfortunately, wet conditions slowed her down. Her eight time penalties meant she would finish just behind American Lily Barlow and Grayboo.

Fellow Canadian Kendal Lehari of Uxbridge, Ont., claimed third riding Grand Optimist, her six-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. The pair also took home the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) High Point Award for the CIC1* division.

Top Canadian Results at 2015 CIC Poplar Place Farm March Horse Trial

CIC3* Division
Placing / Rider / Horse / Score
7th / Cody Sturgess / Imperial Melody / 73.90
11th / Karl Slezak / Yoshi / 82.40
13th / Kyle Carter / Madison Park / 83.00

CIC2* Division
Placing / Rider / Horse / Score
4th / Katlyn Hewson / Fernhill Cascum Marco / 60.90
6th / Karl Slezak / Fernhill Dutch Design / 65.50
9th / Lesley Grant-Law / What Law / 71.30
10th / Kyle Carter / Cooley Nothing Better B / 72.60
13th / Diana Burnett / Bonner’s Chief II / 75.40
14th / April Simmonds / Quebec NZPH / 75.90
18th / Sarah Wilson / Ovation W / 87.10

CIC1* Division
Placing / Rider / Horse / Score
2nd / Emily Thompson / Paddington / 48.80
3rd / Kendal Lehari / Grand Optimist / 49.30

For complete results and further information on the CIC Poplar Place Farm March Horse Trial, click here.

Scott Harrigan
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