Diane Creech & Robbie Win Palgrave CDI3* Int. 1, Brittany Fraser & All In 2nd
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PALGRAVE, Ontario, May 9, 2015–Diane Creech on Robbie W won the Intermediate 1 at the Spring Into Dressage CDI3* Saturday while runnerup Brittany Fraser and All In displayed the form that extended their success on the Florida winter circuit to put them in contention for a place on Canada’s Pan American Games team.
Diane and the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding that are the second ranked Canadian combination at small tour scored 71.368 per cent.
Brittany and All In placed second on 70.395 per cent Saturday, their fith straight top four finish at small tour in the past two months, beginning on the highly competitive Florida winter circuit and leading to this final stage of Pan Am qualifying competitions.
Brittany and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, No. 6 on the Equine Canada Pan Am small tour rankings before this weekend, placed third on a score of 69.000 per cent in the Prix St. Georges Friday.
Shannon Dueck, the Florida-based Canadian, was third with 70.026 per cent on Cantaris.
Two more shows are scheduled for Ontario this month to complete the year-long qualifying to decide the team for the Pan Ams to be held here in mid-July. The Pan Ams of a unique format of mixed Big and Small Tour teams are for continental championship honors and for one nation to win a team slot at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Megan Lane on Caravella who is No. 2 on the Big Tour rankings behind Belinda Trussell and Anton won the Intermediate Freestyle Saturday scoring 73.350 per cent, Lauren Sammis of South Orange, New Jersey on Whitman second on 69.725 per cent and Evi Strasser on Renaissance Tyme third on 67.450 per cent. Freestyle results do not count for Pan Am team qualifying.
For Brittany Fraser, a member of the highest placed Canadian team at the 2007 North American Young Rider Championship, All In has kept the rider now 26 years old, in the spotlight.
In 2013, the first year at international level, the pair logged 10 first or second places in 17 starts. All In shared Brittany’s 2014 competition schedule with Countess, a Danish Warmblood mare, that she competed at Grand Prix in Canada and the United States.
Brittany and All In began 2015 competing at Grand Prix in national shows at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. In three starts over a month, the pair scored as high as 69 per cent.
However, with Ashley Holzer, her trainer, she opted to remain at small tour. The pair returned to the CDI small tour arena in Florida in March to seek to earn a place on the Pan Am team.