Jill Irving & Degas Win Cedar Valley CDI3* Grand Prix Special With Personal Best Score in Campaign for World Games Team Start
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CEDAR VALLEY, Ontario, June 16, 2018–Jill Irving rode Degas won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday with a personal best score to enhance their prospects of making the Canadian team for the World Equestrian Games that if successful would be the first championship for the rider.
Jill and the 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding that she has partnered at Grand Prix for more than five years scored 72.681 per cent for the win, the first since a trio of victories in 2016. Jill, coached by Ashley Holzer, the Canadian Olympian who now rides for the United States, is popular on the Big Tour circuit in North America and in Europe where she competed last summer.
Megan Lane rode her Olympic mount Caravella to second placed on 71.468 per cent virtually insuring a shot at a second World Equestrian Games for the Canadian Olympic team combination. She and Caravella rode in the 2014 Games in Normandy.
Megan and the 17-year-old KWPN mare that have been partnered since youth divisions came a day after riding Zodiac MW to victory in the Grand Prix that could give her an option of either horse for the WEG in Tryon, North Carolina in September.
Diane Creech rode Diana C, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare (Damsey x Brentano II), to a personal best score of 70.809 per cent for third place and kept alive her chances of filling one of the four places on Canada’s WEG team. The horse that she owns with Louise Leatherdale is a daughter of Damsey, the stallion also owned by Louise that is competed by German Olympic team rider Helen Langehanenberg.
Brittany Fraser on All In, the Canadian combination ranked highest at No. 42 in the world, appears certain to be on the team. The pair did not compete at this second last CDI in Canada before the team is announced by the cutoff date of Aug. 13.
Olympian Belinda Trussell, also not competing here as Tattoo is recovering from a minor injury told dressage-news.com they will be back for the final event in Caledon, Ontario July 20-22 to continue her campaign for Tryon.