Jill Irving Rides Arthur to Personal Best Score to Win Ottawa CDI3* Grand Prix

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Jill Irving on Arthur. File photo. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

OTTAWA, Ontario, May 17, 2019–Jill Irving rode Arthur to a personal best score to win the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday as Canada’s top combinations vie for a place on the team for the Pan American Games two months away.

Jill and the 14-year-old Dutch gelding scored 72.435% for the win, the first Grand Prix score above 70% since starting Big Tour in February 2017. Jill is at the top of Canada’s Pan Am Big Tour standings on Degas that she competed on her nation’s team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last fall.

Megan Lane on Zodiac MW that she competed at the 2018 WEG placed second on 70.543% with Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of the Dominican Republic on Foco Loco W third on 70.130%.

The Games scheduled for Lima, Peru at the end of July are critical for Canada as the country needs to place in the top two–not including the U.S. that is already qualified–to earn a start at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Pan Am teams of four Big and Small Tour riders and horses must include at least one Grand Prix combination to qualify for Tokyo.

Canada has not announced the makeup of its team. Big Tour combinations will get bonus points at Lima, but the country has a strong lineup of Small Tour partnerships.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix
E: Prain – FRA H: Lopes – POR C: Umbach – LUX M: Nivelle – GER B: Bouwhuis – CAN
Rider Nat. Horse E H C M B Total Place
Irving, Jill CAN Arthur 73.696 70.978 73.043 73.370 71.087 72.435 1
Lane, Megan CAN Zodiac MW 70.109 68.478 71.630 72.065 70.435 70.543 2
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Foco Loco W 71.522 69.891 69.674 70.435 69.130 70.130 3
Moreira LalibertE, Naima CAN Statesman 69.022 69.348 69.783 68.043 68.261 68.891 4
Irwin, Tina CAN Fancy That 66.739 65.326 65.000 65.761 67.174 66.000 5
Brooks, Jacqueline CAN Westwood 5 66.087 65.870 66.848 65.543 63.696 65.609 6
Yarur, Virginia CHI Ronaldo 63.804 63.370 62.391 64.022 63.152 63.348
Strickland, Rachel USA Errolympic Ctwo 62.826 65.109 63.152 61.957 63.043 63.217
Deligdish, Micah ISR Destiny 62.391 61.522 64.022 62.391 62.391 62.543
Thomson, Melanie CAN Donnegan 60.652 62.826 61.957 60.217 61.739 61.478
Strasser, Evi CAN Disney Tyme 59.457 62.065 63.152 60.435 60.761 61.174
Konyer, Janet CAN Centaur Lf 56.196 61.522 58.913 57.283 61.196 59.022