Freestyle Victory for Jacqueline Brooks at CDI-W Blainville

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Jacqueline Brooks and Gran Gesto. © 2009
Jacqueline Brooks and Gran Gesto. © 2009

BLAINVILLE, Quebec, Canada, June 28–Jacqueline Brooks and her 2008 Olympic mount Gran Gesto won the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W before hundreds of spectators in a Saturday night Freestyle Gala at Blainville Equestrian Park.

Brooks of Mount Albert, Ontario and Gran Gesto powered their way to victory in the FEI World Cup North American League. Brooks rode to her signature music from the feature film ‘Alexander.’ One of the freestyle’s highlights is a full circle of one-tempi flying changes.

“How great is that!” said Brooks whose score was 72.55 per cent. “After the Olympics, I’ve been working to get him to the next level, and I’m really proud of him for stepping up.”

Brooks also placed third in the Freestyle with the 10-year-old Canadian-bred gelding, Balmoral, who received a score of 69.70 per cent.

“I’m really excited about his results tonight, too,” Brooks said at the conclusion of the back-to-back CDI-W Blainville Summer Classic and CDI-W Blainville International Classic that are Canada’s largest annual international dressage competitions..

Despite technical difficulties which delayed the start of her music, Cheryl Meisner of Blandford, Nova Scotia, and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Paganini, owned by John Risley, put in a strong performance to dramatic music by the Croatian pianist, Maksim and they placed second on 71.85 per cent.

Earlier in the day, Ute Busse of Breslau, Ontario, rode Lindor’s Finest, a 12-year-old gelding by the Thoroughbred sire, Eastern Ruler, to first place in the Grand Prix Special with a score of 64.833 per cent.

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