Jacqueline Brooks & Gran Gesto Win Back-to-Back World Cup Qualifiers

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Jacqueline Brooks and Gran Gesto at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

MILTON, Ontario, June 26–Jacqueline Brooks and Gran Gesto, a partnership that has made a reality of “every team dream,” won their second straight World Cup qualifier in two weeks when they claimed the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Milton International Classic Sunday.

Jacquie and the 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Grannox, who had not won a class in two years before last week, were first with fellow Canadian Victoria Winter on Proton second and Susan Dutta of Wellington, Florida, on Manette third. (Scores were not available due to technical difficulties at Milton)

The pair won the Milton Summer Classic CDI-W last week, the first of the only two North American League World Cup qualifiers in Canada for the 2012 Final to be held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, next April.

In their Grand Prix career, Jacqueline and Gran Gesto have been selected for Canadian teams for the 2003 Pan American Games, the 2006 World Equestrian Games at Aachen. Germany, the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2007 and the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as dozens of international competitions up to CDI5* in Canada and the United States.

“I think there are very few, if any other horses that have made all five,” she said.

She rode to her familiar freestyle choreographed to music from the movie Alexander.

“I have no real plans with Sam,” she told dressage-news.com after the awards ceremony.

“He is 16 this year and has made every team dream a reality for me.

“For now, I’ll compete him as long as he is fresh and willing. And when he decides he’s had enough, I have a nice big field at the farm for him to retire to.

“But judging from the last two weeks, I think we are still a little away from that.”

Susan Dutta and Currency DC withdrew from their Freestyle ride when the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Clintino sustained a stone bruise that caused the horse to jump and gashed one of his legs.

The horse was taken to Canada specially for this competition in hopes of getting an early start on earning World Cup scores and has competed in Europe and the U.S. since starting Grand Prix 15 months ago, was receiving marks around 80 per cent when he stepped on a stone.

Tim Dutta, Susan’s husband and whose Dutta Corp., owns Currency, said Susie was “devastated” though the horse looks to have suffered no long term effects.

“We are very, very disappointed,” he told dressage-news.com. “This is a lesson we will never forget. We will never again take one of our horses to a show where we are not confident that the footing is world class.”