Jacquie Brooks & D Niro Top Blainville CDI3* Grand Prix, Special in Last Canadian Olympic Team Qualifier
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Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro posted victories in the Grand Prix and the Olympic Grand Prix Special Friday at Dressage@Blainville CDI3*, the last Olympic team qualifying competition in Canada and appeared to earn the pair a ticket to London. Pia Fortmüller made a last-ditch effort to get into contention by winning the Grand Prix at Lipica, Slovenia.
Jacquie and the 13-year-old gray Swedish Warmblood gelding scored 68.356 per cent in the Special in a virtual repeat of the top placings in the Grand Prix Thursday when they were awarded 69.023 per cent.
Diane Creech and Devon L finished second in the Special on 67.489 per cent, as they did in the Grand Prix with 67.596 per cent and David Marcus and Don Kontes were third in both classes, 66.868 per cent in the Special and 67.447 per cent in the Grand Prix.
Pia and Orion won the Lipica World Cup qualifier Friday with a score of 68.617 per cent in their last shot before the June 17 deadline for scores, but may not be enough to raise her average to win a team spot.
There was no repetition in Friday’s Special of the wide disparities in scores that showed for the top combinations from the five judges in the Grand Prix.
Jacquie and D Niro have displayed a consistency this year that has placed the pair fourth on Canada’s Olympic rankings with an average of 69.023 for the required two best Grand Prix and two best Grand Prix Special results.
Canada’s Olympic rankings place Jacquie’s 2008 Olympic team mate, Ashley Holzer, first and second with Breaking Dawn on 71.572 and Pop Art with 71.372, respectively. David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital is in third on 69.873.
After Jacquie and D Niro is Diane and Devon L with an average of 68.796 and then Pia and Orion who have been competing in Europe with an average of 68.068. No other Canadian combinations fulfilled all the requirements.
Canada qualified a team of three combinations for the London Olympics beginning July 27 with a silver medal victory at the Pan American Games last October.