Brittany Fraser & All In Win Cedar Valley CDI1* Prix St. Georges
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
Brittany Fraser and All In posted the highest score in almost two years to win the CDI1* Prix St. Georges at Cedar Valley, Ontario Friday, the second last qualifying competition for Canada’s Pan American Games team that will be a mix of Big and Small Tour combinations.
Brittany and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding scored 72.368 per cent for the victory with fellow Canadians Diane Creech on Hallmark second on 70.044 per cent and Leslie Reid on Fine and Smart third on 69.035 per cent.
Diane on Robbie W leads the Equine Canada standings with an average of 72.489 for the required four scores from Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1 with Chris von Martels on Zilverstar second with 72.408. Belinda Trussell on Tattoo is third on 71.186 but she also leads the Big Tour rankings on Anton
Brittany, who had held All In at small tour instead of moving up to Grand Prix to seek to make her first senior Canadian championship team, moved up to No. 4 from sixth place after the Palgrave CDI two weeks ago.
Canada scheduled three international shows this month–the last will be next weekend–with an eye to the Pan Ams that will be held in Toronto in mid-July with a single team starting place at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro up for grabs.
The United States sent most of its top Big and Small Tour combinations to Europe where they will compete through the first week of June. Big Tour combinations receive a bonus of 1.5 per cent for the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special that make up the team competition–heavily favoring the United States. The two highest scoring Grand Prix partnerships in the Americas are Steffen Peters of San Diego, California on Legolas and Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida on Verdades.
For Brittany Fraser, a member of the highest placed Canadian team at the 2007 North American Young Rider Championship, All In has kept the rider now 26 years old, in the spotlight.
In 2013, the first year at international level, the pair logged 10 first or second places in 17 starts. All In was competed at Grand Prix in national shows at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington at the beginning of this year.
But in consultation with her trainer, Ashley Holzer, she opted to remain at small tour and returned to the CDI small tour arena in Florida in March.
She moved back to Toronto in May to base herself with Jacqueline Brooks who works with Brittany when Ashley is not available.
All In has been very consistent.
“Every time we go in the ring,” she told dressage-news.com, “he always does his best.”
“To be on a team in our first major games on home soil would be awesome.”
Brittany is scheduled to go train with Ashley in New York for the month of June.