Belinda Trussell & Anton Post Personal Best to Win Ottawa CDI3* Grand Prix, Chris von Martels & Divertimento 2nd
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OTTAWA, Ontario, May 20, 2016–Belinda Trussell and Anton logged a personal best score to win the Ottawa Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Friday to increase their lead for a start at the summer Olympics Games while Chris von Martels on Divertimento broke 70 per cent for the first time in a Grand Prix to strengthen the pair chances of filling Canada’s second slot.
Belinda and Anton, a 16-year-old Sachs gelding, posted a winning score of 73.780 per cent, that upped the total that has the pair atop Canada’s Olympic standings based on best Grand Prix and Special results.
Belinda and Anton, partnered at Grand Chris for seven years, rode on Canada’s teams at the 2010 and 2014 World Games and at last year’s Pan American Games earned an individual start for her country at Rio de Janeiro in August.
Chris von Martels and the 14-year-old Westfalen gelding that he began competing just four months ago scored 70.120 per cent for second place while Megan Lane on Caravella, also on Canada;s 2014 World Games, team were third on 69.920 per cent.
Chris von Martels, Canadian Equestrian Athlete of 2015, came to an arrangement with Swedish owner Lövsta Stuteri to campaign Divertimento that had been trained and competed by six-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson–Silfvén.
With just over five weeks to go to the July 4 deadline to qualify for one of the two individual Olympic spots available to Canada, the race is tight for the second start with Chris and Divertimento, Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri and Megan and Caravella bunched on 69-plus.