Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON, led a large contingent of Canadian competitors at the CCI 2*/CCI 1* Ocala Horse Properties International Thee Day Event held April 11-14, 2013 at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL. Phoenix took three of the top ten spots in the CCI 2* division.
Partnered with Erodium, Kirk Hoppner’s 12-year-old warmblood cross gelding, Phoenix finished in third place on their dressage score of 48.4, just 1.2 points behind the winner. She guided Patras VR, her 12-year-old Canadian bred Trakehner stallion, to fifth place with a score of 51.3 and finished ninth with Don Leschied’s eight-year-old Canadian thoroughbred cross mare, A Little Romance, on a score of 54.8.
Finishing in sixth place in the CCI 2* division on a final score of 51.7 was Kyle Carter of Calgary, AB, now residing in Sparr, FL, partnered with FR’s Trust Fund, his and Riley Carter’s seven-year-old Thoroughbred cross gelding. Lesley Grant-Law of Toronto, ON, now residing in Sparr, FL, and, What Law, her eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, placed 10th on a score of 57.8 while Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, ON, and the nine-year-old Canadian Sport Horse Esprit de la Danse mare owned by Arianna Hustler, finished on a final score of 57.9 for 11th place.
Dana Carlin who currently resides in Ocala, FL, and Domestic Dispute, her 10-year-old Thoroughbred cross gelding, were the top ranking Canadian pair in the CCI1* division placing third on a score of 49.3. Close behind Carlin finishing in fourth place was Waylon Roberts and Yarrow, Kelly Plitz’s six-year-old Canadian warmblood gelding, on a final score of 49.9. Jordan McDonald of Oakville, ON, on Amanda and Jorge Bernhard’s seven-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Prince Mayo, placed sixth with 53.1 while Young Rider, Hanna Bundy of Toronto, ON, rode D’Jion, her 11-year-old Canadian bred gelding, to a seventh place finish on a score of 54.3.
“Domestic Dispute was such a good boy all weekend; he really made my job easy. Getting third place in such a large and competitive field was a great achievement for us and it’s a direct reflection of the amazing coaching we get from Leslie and Lesley Law. They were with me every step of the way this weekend; I couldn’t ask for better trainers. We’ll now aim for a two star in the fall,” said Carlin “Equiventures really put on a fantastic event. It was so well-organized and a pleasure to be at. Many thanks to all the generous sponsors. I can’t wait to compete in this event again next year!”
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