The luck of the Irish continues with Conor Swail taking tonight's
$33,000 MNP International Top Score Challenge as well as the $33,000
"The Brickenden Trophy" International Jumper Class this afternoon.
TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON won the
$20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup at the Royal Horse Show
tonight, dominating the Freestyle to Music with an outstanding score of
75.417 percent with partner Devon L.
From the moment the pair stepped into the ring, it was clear they would
be the ones to beat.
"Diane's horse was wonderful tonight," said Elizabeth McMullen, judge at
'C' this evening. "Lots of power, lots of rhythm. Last night they had
some trouble with the tempi changes but tonight it was superb. The
horse really makes you sit up and pay attention. He's just lovely."
Devon L pulled the whole package together tonight in the Freestyle,
showing good energy, engagement, self-carriage and fantastic
extensions. The one-tempi zig-zags were nearly flawless and although
they appeared to finish ahead of their music, Devon simply had a
presence which could not be overlooked.
"Nothing is hard for him in there," said a visibly emotional Creech
following the victory gallop. "He can do the moves and he has the
power. It's a pretty electric atmosphere and it's always a little wait
to see how he's going to react to the environment. He stayed really
focussed and I was really happy with that."
David Marcus and Chevri's Capital finished second with an overall mark
of 72.917%, narrowly topping Jacqueline Brooks and D'Niro's score of
72.042%. Evi Strasser took fourth, with 67.375%.
Tonight's horse show also featured the fun and exciting $33,000 MNP
International Top Score Challenge, where each jump is assigned a point
value, and riders have to plan their course to amass the maximum number
of points within the time allowed.
Once the pair have finished the course, they may opt to take the "Joker"
fence, which would either enhance their score by 200 points or diminish
it, should they have the rail down.
The format clearly suited Ireland's Conor Swail and his nimble little
mare Arista, as the pair flew across an incredible fourteen jumps plus
the Joker, accumulating a grand total of 1360 points. Not shabby for an
eight-year-old mare at her first international show, in her first class
of this nature.
"She's unbelievably careful," boasted Swail, sounding just like a proud
father. "It was honestly 'point point point point' and she just kept
springing around. This was all new to her tonight and I'm just so happy
with how she handled herself."
America's Laura Kraut was perhaps a little more structured with her
initial plan, and insisted she stuck to her plan "100%" - other than
the unfortunate lowering of the 80 point fence partway through her
"That rail was my undoing tonight," said Kraut. "Otherwise we would have
won handily. But it was a great class for her as she has been jumping
lots of Grand Prixs, and I think she really had a fun time tonight. The
fences were small and it was easy for her and she just loved it."
Belgium's Jos Verlooy slipped into third just behind Kraut, with a total
score of 1270 points.
Swail's Irish eyes must be smiling by now, as he also claimed top prize
in the matinee horse show's $33,000 "Brickenden Trophy" Class for
international jumpers, with Ariana.
The $50,000 Weston Canadian Open will take centre stage tomorrow night
in the Ricoh Coliseum. It will cap an evening performance schedule
which includes a majestic Percheron six-horse hitch class, an elegant
and historic Green Meadows coaching class and an appearance by Sylvia
Zerbini, former star of Cavalia, with her breathtaking "Liberte"
Horse Show tickets include full general admission and are available for
purchase at the Royal, including on the day of performance.
About the Royal Horse Show and 91st Royal Agricultural Winter Fair ~ A family tradition since 1922, the Royal Horse Show brings world-class
horses and riders from Canada, the U.S. and overseas, including Olympic
and World champions, to Toronto each November to compete for almost
$800,000 in prize money and prestigious titles. Over 850 horses of all
shapes and sizes participate in show jumping, dressage, indoor
eventing, driving, coaching and so much more, over the ten-days of
competition. Special features such as the President's Choice Animal
Theatre, the aMAZEing Food Journey, AG-tivity Central, Trade-Fair
shopping & educational events round out a day at The Royal. The Royal
remains a highlight of the Toronto fall social calendar, visited by
Royalty, politicians and horse-enthusiasts for generations. For
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$20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup - Freestyle to Music
Rider / Hometown / Horse / Overall Score
(Judge's marks available)
1. Diane Creech / Caistor Centre, ON / Devon L / 75.417%
2. David Marcus / Campbellville, ON / Chevri's Capital / 72.917%
3. Jacqueline Brooks / Mount Albert, ON / D'Niro / 74.042%
4. Evi Strasser / St. Adele, QC / Action Tyme / 67.375%
$33,000 MNP International Top Score Challenge
Rider / Hometown / Horse / Score
1. Conor Swail / Dublin, IRE / Arista / 1360
2. Laura Kraut / Middleburg, VA / Jubilee D'Ouilly / 1290
3. Jos Verlooy / BEL / The Pugilist / 1270
4. Tim Gredley / Suffolk, UK / Unex Annika B / 1250
5. Francois Mathy / BEL / Elvis Van De Vrunte / 1230
$33,000 "The Brickenden Trophy" International Jumper Class
Rider / Hometown / Horse / Time
1. Conor Swail / Dublin, IRE / Ariana / 32.06
2. Kent Farrington / Wellington, FL / Willow / 32.29
3. Ainsley Vince / Burlington, ON / Frieda / 34.82
4. Ian Millar / Perth, ON / 37.50
5. Francois Mathy / BEL / Elvis Van de Vrunte / 38.10
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Image with caption: "Diane Creech and Devon L had presence and expression to spare, taking first place in tonight's $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup Freestyle at the Royal Horse Show. Photo credit: Ben Radvanyi (CNW Group/The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131108_C5625_PHOTO_EN_33148.jpg
Image with caption: "Sylvia Zerbini, formerly of Cavalia, brings her "Liberte" act to the Royal Horse Show tomorrow and Saturday. Photo Credit: Ben Radvanyi (CNW Group/The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131108_C5625_PHOTO_EN_33149.jpg
Image with caption: "Ireland's Conor Swail captured tonight's $33,000 MNP International Top Score with Arista (here) as well as the $33,000 "Brickenden Trophy" International Jumper class this afternoon with Ariana. Photo Credit: Ben Radvanyi (CNW Group/The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131108_C5625_PHOTO_EN_33150.jpg
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