Pratt Claims $20,000 Challenge Desjardins Modified Grand Prix
at the CSI-W Blainville Jumping International in Blainville,
Photo credit Cealy Tetley
Pratt Claims $20,000 Desjardins Challenge at CSI-W Blainville
Blainville, Quebec --- Chris Pratt claimed the $20,000 Challenge
Desjardins Modified Grand Prix held Saturday at the CSI-W
Blainville Jumping International in Blainville, QC.
total of 19 contenders took to the grand prix field in an
attempt to win the $20,000 Desjardins Challenge with six advancing
to the jump-off over the test set by course designer Eugene
Mathy of Belgium.
Ballard and Rios Rhapsody, a grey Canadian-bred mare by Rio
Grande, were the first to return, but two rails down gave them a
total of eight faults. Current Canadian Show Jumping Champion Eric
Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, was the next rider to take to the field
riding Hickstead, the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned
by Torrey Pines and Ashland Farms. Again, two rails fell, but Lamaze
was able to post a time of 44.63 seconds that would prove to be
the fastest of the day to earn fourth place.
rider Eric Flamengs strategy was to go slow and steady with
Mazelle, leaving all of the rails up but in a slower time of 49.33
seconds. Hometown hopes were riding on Nathalie Mathers-Sadovic
of St-Eustache, QC, but again eight rails fell as she attempted
the jump-off with Zizou.
Pratt of Terra Cotta, ON, had got the Blainville Jumping International
off to a good start by winning Wednesdays Open Jumper competition
and was a strong favourite coming into the $20,000 Desjardins Challenge.
Riding Mustique, a seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Indoctro,
Pratt was fast and efficient, easily clearing every hurdle in a
time of 47.05 seconds.
to challenge, 21-year-old Jenny Jones of South Carolina, who had
won Thursdays Power and Speed competition, also put in a faultless
performance riding Lyon for owner Torrey Pines, but her time of
48.23 seconds was not fast enough to catch Pratt.
course was tricky in places, noted Pratt, 35. My mare
is very clever, despite only being seven, and shes so willing
to do her job. This is the biggest course she has ever jumped, but
she is so laid-back about it all, thats what makes her good.
tell you, I am the most fortunate guy in the world, continued
Pratt, who picked up a $6,000 winners cheque for owner Sue
Grange of Cheltenham, ON. I have great horses, a fantastic
owner, and excellent support staff. It is really nice to be able
to focus and concentrate all of my efforts on training horses.
will now be concentrating his efforts on Sundays $60,000 Grand
Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup Qualifier at 2 p.m. when he will
compete with two horses, Markant and Rivendell. His toughest competition
may come from defending champion, Ainsley Vince of Milton, ON, who
will ride three horses in her attempt to defend the title.
$60,000 Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup Qualifier will be
broadcast in French on Sunday, August 1 at 2 p.m. on RDS, and in
English on Saturday, August 7 at 2 p.m. on Global television.
just north of Montreal, Blainville Equestrian Park features a variety
of attractions that ensure family members enjoy their visit. For
more information, please contact Blainville International at tel:
(450) 434-8202, fax: (450) 434-8209, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
$20,000 Challenge Desjardins Modified Grand Prix Final Results
Rider Hometown Horse Faults Time
1. Chris Pratt Terra Cotta, ON Mustique 0:0 47.05
2. Jenny Jones Marion, SC Lyon 0:0 48.23
3. Eric Flameng Belgium Mazelle 0:0 49.33
4. Eric Lamaze Schomberg, ON Hickstead 0:8 44.63
5. Erynn Ballard Hornby, ON Rios Rhapsody 0:8 47.54
6. Nathalie Mathers-Sadovic St-Eustache, QC Zizou 0:8 49.85