Flameng and Roxanne celebrate victory in the $60,000 Grand
Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup Qualifier at the CSI-W Blainville
Jumping International in Blainville, QC.
Photo credit Cealy Tetley
Olympian Eric Flameng Flies to Finish in $60,000 Grand Prix
du Quebec at CSI-W Blainville Jumping International
Quebec --- Belgian Olympian Eric Flameng emerged victorious
in the $60,000 Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup Qualifier
held Sunday, July 11, to cap off the CSI-W Blainville Jumping
International in Blainville, QC.
a starting field of 22 riders, five mastered the track set
by Belgian course designer Eugene Mathy to advance to the
jump-off. First to challenge, Chris Pratt stopped the timers
at 41.14 seconds in the jump-off, a time that would prove
to be the fastest, but a rail down cost the 35-year-old rider
from Terra Cotta, ON, four faults. Pratt was aboard the 9-year-old
Dutch Warmblood gelding, Markant, for owner Susan Grange and
would finish in eventual third place.
White, 21, of Cambridge, ON, was the next to challenge riding Arriscraft
Cassius owned by Randy White and Elinor Ratcliffe. After incurring
eight faults, White slowed up to bring the promising eight-year-old
Oldenburg gelding home in a time of 51.29 seconds, a result that
would put him in fifth position.
Vince was next in the ring in an attempt to defend the title won
in 2003 riding Catch 22. Mounted on Uno, a horse purchased this
winter, Vince posted the first double clear in a time of 45.58 seconds.
next challenger, Summer Bruington of Texas who trains with Canadian
Olympian Beth Underhill, incurred four faults on course riding VDL
Mercedes, leaving Vince in the top position with just one challenger
always, the final rider on the course has the advantage, and Flameng
made good use of it. Riding Roxanne, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood
mare, Flameng managed to post a clear round in a time of 43.15 seconds
to take the victory and an $18,000 paycheque.
was lucky to be the last rider, and Ainsley is always hard to beat,
noted Flameng, a native of Belgium who makes his summer home near
Ste-Adele, QC. My horse has a long stride, and I believe she
has everything to become a real superstar.
has been competing on the summer circuit in Quebec for many years,
but Blainville marked his first World Cup Qualifier win. A professional
rider, Flameng represented Belgium at the 1996 Olympic Games in
Atlanta and has also been a member of the Belgian Show Jumping Team
at the European Championships as well as numerous Nations
disappointed to finish second, Vince, 27, was optimistic about the
development of her horse, Uno, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood
gelding purchased for her this winter in Florida by the KMA Group.
horse has been so good, he has been in the jump-off in every class
hes entered in this week, noted the two-time Canadian
Show Jumping Champion. This was only his second World Cup
Qualifier, and I just wanted to be fast enough to put the pressure
on the two horses still to follow in the jump-off. We were beaten,
but sometimes it goes that way.
35, had claimed victory in Wednesdays Open Jumper competition
as well as Saturdays $20,000 Desjardins Challenge, but a win
eluded him in the $60,000 Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup
hindsight, maybe I didnt have to go quite so fast, but I love
to go fast, the horse loves to go fast, and maybe I just got greedy!
laughed Pratt. He was ready to win today, but going first
you never know what can happen.
total of 10 horses had four faults to keep them out of the jump-off,
tying them for sixth position under International Equestrian Federation
$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.
more information, please contact Blainville International at tel:
(450) 434-8202, fax: (450) 434-8209, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup Qualifier Final Results
Rider Hometown Horse Faults Time
1. Eric Flameng Belgium Roxanne 0:0 43.15
2. Ainsley Vince Milton, ON Uno 0:0 45.58
3. Chris Pratt Terra Cotta, ON Markant 0:4 41.14
4. Summer Bruington United States VDL Mercedes 0:4 46.81
5. Keean White Cambridge, ON Arriscraft Cassius 0:8 51.29