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Lucy Deslauriers wins RBC Welcome at CSI3* Ottawa International

Friday, 21 July 2017
CSI3* Ottawa 2017

Photo (c) Ben Radvanyi Photography. Lucy Deslauriers and Hester. Photo (c) Ben Radvanyi Photography.

Lucy Deslauriers, 18, won the $40,000 RBC Open Welcome on Thursday, July 20, at the CSI3* Ottawa International Horse Show at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON.

An international starting field of 45 horse and rider combinations contested the track set by American course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio on the grass grand prix field, with 16 leaving all the jumps in place to advance to the tie-breaking jump-off.

Having been the first rider on course in the opening round, Deslauriers again returned first for the jump-off.  She and Hester (Wandor van de Mispeleare x Palestro vd Begijnakker) laid down another clear round in a time of 37.78 seconds that would prove to be unbeatable.  United States Equestrian Team veteran Jonathon McCrea, 44, came the closest to catching Deslauriers but finished more than a second off the pace, guiding Aristoteles V (Padinus x Lux) home in a time of 38.79 for second place.  Colombia’s Juan Manuel Gallego was also clear in a time of 41.20 seconds riding Coulash van de Broy Z (Cadence vt Gelutt x Lys de Darmen) to finish third.

“Hester really thrives on grass fields,” said Deslauriers of the12-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by her mother, Lisa Deslauriers.  “He has a huge stride, so I try to use that to my advantage where I can.  I let him roll and then bring him back right in front of the jumps.  He’s been jumping on grass for the last several weeks now, and he’s feeling great.”

This year’s CSI3* Ottawa International Horse Show marks Deslauriers’ first time competing in Ottawa in almost a decade. The last time the young rider showed at Wesley Clover Parks, it was in the pony divisions. “It was probably nine years ago that I was here showing ponies,” said Deslauriers, the daughter of 1984 World Cup Final winner Mario Deslauriers who also competed alongside his daughter, placing sixth and seventh with Bardolina 2 and Westbrook, respectively.  “It’s so cool to be back, because the last time I was here, it was such a different experience for me.  We’re happy to be here, and I’m really happy to come out with a win.”

Source: Press release from Ottawa International Horse Show / Photo (c) Ben Radvanyi Photography. 

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