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Leslie Reid is at the Top of the Class at Thunderbird

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The first CDI3* in British Columbia opened today with exciting competition on the lovely grounds of Thunderbird Show Park. This competition is the meeting ground for all the West Coast Pan Am Games hopefuls, with an opportunity to gain qualifying scores on home turf in front of the esteemed ground jury of Lois Yukins (FEI 4*, USA), Marian Cunningham (4*, PER), Gabriel Armando (4*, ARG), Michael Osinski (3*, USA), and Sandra Hotz (3*, USA). Jessica Wisdom and North Forks Cardi placed first in the Grand Prix test, with 67.440% with a solid and charismatic test. The Welsh Cob stallion, who won the U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championships last year, came into the ring with a look-at-me attitude, and he was certainly a pleasure to watch.Jessica commented “I am excited for my ride today – it was our first CDI Grand Prix win! We were able to hold on to the power and energy throughout the ride. A few mistakes happened because he was so “on”, but overall we reached our goals. This is our first time showing out of the States, and it has been incredible. Management has been very friendly and helpful, and the facility is outstanding…a big thanks to all!”In second place with 66.420% was Wendy Christoff, of Ladner BC, on the KWPN gelding, Treffer. Wendy and Treffer were, like many of the competitors, virtually straight off the trailer from California where they started their season early in the warmer climes. Treffer showed quite a solid piaffe and passage today, though some mistakes in the one tempis were no doubt costly. Wendy felt that today’s test was more indicative of the intense training she received in California than her tests down south were. Wendy and several others benefitted from the help of Jo Hinneman, Leslie Reid, and Axel Steiner between shows while in California.“I felt today was our best test of the season so far, and I was very happy with him. We did some very intense training while in California, which resulted in some difficult tests down there, but we have worked through the issues, and all the hard work came together today.”Axel Steiner, the retired 5* judge who did much of the commentary on the Livestreamed CDI’s in California, agreed that the Canadians did some serious work while in the U.S., culminating today in some very nice rides. “I enjoy working with the Canadians from this area – there are some very talented riders and horses here. They worked hard, and it is starting to show.”In third place in the Grand Prix was Roanne Tyson on Isleno XXXVI with 61.840, followed by Marci Doyle and Ariadne at 61.120%.Leslie Reid was another local rider that competed in the U.S and trained with Jo Hinneman and Axel Steiner as well while there. Leslie and Fine and Smart, a Westfalian gelding owned by Juliet Ledorze, won the Prix St. Georges convincingly today, with a 71%.“I was very pleased with the test today.” Leslie said. “The trot work is solidly confirmed, and everything else just continues to get better and better.” Leslie, a multiple-Olympic team member, is a contender for the Canadian Pan Am team with Fine and Smart, but if he does not make the team, she is looking forward to moving him up to Grand Prix next year. “We were able to school a lot of the Grand Prix with Jo (Hinneman) while there, and I am excited about his future, and excited for his owner, Juliet Ledorze, who has been great to work with. She deserves to see her horse doing so well!”In second place was Wendy Christoff on Di Scansano, a Hannoverian gelding owned by Wendy. “Disco” scored a very respectable 68.789% in a very attractive test. Third place went to Sandra Verda on Wilhelm, hot on Wendy’s heels with a 68.526% for a dynamic and powerful test. Tags: Leslie Reid, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more