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July 15, 2013

Candele's Small But Mighty Horse Wins In Omega Alpha Weekend Update For July 14

She might be just 15.2 hands, but Brooklyn Blues has turned out to be a winner for Yann Candele, topping the $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix. Photo by Tricia Booker Photography

After just a month together, Yann Candele and Brooklyn Blues scored their first grand prix win of their partnership in the $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix at Horse Shows by the Bay in Williamsburg, Mich.

“I'm so, so happy about the win,” Candele, of Cambridge, Ontario, said. “She's 15.2 hands and tiny, and I'm 5'11". At this moment we're still learning each other, and she's starting to trust me. Her talent is amazing; it's just me learning to trust it, and it's getting better every time.”

In hunter action at Horse Shows by the Bay II, Kelley Farmer absolutely dominated the open divisions, claiming the first year green title with Mythical, second year green with On The Hour, the green conformation with Quotable, and the high performance and conformation titles with Taken.

“There aren't many courses that they build over there in the jumpers that my horses couldn't jump,” Farmer said. “We buy them because they can do it, and, I must say I'm spoiled. Most people are lucky enough to have one, and I'm so fortunate because I have a barn full.” (see full Horse Shows by the Bay II results)

Peter Wylde and Lewin 5 notched their second consecutive grand prix win at the Vermont Summer Festival, taking the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix at the Manchester Classic. (see full results)

Up in Spruce Meadows, Irishman Conor Swail concluded the summer tournaments with a win in the $400,000 Pan American Cup. (see results) Ashlee Bond and Katie Prudent also won classes, while Reed Kessler earned the G&C Rider’s Cup for accumulating the best placings throughout the summer tournaments.

In Lingen, Germany, U.S. dressage riders made their mark. Shelley Francis and Doktor (69.02%) placed second in the CDI Grand Prix for the freestyle, with Arlene “Tuny” Page claiming third on Alina (68.42%). Ikaros and David Blake were 10th. (see results). Page and Francis placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the freestyle. (see results). Guenter Seidel took second in the CDI Grand Prix for the Special on his new ride, Coral Reef Wylea (70.00%) (see results); Kathleen Raine was fifth on Breanna (69.04%). In the Special, Seidel was second (71.81%) and Raine third (71.54%).

In Fritzens, Germany, Tina Konyot took third in the CDI Grand Prix for the freestyle (70.78%) and second in the freestyle (76.45%).

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy II saw some big advanced division names stretching their legs at intermediate. Most notably, Phillip Dutton competed his new ride Mr. Medicott for the first time, finishing eighth in an intermediate division. Buck Davidson won an intermediate division with Mar de Amor, and Jan Byyny topped another on Syd Kent. Kim Severson claimed third in an intermediate division with her new ride, the former Nina Ligon mount Fernhill Fearless. (see full results)

 

Other event results included: Champagne Run at the Park Horse Trials (Ky.) (see results); Coconino Summer I (Ariz.) (see results); University of New Hampshire Summer (N.H.) (see results); Whidbey Island (Wash.) (see results).

Other dressage shows included: Galway Summer Dressage (Calif.) (see results); Rise N Shine (N.C.) (see results); Silverwood Dressage (Wis.) (see results).

Other horse shows included: Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Summer III (S.C.) (see results); Charleston Summer Classic I (S.C.) (see results); Santa Barbara National (Calif.) (see results); Country Classic (Ore.) (see results).