Canadian Junior Riders Shine in Their Division at 2013 CDI-W Wellington

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 14:25
2013 CDI-W Wellington

Canadian junior riders Naima Moreira-Laliberté and Laurence Blais-Tétreault played a dominant role at the Wellington Dressage CDI-W at the 2013 Global Dressage Festival. The CDI-W was held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds January 31-February 3, 2013.

In the FEI Junior classes, Naima Moreira-Laliberté, 16, of Outremont, QC, won both the Team test (66.324%) and the Individual test (67.053%) riding her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Diamond (by Donnerhall x Werther).

The chestnut gelding came from Germany, where he was competed at S-level by Erika Szeicz in 2010 and 2011. Diamond is a full brother to Stefanie Schnell's stallion Donner Werther. Moreira-Laliberté is trained by Caroline Pépin and has been rocketed across the levels the past three years with the additional help of German trainer  Albrecht Heidemann. Naima has four horses to ride: her number one Diamond, a Lusitano Nao, a Dutch bred schoolmaster named Moving U and the 15-year old KWPN gelding Active Valentino (by Don Primaire), which was previously owned by Fiona James' Active Equestrian and ridden by British Nicola McGivern. In 2012 she competed Brittany Fraser's KWPN stallion Tolando (by Krack C) to win team gold at the 2012 North American Junior Riders Championships.

In Wellington Canadian Junior Rider Laurence Blais-Tétreault, also 16, of Montreal, QC, was second in both classes, scoring 65.595% in the Team test and 65.158% in the Individual riding Lowelas, her 13-year-old Trakehner gelding (by Hockey x Inster Graditz). Lowelas was previously owned by British 2010 WEG silver medallist Fiona Bigwood and he used to be a licensed breeding stallion before being sold as a competition horse.

The international judging panel at Wellington Dressage CDI-W included Canadian Lorraine MacDonald (4*), Wojtek Markowski (POL 5*), Anne Gribbons (USA 5*), Jennifer Loriston-Clark (GBR 4*), Sandy Phillips (GBR 4*) and Janet Foy (USA 4*).

Photo © Cealy Tetley

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