Kathryn Duke Finishes 5th at the Twin Rivers CCI* Three Day Event
Paso Robles, CA, USA
In a field of 40 entries, Canadian Young Rider, Kathryn Duke of Calgary, AB finished fifth in the CCI* division of the Twin Rivers International Three Day Event. The event was held April 21-23 at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, CA. Duke was one of six Canadians to take part in the CCI * while the CCI ** division saw three Canadians compete.
Partnered with Patricia Duke's 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding Eliot III, the pair incurred no penalties in the cross country and show jumping phases of the competition which meant finishing on Duke's dressage score of 58.9.
"This was my first FEI international three day event and everything went really well. I had my best dressage test ever, the cross country went smoothly and the show jumping went better than it has in the recent past," stated the 19-year-old full-time student.
Also competing in CCI* division were Canadians Claire Roper, 21, of Vancouver, BC who finished eleventh aboard her 12-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred, Royal Holly,. Rebeka Ryvola of White Rock, BC with Canadian Thoroughbred bred Theatrix who placed 21st, and Danielle Ziehike of Sherwood Park, AB with Canadian Thoroughbred Glasgow Dancer who finished in 25th place. Also competing in the CCI* division were 2004 Olympic rider Hawley Bennett of Langley BC with Gin N' Juice and Rebecca Lee of Bon Accord, AB with Gold Twist. Both horses are owned by Linda Paine. The division was won by American Kelly Trather on Ballinakill Glory.
Duke, who majors in psychology at the University of Calgary, purchased Eliot III last year. Due to a injury which meant a six month lay-up, her Selle Francais gelding has only been back in work since early January.
Competing in a CCI** three day event for the first time, young rider Kathryn Morgan of Kelowna, BC finished in 16th place with Dagmar Fortmuller's Hanoverian gelding Galileo . Also competing in the division were Talia Wells of Calgary Alberta with her own New Heights and Lisa Marie Fergusson of Langley, BC with Uni Griffon There was a total of twenty eight competitors in the CCI** division which was won by American Robyn Fisher riding Lady Calido.
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