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Diana Burnett Top Canadian at Maui Jim Horse Trials
Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Diana Burnett and Manny
Diana Burnett of Blackstock, ON, earned a top five finish in the 2009 edition of the Maui Jim Horse Trials CIC 3*, held July 9-12, 2009, in Wayne, Illinois, USA.

Riding Manny, a nine-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding owned by the rider and John & Nadia Lennox, Burnett was sitting in third place after dressage on a score of 41.8. Adding 28.4 cross country time penalties on Ritch Temple's (USA) cross country course, Burnett and Manny moved to fifth place which they maintained in the jumping round where they kept the rails up but added four time faults. They completed the competition on a score of 78.2.

"It was a very good weekend for us. It seems that Manny has really matured and changed since Rolex," said Burnett who plans to compete at the CCI 4* Burghley Three Day Event in England this September. "We had the best FEI dressage test that we have ever done. I would like to thank my groom, Sandra Andresen and Manny's owners John & Nadia Lennox, because they are the whole reason that Manny and I are competing."

Finishing close behind Bennett, was Canadian Olympian Hawley Bennett of Langley, BC, with Gin & Juice, a nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding co-owned by Bennett and American Linda Paine. The pair, coming off a big win at the CCI 3* Bromont Three day event in June, finished in eighth place with a score of 81.7.

The CIC 3* division was won by American Becky Holder and Courageous Comet with a score of 46.8.

In the CIC 2* division, Rebecca Howard, originally from Salmon Arm, BC, and now residing in Norwood, NC, USA, finished in third place with her own Roquefort, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. A dressage score of 51.7 had them in fifth position, and by adding no jumping and only 7.2 time faults cross country, they moved up into third place. With a fault-free show jumping round the pair finished on a score of 58.9.

Close behind Howard, in fifth place, was Lindsay Pearce of Tecumseh, ON, and Tangle Top, Patricia Pearce's an nine-year-old English Thoroughbred gelding. Sitting in seventh spot after dressage on a score of score of 56.6, the pair moved up to fifth place after adding 23.6 time penalties on cross-country. With one rail for four faults in the show jumping, Pearce finished with a score of 84.2.

Callie Judy of the United States, won the CIC 2* aboard Call on Me with 45.5.

In the CIC 1* division, Burnett and her second horse Shigatzi, Valerie Eden's six-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding, finished in 16th place.

The winner of the CIC 1* division was American Lynne Partridge and El Cid, scoring 49.6.


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