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Leahona Rowland Top Canadian at Florida International
Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Leahona Rowland finished as the top Canadian rider in both of the international divisions at CCI Florida International Three Day Event, held at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL, on April 15 - 18, 2010.

Rowland, 26, originally of Kelowna, BC, took second place in the CCI 2* division riding Lorenzo III, Jessica DiGenova's 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Sitting in second with a dressage score of 46.40, Rowland maintained her placing throughout the competition with fault free cross country and show jumping rounds, to finish on her dressage score. The same duo won the CCI 1* division at the CCI Florida International last year.

Riding her second horse, Lambrusco, her own eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Rowland was in fourth following dressage with a score of 48.80. The pair added only four jumping faults to finish in fifth place with 52.80.

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Leahona Rowland and Lorenzo III
Olympian Kyle Carter, originally of Calgary, AB, and now residing in Sparr, FL, rode Final Watch, a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Billie Sue Jensen, to ninth place. Carter was 17th after a dressage score of 58.60 and moved up to 12th after a fault free cross country round. Four faults in show jumping gave them a final score of 62.60. Rounding out the Canadian entries in the CCI 2* division was Sam Elsenaar, 21, of Brooklin, ON and her 12-year-old Thoroughbred cross gelding Armon who finished in 23rd place.

The top score of the day in the CCI 2* division went to Tiffani Loudon-Metze riding Lo Fino, with a score of 43.50.

In the CCI 1* division, Rowland once again finished on her dressage score partnered with El Paso, DiGenova's eight-year-old Canadian-bred Trakehner gelding. They sat third after dressage on a score of 45.90 penalties. Posting clean cross country and show jumping rides moved the pair up one spot to finish in second place.

Lisa Marie Fergusson, 27, of Langley, BC, was tied for first-place following dressage with 42.50 riding Smart Move, her own six-year-old Welsh Sport Horse gelding. Adding 12 jumping faults, Fergusson finished in ninth place overall with 54.50. Katelyn Ziegler, 19, of Beiseker, AB, riding Peninsula Lion, her own eight-year-old Irish Warmblood gelding, also finished on their dressage score of 63.10 for 15th spot. Finishing in 17th place with a score of 67.90 was Christian Bennett, 18, of Sutton, ON, and her own Rolex, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. In 23rd place was Claire Roper, 25, of Vancouver, BC and Mullentine, her nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

American Hannah Burnett won CCI 1* division riding Harbour Pilot with a score of 43.50.

In Elkon, Maryland at the April edition of the Fair Hill International Horse Trials, held April 16-18, Canadian Eventing 2009 Athlete Development Scholarship winner Emily Daigneault, 20, of Gatineau, QC, finished in 13th place in the CIC 2* division aboard Misty Vale Bacardi, her 15-year-old Morgan gelding. The pair added 16.40 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 64.40 to finish on a final score of 80.80.

American Jennifer Brannigan and Cambalda won the CIC 2* division with a score of 46.30.

In the CIC 1* division Veronique St-Maurice, 20, and her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Majestic Bear finished in fifth place. The pair finished on their dressage with a score of 66.50. Stephanie Castonguay, 17, of Vaudreuil, QC, finished in sixth place with Tyne Be Merry, her nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, on a score of 68.20.

The winner of the CIC 1* division was Claire Kelley of the United States riding Clifton Peekachu with a score of 46.60.


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