Endurance-world.com - Full Article
20 July 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Sandra Coombe
Canada. 16 July 2018. Canadian endurance athletes have been hard at work this past month, traveling across North America in pursuit of qualifying scores for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) before the endurance qualification period ended on 13 July 2018.
A large contingent traveled to Ashland, MT for the Fort Howes Endurance Rides, held 8 – 11 June 2018. While the extreme heat was too much for many competitors, several Canadians persevered to earn a spot in the top three.
On 9 June, Canadians swept the leaderboard in the CEI-YJ 2* division, with Lexi Vollman of Regina, SK taking first place. She and her 11-year-old Pintabian gelding, AJ Splash of Pizzaz, rode at an average pace of 9.3km/hr. to complete the 120km distance in just under 13 hours.
Jessica Zwaan of St. Denis, SK came in second on Nazeefs Flashy Rose, an 11-year-old Arabian mare owned by Cheryl Van Deusen. They stopped the clock with a time of 14:20:00, riding an average of 8.4km/hr.
In third place was Charlotte Tremblay of Ottawa, ON, who rode Anya Levermann’s 13-year-old Arabian gelding, Kharmichel LK, at a pace of 7.8 km/hr. to cross the finish line in a time of 15:18:35.
The three Canadian athletes stood alone on the leaderboard, as the three other American entries failed to complete the course...
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