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For Immediate Release     April 27, 2006
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Canada’s Jessica Di Genova Captures Florida CCI**Three Day Event

Ottawa Ontario -Junior rider Jessica Di Genova of Norval, ON and her Canadian Thoroughbred / Dutch Warmblood-cross mare Upolu took top honours in the CCI** division of the inaugural edition of the Florida Horse Park CCI ** / CCI* Three Day Event. The competition took place from April 20-23 in Ocala, FL. Several other Canadians successfully took part and represented a large portion of the competitive field

Since being crowned the individual winner of the CCIJ* non-championship division at the 2005 North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC), the talented young rider has been working towards improving her dressage skills. The results showed in Florida when Di Genova and Upolu scored a personal best of 43.5 penalty points and a third place tie after dressage. The pair moved up into first place after what seemed to be an effortless negotiation of the 8-minute-fifteen-second long cross country course. On the final day of competition, the pair sailed through the show jumping course, adding no penalties to their score and securing the win over the 43 competitors in the two star division.

“This was the first time that I competed in a CCI** three day event and it was an unbelievable experience to actually win it. My horse’s performance was exceptional and I couldn’t have expected more from her,” commented the delighted junior. “I was amazed with the amount of impulsion and activity offered by Upolu in the dressage but I was worried about the big tables and the long cross country course. Going into show jumping in first place made me really nervous, but my mare was amazing,” she explained.

Di Genova, 16, started riding at the tender age of 6. It was only four-years ago when the young girl decided to try eventing with her mother’s 22-year-old schoolmaster. The following year ‘Momma’ (Upolu) was purchased and so began to unfold a successful partnership.

Finishing just behind Di Genova in seventh place was fellow Canadian Samantha Taylor, 22, of Richmond, BC, who rode Laura Gaitewood’s 13-year-old English Thoroughbred mare, Lucinda to a seventh place finish, finishing on her dressage score of 55.8. Thirteen other Canadians successfully took part in this competitive division including US based Michael Winter with Daybreak and Pascale Tremblay-Wagner of Mont St. Hilaire, QC with Paradoxe de l’Eclypse both finishing in the top fifteen and Colleen Loach of Canton de Hatley, QC, who was unfortunately eliminated in the cross country after an impressive first place dressage test.

“I am thankful to David O’Connor who helped me warm up for all three phases. Before show jumping, David told me to focus on the rhythm and everything else will come – she jumped just beautifully,” commented Taylor.

The CCI* division of the competition was won by American icon Karen O’Connor. Canadian Vanessa Fenwick of Pefferlaw, ON finished eleventh aboard her six-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding Dhundh while Jordan McDonald of Richmond , BC finished 15th with Top Drawer,. US based Jessica Hampf was 23rd with High Society while Stacey Thorson of Langley, BC was 28th with Big Bad Ed and Lindsay Pearce of Tecumseh, ON with James finished in 39th place.

As a warm up for next week’s CCI Rolex four star three day event in Lexington, KY, several Canadian riders took part in the Advanced Combined test (dressage and show jumping only). Finishing in third place was Leslie Grant with Timber Spirit while Ian Roberts with Napalm was 14th. Anticipated Jersey Fresh competitor Sandra Donnelly placed 16th with Willow and 18th with Whiz Kid while Karl Slezak with Foxwood Spencer placed 17th.

About Canadian Eventing

Canadian Eventing is a committee of Equine Canada responsible for the sport of eventing in Canada from the grassroots to the international level. The Canadian Eventing Committee is comprised of 12 members, including two rider representatives elected by the Elite Riders Association. Directed by the Strategic Plan for Eventing, all Eventing activities are administered by this committee via six sub-committees with the support of an Eventing Manager based at the Equine Canada office in Ottawa. For more information about Canadian Eventing, visit

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CCI** Division Results

Jessica Di GenovaUpolu43.51
Samantha TaylorLucinda55.87
Michael WinterDaybreak57.511
Pascale Tremblay WagnerParadoxe de l’Eclypse62.114
Mike WinterSecret Decision62.817
Noel ClarkJack Of Hearts68.622
Courtney OlmsteadRockafellar68.923
Kyle CarterMadison Park72.225
Rebecca BerryKachemak Bay75.727
Vanessa FenwickBalista83.929
Ian RobertsAmelia92.431
Peter BarryGin Tonic116.833
Peter BarryJefferson D’Aurois120.634
Karl SlezakShowdown151.535th
Colleen LoachThe Duke Of SomersetE
Megan WhiteWorcesterE

CCI* Division Results
Vanessa FenwickDhundhu61.611
Jordan McDonaldTop Drawer63.515
Jessica HampfHigh Society III6923
Stacey ThorsonBid Bad Ed72.928
Lindsay PearceJames86.739
Samantha TaylorRingwood ZazuWDWD

Advanced Combined Test
Lesley GrantTimber Spirit35.123
Ian RobertsNapalm52.4214
Sandra DonnellyWillow54.9816
Karl SlezakFoxwood Spencer56.8817
Sandra DonnellyWhiz Kid62.5118
Peter GrayHot PursuitWDWD
Peter GrayBalladeer TedWDWD
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