Canada’s Barwick tops overseas para riders

Lauren Barwick and Off To Paris.
Lauren Barwick and Off To Paris. © Matt Nuttall Photography

Canada’s Lauren Barwick was named the leading overseas rider at the Bishop Burton College CPEDI2* para-equestrian competition in East Yorkshire at the weekend.

Britain’s Natasha Adkinson was the leading home-based rider at the event, which hosted more than 33 riders from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand. The event is one of the last for riders before the upcoming 2012 Paralympic Games.

Canada’s team of Barwick, Eleonore Elstone, Ashley Gowanlock and Jody Schloss achieved outstanding success, winning seven of the 12 classes they entered.

Canada’s individual gold and silver medalist from the 2008 Paralympic Games, Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, rode Equine Canada’s Off to Paris to victories in all three of her Grade II classes. In the Team Test, Barwick and Off to Paris earned a score of 76.75%.  For the Individual test they received 78.81%, and they won their Freestyle with 76.67%. Barwick was also awarded the overall highest scoring competitor of the competition.

Gowanlock of Surrey, BC, won the Grade IB Team test riding Lauren Barwick’s 2008  Paralympic horse, Maile, with a score of 71.97%.  The pair then went on to win the Individual test with a score of 71.23 and placed second in the Freestyle with a score of 70.08%.

Ashley Gowanlock and Maile
Ashley Gowanlock and Maile. © Matt Nuttall Photography

In the Grade 1A Team Test, Schloss of Toronto, ON, riding her own Inspector Rebus, earned a score of 70.20%, in the Team test, followed by a score 72.00% in the Individual test and a score of 69.83% in the Freestyle test, finishing in second place in each class.

Riding Zareno, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Franklin Posmus, Elstone of Langley, BC received a score of 65.16% in the Grade IV Team test, finishing in fifth position, followed by victories in both the Individual test and the Freestyle test with scores of 69.73% and 70.42% respectively.

The Canadian Paralympic Equestrian Team has been training at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire, Great Britain as part of their preparation for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Two New Zealand riders were at the event, with Anthea Gunner and Huntingdale Incognito finishing eighth overall in the Grade II competition, and Rachel Stock and Rimini Park Emmerich third overall in Grade III.

The equestrian events of the Paralympic Games start on August 30 with the Grade II and Ib Team tests.

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