Lauren Esdale Wins $10,000 Brookstreet Hotel Modified Grand Prix at Wesley Clover Parks

July 10, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario

Lauren Esdale of Seagrave, ON, riding Hilco won the $10,000 Brookstreet Hotel Modified Grand Prix on Sunday, July 10, to close out the first of two weeks comprising the Ottawa Summer Tournaments at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON.
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Frank Hendriks of Carleton Place, ON, was the runner-up in the $10,000 Brookstreet Hotel Modified Grand Prix riding Checkin Me Out for owner Mike McKenna.
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Mackenzie Wray of Loretto, ON, placed third riding Coconut for owner Makim Holdings Inc. in the $10,000 Brookstreet Hotel Modified Grand Prix.
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Lauren Esdale aboard Hilco is presented as the winner of the $10,000 Brookstreet Hotel Modified Grand Prix by Mark Nesbitt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Brookstreet Hotel and Marshes Golf Club.
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Lauren Esdale of Seagrave, ON, won the $10,000 Brookstreet Hotel Modified Grand Prix on Sunday, July 10, to close out the first of two weeks comprising the Ottawa Summer Tournaments at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON.

The feature event on Wesley Clover Parks’ expansive grass field, Sunday’s Modified Grand Prix attracted 18 entries vying for victory over the track set by Brazilian course designer Marina Azevedo.  The time allowed proved to be challenging with 11 entries exceeding the 84-second time allowed.  For two of those entries, Paul Halpern of Saint Anne des Plaines, QC, riding Cornet S Lady and Ottawa’s Christine Wiggins and Cabaliero 2, a single time fault would prevent them from moving forward to the jump-off.

The third and fourth riders in the ring, Frank Hendriks and Mackenzie Wray, respectively, had no such trouble and jumped clear within the time allowed.  Later in the order, Esdale also jumped clear to make it a three-horse jump-off.

Hendriks of Carleton Place, ON, was the first rider back to challenge the shortened jump-off track.  Aboard Checkin Me Out, a flashy 12-year-old gelding owned by Mike McKenna, Hendriks rode a smooth and efficient round and stopped the clock in 48.74 seconds.

With a jump-off time of 47.01 seconds, Wray of Loretto, ON, proved the time could be caught.  However, two fallen rails for would eventually leave the 23-year-old in third place with Coconut, a nine-year-old Oldenburg mare (Conmiro x Centadel) owned by Makim Holdings Inc.

As the last to challenge, Esdale would determine the final standings.  When all the rails stayed in place and the scoreboard flashed a time of 47.81 seconds, victory went to the 20-year-old rider and Hilco, a 10-year-old grey gelding owned by Pauline Esdale.

“It feels amazing, I couldn’t ask him to be any better, he was absolutely perfect the entire time,” said Lauren Esdale following her win.  “I purchased Hilco from The Ten auction when he was seven years old.  He was meant to be a sales horse but a few months after we owned him, I loved him so much I decided to keep him.  I couldn’t ask for a better partner.  I think he’s going to be very special for me.”

Training with Looking Back Farm of Tottenham, ON, Esdale also placed third in Saturday's $50,000 Steel-Craft Grand Prix riding another mount, Viamdios d’Avril, a 13-year-old grey Selle Francais mare (Diamant de Semilly x Fol Avril) also owned by Pauline Esdale.

“I haven’t been jumping here in Ottawa since I was doing the CET Medal and 1.10m classes so it feels really nice to be back and doing the bigger classes,” said Lauren Esdale, 20, who last competed at Wesley Clover Parks in 2018.  “I love grass and appreciate the opportunity to show on grass here.  It’s nice to have that option in Ontario.  Hilco gets such a nice flow on grass; he has a big stride and bounces off the grass and it’s a lot of fun.  I thought the courses all week were well set and had a really nice flow to them.  All of my courses were very enjoyable to ride.”

Lauren Esdale will continue to enjoy Wesley Clover Parks’ grass grand prix field when the second week of competition gets underway from July 13 to 17.  Competition highlights for the Ottawa Summer Tournament 2 include:

Thursday, July 14 at 4 p.m.: $20,000 Soltek Open Welcome
Friday, July 15 at 3 p.m.: $10,000 CHDS Horseware Open Hunter Derby
Friday, July 15 (following the Hunter Derby): $1,000 CHDS Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby
Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m.: $50,000 RBC Grand Prix
Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m.: $10,000 Mark Motors Group Modified Grand Prix

Spectators are invited to enjoy the competition at Wesley Clover Parks.  Tickets may only be purchased in advance online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ottawa-summer-tournaments-1-2-tickets-370628900017 and will not be sold at the gate.  Cold beverages and snacks will be available in the beer tent overlooking the grass Grand Prix field.  Additional spectator information can be found at https://www.ottawaequestriantournaments.com/spectators.

Livestreaming coverage from the Grand Prix field is available from Thursday through Sunday.  Offered in partnership with Equestrian Digital, viewers can tune into the website, https://www.ottawaequestriantournaments.com/, or watch on the Equestrian Digital app (https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/equestrian-digital/id1183799348).  Clips are available for competitors to download free of charge, courtesy of Equestrian Digital.

For more information on the Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments, visit www.OttawaEquestrianTournaments.com.  Full results are available at www.ottawaequestriantournaments.com/results.  Get the latest updates, news, and photos by following Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments on Facebook here and Instagram and Twitter @TheWCParks.

$10,000 Brookstreet Hotel Modified Grand Prix
Sunday, July 10, 2022

Rider / Hometown / Horse / Faults / Time
1.  Lauren Esdale / Seagrave, ON / Hilco / 0:0 / 47.81
2.  Frank Hendriks / Carleton Place, ON / Checkin Me Out / 0:0 / 48.74
3.  Mackenzie Wray / Loretto, ON / Coconut / 0:8 / 47.01
4.  Paul Halpern / Saint Anne des Plaines, QC / Cornet S Lady / 1
5.  Christine Wiggins / Ottawa, ON / Cabaliero 2 / 1
6.  Chloe Parker / Ashton, ON / Armaged’ick / 5
7.  Sophia Nihon / Perth, ON / Serena / 6
8.  Beatrice Daviault / St. Damase, QC / Levaro Z / 7
9.  Kelley Robinson / Russell, ON / Foolproof / 8
10.  Colleen Loach / Dunham, QC / Vermont / 9