ONTARIO, Canada — The Adequan U.S. Para Dressage Team of Alanna Flax-Clark, Mary Jordan, and Laurietta Oakleaf, led by Chef d’Equipe Regina Cristo earned the silver medal at the Caledon Spring Jubilee CPEDI3* held May 31-June 1.

The U.S. earned a cumulative score of 183.275% after two days of competition, but was edged out by Canada which ended their team competition with a final score of 193.143%.

Riding in Grade II, Alanna Flax-Clark, who trains with Sara Schmitt in Califon, N.J. and El Paso, her 15-year-old NRPS gelding, earned a 67.576% in the Team Test to take first place. Riding high on Friday’s score, Flax-Clark and El Paso, lovingly called “Taco,” continued their winning ways in Saturday’s Individual Test with a 66.078%.

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Flax-Clark recently returned to New Jersey after a successful winter show season in Florida.

“The competition at Caledon Equestrian Park is going really well. My horse (El Paso) is fantastic, and we have progressed so much in our training since this winter,” said Flax-Clark after the team competition. “Yesterday [in Friday’s FEI Team test] we had a good, focused, forward ride that resulted well in the judges scores. I tried to continue that focus on day two [Saturday’s FEI Individual Test], and we just went for it. I’m looking forward to Sunday’s Freestyle.”

The Caledon Spring Jubilee CPEDI3* concluded on Sunday, June 2 with Flax-Clark competing as an individual in the Grade II Freestyle, where she earned a 69.611%.

Noting their progression, Flax-Clark praised Schmitt for her support and training, “My trainer, Sara Schmitt, plays a huge role with our team. She keeps us in the right mind-set so that we shine in the ring.”

The competition began on Friday with the Team Tests in their respective Grades, counting 50% towards the overall team score Grade V para-athlete Mary Jordan (Wells, Maine) and her own Rubicon 75, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, earned a 62.829% for second place in Grade V. Saturday’s Individual test earned the duo a 54.960%. This was Jordan and Rubicon 75’s first outing since the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 Test Event CPEDI3* in April 2018.

Teammate Laurietta Oakleaf (Ocala, Fla.), who also rode in Grade II, with her 15-year-old Rhinelander mare Windsome, had an uncharacteristically slow start in Friday’s test earning a 55.354%. Oakleaf and Windsome’s Individual test on Saturday showed improvement, ending on a 59.755%. The Individual Tests counted 50% toward the overall team score.

“I’m proud of how our riders persevered and finished their tests; we were here [Caledon Spring Jubilee] as a team,” said Chef d’Equipe Regina Cristo. “There were many lovely movements in each test, and it was good to see improvements from all our riders. It’s a big commitment for these riders to sign up, travel, and have a team represent. Overall, it was a real delight to be here and would love to be invited back again for a team competition.”

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