Beatrice Boucher (CAN) and Louxor De Lys. ©️Susan Stickle.
Wellington, FL – January 26, 2020 – Canada’s Beatrice Boucher crowned a winning week with Louxor De Lys, icing it with a win in the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Horseware Ireland, on the closing day of week three of the 2020 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida.
She edged out first-to-go Cesar Parra (USA) and his namesake, GK Don Cesar, who finished on 68.8% in second. Korean rider Dongseon Kim and Bordolino 8’s 68.45% completed the podium line-up.
Boucher, who was named Dressage Canada’s Athlete of the Year in 2018, was recording her second win of the week on breeder Lynda Tetreault’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Licotus out of a Weltmeyer dam.
“He’s quite young so we had some mistakes,” explained Boucher, who is 22 and has been riding Louxor De Lys since he was five. “He felt amazing in the warm-up and then he got tense; it’s a big ring for these younger horses. He’s a very hot horse, so there are mistakes here and there from the balance, but everything’s going to come together once he gets settled.
“We’re planning on doing the under-25 grand prix in a year or two; he’s schooling everything at home which has confused him a bit so he anticipates a little, but these are just baby mistakes and everything’s going to be confirmed with time and confidence in the ring. He is so sweet, he’s like a puppy dog and always wants to cuddle; when you want to put the bridle on, he hugs you.”
Boucher, who is based in Quebec, Canada, has 10 horses down in Wellington for the season and trains with her mother, Isabelle Ouellet.
“I’ve been training with her forever,” she added. “It’s nice to be in a partnership like this with your mom. It can be difficult, especially when you’re a kid, but we established a line so when she’s coach, she’s coach and as soon as we’re done, she’s mom.”
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