I was up bright and early on Saturday morning to ensure I got to the Ottawa Dressage Festival held at Wesley Clover Parks on time to see fellow HJU blogger Alexandra Meghji and her very cute Iliado II win the FEI Junior Individual test. Most importantly, I brought my camera so you are not subjected to a Snapchat video recollection of the day.

Fellow HJU blogger Alexandra Meghji & Iliado II in the awards ceremony after winning the FEI Junior Individual test at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Fellow HJU blogger Alexandra Meghji & Iliado II in the awards ceremony after winning the FEI Junior Individual test at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

My good friend and her new puppy “Willie” joined us for most of the morning where we split our time between the FEI ring and one of the Gold show rings where we got to see several friends ride their Training through 2nd level tests.

This super cute 8 week old jack russell ("Willie") hung out with me for part of the morning. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

This super cute 8 week old jack russell (“Willie”) hung out with me for part of the morning. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Megan Lane and Caravella continued their winning ways, winning the Grand Prix Special with a 71.882%, well ahead of 2nd placed Christilot Boylen and Drentano (67.992%) and 3rd placed Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro (67.333%).

Megan Lane & Caravella had a convincing win in the Grand Prix Special at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Megan Lane & Caravella had a convincing win in the Grand Prix Special at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Watch their test, courtesy Dressage Canada.

Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Following a short lunch break, the Intermediate I class began. The Dressage Canada small tour leaderboard has been highly contested this year, with Diane Creech and Robbie W leading most of the spring. Last weekend, Brittany Fraser and All In had 2 convincing wins to move up into 2nd spot on the leaderboard. Yesterday’s win in the Prix St George (74.474%) put them in the lead heading into today.

Nearly as soon as Brittany got on to warm up, storms rolled in and she faced some of the worst weather of the day in her warm up.

Brittany Fraser & All In battling a downpour in their Intermediate I warmup at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Brittany Fraser & All In battling a downpour in their Intermediate I warmup at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

In fact, coach Ashley Holzer had to use a sweat scraper to help get some of the water off him prior to his test.

Coach Ashley Holzer uses a sweatscraper on Brittany Fraser's All In after a very soggy warmup at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Coach Ashley Holzer uses a sweatscraper on Brittany Fraser’s All In after a very soggy warmup at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Despite trying conditions, Brittany went into the ring and did an absolutely beautiful test. I had never seen the horse go before and was so impressed. The future is bright for dressage in Canada with up and coming super stars such as Brittany and Megan Lane.

Brittany Fraser and All In at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Brittany Fraser and All In at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Brittany Fraser and All In at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Brittany Fraser and All In at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Watch their test, courtesy Dressage Canada.

I can only imagine there is no better feeling than nailing a test when it matters.

Jacqueline Brooks & Ashley Holzer were very excited after Brittany Fraser and All In nailed their Intermediate I test at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Jacqueline Brooks & Ashley Holzer were very excited after Brittany Fraser and All In nailed their Intermediate I test at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

A very happy Brittany Fraser celebrating her amazing test on All In at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

A very happy Brittany Fraser celebrating her amazing test on All In at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. Photo by Cheryl Denault.

Brittany Fraser and All In scored an impressive 74.395% to win the Intermediate I and cement their spot at the top of the Dressage Canada small tour leaderboard. This essentially guarantees we see them on their first (of many I’m sure) senior team at this summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto representing Canada.

In 2nd place was Canada’s Chris Von Martels and Zilverstar (72.289%) and in 3rd place was Canada’s Diane Creech and Robbie W.

Watch Chris and Zilverstar’s test, courtesy Dressage Canada

Diane Creech & Robbie W dominated the top of the Dressage Canada small tour leaderboard this year. They had a great test in the Intermediate I at the Ottawa Dressage Festival to come 3rd with a 70.632%.

Diane Creech & Robbie W dominated the top of the Dressage Canada small tour leaderboard this year. They had a great test in the Intermediate I at the Ottawa Dressage Festival to come 3rd with a 70.632%.

Huge congratulations to everyone who rode yesterday – despite the bad weather (though – I did leave when there was a lightning delay following the Intermediate I), I had such a great day. Who ever said dressage can’t be fun!

-Cheryl