Candele and Mill Creek Sweet Dream competing at the 2004 World
Cup Final in Milan, Italy.
Photo credit Cealy Tetley
Candele and Mill Creek Sweet Dream Enjoy Top 12 Finish at World
Milan, Italy Canadian-based show jumping athlete Yann
Candele of France concluded his World Cup Final debut with
a top 12 finish riding Mill Creek Sweet Dream for owner Mill
Creek Stables of Cambridge, ON.
of three legs of competition, the 2004 World Cup Final held
April 22-25 in Milan, Italy, saw 41 of the worlds biggest
names in show jumping competing for international accolades.
In the opening speed round on Thursday, Candele had three
rails down to put himself in 32nd position overall. However,
in Fridays grand prix class, Candele came back to finish
second by the narrowest of margins, three one hundredths of
a second, following a seven-horse jump-off. The impressive
result catapulted him into 17th place overall in the World
Cup standings and ensured him a place in the starting order
for Sundays Final, a two-round grand prix.
a day of rest, Candele opened the final two determining rounds on
Sunday with a 12-fault effort. In the second round, Candele was
working on a clear effort with Mill Creek Sweet Dream when the last
fence on course fell, giving them a total of 16 faults over two
rounds for a 12th place finish. Totaling the results over three
days of competition, Candele finished in 16th place amongst an international
field that was topped by his countryman, Bruno Broucqsault riding
Dileme de Cephe, who became the first Frenchman to ever win the
annual indoor event.
was a great experience to participate in an event like this and
to be able to ride a horse that can compete against the best in
the sport, said Candele whose goal in attending the World
Cup Final was to be among the riders who moved forward to Sundays
Final. All the hard work you have put into the horse pays
off when you have these types of results. I am thrilled with Mill
Creek Sweet Dream, she jumped everything easily, but I lacked precision.
She would have been clear the whole way through if I had brought
her to the right distances. As the jumps got bigger, she just got
better and better.
Candele blamed himself for the lowered rails, owner Phil Henning
of Mill Creek Stables had nothing but praise for the 33-year-old
think Yann is one of the best riders in the world, said Henning.
He is an amazing talent and he's done a great job with the
horse. She is only nine years old and performed well over very tough
courses against many of the best horses and riders in the world.
In fact, I am more impressed by who she beat than what her final
placing was. As always, this years World Cup Final boasted
an impressive list of competitors, and Mill Creek Sweet Dream jumped
those courses with no problems despite the fact that she is only
just starting her career at the international level.
native of Normandy, France, Candele has been based in Canada since
1999 when he became a trainer at current Canadian Show Jumping Champion
Eric Lamazes Torrey Pines Stable in Schomberg, ON.
believe that Mill Creek Sweet Dream was the only nine-year-old horse
competing at the World Cup Final and, for her age, she was spectacular!
said Lamaze. Phil Henning of Mill Creek Stables has been a
big supporter and this result is very exciting! It is a fantastic
performance for the horse, and the future is very bright for Yann.
was nervous the first day and made a few little mistakes, but he
has worked hard and you dont finish second in a class at the
World Cup Final if you are not good! continued Lamaze. In
the five years Yann has been working with me, weve gone from
having the biggest business in Canada to having the most successful
business in Canada.
Belgian Warmblood mare by Ohio Van De Padenborre, a son of the influential
French sire Quidam de Revel, Mill Creek Sweet Dream was purchased
as a five-year-old and has been partnered with Candele since she
arrived in Canada.
also competed in the secondary classes at the World Cup Final riding
Mill Creek Marco Taere, a 10-year-old chestnut Belgian Warmblood
gelding by Darco. On opening day, Candele enjoyed an early victory
when he and Mill Creek Marco Taere won the 1.40 meter speed competition
by one one-hundredth of a second. On Saturday, Candele and Mill
Creek Marco Taere had one rail down in the 1.50 m Grand Prix to
finish 13th from a starting field of 39 riders.
enjoyed a successful season on the Canadian World Cup League circuit,
winning three of the four World Cup Qualifying events he contested
to earn an invitation from the International Equestrian Federation
(FEI) to the 2004 World Cup Final. Although Candele was also qualified
for the 1992 World Cup Final in Del Mar, California, he was unable
to compete due to restrictive quarantine requirements for his stallion.
Candele first represented France in Nations Cup competition
at the 2001 Spruce Meadows Masters tournament in Calgary, AB, riding
Mill Creek Chardo.
owner of Mill Creek Sweet Dream, Phil Henning of Mill Creek Stables,
has numerous horses competing at the grand prix level and continues
to develop a large string of up-and-coming young prospects. Henning
is a proud supporter of show jumping sport and was recently recognized
for his valuable contribution with the 2003 Jump Canada Owner of
the Year Award. In 2003, Mill Creek Rosalinde competed at the Pan
American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, under Eric
Lamaze and also represented Canada in the $250,000 BMO Financial
Group Nations Cup at the CSIO Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament.
Mill Creek Raphael, whom Henning generously donated to Equine Canada
earlier this year, was named to the 2000 Sydney Olympic team and
represented Canada at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez,
Spain, before winning his second Canadian Show Jumping Championship
title with Lamaze in 2003.
in Cambridge, ON, Mill Creek Stables is one of Canadas largest
sport horse breeding and sales barns, offering prospects in a variety
of disciplines to suit all budgets. For more information, please
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