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Wrapping it up from Spruce Meadows 'Masters'

Monday, 18 September 2017
CSIO5* Spruce Meadows 'Masters' 2017

We had a great time at the Spruce Meadows 'Masters', and wrap up our visit with one last photo bonanza. First out some bromance, with Eric Lamaze giving Coco Bongo a hug. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. 

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
A very clever way of hiding empty stands at the beginning of the week: Give your sponsors some extra exposure!

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
A view over the big warm-up.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The arena.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Christian Ahlmann's Taloubet Z grabs a snack on the way out of the ring.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Is this what we can call hanging around?!

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
On every start list there was an explanation about the class. A great way to involve non-horsey audience in the sport.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
At the prize givings, all the horses were served some gras in the hope that they would keep quiet: Here Henrik von Eckermann receiving his congratulations.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Well, one of us is a sucker for yellow flowers... (And she's Swedish)

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Captain Canada Ian Millar and Dixson in action.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Kevin Staut relaxing ahead of the class (and we love the hat).

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Maikel van der Vleuten waiting for his turn.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
During the Parade of the Nations Canada's riders Ian Millar, Ben Asselin and Marius Deslauriers showed some up-and-coming stars.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Also Lorenzo De Luca had found a new star to take him to the top of the world rankings.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Pius Schwizer happy with Leonard de la Ferme CH.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Some show organizers could probably learn quite a lot from Spruce Meadows about how to take care of their sponsors. One thing they do is to seat the sponsors in the middle of the arena during their class, and when the riders enter the arena they salute the sponsor.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Scott Brash and Hello Forever in full focus.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Any holes in the ground are filled up with green sand, so it always looks like the grass is totally intact.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Just a bit of height difference there... Ian Millar and Kent Farrington during the course walk.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Henrik von Eckermann's Chacanno flying over the open water.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
A smile from Steve Guerdat.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The only 15-year-old Thibault Philippaerts impressed a lot, and when clearing all the fences Extra deserved a hug.

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