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Canada Day Celebrations at Spruce Meadows

Sunday, 01 July 2012

Eric Lamaze with Coriana van Klapscheut. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services. Canada Day competition started off with the 1.50 meter West Canadian Cup, with 34 horse/rider combinations on the playing field. As predicted, Anthony D'Ambrosio (USA) created a tough track for the riders, stretching over 555 meters with 16 jumping obstacles.

Four combinations moved on into the jump off, with only one Canadian among them. 2008 Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze (CAN) saw to it that Canadians had their win on Canada Day, aboard his 10 year old Warmblood mare, Coriana Van Klapscheut. This marks Lamaze's second FEI win at Spruce Meadows this season, after taking the RSA Cup during the 'Continental' Tournament.


Ashlee Bond with Cadett. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services. Although it was Canada Day, the American national anthem sounded in the Meadows on the Green after Ashlee Bond (USA) won the $100,000 ESSO Challenge World Cup Grand Prix. Thirty four horse/rider combinations saddled up to tackle the difficult course, also designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio (USA). Again, only four combinations manoeuvred through the 510 meter long track over 16 obstacles to move into the jump off. This is Bond's first major victory at Spruce Meadows this season, after her mount, Cadett 7, was injured just over a year ago. The 15 year old Holstein gelding was in top form today, however. "It was a long process" commented Bond on the road to recovery. "It took a while, but we got here, and it feels great. This is the biggest win of my career."

West Canadian Cup - Top 10

1- Eric Lamaze, CAN, Coriana Van Klapscheut

2- Caitlin Ziegler, USA, Valencia

3- Beezie Madden, USA, Amadora

4- Mario Deslauriers, USA, Vicomte D

5- Nayel Nassar, EGY, Dunsoghly Junior

6- Richie Moloney, IRL, Alsvid

7- Hap Hansen, USA, Archie Bunker

8- Cara Raether, USA, Lyonell

9- Robert Whitaker, GBR, USA Today

10- Richie Moloney, IRL, Slieveanorra

Esso Challenge – Top 10

1-Ashlee Bond, USA, Cadett 7

2-Shane Sweetnam, IRL, Amaretto D'Arco

3-Daniel Bluman, COL, Sancha LS La Silla

4-Richard Spooner, USA, Cristallo

5-Katherine Dinan, USA, Nougat Du Vallet

6-Quentin Judge, USA, HH Carotino

7-Ljubov Kochetova, RUS, Aslan

8-Jonathan McCrea, USA, Colorado

9-Manuel Senderos, MEX, Balougold

10-Tiffany Foster, CAN, Southwind VDL

Source:Pressrelease Spruce Meadows

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