The home crowd was ecstatic after the Canadian team pulled of a fantastic performance in the BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows to take a home win. The win marked the second victory for Canada in the event's history, having previously won in 2006 - and it was Ben Asselin, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar that made sure to deliver.
The track turned out to be a tough one. Faults spread all over, and the time allowed played a big part. Only two riders managed to jump a double clear round; the 20 year old Canadian rider Ben Asselin with Makavoy (Hors la Loi II x Ahorn), and the bronze medalist from the World Equestrian Games Beezie Madden with Simon (Mr. Blue x Polydox). It was also these two teams that dominated the Nations Cup, with the US team finishing second.
After the first round Canada was in the lead ahead of Belgium. Then followed USA, Great Britain, Switzerland and France. Germany and Ireland - who landed on rank 7 and 8 after the first round - finished their day as only the six best teams were welcomed back for the second round.
The faults kept coming in the second round and changed the leader board. Belgium fell back while the US team stepped up. Even though the US riders did a great second round they had no chance to catch the Canadian team. Canada kept the pressure on when Ian Millar added only four faults to his perfect score in the first round riding Dixson (Vigo d'Arsouilles x Olisco). When Asselin produced his second clear round of the day and Foster kept her second round total to four faults on Tripple X III (Namelus R x Cantango), Canada had clinched the victory without anchor rider Lamaze having to return with Zigali P S (Kigali x STB-H Palfrenier). With a two round total of nine faults, Canada could not be beat.
The US team finished second with thirteen faults. Lauren Hough on Quick Study (Quick Star x What A Joy), Leslie Howard with Tic Tac (Clinton x Darco), McLain Ward on HH Carlos Z (Chellano Z x Voltaire) and Beezie Madden with Simon (Mr. Blue x Polydox) all rode on the team from the US.
Belgium struggled in the second round and had to add 16 faults to their 5 faults from the first round. Then France followed on 23 penalties, Switzerland on 28 and Great Britain on as many as 37 faults. The third placed Belgian team consisted of Pieter Devos with Dylano (Cento Lano x Athlet Z), Olivier Philippaerts on Cabrio van de Heffinck (Cassini I x Calato), Niels Bruynseels with Pommeau du Heup (Helios de la Cour II x Thurin) and Nicola Philippaerts on Challenge vd Begijnakker (Chellano Z x Palestro vd Begijnakker).
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