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Farrington on top at Canada One

Friday, 29 June 2012

Kent Farrington & Venus, champions of the Cargill Cup, first FEI competition of the Canada One tournament. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services. The pros were at it again forthe first day of the 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament,with half a million dollars in prize money on the line though Sunday. The day started off well for Kent Farrington (USA). After going up against 46 horse/rider combinations in the 1.50 meter CargillCup, designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio  Farrington emerged victorious. Nobody could catch the time set by Farrington and his 10 year old DutchWarmblood mare, Venus. This is Farrington’s 5th FEI Victory atSpruce Meadows this season.


Farrington tried for two today, but two-time Olympian Beezie Madden (USA) couldn’t be beat in the $60,000 Akita Drilling Cup. The 550 meter course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) saw 25horse/rider combinations narrowed down to 5 riders, all of whome are heading toLondon, save for Farrington. In the end, Farrington ended up with silver, while Madden took home top prize on her 10 year old Belgian Warmblood gelding, Cortes C. Madden was thrilled with the result, saying Cortes C showed he’s got what it takes to compete against the big boys. “I’m really pleased,I think he is really starting to understand” Madden commented.“When I ask him the questions, he answers me. The speed, the scope, the power- he has it all to go up against the guys who were in this competition.”

Today marked Ian Millar’s 2012 debut at Spruce Meadows, with a double clear performance in the Akita Drilling Cup, on his 12 year old Olympic mount, Star Power. This year marks an important year for Millar, who will attend his 10th Olympic games in London,and is contention for carrying the flag for Canada.

Frank Biggeman, Contracts Representative, Akita Drilling, and winners of today’s competition: Beezie Madden & Cortes C. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services. The international action continues tomorrow at SpruceMeadows, with the West Jet Cup and the Duncan Ross Cup in the evening. The ‘Canada-One” Tournament culminates on Sunday, with the $100,000 Esso World Cup Qualifier.

Cargill Cup Top Ten

1. Kent Farrington, USA - Venus

2. Beezie Madden, USA - Vanilla

3. Rodrigo Lambre, BRA - Chepepe la Escondida

4. Helen McNaught, GBR - Laricello

5. Sean Crooks, USA - Armegedon

6. Yann Candele, CAN - CorlottaSingular la Magnifica

7. Helen McNaught, GBR - Caballo

8. Tiffany Foster, CAN - Victor

9. Caitlin Ziegler,  USA - Touch Down

10. Lucy Davis, USA - Nemo 119

AKITA Drilling Cup Top Ten

1. Beezie Madden,  USA - Cortes C

2. Kent Farrington, USA - Uceko

3. McLain Ward, USA - Rothchild

4. Ian Millar, CAN - Star Power

5. Mario Deslauriers, USA - Urico

6. Robert Whitaker, GBR - USA Today

7. Ashlee Bond, USA - Cadett 7

8. Robert Whitaker, GBR - Catwalk IV

9. Kent Farrington, USA - Voyeur

10. Jonathan McCrea, USA - Colorado

Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media Services

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