With 9 nations represented in the $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup, 35 horse/rider combinations took to the International ring. The Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) course featured 15 jumping obstacles over 560 meters of track. After round one, 2011 champions team France, were forced to withdraw after only 2 of their 3 riders completed the course. After finishing first in the second round with a combined total of 4 faults, team Germany rode to victory for the first time since 2007. Mentored by Chef D’Equipe Sonke Sonksen, Christian Ahlmann, Hans Dieter Dreher, Daniel Deußer and Philipp Weishaupt completed the course with a combined total of 12 faults over two rounds. This win comes as a surprise to Weishaupt, who is at Spruce Meadows for the first time. “This place is incredible” Weishaupt commented after the competition. “You hear about how good it is, but it’s nothing compared to what it feels like to actually be here.”
Tomorrow, Spruce Meadows is host to the biggest day of show jumping on the FEI calendar, the $1,000,000 CN International Grand prix which kicks off at 12:00.
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Source: Spruce Meadows Press release
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