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A record Friday crowd of 59,765 was treated to top championship sport in the Mercedes-Benz Evening of the Horse, last night at Spruce Meadows. In the $100,000 Encana Cup, Lauren Hough scored her first victory with her 9 year old mare Blue Angel (Luidam x Ascendent) in a three horse jump-off featuring Kamal Bahamdan/Delphi (Liocaylon x Brilliant Invader) and Canadian Team rookie Tiffany Foster/Victor (Elmshorn x Grandeur).
The Leopoldo Palacios designed course took its toll on the 25 starters, with just three advancing to the jump-off. Hough had the only double clear though, as Bahamdan had one down in the jump-off and Foster two.
In the evening’s finale, 12 horse/rider combinations took to the International Ring for the high altitude excitement of the ATCO Electric 6 Bar. Through four rounds of competition just three remained in contention as Leopoldo Palacios raised the final vertical of the four remaining on course to 2.05 meters.
Only Time Stockdale riding his 9 year old gelding Fresh Direct K2 (Orlando x Clinton) was able to conquer the final line of four vertical fences to claim the victory in front of an incredibly appreciative crowd. Seventeen year old Ben Asselin from Canada delighted the crowd with an impressive second place finish.
Encana Cup – Top 5
1-Lauren Hough USA Blue Angel
2-Kamal Bahamdan KSA Delphi
3-Tiffany Foster CAN Victor
4-Niels Bruynseels BEL Conisha Van De Helle
5-Gert Jan Bruynseels NED MCB Ulke
ATCO Electric Six Bar – Top 5
1-Tim Stockdale GBR Fresh Direct K2
2-Ben Asselin CAN Lolita
2-Shane Breen IRL Balloon
4-Andreas Kreuzer GER Jumex Sport Atlantus
5-Santiago Lambre MEX Eorn De Monte Longu
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