The $35,000 ATCO Energy Solutions Cup 1.45m had the largest starting field of the day with 62 entries, and 10 qualified for the jump-off. Leading the pack with a time of 38.72 seconds was Olympic gold medalist and 2013 FEI World Cup Finals winner Beezie Madden on Wrigley, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Padinus x Burggaaf owned by John Madden Sales, Inc.
Second place went to Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Twisther, owned by Candy Tribble, who had a jump-off time of 39.27 seconds. Katie Dinan (USA) and Grant Road Partners' Glory Days were third in 39.61 seconds.
Madden said of the track, "It was a tough enough course with the time allowed factor. You needed a little speed in the first round. The jump-off, I didn't see anybody go, but my husband told me it was quite fast. I just tried to go as fast as I could. I think I was pretty fast from the triple bar to the double (combination), and then I was really fast over to the coin jump."
While Madden just got the ride on Wrigley this year, she knows the mare quite well; former student Callie Schott used to ride the grey mare for her and husband John Madden's business, John Madden Sales. She described, "Wrigley started very late in her career. She's had two foals, I think. She wasn't even broke to ride until she was five years old. She is a little green for what she's done, but she's game."
She went on to say, "She's brave and careful. She's a naturally fast horse too; she covers the ground pretty quick. You can run her and she stays careful. She has a funny mouth, but she's not really strong. Like I can not be afraid to run her over to the coin jump and she's going to slow down when I stop pushing. That's always a nice feeling."
Madden said it was nice to win already, and she feels good about showing Simon in tomorrow's $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix CSI-W 5*. The 'National' is their first competition back after they won the FEI World Cup Finals in April.
Final Results: $35,000 ATCO Energy Solutions Cup 1.45m
1. WRIGLEY: 2003 KWPN mare by Padinus x Burggraaf
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), John Madden Sales, Inc.: 0/0/38.72
2. TWISTHER: 2000 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Farmer
JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/0/39.27
3. GLORY DAYS: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent
KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners, LLC: 0/0/39.61
4. NEWTON DU HAUT BOIS: 2001 French Trotter gelding by Cumano x Quat Sous
CAMERON HANLEY (IRL), Eleonore Paschoude & Yves Bouvier: 0/0/40.49
5. CARRABIS Z: 2003 Zangersheide stallion by Canabis Z x Grannusso
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/0/49.64
6. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan and Ariel Grange: 0/4/37.10
7. PALOUBET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Baloubet Du Rouet x Voltaire
WILTON PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 0/4/37.84
8. POWER PLAY: 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Casall x Limbus
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/4/43.64
9. APARDI: 2005 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Corland x Kannan
DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Ricardo & Alberto Simhon: 0/4/46.34
10. BARANUS: 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Balou de Rouet x Centauer Z
IAN MILLAR (CAN), The Baranus Group: 0/8/41.53
Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows
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