The sun was shining on the Spruce Meadows International ring for day two of the 2012 National Tournament. With $32,000 on the line in the 1.45 meter ATCO Pipelines Cup, 67 horse/rider combinations took to the field. 11 riders made it through to the jump-off on the 500 meter Guilherme Jorge (BRA) designed course with 15 jumping efforts. After a fast paced jump-off, Richard Spooner (USA) rode into the winners circle aboard the 11 year old Dutch Warmblood mare Billy Bianca. Although this was his second win in as many days, Spooner has no intention of pursuing a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. “I’m not concerned with the trials, I’m not really looking for a spot on the team”, Spooner commented yesterday.
36 combinations were back on the International ring for the $32,000 Prairie Mines & Royalty LTD Cup, set at 1.50 meters with 15 jumping efforts. The course, stretched over 530 meters of track, and designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA), narrowed the combinations down to 7 in the jump off. McLain Ward (USA) grabbed the fastest time of 33.47 and double clear, aboard Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, an 11 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding. This is a big win for Ward, who shattered his kneecap early in the new year, and is now getting back into the swing of competition. “It’s always great to win at the best venue in the world”, remarked Ward, the 2 time Olympic gold-medallist.
The 1.60 meter Spectra Energy Cup was the second leg of the Spruce Meadows Canadian Show Jumping Championship title. With 19 horse/rider combinations starting, 11 made it through on the 555 meter course with 15 jumping efforts, designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA). Through an exciting jump-off, 17 year old Reed Kessler (USA) emerged victorious aboard her 10 year old Belgian Warmblood mare, Cylana. Kessler was close to victory on day one of the Spruce Meadows National, and was excited to experience her first victory on the International ring. “I’ve always dreamed of getting to drive in the golf cart down to the end of the field, accept the big check and lift the trophy”. Kessler is looking seriously at a spot on the US Olympic team for London in august. “I’m not going to compete this Saturday, but I think this week was a great setup for the trials next week.” The U.S. will hold 2 Olympic team trials next week at Spruce Meadows.
Spectra Energy Cup – Top 10
1-Reed Kessler, USA - Cylana
2-Robert Whitaker, GBR - USA Today
3-Eric Lamaze, CAN - Derly Chin De Muze
4-Eric Lamaze, CAN- Verdi
5-Federico Fernandes, MEX - Victoria
6-Tiffany Foster, CAN- Victor
7-Mac Cone, CAN - Unanimous
8-Antonio Maurer MEX - Callao
9-Caitlin Ziegler, USA - Touch Down
10-Kent Farrington,USA - Uceko
Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media Services
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