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Reports from Spruce Meadows

Saturday, 09 July 2011

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead win again. Photo by Jenny AbrahamssonThere have been several 1.50 and 1.60 classes at Spruce Meadows over the weekend. The first 1.60 class on wednesday was won by Rich Fellers and his lovely stallion Flexible (Cruising x Safari). Kent Farrington and Uceko (Celano x Koriander) were second and Irish rider Shane Sweetnam was third aboard Traffic Boy (Cardento x Feliciano).

Thursday Beezie Madden was on form with the well jumping Coral Reef Via Volo (Clinton x Heartbreaker). The pair was the only double clear together with  Canadian rider Jonathan Asselin and Showgirl (Gold De Becourt x ElfI I) who were second. Third place went to Cristallo (Caletto x Metellus) and Richard Spooner.

Friday Richard Spooner climbed all the way to the top in the 1.50 class riding Apache (by Mezcalero). Two other American riders followed him. The new number three on the Rolex World Ranking, McLain Ward was second aboard Pjotter Van de Zoennehoeve (Plat x Gmillion), while Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2 (Loreatus x Weizenkorn) were third.

Saturday Eric Lamaze took home the $200.000 price when winning the Queen Elizabeth II Cup with his amazing Hickstead. The class counted 29 riders, but Lamaze and runner up Rich Fellers were the only two with double clears. In the jump off Lamaze was first to go. He rode a fast clear round and really put the pressure on Fellers who focused too much on the intermediate during his round and got punished with four faults.  Ian Miller secured two Canadian riders on the podium by taking third place with a total of six faults after the two rounds.

For full results go here.

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