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Spooner and Madden's day at Spruce Meadows

Saturday, 09 June 2012

 Beezie Madden keeps up her good performances. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.46 horse/rider combinations had their work cut out for them in the $35,000 1.45 meter ATCO Midstream Challenge. The course, designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA), stretched over 525 meters of course, with 15 jumping efforts. With 16 combinations in the jump off, Richard Spooner (USA) was declared the winner with double clear rounds and a jump off time of 35.50 aboard his 13 year old Zangersheide gelding, Chivas Z. Although Spooner is not looking for a spot on the 2012 US Olympic team, he is still looking towards Saturday’s grand prix at Spruce Meadows.

Spooner came back to the International ring with 19 other horse/rider combinations in the 1.50 meter RBC Capital Markets Winning Round. After the first round, the top eight placed riders advanced to a jump off, designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA), with 15 jumping efforts and 545 meters of track. With two horses in the top eight, victory was inevitable for Beezie Madden (USA). Her first trip around the jump off course on the 10 year old Belgian Warmblood Cortez C placed her in third, but her 15 year old Holstein mare Mademoiselle won her first place. This win comes off of a successful selection trial for the 2012 US Olympic team. With at least one possible Olympic horse in her stable, Madden is paying attention to who her possible teammates will be. With many Americans doing very well at Spruce Meadows this season, Madden is confident that the US team has a chance to defend their gold medal in London. “If we all come together nicely, and we each peak at the right time, we`ll have a really good chance”, commented Madden, a member of the last two gold medal-winning Olympic teams.Spooner has also hit the form, but is not aiming for the Olympics. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.

The Olympic level excitement continues tomorrow in the International ring, with the first leg of the CN precision series, the $200,000 CN Reliability Grand prix.

ATCO Midstream Challenge – Top 10

1-      Richard Spooner                               USA       Chivas Z
2-     Mario Deslauriers                     USA       Vicomte D
3-     Eric Lamaze                             CAN       Wang Chung M2S
4-     Quentin Judge                           USA       Champ 163
5-     Beezie Madden                         USA       Vanilla
6-     Tim Gredley                              GBR       Unex Voske
7-     Susan Artes                               USA       Zamiro
8-     Nick Dello Joio                         USA       Geledimar
9-     Elizabeth Gingras                      CAN       Avensis 4
10- Reed Kessler                            USA       Ligist

RBC Capital Markets Winning Round – Top 10
1-      Beezie Madden                                USA       Mademoiselle
2-     Richard Spooner                      USA       Apache
3-     Beezie Madden                        USA       Cortes C
4-     Tim Gredley                             GBR       Unex Chamberlain Z
5-     Lauren Tisbo                            USA       Creme Brulé
6-     Nick Dello Joio                        USA       Notre Star de la Nutria
7-     Ashlee Bond                            USA       Cadett 7
8-     Robert Whitaker                      GBR       Catwalk 7
9-     Mclain Ward                            USA       Rothchild
10- Andres Rodriguez                    VEN       Caballito

Source: Spruce Meadows Media Services.

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