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Spruce Meadows National kicks off

Thursday, 07 June 2012

Kent Farrington - winner of the 1.60 ATB Financial Cup. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.The 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘National’kicked off with a cool but exciting day in the International ring. Top riders from around the world gathered to compete for their shot at victory. A huge field of 80 horse/rider combinations came out to ride the Guilherme Jorge (BRA) course in the 1.45meter Bantrel Cup. With 495 meters of track, 13 jumping efforts and only one round to prove themselves, the riders raced against the clock to take home their share of the$32,000. Daniel Bluman (COL) came out on top, riding the ten year old DutchWarmblood Vichy,owned by Torrey Pines Stables. Seventeen year old Reed Kessler (USA) was just a second behind, not managing to beat Bluman’s time of 58.19. It was an exciting day for Bluman, winning his first competition in the Internationalring.

Daniel Bluman (COL) was on a roll on opening day, then capturing the $32,000 Enbridge cup. A field of37 horse/rider combinations tackled the course designed by Guilherme Jorge(BRA). With 14 jumping efforts and 525 meters of track, 13 riders succeeded inmoving into the jump off. Daniel Bluman and his 9 year old Warmblood mare, Sancha LS la Silla rode to victory going double clear in a time of 37.08 seconds. After the competition, Bluman gushed about the mare, saying "I could talk for hours about her, she’s always surprising me". American Richard Spooner was disappointed in his round, saying "I shouldhave watched Daniel go, then I could have thought to go a little bit faster".Daniel Bluman and Sanches LS La Silla - winners of the 1.50 class. photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Although only 15 horse/rider combinations startedthe 1.60 meter ATB Financial Cup, the competition was fierce. Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set the 540 meter course with 14 jumping obstacles, cutting the field down to 6 in the jump off. With three double clears, defending champion Kent Farrington (USA) came out on top with a time of 35.36 aboard Uceko, an 11 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding. When asked if this win helps his chance of being selected for the Olympic team, he responded "I don’t think so, but this horse has posted consistent rounds since thestart of his career, so that helps". The ATB Financial was the first leg in the Spruce Meadows Canadian Show Jumping Championship.

A prominent thought on riders minds are the Olympic trials being held during the Spruce Meadows Summer Series. With several talented up-and-coming riders and veterans on new horses,the five spots for each team will be up for grabs in the nexttwo weeks here at Spruce Meadows. Reed Kessler of the USA is focusing on giving her bestand hopefully being chosen for the Olympics, which will be just weeks after her 18th birthday. Kent Farrington is also eyeing a spot on the team,with plans to compete in the grand prix this coming Saturday.  With only two spots open for the Colombian team, Daniel Bluman is confident that one of those spots has his name on it, especially after two back-to-back wins in the International ring today.


Bantrel Cup - Top 10

1-Daniel Bluman                       COL                Vichy

2-Reed Kessler                           USA              Onisha

3-Yann Candele                       CAN                Game Ready

4-Robert Whitaker                   GBR                Waterstone

5-McLain Ward                       USA                Rothchild

6-Susan Artes                          USA                Zamiro

7-Beezie Madden                     USA                Amadora

7-Rodrigo Lambre                    BRA                Chepepe La Escondida

9-Meagan Nusz                        USA                Dynamo

10-Nick Dello Joio                   USA          


Enbridge Cup – Top 10

1-Daniel Bluman                       COL                Sancha LS La Silla

2-Richard Spooner                   USA                Apache

3-Reed Kessler                        USA                Cylana

4-Tiffany Foster                        CAN                Victor

5-Robert Whitaker                   GBR                Catwalk IV

6-Nick Dello Joio                     USA                NotreS tar De La Nutria

7-Richie Moloney                     USA                Ahorn Van De Zuuthoeve

8-Federico Fernandez              MEX                Gitano

9-Darragh Kerins                     USA                Lisona

10-Antonio Maurer                  MEX                Eeckenrhoode SUno Momento

ATB Financial Cup – Top 10

1-Kent Farrington                     USA                Uceko

2-Robert Whitaker                   GBR                USA Today

3-Tim Gredley                          GBR                Unex Timo IV

4-Jennifer Crooks                     IRL                  SF Uryadi

5-Nick Dello Joio                     USA                Scarface

6-Eric Lamaze                          CAN                Verdi

7-Kirsten Coe                          USA                Combina

8-Eric Lamaze                          CAN                Derly Chin deMuze

9-McLain Ward                       USA                Vocas

10-Mac Cone                          CAN                Amor Van DeRostal

Source: press release form Spruce Meadows

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