The first competition in the Meadows on the Green on Sunday was the $33,500 West Canadian Cup 1.50m with a win for Will Simpson and Monarch International's Geledimar, an 11-year-old Zangersheide mare by Grosso Z x Lord Z. Cristina Larangeiro set the track for 44 starters with seven advancing to the jump-off and five double clear rounds.
Kara Chad and Stone Ridge Farms' Alberto II jumped the first clear round over the short course in 42.81 seconds to eventually finish third. Ben Asselin and Attache Stables' Makavoy jumped next and stopped the clock in 45.17 seconds to finish fifth. Angel Karolyi upped the ante in 42.41 seconds next with Hollow Creek Farm's Indiana 127 to take second place honors. They were followed by Will Simpson and Geledimar, who clocked the winning time of 42.25 seconds. Eric Lamaze and Artisan Farms' Fine Lady 5 were last to go and finished fourth in 43.10 seconds.
Geledimar has shown mostly with her owner, Hannah von Heidegger, but after the rider had a fall earlier in the week, Simpson took over the reins. "I haven't had a whole lot of rounds with the horse," Simpson noted. "I have ridden her for a while and I know her well from training Hannah. She had a little bobble on another horse the other day, so she's out for a little while, but she'll be back. In the mean time, the mare has been a little bit of a handful. She has gotten to where she thinks she is queen of everything, so I thought it would be good to put the pedal to the metal a little bit and it has been great. She is a competitor and she is really coming into her own here, so Hannah is going to be anxious to get back on. She is kind of ironed out and going strong."
Simpson had a fast time to beat following Angel Karolyi and Indiana 127, but he and Geledimar blazed through the course to take the winning edge. Commenting on his round, Simpson detailed, "I thought I was lickety-split everywhere. That is just the way it goes at Spruce Meadows. You have to go flat out everywhere. It was just the pace; I don't think you could take much off. You had to be on it everywhere."
This was Simpson's first international victory at Spruce Meadows since winning a World Cup qualifier with Archie Bunker in 2010. "It has been too long," he smiled. "It was nice to get back out here and get a win."
Competition at the Spruce Meadows Summer Series continues next week with the 'North American' CSI 5* Tournament, running July 2-6. The competition will feature the $210,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday, July 5, and the $210,000 Cenovus Energy Classic 1.50m Derby on Sunday, July 6. Highlights also include the $85,000 Sun Life Financial 'Reach for the Sun' 1.55m competition on Wednesday, July 2, and the $85,000 Progress Energy Cup 1.55m on Thursday, July 3, as well as the $85,000 TD Cup 1.50m on Saturday, July 5, and the $85,000 Enbridge Cup 1.50m on Sunday, July 6. For more information and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.
Final Results: $33,500 West Canadian Cup 1.50m
1 GELEDIMAR: Zangersheide / M / 11 Grosso Z x Lord Z
WILL SIMPSON (USA), Monarch International: 0/0/42.25
2 INDIANA 127: Dutch Warmblood / G / 12 Indoctro x Voltaire
ANGEL KAROLYI (VEN), Hollow Creek Farm: 0/0/42.41
3 ALBERTO II: Holstein / G / 11 Acorado x Cassini I
KARA CHAD (CAN), Stone Ridge Farms LLC: 0/0/42.81
4 FINE LADY 5: Hanoverian / M / 11 Forsyth x Hauptstutbuch
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/43.10
5 MAKAVOY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 11 Hors La Loi II x Ahorn
BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Attache Stables: 0/0/45.17
6 PICOLO: Warmblood / G / 11 Diamant De Semilly x Alme
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Oakland Ventures LLC: 0/4/40.68
7 ZILVERSPRINGS: Dutch Warmblood / G / 10 Silverstone x Emilion
ELIZABETH GINGRAS (CAN), B Gingras Equestrian Ltd: 0/12/51.75
8 AMBOSELLI: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Silverstone x Lancelot
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios: 1/77.50
9 CORAL REEF FOLLOW ME II: Westphalian / S / 9 For Pleasure x Sandrina
VINTON KARRASCH (USA), Coral Reef Ranch: 1/77.89
10 CALERO: Holstein / G / 11 Calato x Leandro
ALLYSSA HECHT (USA), Neaulani Farms: 2/84.53
11 ROSANA DU PARK: Dutch Warmblood / M / 9 Kannan x Ukase
CARLY ANTHONY (USA), Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines: 4/74.11
12 VICTOR: Dutch Warmblood / G / 12 Elmshorn x Grandeur
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Torrey Pines & Artisan Farms: 4/74.39
Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media Service.
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