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Youth Movement Shines at Spruce Meadows

Saturday, 16 June 2012

John Lowe, President AltaGas Utility Group presenting the winner’s cheque to champion Reed Kessler. Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services. The sun shone for day two of competition for the 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament, the second of the Spruce Meadows Summer Series. Riders in the 1.45 meter, $32,000 AltaGas Cup had their work cut out for them. The course, designed by Bob Ellis (GBR), that stretched over 535 meters with 14 jumping efforts, saw 64 horse/rider combinations over the one round. In the end, Reed Kessler (USA) came out on top, with a time of 57.20. This win adds to the list for Kessler, who is looking for a spot on the 2012 US Olympic team. After placing 3rd in the Olympic trial competition yesterday, 17 year old Kessler is optimistic this win will help pave the road onto the team. The victory was her second in the FEI Division at Spruce meadows this season.

Mike Jackson Managing Director Scotia Capital and winners: Kent Farrington and Voyeur. Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services. Canadians had several riders to cheer for in the 1.50 meter $32,000 Scotiabank Cup. With 38 horse/rider combinations in the field, designed by Bob Ellis (GBR) with 15 jumping efforts over 530 meters, 9 combinations returned for the jump off. After a nail-biting jump off, Kent Farrington was crowned champion with a clear jump off and time of 48.72. “I’m always nervous going in, I knew I had some fast riders after me, but I got lucky this time” said Farrington. Canadians did have something to cheer about, with Eric Lamaze (CAN) in second and 18 year old Calgarian Ben Asselin in third place. Asselin was thrilled with his placing. “It’s so flattering, to go in and be right behind Eric and Kent,” he commented, “I’ve won around the world, but coming home and placing in front of my family and friends is always that much more special to me.”

The action continues tomorrow at Spruce Meadows! The second leg of the CN Precision series; the CN Performance World Cup Grand prix will start at 2:30 pm. Not only will the American riders be battling for first place, but also for a final spot on the 2012 US Olympic team.

AltaGas Cup – Top

1-Reed Kessler                        USA                Onisha

2-McLain Ward                       USA                Rothchild

3-Eric Lamaze                          CAN                Wang Chung M2S

4-Beezie Madden                     USA                Vanilla

5-Meagan Nusz                        USA                Dynamo

6-Yann Candele                       CAN                Game Ready

7-Rich Fellers                           USA                McGuinness

8-Susan Artes                          USA                Karina 445

9-Cara Anthony                       USA                Woodpecker De Villars

10-Nayel Nassar                      EGY                Lordan

Scotiabank Cup  - Top 10

1-Kent Farrington                     USA                Voyeur

2-Eric Lamaze                          CAN                Derly Chin de Muze

3-Ben Asselin                           CAN                Rush

4-Caitlin Ziegler                        USA                Touch Down

5-Richard Spooner                   USA                Apache

6-Eric Lamaze                          CAN                Coriana Van Klapscheut

7-Tiffany Foster                        CAN                Victor

8-Richard Spooner                   USA                Chivas Z

9-Robert Whitaker                   GBR                USA Today

10-Caitlin Ziegler                      USA                Valencia

Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows media Services.

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