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A big win for world number one Steve Guerdat at Spruce Meadows

Monday, 01 July 2019
CSI5* Spruce Meadows 'Pan American' 2019

Photo © Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk. Steve Guerdat and Venard de Cerisy. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk.

 

Press release from Spruce Meadows

 


 

There was a lively atmosphere surround Meadows on the Green for the 2019 'Pan American' Grand Prix, presented by Rolex. Forty-seven international riders started the competition in hopes of making it to the winner's circle. The technical track designed by FEI Course Designer Alan Wade (IRL) challenged the riders to jump 14 obstacles (17 efforts) clean in a time allowed of 87 seconds.

Only six riders were able to jump a clean first round and advance to the jump-off. Jennifer Gates (USA) with Capital Colnardo was the first to go in the jump-off and laid down a solid clear round with a time of 46.73s. The lead didn't last long as Capt. Brian Cournane (IRL) with Armik put in a clear ride with a time of 45.54s taking over the lead. The pressure to be fast caused Eduardo Menezes (BRA) with H5 Quintol and Daniel Coyle (IRL) with Farrel to have one and two rails respectively and like that there was only one to go.

World number one Steve Guerdat (SUI) had been hungry for a win all summer with multiple top three finishes over the last three weeks of tournament. Aboard Venard de Cerisy, Guerdat kept his composure and sailed over the finish line with a time of 43.95s to win the 2019 'Pan American' Grand Prix, presented by Rolex.

"It feels really good. I really wanted to win one of the main classes, I was close many times, four/five times second and third, which was good but just not good enough. Someone was always faster then me so being last knowing what I had to do was a big relief for me. I am leaving Spruce Meadows a better rider and my horses are better too," Steve Guerdat commented on today's win and his experience over the Spruce Meadows Summer Series.

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