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Patricio Pasquel blazes ahead in the ATCO Connect at Spruce Meadows on Friday

Sunday, 09 July 2017
CSI5* Spruce Meadows 'North American' 2017

Photo (c) Spruce Meadows. Patricio Pasquel with Tulum. Photo (c) Spruce Meadows.

Mexico’s Patricio Pasquel put the pedal to the metal and blazed ahead of the competition in this afternoon’s ATCO Connect competition. Once again, the competition’s start list saw a large entry of top athelets representing 9 countries.

Pasquel has enjoyed great success thus far throughout the 2017 Spruce Meadows Summer Series and today adds another impressive victory to his resume. Thrilled with the performance of a new horse he’s been working with since last season; Tulum (Chacco-Blue x Captain Paul I), an 8 year-old Oldenburg stallion, certainly earned his oats after today’s show down.

Pasquel had this to say about his round, “I was very lucky that it went my way today – sometimes you have to have a bit of luck. It was a difficult event – the first round wasn’t easy, but now it’s the fourth week and the horses are jumping better with each competition, so despite the difficult course and time allowed there were still 26 athletes who were able to jump clear.” He Continued, “My horse has a very nice stride but he is also quite young, so my plan in the jump off was to go smooth and try to take a stride off in every line – I did and it was perfect – In the end I won by nearly a second. The horse was great, I didn’t have to pull one time.”

Following behind the winning time by 0.66 seconds to finish in second place was the great Rich Fellers of the United States aboard HTH Crazy for Crown, an 11 year-old stallion by Crown Z. As second last to go in the jump off order, Fellers found an efficient track around the Santiago Varela Course, but couldn’t quite catch the time of the long strided Tulum.

Finishing in third position in the ATCO Connect was Vladimir Tuganov of Russia. Tuganov qualified the 11 year-old mare, Sinfonie (Satisfaction I x Don Juan),  for the 26 horse jump off, entering the ring in the midst of the order. Tuganov set the bar with a fast pace to challenge his remaining opponents. Undoubtedly pleased with his first podium finish of the 2017 Summer Series, Vladimir unfortunately fell short of the title, crossing the finish line 1.08 seconds behind Pasquel.  


Source: Press release and photo (c) Spruce Meadows. 

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