Bluman Rules On Opening Day
(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): 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 1.45 meter 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 Dutch Warmblood 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 International Ring.
Darrell Donly,President Bantrel Co, presenting the winner's trophy to Daniel Bluman. Photo credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|Bantrel Cup - Top 10|
|3-||Yann Candele||CAN||Game Ready|
|7-||Rodrigo Lambre||BRA||Chepepe La Escondida|
|10-||Nick Dello Joio||USA||Geledimar|
Daniel Bluman (COL) was on a roll opening day, also capturing the $32,000 Enbridge cup. A field of 37 horse/rider combinations tackled the course designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA). With 14 jumping efforts and 525 meters of track, 13 riders succeeded in moving 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 should have watched Daniel go, then I could have thought to go a little bit faster”.
Daniel Bluman aboard Sancha LS La Silla, winners of the Enbridge Cup 1.50m. Photo credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|Enbridge Cup - Top 10|
|1-||Daniel Bluman||COL||Sancha LS La Silla|
|5-||Robert Whitaker||GBR||Catwalk IV|
|6-||Nick Dello Joio||USA||Notre Star De La Nutria|
|7-||Richie Moloney||USA||Ahorn Van De Zuuthoeve|
|10-||Antonio Maurer||MEX||Eeckenrhoode S Uno Momento|
Although only 15 horse/rider combinations started the 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 the start of his career, so that helps”. The ATB Financial Cup was the first leg in the Spruce Meadows Canadian Show Jumping Championship.
Dave Mowat, President & CEO ATB Financial presenting the trophy to the ATB Financial Cup winner, Kent Farrington. Photo credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|ATB Financial Cup - Top 10|
|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|
|8-||Eric Lamaze||CAN||Derly Chin De Muze|
|10-||Mac Cone||CAN||Amor Van De Rostal|
A prominent thought that must be on the 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 next two weeks here at Spruce Meadows. Reed Kessler of the USA is focusing on giving her best and 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 will have his name on it, especially after two back-to-back wins in the International Ring today.
The competition continues tomorrow in the International Ring, beginning with the ATCO Pipelines cup at 1:00PM.
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