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Youth Movement Shines at Spruce Meadows

Youth Movement Shines at Spruce Meadows

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) 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.

John Lowe, President, AltaGas Utility Group presenting the winner's cheque to champion Reed Kessler. Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.

AltaGas Cup - Top 10
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

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.”

Mike Jackson Managing Director, Scotia Capital and winner of the Scotiabank Cup: Kent Farrington and Voyeur. Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.

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

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. The American riders be not only be battling for first place, but a final spot on the 2012 US Olympic team as well.

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