Luck of the Irish
The sun was shining strong on Spruce Meadows for the second day of the 2012 "Canada One" Tournament.
With 75 horse/rider combinations saddling up for the 1.45 meter WestJet Cup, course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) created a difficult and technical track for the riders. After 16 jumping efforts over 540 meters, a scant 6 combinations moved on into the jump off. Among them, Shane Sweetnam (IRL) beat out his competitors with double clear rounds aboard his 8 year old Belgian Warmblood mare, Everlychin de la Pomme. Although victory is nothing new to Sweetnam, the Irishman says that it’s always special to win at Spruce Meadows. “The track was tough, and the lines were technical, but you expect to be challenged when coming here” said Sweetnam, the 2011 Cenovus Classic Derby winner. “It makes the win a bit nicer, because you know that it wasn’t easy.” In second place, two time Olympian McLain Ward (USA) just missed out on top spot, just hundredths of a second behind Sweetnam.
Shane Sweetnam & Everlychin De La pomme, winners of the WestJet Cup. photo credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|WestJet cup - Top 10|
|1-||Shane Sweetnam||IRL||Everlychin de la Pomme|
|6-||Jenn Serek||CAN||Brown Thomas|
|10-||Rodrigo Lambre||BRA||Wida Jana|
Sweetnam got right back in the saddle to tackle the 1.50 meter Duncan Ross Cup. Out of a field of 41, Sweetnam was one of 6 horse/rider combinations to make it through to the jump off on the course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) that stretched over 450 meters, with 15 jumping efforts.. Although hard fought the Irishman conceded victory to Kent Farrington (USA), aboard Voyeur, a 10 year old Dutch Warmblood. This win is the 5th of Farrington’s lengthy list of FEI wins at Spruce Meadows this season.
Kent Farrington & Voyeur, winners of the Duncan Ross Cup. Photo Credits: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|Duncan Ross Cup - Top 10|
|3-||Shane Sweetnam||IRL||Amaretto D'Arco|
|6-||Saer Coulter||USA||Carmena Z|
|7-||Cara Raether||USA||Saskia 269|
|8-||Daniel Bluman||COL||Sancha ls La Silla|
|9-||Richie Moloney||USA||Ahorn Van De Zuuthoeve|
It will be an exciting Canada Day weekend at Spruce Meadows! Riders are back on their mounts tomorrow for the $50,000 RBC Cup at 2 PM. In celebration of Canada, Spruce Meadows has activities for the whole family on Sunday, which will feature the $100,000 Esso Challenge World Cup Qualifier.
If you have any questions regarding this press release, please contact Spruce Meadows Media Services at (403)974-4232 or email.