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Deslauriers Dominates at Spruce Meadows

Deslauriers Dominates at Spruce Meadows

The sun shone brightly on Saturday at the 2012 Spruce Meadows "Canada One" Tournament, which was truly a banner day for American veterans McLain Ward and Mario Deslauriers.

Fifty nine horse/rider combinations saddled up for the 1.45 meter Direct Energy Cup this morning, competing for top spot over the 500 meter long course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). Over 16 jumping efforts, the field was narrowed down to the 13 combinations who moved into the jump off. In the end, nobody could catch two-time Olympian McLain Ward (USA) and his 11 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Pjotter Van de Zonnehoeve, who finished with double clear rounds and a jump off time of 35.96. Ward is no stranger to the winners circle at Spruce Meadows, and was just named to one of four spots on the 2012 US Olympic team. The win was particularly gratifying, as Ward is just returning from a severe leg break suffered in January.

McLain Ward & Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, winners of the Direct Energy Cup. Photo Credits: Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Direct Energy Cup - Top 10
1- McLain Ward USA Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve
2- Katie Prudent USA V
3- Yann Candele CAN Game Ready
4- Darragh Kerins IRL Hot Wheels
5- Katherine Dinan USA Sandro
6- Kara Chad CAN Alberto II
7- Shane Sweetnam IRL Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve
8- Callie Schott USA Wrigley
9- Tim Gredley GBR Unex Voske
10- Eric Lamaze CAN Wang Chung M2S

There was $50,000 dollars on the line for the 1.60 meter RBC Financial Group Cup. Twenty four horse/rider combinations took to the course, designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) that stretched over 510 meters with 16 jumping efforts. Out of the 5 combinations in the jump off, Mario Deslauriers (USA) took the victory aboard Urico, his 11 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding. This marks Deslauriers’ second FEI win at Spruce Meadows this season, after taking home the TransCanada Parcours de Chasse during the Spruce Meadows "National" tournament. “My horse felt great today, and following Beezie in the jump off, I knew I had to pull out all the stops. It worked,” said Deslauriers following the win. “I’m very pleased.”

Bruce MacKenzie, Regional President, AB and the Territories, RBC Royal Bank, presenting the winners' cheque to Mario Desleuriers. Photo credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.

RBC Financial Group Cup - Top 10
1- Mario Deslauriers USA Urico
2- Beezie Madden USA Simon
3- Tiffany Foster CAN Victor
4- Nick Dello Joio USA Scarface
5- Jill Henselwood CAN George
6- Lisa Carlsen CAN La Boom
7- Rodrigo Lambre BRA Chepepe La Escondida
8- Kent Farrington USA Voyeur
9- Richard Spooner USA Apache
10- Lauren Tisbo USA King Kolibri

Oh Canada! Tomorrow, Spruce Meadows celebrates sport and country, highlighted by the $100,000 Esso Challenge World Cup Qualifier. Families are able to come out and participate in a multitude of activities for Canada day, and watch as the world`s top riders fight for first place. Competition begins at Spruce Meadows on Canada day with the West Canadian Cup at 11:00 AM, followed by the Esso Challenge World Cup Grand Prix.

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