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First Time Win for Nassar

First Time Win for Nassar

It was anybody’s game in the International Ring at Spruce Meadows today, with a rookie and veteran taking home first place ribbons during day two of the 2012 Spruce Meadows "North American" ring.

It was a first for Nayel Nassar (EGY), who beat out veterans like Beezie Madden (USA) and McLain Ward (USA) to take home the 1.50 meter Progress Energy Cup. The course featured 16 jumping efforts over 510 meters of track. After 41 horse/rider combinations completed the tough track, 3 riders advanced to the jump off. In the end, Nassar emerged victorious aboard his 14 year old Belgian Warmblood stallion, Raging Bull Vangelis S. This is the first FEI win for 22 year old Nassar, who is competing at Spruce Meadows for the first time. “This place is amazing. It’s the smoothest run competition I’ve ever been to.” said Nassar, when asked about his experience at Spruce Meadows to date. “I’ve been here for three weeks now, and I couldn’t be happier with a win here.”

Nayel Nassar aboard Raging Bull Vangelis S, champions of the Progress Energy Cup. Photo credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.


Progress Energy Cup - Top 10
1- Nayel Nassar EGY Raging Bull Vangelis S
2- Beezie Madden USA Vanilla 
3- Christine McCrea USA Romantovich Take One 
4- Beezie Madden  USA Coral Reef Via Volo 
5- Reed Kessler  USA Ligist 
6- Jonathan McCrea  USA  Colorado 
7- Mac Cone  USA  Capone I 
8- Nick Dello Joio  USA Zorro 
9- Mario Deslauriers  USA  Cella 
10- McLain Ward  USA  Antares F 


Winning at Spruce Meadows isn’t a new feeling for McLain Ward (USA), but the Olympic veteran says it never gets old. Ward posted two clear rounds over the course designed by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), with 15 jumping obstacles and 495 meters of track. This win aboard the 11 year old Warmblood gelding, Rothchild, is Ward’s third FEI win at Spruce Meadows this season. “The level at Spruce Meadows is phenomenal” commented Ward after the victory. “No victory here ever loses meaning for me.”

Cal Jacober, Office Managing Partner, PWC presenting the winners trophy to McLain Ward. Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media services.


PWC Cup - Top 10
1- McLain Ward USA Rothchild
2- Beezie Madden USA Simon
3- Tim Gredley GBR Unex Chamberlain Z
4- Eric Lamaze CAN Verdi
5- Sean Crooks USA Armegedon
6- Tiffany Foster CAN Southwind VDL
7- Lauren Tisbo USA King Kolibri
8- Lisa Carlsen CAN La Boom
9- Richard Spooner USA Cristallo
10- Jennifer Crooks IRL SF Uryadi


Spruce Meadows presents family fun night on Friday, featuring hot dogs, Pepsi and international level sport. The FEI action continues tomorrow during the 2012 Spruce Meadows "North American" tournament, with the Pepsi Cup and the Lafarge Cup.

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