Whitaker for the Win
The sun was shining on the International ring for the Thursday of the 2012 Spruce Meadows "Masters" Tournament.
Forty-one horse/rider combinations walked through the clock tower to compete for the 1.50 meter ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup. With five combinations moving into the jump off, Christian Ahlmann (GER) took home first place with a jump off time of 36.79: a full four seconds faster than second place. The course, designed by Leopoldo Palacios (VEN), stretched over 470 meters with 15 jumping obstacles. Ahlmann was very happy with his 11 year old Warmblood gelding Aragon, commenting that “He loves it here. The ground was perfect for him, and he jumped great”. Ahlmann hopes Aragon will continue to jump well through the week in preparation for the $1,000,000 CN International on Sunday.
George Lidgett, Executive Vice President Operations & Manufacturing, ATCO Structures and Logistics presenting the winners’ trophy to Christian Ahlmann. Photo Credits: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|ATCO Structures & Logistics - Top 10|
|2-||Abdullah AL Sharbatly||KSA||Larkhill Cruiser|
|3-||Olivier Philippaerts||BEL||Quintender 2|
|4-||Jur Vrieling||NED||VDL Emmerton|
|7-||Eric Lamaze||CAN||Derly Chin de Muze|
|8-||Robert Whitaker||GBR||Catwalk IV|
|9-||Shane Breen||IRL||Cos I Can|
The 1.60 meter CANA Cup got off to a fast start, seeing British show jumping veteran Michael Whitaker (GBR) taking home the first place ribbon. Nine of the 42 horse/rider combinations moved into the jump off after tackling the Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) course with 15 jumping obstacles over 490 meters. This is Whitaker’s second year with his 10 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Viking. After building momentum in 2011, Whitaker and Viking are looking forward to competing once again at Spruce Meadows. “It’s the atmosphere here. The courses are hard, and everyone expects them to be hard. That way, if you win, you know you’re the best”.
John Simpson, President and CEO, Cana Group of Companies presenting the winners’ trophy to Michael Whitaker. Photo Credits: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|CANA Cup - Top 10|
|2-||Christian Ahlmann||GER||Taloubet Z|
|3-||Jerome Hurel||FRA||OHM De Ponthual|
|5-||Ian Millar||CAN||Star Power|
|6-||Andrew Bourns||IRL||Roundthorn Madios|
|7-||Tina Fletcher||GBR||Hello Sailor|
|8-||Olivier Philippaerts||BEL||Cabrio Van De Heffinck|
|9-||Beezie Madden||USA||Coral Reef Via Volo|
|10-||Jur Vrieling||NED||VDL Bubalu|
The action continues tomorrow in the International ring at Spruce Meadows. The Mercedes-Benz "Evening of the horse" begins at 5:15pm with the Encana Cup. It is then followed by the ATCO Electric six-bar circuit with a performance by the Celle Stallions and a fireworks show.
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