Team Germany Cashes in the BMO Nations' Cup
The fourth day of the 2012 Spruce Meadows "Masters" Tournament saw both the American and German flag fly above the international ring in front of record crowds.
With the sun shining and 80,961 spectators watching in the stands, 25 horse/rider combinations saddled up for the Suncor Energy Winning Round, spread over 495 meters with 15 jumping obstacles. The top eight riders returned to the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios (VEN), and in the end veteran Beezie Madden (USA) took home gold aboard Coral Reef Via Volo. “It’s a good win for her,” Madden commented about her 14 year old Belgian Warmblood mare. “She’s been pretty consistent all week, I couldn’t have asked for much more from her today." Madden is busy preparing for tomorrow’s $1,000,000 CN International Grand Prix. Madden is one of three riders qualified for a $50,000 bonus after winning the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup in July.
Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo, winners of the Suncor Energy Winning Round. Photo credits: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|Suncor Energy Winning Round - Top 10|
|1-||Beezie Madden||USA||Coral Reef Via Volo|
|2-||Ludo Philippaerts||BEL||Denver Vant Goemanshof|
|3-||Jeroen Dubbeldam||NED||BMC Utascha SFN|
|4-||Juan Carlos Garcia||ITA||Bonzai Van Der Warande|
|5-||Harrie Smolders||NED||Regina Z|
|7-||Nicola Philippaerts||BEL||Diebrich De Kalvarie|
|10-||Abdullah Al Sharbatly||KSA||Sultan|
With 9 nations represented in the $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup, 35 horse/rider combinations took to the International Ring. The course featured 15 jumping obstacles over 560 meters of track. After round one, 2011 champions Team France were forced to withdraw after only 2 of their 3 riders completed the course. After finishing first in the second round with a combined total of 4 faults, Team Germany rode to victory for the first time since 2007. Mentored by Chef D’Equipe Sonke Sonksen, Christian Ahlmann, Hans Dieter Dreher, Daniel Deußer and Philipp Weishaupt completed the course with a combined total of 12 faults over two rounds. This win comes as a surprise to Weishaupt, who is at Spruce Meadows for the first time. “This place is incredible,” he commented after the competition. “You hear about how good it is, but it’s nothing compared to what it feels like to actually be here.”
Team Germany: Hans Dieter Dreher, Daniel Deußer, Philipp Weishaupt and Christian Ahlmann. The team was this year’s winner of the BMO Nations’ Cup. Photo credits: Spruce Meadows Media Services.
|BMO Nations' Cup - Top 10|
Tomorrow, Spruce Meadows is host to the biggest day of show jumping on the FEI calendar, the $1,000,000 CN International Grand Prix which kicks off at 12:00 PM.
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