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September 6, 2013

Nineteen-year-old Asselin Scores His First International Ring Win

When the start list for a grand prix includes the reigning individual Olympic gold medalist, a former European Champion and two World Cup champion combinations, you’re probably not betting on a 19-year-old local rider.

But Ben Asselin proved himself during this year’s Spruce Meadows Masters, scoring his first International Ring win aboard Makavoy in the $205,000 Encana Cup, held today, Sept. 6., in Calgary, Alberta

September 6, 2013

Post Outrides The Pros In The AON Cup

Emily Post may have hit the ground today, Sept. 6, in the All Canada Ring, during the Spruce Meadows Masters, but that didn’t stop her from smiling. She and her mount, Mackintosh, led the victory gallop for the $25,000 AON Cup in Calgary, Alberta, but he spooked partway around to unseat her. Irishman Connor Swail demonstrated his chivalry, hopping off fifth-placed Game Ready to give her a leg up so she could take one last loop around the ring solo. Check out a photo gallery here.

September 6, 2013

New Sponsor For Spruce Meadows International Means Even More Money

As the Spruce Meadows Masters was in full swing, organizers announced on Sept. 6 that Canadian Pacific will be taking over from CN as the title sponsor for the Spruce Meadows highlight grand prix at the Masters in 2014. The Canadian Pacific International will feature a $1.5 million CAD purse (about $1.44 million in U.S. dollars).

September 6, 2013

Spruce Meadows BMO Nations Cups Teams Announced

Eight nations are set to compete in the Sept. 7 $350,000 BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta. The class starts at 2 p.m. local time.

Last night the teams drew the start order, but riders have not yet announced their mounts. Team USA will jump third.

1. Belgium

Chef d’Equipe Simon Knops
Peter Davos
François Mathy
Judy Ann Melchior
Olivier Philippaerts

2. Canada

Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin
Eric Lamaze
Ian Millar
Tiffany Foster
Mac Cone

3. United States

September 9, 2012

Germans Can't Be Beat At Spruce Meadows Masters

In front of record crowds, the fourth day of the Spruce Meadows Masters tournament saw both the American and German flag fly above the international ring.

With nine nations represented in the $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup, 35 horse/rider combinations took to the International ring. The Leopoldo Palacios course featured 15 jumping obstacles over 560 meters of track. After Round 1, the 2011 BMO Nations Cup winners, team France, were forced to withdraw after only two of their three riders completed the course.

June 18, 2012

Meet Your Olympic U.S. Show Jumping Team

It’s hard to come up with adjectives adequate to describe Rich Fellers and Flexible’s performances this spring. Words like “phenomenal,” “incredible” and “unbelievable” are trite and cliché, and honestly don’t convey the true magnitude of his accomplishments.

September 11, 2011

Hickstead Finds His Way Home To The Win At The CN International

Calgary, Alta., Sept. 11

There seemed to be no way Hickstead was going to jump clean through the tight one-stride combination of verticals as he came rocketing into it. But he landed after the first, put in a quick pitter-pat of a stride, and then pinged up over the second vertical, flipping his hind end over it almost with disdain.

It was then that Eric Lamaze knew he had the $1,002,259 CN International Grand Prix won.

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