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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.

September 10, 2011

French Overcome The Odds To Top BMO Nations Cup At Spruce Meadows

French chef d’equipe Thierry Pomel knew he had good horses and riders on his team for the $351,088 BMO Nations Cup at the Spruce Meadows Masters. He just thought he might not have quite enough of them.

July 11, 2011

The Jorgensens Make Show Jumping At Spruce Meadows A Family Affair

For most amateur riders, taking second place in a Prix des Nations competition at Spruce Meadows (Alta.) would probably rank high on a list of proudest achievements. For Sara Jorgensen, the satisfaction was doubled—her 14-year-old daughter Abby was another member of the team.

“When we were lined up for ribbons, I couldn’t even look at her,” Sara said. “I knew I would burst out in tears if I did, so I just kept looking down at my horse and adjusting my reins. I was so full of pride. It was a really good moment.”

September 12, 2010

Dubbeldam Has His Day In The CN International

Nine years ago, Jeroen Dubbeldam traveled to the Spruce Meadows Masters from his home in the Netherlands to contest one of the world’s most prestigious grand prix classes. His trip didn’t quite go as planned, however.

“I was eliminated in the grand prix and didn’t even get the $3,500 for finishing. Then, I sat next to Renne Tebbel on the plane home, and he had won the class. They weren’t such great memories,” said Dubbeldam laughing.

He’ll have much better memories now.

September 11, 2010

United States Stakes A Claim To BMO Nations Cup At Spruce Meadows

U.S. Chef d’ Equipe George Morris said it all during the awards ceremony of the $339,515 BMO Nations Cup at the Spruce Meadows Masters: “There’s nothing better than winning the Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows. Nothing.”

This was the U.S. team’s second win in three years, but it wasn’t without drama during a typical Calgary, Alta., fall afternoon that featured bright sunshine, rain showers and a significant drop in temperatures during the two-round class held today, Sept. 11.

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