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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.

September 13, 2009

Sapphire And Ward Stake Their Claim To CN International

In just the blink of an eye, Sapphire and McLain Ward captured the $921,560 CN International Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows Masters today, Sept. 13, in a heart-stopping jump-off with reigning Olympic individual medalists Eric Lamaze and Hickstead.

In the end, the difference was .02 seconds. 

“He [Eric] was nice enough to take a pull [on the reins],” said Ward with a smile. “And I’ll take it.”

Indeed, Ward took home first-placed prize money of $299,554, with Lamaze, the class winner in 2007, earning $184,341 for his gallant efforts.

September 12, 2009

Dutch Prevail For BMO Nations Cup Victory

It was a day mixed with drama and dramatic show jumping at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Alta., during the $325,127 BMO Nations Cup. But in the end the tough prevailed, and the Dutch were the toughest today. Despite their lead-off pair leaving the course in a horse ambulance, the Dutch riders didn’t bow down to the pressure of only having three riders’ scores count.

August 14, 2009

Spruce Meadows Team Named

U.S. Equestrian Federation officials announced the four horse and rider combinations who will make up the U.S. team at the Spruce Meadows CSIO*****, Sept. 9-13 in Calgary, Alta.

The riders are as follows:
•    Ashlee Bond, 24, of Hidden Hills, Calif., on Cadett 7, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Little Valley Farms.
•    Richard Spooner, 39, of Agua Dulce, Calif., on Cristallo, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by the rider.

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