Friday 06 September - 03h37 | Press release
A New Victory for Eric Lamaze at the Spruce Meadows Masters
The CANA Cup has been part of the Spruce Meadows collection since 1977. This historic competition has been won by some of the greats including Ian Millar (CAN), Nick Skelton (GBR) and Beezie Madden (USA). This year, 50 horse/rider combinations stepped through the clock tower hoping to add their name to the champions list.
Fourteen combinations jumped clear first rounds qualifying for the jump off including Canadian fan favourite Eric Lamaze. Leading off the jump off aboard Chacco Kid, the duo delivered a clear and very fast jump off round with a time of 37.80s. Even though he was first in the jump off, Lamaze could not be caught. Australian Rowan Willis jumped clear to a second place finish in a time of 40.72s followed by Kevin Staut (FRA) in third with a time of 41.07s.
"This has been a special venue for me since I was much younger then I am now. I've had the greatest memories here at Spruce Meadows and won some big competitions. One cannot get tired of hearing that noise (crowd cheering) coming through the clock tower. It brings out the best in me and it brings the out best in everyone here" - Eric Lamaze (CAN) on coming into the International Ring through the iconic Clock Tower.
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Kent Farrington & Jasper with a win
It was another beautiful day at Spruce Meadows and the ATCO Solutions (1.50m) started things off on the International Ring. Fifty-nine horse/rider combinations took on the 425m track designed by FEI course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) hoping to produce a clear round and qualify for the jump off.
Twenty-three fault free rounds qualified for the jump off including Scott Brash (GBR), Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Kent Farrington (USA). Unfortunately faults in the jump off kept Brash and Lamaze out of top spot, but Farrington and Jasper were in top form. The pair delivered a clear jump off round in a time of 35.48s to bump Italians Lorenzo de Luca (35.56s) and Bruno Chimirri (37.35s) into second and third place respectively.
"The level of competition here (Spruce Meadows) is second to none as always and happy to start with a win. " - Kent Farrington (USA) on his win in the ATCO Solutions competition.
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