Beezie Madden Wins the 2019 Tourmaline Oil Cup at the Spruce Meadows Masters

Beezie Madden wearing the winner's colours of the 2019 Tourmaline Oil Cup (1.60m)
Credit : Jack Cusano/Spruce Meadows Media

Saturday 07 September - 03h30 | Press release

Beezie Madden Wins the 2019 Tourmaline Oil Cup at the Spruce Meadows Masters

Friday's WestJet Evening of the Horse at the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' CSIO5* Tournament is always sure to please. The evening beginswith the Tourmaline Oil Cup (1.60m) and for some riders it offers the last chance to qualify for Sunday's feature event, the CP 'International', presented Rolex.

Thirty-three horses stepped through the clock tower to take on the  track laid out by FEI course designer Leopoldo Palacious (VEN). The track featured 13 obstacles (16 jumping efforts) including a technical triple and double combination. Six horse/rider combinations representing six nations passed Palacious's test and qualified for the jump off.

The riders gave it their allas it was one of the last chances for some to qualify for Sunday's CP 'International' presented by Rolex. The pressure was on, the first four riders had faults. Fifth to go in the order was Beezie Madden of the United States - she needed to go clear to take the lead. Aboard Darry Lou, Madden crossed the finish line clear in a time of 42.81s. Max Kuhner (AUT) was last to go and a steady but clear ride in a time of 44.95s taking second place.

"I had the luck of the draw tonight, there was only one (rider) after me (in the jump off) and I knew all I had to do was go clear and be a little faster. " - Beezie Madden (USA) on her change in strategy with no one going clear before her in the jump off.

Click Here for the Tourmaline Oil Cup Results

Max Kuhner and Piergiorgio Bucci light up the night in the Six Bar class

Known to some as "high jump for horses" the ATCO Electric Six Bar lit up the International Ring for the WestJet Evening of the Horse. The spot lights were bright as 11 horse/rider combinations took on the line of six fences seeing just how high they could go. The height record of the ATCO Electric Six Bar was sent in 2004 by Jessica Kurten (IRL) and Castle Forbes Libertina who jumped the final fence set at the height of 2.12m.

After the first two rounds of competition and a final fence height of 1.75m, eight riders remained. Round three (now over only four of the six fences) had a final fence height of 1.85m and only six riders jumped clear. Among those still clear was last year's winner (tied) Holger Wulschner (GER). Unfortunately it was not to be, the fourth round claimed four more riders unable to clear a final fence height of 1.95m.

Max Kuhner (AUT) and Piergiorgio Bucci (ITA) both cleared the final fence in round four to tie for first place.

"They (the fans) understand the sport and they make the right noise at all the right moments. It's very nice (feeling) and makes us go that much harder" - Piergiorgio Bucci (ITA) on the atmosphere fans bring to Spruce Meadows.

Click Here for the ATCO Electrix 6 Bar Results

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