Credit : Longines Deauville Classic
Monday 07 August - 16h00 | Ian Clayton
It is a long way from Nobleton, Ontario, Canada — just outside of Toronto — to Deauville, on France’s north coast. But for young Canuck show jumper Sam Walker, the trip was worth it this weekend, as the 15-year-old pulled off an impressive victory in Saturday’s CSI 1* Prix Coca-Cola at the Longines Deauville Classic, organized in part by Grand Prix. Watch the winning ride at the bottom of the article.
Junior rider Walker and his 12-year-old mare Fursa van den Dael kept all the rails up and took top spot in the Class with a time of 68.12 seconds, perhaps catching some of his more experienced European and American rivals by surprise, including second-place finisher Félicie Bertrand, who comes from the Normandy region and knows Deauville courses well. The full results are here. But the teenager, who earned €750 for his victory, is not arriving out of the blue, as a profile in Everything EQ attests, describing Walker as one of the “Rising Equestrian Stars of Canada”. And indeed, he has been competing since the age of four, including at the Royal Winter Fair, in the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships and on the national children’s team for the Nations Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. Sam Walker is equally focused on the future, however, with a goal of representing Canada at the top level as early as 2020, when the Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan. Whatever the timeline, results like this latest one in France can only help the process. See video of his winning performance below. Results from the Longines Deauville Classic can be found here, including American Farah Rizvi's victory Friday on Serendy Pity.
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