Opening Day at the Spruce Meadows Masters

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PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Weather conditions were markedly improved for today’s opening competition of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament. While originally scheduled to start yesterday, snowfall, downed trees, and power outages pushed the start of all competition to Thursday at the ‘Masters’, the first instance of a complete day’s reschedule of competition in the 39-year history of Spruce Meadows tournaments.There were three events on the Thursday schedule, with an increase in prize money to $210,000 for the CANA Cup 1.60m. Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the fastest for victory. Earlier in the day, Kent Farrington (USA) and Blue Angel sped to the win in the $50,000 TELUS Cup 1.50m. Eric Lamaze (CAN) prevented a U.S. sweep of the day when he won the $50,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup 1.50m with Fine Lady 5. All three competitions were changed to a speed format as well to help keep the footing in top shape for the rest of the week.The Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ runs through Sunday, September 14, with Saturday’s $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup and Sunday’s $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex – the second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – as the feature competitions of the week.The addition of $85,000 in prize money to the CANA Cup 1.60m (originally for the Finning Cup) made it even more competitive. The courses this week are designed by Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela.Lauren Hough and Ohlala Win $210,000 CANA CupThe speed competition had 44 entries, with eight clear trips. Hough and Ohlala, a 10-year-old Swedish Warmlood mare by Orlando x Cardento owned by The Ohlala Group, were the only pair to break the 60 second mark. Their time of 59.901 took the top spot. Kent Farrington and Uceko were just behind in 61.331 seconds, while Kevin Staut (FRA) went into third place on a time of 62.961 seconds with Oh D’Eole.Hough went third to last, and while she was able to see Farrington and other quick trips, she knew her plan for Ohlala’s way of going. “I actually have a plan for that horse from the moment I walk the course,” she confirmed. “It doesn’t normally change. She’s a really naturally fast horse across the ground, and always putting one more (stride) in is quicker than leaving one out with her. I stuck with my plan. I took a couple shots here and there, and I got a little bit lucky today.”Ohlala has been a winner at the biggest show jumping competitions in the world, including a successful CHIO Aachen in July. “I think this is quite similar to Aachen. I have high hopes for the weekend; if I don’t screw up, I think she’ll perform really well,” Hough said.While many were unsure what today would bring in terms of footing, the team at Spruce Meadows was praised by all of the riders. “Hats off to the team here,” Hough remarked. “I’m sure that they worked hours and hours and hours while we were all sleeping, snuggled up in our warm hotel rooms! You really never lose faith at a venue like this, with the crew that they have. You knew that one way or another they were going to pull off a fantastic competition, and they did.”Hough added, “I think Leopoldo did a super job today, putting the fences in all the right places, having two 1.50m (events) and moving the fences. Everything that they needed to do today, they did, and they still had a great competition. It was unbelievable prize money on the first day of the competition; to jump for $210,000 over a Table A course, you don’t see that anywhere else in the world.”“This week, my only doubt was to take out the snow!” Palacios said. “What is important here is the quality of the footing. This footing is fantastic and in great condition.”Hough plans to ride Quick Study on the U.S. team in Saturday’s BMO Nations’ Cup and Ohlala in Sunday’s $1.5 Million CP International, presented by RolexFarrington Flies With Blue AngelKent Farrington beat a starting field of 34 entries in the $50,000 TELUS Cup 1.50m as the first event of the ‘Masters’. He and Blue Angel, a 12-year-old AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant owned by Robin Parsky, were quick in 52.886 seconds for the win. Second place went to McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z in 54.482 seconds, while Pieter Devos of Belgium was just behind in third place in 54.532 seconds on Echo D.Farrington was pleased with the way Blue Angel started out and noted that her consistency is one of her strengths. “I think I brought a nice team of horses here. This is one of the most important shows of the year; it’s big money, it’s great atmosphere, and it’s one of the best venues in the world. I hope we have some luck for the rest of the week as well,” he said.He was another to praise the job done in order to make competition possible today. “The footing was better than expected. Spruce Meadows is known for their staff and being able to put on great events regardless of what’s not the best weather,” he noted. “I think that really showed here, how strong their team is to be able to get all the snow off the field and still have it looking amazing today. I thought the ground was quite good, and I think that’s part of the level of excellence that you have here at Spruce Meadows.”When asked if he thought he would be showing a day after the 25 centimeter (almost 10 inches) snowfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, Farrington laughed, “I didn’t think we’d be showing (on Wednesday)! Yesterday looked pretty cold, so I was happy to stay inside. I thought, ‘Today is a day for a hot chocolate and a movie!’ I think the weather is going to keep getting better. That’s lucky for us.”Lamaze Is Picture Perfect With Fine Lady 5The $50,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup 1.50m had 35 entries, and 13 went clear, but it was Lamaze and Fine Lady 5, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare by Forsyth x Hauptstutbuch owned by Artisan Farms LLC, who were fastest in 55.449 seconds for the win. Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and Cortez were second in 56.904 seconds, and Rich Fellers (USA) and Lux Lady were third with a time of 60.305 seconds.Lamaze, who just came from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, said that Fine Lady 5 had a “laidback few weeks” before the ‘Masters’, but that she has been a solid competitor this summer. “In the summer I mostly used her as a speed horse,” he explained. He moved Fine Lady 5 up to 1.55m in Aachen and the 1.60m grand prix at the Global Champions Tour in Chantilly, France. “She surprised me a little bit to her capability of jumping the height. She’s competitive, she’s fast, she’s careful. We all know that by now, but she can jump a big course,” he said.Tomorrow’s schedule includes The Mercedes-Benz “Evening of the Horse” featuring the $210,000 Tourmaline Oil Cup 1.60m followed by the $75,000 ATCO Electric ‘Circuit’ Six Bar under the lights, the RCMP Musical Ride, and Band of the Welsh Guards playing live music to the fireworks display.$210,000 CANA Cup 1.60m1 OHLALA: Swedish Warmblood / M / 10 Orlando x CardentoLAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/59.9012 UCEKO: Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 Celano x KorianderKENT FARRINGTON (USA), RCG Farm: 0/61.3313 OH D EOLE: Selle Francais / M / 12 Kannan x Papillon RougeKEVIN STAUT (FRA), Haras de Hus: 0/62.9614 VAN GOGH: Dutch Warmblood / S / 12 Numero Uno x BersteinMARCO KUTSCHER (GER), Hengstenhouderij De Ijzeren Man B.V. & Stal Horn: 0/63.7375 MYSELF DE BREVE: Selle Francais / M / 14 Quidam x Grd VeneurMARIE HECART (FRA), Eurl Top Stallions Compagny: 0/65.6306 ADMIRABLE: Hanoverian / G / 14 A Jungle Princex RhytmoMARIE ETTER (SUI), Ecurie Galoubet: 0/66.1217 LORO PIANA ONCE DE KREISKER: Selle Francais / S / 12 Papillon Rouge x Muget du ManoirLUCIA VIZZINI (ITA), Philippe Le Jeune: 0/71.1748 GOLDEN HAWK: Belgian Warmblood / S / 9 Vigo DArsouilles x Chin ChinSHANE BREEN (IRL), P Sultan and Breen Equestrian Ltd: 0/71.2889 TIC TAC: Belgian Sport Horse / S / 11 Clinton x DarcoLESLIE HOWARD (USA), Jane Clark: 1/72.41410 UPPERCLASS: Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 Concorde x IndoctroWILLIAM WHITAKER (GBR), Elisan AB: 4/60.86111 CARLITO C: Belgian Warmblood / G / 12 Kannan x UnknownOLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Frans Jens: 4/61.30012 DIAGHILEV: Warmblood / G / 11 Vangelis S x HandstretchBILLY TWOMEY (IRL, Mr C T Payne: 4/61.308$50,000 TELUS Cup 1.50m1 BLUE ANGEL: Warmblood / M / 12 Luidam x AscendentKENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky: 0/52.8862 HH CARLOS Z: Zangersheide / G / 12 Chellano Z x VoltaireMCLAIN WARD (USA), Double H Farm: 0/54.4823 ECHO D: Belgian Warmblood / G / 10 Orlando x Skippy IIPIETER DEVOS (BEL), Devos Stables: 0/54.5324 FLEXIBLE: Irish bred / S / 18 Cruising x SafariRICH FELLERS (USA), Harry & Mollie Chapman: 0/55.4855 FOREVER D ARCO TER LINDEN: Belgian Warmblood / S / 9 Darco x Tenor ManciaisNICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Ludo Philippaerts & Frans Lens: 0/55.6936 MATADOR: Dutch Warmblood / S / 12 Indoctro x CorlandJAIME AZCARRAGA (MEX), Jaime Azcarraga & Family : 0/56.2807 CALADO 2: Holstein / G / 13 Calando x LandgrafPHILIPP WEISHAUPT (GER), Gunther Stange Steinmetz: 0/56.4518 CHIVAS Z: Zangersheide / G / 15 Cumano x Lord GotthardRICHARD SPOONER (USA), Richard Spooner: 0/57.5559 VATSON SITTE: Selle Francais / S / 9 Cardento x Chelano ZMARIE HECART (FRA), Oriel Seus: 0/58.95110 FIRST CLASS VAN T ECCKELGHEM: Warmblood / G / 9 Balou du Rouet x FainschnittDANIEL DEUßER (GER), Stephex Stables: 1/68.26111 QUICK STUDY: Warmblood / G / 15 Quick Star x What A JoyLAUREN HOUGH (USA), Laurie Davies Mateo & Meredith Mateo: 1/69.31212 ELIE VAN DE KOLMEN: Belgian Warmblood / M / 10 President x DarcoMICHAEL WHITAKER (GBR), Michael Whitaker: 2/ 71.185$50,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup 1.50m1 FINE LADY 5: Hanoverian / M / 11 Forsyth x HauptstutbuchERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/55.4492 CORTEZ: Belgian Warmblood / G / 12 Quick Star x Quito de BaussyNICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Philippaerts & Stal Lenses: 0/56.9043 LUX LADY: Irish Sport Horse / M / 9 Lux Z x Master ImpRICH FELLERS (USA), Harry & Mollie Chapman: 0/60.3054 ROYALE DU ROUET: Warmblood / S / 9 Jeff D’Or x KannanBILLY TWOMEY (IRL), Mrs K Brown: 0/60.3175 WKD PEPPERPOT: Irish Sport Horse / M / 12 Heritage Fortunus x Diamonds Are TrumpsSAMEH EL DAHAN (EGY), Joanne Sloan-Allen & Sameh El Dahan: 0/60.5886 FILOU D: Belgian Warmblood / G / 9 Querlybet Hero x Ahorn ZNIELS BRUYNSEELS (BEL), Stal Bruynseels & Moerhoeve & Wuytack: 0/ 60.8537 RADJA DARTEMIS: Selle Francais / G / 9 Diamant de Semilly x Galoubet AALAIN JUFER (SUI), Lutta Gian-Battista: 0/61.1768 COS I CAN: Warmblood / G / 11 Olympic Lux x Harlequin du CarelREED KESSLER (USA), Iron Works Partners: 0/61.1939 ELASTIQUE VH EIKENHOF: Belgian Warmblood / G / 10 Toulon x Lys de DaimenMARIE ETTER (SUI), Debost Colombine: 0/65.27310 ROMIE: Selle Francais / M / 9 Airborne Montecillo x Airel du BoisLUCIA VIZZINI (ITA), Starlight Sprl: 0/65.34211 CORNADO II: Westphalian / S / 9 Cornet Obolensky x AcobatCHRISTIAN AHLMANN (GER), Antonius Schulze Aueidiek: 0/65.69212 FYLOE VH CLAEYSSENHOF: Belgian Warmblood / G / 9 Burggraaf x UnknownDANIEL DEUßER (GER), Stephex Stable and Double H Farm: 0/67.454For full results and more information, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com. 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