The ATCO Energy Cup (1.55m) was the second competition last Wednesday and the first chance for riders to earn points in order to qualify for the ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup Grand Prix on Saturday.
Forty-four horse/rider combinations started the competition in hopes of making it to the winners circle. Fifteen combinations qualified for the jump off and with Eric Lamaze (CAN) advancing two horses to the jump off, you had to be fast.
Kent Farrington (USA) was determined to make it two wins for the USA on the Fourth of July. It was Farrington’s mount Creedance’s first time in the International Ring and he was ready to step up to the plate.
The American and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lord Z x Notaris) were fast and posted a clear round with a quick time of 38.84.
Lamaze posted a quick penalty-free jump-off time of 39.80 seconds aboard Chacco Kid (Chacco-Blue x Come On), earning silver honors.
Quentin Judge (USA) & HH Messenger (Montender x Baloubet du Rouet) rounded out the top three, crossing the finish line for the second time with no penalties, stopping the timers in 42.460 seconds during the tiebreaker.
“It’s like being at a different venue, your horses get a chance to build a lot of experience” – Kent Farrington (USA) on moving from the Meadows on the Green to the International Ring for the week of the ‘North American’.
Full Results here.
Source: Press Release (edited) by Spruce Meadows
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