Today marked the start of competition at the 2018 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5* Tournament for athletes from around the world. Fifty-six riders from eighteen nations are represented this year in the FEI Divisions competing on the International Ring.
The Akita Drilling Cup CSI 5*, a 1.60m challenge that kicked off the big tour for the 2018 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5* Tournament. Thirty-five top international horse/rider combinations took on the challenge and after the completion of round one, only six would jump clear to proceed to the jump off.
Sameh el Dahan (EGY) posted a quick penalty-free run and a jump-off time of 35.67 seconds that held up some time.
Fan favorite Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Chacco Kid, awent flying flawleslly over the last fence with a time of 35.32 seconds to snatch the lead from the Eyptian.
Steve Guerdat (SUI) pushed for the win, however an unfortunate slip on the turn back to the last line would have him slide into second place with a time of 35.53 seconds after overcoming all the obstacles on the course.
The top three placings were all within tenths of a second from each other, but Lamaze and the12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Come On) were the victorious ones.
“The Summer Series at Spruce Meadows makes horses better, makes riders better, he’s (Chacco Kid) proof of that” –
Eric Lamaze (CAN) on his win with Chacco Kid.
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Source: Press release by Spruce Meadows Media
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media
Categories: CSI 5*