A Night of Great Sport and Great Entertainment
Every year fans flock to Spruce Meadows for the Friday of the ‘Masters’ CSIO5* Tournament and the Mercedes-Benz Evening of the Horse. After a full day of shopping and entertainment including the BMO Nations Cup Team Autograph Session, fans filled the International Ring to enjoy the evening.
The evening started with the Tourmaline Cup (1.60m) – one of the last chances for those riders not competing on a Nations Cup team to qualify for Sunday’s Grand Prix. Twenty-seven top international horse/rider combinations started the evening competition with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle.
Ten athletes jumped clear first rounds to move onto the jump-off. The top three riders placed in this competition qualify for the Grand Prix on Sunday which added that little bit of pressure as the jump off began.
The fastest time in the jump-off belonged to Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Fine Lady 5, but an unfortunate rail halfway through the jump off would have them finish fastest of the four-faulters.
Portugal’s Luciana Diniz has been looking for her first win of the 2018 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ and last night was her night. Her mount Camargo 2, a 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Canturo x For Pleasure), gave it his all as the two galloped through the finish line on a clear ride with a time of 43.96 seconds.
Kevin Jochems (NED) and Captain Cooper (Namelus R x V. Zarah 17) earned silver honors with no penalties and a time of 44.330 seconds during the tiebreaker.
Abdel Said (EGY) and Jumpy van de Hermitage (Toulan x Darco) secured the third spot on the podium after posting their second flawless performance, going through the jump-off timers in 45.600 seconds.
“I like it here, my horses like it here” – Luciana Diniz (POR) on competing at Spruce Meadows
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Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Anward Esquivel
Categories: CSI 5*