Olympic athletes, FEI World Equestrian Games™ veterans and FEI Jumping World Cup™ finalists will be on disalay aplenty this week at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, Canada.
Forty-six athletes and 82 horses representing nine nations are set to contest the Odlum Brown BC Open CSIO 5*, May 29 to June 2, 2019, event that has as its highlight the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada CSIO 5*.
Running concurrent 5* and 2* competitions, the Odlum Brown BC Open features five days of top international sport. Highlights of the week include the $26,000 Artisan Farms Nations Welcome CSIO 5* on Wednesday, the $26,500 Tbird Cup CSIO 5* on Thursday, the $235,000 Longines Grand Prix CSIO 5* on Friday, culminating with the $400,000 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Canada CSIO 5* at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 2nd.
Eugenio Garza (MEX)
The Mexican contigent is out in force with 15 athletes lined up to jump at Tbird this week, including all seven members of the winning FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the USA CSIO 5* teams from Wellington, USA and Coapexpan, Mexico, this season.
The flying “Aquilas” will be represented by Eugenio Garza Perez (photo), Enrique Gonzalez, Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane, Salvador Oñate, Patricio Pasquel, Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado and Lorenza O’Farril. O’Farril is riding in on a wave of confidence after also capturing the Longines Grand Prix in Mexico.
Ireland, winners of the 2018 Nations Cup of Canada, is back with the Coyle brothers, Daniel and Jordan, Tbird’s winningiest rider, Conor Swail (IRL), young gun Cormac Hanley (IRL) and Jonathan Corrigan (IRL). The latter will be making his first ever Tbird appearance this week.
The Americans boast a strong field as always with a mixed bag of veterans and rising talents that includes Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington, FEI Jumping World Cup champion Richard Fellers and ‘Master of Faster’ Richard Spooner, as well as rookie riders Lucy Deslauriers, Eve Jobs and Hilary McNerney.
They’ll be well matched by the Canadians with Olympic veterans Mario Deslauriers, Lisa Carlsen and hometown hero Tiffany Foster (photo) in the stirrups, as well as rising star Nicole Walker, the top placing Canadian in the Nations Cup of Mexico earlier this month.
Adding depth to the international field are Olympians Eduardo Menezes (BRA), Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Alberto Michan (ISR), moreover, riders representing Denmark, Spain and Sweden.
Source: Press release from Thunderbird Show Park
Photos: © Cara Grimshaw Photography