CSI 5*

Spencer Smith & Houston Earn Top Honors in $40,000 ATCO Challenge CSI 5* at Spruce Meadows

2019.06.10.99.99 Spruce Meadows CSI 5 ATCO Ch Spencer Smith & Houston Mike Sturk

Calgary, Alberta, Canada – June 07, 2019 – Despite challenging weather, 39 horse/rider combinations jumped the $40,000 2019 ATCO Challenge CSI 5* last Friday during ‘The National’ at Spruce Meadows. Nine clear rounds were posted by eight nations – two of them belonging to Canadian favourite Eric Lamaze (CAN).

The jump off began and the rain continued to fall, but that didn’t slow the riders down.

Spencer Smith (USA) and Houston were the only ones to break the 40 second mark, clinching firs place after leaving all the poles up stopping the final timers in 39.44 seconds.

World #1 Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Swedish rider Mariano Maggi (SWE) both posted quick clear rides only tenths of seconds off from each other at 40.13 seconds and 40.60 seconds, claiming second and third place respectively.

Winner’s Circle:

“This is a very special place (Spruce Meadows). If you can win here, you can win anywhere.” – Spencer Smith (USA) on winning the 2019 ATCO Challenge.

Results – $40,000 ATCO Challenge CSI 5*

Place / Rider / Country / Horse / R1 Penalties / R1 Time  / Jump-off Penalties / Jump-off Time

1. Spencer Smith (USA) & Houston – 0 / 69.23 – 0 / 39.44

2. Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Venard de Cerisy – 0 / 72.07 – 0 / 40.13

3. Mariano Maggi (SWE) & Quintago VA – 0 / 69.73 – 0 / 40.60

4. Uma O’Neill (NZL) & Clockwise of Greenhill – 0 / 72.72 – 0 / 42.87

5. Lorenza O’Farrill (MEX) & Calvira – 0 / 72.37 – 0 / 44.62

6. Daniel Coyle (IRL) & Legacy – 0 / 71.11 – 4 / 40.04

7. Eric Lamaze (CAN) & Bonnie M Z – 0 / 72.09 – 4 / 40.04

8. John Perez Bohm (COL) & C-Valentijn – 0 / 71.59 – 4 / 40.74

9. Eric Lamaze (CAN) & Firkov du Rouet – 0 / 68.45 – 4 / 43.34

10. Nikolaj Hein Ruus (DEN) & Chili Pepper SM – 1 / 73.09

11. Nicolas Pizarro (MEX) & Arabescato – 1 / 73.10

12. Nikolaj Hein Ruus (DEN) & Coffee to Go – 1 / 74.58

For full results, please click here.

Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media

Photo: © Spruce Meadows / Mike Sturk