Calgary, Alberta, Canada – July 05, 2019 – McLain Ward (USA) and Noche de Ronda won the $40,000 ATCO Connect Prize CSI 5* yesterday during the ‘North American‘ Tournament at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Province of Alberta, Canada.
The rain finally subsided for the start of the International Ring on Friday of the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’, presented by Rolex. Thirty-four horse/rider combinations entered the 1.50m challenge to take on the course designed by FEI Course Designer Santiago Varela (ESP).The one-round competition tested riders to go as quickly as they could while leaving all of the fences up. The field of competitors made represented ten countries but it would be the United States that claimed the victory.
Number six on the world rankings list, McLain Ward (USA) and the 10-year-old Oldenburg mare (Quintender x Loves Corinth) covered the track in a quick time of 58.15 seconds. – over one second faster than second place finisher Angel Karolyi (VEN) and April Moon (Quinar x Landwind II), who were also clear timed in 60.47 seconds.
Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Farrel (Cardento x Stakkato) earned bronze honors with no penalties, seven-tenths of a second (61.17 seconds) slower than the latter two.
“Here (Spruce Meadows) the level of competition is so high you can never take it (a fast time) for granted.” . – McLain Ward (USA) on his quick time that held up in the ATCO Connect (1.50m).
Results – $40,000 ATCO Connect Prize CSI 5*
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Penalties / Time
1. McLain Ward (USA) & Noche de Ronda – 0 / 58.15
2. Angel Karolyi (VEN) & April Moon – 0 / 60.47
3. Daniel Coyle (IRL) & Farrel – 0 / 61.17
4. Luis Alejandro Plascencia (MEX) & Chatinue – 0 / 62.27
5. Andrew Welles (USA) & Primo Toy – 0 / 62.39
6. John Perez Bohm (COL) & Motivo LS La Silla – 0 / 62.52
7. Karen Polle (JPN) & Kino – 0 / 63.75
8. McLain Ward (USA) & Rapidash – 0 / 63.94
9. Antonio Maurer (MEX) & Diathago – 0 / 63.97
10. Miguel Torres (MEX) & Chacendra – 0 / 64.85
11. Charlie Jacobs (USA) & Est di Palatina – 0 / 66.83
12. Julio David Vainer (MEX) & Cassini Gold – 0 / 68.39
For full results, please click here.
Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Jack Cusano