Calgary, Alberta, Canada – September 03, 2021 – The RBC Capital Markets Cup is always a thrilling competition for riders to partake in, and this year’s edition was no exception. Thirty-six horse/rider combinations took to the International Ring this afternoon to take on the competition that has seen the likes of Mclain Ward (USA) and Darragh Kenny (IRL) win in previous years.
This year’s course, desinged by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA), consisted of 12 obstacles (15 jumping efforts), and a time allowed of 80 seconds. After the first round, 6 riders, including Tiffany Foster (CAN), Ben Asselin (CAN), and Jordan Coyle (IRL) moved on to the jump-off. For the second day in a row, it was a Canadian rider who emerged victorious from the ring; Tiffany Foster (CAN), aboard the ever-reliable gelding, the 15-year-old Brighton.
The pair were second-to-last to go in the jump-off, and faced the difficult task of beating Katherine Strauss’ (USA) clear round with a time of 41.69 seconds. Foster (CAN) managed to beat Strauss (USA) with a time of 40.54 seconds, leaving final rider Ben Asselin as th (CAN) e only one who had a chance of defeating her score. Asselin’s clean round at 44.84 seconds was enough to earn him a fifth place finish, leaving Foster at the top.
“A showjumper needs to have heart to jump at Spruce Meadows,” Foster said in the press conference following her win. “I think that over time, depending on what you life goals are… you end up aiming for, looking for horses that you know are going to jump well at Spruce Meadows, and I hope that these three weeks will prove that I have chosen wisely.”
Final Results – $ 36,900 RBC Capital Markets Cup CSI 3*
1) Tiffany Foster (CAN) & Brighton – 0 / 0 – 40.54
2) Katherine Strauss (USA) & Coach – 0 / 0 – 41.69
3) Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Boston ASK – 0 / 0 – 42.04
Source: Press Release from Spruce Meadows
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Jack Cusano