Calgary, Alberta, Canada – September 17, 2021 – Friday of the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’, presented by Rolex, started with a victory by Australia’s Katie Laurie (AUS) in the International Ring. The Francis Family Cup, a 3* competition, was not Laurie’s first win with her 10-year old gelding, McCaw MVNZ, at the 2021 Spruce Meadows September Series. The pair previously won the ATCO Challenge during the week of the Spruce Meadows ‘National’, presented by Rolex, two weeks ago.
Today’s course was designed by FEI course designer Joey Rycroft (CAN), and it featured 11 obstacles (14 jumping efforts). A large percentage of riders qualified for the jump-off, including many Canadian riders: Hannah Rajotte, Carla Diewert (CAN), Tiffany Foster (CAN), Stephanie Valdes (CAN), and Samara Heinrichs Prak (CAN).
The jump-off had a time allowed of 48 seconds over a 300m track, and it required riders to really press for a quick time in order to finish at the top of the leaderboard. Laurie’s clean round and time of 37.29 seconds launched her into first place, where she managed to hold down her position for the remainder of the jump-off as none of the other riders were able to match her time. James Brennan (IRL) came very close, with a time of 38.53 seconds for second place, and Carla Diewert (CAN) finishing in third place with a time of 38.71 seconds.
Final Results – $10,000 Francis Family Cup CSI 3*
1) Katie Laurie (AUS) & McCaw MVNZ – 0 / 0 – 37.29
2) James Brennan (IRL) & Vajra Du Blay – 0 / 0 – 38.53
3) Carla Diewert (CAN) & Cogito – 0 / 0 – 38.71
Source: Press Release from Spruce Meadows
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Tony Lewis