CSI 5*

Jim Ifko & Un Diamant des Forets Shine Bright Like a Diamond at Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – June 30, 2022 – The first competition on the International Ring to start the ‘Pan American CSI 5* & 2*, presented by Rolex Tournament, was the $10,000 Friends of the Meadows Jumper 1.50M.

Over 50 entries contested the course set by FEI Course Designer Peter Grant (CAN). Sixteen of riders were able to clear the 500 metre,11 obstacle  track with no faults, but Jim Ifko (CAN) riding Un Diamant des Forets was the quickest of them all. The Canadian and the 2008 bay Selle Français stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Papillon Rouge) left all 13 fences up and blazing across the finish line in a lightning fast time of 58.77 seconds, putting them into first place.

Three different nations were represented on the podium. Katie Laurie (AUS) rode Cera Caruso (Casall x Capone) towards a second-place finish in 61.56 seconds while Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado (MEX) and Just Nice van’t Indifhof (Deauville van’t T&L x Toulon) completed the podium in 63.01 seconds.

Final Results – $10,000 Friends of the Meadows Jumper CSI 5*

1) Jim Ifko (CAN) & Un Diamant des Forets – 0 – 58.77

2) Katie Laurie (AUS) & Cera Caruso – 0 – 61.56

3) Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado (MEX) & Just Nice van’t Indifhof – 0 – 63.01

Source: Press Release (edited) from Spruce Meadows Media

Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Dave Chidley