CSI 5*

Jim Ifko & Un Diamant des Forets Back on Top of the Podium at Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – July 07, 2022 – The $10,000 Jayman Built Cup CSI 5* started off competitions on the International Ring for the day. Fifty-four athletes entered the one round competition against the clock looking to post the fastest clear ride and make it to the winner’s circle. The course, designed by FEI Course Designer Peter Holmes (CAN) was 532m in length and needed to be completed in under a time allowed of 81 seconds.

It was a big field of top international athletes, but it was local rider Jim Ifko (CAN) aboard Un Diamant des Forets who could not be caught. Ifko laid down an incredibly fast time almost 3 second faster than second place, stopping the timers at 66.37 seconds aboard, a mark that was not to be caught.

The next two highest-placed combinations were also clean right down to the wire, moreover, both of them represented Ireland. Paul O’Shea (IRL) rode Hellcat (Cassander van het Bremhof x Conan Z) towards silver honors in 69.13 seconds while Jordan Coyle (IRL) guided Picador  (Billy Mexico x Animo) for the bronze medal in 69.69 seconds.

The top five placed riders from this competition are now qualified for the ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, July 9, 2022.

Jim Ifko (CAN) & Un Diamant des Forets during the awards ceremony

Final Results – $10,000 Jayman Built Cup CSI 5*

1) Jim Ifko (CAN) & Un Diamant des Forets – 0 – 66.37

2) Paul O’Shea (IRL) & Hellcat – 0 – 69.13

3) Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Picador – 0 – 69.69

Source: Press Release (edited) from Spruce Meadows Media

Photos: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk