Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – July 09, 2022 – The $75,000 AKITA Drilling Winning Round CSI 5* started Saturday of the North American’ Tournament CSI 5* & 2* on the International Ring at Spruce Meadows. The top 35 riders from competitions earlier in the week qualified for the 1.50m challenge. Of those who completed the first round, the top 10 horse/rider combinations (based on result) returned for the winning round.
Five nations were represented in the winning round including #4 ranked rider in the world Conor Swail (IRL). Swail and Gamble (Vingino x Indoctro) laid down a quick clear round in a time of 42.65 seconds. However, Matthew Sampson (GBR) was determined to continue his winning ways aboard the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Ebolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker). Sampson sailed through the finish line with a lightning fast time of 41.81 seconds marking his tenth win during the 2022 Spruce Meadows Summer Series.
The host nation was represented on the podium by Ali Ramsay (CAN), who guided Bonita vh Keizershof (Bustique x For Pleasure) towards bronze honors backed by a penalty-free winning round performance in 43.26 seconds.
Final Results – $75,000 AKITA Drilling Winning Round CSI 5*
1) Matthew Sampson (GBR) & Ebolensky – 0 / 0 – 41.81
2) Conor Swail (IRL) & Gamble – 0 / 0 – 42.65
3) Ali Ramsay (CAN) & Bonita vh Keizershof – 0 / 0 – 43.26
Source: Press Release (edited) from Spruce Meadows Media
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Dave Chidley