Langley, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — August 17, 2022 — The second of three consecutive weeks of international competition at Thunderbird Show Park kicked off Tuesday, and ahead of a most busy September in Canadian show jumping sport, an influx of athletes arrived in Langley for the Summer Fort Classic CSI 3*.
Eighty five horses were presented at the afternoon’s horse inspection. They will compete under the guidance of 53 athletes representing eight nations. International competition begins Wednesday, Aug. 17 with the Happy Welcome 1.40m CSI 3* and George & Dianne Tidball Legacy Welcome CSI 3* 1.45m. The week’s feature is the $100,000 ATCO Cup Grand Prix CSI 3* 1.50m, set for Sunday, August 21.
After a most successful tbird debut at last week’s Summer Fort Welcome CSI 3*, Matthew Sampson (GBR) returns with three international mounts. Sampson won six events last week, including two international features with Ebolensky and Curraghgraigue Obos Flight. Elisa BJX is slated to step up to international competition this week after winning the national standard Maui Jim Grand Prix 1.40m on Sunday.
“Everybody’s so welcoming. The ground’s perfect. The jumps are perfect,” Sampson said of his time at tbird. “Nothing is a trouble, and it makes such a difference. It’s so nice.”
Kyle King (CAN) won the ONNI Grand Prix CSI 3* at the Summer Fort Welcome CSI 3*, and he too will return to the lineup with mounts Enzo, Inferno BF and exciting new mount Chess.
Vanessa Mannix (CAN) is the defending champion of the ATCO Cup and will bring forward Valentino d’Elte and Kitting des Hausseurs. Among the fresh faces this week are former tbird international winners Robert Blanchette (IRL), Katie Kraft (CAN), and Mandy Porter (USA).
The nine-class international schedule will conclude Sunday, Aug. 21 with the ATCO Cup Grand Prix CSI 3* at 2:00 pm PT. Tickets are on sale now at tbird.ca/tickets.
Wednesday, August 17
- Two Phase 1.35m CSI 3*
- Happy Welcome 1.40m CSI 3*
- George & Dianne Tidball Legacy Welcome 1.45m CSI 3*
Thursday, August 18
- MarBill Hill Farm U25 League 1.35m
- tbird Challenge 1.40m CSI 3*
Friday, August 19
- tbird 1.35m CSI 3*
- Uyradi’s Village Cup 1.50m CSI 3*
Saturday, August 20
- MarBill Hill Farm U25 1.40m
- Sandhack Realty Classic 1.35m CSI 3*
- Tidball Legacy Canadian Hunter Derby
- Kubota Canada Winning Round 1.45m CSI 3*
Sunday, August 21
- MarBill Hill U25 Grand Prix 1.40m
- $100,000 ATCO Cup Grand Prix CSI 3* 1.50m
Catch all the action from the Fort Grand Prix Arena live on tbird TV.
Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media for Thunderbird Show Park
Photo: © Tbird / Quinn Saunders