Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – September 8, 2022 – Over 35 entries were slated to compete in the Cana Cup CSIO 5* 1.60m to round out Thursday of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5*. It was a competitive field filled with Olympians, World Champions and some familiar 5* Grand Prix Champions from the 2022 Spruce Meadows Summer Series. The challenging course was 510m in length, over 12 obstacles (15 jumping efforts) and had to be through the finish line in 77seconds or less. Six of the horses and riders passed all the tests on course by FEI course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN), and advanced to the jump off.
The 4th ranked rider in the world, Conor Swail (IRL), is no stranger to Spruce Meadows and aboard his newer partner Count Me In, took out all of the stops. The Irishman and the 15-year-old bay Hannoverian gelding (Count Grannus x Sherlock Holmes) were the only ones to leave all the fences up in the jump off and sailed through the finish line in a time of 43.46 seconds.
Despite having one rail down and four penalty-points in the tiebreaker, Daniel Deusser (GER) and Bingo Ste. Hermelle (Number One D’Iso x Diamant de Semilly) were able to secure a second place due to their time of 44.50 seconds.
Marc Dilasser (FRA) and Chamann Has (Mylord Carthago*HN x Socrate de Chivre) rounded out the top three with the same score as the previous too but with the slower final time of 45.20 seconds.
Swail is now qualified for the Sunday’s CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex – one of few Spruce Meadows victories that have eluded him.
Winner’s Circle – Conor Swail (IRL)
“Today is a very important day for me. It’s important to get things done early and to get qualified then have a couple of days to relax and think about it ahead of Sunday. I’ll give them another round tomorrow, but it’s important to get those rounds in and getting the horses comfortable and giving them a good rest before we have to pull out all of the stops on Sunday.”
Final Results – $ 75,000 – Cana Cup CSI0 5*
1) Conor Swail (IRL) & Count me in – 0 / 0 – 43.46
2) Daniel Deusser (GER) & Bingo Ste. Hermelle – 0 / 4 – 44.50
3) Marc Dilasser (FRA) & Chamann Has – 0 / 4 – 45.20
Source: Press Release from Spruce Meadows Media
Photos: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk / Jack Cusano / Tony Lewis