Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada – September 08, 2022 – The $40,000 ATCO Cup CSIO 5* 1.50m kicked competition off for those horses competing in the CSIO 5* classes of the ‘Masters’ Tournament. Over 60 horse/rider combinations made their way through the Clock Tower on the International Ring hoping to use their result from this competition to qualify for the $3,000,000 CP ‘International’ CSIO 5*, presented by Rolex on Sunday.
Spruce Meadows suspended competition upon receiving news out of Buckingham Palace of the pasting of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Following a brief citation honouring her majesty, there was a moment of silence and the flags of Canada and the Commonwealth were lowered to half mast throughout the property. The passing of Her Majesty also meant that the Household Cavalry, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Band of the Household Cavalry, all participating at this year’s ‘Masters’ were recalled immediately to Great Britain for State duties.
Fourteen pairs passed all the tests laid out by FEI Course Designer, Leopoldo Palacios (VEN), in round one advancing to the jump-off. Twelve nations were represented in the jump off, but the victory belong to Spruce Meadows veteran and former world #1 Kent Farrington (USA). Riding the 15-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris), the pair crossed the finish ling falwlessly in a time of 43.94s and could not be caught.
Sanne Thijssen (NED) and Con Quidam RB (Quinar Z x Cardino 5) were just two-tenths off the winning time, a mark that would eventually secure them silver honors.
Perhaps the most successful rider at Spruce Meadows this year, Matthew Sampson (GBR) was back on the podium again, this time riding Ebolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker) towards two penalty-free performances and a jump-off time of 44.40 seconds.
Final Results – $ 40,000 – ATCO Cup CSIO 5*
1) Kent Farrington (USA) & Creedance – 0 / 0 – 43.94
2) Sanne Thijssen (NED) & Con Quidam RB – 0 / 0 – 44.14
3) Matthew Sampson (GBR) & Ebolensky – 0 / 0 – 44.40
Source: Press Release from Spruce Meadows Media
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Dave Chidley / Mike Sturk