Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – September 11, 2022 – This afternoon on the International Ring the top riders out of the ‘Masters’ CSI 3* competed in their final event of the week, the $75,000 Enbridge Grand Prix CSI 3* 1.50m.
Seventeen riders were challenged by the 480m track that consisted of 12 obstacles (14 jumping efforts) that needed to be completed in a time of 77 seconds or less. Only two riders passed that test, the first of which was Natalie Dean (USA), who was also first into the ring of the first round. Aboard her winning mount Cocolina, she posted an unbeatable clean jump-off round in a time of 37.73 seconds. In fact it was their second win of the week since the American and the 11-year-old chestnut Olndenburg mare (Conthargos x Papillon Rouge) had also claimed top honors in the $37,500 Marsh Canada Cup CSI 3* the day before in the All Canada Ring)
After finishing second in the $37,500 Marsh Canada Cup CSI 3* the day before and being left out of the tiebreaker due to a time penalty, Rowan Willis (AUS) and Wellington Grey Goose (Corlensky G x Grandero) improved their standings one spot, finishing second after two clean efforts, the decisive one in 38.22 seconds.
Bretton Chad (CAN) and Grandeur WP (Whistler x Vanqueur) almost qualified for the jump-off but were kept out due to one time-penalty after having completed the course in 77.44 seconds. However, due to the difficulty of the class, the duo were rewarded with bronze honors.
Final Results – $75,000 Enbridge Grand Prix CSI 3*
1) Natalie Dean (USA) & Cocolina – 0 / 0 – 37.73
2) Rowan Willis (AUS) & Wellington Grey Goose – 0 / 0 – 38.22
3) Bretton Chad (CAN) & Grandeur WP – 1 – 77.44
Source: Press Release (edited) from Spruce Meadows Media
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Jack Cusano