Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – June 07, 2023 – The grass is green and the sun is shining as Spruce Meadows prepares to kick off it’s 2023 FEI Tournament Season.
Over 250 horses passed the FEI veterinary inspection today ahead of competitions which take place starting tomorrow on the North American, All Alberta and Chinook Rings. Fifteen different nations will be represented this week, with more than 110 riders hoping to make it to the winner’s circle.
This week the 5* athletes will be competing solely on the North American Ring over tracks designed by FEI Course Designer Marina Azevedo (BRA) – her first time designing at Spruce Meadows.
“It was always a dream to come to Spruce Meadows. It’s like when you get invited to go to Aachen, it’s some place magical. My biggest challenge this week will be learning to work with the material (Spruce Meadows jump collection), but I will give the horses a chance to learn (and get better).” – FEI Course Designer Marina Azevedo (BRA) on her first trip to Spruce Meadows and course designing this week.
Some familiar faces on the orders of go this week include Mario Deslauriers (CAN), Nayel Nassar (EGY), Matthew Sampson (GBR), Darrah Kenny (IRL) and Juan Jose Zendejas (MEX). Current #6 and #11 ranked riders in the world Conor Swail (IRL) and Kent Farrington (USA) respectively, have also brought a strong string of horses to compete this year.
Throughout the week riders in the FEI CSI 2* tour and FEI CSI 5* tour will be looking to qualify for the Canadian Utilities Grand Prix CSI 2* and the ‘Continental’ Grand Prix CSI 5*, presented by Rolex respectively, both taking place on Sunday, June 11.
Fans are welcome to come out and take in all the action this week – check the schedule daily for competition times.
The *list of riders & horses for the CSI 5* classes there is the following:
11) John Perez Bohm – Gigi-carmen
16) Conor Swail – Nadal Hero & Db
17) Daniel Coyle – Ivory TCS, Langley, Quintin
18) Darragh Kenny – Hamrah Van Het Exelhof Z, Chic Chic, California Pie
19) Paul O’Shea – Squirt Gun, Imerald Van ‘t Voorhof
20) Arturo Parada Vallejo – Chica B Z, Bacot
21) Carlos Rodolfo Molina Gordillo – Crunch
22) Francisco Lomelin – Demosthenes
23) Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado – Just Nice Van Het Indihof
24) Luis Alejandro Plascencia O. – Jump Star Sih, Davinci, Beautiful Red
25) Luis Gerardo Castañeda Mercado – Untakable
26) Piet Van Genugten – Adequan Jvh Z
27) Sergio Alvarez Moya – Puma Hs
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28) Adrienne Sternlicht – Faquitol-s
29) Kent Farrington – Toulayna, Landon
30) Kyle King – Sig Chiari, Chess
31) Lillie Keenan – Fasther, Chili Pepper H M Z, Agana Van Het Gerendal Z
32) Mimi Gochman – Cosmos Bh, Celina Bh
33) Sabine Cooper – Nazarine Vd Axelhoeve
34) Shawn Casady –Nkh Cento Blue
*Subject to change due to late entries, withdrawals, FEI vet approval, etc… .
Sources: Press Release Spruce Meadows / FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk