Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – June 16, 2023 – Friday’s final competition on the International Ring was the $80,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup CSI 5* 1.50m. Thirty-nine horse/rider combinations challenged FEI Course Designer Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER) that was 455m in length and featured 12 obstacles (15 efforts).
Ten of the eleven who posted clear rides in the first round elected to jump off. While Conor Swail (IRL) thought he may have had it in the bag on Theo 160 with a clear jump-off round in a time of 36.73 seconds, Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) proved him wrong. Aboard the stallion Otto BH, Derbyshire sailed through the finish line, clear, in an extremely quick time 35.84 seconds.
As usual, Katie Laurie (AUS) was present amongst the top three, guiding Cera Caruso towards the third fastest fault-free performance of the tiebreaker, securing bronze honors in 37.33 seconds.
“It’s a whole different ballgame out there (the International Ring). Very much reminds of Aachen and Hickstead – big famous rings – and it’s very special to ride in them” – Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) on stepping through the iconic Spruce Meadows Clocktower onto the International Ring.
Final Results – $80,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup CSI 5* – 1.50m
1) Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) & Otto BH – 0 / 0 – 35.84
2) Conor Swail (IRL) & Theo 160 – 0 / 0 – 36.73
3) Katie Laurie (AUS) & Cera Caruso – 0 / 0 – 37.33
Source: Press Release (edited) from Spruce Meadows Media
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk