CSI 5*

Fasther is Faster to Give Lillie Keenan the Win in the $700,000 RBC Grand Prix of Canada CSI 5*

Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – June 17, 2023 – This week’s feature competition, the $700,000 RBC Grand Prix of Canada CSI 5*, presented by Rolex brought thousands of fans to Spruce Meadows for a beautiful day of top international show jumping. Twenty-nine horse/rider combinations challenged the 500m track designed by FEI Course Designer Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER). Athletes had to complete 13 of obstacles (16 jumping efforts)  all under a time of 75 seconds.

Lillie Keenan (USA) & Fasther

While the course was challenging and the time was tight, there would still be a jump off. Two riders both finished on a single time fault leading to a jump off to determine the victor. Canadian veteran Mario Deslauriers (CAN) and young Lillie Keenan (USA) of the United States went head to head against the clock.

Lillie Keenan (USA) & Fasther

Keenan (USA) and Chansonette Farm`s 13-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Farmer) put the pressure on posting a quick, clear jump off with a time of 45.82 seconds.

Mario Deslauriers (CAN) followed on Emerson, but they were not fast enough to to catch Keenan posting a clear round and time of 46.25 seconds.

Despite not having the win, Canada did manage to put two of their own on the podium as Kara Chad (CAN) and Quidamo F`s two time penalties in the first round were more than enough to secure them bronze honors.

Lillie Keenan (USA) & Fasther

Winner`s Circle – Lillie Keenan (USA)

“I’m so grateful that Spruce (Meadows) has not changed their style, having huge grass rings because that’s really what’s the most natural. I think horses come out of here (Spruce Meadows) better. One of the most special things about Spruce Meadows is that you have the atmosphere and a crowds that is rooting for every single rider that goes into the ring, and they truly love horses – that’s really what makes our sport so special. This is the biggest win of my life.”

Lillie Keenan (USA) & Fasther and her groom Corentin Tual prior to the jump off. As the groom of the winning horse, Tual received a cash prize and prize pack from El Tequileño

Final Results – $700,000 RBC Grand Prix of Canada CSI 5*

1) Lillie Keenan (USA) & Fasther – 1 / 0 – 45.82

2) Mario Deslauriers (CAN) & Emerson – 1 / 0 – 46.25

3) Kara Chad (CAN) & Quidamo F – 2 – 76.60

Source: Press Release (edited) from Spruce Meadows Media

Photos: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk / Dave Chidley / Tony Lewis