Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – June 28, 2023 – Meadows on the Green was ready to welcome equine athletes back to the turf to kick off the ‘Pan American’ CSI 5*, presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows. Over 40 horse/rider combinations tackled the one round competition over the track designed by FEI Course Designer Gregory Bodo (FRA)
The 12 obstacle (15 jumping effort) track had to be completed in a time of 75 seconds or less and while a number of riders did not keep on the pace, the top eight placings proved it could be done. Leading today’s victory gallop was Sameh el Dahan (GBR) and WKD Toronto, a 10-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tornesch 1042 x Carnaval Drum), posting the fastest clear round of the day in a time of 68.16 seconds.
John Perez Bohm (COL) and Gigi-Carmen were the closest ones, being timed in 70.88 seconds while Kent Farrington (USA) and Landon rounded out the top three in 71.93 seconds.
“This is my favorite ring (Meadows on the Green), my first Spruce Meadows Grand Prix win was here so it is always a very emotional ring for me. Obviously after 3 years not jumping (on Meadows on the Green), I think it jumped very good today and all the horses enjoyed it, my two horses jumped great on it. Great footing, flat, great set of jumps so its always very exciting to jump at Spruce Meadows.” – Sameh El Dahan (GBR) on his win of The Herd 1.50m.
Final Results – $10,000 The Herd CSI 5* – 1.50m
1) Sameh El Dahan (GBR) & WKD Toronto – 0 – 68.16
2) John Perez Bohm (COL) & Gigi-Carmen – 0 – 70.88
3) Kent Farrington (USA) & Landon – 0 – 71.93
Source: Press Release (edited) from Spruce Meadows Media
Photos: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk