Opening Day Victories for Farrington & Azcarraga in the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament.

Kent Farrington of USA riding Uceko. ph Spruce Meadows

On the opening day of the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, World #1 Kent Farrington piloted the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Uceko (Celano x Koriander) to a 1st place finish in the 1.50 Husky Energy Cup on June 15, 2017.

The 11-obstacle-course was designed by Leopoldo Palacios Jugo of Venezuela, and the time allowed was set at a competitive 67 s. Of the 46 riders, only three went without fault to make it into the final round.

In the jump off, Farrington was joined by Juan Manuel Luzardo of Uruguay and the Husky Energy Cup defending champion Eric Lamaze. The World #1 rider put up a speedy time of 35.57 to secure the 1st place position.

Husky Presentations with Kent Farrington. ph Spruce Meadows

Their most recent win on the grass field isn’t surprising for the duo who racked up five whopping CSI5* wins during the 2015 Spruce Meadows Summer Series, a testament to their longtime partnership.

“I plan his year around Spruce Meadows, and then I pick and choose the other shows around that,” said Farrington. “I tend to show him very little and I like to go to the places he likes – he loves the grass, and he has always done well here. Leopoldo is known for his tight time allowed and I think that played a big factor today. [There were] a couple very delicate fences, and when you jump to try and make the time, you tend to run into mistakes.”

Lamaze and the 12-year-old Rheinlander gelding Coco Bongo (PRH Caretino x Calido) finished in 2nd with a time of 38.84.

“Coco Bongo had quite a bit of time seconds off, and he is now a gelding, so we have been bringing him back slowly,” said Lamaze. “He is a very careful and I know [he] is not an overly fast horse—if I push him too much to go fast he becomes too careful and starts to jump too high. I was just looking to ride a fairly careful jump off and I’m very happy with his result.”

Coming off of his 2nd place finish in the Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m competition that took place earlier on in the day, Luzardo piloted the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding Stan (Stakkato x Sacramento Son) to a 3rd place finish with a time of 36.11 and 4 faults.

“It is only my second year competing at Spruce Meadows, so I am really happy to be able to compete with this caliber of riders,” said Luzardo. “He doesn’t have much experience jumping this height, especially at CSI5* level shows, so I’m really happy to be in this position and I’m thrilled with my horse!”

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Gonzalo Azcarraga Captures First Major FEI Win Aboard Quite Nice 5 in the Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45 at Spruce Meadows.

On June 15, 2017, Gonzalo Azcarraga of Mexico and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding Quite Easy 5 (Quality x Landor S) produced a leading time of 60.630 in the Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45 to take home the red ribbon at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Gonzalo Azcarraga and Quite Nice 5. ph Spruce Meadows

96 competitors took to the 11-obstacle-course designed by Venezuela’s Leopoldo Palacios Jugo. The time allowed for the one round competition was 71 seconds, and with the fastest time, 26 year-old Azcarraga captured his first major FEI win.

“We’ve been together since she was 6 and she’s a very careful mare,” said Azcarraga. “We’ve won a lot together, which is not always easy at the International level because she’s so careful.” “I think I stuck to an efficient track, and I did similar strides as the other top placed riders but I was able to stay on a straight approach. I was then really able to open up in the last line to get the 6 strides – and that was it!”

For 2nd place, Juan Manuel Luzardo of Uruguay and the 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding Quidandro finished with a time of 61.510 s. Most recently, the duo had a 3rd place finish in the $35,000 Pasquel Brothers Cup at Guadalajara CSI4*-W in Guadalajara, Mexico. Later on in the day at Spruce Meadows, Luzardo went on to finish 3rd aboard the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding Stan ( Stakkato x Sacramento Son) in the 1.50 Husky Energy Cup.

In 3rd place, Brazil’s Pedro Veniss and the 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Cheindira (Chagall vd Burggrave x Darco) finished with a time of 62.970 s. Veniss is coming off of his most recent win aboard the the 13-year-old Selle Francis stallion Quabri de L’Isle (Kannan x Socrate) in the €300,000 Grand Prix Rolex du Jumping de Versailles CSI5*

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