Abigail McArdle is Queen of the 1.45m at Spruce Meadows

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nternational competition at the ‘Pan American’ Tournament got underway in the North American Ring Thursday morning with a win for Abigail McArdle (USA) and David McArdle’s Cosma 20 in the $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m.

Held over a one round speed track set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA), the competition saw 50 competitors with 14 clear rounds. McArdle and Cosma 20 clocked in at 65.90 seconds for the win.

Hardin Towell and Jennifer Gates’ New York placed second in 68.46 seconds, and Kent Farrington (USA) finished third with a time of 68.76 seconds aboard Haity McNerney and Amalaya Investments’ Cha Cha Cha 7.

McArdle and Cosma 20 have been a winning team for several years, and the 12-year-old Hanoverian mare (Couleur Rubin x Stakkato) proved why she is a winner on Thursday, speeding through the course and giving a little extra effort at the end.

“I got lucky,” McArdle detailed. “She lost a shoe and she slipped a little bit on the way to the last line, but she still true blue left the ground for me and had a super finish.”

Thursday’s win marks the pair’s third victory in the 1.45m division for this year’s Summer Series and McArdle explained that the venue suits her horse well.

“Spruce Meadows is a great venue for her because of the grass fields; she is able to really gallop,” the rider explained. “In today’s course, the way the numbers were, she was able to keep a big stride and a big gallop where the other horses had to steady in the lines. She is also really quick away from the fences.”

“It is important to remember with her that where other people may leave out strides in the lines, I have to not get so focused on that and really try to make it up in the turns and always just stick to my plan,” McArdle added. “We have had a super partnership. I consider her the best 1.45m speed horse there is. She is super careful.”

Competition continues on Friday featuring the $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m followed by the $85,000 Ashcor Technologies Cup 1.55m.

Final Results: $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m
1. $8,500 COSMA 20 Hanoverian / M / 12 Couleur Rubin x Stakkato
ABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA) WELLINGTON, FL David McArdle: 0/65.905
2. $6,800 NEW YORK Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 verdi x Watzmann
JACK HARDIN TOWELL JR. (USA) CAMDEN, SC Jennifer Gates: 0/68.468
3. $5,100 CHA CHA CHA 7 Oldenburg / M / 10 Chacco Blue x Quick Star
KENT FARRINGTON (USA) WELLINGTON, FL Haity McNerney LLC & Amalaya Investments: 0/68.761
4. $3,400 CLEAR ME Holstein / M / 10 Clearway x Contender
EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA) CARLSBAD, CA Ilan Ferder & Tal Milstein: 0/69.175
5. $2,380 PORTENA Argentine / M / 9 Unknown x Unknown
ANTONIO MAURER (MEX) MEXICO CITY Everardo Colorado: 0/69.632
6. $1,870 ELVIS VAN DE VRUNTE Belgian Warmblood / G / 11 Oleander Van De Herkkant x Altisud
FRANCOIS MATHY (BEL) BELGIUM Francois Mathy: 0/69.907
7. $1,360 AZIBANTOS Warmblood / G / 10 Unknown x Unknown
MCLAIN WARD (USA) BREWSTER, NY Group C LLC: 0/70.119
8. $1,020 ZAPRILIA M Dutch Warmblood / S / 11 Chin Chin x Silvio I
RICHARD SPOONER (USA) AGUA DULCE, CA Maxine & Robert Jack: 0/70.686
9. $1,020 CHADOLAN Oldenburg / G / 8 Chacco Blue x Widolan
LUIS ALEJANDRO PLACENSIA (MEX) LEON Mario Onate: 0/70.977
10. $850 BALLADE VAN HET INDIHOF Belgian Warmblood / M / 14 Thunder Van De Zoothoer x Heartbreaker
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA) NEW YORK, NY Remarkable Farms LP: 0/71.091
11. $850 WKD DIVA Dutch Warmblood / M / 8 Balourado x T Hors La Loi II
SAMEH EL DAHAN (EGY) BALLYCLARE Joanne Sloan Allen: 0/71.191
12. $850 REVENGE Swedish Warmblood / G / 14 Quite Easy x Robin Z
SHELLEY FELLERS (USA) SHERWOOD, OR Shelley Fellers: 0/74.040