Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 – Round 11 (Spruce Meadows CAN):
1. Ireland 4 faults: Lansdowne (Conor Swail) 0/0, E Muze Yek (Darragh Kerins) 0/12, Carrabis Z (Richie Moloney) 0/4, Antello (Cameron Hanley) 0/0.
2. USA Stripes 9 faults: Nice de Prissey (Brianne Goutal) 5/4, Nougat du Vallet (Katie Dinan) 0/0, Campbell VDL (Candice King) 13/9, Rothchild (McLain Ward) 0/0.
3. Canada One 14 faults: Power Play (Eric Lamaze) 5/0, Verdi llll (Tiffany Foster) 4/5, Amor van de Rostal (Mac Cone) 5/1, Dixson (Ian Millar) 4/0.
4. USA Stars 24 faults: Blue Angel (Kent Farrington) 8/4, Mika (Reed Kessler) 4/4, Chill RZ (Charlie Jayne) 4/4, Zerly (Christine McCrea) 8/0.
5. Canada Two 30 faults: La Boom (Lisa Carlson) 5/9, Bobby (Christian Sorenson) 9/0, Makavoy (Ben Asselin) Elim/4, Showgirl (Jonathan Asselin) 4/8.
6. Mexico Azteca 35 faults: Crossing Jordan (Nicolas Pizzaro Suarez) 12/0, Spirit Magic (Manuel Alvarez) 13/8, Gitano (Frdeico Fernandez) 13/5, Criptonite (Enrique Gonzalez) 0/5.
7. Mexico Maya 26 faults IN ROUND 1 : Careyes (Patricio Pasquel) 17, Valentina (Claudia Lorenza O Farrill) 13, Vicky van het Geinsteinde (Alejandro Plascencia) 4, Skylubet (Ricardo Nizri) 9.
Facts and Figures:
- Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada presented the eleventh leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 series.
- 7 teams from four nations started in today’s competition – Canada One, Canada Two, USA Stars, USA Stripes, Mexico Azteca, Mexico Maya and Ireland.
- 6 teams competed in the second round. Mexico Maya did not return for round two.
- 3 teams – Mexico Azteca, USA Stars and Canada One – were competing for points towards the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final which will take place in Barcelona, Spain in September.
- Third place for Canada One and fourth for USA Stars ensures that the USA and Canada have now qualified for the Final.
- Anchorman on the winning Irish team was Cameron Hanley who produced one of 4 double-clears in today’s competition.
- 4 double-clear rounds – from Ireland’s Conor Swail (Lansdowne) and Cameron Hanley (Antello) and USA Stripes’ Katie Dinan (Nougat du Vallet) and McLain Ward (Rothchild).
- The bogey fences on the 12-obstacle course were the wavy planks at fence five and the wall at fence 10.
- Hanley only recently returned to the saddle after a career-threatening leg injury sustained while playing with his children two years ago.
- The 40-year-old Irishman was seriously ill for some considerable time, and underwent 17 different operations on his long road to recovery.
- Today’s competition was part of the two-leg North America, Central America and Caribbean league of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 series.
- The USA was heading the leaderboard going into this second competition following victory on home turf at the first leg in Wellington, Florida in March.
- Today’s course designer at Spruce Meadows was Venezuela’s Leopoldo Palacios.
- Katie Dinan, USA Stripes – “My horse, Nougat du Vallet, I’ve had him a little over two years and he’s been a fantastic horse for me. He’s been the first horse that I’ve been competitive at this level with. Two years ago, Spruce Meadows was our first horse show together and we were doing 1.40m in this ring. It’s a little bit of a step up. Last year I brought him here and he jumped really well in the Meadows on the Green Ring, so I had a good feeling about this week. I was really excited to be named to one of the Nations Cup teams for the U.S. I feel great that he performed at his best today. He’s a great guy because I know that if I ride well, he’s going to rise to the occasion”.
- US Chef d’Equipe, Robert Ridland, talking about Katie Dinan’s brilliant double-clear and his other riders performances today – “I expected that. I was not at all surprised to see her (Katie) jump double clean. It was great. There were a couple rounds we could improve on. Some of the veteran riders, with the newer horses, they know what to work on. The two rounds Nations Cup, when it really counts like it does here, you can learn something about your horse more than in a one round jump-off grand prix.”
- Irish Chef d’Equipe, Robert Splaine – “This was a competition of the highest quality. I had an abundance of hope coming here – I knew the riders but only a little about some of the horses but I reckoned we were in with a good chance”.
North America, Central America and Caribbean League – Final Standings after second leg at Spruce Meadows (CAN):
1. USA – 175
2. Canada – 172
3. Mexico – 135