Americans Have Gold Medal Style

    SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - The BMO Nations' Cup title was
challenged today by nine top international teams at Spruce Meadows. Team
Germany was looking to repeat its victory on the Leopoldo Palacios (VEN)
designed course, however the Americans proved to be formidable competitors
through to the end.
    Two rounds of competition decided the winner of the $350,000 BMO Nations'
Cup, the world's richest team jumping event. The title was also decided in
front of a record crowd for the BMO Nations' Cup - a total of 63,115 fans
turned out to cheer on their favourites.
    The Americans had the lead with only one team to go, the defending
champion Germans. The final German entry was Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst who
had been able to sit out the first round thanks to his team's perfect score.
Despite having a fresh horse, it did not help the Germans on this day as
Pollmann-Schweckhorst finished with 8 faults, leaving them in a three-way tie
for second place with Canada and the Netherlands.
    Presenting the Americans with their fist championship cheque since 2002
was Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group.
"We enjoyed an exciting day of sport in the BMO Nations' Cup in front of a
record crowd of enthusiastic show jumping fans," said Downe. "I am delighted
to present, on behalf of all my colleagues at BMO Financial Group, the
winner's cheque to Team U.S."
    The Olympic Champions, the Americans have now won two gold medals in as
many weeks. "We have a great depth of riders and horses. George has done a
fantastic job and our country has fantastic depth in terms of riders," said
Lauren Hough of her team Chef d'Equipe, George Morris, after their win.

    BMO Nations' Cup top 6 of 9 teams -

    1-  USA  Chef d'Equipe George Morris
             Lauren Hough               Quick Study
             Todd Minikus               Pavarotti
             Richard Spooner            Cristallo
             Rich Fellers               Flexible

    2-  NED  Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens
             Piet Raymakers             Van Schijndel's Curtis
             Leon Thijssen              Olaf
             Harrie Smolders            Walnut de Muze
             Gerco Schroder             Eurocommerce Milano

    2-  CAN  Chef d'Equipe Terrance Millar
             Jill Henselwood            Special Ed
             Jonathan Asselin           Rayana Chiara
             Eric Lamaze                Hickstead
             Ian Millar                 In Style

    2-  GER  Chef d'Equipe Ulrich Meyer zu Bexten
             Holger Wulschner           Claussen
             Thomas Muehlbauer          Asti Spumante 7
             Markus Ehning              Plot Bue
             Alois Polmann-Schweckhorst Lord Luis

    5-  GBR  Chef d'Equipe Michael Mac
             William Funnell            Mondriaan
             Tim Gredley                Omelli
             Ben Maher                  Robin Hood W
             Robert Smith               Vangelis S

    6-  SWI  Chef d'Equipe Dr. Stephane Montavon
             Pius Schwizer              Unique X CH
             Jane Richard               Jalla de Gaverie
             Daniel Etter               Peu a Peu
             Theo Muff                  Con Spirito R

    Tomorrow is the final day of the Spruce Meadows "Masters" Tournament and
will feature the $1 Million CN International Grand Prix, set to begin at 1:15
    For a complete tournament schedule visit the Spruce Meadows website at

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
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