SPRUCE MEADOWS, AB, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Team Canada entered the Spruce
Meadows International Ring with a different look this year; instead of
perennial underdogs they were the defending champions of the $350,000 BMO
Nations' Cup, the richest team event in the world. They faced five other
teams, each looking to beat the defending champions.
Canada stood on solid ground after the first round. They held five faults
and second place behind the World Champion Dutch. Team Germany wouldn't be
discounted and mounted a comeback in the second round, posting a perfect score
of zero. The Netherlands struggled and suffered 12 faults in round two. With
Eric Lamaze riding Hickstead to a double clear, Canada's fate was in the hands
of Ian Millar who anchored his team for the second year in a row. A sigh of
disappointment could be heard across the stands as he had a rail in the BMO
triple combination. Team Canada would have to settle for third.
A jump off between the Netherlands and Germany decided the outcome of the
BMO Nations' Cup. Germany's Heinrich Engemann was able to ride clear while
Dutch ace, Gerco Schroder could not. With a great come back the Germans were
able to earn their 7th BMO Nations' Cup at Spruce Meadows. "For the second
year in a row, we ended with a terrific jump-off in the BMO Nations' Cup,"
said Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group.
"I am delighted to present, on behalf of all my colleagues at BMO Financial
Group, the winner's cheque to Team Germany."
BMO Nations' Cup Standings -
1 - Germany
2 - Netherlands
3 - Canada
4 - USA
5 - Switzerland
6 - Great Britain
In the afternoon's earlier event the BP Cup saw 36 entries come through
the Clock Tower for the speed event. Kyle King (USA) and his mare Estival can
always be considered favourites when it comes to speed, with the mare's long
stride and the rider's bravery they posted a very quick time. Today King and
Estival settled for second as the great John Whitaker (GBR) took victory with
his gelding Casino.
BP Cup Top 10 -
1- John Whitaker GBR Casino
2- Kyle King USA Estival
3- Will Simpson USA Carlssom Vom Dach
4- Ellen Whitaker GBR Kanselier
5- Kyle King USA Spitfire
6- Richard Spooner USA Ezrah
7- McLain Ward USA Quo Vadis
8- Richard Spooner USA Apache
9- Christian Ahlmann GER Perry Lee
10- Jonathan Asselin CAN Rosita Fly
Tomorrow's competition begins in the International Ring at 1:15pm with
the $1 Million CN International Grand Prix.
For a complete list of results and tournament schedule visit the Spruce
Meadows website at www.sprucemeadows.com.
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