Netherlands Wins BMO Nations' Cup before Record Crowd

    SPRUCE MEADOWS, CALGARY, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - The Netherlands has not won the
$350,000 BMO Nations' Cup since 1997. Today in front of a record crowd of
67,789 at Spruce Meadows the Dutch returned to championship form in one of the
richest Nations' Cups in the World.
    Things didn't look good early for the Netherlands who lost lead off
rider, Angelique Hoorn, after her horse Blauwendraad's O'Brien had a misplaced
landing and the pair had to retire.
    The Dutch would need nearly perfect scores if they wanted to win as teams
need to count three scores in each round. It was a true testament to team work
as the Netherlands rallied and had a perfect score card in the first round.
"With three riders left we knew that we had to do very good and the pressure
was good for us," said Harrie Smolders after the BMO Nations' Cup.
    The second round was nearly a repeat of the first, with the exception of
a single time fault incurred by Marc Houtzager and Opium VS. That single fault
put the Netherlands in the clear lead with their closest competitor, the
United States in second with a team total of 12 faults.
    "This is really amazing thing what they did today," said Chef d'Equipe
Rob Ehrens after his team finished in the gold medal position in the 2009 BMO
Nations' Cup.
    "With the best riders and horses from ten nations, it was a thrilling
2009 BMO Nations' Cup," said Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive
Officer, BMO Financial Group. Presenting the winning trophy to Netherlands, he
remarked, "Equestrian fans witnessed a world class show of riders' and horses'
stamina, precision and talent. We will remember this Nations' Cup for a long

    2009 BMO Nations' Cup Standings -

    1. Netherlands

    Chef d'Equipe - Rob Ehrens
    Angelique Hoorn  Blauwendraad's O'Brien
    Harrie Smolders  Exquis Walnut De Muze
    Albert Zoer      Okidoki
    Marc Houtzager   Opium VS

    2. USA
    3. Mexico
    4. Switzerland
    4. Canada

    For a complete list of results and tournament schedule visit the Spruce
Meadows website at

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For further information: Spruce Meadows Media Coordinator, Meghan
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