The Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ is an annual event that takes place in Calgary, Canada. For one week Olympic-level horses and riders travel to Calgary to vie for some of the top honors in the world. The International Arena is where world class competitors challenge some of the toughest courses in the world in hopes of winning one of the many grand prix classes that will take place.
The ‘Masters’ Tournament features five days of competition, which this year took place September 9-13 with highlights including Saturday’s $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup and Sunday’s $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex. Also featured during the week were the Telus Cup, Akita Drilling Cup, ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup, CANA Cup, Tourmaline Oil Cup, ATCO Electric Circuit Six Bar and Suncor.
For more about this annual event visit their website at www.sprucemeadows.com.
McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z
Olympic veteran McLain Ward kicked off the week-long Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ by riding HH Carlos Z to win the Telus Cup. They began in a starting field of 54 horses and a jump-off round with 18. His victory emphasized why Ward is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Kent Farrington and Uceko
Kent Farrington won the Akita Drilling Cup on Uceko. After 17 horses out of a starting field of 36 horses returned for the jump-off, Kent’s time of 38.62 beat out France’s Roger-Yves Bost aboard Quod’ Coeur De La Loge’s time of 38.99.
Kent Farrington and Uceko win Akita Cup
World Equestrian Games veteran Kent Farrington won the Akita Drilling Cup on Uceko. A total of 36 horses in the first round were narrowed down to 17 for the jump-off. Kent’s time of 38.62 beat out France’s Roger-Yves Bost aboard Quod’ Coeur De La Loge for a time of 38.99.
Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5
Canada’s Eric Lamaze was victorious in the $35,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup. This was the third time the Olympic veteran won this class.
Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 won the ATCO Cup
Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 won the $35,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup for the third time. This combination won in 2014. In 2011 Lamaze won riding Coriana van Klapscheut.
Gregory Wathelet and Algorythem
Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet celebrated his 35th birthday as well as his first trip ever to Spruce Meadows with a win in the $126,000 CANA Cup 1.60m riding Algorythem.
Kent Farrington and Uceko win the Tourmaline Cup
On Friday evening, September 11, Kent Farrington and Uceko won the $210,000 Tourmaline Oil Cup on one time fault. They were the only combination to negotiate the Leopoldo Palacios course with less than four faults.
Edwin Smits and Rouge Pierreville
Switzerland’s Edwin Smits on Rouge Pierreville were the winners of the $75,000 ATCO Electric Circuit Six Bar competition. They were the only combination to clear the final four fences, with the last fence set at 1.95 meters..
Scott Brash and Hello Forever
Scott Brash (GBR) won the $126,000 Suncor Energy Cup on Saturday at the‘Masters.’ A total of 28 entries started in round one.
The top ten competitors were then invited to return for the second round, in which they began again with zero penalties.
Brash rode the nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding Hello Forever (For Pleasure x Nimmerdor) in the fastest of six clear trips in 40.73 seconds in the winning round to take top honors and the first place prize of $41,580.
The $300,000 BMO Nations’ Cup took place on Saturday afternoon, with eight countries represented. The gold medal went to the Brazil team, which was competing for first time ever in the Spruce Meadows Nations’ Cup.
The team of Pedro Veniss, Felipe Amaral, Eduardo Menezes and Rodrigo Pessoa won in front of a record crowd of 85,747 spectators. France earned the silver medal, and Canada took home Bronze.
Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos
Scott Brash made history when he won the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping on his mount Hello Sanctos, on Sunday, September 13.
“When you target something for so long and then you actually come and achieve that dream, it is absolutely fantastic,” said the young man who had just won over two million dollars by his win in the CP International at Spruce Meadows ‘Masters.’
That win was also the third in the Rolex Grand Slam, a series of three shows (CHIO Geneva, CHIO Aachen) which culminated with the CP Grand Prix. After a starting field of 40 riders attempted the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios, he along with 11 other riders returned for a second round. When he was the only one to put in a second clear round, the victory went to an ecstatic Scott Brash.
The Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ was celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. This annual event attracts competitors, spectators, family and friends from near and far with many of the top riders in the world being showcased.