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July 12, 2015

Farrington Closes The Door On The $400,000 Pan American Cup

Calgary, Alberta—July 12  

McLain Ward kind of shook his head and conceded that Kent Farrington was simply unbeatable in the $400,000 Pan American Cup, the last class of the Spruce Meadows summer series during the Pan American tournament.

“It was one of those rounds that Kent does where the day is over basically,” Ward said.

That’s not to say Ward didn’t try, as did fellow American powerhouse Beezie Madden. But in the end, Madden had to settle for second with Simon and Ward third aboard Rothchild as Farrington flew to the top check with Voyeur.

July 5, 2015

HH Azur Just Keeps Impressing McLain Ward With $400,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup Win

Calgary, Alberta—July 4  

When a rider who earned two gold medals and victory in some of the top grand prix classes in the world aboard the great Sapphire states, “I do not think I have sat on a horse like this,” it’s really saying something.

June 14, 2015

Bongo Drums Up A Repeat Win For McLain Ward In $210,000 CP Grand Prix At Spruce Meadows

Calgary, Alberta—June 14  

Last to go in a blazingly fast 11-horse jump-off, McLain Ward knew he’d have to pull out all the stops to win.

Lucky for him, Rothchild, or “Bongo,” knows just how to pin his ears, grit his teeth and dig in. “The horse really came through strong to the last fence because he had helped me out a little bit. It was a hard question to ask him,” Ward said.

So, for the second year in a row, Ward and Rothchild emerged victorious in the $210,000 CP Grand Prix during the Continental Tournament at Spruce Meadows.

September 15, 2014

Ian Millar Makes More History In $1.5 Million CP International At Spruce Meadows

Calgary, Alberta—Sept. 14  

“I can honestly tell you that I never thought I’d win this grand prix again,” Ian Millar admitted. “I won it twice before, and that was a long time ago. The sport has changed so much. I’m a little more mature than I was. These young people go plenty fast, and they’re really, really good. To go up against them is no easy task. The afternoon just seems to fly by. It happened so fast, and the tension is incredible. It’s a heck of a payday. It’s just a thrill beyond words.”

September 14, 2014

Young Blood Leads Canada To Spruce Meadows Nations Cup Victory

Calgary, Alberta—Sept. 13  

Canada fielded a team with top veterans Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar for the $300,000 BMO Nations Cup and a 20-year-old team rookie stole the show at the Spruce Meadows Masters.

July 14, 2014

Uceko Is Back On Top In $400,000 Pan American Cup At Spruce Meadows

Calgary, Alberta—July 13  

It would have been hard to bet against McLain Ward in the $400,000 Pan American Cup, the finale of the Spruce Meadows Pan American Tournament and the summer series in Calgary.

Ward had won the $83,000 Investor’s Cup 1.50-meter on Zander and the $33,500 Ashor Technologies 1.55-meter class on HH Carlos Z earlier in the week.

September 9, 2013

Back in The Barn With: Ben Maher

Ben Maher takes us behind the scenes to visit his top horses, Cella and Urico, at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Alberta.

Maher, 30, recently earned the top spot in the Longines World Rankings list, having just been a member of Great Britain's PSI European Championship (Denmark) gold-medal team, and earning individual silver there as well.

September 8, 2013

Pieter Devos And Candy Taste Sweet Success In The $1 CN Million Grand Prix

Pieter Devos’ first trip to the Spruce Meadows Masters didn’t start out terribly well.

On the first day of competition, he and his mare Candy took a bad fall, with Devos’ leg between the horse and a pole. While Candy was unhurt, Devos was concerned he’d broken his leg—it was so swollen he couldn’t even get his boot on for a few days.

But he’s not leaving Calgary, Alberta, with anything but great memories. He and Candy topped the $1 Million CN Grand Prix today, Sept. 8, scoring a second consecutive victory for his home country of Belgium.

September 7, 2013

Germany Tops BMO Nations Cup In A Three-Way Jump-Off

When Hans-Dieter Dreher trotted into the International Ring at Spruce Meadows today, Sept. 7., he had plenty of pressure on his shoulders. After two rounds of jumping, his team lay in a three-way tie for the win in the BMO Nations Cup, and he was the German representative to a jump-off to determine his country’s medal. Belgium’s François Mathy had gone for broke and ticked a single rail, but Dreher had France’s Penelope Leprevost at his heels. 

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