Jumper Highlights for Spruce Meadows Summer Series

Daniel Coyle Scores his Third International Win with the Scotiabank Cup

Daniel Coyle and Cita win the Scotiabank Cup at Spruce Meadows.

It was another top result for Ireland’s Daniel Coyle tonight, making his third International win of the 2017 Spruce Meadows Summer Series in tonight’s Scotiabank Cup.

Coyle (IRL) once again rode the ever so consistent Cita, an 11 year-old Holstein mare, to victory over another challenging test set by Venezuela’s Leopoldo Palacios on the Meadows on the Green this evening. After the first round course left athletes conferencing with each other in the back hitching ring, working together to come up with the best plan of attack, the Scotiabank Cup would see 18, out of a starting field of 54 horse/rider combinations, qualifying to return for an epic jump off.

When asked about creating his plan during the course walk, Coyle laughed, “I think I ended up changing my mind about 10 times over the first round course, I kept asking myself over and over – should I do three or four from the Liverpool to the skinny? I had made up my mind, I was set on doing three, well I ended up doing four.” Coyle went on, “Cita really does not want to knock a fence down which makes my job so much easier – All I have to do is steer – and when I do it right, she is simply incredible.”

The podium was filled with three of the fastest mares in the sport. Following close behind the tail of Coyle on Cita, was Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan aboard Sumas Zorro and Ashlee Bond of the United States with Chela. El Dahan(EGY) was the one to set the pace in tonight’s jump off. With a time of 39.08, El Dahan was able to really put the pressure on the riders to follow, including tonight’s winner. El Dahan commented, “My team mate Joanne and I came up with a great plan for the jump off, I wanted to put down the pressure in the first half of the course and knowing that my mare is so careful, with so much quality – I went in and took the first jump and was able to hit every stride just as planned and Zorro jumped with pure class.” Looking back at where he may have lost some time to Coyle, Sameh mentioned, “I played things a little bit too safe coming around to the last oxer, and I do think that’s what caught me behind the pace of Daniel.”

Arriving just 0.58 seconds off the pace of El Dahan was Ashlee Bond(USA) aboard her top mount Chela LS. After a hard ride through the first round course, Bond managed to catch her breath to come back for the 18 horse jump off. Bond stated, “I felt much better about the jump off round, after Chela had a few days off there was no doubt that I had a very fresh horse, so I knew that I needed to take my time for the first part of the jump off. I didn’t have the opportunity to see the others go in the jump off but I know how fast they are.” Bond continued, “my horse is exceptionally good on the long gallops and this course had a lot of spots for us to run, so I think that’s where I was able to make up the time and I was thrilled to have made it into the top three.”

The Scotiabank Cup 1.55m

By The Numbers:

  • 54 Entries
  • 18 Clear Rounds
  • 3 Clear with Time Faults

Course Stats:

  • Table 238 2.2
  • Designed by Leopoldo Palacios(VEN)

Round 1

  • 12 Obstacles
  • 15 Efforts
  • 72 Seconds Time Allowed
  • 475m Distance
  • 400m/min Speed

Jump Off

  • 7 Obstacles
  • 8 Efforts
  • 53 Time Allowed
  • 350m Distance
Coyle (IRL) and Cita take their position in front of the signature fence with Tony Aulicino, Managing Director, Scotiabank
Coyle (IRL) and Cita take their position in front of the signature fence with Tony Aulicino, Managing Director, Scotiabank

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Tiffany Foster Finds her Win in the AltaGas Cup

Tiffany Foster and Brighton

Tiffany Foster brings home a win for Canada in the AltaGas Cup, at the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament.

Beaming over the 11 year-old dark bay gelding Brighton, Tiffany said “He is just one of my favorite horses of all time!” Brighton earned his oats today taking Foster into a stacked jump off, featuring 15 top horses and riders from around the globe. “No matter the size or the speed of the competition, this horse tries so hard every time he’s in the ring – I just love him”, commented Foster.

When asked what Brighton’s future would hold, Tiffany spoke on how she manages the Dutch Warmblood gelding. “I have to be careful that I don’t always ask him to stretch beyond what he’s capable of because I know a lot of what he does – he does from his heart – so I want to make sure that every time he goes in the ring he wants to keep trying.” Foster continued, “I make sure that I keep throwing in competitions that aren’t at the limit of his effort. I stick to that plan because I feel it keeps him competitive and happy.”

Following Foster to the podium was American master Beezie Madden aboard talented new mount Con Taggio, an 8 year-old Oldenburg gelding. The stunning dapple grey gelding showed his promise in this afternoons’ AltaGas Cup with a beautiful round to finish just 1.28 seconds behind the winning time.

Cameron Hanley of Ireland picked up his first podium finish in the Meadows on the Green today aboard another talented grey gelding. The 8 year-old Holstein, Quirex, carried Hanley (IRL) to a photo finish against Madden’s time, arriving just 0.16 seconds behind the veteran from the USA.

The AltaGas Cup 1.45m

By The Numbers:

  • 60 Entries
  • 15 Clear Rounds
  • 8 Clear Jumping with Time Faults

Course Stats:

  • Table 238 2.2
  • Designed by Leopoldo Palacios(VEN)

Round 1

  • 12 Obstacles
  • 15 Efforts
  • 82 Seconds Time Allowed
  • 545m Distance
  • 400m/min Speed

Jump off

  • 7 Obstacles
  • 8 Efforts
  • 50 Seconds Time Allowed
  • 330m Distance
Foster and Brighton pose in front of the AltaGas signature fence with David Harris, President and CEO at AltaGas
Foster and Brighton pose in front of the AltaGas signature fence with David Harris, President and CEO at AltaGas

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Newcomer Madison Goetzmann Takes the U25 Canadian Utilities Winning Round

Madison Goetzmann and Atticus Diamant

On her first ever visit to Spruce Meadows, Madison Goetzmann (USA) made her presence known in this morning’s Canadian Utilities U25 Winning Round competition.

For 17 year-old Madison Goetzmann (USA), her first trip to Spruce Meadows is one she won’t soon forget. Goetzmann said “So far my time at Spruce Meadows has been an incredible experience, I really love this show – I’ve been wanting to come for the last few years and it just happened to work out this year – I’m really grateful to be here!” Her edge on course did not necessarily come from her plan of attack in the winning round jump off but instead from her partner, an 8-year-old Selle Francais gelding, Atticus Diamant. She commented, “I think I definitely have an advantage with this horse because he has such a big stride and covers the ground so easily. I’m able to make some pretty big moves – so it really was Atticus who gave me the edge today.”

Following behind for second was 23-year-old Jorge Canedo Vincent of Mexico aboard Caitari, an 11 year-old Oldenburg mare. Vincent (MEX) arrived at the finish line 0.71 seconds behind Goetzmann. The closest time to follow for a third and fourth place finish was Ben Asselin of Calgary, Alberta. The 23-year-old Asselin (CAN) looked to be the one to beat in the early goings of the winning round, but ended up a whole four seconds behind the leader aboard his third place mount, 11-year-old Holstein mare Wahrhaftige.

Canadian Utilities U25 Winning Round 1.45m

By The Numbers:

  • 60 Entries
  • 10 Clear Rounds
  • 2 Clear Jumping with Time Faults

Course Stats:

  • Table 238 2.2
  • Designed by Leopoldo Palacios(VEN)

Round 1

  • 12 Obstacles
  • 15 Efforts
  • 82 Seconds Time Allowed
  • 400m/min Speed

Jump off (Winning Round – Top 10 or All Clear Return)

  • 7 Obstacles
  • 8 Efforts
  • 50 Seconds Time Allowed
  • 330m Distance
Madison Goetzmann(USA) enjoys leading the victory gallop at her first ever visit to Spruce Meadows!

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Edited press release: Spruce Meadows

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