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U.S. Jumpers Win Nations Cup At Spruce Meadows
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September 11, 2010
By Joanie Morris
Lexington, KY - The U.S. Show Jumping team has been picking up victories
across Europe and ventured to the far reaches of Western Canada to keep the
Four of the nation's best riders delivered on a huge stage when the
U.S. squad romped to victory at the Spruce Meadows Masters to win the
Nations Cup in legitimate company.
Leopoldo Palacios, the Venezuelan course designer, created a challenging
track that produced just 10 clear rounds from eight teams over two rounds of
Rich Fellers (Wilsonville, OR) had a four fault effort as the leadoff rider
on Mollie and Harry Chapman's Flexible but jumped clear in the second round
in a stellar performance from the Irish Sport Horse stallion. Ashlee Bond
(Hidden Hills, CA) had two rails in the first round with Cadett 7 and then
got jumped off in round two, Richard Spooner (Agua Dulce, CA) and the scopey
Holsteiner gelding, Cristallo had an unlucky foot in the water in both
rounds in the huge ring at Spruce Meadows and Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY)
jumped a first round clear but added a rail and a time fault in round two to
give the U.S. a four point win on 17 faults over the Irish who ended on 21.
The US team was tied for the lead with eight faults after round one, with
the Irish and Canadians tied just one fault behind. The U.S. squad handled
the pressure, despite Bond's mishap at the second element of the third fence
in round two.
George Morris, the U.S. Chef d'Equipe engineered another stellar performance
out of his riders and they look forward to the CN International, which is
the $1 million Grand Prix tomorrow to close out the only CSIO5* in Canada.
The day got off to a flying start when the U.S. swept the top three places
in the BP Cup, Fellers stormed to the win on McGuinness, besting Madden on
Prima and Young Rider Karl Cook delivered on a huge stage with Notories
Utopia to finish third in the Speed Class.
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