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Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 Win $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Grand-Prix at
Spruce Meadows 'Skyliner'
Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Grand-Prix
at Spruce Meadows. Photo By: Parker/Russel - The Book, LLC
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Calgary, Alberta - June 27, 2012 - The Spruce Meadows' 'Skyliner' Tournament
proved to be another successful week for junior rider Abigail McArdle, who
claimed two major victories with her talented mount Cosma 20. First the pair
competed in the $10,000 Paramount Resources Prix des Nations, where "Team
Red" took home the top prize and McArdle laid down one of three double clear
efforts. Later in the week, McArdle and Cosma 20 continued their winning
ways during the $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Grand-Prix, speeding through the
jump-off to eventually lead the lap of honor.
During the $10,000 Paramount Resources Prix des Nations, "Team Red" included
McArdle and Cosma 20 as the lead-off competitors, followed by Wilton Porter
aboard Punch, Ali Boone riding Wait and See, and Meagan Nusz with Cilantro
in the anchor position. McArdle and Boone each completed double clear
efforts, which gave their team a clear win with just eight faults at the end
of competition, while the second place team followed with 17 faults.
"It's always nice to practice that Nations Cup format because it's harder
than you think," noted McArdle. "We chose our team based on who has been the
most consistent here. It was a great feeling knowing that we had won before
Meagan even did her last round. The course was tough with a line that
included a triple bar to the open water, and the triple combination was
difficult as well. It's nice that Ali and I were both double clear because
she will be on my Zone 5 Team for the North American Junior and Young Rider
Championships in July."
McArdle's clear efforts with Cosma 20 continued on Friday, when she won the
$15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Grand-Prix. The pair competed third in the
jump-off after a fault-free first round, and tripped the timers in a speedy
38.99 seconds. With all the fences in place their quick turn over the course
went straight to the top of the leaderboard to claim the winning prize.
"That was a fantastic class," stated McArdle. "It began raining right as the
jump-off was starting, but my horse was great despite the weather. When I
got to the in-gate Katie [Prudent] told me that I really needed to go for
it, which made me a little nervous, but I've had a lot of practice so we
were able to do it. My horse was able to make up some time through one of
the turns. Our flatwork really pays off in the jump-offs because I can push
her and still get her back for the next fence."
McArdle will continue her stay in Alberta, Canada, competing during all five
weeks Spruce Meadows, one of the leading international events in the world,
before traveling to Lexington, KY, for the North American Junior and Young