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Deslauriers Dominates at Spruce Meadows

July 01, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): The sun shone on Saturday at the 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament. This was particularly true for American veterans McLain Ward and Mario Deslauriers.

McLain Ward and Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, winners of the Direct Energy Cup. (Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services)

Fifty nine horse/rider combinations saddled up for the 1.45 meter Direct Energy Cup this morning, competing for top spot over the 500 meter long course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). Over 16 jumping efforts, the field was narrowed down to the 13 combinations who moved into the jump off. In the end, nobody could catch two-time Olympian McLain Ward (USA) and his 11 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Pjotter Van de Zonnehoeve, who finished with double clear rounds and a jump off time of 35.96. Ward is no stranger to the winners circle at Spruce Meadows, and was just named to one of four spots on the 2012 US Olympic team. The win was particularly gratifying, as Ward is just returning from a severe leg break suffered in January.

There was $50,000 dollars on the line for the 1.60 meter RBC Financial Group Cup. Twenty four horse/rider combinations took to the course, designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) that stretched over 510 meters with 16 jumping efforts. Out of the 5 combinations in the jump off, Mario Deslauriers (USA) took the victory aboard Urico, his 11 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding. This marks Deslauriers’ second FEI win at Spruce Meadows this season, after taking home the TransCanada Parcours de Chasse during the Spruce Meadows ‘National’ tournament. “My horse felt great today, and following Beezie in the jump off, I knew I had to pull out all the stops. It worked” Said Deslauriers following the win. “I’m very pleased.”

Oh Canada! Tomorrow, Spruce Meadows celebrates sport and country Highlighted by the $100,000 Esso Challenge World Cup Qualifier. Families are able to come out and participate in a multitude of activities for Canada day, and watch as the world`s top riders fight for first place. Competition begins at Spruce Meadows on Canada day with the West Canadian Cup at 11:00 AM, followed by the Esso Challenge World Cup Grand Prix.

Direct Energy Cup – Top 10
1- McLain Ward                        USA                    Pjotter Van de Zonnehoeve
2- Katie Prudent                       USA                    V
3- Yann Candele                       CAN                    Game Ready
4- Darragh Kerins                     IRL                    Hot Wheels
5- Katherine Dinan                  USA                    Sandro
6- Kara Chad                             CAN                    Alberto II
7- Shane Sweetnam                  IRL                    Diktator Van de Boslandhoeve
8- Callie Schott                         USA                    Wrigley
9- Tim Gredley                         GBR                    Unex Voske
10- Eric Lamaze                       CAN                    Wang Chung M2S

Bruce MacKenzie, Regional President, AB & Territories, RBC Royal Bank presenting the winners’ cheque to Mario Deslauriers. (Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services)

RBC Cup – Top 10
1- Mario Deslauriers                  USA                 Urico
2- Beezie Madden                     USA                  Simon
3- Tiffany Foster                        CAN                 Victor
4- Nick Dello Joio                      USA                 Scarface
5- Jill Henselwood                     CAN                 George
6- Lisa Carlsen                          CAN                 La Boom
7- Rodrigo Lambre                    BRA                 Chepepe La Escondida
8- Kent Farrington                     USA                 Voyeur
9- Richard Spooner                   USA                 Apache
10- Lauren Tisbo                      USA                  King Kolibri