Canada third in BMO Nations’ Cup at The Masters
It wasn’t the colour they came for.But, still, in front of an ecstatic home crowd, the Canadian team — fresh off the 2016 Summer Olympics — walked away from Saturday’s BMO Nations’ Cup with a medal.
“You have good days and you have bad days,” said Tiffany Foster who was the only Canadian rider to go double clear in the first and second rounds. “You come here and you always want to do so great … it just showed you how difficult the course was. That’s the difference. That was a difficult course. For us to end up third … that’s pretty cool.”
The 2016 Canadian Olympic team — minus Yann Candele and plus alternate Kara Chad — was set up nicely with Foster, 2016 bronze-medallist Eric Lamaze and his horse Check PicoBelloZ, Amy Millar and Heros, and Chad and Bellinda.
At the Olympics, Canada narrowly missed out on the podium and finished fourth after a jump-off with the Germans.
But, on Saturday, Lamaze was having issues with his horse which made Saturday’s performance difficult. The 48-year-old struggled in the first round and finished with 12 jumping faults.
And, it was looking like Canada could do some damage in the second round but after knocking down a pile of jumps, Lamaze pulled his horse from the ring.
In show jumping, you’re only as good as your horse and — some days — it’s just not in the cards.
For their efforts, they walked away with $45,000, a respectable finish considering Canada has only won the Nations’ Cup twice in Spruce Meadows history (2014 and 2006). They were up against Belgium, the U.S., Germany, the defending champion Brazilian team, and the gold-winning Swiss team.
“The Canadian team has such synergy,” Foster said. “We all knew were still in it and really wanted to deliver in front of the home crowd. Kara’s an inexperienced rider, Amy has an experienced horse, and Eric’s horse was not cooperating (Saturday). So, I think we really rallied well and are proud of our third place.”