Canadians Come Up Short on Canada Day
Fans hoping to hear the Canadian national anthem at Spruce Meadows on Canada Day unfortunately went home disappointed.
A pair of Canadians had a chance to win the first event of the North American Tournament held at the International Ring on Wednesday as Kara Chad and Yann Candele were among 10 riders who qualified for a jump-off to vie for the AON Cup.
While American Quentin Judge went on to win, Chad finished with 12 faults aboard Zamiro 16 and Candele was eliminated when he fell off his mare Showgirl after clearing the seventh of eight jumps. Both riders still won $1,000 each by finishing ninth and 10th respectively.
Despite not faring well in the jump-off, Chad was pleased with how Zamiro 16 performed in the earlier run.
“Yeah, I’m super excited,” said the 19-year-old Calgarian. “It’s also the first day of showing for me, so it was a great start to the week. It’s just a bonus that it’s Canada Day also.
“Especially in the International Ring, every time you walk under the clock tower, you feel pretty grateful. It’s a pretty big treat to walk out there and get a cheer because you’re from Canada. It’s pretty amazing.”
Chad may well have finished higher in the standings if not for an unfortunate incident just before Zamiro 16 was set to take flight over the fourth obstacle during the jump-off.
“My horse actually lost a shoe right before it, so I was a little bit distracted by that and, of course, when they lose a shoe, it’s harder for them to set up and jump as well as they usually jump with four shoes,” Chad said. “Even though it fell apart a little bit in the jump off, I was really happy with my first round.”
Later in the day, Toronto native Rebecca McGoldrick finished seventh in the ATCO Energy Solutions Cup aboard Fleur IV to win $1,360.
“It’s really exciting,” said McGoldrick, who grew up in Hong Kong and is currently based in Ireland. “Any day here among such strong competition is exciting, especially on Canada Day.”
Canada’s best showing on Wednesday occurred during the PwC Cup, which was the final event of the day. Eric Lamaze won $2,380 for finishing in fifth aboard Rosana Du Park, while Tamie Phillips and Cat Balou placed ninth to win $1,020.
Tiffany Foster (Brighton), McGoldrick (Cuba Libre) and Brian Morton (Atlantis T) all took home $850 for finishing in 10th, 11th and 12th respectively.
Calgary Herald - July 1, 2015