American rider Beezie Madden was big in the jump-off round securing her first week win in Toronto. (Photo © Ben Radvanyi Photography)
Four-time US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden took the victory in the $35,000 Brickenden Trophy in a big jump-off round.
With only 19 participating pairs on course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge on second date of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, 15 riders would return to the jump-off where American riders would be responsible for putting definitive figures with their result.
Taking a time of 30.35 second by Beezie Madden with the 9-year-old gelding Coach (With Air x Corofino I) owned by Abigail Wexner, the US Olympic medal dominated a much-disputed jump-off round and beat her compatriot by 25 cents. Andrew Kocher and his 11-year-old mare Artemise du Houssoit (Sherman Sitte x Ksar-Sitte).
With the result, Beezie Madden took the first CSI4* Royal Winter Calgary week victory plus 50 World Ranking Points and Andrew Kocher achieved a small advantage before Belgian rider Nicola Philippaerts, thus occupying the European third place in 30.70 seconds, only 10 hundredths of a second above Kocher with the 11-year-old stallion Aikido Z (Accardi x Corrado I).
World number 1 and Pan American Ranking Leader Kent Farrington recorded an interesting time of 30.73 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) occupying the fourth place, while fifth place was Irish rider Daniel Coyle with the 13-year-old mare Martha Louise (Maloubet de Pleville x Wolfgang) in a time of 30.97 seconds.
Also participated the second best seed of the class the world number 2 and three times US Olympic medalist McLain Ward, featuring the 9-year-old mare HH Gigi’s Girl (Vingino x Celano) occupying the sixth place in 31.53 seconds.