The American rider Bezzie Madden finally got her first victory of the year at Spruce Meadows, after taking second place twice, comfortably surpassing Quentin Judge. Pedro Veniss of Brazil finished fourth. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
US Olympic medalist Bezzie Madden secured her first win of the 2017 season at Spruce Meadows, by comfortably dominating the $216,000 Duncan Ross Cup on the course designed by Peter Grant of Canada.
As part of the ‘Pan American’ CSI 5 * week presented by Rolex, the second most important class of that week was held, where Bezzie Madden with the 11-year-old stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Accord II) owned by Abigail Wexner, recorded a time of 43.66 seconds to ensure the victory and with it 130 World Rankings Points, where currently occupies a distant 55 place, after staying for several years in Top 5 of the World.
Representing his first win in Calgary this year for Madden, there are already 5 FEI wins that accumulate this 2017 in a long list of successes that already reach her 73 FEI events won career, plus a series of important events that include 4-times Olympic medals, 4-times medals in World Equestrian Games and 3-times Pan American medals.
The jump-off which featured seven qualifiers, had another double clear round by American Quentin Judge in second place setting a time of 46.04 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding HH Quatour (Col Canto x Rosire) while third place was the German rider Philipp Weishaupt with the 10-year-old mare Asathir (Diamant de Semilly x Papillon Rouge) in course of 4 fouls and 44.22 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking, the Brazilian Pedro Veniss stood out in the fourth place, getting a tiebreaking round in 4 fouls and 44.23 seconds with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri) to take 80 World Ranking Points. Also his fellowman Rodrigo Lambre managed to be the only rider to classify his two horses to the jump-off, being sixth with Coleman (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Indorado) in 8 fouls and seventh place with the 10-year-old mare Chacciama (Chacco-Blue x Andiamo) in 12 fouls.