Swail from Ireland starts with victory the National CSI 5* in Spruce Meadows.
There were 38 entries in the first competition of the year on the field of the International Ring in the Erwin Hymer Group Cup 1.50m. It was held as one round for speed, and the fastest of the day was Ireland’s Conor Swail on Cita, a 10-year-old Holsteiner mare (Casall x Pik Romero) owned by Susan and Ariel Grange. Swail and Cita scorched the field by putting in a time of 65.46 seconds with no faults.
Five seconds behind was Canada’s Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze on Melody des Hayettes Z, owned by Artisan Farms LLC. They posted a clear round in a time of 70.45 seconds. Third place went to Antonio Chedraui (MEX) on Corcega La Silla in 73.72 seconds.
To completed the Top 5 Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Acita placed fourth in 75.33 seconds, while Antonio Maurer (MEX) on Galileo de Laubry was fifth in 75.90 seconds.
“She’s been amazing,” Swail said. “To go straight into that ring and jump 1.50m, and to do it the way she did it…I mean, she won by five seconds. I did a couple of turns that no one else did, and that’s basically I think where most of the time came from. I did an inside turn there, and when I did it and I saw the angle that I was at, I thought it was an awful, bad idea on my behalf. She was incredible to jump it.”
Final Results Erwin Hymer Group Cup 1.50m
1.- CITA/CONOR SWAIL (IRL) 0/65.46
2.- MELODY DES HAYETTES Z/ERIC LAMAZE (CAN) 0/70.45
3.- CORCEGA LA SILLA/ANTONIO CHEDRAUI (MEX) 0/73.72
4.- ACITA/NAYEL NASSAR (EGY) 0/75.33
5.- GALILEO DE LAUBRY/ANTONIO MAURER (MEX) 0/75.90
6.- ZALERNO/GONZALO AZCARRAGA RIVERA TORRES (MEX) 0/76.20
7.- HERMELIEN VD HOOGHOEVE/ALI RAMSAY (CAN) 0/79.26
8.- RETIRO/PETER LUTZ (USA) 1/82.04
9.- CASSINJA S/CHARES JACOBS (USA) 2/87.04
10.- GIN TONIC/KARA CHAD (CAN) 3/88.64
11.- CENZO/CONOR SWAIL (IRL) 4/73.08
12.- CORNANCER/RICHARD SPOONER (USA) 4/75.53
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