Conor Swail of Ireland took his first win of the season at Spruce Meadows by dominating a very exciting tiebreaker. Francisco Pasquel of Mexico second, Bezzie Madden of the United States third and Salvador Oñate of Mexico fourth. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The second day of ‘Pan American’ CSI 5* week, a fast and effective Conor Swail of Ireland, took the win in the $35,000 WestJet Cup 1.45m, representing its first win of the Canadian Show.
With a total of 85 pairs on course designed by Peter Grant of Canada, the disputed cup was defined in the tiebreaking round with 16 qualifiers, but all the excitement focused on the top five place, where Conor Swail alongside the 9-year-old gelding GK Coco Chanel (Clarimo x Lerano) owned by Vanessa Mannix, stopped the clock in 39.47 seconds to add 50 World Ranking Points, collecting his FEI triumph number 68.
For second place and being the best representative of the Latino Ranking, the Mexican rider Francisco Pasquel was very close to snatching the victory to Conor Swail, after completing his round in 40.05 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Naranjo (Robin II Z X Quappa HN), to add 45 FEI Ranking Points. Not far away his fellowman Salvador Onate, accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding Big Red (Ludwig von Bayern x Lamourex I), managed to take fourth place in 40.19 seconds to earn 35 points.
Great emotions were experienced in the Meadows of the Green with the fight for the first place, being the difference of 1.21 seconds, being the third place holder of the Olympic medalist American Bezzie Madden with the 8-year-old gelding HHS Hercules (Crown Z) owned by Abigail Wexner, clocking a time of 40.07 seconds, while fifth place was also American rider Rich Fellers with the 12-year-old mare Lux Lady (Lux Z x Master Imp) at 40.68 seconds.
The best seed was fourth time Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze, to finished in eight place with the 10-year-old gelding Chesney (Indoctro x Kannan) in time of 41.80 seconds.