Rich Fellers and Colgan Cruise. (Photo © Spruce Meadows media Service).
Sixth to go in the order of 35 entries, Eric Navet (FRA) cleared the course in 87.24 seconds, a time that would hold on for second place aboard Signe Ostby’s ASB Conquistador. Leslie Howard (USA) put her experience to good use for the third place prize, clear in 88.80 seconds, with her own and Peter Howard’s Lennox Lewis 2.
Fellers had a busy day of riding and also teaching students in other rings and did not get to see any of the competition before he went in the ring. He stuck to his original plan for the course and trusted in the speed and experience of his horse. He has owned Colgan Cruise, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Cruising x Clover Hill), since the horse was five years old.
“I know her so well and I was so busy at the other rings with my junior and amateur students that I did not even watch anyone. I just rode my plan from my course walk,” Fellers stated. “My horse is kind of fast on the ground, she is fast in the air, and when she is smooth and she is riding well I know she is going to be right there at the end. I really did not have a beat on where I needed to be, I just felt like I trusted her speed, her instincts and her experience. You can’t replace experience.”
“She was a winner when we bought her,” Fellers noted. “She was third or fourth at the five-year-old world championships for young horses. We bought her after that and she has been a great horse. She did not turn out to be a 1.60m horse, but she has just become a real money machine. In the speed stuff, and the 1.45m, she is very consistent.”
Colgan Cruise is by the same stallion as Fellers’ longtime champion mount, Flexible, who is still going strong at 19 years of age.
“She is 13 now, which as an Irish horse is still young,” Fellers stated. “All I had for years was Irish horses. That is where I bought all my horses. I had a great agent there, Dermot Forde, and I had a lot of luck with the very first Irish horse I bought, McDougal. He won this class in 1998. He was on the trophy and that was the last time I won it. Irish horses are typically very bold, very brave and instinctive about jumping the natural obstacles.”
Final Results: $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse
1. COLGAN CRUISE Irish Sport Horse / M / 13 Cruising x Clover Hill
RICH FELLERS (USA) SHERWOOD, OR Chapman & Fellers: 86.449
2. ASB CONQUISTADOR Belgian Warmblood / S / 14 Clinton x Heartbreaker
ERIC NAVET (FRA) ENCINITAS, CA Signe Ostby: 87.235
3. LENNOX LEWIS 2 Oldenburg / G / 16 Loreatus x Weizenkorn
LESLIE HOWARD (USA) DARIEN, CT Peter and Leslie Howard: 88.796
4. CARUSHKA 2 Warmblood / M / 11 Berlin x Continue
EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA) CARLSBAD, CA Eduardo Menezes: 89.503
5. ZANDIGO Warmblood / G / 11 Jumbo Jet x Holland
OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS (BEL) MEEUWEN-GRUITRODE Ludo Philippaerts: 90.547
6. COSMA 20 Hanoverian / M / 12 Couleur Rubin x Stakkato
ABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA) WELLINGTON, FL David McArdle: 91.211
7. BABEL Warmblood / G / 8 Billy du Lys x High Flyer
PATRICIO PASQUEL (MEX) MEXICO CITY Patricio Pasquel: 91.947
8. MOONDOGGIE Holstein / G / 10 Lord Continuet x South Pacific
LESLIE HOWARD (USA) DARIEN, CT Peter and Leslie Howard: 94.929
9. ZAPRILIA M Dutch Warmblood / S / 11 Chin Chin x Silvio I
RICHARD SPOONER (USA) AGUA DULCE, CA Maxine & Robert Jack: 95.156
10. MELBOURNE Dutch Warmblood / M / 9 Verdi x Zeus
RODRIGO LAMBRE (BRA) MONTERREY Mario Onate: 95.669
11. EMMA Warmblood / M / 10 Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Glorieux
MCLAIN WARD (USA) BREWSTER, NY McLain Ward: 96.464
12. PROF DE LA ROQUE Selle Francais / G / 8 Kannan x Unknown
NICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX) MEXICO CITY Postage Stamp Farm LLC: 96.790
Source: Spruce Meadows Media Service