Gaspar Albanez Wins Big at Spruce Meadows.

The winner Juan Pablo Gaspar and Puertas So What. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service).

 

Beginning Sunday’s competition in the Meadows on the Green, the $34,000 West Canadian Cup 1.50m saw 23 entries, with a five-horse jump-off. In his first time ever at Spruce Meadows, 17-year-old Juan Pablo Gaspar Albanez (MEX) jumped to an exciting victory aboard his 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Puertas So What (Quattro x Iroko).

“This is my first time here and this win was a very big thing for me to do with some very good riders in the jump-off,” Gaspar Albanez stated. “The course was tough for me. It was my first 1.50m competition, so it was a big challenge.”

Quentin Judge (USA) and Double H Farm’s HH Memphis were first to qualify for the jump-off, and finished the short course on four faults in 47.79 seconds to place fourth overall. Gaspar Albanez and Felipe Gaspar’s Puertas So What followed with the winning clear round in 45.08 seconds. Beezie Madden (USA) jumped next with a clear round in 45.64 seconds to finish second aboard Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS. Brianne Goutal (USA) and Remarkable Farms LP’s Rebeca LS followed with the third place round in 47.77 seconds. Last to go, Luis Larrazabal (VEN) had one rail down in 48.94 seconds to place fifth aboard Gustavo Mirabal’s G&C Close Up.

“I bough Puertas So What a little over one year ago,” Gaspar Albanez said of his mount. “I am very proud of him. He is fantastic; I think he is my horse of a lifetime.”

“I knew I was competing with the best riders in the world, so I knew I had to give it all or nothing,” the rider said of his jump-off. “I went and I did everything I could and finally won. It feels fantastic to win here. Last week I was second in the 1.45m, so I was close and I thought it would be fantastic if I could win one. If not, I still would have left happy with this experience, but now it is even better.”

 

Final Results: $34,000 West Canadian Cup 1.50m

1. $8,500 PUERTAS SO WHAT Dutch Warmblood / G / 11 Quattro x Iroko
JUAN PABLO GASPAR ALBANEZ (MEX) ZAPOPAN, JALISCO Felipe Gaspar: 0/0/45.08

2. $6,800 BREITLING LS Warmblood / S / 9 Quintero x Accord II
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA) CAZENOVIA, NY Abigail Wexner: 0/0/45.64

3. $5,100 REBECA LS Studbook La Silla / M / 9 Rebozo LS La Silla x Cassini I
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA) NEW YORK, NY Remarkable Farms LP: 0/0/47.77

4. $3,400 HH MEMPHIS Irish Sport Horse / G / 9 Armitage x Cruising
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA) WELLINGTON, FL Double H Farm: 0/4/47.79

5. $2,380 G&C CLOSE UP Dutch Warmblood / G / 8 Eurocommerce Wastington x Cobra
LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN) WESTON, FL Gustavo Mirabal: 0/4/48.94

6. $1,870 BRIANDA Dutch Warmblood / M / 10 Lupicor x Landeur
ALI WOLFF (USA) NEW ALBANY, OH John Wolff: 1/74.14

7. $1,360 SF ARIANTHA Dutch Warmblood / M / 10 Corland x Emillion
ANDRES RODRIGUEZ (VEN) WELLINGTON, FL Olivia Cox-FillL: 1/74.47

8. $1,020 CHARIELLE Oldenburg / M / 9 Chacco Blue x Argentinus
RODRIGO LAMBRE (BRA) MONTERREY Mario Onate: 4/69.46

9. $1,020 BIJZONDER Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Acodetto x Quite Easy
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL) WELLINGTON, FL Sweet Oak Farm: 4/72.23

10. $850 DARLING Westphalian / M / 11 Cornet Obolensky x Gralshuter
AINSLEY VINCE (CAN) MILTON, ON The Darling Group: 4/73.51

11. $850 WITH WINGS Dutch Warmblood / G / 12 Larino x L Ronald
KAREN POLLE (JPN) NEW YORK, NY Karen Polle: 5/74.25

12. $850 COUSCOUS VAN ORTI Belgian Sport Horse / G / 13 Unknown x Unknown
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI) WELLINGTON, FL Luc Van Der Steichel: 8/70.56

 

Source: Spruce Meadows Media Service