Captain Canada Ian Millar took the first leg of the Triple Crown of the Angelston Tournaments. (Photo © Ben Radvanyi)
Captain Canada Ian Millar loaded the first leg of the Triple Crown of the Angelston Tournaments, dominating the $86,600 Kubota Grand Prix.
Leading a group of 21 riders on course designed by Iranian Hossein Shaflee, Ian Millar managed to qualify for the jump-off with his 14-year-old gelding Dixon (Vigo D’arsouilles x Olisco) and record the only Grand Prix’s double clear round at 39.75 seconds securing 80 World Ranking Points.
With just 5 riders classified, ten-time Canadian Olympic team Ian Millar won the first leg against a very fast Leslie Howard from the United States, who had to settle for second place by knocking down a pole and totaling four fouls alongside the 9-year-old mare Donna Speciale (Cavalier x Concorde) in time of 35.57 seconds.
The rest of the participants had Canada’s Keean White in third place along with the 10-year-old mare Corette (Lupicor x Clinton) on field of 4 fouls and 37.42 seconds, fourth place repeated Olympic medalist Leslie Howard with the 11-year-old gelding Gentille van Spieveld (Heartbreaker x Capital) in 43.37 seconds and fifth with 8 fouls in 41.91 seconds was Canadian rider Erynn Ballard with the 12-year-old stallion Royale du Rouet (Jeff D’or x Kannan).
For Latino Ranking added World Ranking Points Samuel Parot from Chile, finishing in seventh and eighth place after winning on Thursday FEI class and both rounds were 4 fouls highlighting the 14-year-old gelding Atlantis (Andiamo x Royal Bravour L) while Venezuelan rider Juan Ortiz once again scored points in 12th place alongside 11-year-old gelding Gaverdi Z (Clipper van de Begijnakker x Vas and Done Longane) in a field of 4 fouls and 76.14 seconds.