Japan’s Karen Polle took the win against Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt by 2 seconds. Jaime Azcárraga, Antonio Chedraui and Alberto Michán the best for Latinos. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Karen Polle of Japan closed the second date of the ‘North American’ CSI 5* presented by Rolex, achieving the second best result in her professional career, winning the $216,400 Progress Energy Cup in Calgary.
Adding 130 World Ranking Points, Karen Polle was presented with the 14-year-old gelding With Wings (Larino x L Ronald) to complete a jump-off round in 40.33 seconds, under the course design by Santiago Varela of Spain .
With 17 qualifying teams, Japanese rider Karen Polle set the pace and achieved a 2-second lead over German rider Philipp Weishaupt, who finished second with 10-year-old Asathir (Diamant de Semilly x Papillon Rouge). They followed by Chris Pratt of Canada with a time of 43.43 seconds next to the 10-year-old gelding Concorde (Vaillant x Concorde), fourth place for United States rider Quentin Judge recording 43.44 seconds accompanied by the 12-year-old stallion HH Conrad (ConAir x Locato) and fifth place American Mario Deslauriers with the 9-year-old gelding Westbrook (Jaguar Mail x Carrera) in 44.32 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking, Mexicans Jaime Azcárraga finished with the 13-year-old gelding Anton (Marome NW x Orville) in 7th place with a time of 46.01 seconds, eighth Antonio Chedraui with the 11-year-old gelding Ninloubet (Nintender x Galoubet A) in 46.26 seconds and ninth place was Alberto Michán accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding GC Chopin’s Bushi (Contendro II x Nairobi) totaling 4 faults in 40.67 seconds.
The best seed of the class was US olympic medal and World Number 1 Kent Farrington, but knockdown a pole in his jump-off round and finished in 10th place with the 15-year-old gelding Voyeur (Tolaron vant Riethof x Goodwill) in time of 40.73 seconds.