McLain Ward and HH Callas secured the first victory of 2017 season in Calgary, where the difference from the first to the fifth place was 55 hundredths of a second. They highlighted for Latino Ranking Andres Azcarraga (MEX), Samuel Parot (CHI) and Patricio Pasquel (MEX). (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The first class in the ‘National’ CSI 5* presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows, marking the start of the famous Canadian contest, had the three-time Olympic medalist and world number 3 McLain Ward of United States as the great winner of the Roadtrek Cup.
The speed class under the course design by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, counted on the participation of 70 pairs, where McLain Ward with the 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros) owned by Double H Farm, stopped the clock in 66.20 seconds to take the victory and 50 World Ranking Points, being the difference from the first to the fifth place of only 55 hundredths of a second.
For second place the young American rider Lucy Deslauriers was escorting the winner, registering a time of 66.48 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Hester (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro Vd Begijnakker), followed in third place by Daniel Bluman of Israel, completing his course in 66.68 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old mare Bacara D Archonfosse (Asca Z x Queen D Archonfosse), while completing the top five ranked Canadian Yann Candele in fourth place with a time of 66.73 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Chaventyno (Chacco-Blue x Aventyno) and fifth-place Mario Deslauriers from United States, was 66.75 seconds off with 9-year-old gelding Westbrook (Jaguar Mail x Carrera).
Going to the Latino Ranking a total of four riders were able to add World Ranking Points, highlighting and finalizing consecutively Andres Azcarraga of Mexico with the ten-year-old stallion Contendros II (Contendro I x Drosselklang II) in sixth place registering 67.04 seconds, for seventh place the Latino Ranking’s Leader Samuel Parot of Chile in 67.56 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding VDL Aberlino (Corland x Purioso) and eighth place was the Mexican rider Patricio Pasquel marking a time of 67.99 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Careyes (Convert x Landgold). The fourth to qualify within the points was Federico Fernandez from Mexico, completing his field in 70.72 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Sterrehofs Rivegauche (Mr. Blue x Native of Jarsay).