Belgian rider Nicola Philippaerts wins for the first time in the International Ring of Spruce Meadows to surpass Swiss Steve Guerdat. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The Belgian rider Nicola Philippaerts was consecrated in the Masters of Calgary, when obtaining its first victory of the International Ring at Spruce Meadows.
Disputing the $130,000 Cana Cup on course designed by Venezuelan Leopoldo Palacios, Nicola Philippaerts led a flawless jump-off round with his 10-year-old gelding H&M Harley VD Bisschop (Dulf van den Bisschop x Coronado) to stop the clock in 41.25 seconds and be the winner of the most important FEI event of second day.
Taking 100 World Ranking Points, Nicola Philippaerts outperformed Swiss Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat who completed his jump-off in 41.77 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Cayetana (Robin II x Papillon Rouge) seizing second place and third Maikel van der Vleuten of the Netherlands recorded a time of 42.40 seconds with the 15-year-old stallion VDL Groep Verdi TN (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I).
Going to the Latino Ranking its leader Pedro Veniss of Brazil finished in fourth place to add 60 World Ranking Points, completing his field with the last double clear round in 43.29 seconds with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri), while world number 4 French rider Kevin Staut knocked down a pole totaling 4 fouls in 42.31 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Silver Deux from Virton HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Heartbreaker).
The best seeded and World Number 1 Kent Farrington of the United States, obtained its classification to the jump-off round with the 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro), but preferred to retire when not having chance by the victory and finished ninth and tied whit Beezie Madden in tenth place, when did not show at the jump-off.
Also by the Latinos saw action Brazilian Yuri Mansur with the 13-year-old mare Unita ASK (Corrado I x Caretino) finishing 21st with 4 fouls, Mexican Antonio Chedraui next to the 11-year-old gelding Ninloubet (Nintender x Galoubet To) occupied 26th place with 5 fouls and Brazilian Rodrigo Lambre accumulated 9 faults to be 35th with the 10-year-old gelding Coleman (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Indorado).