Richard Spooner and Chivas Z. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service).
Prior to his derby win, Spooner raced to victory with Chivas Z in the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup, a 1.45m faults converted speed competition. Out of 58 entries, Spooner and Chivas Z finished with a clear round and the fastest time of 70.323 seconds over the Uliano Vezzani (ITA) set course.
Juan Pablo Gaspar Albanez (MEX) jumped Felipe Gaspar’s Puertas So What to the second place time of 70.770 seconds. Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) finished third with Mario Onate’s Charielle in 74.702 seconds.
Spooner has been riding Chivas Z, a 16-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Cumano x Lord Gotthard), full-time for two years now. He helped rider Ashlee Bond with the horse before that, so he knows the gelding well.
“I think it is coming together,” Spooner said of their partnership. “I do not know how much further we are going to go. I think he is doing the 1.50m really well. I would like to see if I can get him in the 1.60m division a little bit and we will see what happens. I will try to pick a few of those out as the circuit goes on.”
Commenting on the day’s track, Spooner noted, “It was a tricky course. There was a lot of turning and running. It was a bit tough to get back to the one white jump by the gate because it was right next to the liverpools, but my horse was great there. Classically, that is a bit of a struggle for him, but he was quite good today. Once we got
past that I was able to just lay the hammer down and keep going.”
“I think it was a good course for him,” Spooner added. “Basically, the plan was just to go as fast as I possibly could. We had a little bit of a mistake earlier in the week, but I would say it was rider error. Today, I wanted to go out and be very positive with him and get him really going fast in the beginning, and the plan worked out.”
Although Spooner did not qualify for Saturday’s grand prix this week, he was happy to have the opportunity for another good competition Sunday morning.
“I was disappointed that I did not qualify for the grand prix obviously, but if I had qualified for the grand prix I would not have done this competition, so ultimately you never know where the chips are going to lay,” he remarked.
With his derby payday of $60,000 and a $10,000 top prize in the 1.45m as well as a $1,000 tenth place finish in that competition with Zaprilia M, Spooner raked in a grand total of $71,000 in the International Ring on Sunday. He will continue on to compete in the remainder of the Summer Series, which hosts four more weeks of competition through July 12.
Up next is the ‘Continental’ Tournament CSI 5*, which begins on Thursday, June 11, and continues through Sunday, June 14. Highlights include the $400,000 CP Grand Prix, the $126,000 Scotiabank Cup, the $85,000 Husky Energy Classic, and the $85,000 Repsol Cup.
Final Results: $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup 1.45m
1. CHIVAS Z Zangersheide / G / 16 Cumano x Lord Gotthard
RICHARD SPOONER (USA) AGUA DULCE, CA Richard Spooner: 70.323
2. PUERTAS SO WHAT Dutch Warmblood / G / 11 Quattro x Iroko
JUAN PABLO GASPAR ALBANEZ (MEX) ZAPOPAN, JALISCO Felipe Gaspar: 70.770
3. CHARIELLE Oldenburg / M / 9 Chacco Blue x Argentinus
RODRIGO LAMBRE (BRA) MONTERREY Mario Onate: 74.702
4. COSMA 20 Hanoverian / M / 12 Couleur Rubin x Stakkato
ABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA) WELLINGTON, FL David McArdle: 75.152
5. CHA CHA CHA 7 Oldenburg / M / 10 Chacco Blue x Quick Star
KENT FARRINGTON (USA) WELLINGTON, FL Haity McNerney LLC & Amalaya Investments: 75.194
6. H&M HARLEY VD BISSCHOP Belgian Warmblood / G / 8 Dulf Van Den Bisschop x Coronado NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL) GRUITRODE Ludo Philippaerts: 75.842
7. STAN Hanoverian / G / 9 Stakkato x Sacramento Son
JUAN MANUEL LUZARDO (URU) LA MOJONERA, ZAPOPAN Mauricio Guerra Colorado: 75.847
8. AZIBANTOS Warmblood / G / 10 Unknown x Unknown
MCLAIN WARD (USA) BREWSTER, NY Group C LLC: 76.197
9. ZARA LEANDRA Dutch Warmblood / M / 11 Metropole x Ahorn
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN) WELLINGTON, FL ZL Group Inc: 76.889
10. ZAPRILIA M Dutch Warmblood / S / 11 Chin Chin x Silvio I
RICHARD SPOONER (USA) AGUA DULCE, CA Maxine & Robert Jack: 77.330
11. QUITE NICE 5 Warmblood / M / 9 Quality x Landor S
GONZALO AZCARRAGA RIVERA TORRES (MEX) MEXICO CITY Jaime Azcarraga: 78.309
12. MELBOURNE Dutch Warmblood / M / 9 verdi x zeus
RODRIGO LAMBRE (BRA) MONTERREY Mario Onate: 78.492
Source: Spruce Meadows Media Service