Yann Candele loaded with the first FEI victory of the third week of activities in Calgary, beating the American rider McLain Ward. Alberto Michán of Mexico in fourth place. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Canadian rider Yann Candele made himself feel at home, after he shone in the $35,000 Cargill Cup to take the win in the tiebreaker round, being the first FEI class at the beginning of the third week at Spruce Meadows.
Great atmosphere was felt at the Meadows on the Green and a course designed by the Canadian Peter Grant, where 53 pairs animated the regular round and 17 returned for the tiebreaker, being the fastest Yann Candele with the 11-yearold gelding Chaventyno (Chacco-Blue x Aventyno) owned by Legacy Stables LLC, recording a time of 44.43 seconds and securing 50 World Ranking Points.
The fight remained very even among the top spot, with three-time US Olympic medalist McLain Ward, who escorted him to second place after completing his field in 45.60 seconds with the 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros X Quattro B) owned by Double H Farm. For third place Kevin Babington of Ireland achieved a time of 45.88 seconds accompanied by the 15-year-old gelding Mark Q (OBOS Quality 004 x Positively), thus achieving McLain Ward 45 World Ranking Points and 4 points0 added by Kevin Babington.
For the Latino Ranking, the Mexican Alberto Michán was in fourth place with the 11-year-old gelding GC Chopin’s Bushi (Contendro II x Nairobi) owned by Iron Horse Farm, to take 35 FEI Ranking Points to mark a time of 46.36 seconds. Brazil’s Rodrigo Lambre scored points in seventh place with his time of 48.69 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Coleman (Rangel van de Zuuthoeve x Indorado), while his fellowman Pedro Veniss finished 16th with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri) accumulating 13 fouls in 65.38 seconds.