Eduardo Menezes (BRA) wins the 1.45m Recon Metal One Round

The first day of the ‘National’ CSI5*, presented by ROLEX, opened with the Recon Metal One Round competition. Hyde Moffatt (CAN), and his mount Grafton had the honour of being the first horse-and-rider combination to step through the clock tower and out into the International Ring in nearly two years.

In total, thirty-five horses took on the 1.45m course designed by FEI course designer Anthony d’Ambrosio (USA). This track featured 11 obstacles (13 jumping efforts), and was a nice welcoming course for riders to tackle on the first day of the September Series.

Twelve riders came out of the International Ring with clear rounds, putting the pressure on them to have quick times in order to place. In the end, it was Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and Calypso Des Matis who took the win with a clean round and a time of 63.61 seconds. Hyde Moffatt came a close second aboard Donjo with a time of 63.87 seconds.

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Conor Swail (IRL) and Count Me In Clinch the Win in the Cardel Cup 1.50m Competition

The conclusion of the first day of the ‘National’ came with a competitive jump-off in the 1.50m Cardel Cup, that saw fast rounds from Kent Farrington (USA), Conor Swail (IRL), Vanessa Mannix (CAN), and Nayel Nassar (EGY). In the end, it was Swail who clinched the win, edging out Nassar by less than a second for the top spot.

The competition welcomed a total of 16 competitors who braved the course, designed by FEI course designer Anthony d’Ambrosio (USA). The course featured 12 obstacles (14 jumping efforts), and a jump-off with a time allowed of 47 seconds. Swail only took 37.80 seconds to make it through the jump-off course, giving him the win. The victory for Swail came aboard the 14-year old Hanoverian gelding Count Me In, a new mount for Swail, recently acquired from Canadian veteran Beth Underhill. It was the first time the gelding had ever been in the International Ring. Swail commented after the win that he could not be more pleased with the performance.

International showjumping at Spruce Meadows continues tomorrow, September 2, for day two of The ‘National’, presented by ROLEX.

Following his win, Conor Swail remarked upon how even though the atmosphere feels very different without fans in the stands, he and the other riders are very glad to be back at Spruce Meadows.

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