An exciting FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Qualifier held Thursday, June 13 at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ tournament in Calgary, AB, brought to a close the North America, Central America and Caribbean League of the Furusiyya Nations Cup™ series. The CSIO5* ‘Continental’ was the second and last qualifying event for the North American region. Canada’s third place finish secured a highly coveted spot in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Season Series Final in Barcelona, ESP, to be held September 26-29, 2013. The United States won the region with 175 points, while Canada was close behind with 172 points.

Mark Laskin, Chef d’Equipe for Canada One said, “Three of our riders on our points team were on newer mounts. Ian got his last fall, but he hasn’t had him for a full season. For Eric and Tiffany, last week was their first time.”

Of Canada Two team’s performance, Laskin said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for our developing riders. It was an invaluable experience that they’ll draw on in the future. We’re only going to get better and it bodes well for the future. We’re really excited to qualify for Barcelona and we’ll be there.”
The team members, who will represent Canada at the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, will be announced at a future date.

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 – Spruce Meadows results:
1. Ireland — 4 faults: Lansdowne (Conor Swail) 0/0, E Muze Yek (Darragh Kerins) 0/12, Carrabis Z (Richie Moloney) 0/4, Antello (Cameron Hanley) 0/0.
2. USA Stripes — 9 faults: Nice de Prissey (Brianne Goutal) 5/4, Nougat du Vallet (Katie Dinan) 0/0, Campbell VDL (Candice King) 13/9, Rothchild (McLain Ward) 0/0.
3. Canada One — 14 faults: Powerplay (Eric Lamaze) 5/0, Verdi lll (Tiffany Foster) 4/5, Amor van de Rostal (Mac Cone) 5/1, Dixson (Ian Millar) 4/0.
4. USA Stars — 24 faults: Blue Angel (Kent Farrington) 8/4, Mika (Reed Kessler) 4/4, Chill RZ (Charlie Jayne) 4/4, Zerly (Christine McCrea) 8/0.
5. Canada Two — 30 faults: La Boom (Lisa Carlsen) 5/9, Bobby (Chris Sorensen) 9/0, Makavoy (Ben Asselin) Elim/4, Showgirl (Jonathan Asselin) 4/8.
6. Mexico Azteca — 35 faults: Crossing Jordan (Nicolas Pizzaro Suarez) 12/0, Spirit Magic (Manuel Alvarez) 13/8, Gitano (Frdeico Fernandez) 13/5, Criptonite (Enrique Gonzalez) 0/5.
7. Mexico Maya — 26 faults IN ROUND 1 : Careyes (Patricio Pasquel) 17, Valentina (Claudia Lorenza O Farrill) 13, Vicky van het Geinsteinde (Alejandro Plascencia) 4, Skylubet (Ricardo Nizri) 9.