With so many amazing competitors in the same location at once, competition was fierce right from opening day of the Spruce Meadows Masters!

Clouds may have chilled the grounds on Wednesday, but familiar face Richard Spooner (USA) didn’t seem to mind as he took the Akita Drilling Cup in the International Ring’s first event. Jerome Hurel (FRA) was hot on his heels with a win in the Finning Cup. Thursday brought back the sun for Christian Ahlmann’s (GER) ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup victory, and CANA Cup winner Michael Whitaker (GBR) earned his prize in a close competition that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Sunshine and warm temperatures brought the fans out in record numbers on Saturday to see veteran Beezie Madden (USA) capture the Suncor Energy Winning Round and Team Germany emerge triumphant in the battle for the BMO Nations’ Cup.

On the final day excitement reached fever pitch. Fans and riders alike consider the CN International one of the most prestigious events in the sport, with a million dollar prize for the winner. Rich Fellers (USA) started things off by taking the TELUS Cup in the morning. A more sombre event took centre stage in the International Ring, with a moving commemorative ceremony for departed show jumper Hickstead and the unveiling of a new statue honouring this legendary horse. The best and brightest stars of show jumping then proceeded to give it their all in pursuit of the coveted CN International title. After an exhilarating afternoon of top notch competition, 19 year old Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) claimed first place as this year’s CN International champion. Congratulations to Olivier and to all of our esteemed competitors!

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