With the “North American” Tournament kicking off on the American 4th of July, it seemed only natural that American riders would capture top honours on that day. Reed Kessler (USA) started the charge with her third FEI win at Spruce Meadows this season, the Suncast Cup. Richard Spooner (USA) followed with his AON Cup win, and Rich Fellers (USA) closed the night as victor of the Sun Life Financial “Reach for the Sun.” Thursday brought 22 year old Nayel Nassar’s (EGY) first Spruce Meadows win and the PwC Cup to McLain Ward (USA).

There was sunshine and growing excitement on Friday as the weekend approached. Kent Farrington (USA) won the Pepsi Challenge and Beezie Madden (USA) captured the Lafarge Cup during that evening’s competition. Saturday brought victory to Canadian Eric Lamaze (CAN) with a TD Cup win and another success for Beezie Madden (USA), who won the coveted ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Daniel Bluman (COL) took Sunday’s first prize of the day with the Akita Drilling Cup, and the final day of the “North American” concluded with Katie Prudent (USA) winning the challenging Cenovus Energy Classic Derby. Close competition made the Derby a thrilling end to an exciting week of sport!

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