Calgary, Alberta – Sept. 10, 2016 – The Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO5* Tournament featured the BMO Nations Cup in the International Ring on Saturday with an exciting lineup of 10 international show jumping teams.
The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team competing in the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ BMO Nations Cup in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, consisted of Lillie Keenan (New York, New York) and Chansonette Farm LLC and Ronnoco Jump Ltd.’s Super Sox, Quentin Judge (Wellington, Florida) and Double H Farm’s HH Whisky Royale, Maggie McAlary (Amherst, New Hampshire) and Double H Farm’s HH Ciske van Overis and Hardin Towell (Camden, South Carolina) and Jennifer Gates, LLC’s Lucifer V. Robert Ridland served as the team’s chef d’équipe.
Team USA drew sixth in the order of 10 nations and finished the first round on a total of 10 faults, with Keenan jumping the only clear round for Team USA aboard Super Sox, however collecting 1 time fault. McAlary finished with a total of 5 faults and Towell on 4 faults, while Judge posted a dropped score of 9 faults in the first round.
Belgium, Canada, Germany, the U.S., Brazil and Switzerland were the top six nations to advance to the second round, with the U.S. sitting in third place with 10 faults.
Keenan returned as first to represent Team USA in the second round with 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Super Sox. Judge followed Keenan with 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding HH Whisky Royale. Both Keenan and Judge finished on a total of 5 faults. McAlary was third to go for Team USA and piloted the 14-year-old Belgium Warmblood mare, HH Ciske van Overis, to 8 jumping and 2 time faults for a total of 10 faults, while Towell crossed the finish line with Lucifer V, a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, on 16 faults.
After an exciting jump-off between Brazil and Switzerland, Switzerland claimed its first gold medal in the BMO Nations Cup at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO5* Tournament, while Brazil took silver, Canada took bronze and Team USA finished in sixth place with 30 faults.