Calgary, Alberta - June 27, 2012 - The Spruce Meadows' 'Skyliner' Tournament proved to be another successful week for junior rider Abigail McArdle, who claimed two major victories with her talented mount Cosma 20. First the pair competed in the $10,000 Paramount Resources Prix des Nations, where "Team Red" took home the top prize and McArdle laid down one of three double clear efforts. Later in the week, McArdle and Cosma 20 continued their winning ways during the $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Grand-Prix, speeding through the jump-off to eventually lead the lap of honor.
During the $10,000 Paramount Resources Prix des Nations, "Team Red" included McArdle and Cosma 20 as the lead-off competitors, followed by Wilton Porter aboard Punch, Ali Boone riding Wait and See, and Meagan Nusz with Cilantro in the anchor position. McArdle and Boone each completed double clear efforts, which gave their team a clear win with just eight faults at the end of competition, while the second place team followed with 17 faults.
"It's always nice to practice that Nations Cup format because it's harder than you think," noted McArdle. "We chose our team based on who has been the most consistent here. It was a great feeling knowing that we had won before Meagan even did her last round. The course was tough with a line that included a triple bar to the open water, and the triple combination was difficult as well. It's nice that Ali and I were both double clear because she will be on my Zone 5 Team for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in July."
McArdle's clear efforts with Cosma 20 continued on Friday, when she won the $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Grand-Prix. The pair competed third in the jump-off after a fault-free first round, and tripped the timers in a speedy 38.99 seconds. With all the fences in place their quick turn over the course went straight to the top of the leaderboard to claim the winning prize.
"That was a fantastic class," stated McArdle. "It began raining right as the jump-off was starting, but my horse was great despite the weather. When I got to the in-gate Katie [Prudent] told me that I really needed to go for it, which made me a little nervous, but I've had a lot of practice so we were able to do it. My horse was able to make up some time through one of the turns. Our flatwork really pays off in the jump-offs because I can push her and still get her back for the next fence."
McArdle will continue her stay in Alberta, Canada, competing during all five weeks Spruce Meadows, one of the leading international events in the world, before traveling to Lexington, KY, for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.
Photo Credit: Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Grand-Prix at Spruce Meadows. Photo By: Parker/Russel - The Book, LLC; Abigail McArdle Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services