Olivier Philippaerts Wins the CN International Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows Masters


Riding Cabrio van de Heffinck, 19 year old Philippaerts won the prestigious title and prize money of CAN$335,000 / €265,000, ahead of second place Beezie Madden (USA) riding Simon, and Olivier's father Ludo Philippaerts (BEL) riding Challenge VD Begijnakker.  On a tough track from course designer Leopoldo Palacios, Olivier Philippaerts was the only rider to jump two clear rounds, though he incurred one time penalty in each to finish on a total score of two faults.

Both Beezie Madden and Ludo Philippaerts incurred four faults in the first round and went clear in the second, but Beezie was the quicker of the two in the first round and captured second place overall.

Speaking about his his horse Cabrio van de Heffinck, Olivier Philippaerts said, "He has a very good character and he wants go and he wants to win, and this is very important."

During an emotional ceremony before the start of the CN International Grand Prix, Eric Lamaze unveiled a statue of his much loved and sorely missed stallion Hickstead, a favourite of the Spruce Meadows crowd over many years.

Photo: Riding Cabrio van de Heffinck, 19 year old Philippaerts won the prestigious title. Credit: Kit Houghton/Rolex.




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