Calgary, AB, Canada – The Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.50m jump-off was held Thursday evening at Spruce Meadows with a win for Canada’s Tiffany Foster aboard Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable’s Brighton. Foster and the ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Contendro II x Quick Star) topped an eight-horse jump-off out of 27 starters over the Santiago Varela (ESP) designed course. They completed the fastest of six double clear rounds in 35.54 seconds.
Mario Deslauriers (USA) and Wishing Well Farm’s Cherrypop finished second in 35.94 seconds. Richie Moloney (RL) and Equinimity LLC’s Merquisio placed third in 36.08 seconds. Lucy Deslauriers (USA) with Lisa Deslauriers’ Hester, and Peter Lutz (USA) aboard Katherine Gallagher and Michael Meller’s Retiro, tied for fourth place with matching times of 36.53 seconds. Brian Morton (CAN) and Grafton Farm’s Atlantis T placed sixth in 37.89 seconds.
Commenting on her winning mount, Foster smiled, “He is awesome. We got him when he was seven, and from right when we first started competing together, he has always been a winner. This year he has actually really stepped into his own. He has won a few times this year and he is just the coolest; I love him.”
Foster has also had many top placings throughout the summer series, and already this week, and was happy to finally win one in the ‘North American’ Tournament.
She stated, “Spruce Meadows is so special in any ring, but especially in the International Ring, and I have been second a lot here. I have been so close so many times. I have been trying to win all of them and I just keep being not quite fast enough. I know with this horse that I can take all of the risk. It is funny, because Philipp Weishaupt and I have been joking that we have been the bridesmaids of this tournament because we have both been second a lot. Then he won the big competition today, and I won this one, so we were the brides today!”
Foster detailed her plan for the jump-off, noting, “I find Brighton a little bit short-strided, so I do not always try the big leave outs. But as has been the case in a few of the competitions that we have won, Eric (Lamaze) said to me, ‘Nope, you can do it, you can leave that stride out,’ and I kind of went with it. If Eric says I can do it, I know I can do it, and it generally works out.”
Foster added, “Every course suits Brighton. He can do anything. He goes forward, he adds, he is so clever, and so quick. His legs move so fast. He is a really cool, very special horse, and I feel really lucky to have him. It really shows this initiative that we have had at Artisan Farms with Andy and Carlene Zielger buying young horses and bringing them along. All of our horses that are so successful, most of them we have started as young horses. They are really patient owners and they have really encouraged us to bring the young horses here to Spruce Meadows and develop them, and then we come back with horses that can win a lot of competitions.”
The ‘North American’ Tournament, presented by Rolex, continues on Friday featuring the Pepsi U25 Challenge and the LaFarge Cup 1.50m in the International Ring in the evening.
For a complete tournament schedule and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.
Final Results: Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.50m
1 BRIGHTON KWPN / G / 10 / Contendro II x Quick Star TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN) Artisan Farms & Torrey Pines: 0/0/35.54
2 CHERRYPOP Oldenburg / M / 9 / Contendro I x Cinderella Z MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA) Wishing Well Farm LLC: 0/0/35.94
3 MERQUSIO Belgian Sport Horse / G / 9 / Cicero Z x Unknown RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL) Equinimity LLC: 0/0/36.08
4 HESTER Belgian Warmblood / G / 11 / Wandor Van De Mispelaere x Palestro Vd Begijnakker LUCY DESLAURIERS (USA) Lisa Deslauriers: 0/0/36.53
4 RETIRO Warmblood / G / 11 / Rockfeller Z x Play Boy PETER LUTZ (USA) Katherine Gallagher & Michael Meller: 0/0/36.53
6 ATLANTIS T Dutch Warmblood / G / 11 / Padinus x Guidam BRIAN MORTON (CAN) Grafton Farm: 0/0/37.89
7 BALDIRA Oldenburg / M / 11 / Baloubet du Rouet x Carthago RAY TEXEL (USA) Katie Harris & Paul Schockemohle: 0/4/37.45
8 BALOUS DAY DATE Warmblood / M / 11 / Balou de Rouet x Domino MOLLY ASHE (USA) Louisburg Farm: 0/8/33.39
9 HH WHISKY ROYALE Zangersheide / G / 11 / Wonderful Vant Beugelhof x Kannan QUENTIN JUDGE (USA) Double H Farm: 1/82.08
10 HOUSTON Belgian Warmblood / S / 9 / Heartbreaker x Corofino ERIC LAMAZE (CAN) Artisan Farms, LLC: 1/82.64
10 AVENZIO Dutch Warmblood / G / 17 / Animo x Erdball TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN) Yvonne Barrow: 1/82.64
12 ZUIDHOEVE Dutch Warmblood / G / 12 / Tangelo Vande x Unknown KASEY AMENT (USA) Montis Horse Management LLC: 1/83.67