Jaime Azcarraga Is Best In Winning Round at Spruce Meadows 'National' Tournament
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Azcarraga is a familiar face at Spruce Meadows, having first come to compete in 1985, and he has won through four decades. He was the winner of this class in 2008 on Forastero and is known for riding the famous stallions Chin Chin and Presley Boy. Azcarraga found Matador, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Indoctro x Corland, as a seven-year-old and has brought him along in preparation for top competitions. This is the horse's second international competition.
“He really likes to do the job,” Azcarraga said of Matador. “He was very good on Wednesday, so I tried to ride him good, and he did the job. It feels good to work with the horses. Every horse is different and some take more time to develop. Matador is 12 years old now, and I think he's ready.”
It was a great return to the International Ring for Swail, who severed his Achilles tendon riding Ariana at the Royal Winter Fair this past November. He has been off for more than six months.
“One of most difficult things is the mental side of it, where you have to wait for such a long time. When I got the injury, I was unaware of how big an injury it was. It's a big ligament to damage for a show jumping rider,” he explained. “I have to say though, I got through it fine. It's just a matter of getting healthy and being able to do the job. It's fabulous to be back.”
Final Results: $35,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup Winning Round 1.50m
- MATADOR: Dutch Warmblood / S / 12 Indoctro x Corland JAIME AZCARRAGA (MEX), Jaime Azcarraga: 0/0/45.77
- MARTHA LOUISE: Swedish Warmblood / M / 10 Maloubet de Pleville x Wolfgang CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/0/46.00
- AMBOSELLI: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Silverstone x Lancelot PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios: 4/0/46.31
- FANANKA A: Belgian Warmblood / M / 9 Chin Chin x Kannan EMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Hollow Creek Farm: 4/0/46.31
- SANS SOUCI Z: Zangersheide / G / 11 Surrealist vh Paradijs x Voltaire DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Caroline Lloyd: 4/0/46.52
- SOUTHWIND VDL: Dutch Warmblood / G / 15 Baloubet de Rouet x Ahorn TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 1/0/47.17
- ANDRETTI: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Orame x Ahorn SCHUYLER RILEY (USA), South Beach Stable: 5/0/50.39
- ALFIE Warmblood / G / 9 Luidam x Quat Sous EDUARDO SANCHEZ NAVARRO (MEX), Eduardo Sanchez Navarro: 4/4/47.18
- ZERLY: Dutch Warmblood / M / 10 Querlybet Hero x Carthago CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/4/50.89
- CALVIN KLEIN: Swedish Warmblood / G / 10 Cardento x Feliciano JONATHON MILLAR (CAN), Millar Brooke Farm: 1/4/54.14
- LILLYFEE: Holstein / M / 11 Limbus x Carthago SUSAN HORN (CAN), Kingsfield Farm: 5/76.54
- CARTIER: Oldenburg / G / 9 Cartoon x Sheyenne de Baugy SALVADOR ONATE (MEX), Mario Onate: 5/78.04
Tomorrow's schedule brings the highlight of the week, the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix, presented by ROLEX. Phase I begins at 9 a.m. MST, and Phase II will kick off at 2 p.m. MST. In between, the $60,000 Transcanada Parcours de Chasse speed class will run.
For more information and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.