Karen Polle Earns Historic First Win For Japan at Spruce Meadows

Sunday, July 3, 2016
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Karen Polle and With Wings

Karen Polle and With Wings (Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media Services)

Calgary, AB, Canada – The CIBC Cup 1.50m was the first FEI competition held in the Meadows on the Green Saturday afternoon with a historic first international victory at Spruce Meadows for the country of Japan. Rider Karen Polle represented the nation as she guided her own 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding With Wings (Larino x L Ronald) to an exciting first place finish.

Alan Wade (IRL) set the track for 26 starters in the CIBC Cup with six advancing to the jump-off. Polle and With Wings earned the win with the fastest round over the short course in 30.71 seconds. They edged out Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Artisan Farm’s Cadalora P, who settled for second place with their time of 31.28 seconds.

Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt took both the third and fourth place honors, jumping off with Catokia 2 in a time of 32.21 seconds, and Lord Chambertin in 32.43 seconds. Jennifer Gates (USA) and Luftikus S completed the jump-off course without fault in 34.35 seconds to place fifth. Conor Swail (IRL) took home sixth place honors aboard Ilan Ferder’s Hetman of Color J after an unfortunate refusal over the second track left the pair with four jumping and two time faults.

Karen Polle and With Wings in their winning presentation with Tom Weber, Alberta Regional Head CIBC.

Karen Polle and With Wings in their winning presentation with Tom Weber, Alberta Regional Head CIBC. (Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media Services)

Commenting on her victory, Polle smiled, “I am so excited. To win here where the riders and horses are the best in the world is just so special. Especially to win on Wings, who I have had for a long time, is really fun. I have always dreamed of winning a competition here, so it is really nice.”

Polle (23) has owned With Wings for six years and knows the gelding well. In 2015, the pair earned their biggest win together in the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4* in New York. Speaking of her winning mount, Polle stated, “He is just perfect. He has a big stride and he always tries his best. He is very spunky, so he has a lot of power and lots of energy. I like when a horse has energy, and a lot of power and blood, so he is perfect for me.”

This summer, Polle tapped the training expertise of ten-time Olympian Ian Millar of Canada. With Millar’s guidance, the young rider was able to use her longtime experience with her horse to an advantage in both rounds.

“I thought the first round course was very nice. For my horse, I just had to sit still in all of the lines and give him a little bit of room, and he took care of the rest,” Polle explained. “The course was pretty careful, especially towards the end, but for me it rode really well.

“In the jump-off, with all of these amazing riders that are always really fast, it is a lot of pressure to have to go for it,” she added. “I was a little nervous that they would catch me in the end, but I am really happy that they didn’t.”

Polle has one semester at Yale University to complete in the fall and then hopes to focus on her riding full-time. Her more immediate plans are to qualify With Wings for next week’s grand prix to conclude the summer at Spruce Meadows.

The Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’ Tournament CSI 5*, presented by Rolex, concludes on Sunday with the West Canadian Cup 1.45m and the Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.50m in the Meadows on the Green.

For a complete tournament schedule and full results, please visit

Final Results: CIBC Cup 1.50m
1 WITH WINGS Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 / Larino x L Ronald KAREN POLLE (JPN) Karen Polle: 0/0/30.71
2 CADALORA Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 / Namelus R x Furore TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN) Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/31.28
3 CATOKIA 2 Westphalian / M / 9 / Cambridge x Silvester PHILIPP WEISHAUPT (GER) Philipp Weishaupt: 0/0/32.21
4 LORD CHAMBERTIN Warmblood / G / 7 / Lord Z x Chambertin PHILIPP WEISHAUPT (GER) Philipp Weishaupt: 0/0/32.43
5 LUFTIKUS S Warmblood / G / 12 / Levisto x Kolibri JENNIFER GATES (USA) JKG LLC: 0/0/34.35
6 HETMAN OF COLOR J Belgian Sport Horse / G / 9 / Calvaro x Querlybet Hero CONOR SWAIL (IRL) Ilan Ferder: 0/6/43.01
7 ROSANA DU PARK Selle Francias / M / 11 / Kannan x Ukase ERIC LAMAZE (CAN) Artisan Farms, LLC and Torrey Pines: 4/65.37
8 SINFONIE 168 Warmblood / M / 10 / Satisfaction I x Don Juan VLADIMIR TUGANOV (RUS) Vladimir Tuganov: 4/65.59
9 HANNAH Belgian Warmblood / M / 9 / Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof MARIANO MAGGI (SWE) Jose Pablo Salgado: 4/68.42
10 CONTENDROS II Hanoverian / S / 9 / Contendro I x Drosselklang II ANDRES AZCARRAGA RIVERA TORRES (MEX) Jaime Azcarraga: 4/69.52
11 BELLA STRADE Dutch Warmblood / / 10 / Lord Z x Damiro KARA CHAD (CAN) Stone Ridge: 4/70.04
12 CHADOLAN Oldenburg / G / 9 / Chacco Blue x Widolan LUIS ALEJANDRO PLASCENCIA (MEX) Mario Onate: 4/70.61