|Canada Finishes Second in Nationsâ€™ Cup in Barcelona||| Print ||
September 22, 2009 — The Canadian Show Jumping Team finished second in the €90,000 Promotional League Nations’ Cup Final on September 20 at CSIO4* Barcelona, ESP.
Following the first of two rounds, the Canadian team of Amy Millar, 32, Jonathon Millar, 34, both of Perth, ON; Jenna Thompson, 21, of Calgary, AB; and anchor rider Keean White, 26, of Cambridge, ON, were in second place with a score of eight faults. Spain held the lead with zero faults while Poland was in third with 17 faults.
In the second round, Amy Millar and Costa Rica Z, a 14-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Millar Brooke Farm and Ann Matthews, repeated their four-fault performance from the first round.
Thompson, representing Canada for the first time in a Nations’ Cup competition, had four faults in the first round and 12 faults in the second, which was the drop score, riding her 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Zeke.
Jonathon Millar riding Contino 14, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Millar Brooke Farm, provided a fault-free first round performance, and came back in the second round to post four faults.
White and Celena Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide mare owned by Ashland Group and Angelstone Farms, had the first round drop score of 16 faults, but posted a clean second round. At the end of two rounds, Canada had a final total of 16 faults to secure second place.
“Jenna’s first four fault round was a key ride for our team,” said White, who was a member of Canada’s winning Nations’ Cup team in Florida in February. “I am very pleased that my horse returned for a great second round. Overall the European tour has been a great experience that has provided beneficial mileage for the riders and horses. We all learned a lot.”
Jonathon Millar added, “It was a wonderful finish for a great two weeks of competition. It was a big Nations’ Cup course, and our team came together with a super result.”
The final results saw Spain in first place with four faults, Canada in second with 16 faults and Poland in third with 41 faults. Norway and Finland tied for fourth with 44 faults. Hungary rounded out the top six with 54 faults.
Additional results at CSIO4* Barcelona included a third place finish for White and Whisper Of Mazour, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Angelstone Farms, in the €5,000 1.40m Opening Real Club de Polo de Barcelona Special Prize class. In the €7,000 1.50m La Vanguardia Trophy class, Amy Millar and Costa Rica Z finished eighth while White was 13th with Celena Z. In the €90,000 1.60m Barcelona Grand Prix, Amy Millar and Costa Rica Z finished eighth and White and Celena Z were ninth.
One week earlier at CSI4* Chantilly, FRA, held September 11-13, Amy Millar and Romanov, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Millar Brooke Farms, finished in ninth place in the €30,000 1.45m Prix Savelys GDF Suez. In the €25,000 1.50m Prix PMU, Jonathon Millar and Contino 14 earned a ninth place finish. White and Whisper of Mazour finished ninth in the €20,000 1.40m Prix Volkswagen.
The European tour was made possible through Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympian Committee’s ‘Own the Podium’ program, a national sport technical initiative designed to help Canada’s summer and winter athletes achieve podium success at the Olympic Games.
“I want to thank Equine Canada and Jump Canada for the opportunity to come to Europe,” said Amy Millar. “It has provided us with invaluable experience.″
Complete results for the two competitions may be found at www.jumping-chantilly.com for CSI 4* Chantilly and www.csiobarcelona.com for CSIO4* Barcelona.
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