Jump Canada has announced that Canada has been invited to compete with two teams at the CSIO5*-W Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament-which is acting as the second of two North American regional qualifiers for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final, set to take place in Barcelona, ESP from September 26-29, 2013.
Although Canada will compete at the ‘Continental’ Tournament with two teams, only one (Canada One) will be a designated “points team” in the hopes of qualifying for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona. The teams that will be representing Canada in the International Division are as follows:
Canada One (Points Team)
Mac Cone / Amor van de Rostal / King City, ON
Tiffany Foster / Victor (or Verdi III) / Schomberg, ON
Eric Lamaze / Power Play (or Quelmec du Percy) / Schomberg, ON
Ian Millar / Star Power (or Dixson) / Perth, ON
Reserve Rider – Jill Henselwood / IV Ever / Oxford Mills, ON
Chef d’Équipe – Mark Laskin / Langley, BC
Ben Asselin / Makavoy / Calgary, AB
Jonathan Asselin / Showgirl / Calgary, AB
Lisa Carlsen / La Boom / Spruce Grove, AB
Chris Sorensen / Bobby / Caledon, ON
Reserve Rider – Francois Lamontagne / Coolio 17 / St. Eustache, QC
Chef d’Équipe – Gail Greenough / Calgary, AB
Both teams are supported by Equine Canada’s Jumping Team Manager, Karen Hendry-Ouellette.
A new formula was introduced for the 2013 FEI Nations Cup™ Series, following a sponsorship deal with the Saudi Equestrian Fund. Under the new formula, the world has been divided into six regions (Europe Divisions 1 and 2, North and Central America/Caribbean, South America, Middle East, Asia/Australasia, and Africa) for the purposes of qualifying teams for a spot at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 Final. Only 18 teams from seven leagues will go forward to the Final after 22 qualifying rounds.
The first North American regional qualifier for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ was held in the form of a $75,000 Nations Cup Qualifier class at the CSIO4* FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL this past March. Team Canada (comprised of Cone, Foster, Lamaze, and Millar) took second place, giving them 90 qualifying points. The U.S. finished in first place, earning the maximum 100 qualifying points for the series, while Mexico finished in seventh for 65 points.
For more information on the CSIO5*-W Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament visit www.sprucemeadows.com.
To learn more about the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Series visit www.fei.org/fei/events/fei-nations-cup-series.
A Nations Cup is the only competition in show jumping where riders, competing in teams of four, compete against other countries for top honours. The top three scores from each team are counted towards the final result of the two-round competition