Edited Press Release
The Suncor Winning Round 1.50m was the first competition of Friday at Spruce Meadows. Twenty-six horse/rider combinations representing 15 nations qualified for the event earlier in the week. The 455m track was designed by FEI Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) and featured 12 obstacles (15 jumping efforts) all having to be completed in 69 seconds or less. In this event, the top 10 riders come back in reverse order of faults for the winning round.
World No. 4 Conor Swail held the lead for a time with a clear ride in a time of 59.60s, but Matthew Sampson (GBR) who has had an amazing 2022 tour at Spruce Meadows, fired into top gear and posted a clear round in a time of 58.14s. With one left to go, Sampson held the top of the leaderboard. Kent Farrington (USA) was determined to come out on top, and with an amazing turn crushed Sampson’s time, but the back rail of the final oxer fell as he pushed through the finish line with a final score of 4 faults and 55.93s.
This win in the Suncor Winning Round marked Sampson’s 43rd top 10 finish this season and 17th win. With those stats, Sampson was presented with the Xerox Rider of Year award following the completion of the first round of the BMO Nations’ Cup.
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