Canadian Sean Jobin Wins the Day as We Open The ‘National’

Presented by Rolex

June 12, 2024 (Spruce Meadows) — It was glory for Canada on the first day of the ‘National’, presented by Rolex, as the world-famous International Ring saw its first action of the season.

Sean Jobin, with Arkuga, topped a talent-packed leaderboard with a fast clear round of 69.70s in the single-round 1.50m FEI CSI5* event.

The 30-year-old rider, who is originally from Toronto, shared his delight at fulfilling a lifelong dream of riding to victory in the International Ring.

“This is my first time here,” said Jobin, who is now based in Florida and Ohio. “It’s so special. I got off the plane on Monday and the first thing I did was come to Spruce Meadows to see the International Ring for myself, with my own eyes – it’s so big.

When you come through the clock tower for the first time, it can have people inspired or inflated, and horses can be intimidated by it. I had a big smile on my face walking through that clock tower, getting a chance to do that. Arkuga loves it here too.”

Americans Elena Haas, with Koss Van Heiste, and Hannah Selleck, on Cloud 39, placed second and third, respectively.

Fellow Canadians Tiffany Foster and Amy Millar came 5th and 6th atop Electrique and Jagger HX.

Conor Swail (IRE) with My Lady Lavista Spruce Meadows Media/Tony Lewis

All Hail Swail — Again

Ireland’s Conor Swail, on My Lady Lavista, picked up his second Spruce Meadows Summer Series victory.

His triumph, with a blistering speed of 65.55s in the 1.45m Friends of the Meadows competition, comes off the back of last week’s win in the 1.45m Mission:Possible on day one of the ‘Continental’, presented by Rolex.

Riders on 81 different horses entered this morning’s CSI5* competition on a 12 obstacle (14 effort) course crafted by German legend Olaf Petersen Jr., who is widely considered to be one of the world’s best course designers.

Jos Verlooy (BEL), on Parise Van Den Dael, was second. Karime Perez Nunez (MEX),  with Felicie De Coquerie, rounded out the top three coming in at nearly two seconds behind Swail at 67.36s.

Canada’s Amy Millar with GCS Athena  Spruce Meadows Media/Dave Chidley

Another Millar Thrillar

Canada’s Amy Millar scored her second Spruce Meadows Summer Series win today, taking first in the 1.45m Coril Holdings event on the All Canada Ring, atop GCS Athena.

The victory, with a clean finish in 72.94s, proved her second consecutive day-one win after coming first in The Partners 1.50m event in last week’s ‘Continental’, presented by Rolex, with Christiano.

Today’s single-round test saw Gabriel De Matos Machado (BRA), with Conthachalu, come second, followed by Calgary’s own Ben Asselin in third on Baton Rouge.

History maker Sydney Levi (JAM) & Cheri Lady Spruce Meadows Media/Dave Chidley

A Jamaican First — In More Ways Than One

The first-ever Jamaican rider to compete at Spruce Meadows landed a win today, coming both first and fourth in the Coril Holdings 1.40m Junior/Amateur one-rounder on the All-Canada Ring.

17-year-old Sydney Levy sailed to victory on Cheri Lady, also taking fourth with Ortega Di Fer.

She sandwiched Avery Johnson (USA), on Romantica Hastak, and Georgia Knight (CAN), with Indy, in second and third.

Calgary’s Justin Prather with Tamarack Spruce Meadows Media/Kevin Udahl

Justin Time for Calgary’s Prather

Local lad Justin Prather, from Calgary, won the Coril Holdings 1.30m competition in the Chinook Ring with Tamarack today. He was followed by Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, with Amalia, in second. Nikolaj Hein Ruus (DEN), on Cape Town, was third.

The 1.30m Junior/Amateur Friends of the Meadows 1.30m test that followed was won by Kelowna’s Sutton Friesen, and Unique MB. Emmeline Adamick and Katie Kehring, both from the USA, placed second and third with their geldings Apollo Z and Harry Potter Del Lashetto, respectively.

Austin Krawitt with Joker BH  Spruce Meadows Media/Bart Onyszko

Okotoks Boy Austin Hits the Right Strokes

Okotoks’ own Austin Krawitt, and Joker BH, came first in the Coril Holdings 1.20m competition on the All Alberta Ring today.

Earlier, Arielle Allen, of Ireland, with Kandice Z, took the top spot in the Coril Holdings 1.00m.

For complete results from today visit: sprucemeadows.com/live/