Canada’s Battlecry and Tiffany Foster Finish First in RBC Grand Prix

Tiffany Foster (CAN) wins the 1.60m RBC Grand Prix of Canada, presented by Rolex

Presented by Rolex

World’s Top-Ranked Female Squeaks Past Erynn Ballard To Clinch 1.60m Thriller

June 15, 2024 (Spruce Meadows) — Canada’s Tiffany Foster solidified her status as the world’s top-ranked female show jumper this afternoon, clinching a victory in the RBC Grand Prix, presented by Rolex. Foster, with Battlecry, came first in the jump-off, beating last night’s hero, Erynn Ballard, to a stunning victory on the International Ring.

Foster beat her fellow Canadian Olympic squad hopeful Ballard, with Nikka VD Bisschop, by just over half-a-second, coming in at 42.23s to Ballard’s 42.71s.The dynamic duo faced just two other finalists in the jump-off, including Jos Verlooy, of Belgium, on Origi, who came third. Matthew Sampson (GBR) and Daniel were knocked off a super-tight leaderboard, coming fourth at less than a second behind Foster, at 42.83s.Foster gave credit for the win, against a starting class of 34 other riders, to Battlecry.

“I was definitely not at my best today,” said Foster. “I had a little chat with him and just asked him to be there for me today, and he did it. “I can’t even begin to describe that feeling that a horse gives you, when he’s giving you his all. “He’s a really fast horse. He’s still pretty green. This is his first year of trying at that 1.60 level. “When you have a great horse like this, there are things that come along that we had to work through. But I’ve always believed that he would be able to do it. His stride length is incredible. Honestly, that’s where he makes up a lot of ground.”

No Swanning Around: Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Farrel Spruce Meadows Media/Dave Chidley

Coyle’s Time To Fly

Daniel Coyle, of Ireland, was victorious in today’s 1.45-1.50m Apex Cup, presented by Brookfield Residential. He beat Nayel Nassar (EGY), aboard Linguini De La Pomme, and Israel’s Daniel Bluman, on Corbie V.V., in the 24-rider one-round contest.

The 12-obstacle, 14-effort course, as well as the one used in the RBC Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, was designed by German course designer Olaf Peter

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the creation of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Meadows Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sports horses and the teaching and development of athletes.

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