One Whisper and Matthew Sampson Win The ATB Cup

Hat’s A Wrap: Matthew Sampson (GBR) wins the ATB Cup with One Whisper, the final event of the ‘National,’ presented by Rolex. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk

Edited Press Release

June 16, 2024 (Spruce Meadows) — Spruce Meadows veteran Matthew Sampson came first in today’s ATB Cup, the final competition of this week’s ‘National’, presented by Rolex.

Britain’s Sampson, with One Whisper, beat 34 other starting riders, and five jump-off rivals, to take the top spot in the exciting 1.50m contest.

Speaking after the event, Sampson said: “To be honest, I’ve been a bit slow this week, I’ve been fourth twice, and the horses were jumping great. I just wanted to try and go as fast as I could.

“Take a bit of risk. Luckily, it paid off.”

And while it was victory for Britain, Sampson sang the praises of the current crop of Canadian show jumping athletes, ahead of an imminent announcement on the four-rider team our nation will be sending to the Paris Olympics next month.

“I think Canada has a great team,” said Sampson. “Most of the big classes here have been won by Canadians. I always think, if I try to win, and I get beat by someone from here, it’s a bit easier to take.

“I think Canada have a very strong chance at the Olympics.”

In this afternoon’s ATB Cup, Katie Laurie, of Australia, came second with Django II. Third place went to Canada’s Sean Jobin, on Coquelicot VH Huevelland Z.

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At Lang Last, A Win For McKayla

All Smiles: McKayla Langmeier (USA) and Chadina Spruce. Photo by Meadows Media/Mike Sturk

A smiling McKayla Langmeier rode to victory in today’s ATCO Cup 1.45m competition.

The American rider, with 11-year-old Chadina, trounced ten other riders in the jump-off, emerging from a starting class of 33 riders on one of the tournament’s final courses set by German designer Olaf Petersen Jr.

Langmeier was followed by Daniel Coyle (IRL), with Jasper, in second.

Calgary’s Kyle Timm, who could soon be named as one of the Team Canada equestrians heading to the Paris Olympics, came third, aboard Atomica Des Sequoias Z.

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