Saturday of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament is always full of excitement with fans cheering on their favourite teams in the BMO Nations Cup. This year 9 teams competed for glory and to have their names put on the trophy that has been a part of the Spruce Meadows Collection for a very long time.
Athletes were challenged over 12 of obstacles with a time allowed of 74 seconds. In Round One a limited amount of clear rounds were posted, but Germany made it look easy finishing in first after Round One on a team score of zero. Defending Champions, the United States finished Round One on a team score of 8 following close by the Irish and Canadians with team scores of 10 and 12 respectively.
After two rounds of competition Germany remained at the top of the leader board finishing on a team score of 6. It was a battle for second place between Team Canada and Team Ireland – clear rounds were crucial. Two clear rounds for Canada posted by Kara Chad and Eric Lamaze had the crowd on their feet as it would secure a silver medal finish forcing Ireland to take the bronze.
“It is the greatest Nations Cup in the world – it’s unbelievable!” – German Chef d’Equipe Peter Hofmann (GER) on winning the BMO Nations Cup