November 2017 Issue - page 8

Page 8
November 2017
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
Canadian riders took the
top three spots in the $100,000
Prix De Penn National on the
final evening of the 72nd annual
Pennsylvania National Horse
Show, held October 12-21 at the
Farm Show Complex in Har-
risburg, PA. Nicole Walker led
the way on Falco van Spieveld,
Francois Lamontagne was second
riding Chanel du Calvaire and Ali
Ramsay was third on Hermelien
VD Hooghoeve.
Nine horse-and-rider combi-
nations out of 26 starters moved
forward to the jump-off after
fault-free rounds on the course
designed by Bernardo Cabral of
Portugal. Five had double clear
rounds beginning with Kelli
Cruciotti (USA) who had a time
of 33.30 seconds on Hadja van
Orshof.
Lamontagne then took over
the lead with a clean round in
31.51 seconds. Minutes later his
compatriot dethroned him with
a winning time of 30.77. Emily
Canadians Dominate Grand Prix at 72
nd
Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Moffitt (GBR) made a valiant
effort to take over the lead finish-
ing in 32.04 seconds on Hilfiger
van de Olmenhoeve. Ramsay
followed and stopped the timers a
blink of an eye faster, finishing in
32.02 seconds.
"He is usually a bit of a
slower horse, so we tried to leave
out strides when we could and do
tight turns back," said Walker, 23.
"I knew there were some really
good riders after me and I wasn't
sure my time would hold up, but
I'm just so happy that it did."
Swiss Olympic veteran and
former World Cup champion Beat
Mandli actually had the fastest
jump-off time, finishing in 29.96
seconds on Dsarie, but a rail
down cost him four faults and left
him in sixth place.
"This is my first three-star
win and definitely my biggest win
to date," said an elated Walker
who last showed in Harrisburg in
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Canadians (from left) Ali Ramsay, Nicole Walker and Francois Lamontagne finished third, first and sec-
ond respectively in the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, the highlight of the 72nd Pennsylvania
National Horse Show.
Photo credit: Al Cook Photography
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