In Calgary, the first big goal of the week for the riders is the prestigious Nations Cup on Sunday where the teams will try to write their name in golden letter to the hit list. Hosted in the wonderful stadium built by the missed Ron Southern, this competition always attracts the crowd, delighted to see in action the top riders of the world. Last year, the Swiss team was the winner just in front of the Brazilians and Canadians.
Then, the second important event of this Canadian venue is the Grand Prix on Sunday. In the running for the Grand Chelem, Grégory Wathelet came directly from Belgium with Eldorado Van Het Vijver Hof, the one who will probably jump the biggest class, and has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. If he wants the bonus, he has to stand on the highest step.
Same scenario for Pedro Veniss, winner in Geneva, and therefore a serious aspirant for the bonus allocated to the winner of two legs. Furthermore, he is in Canada with his best combination, the talented Quabri de l’Isle.
As for Scott Brash, the London Olympic champion will fight hard on this circuit that he knows perfectly as he won it two years ago impressing the entire equestrian field. This edition, he lines up with Ursula XII, winner in 2016, and Hello Forever who is extremely performant these past months.
But these three riders are not the only ones able to win. Indeed, the competition will be tough between them all. The German team will, without any doubt, be redoubtable with riders such as Philipp Weishaupt and Marco Kustcher.
The second best rider in the world, the Italian Lorenzo de Luca, has made the trip with some of his best horses. He brought the sparkling grey Limestone Grey. His best adversary, Kent Farrington, would not miss such an occasion. Full of the confidence of being world number one, the American has a role to play this weekend with Voyeur or Gazelle.
All the riders here.
The results here.