July 5, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, Canada – The action at the ‘North American’ Tournament, currently underway in Alberta, continued today with Lauren Tisbo and Catharina 9 riding their way into second place in the $50,000 Lafarge Cup.

The ‘North American’ Tournament showcases some of the best show jumping riders and horses from around the Americas. Held annually in Spruce Meadows, 2013’s ‘North American’ Tournament takes place from July 3-7th. Alongside the $50,000 Lafarge Cup held today, still to come in this year’s Tournament are the $200,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday, July 6, and the $140,000 Cenovus Energy Classic Derby, on July 7.

Lauren Tisbo and her mount Catharina 9, a nine-year-old Mecklenburg mare by Cellestial x Monsum and owned by Tequestrian Farms LLC, represented the United States. Squaring off against fellow US rider Reed Kessler and her horse Wolf S, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding by Numero Uno x Peter Pan, both riders prepared themselves for the gruelling course. Designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio of New York, the course was made more difficult by the weather conditions, with dark skies and driving rain hindering visibility.

The difficulties that the course presented were evident as riders pushed their horses around. Out of 24 entries, only two riders jumped a clear round. Tisbo, astride her new mount Catharina 9, pulled a rail at jump 10b leaving them with four faults. Kessler jumped a clear round, securing her place in first at the end of the Lafarge Cup.

Commenting on the event, Kessler said: “I’ve spent a lot of time working on control with him [Wolf S] and haven’t stepped into that next phase yet of speed. That’s totally the next phase still. I tried to be fast where I knew I could be quick, the first few jumps, and doing eight (strides) into the combination, and then bringing it home clear at the end of the course. Lauren is also on a new horse. It’s a fantastic horse and another star in the making. But we were kind of in the same boat, wagering how fast exactly we had to go.” Third place in the Lafarge Cup went to Irish rider Darragh Kerins (IRL) on E Muze Yek.

For more information about Lauren Tisbo and Tequestrian Farms and to follow her riding career, visit Tequestrian Farms at: www.tequestrianfarms.com/ or call (001) 847-382-4477.

Final Results: $50,000 Lafarge Cup 1.50m

  1. WOLF S: 2003 Warmblood gelding by Numero Uno x Peter Pan
    Reed Kessler (USA), Iron Works Partners: 0/0/37.08
  2. CATHARINA 9: 2004 Mecklenburg mare by Cellestial x Monsum
    LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms LLC: 0/4/38.05
  3. E MUZE YEK: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Carthago
    DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Darragh Kerins & Maarten Huygens: 1/76.77open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API pdfcrowd.com
  4. COLASKO: 2005 Oldenburg stallion by Coleman x Grannus
    NICOLAS PIZARRO (MEX), Monica Burrillo Eguia: 2/81.04
  5. AMADORA: 2003 KWPN mare by Chin Chin x Indoctro
    BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 4/74.46
  6. DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE: 2003 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Capital
    SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm: 4/74.77
  7. PALOUBET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Baloubet Du Rouet x Voltaire
    WILTON PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 4/75.55
  8. ALBERTO II: 2003 Holsteiner gelding by Acorado x Cassini I
    KARA CHAD (CAN), Stone Ridge Farms LLC: 7/86.98
  9. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang
    CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 8/72.96
  10. FALCO VAN DE CLEHOEVE: 2005 Warmblood gelding by Quickfeuer van Koekshof x Fellini
    FRANCOIS MATHY (BEL), Ingrid Normar: 8/75.02