Global Showdown Building up for BMO Nations’ Cup

first_img Horse Sport Enews SPRUCE MEADOWS, CALGARY, September 4, 2007 – The richest team show jumping event in the world, the $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup, will take place on Saturday, September 8, on show jumping’s main stage – the International Ring at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta.The roster of teams contesting North America’s only five-star Nations’ Cup includes:· Canada – Defending Champion, won the BMO Nations’ Cup in 2006· Germany – BMO Nation’s Cup Winners in 2003 and 2004· Great Britain – Bronze Medal Winners, 2007 European Championships· the Netherlands – Gold Medal Winners, 2007 European Championships and 2006 World Equestrian Games· Switzerland – Anchored by 2007 World Cup Champion Beat Mandli· United States – Current Olympic Champions“We are proud of our strong connection with Spruce Meadows, recognized as a world leader in the sport of show jumping,” said Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. “An impressive roster of top international teams is set to compete in this year’s event, and show jumping fans, and all of us at BMO, will be hoping for a second consecutive win for Team Canada against the world’s best on Saturday.”Canada is well-prepared to take on the biggest names in the sport. The 2007 Canadian Team will be comprised of the newly crowned Pan American Champion Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, Ontario; her silver medal teammate and individual bronze medalist Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ontario; 2000 Sydney Olympian John Pearce of Stouffville, Ontario, and, with more than 100 Nations’ Cup appearances listed on his resume, Ian Millar of Perth, Ontario.At the conclusion of Saturday’s BMO Nations’ Cup, Canada hopes to once again lead the victory gallop as the maple leaf flies in front of more than 50,000 partisan fans.As the founding sponsor of Spruce Meadows, BMO Financial Group has a long and proud history of supporting equestrian sport in Canada. Since 1977, BMO has sponsored the BMO Nations’ Cup at Spruce Meadows, attracting the top international show jumping teams to Canada. Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more