The Columbian national anthem was played twice along with the Country's flag flown as Daniel Bulman, the 22 year old, made it two in a row during opening day competition at Spruce Meadows in the International Ring.
During the afternoon in the Bantrel Cup 1.45 meter speed jumping competition aboard Vichy, a 10 year old Dutch warmblood mare. Bulman posted the fastest clear round in 58.199 seconds and picked up the winning cheque for $8,000. Finishing a close second with a time of 57.080 was the young American super star, Reed Kessler who is currently leading the U.S.A. Olympic trials at the mere age of 17.
A few hours later Bulman entered the International ring to challenge the 1.50 meter Enbridge Cup. His mount for this class was Sancha Ls La Silla a nine year old Warmblood mare who also won the $500,000 Grand Prix in Wellington Florida this past March. The pair advanced to the jump off today, where they joined nine other horse and rider combinations to answer the questions set by course designer Guilherme Noguerira Jorge from Brazil.
A red ribbon and another cheque for $8,000 were presented to this Columbian Olympic hopeful. During the news conference that followed his winning ride, Bulman stated he was very pleased and hopes to keep up the winning streak, but he was quick to recognize that it is only the first day and anyone can have a good day - what he is looking for is consistency which is what all these top athletes are striving for during the next five weeks of show jumping at Spruce Meadows.
Bulman complimented the course designer on a very inviting course for the first day of competition as the horses get use to the grass footing and the brilliance of the International Ring.
Canadian Olympic Team hopeful, Tiffany Foster was the lone Canadian rider to make it to the Jump Off in the 1.50 meter competition. Riding Victor, a 10 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Torrey Pines Stable and Artisan Farms she finished up fourth in the final placing.
Spruce Meadows always promises great show jumping along with great stories as many of these horse/rider combinations are riding for a spot on their Country's Olympic Show Jumping Team.
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